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Monday, May 22, 2006

Show Idea

OK, gang. I need your opinions to help me put together a show concept.

When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
Unsolved mysteries
Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
Adventure
Other?
...and why?

What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

Please feel free to elaborate!!

Thanks so much for your thoughts!! Please get your friends and family involved if possible so we can get as many perspectives as possible on this topic!

All Things Possible!
Chris

22 Comments:

  • At 6:39 PM, May 22, 2006 , Anonymous CHUCK MIRARCHI said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    DOCUMENTARY

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    LOVE NEW INFO ABOUT SUBJECTS
    LOVE SEEING NEW THINGS / TRAVEL


    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    DISCOVERY
    PBS
    TRAVEL CHANNEL

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    ADVENTURE & TRAVEL BECAUSE ITS FUN TO WATCH SOMETHING THAT IS ENTERTAINING AND A FORM OF ESCAPISM

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    INVOLVING OTHERS IN THE SHOW
    THE HOST BEING VERY FRIENDLY AND APPROACHABLE - LIKE YOUR BEST FRIEND

     
  • At 7:01 PM, May 22, 2006 , Blogger Jodyabc said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    Documentary

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    I like the Educational aspect, it makes me feel better to know I am actually learning something while loafing on the couch watching T.V.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    PBS

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    I enjoy biographies; It is always interesting to discover how historical characters lived their lives- although be it from a modern interpretation.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    Quoted Diaries or written statements, entertaining narration. Reenactments of important events pertaining to the subject matter.
    GOOD LUCK CHRIS!!

     
  • At 3:51 AM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Matt in Holland said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    Scripted is my favorite as you might guess, since I'm partial to acting. However, since you seem to leaning towards documentaries we can focus on that. As for reality, it's getting old. Too many shows about petty people judging and bickering - I can get that just by walking outside or going to work :)

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    I like great cinematography. I like to be soaring over Aztec ruins or cruising underwater following a shark. I especially good CG that can show me what something USED to look like. We're optical animals, so the more enjoyable the visuals, the more I pay attention.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    Discovery, National Geographic, etc.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    Travel/historical travel, because I like the feeling of going back in time. I also like shows about the universe because it shows me a beyond that I may never see, but is real.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    Perhaps a combination documentary/fiction. For example a documentary about our solar system, but with actors playing space explorers and CG showing the ship travelling to each planet. Give the people a mission, plot of some sort, but also teach as you go. Oh, and find a good actor to play the captain...someone from Europe, Amsterdam maybe...

    Good luck big guy!
    Matt in Holland

     
  • At 3:51 AM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?
    Hate reality shows mostly -not sure why. Scripted shows yes, documantaries big yes.

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?
    the educational character, the info. I dislike annoying hosts or commentary, or info that is brought on to 'dry'..as in boring.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?
    National Geographic, Discovery. Travel Channel.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?
    Mysteries are cool if they are brought well. Adventure yes, travel, history too.
    I take an interest in foreign countries, cultures, myths and legends.


    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?
    A good host/narrator. Interesting development of the story. Not too much dry info but explanations in humorous, interesting ways. I like the concepts of shows like Mythbusters and Braniac.

    Be Inspired! Good luck with this Chris and keep us posted.

     
  • At 6:17 AM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Roger said...

    Normally I prefer unscripted shows to scripted ones because the writing is usually pretty bad and the situations or plots are waaaay past plausible. Exceptions are the "Law and Order"
    franchise shows and the "CSI" franchise shows. And even those occasionally strain credibility to the snapping point.

    I enjoy history shows (although I'm really tired of the Civil War, WWII, and Viet Nam) and "project" shows. This would include everything from cooking shows to "American Chopper". I like these shows because I'm the least mechanical person I know (I watch these guys build things the same way other folks watch me play guitar) and also because I really get a chance to watch real people do real things. (Stranded on an island doesn't seem like "reality" to me.)

