A documentary is a movie, a television, or a radio program that provides a factual record or report. There are various forms of documentaries: expository, observational, interactive, and reflexive, just to name a few. Personally, my favorite is the interactive documentaries. These documentaries draw in the audiences’ attention and engage them actively within the context of the story being told.
Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. When I think of the word storytelling I immediately think back to when I was a child. I remember the joy my parents brought to me reading bed time stories such as Peter Pan and Pocahontas.
When the words documentary and storytelling are combined to form the phrase documentary storytelling, something magical happens. The best of both words are simultaneously joined together to create one of the pinnacle forms of media.
Simply put, a documentary storytelling, is a visual array of images and audio sounds that build upon one another to tell an intriguing story about a person, place, or thing. Documentary storytelling is a form of art, it requires a watchful eye and an in tune ear.
On the flip side, there are un-documentaries. When I first hear the word un-documentary, I begin to think about someone or somethings undoing. However, this is not the case. Un-documentaries are when someone takes something that has not yet been documented and they represent the object it in a documented fashion. Un-documentars can be very powerful and seemingly the opposites of documentaries.