Now I have to write a production essay and I am still fascinated by the idea of documentary reportage where the reporter is a participant. On a quest of sorts, but taking a stance and taking part.
Alan Whicker, the legendary Alan Whicker from Whickers World. An exceptional and groundbreaking documentary series that covered the globe. Alan had penetrative insight, a gentle character, insatiable curiosity and very good manners. A winning combination.:)
As he said in the 60's. "We are making a new style of documentary with the reporter sharing the action." Then we have Michael Moores TV nation with the reporters making the action and setting little tasks and quests and having an agenda to prove a point. To Louis Theroux who participates in the action. Alan Whicker went and watched plastic surgery and Louis had it.
All this participation has slowly over time ingrained itself into the public consciousness, They become us, we become them, the link between us and the other, the experience that we have vicariously through one of our own.