    I usually watch The Food Network, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and HGTV. I occasionally watch PBS but not as often as you might think. I have recently discovered the Military Channel and may watch it some on week-ends. ("Old soldiers never die - they just smell that
    way.")

     
  • At 9:57 AM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Documentaries are cool, so are reality shows, and everyone loves action. I'd love to check out a show that combined all three!!

     
  • At 11:44 AM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Mark said...

    Duude! See my email. To long to post here. ATP!
    Mark

     
  • At 12:12 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hey Chris,
    interesting that you would ask this now. Just this weekend I was bit annoyed by two documentaries I saw.

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    I like scripted shows and documentaries

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    I like when you can tell it's been well researched and when it's not taking sides. The BBC ones are usually very good and we have two great German channels (ZDF adn Phoenix) who also know how it's done well.

    What I don't like is when even though they show both arguments for and against something you can detect a negative undertone
    and it is implied that someone with a new idea (e.g. Gavin Menzies with his theory that a large Chinese fleet sailed around the world in 1421) is basically wrong and a fool for going public. Another turn-off are boring hosts. I like it, when you can tell
    their enthusiasm and fascination across the screen.

    Also, I really dislike when things are analysed to bits, like it's done with the DaVinci Code. It's actually quite funny what
    reasons they come up with why it is popular, totally ignoring the obvious answer that it is a well-written intriguing story which
    makes good entertainment.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?
    Well, you wouldn't know the German ones that I mentioned before, but we also get a lot of programmes from the BBC and Discovery Channel that I like.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    History, Biographies, Mysteries, Adventures and Mechanical I think. I am interested in many things and I like finding out new things and/or looking at things from different perspectives.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    About 30 years ago, when I was a kid, we had a great documentary programm that was a co-production from France and Japan called "Once upon a time - Men" that covered history from the beginning of the planet, early humans until today. It was a cartoon programm that had a narrator and a recurring cast of cartoon characters that appeared in every chapter of history that was talked about, it was like little flashback clips to key events. That was really entertaining, easy to understand and fun to watch. They later expanded that to other fields of science as well, like how your body works etc. That was very popular and successful. You could really see/feel how much the producers loved their work and I think that is the key. If the audience can tell/feel that the show is not just another format
    to make money but something the producers/presenters really care about, plus good research, good writers and a creative team you can't go wrong.

    Hope that helps.

    All the best!

    Ute

     
  • At 12:28 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Yomama said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    Documentary

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    I like the fact that they aren't scripted or reality shows.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    Discovery Channel and TLC

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    HGTV (home and garden tv) for the A-Z instructions on how to fix up my home.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    Half naked women, or fully naked, your choice :-) Seriously, I like documentaries for their bold look at current issues and lack of editing out the harsh realities of life.

     
  • At 1:26 PM, May 23, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    i like to watch TV firstly to feel entertained so mostly i prefer scripted good shows.. i sure look for the scripts which i can learn also while being entertained however mostly i rather do the learning through books or searching things over internet.. i watch documentary once in a while but not regularly mostly for the topics which i am especially interested in. can’t stand the reality shows..never could bare any of it more than 4-5 minutes so far..

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    i find it fascinating to see the passion of the researchers who give years/a life time to research things whereas most of us don’t think about much.. i like seeing places, natural events( especially about animals), creatures which are rare and interesting, and impossible for me to see if it wasn’t for that documentary..i dislike not being able to connect with things in it.. things seems distant.. most of the times you don’t even the see the face of the person who is telling it and there is no connection with documentary to another.. the local documentary channel here is using same people all the time whom we know about their passion and back ground about their research.. that is why i prefer that channel to others..

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    Discovery, National Geographic, Local documentary channel mentioned

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    brain functions, quantum physics, human body/anatomy, biographies, creativity related topics like art, movie making..etc because i can actually apply those teachings to myself, my life. also sports especially martial arts because i have done some and can connect to it.. one of my closest friends loves documentaries about cars, motorcycles and mechanics..

