These are the generic conventions of a documentary, I have made this list because my film trailer will be for my documentary, although it will follow other genres, such as comedy and drama.

 

Anyway, here they are:

 

Documentary Generic Conventions –

Narrative:
– Non-linear or Linear
– Single Strand Narrative (Mostly).
– Open/Closed or circularized depending on subject.

 

Camera Work:
– CU, MCU, Rule Of Thirds
– Interviews
– Conversations
– Activities

 

Mise-En-Scene:
– Background in interviews reflects story – ETEE – Classroom
– Locations – Museums, Places Of Interest.

 

Sound:
– Non-Diegetic Music
– Voice Overs
– Background noise minimized
– SFX in re-construction

 

Editing:
– Cut
– Montage
– Effects – Minimalistic
– Blur

 

Graphics:
– Simple or stylized
– Credits
– Name of interviewee