Sound Essay

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INTRODUCTION: Documentary definition: Documentaries can be funny, poignant, disturbing, ironic, absurd, inspirational, amusing and shocking or any combination. It is a genre of movie making that uses video and film scenes, photographs and/or sound of real people and real events which when edited together creates a particular story, viewpoint, message or experience. Traditionally, documentaries are 30-minutes to 2 hours in length (to fit within a television schedule or for theatrical release). However, documentaries are often shorter in length, especially in recent years with the advent of the Internet and web video. Few examples Documentary films have comprised a very broad and diverse category of films. Examples of documentary forms include the following: 'Biographical' films about a living or dead person (Madonna, John Lennon, Muhammad Ali - When We Were Kings (1996), Robert Crumb, Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time (1992), or Glenn Gould) A well-known event (Waco, Texas incident, the Holocaust, the Shackleton expedition to the Antarctic) A concert or rock festival (Woodstock or Altamont rock concerts (Woodstock (1970) and Gimme Shelter (1970)), The Song Remains the Same (1976), Stop Making Sense (1984), Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991)) A comedy show (Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy shows) A live performance (Cuban musicians as in Buena Vista Social Club (1998), or the stage show Cirque du Soleil-Journey of Man (2000)) A sociological or ethnographic examination following the lives of individuals over a period of time (e.g., Michael Apted's series of films: 28 up (1984), 35 up (1992) and 42 up (1999), or Steve James' Hoop Dreams (1994)) A sports documentary (extreme sports, such as Extreme (1999) or To the Limit

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