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    i like being able to connect to the things i watch.. i also like to see my energy increasing because of feeling good and/or my brain being active because it is making me think.. assuming that we are talking about a regular show, i think, script added documentary with some fictional characters where people can connect and feel attached to watch it regularly would be effective.. and/or if it is explained someone like you Chris regularly just by putting some of your personal face from you even makes a big difference.. for example here in the forum you are coming up with very interesting and valuable topics which we talk about.. just think of doing this on a TV show with a lot of preparation behind it with your decent and warm approach.. i think that would be just great..

    before going i will be the devils's advocate and bring a totaly different approach about documentaries..please note that i don't mean being disrespectful to all those greats reseachs /documentaries.. just a different perspective for some of them.. some documentaries aren't necessarily the voice of the facts /reality because as discussed in these days, i also beleive that,reality is perception of the person's brain.. so it varies depending on the personal data which i am expected to rely on.. and the scripts are produced by the creative feature of individual's brain again.. the source is the same : brain.. but we call one of them fiction the other one reality..there are many fictional thought which seemed unreal in the past became the scientific fact today..just a different way of looking..

    much of the good luck to you and your team Chris...

     
  • At 4:26 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Q. When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    A. I prefer scripted shows but often enjoy watching documentaries. The only "reality" shows I enjoy tend to be of the "improvement" (self or home) or instructional (cooking).

    Q. What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    A. If they are well done I like that most try to show all sides of a given topic. Often they present ideas or information I was not aware of.

    Q. What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    A. Varies a lot! I would say PBS, and any of the Discovery family of channels (Discovery, TLC, TravelChannel, etc)

    Q. Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    A. Unsolved mysteries - or unexplained mysteries/phenomenoms - would be my first choice followed closely by history and then adventure. Though if all three can somehow be put together - as in a documentary about climbing Everest for example - that's the one that would get my vote.

    Q. What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    A. Not sure - I find documentaries to be enjoyable overall (if they are well done) and not much like school as it is.

    Hope this information is useful. Good luck!

    Dave

     
  • At 5:20 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous JRP said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality
    show, or a documentary?

    Documentary

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    like - learning new things....dislike-if show is too slow or boring

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    HIstory Channel, National Geographic, PBS

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:

    Unsolved mysteries, mechanical do-it-yourself, adventure (all of them) plus history, modern marvels, etc

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and
    feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    good character actors

     
  • At 10:25 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous MBP said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, or a documentary?

    Documentary. I generally think reality TV shows are the last thing I'd want to watch. I could see there might be possibilities for a good reality show, and I know of one idea I think would be great, if done right, but mostly I think they're overrated.

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    I always love learning new things, so well-done documentaries that teach and take you to other places, times and cultures fascinate me. I would watch something like that over a scripted show, usually. Mostly because I don't have time to watch a regularly scheduled TV show. It would have to have an actor I liked very much, or a very intriguing storyline for me to keep watching. I always try to spend my viewing time watching something uplifting and/or informational.


    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    I would tend to watch History Channel, National Geographic, PBS, Travel Channel, Food Network, etc. I'm always searching for ways to bring new and interesting things into my life and to study more on subjects that interest me.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:

    Unsolved mysteries are always fun, travel, history, biographies, current scientific and religious documentaries, too.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and
    feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    I agree with JRP that good actors can make a documentary entrancing and memorable...I also agree with Chuck Mirarchi, that the host can make all the difference. And I agree with Matt from Holland about the cinematography. I recently saw a wonderful documentary that had great cinematography, great actors, and used the historical information that Jodyabc mentioned -- quoted diaries, photos, wonderful music (also important). A good documentary should leave the viewer feeling better by having seen it, and I like ones that make me want to learn even more about the subject. or go get involved in something, that spurs me to action in some way, if even to give me a new interest that I didn't have before. I also agree with Ute that a good documentary makes you sense that those making it, loved the whole process of their work. I want to be able to feel that, too, as she so nicely put it.

