• What is Social Media and Why is it Important to Documentary Filmmakers?

    Author(s):
    FRIEDRICH H. KOHLE
    Editor(s):
    Jyotirmaya Patnaik (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Film-Philosophy, Film Studies, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Social media, Motion pictures, Documentary films--Production and direction, Documentary films--Authorship, Journalism, Communication
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Film, Documentary filmmaking
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/379s-yk85
    Abstract:
    Social Media is a binary platform on which all previous forms of media converge. Producers are disappointed that social media does not generate the revenues expected. Documentary filmmakers are challenged to understand, adapt and apply this new technology. This paper examines social media, its origins, applications and limitations by reviewing the predictions made by media theorists. The author conducted case studies and interviewed practicing documentary filmmakers such as the producer of ‘The Act of Killing’. Focus groups among digital natives and immigrants explored their perception of social media. Research includes the production of three documentaries to apply knowledge gained. Less than 5 per cent of digital natives and immigrants investigated perceive social media as a promotional tool. Self-expression, creativity, sharing information globally takes priority.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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