TED talk: Documentary Filmmaking Ethics

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Outline of TED talk

  1. Introduction
    1. Define Documentary

i.     “Based on or re-creating an actual event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements.”

  1. Editing
    1. Manipulate and cut footage to create what sells

i.     Jersey Shore example

  1. Jill Godmillow “Pornography of the Reel

i.     Define Pornography

  1. “Pornography is the objectifying of a graphic image turning it from a subject into an object, so that the thing or person depicted can be commodified, circulated, and consumed without regard to its status as a subject.”

ii.     Jersey Shore Example

  1. Documentaries always come from a point of view
    1. Political, economic, social factors
    2. Stigma that documentaries are absolute truth

i.     Outside of Hollywood blockbuster genre

  1. Can’t fully represent something

i.     Example of the photograph

  1. Is Documentary Filmmaking Ethical?
    1. Need consent for people, brands, etc.

i.     Filmmakers are not always honest about their intentions

ii.     Exploiting the individual

  1. Calvin Pryluck “Ultimately We Are All Outsiders”

i.     “What is the boundary between society’s right to know and the individual’s right to be free of humiliation, shame, and indignity?”

ii.     Intimidation factor of camera/ crews

  1. Conclusion