As well as looking at ways in which fiction films (both short films and feature films) can be analysed, we think it is also important to look at approaches to analysing non fiction films.
Whilst many of the approaches will be similar (sound, framing etc) there are other issues to bear in mind.
We will be looking at the ways storytelling can be created in a short documentary and we have chosen one of many possible examples. “Portrait day” is one of many documentaries, often called essay films, where there is no single protagonist to attract the attention of the audience.
This latter, is the well known recipe of the so called “character driven” story. That kind of documentary usually builds a narrative on the problems and life adventures of a specific person and the solutions he manages to find following many of the rules we find in fiction films.
So, what happens here? The story is built in quite a different way.
Watch the film and try to find:
In other words:
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