    Wow, Chris, what a lot of great opinions are turning up about your show concept topic. Best wishes with your project! MBP

     
  • At 10:29 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Mark said...

    Of these, documentary. In general, I try not to watch to much TV, but my viewing is mostly live sports (hard to imitate that), DIY shows (HGTV, This Old House, etc), theatrical movies and (gulp, I admit it) 24. Saying this, I would be open to a cleverly premised and scripted drama show. I have thought about a few themes for shows in this genre that I would watch if somebody came out with them, even if for just a few shows out of curiosity.

    General - I have a feeling there is a burn out on the current reality formats. I also think mainstream America is not sophisticated enough for documentaries. One HUGELY important thing to ask yourself is WHO IS MY TARGET? You can create a product then determine your target or find a target and create something for them, but you have to know who they are. I mention this is strictly from a business/marketing perspective since you are trying pitch (read: sell) an idea, and not intended to curtail any artistic or creative ideas. Which really means, what is America's temperature or current attitude towards TV?


    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?
    I like documentaries that are thoroughly thought out, researched, investigated and have a point, even if that point is to raise more questions than it answers. Conversely, I have a disdain for those that ramble, cannot or do not focus on one or a few ideas, have flimsy support, aren't educating. It seems to me, a good documentary is always under appreciated and under valued maybe because as I surmised earlier, that, overall, we aren't a sophisticated society.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?
    PBS, HGTV for DYI shows, rarely, if at all, Discovery Channel.
    That said, it depends on the merits of the program which means it has to have some advertising, publicity or some other "buzz" generated to catch my attention, especially if it isn't on PBS.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    NEVER

    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Sure, I do already.

    Adventure
    Rarely

    Other?
    I like bio's on intriguing and accomplished people, like, "A day with Mark", or something like "How Mark Made it," or something like that.

    ...and why?
    I think (actually I know this, it is easily supported be evidentiary research) Americans, and here I loosely fit into to the target audience, are generally fascinated by royalty. Not just royalty in the British sense, but those who have achieved the "American Dream", or American Royalty, as I call it. Some want to know about their life styles and what cars they drive, for those, they have "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous" type pseudo-documentaries. Others want to know what they did to achieve success, what steps they took and these people don't even have to be famous or have familiar names. Answer the question, "what did they do that I (average Joe) can do?" and you might have something. There are plenty of entrepreneurs and other types (acting, singing, teaching, female pilots/executives/etc., and on and on) who have achieved success either through finding a new way to the top, or persistence or coming up with a new idea, to fuel years worth of documentary biographies (docu-bios).


    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?
    This is a great question. Getting back to our general lack of sophistication, how do you educate someone who doesn't want to take the time, doesn't care, know how or maybe even want to be educated or worse, learn something that may challenge their beliefs? I think a good start is in my previous answer, personalization. If their is something in it for them, something they can relate to, or apply to their life, perhaps that is a way of getting and maintaining a captive audience or target. I think answering this question from your audiences perspective could be a great start, "what did they do that I (average Joe) can do?"

     
  • At 10:33 PM, May 23, 2006 , Anonymous Dale - AKA: Thomas Jefferson said...

    1) When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?
    DALE: I LOATHE REALITY SHOWS, ENJOY SENSIBLE DOCUMENTARIES, BUT PREFER FICTION AS IT IS A MORE USEFUL WAY TO EXPLORE DIFFICULT SUBJECTS.

    2) What do you like/dislike about documentaries?
    DOCUMENTARIES ARE SUPPOSED TO REFLECT REALITY, BUT OF COURSE THEY REFLECT THE REALITY OF THE FILM MAKER. THAT'S OKAY. IF THE SUBJECT IS OF INTEREST TO ME, THEN I'LL WATCH.

