Documenting nature: truth or fiction?

Busson, Matthew S. (2010) Documenting nature: truth or fiction? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    There has been little written about the nature documentaries problematic position between education and entertainment and what is perceived as truth and what is fiction. This study discusses why this form of animal documentation needs to make use of such intense fakery and whether it is necessary. What is the nature documentary’s position in regards to ether entertainment or education? How is reality being portrayed and is fakery being used?

    To meet the requirements of this study, secondary research was conducted through the means of collecting and reading literature to establish a theoretical knowledge of the nature documentary, to identify subject areas that needed investigating and to develop a structure for this study.

    The literature review focuses mainly on an audience perception of nature documentaries and how it is perceived as either education or entertainment. This review is an important element to this study as it creates an understanding for why a producer would resort to using fakery.

    Certain art movements are discussed in relation to reality to see if their stylistic traits are applied to film and video as well as exploring the attempts to capture reality on film. The history and the future of nature documentaries were also discussed, investigating where the next level of animal documentation would take an audience with the advances of technology and conservational issues.

    The conclusions of this study reveal that the nature documentary relies heavily on the use of fakery: it has been and will continue to be part of this genre as long as there are animals to document. Fakery is not used to deceive or mislead an audience but only to educate and convey factual evidence, therefore making it ethically acceptable.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 13:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:28

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