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Seven types of collaboration
in The art of the observer
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Although there is a significant tradition of films made by one person, collaboration has long been the dominant practice in documentary film production, and further forms of co-creation are emerging with the advent of new media platforms. This poses the problem of how we should interpret films that combine different skills and different creative visions. What is the place of authorship in such a work? Drawing on a range of examples, including several from the author’s own films, this chapter describes seven types of collaboration in traditional documentary film practice: dispersed collaboration, co-authorship, creative assistance, subject collaboration, sponsorship, complicity, and symbiosis. In addition to these, it notes that the collaboration of the viewer is crucial to the final realisation of a film.

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The art of the observer

A personal view of documentary


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