    3) What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?
    PBS, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HBO

    4 )Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?
    I PREFER SOCIAL ISSUES OR HISTORY. I WANT TO KNOW HOW OTHER PEOPLE SEE THE WORLD AND WHAT IT IS I CAN LEARN FROM THEM. MIND-CANDY IS OF LIMITED INTEREST TO ME, PERSONALLY. IF I WANT TO VEGGIE, I'LL EAT MY OWN PECAN PIE!

    5) What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?
    TEACHING IS ABOUT CREATING EXCITMENT AND SHARING IT. MY JEFFERSONS ARE MOSTLY EXCITING BECAUSE OF THE PASSION AND ENERGY I POUR INTO THEM, AUDIENCE BY AUDIENCE. DOCUMENTARIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO TEACH ME MUCH THAT I DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW BY 1) RESEARCH AND 2) PERSPECTIVE. WHY DID THIS SUBJECT INTRIGUE YOU? HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO BRING FRESH PERSPECTIVE TO IT? WHAT IS YOUR POV?

     
  • At 7:10 AM, May 24, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    remembered a documentary/show from years ago i enjoyed which may give you some idea..it was done twice by different people..First, a very famous singer traveled around the world and showed, explained those places, cultures and commumicated with locals.. the second time it was done by a TV guy who happens to be funny and very easy going to coummunicate with people on the street which created a different kind of atmosphere for the show.. The concept was the same but who is making the program both in terms of preparation and presentation made a big difference in a lot of things.. may be it can be thought on a national level.. the US is a large country with a lot of nice and interesting things to see, to explore.. very different kind of people to meet..or may be you already had something similiar.. thought it is worth it to give it a shot..

    all the best

    ...

     
  • At 8:22 AM, May 24, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When I watch TV, my favorite type of shows would be documentaries. I like them for what I can learn from them and how they can take me to a world I haven't yet experienced.

    Network: PBS and National Geographic

    Unsolved mysteries and adventure themes are both good, but I also enjoy shows that express the beauty of nature, and especially those that contain humor and clever use of the English language.

    Best wishes, Chris!
    HJ

     
  • At 9:56 AM, May 24, 2006 , Anonymous Nisha said...

    Hi Chris,

    I prefer documentaries. I enjoy broadening my mind when I watch TV. I like visiting far off places that I may not visit in my lifetime. Learning about other cultures is fascinating. I especially like being enlightened as to how other people live rustically. It makes me appreciate my comparatively luxurious lifestyle. I am impressed with the resourcefulness of many families and communities. I also enjoy watching history driven documentaries because I know we can all learn from the past. I also love knowing how we got to where we are.

    I love Discovery Channel, History Channel, and The Learning Channel. I do like watching Unsolved Mysteries and Adventure shows too. I think the unsolved mysteries are interesting puzzles and stimulate your mind. They also make you more aware of how easy it is for bad people to take advantage of the general population. Adventure shows are a fun form of education. I think an entertaining, down to earth, host makes the Adventure more gripping. You get sucked in when you believe the person you are watching is truly qualified to perform the task at hand.

    I think having a popular host who interacts with the audience will make a learning show more entertaining. Having a venue where people could write in and make suggestions or ask questions would be fun for the viewers. Giving credit to the person who contacted the show would make people eager to watch to see if their letter or email was the addressed on a specific episode. Having some of those people make guest appearances would be fun too. That might add a reality TV twist.

    I hope your show concept makes a huge impact on those who will review it. Blow their minds! I look forward to seeing you host a fresh, exciting, new educational show.

    Big Smiles, Nisha

     
  • At 12:21 PM, May 24, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    I lean toward documentaries. They're likely to be more informative. Definitely not "reality" shows. I don't care to subject my time to what some nameless person decides what they think is "reality!"

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    My main "beef" with most TV is the commercials. They're necessary, I know, and I do appreciate when some humor can be instilled in them.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    I enjoy PBS, mostly for the above reasons.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    I think, all of the above for the sake of variety.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    Inject a little humor!


