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How to Adjudicate a Documentary Film at KNDFF


Adjudication of a Documentary Film

A documentary is a non-fictional motion picture that derives its motivation from its interest in a particular aspect of reality with the purpose of exposition, informing or educating the viewership. It may be about a unique aspect of a school, people in a given locale, a natural phenomena and its contribution or effect on a people or even a cultural practice. The director needs to research thoroughly and make the ideas presented intriguing and thought provoking. A presentation about a school and its daily routine may border on an advert unless there is an aspect that is thought-provoking.

The assessment of a Documentary Film will be as follows:

  1. Choice of relevant theme … …..20%
  2. Content design (script)…………10%
  3. Camera use…..………..…….…..20%
  4. Voice over .……….…..……….….20%
  5. Choice of sets/event…..…….….10%
  6. Score……………………………….10%
  7. Editing………………………..……10%

TOTAL: 100%

How to Allocate Marks while Adjudicating a Documentary Film

  1. Choice of relevant theme (15%)

The content of the documentary must be relevant and with obvious purpose which may be expository, propagation of a phenomena or an analytical approach. There focus of the target idea should be clear. One theme is more appropriate. The mode of a documentary must be faithfully followed and executed. The key word here is be conscious of what you owe the target viewers.

2. Content design (script) (10%)

The manner of presentation should exhibit purpose and intelligent sequencing. What would you front here to endear the viewer to your content and what would you hold on to till the end? This section demands an order and creative purpose of the project. The keyword here is INTELLIGENT SEQUENCING.

3. Camera Use (20%)

The demands under this section are similar to those of the screen-play.

4. Voice over (20%)

The manner in which the voice over has been used to credibly render the content will be of utmost importance. The vocal quality of the narrator must work for the presentation without drawing attention to itself unnecessarily. A hoarse voice may draw attention to its hoarseness instead of directing the attention of the viewers to the content unless deliberately planned so for the purpose of the theme. The key phrase here is careful choice of narrators.

5. Choice of sets/event (10%)

The events that were picked to enhance the central message of the narration must be carefully chosen. Irrelevant events that do not directly enhance the driving force of the content will attract low marks. The choice of sets/context should work for the presentation. The key phrase here is relevance of chosen events.

6. Score (Music and Sound effects) (10%)

Music or any sound effects chosen for the presentation must be in harmony with the contexts and overall purpose of the presentation. Music should not be picked because it is thrilling but rather because it enhances a clear purpose that is self-explanatory. The key phrase here is relevance and purpose.

7. Editing (10%)

The demands of editing will be similar to that of the screen-play.

8. Achievement (5%)

Focus on the overall educative, entertainment and communicative value.


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