Monday, 4 April 2011


We are now living in a world where more people than ever own multiple TVs in their homes and we make more trips to the cinema. Technologies are moving on we can now create virtual worlds at the click of a mouse. People need that natural progression to keep them entertained. Documentary film has inevitably moved on too, creating new platforms for it to be viewed creating larger audiences. Animated documentary is just one way that this genre has progressed.

What I have found here is that, it is difficult to class things in genres especially with documentaries as there are so many on going debates about the subject. Animation is an aid to help filmmakers helping with topics that would be otherwise hard to film; technology has helped this happen on a large scale with Folmans ( 2008) Waltz with Bashir.

“Animation can be regarded as a genuine source of documentation, where new technologies, political stands and economical status contribute greatly to its formation. Even if certain works are subjectively made to reinforce a certain point of view they are still a product of their time where subconscious and conscious choices reveal a truth about its society “ Kininsberg (2007)

In my opinion animation can never accurately portray reality truthfully because it is a representation of the real and will never be able to exist in reality ‘Simulation threatens the difference between the ‘true’ and the ‘false’, the ‘real’ and the ‘imaginary’. Baudrillard, (1994, p.3) that is not to say that it cant tackle the subjects of the real and portray them in such away that benefits the film-maker and us as the audience. Animation is a form that can prove very educational and exciting enough to attract a new audience. In this modern age we are constantly bombarded with live images be that on the news and in the cinema, animation brings a welcome change to this. Documentary should be able to thrive on the subjectivity that animation brings.

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