    Good luck with all your endeavors!

    FJM - one of the "Traveling Tuning Twosomes."

     
  • At 2:32 PM, May 24, 2006 , Blogger Sally Carrerra said...

    When you watch TV, would you rather watch a scripted show, a reality show, or a documentary?

    Reality and documentary shows. Let's face it, reality shows are hot and even though people say they are 'over' them, just take a look at the ratings. The hottest show on right now (not that I'm a fan) is American Idol. Why? You have audience involement. What other show let's the audience determine the outcome?

    What do you like/dislike about documentaries?

    Depends on the subject matter. I enjoy learning something about an event that I didn't already know.

    What network or station do you turn to for educational shows?

    History channel, food network (yes, it's educational!) HGTV, DIY and Court TV.

    Of the many documentary types, would you rather watch:
    Unsolved mysteries
    Mechanical or Do-It-Yourself
    Adventure
    Other?
    ...and why?

    DIY - because it's relevant to your hobby or project.

    What do you think would make a documentary more fun and exciting and feel less like school and more like entertainment?

    It's got to have some perspective other than the obvious and some human interest too.

    Best of luck to you!

     
  • At 12:46 PM, May 28, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    HI Chris I enjoy the History channel and the discovery channel all those types of shows. I enjoy histories mysteries and the show with Josh Bernstein .. I wish they would have had these shows when I was a kid in school I would have been a better history student. i like modern marvels as well . Biographys are great shows also. they don''t feel like school to me I tried bringinng humour into my history projects that I had to do in person my becoming the Character it played well and I got a good mark in history that year. hahaha But most of the time history was boring. now I like it on TV. Nova is another great program I Watch I guess Iam getting old hahaahh. well I am .

    I am not a fan of reality TV I think some people should really not set foot on stage . I really hate it when someone makes an ass out of themselves or shows where the rich kids are destructive and dont seem to care about Daddies money and make America seem to the world that we are really like that. when most of us are not. no what I mean its embarrassing. anyway thats my two cents dont think its much help but there you go. enjoyed the topic as always and there are some smart people on here. Tom

     
  • At 7:28 PM, May 28, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Chris

    Glad to see Tom posting...and hope you are still adding comments to your topic on documentaries.
    When I do take time out for TV, it's often to watch a documentary. This kind of show intrigues me when there is a congenial host - and if it's part of a series, then the appeal of the host can make all the difference. I like a host who has an authentic passion for the subject at hand and who draws you into the world the documentary is portraying.

    I don't like documentaries that are all event and not enough explanation about that event. I just saw a documentary that had lots of great footage of a major world event, but the history and explanation of it, which would have made me feel the impact of the event, didn't bridge the historical and cultural gap I felt, and you never saw the host. I think a narrator or host that could tie it all together for the viewer would have helped.

    The documentary was of an event I'll never witness in my lifetime, which is what I like about documentaries, but the event could have been prefaced by more vivid explanation or interspersed better. While it did quote a famous historical person, and showed a brief clip of a well-known person I recognized who was commenting on the event, I thought more could have been done to set the stage for the viewer of what is a spectacular event. For some reason I had trouble staying with it, and I'm usually pretty patient when it comes to a documentary.

    Of course, now that I'm thinking more about how films are made (because of a certain person's website) perhaps this is playing into how I perceive them, which would be differently than before!

    I also like documentaries that are re-enactments/portrayals of a person's life. In this case, I've seen good documentaries that involve real people who knew that person, or even - in more of a reality show effect - documenting part of a person's life with them the main character, as they are living out part of their life.

    I think we all know a good documentary when we see it, but putting together the puzzle pieces to make one outstanding work seems to me to be the ultimate challenge. I really think because of following your website over the past year, I have greater expectations, but also greater appreciation, for the work that goes into all types of TV shows, movies and documentaries.

     

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