Blog 3; Modality

My pitch of “Behind the Curtain” a short documentary film about a man name Ed passion for community theatre. For the major documentary pitch i choose the style to be Expository for this film. This is as the style fits the aim in contrast to the others as it allows us to interview with the subject without interfering to much.

To define and justify why i picked Expository this is because it is define to be a style which emphasises the verbal commentary aspect by having voice overs as explained in the book introduction to documentary (Nichols, 2010).



An classic example of this is the ‘ The Plow that broke the plain’ (1936) directed by Pare Lorentz. This is an example provided in the book which represents expository. A film i found also is expository which is more common is the documentary ‘ Super size me’ Director Morgan Spurlock’s. This film is a social experiment in fast-food gastronomy which sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. Both two different takes on this style but both has the same elements throughout.


Plow Broke Plains.jpg

When editing expository the mode is commonly serves less to establish a rhythm or format pattern in contrast to a poetic mode. However will maintain continuity by spoken argument or perspective. ‘The plow that broke the plains(1936) ” had interlayer landscaped shots of Arif prairie coming from all over the Midwest. An example of how they incorporated interlay was cutting in shots from Kansas and Texas together thus enhanced rather than detracting from the claim that the great plains stood in serve danger of permanent damage (Nichols, 2010).


In order to achieve my documentary style of expository i will use techniques previous spoken. For instance, to use voice over in my film Ed interview will be cut throughout as the main story line with his voice of he’s answers carrying on as interlayer with other sources. This brings me to my second part, cut away for this piece the cutaways will mainly rehearsal footage of ed directing fellow cast and what happens behind the curtain. However will have other cut aways of archived footage of ed on stage from previous performances as he talks about his history on stage. All these elements fit the modality of expository as it is very much of a point of view piece so without the interaction with him the story would fail to work.


Nichols, B. (2010). Introduction to documentary (2nd ed.). Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press.

Super size me. (2004). FILM USA.

The Plow That Broke the Plains. (1936). FILM USA.


Kayla Bone


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