The truth of images
A discussion about the boundaries of documentary film
Images for documentary film only show a fragment of the truth – they are also created, constructed and elaborated. Through design techniques such as cropping, selection, sequence, they inevitably reshape reality. But in contrast to a fictional image, the audience expects the author to depict reality – at least the subjective view of it. The filmmaker bears the responsibility for the trust of the audience – an audience that quite often wants to believe that it is witnessing an authentic depiction of reality. With the new techniques of image processing in the moving image, new narrative possibilities in documentary filmmaking emerge. But this also confronts us with ethical challenges in the interaction between makers, clients and audiences. The open source Content Authenticity Initiative has developed technical solutions to track image manipulation in press photography, from shooting on location to release.The question remains: Do we need such control possibilities for the moving image as well? How do documentary filmmakers deal with these new possibilities?
Anton Knoblach, Product Marketing Manager @ Adobe
Prof. Beatrice Babin, University of Television and Film Munich
Santiago Lyon, Head of Advocacy and Education – Content Authenticity Initiative @ Adobe
Phie Ambo, Director – Viola Lucia Film
Fatima Abdollahyan, Commissioning Editor, BR
Birgit Gudjonsdottir, Cinematographer
Prof. Michael Leuthner, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
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