In the minds of many people, documentaries give people the feeling of being heavy and serious. In fact, as the subject matter of documentaries is increasingly enriched, there have been many light, lively, interesting, "small but beautiful" documentaries.
In order to present rich content, creators use various methods to make documentaries, such as actor interpretation, anthropomorphism, animation, scene reproduction, historical small theater, 3D modeling, puppet show, etc., and some films incorporate talk shows, interactive experiences, detectives, etc. Dramas and live broadcasts are popular with audiences today.
Documentaries have learned to deliver richer content to audiences in a lightweight way.
"Everything can be anthropomorphic, and everything can be resurrected" is a trend in the creation of documentaries in the past two years. It is especially popular in cultural and blog documentaries. Artifacts and national treasures can speak eloquently, bronze ware can tell stories, and clay pots can sing; "All come back to life, Feitian is dancing, the terracotta warriors and horses dance the men's team dance, the pottery warriors become rap artists... For example, in the Internet-friendly documentary "Fresh Museum Attack on Daqin", the terracotta warriors and horses men's team RAP and dance are proficient in everything. The program also wrote a song "I am Qin Xiaobing" for them.
The documentary introduces in detail the deep historical knowledge of Daqin's law, military affairs, economy, etc., but it is lively and interesting, not boring.
The third season of "If National Treasures Can Talk" has more narrative techniques, the national treasure still speaks, and the copywriting is more playful and cute.
In addition, documentaries such as "Online Cultural Relics" and "Xinjiang in National Treasures" also make cultural relics play tricks.
The use of anthropomorphic filming techniques to tell stories is also popular in nature documentaries.
"Unreached Realm" shoots animals such as giant pandas, groundhogs, hozens, golden monkeys, etc., but uses delicate lenses to tell human emotional logic and emotional stories. The relationship between red pandas and panda mothers is entirely between children and parents. After two years of living with their mother, pandas will run away from home and venture into the world alone. The love and concern of panda mothers are connected with human emotions.
The small animals in the film are very anthropomorphic in their fear of intruders, intelligent defense, etc. The audience is drawn by the feelings of the small animals and keeps watching.
The filming method of the very popular documentary "Dynasty" in the past two years is also anthropomorphic, socializing the human beings in the animal world, which is called the animal version of "Game of Thrones".
The documentary filmed the machinations of chimpanzees when they scrambled for female orangutans and territory, and the confrontation between "usurper" chimpanzees and "revenge" chimpanzees was twists and turns.
The documentary also uses suspense to film the war between these animals, and the ups and downs of the plot are very eye-catching.
"The History of Fresh Life" is an interesting documentary about Lu Xun, Su Shi, Cao Xueqin and Bai Juyi, four "food celebrities".
Shooting the food in the article of the great writer is a big idea in itself, and the relaxed, pleasant and interesting style of the whole documentary is also eye-catching.
The presentation of documentaries is very flexible, consisting of different forms of content such as actors' performances and live-action shooting.
After using actors to elicit the favorite foods and dishes of the four writers, they then use live shooting to present the inheritance and love of contemporary people for these foods, and then return to the comments and feelings of the writers on these foods.
In "Fresh History", the four actors used vivid performances to interpret the four writers, presenting their love for food in various ways.
This documentary does not pursue the similarities in appearance or temperament between actors and historical figures, but only allows actors to interpret the various states required by the copywriting and exaggerate their intimate relationship with food.
For example, the actor of Lu Xun eats sauce duck, fish ball, etc., and will show an exaggerated expression of being intoxicated by food, shouting "miao" in his mouth.
The content of the live-action shooting of the film is very textured. The actors' performances have been treated with special visual processing. The background does not need to be a real scene, but the characters are "miniature", using letterheads, brushes, calligraphy, manuscripts, etc. as background boards. Sitting on letterhead fishing for shrimp, Lu Xun's family ate around a table on a manuscript of "The Sequel to the Canopy Collection", and Su Shi and his mother discussed books on "The Epitaph of the Dead Brother Zhanduanming".
The voice-over commentary of the documentary is also very pleasant, such as calling Lu Xun "Brother Xun", saying that Lu Xun is "the most disobedient sweet tooth party", saying that Cao Xueqin's writing "does not meet the standard", and the dubbing of Su Shi is the lively Sichuan dialect.
Another kind of interpretation is scene reproduction.
The vast majority of current historical and humanistic documentaries will be shot by scene reproduction, and actors will interpret the history that has happened.
In "The Attack on Daqin of the Fresh Museum", the actors performed a witty and humorous historical story.
For example, after Qin Shihuang destroyed the six kingdoms, the previous dynasty could not understand the characters of other countries on the bamboo slips, and he did not want to be a "literary master", so he ordered Li Si, Zhao Gao, Hu Wujing and others to come up with a "plan" quickly. After a lot of tossing about selecting language experts" and "the emperor with translation", I finally thought of "books with the same text".
The content of the documentary "China" spans thousands of years, and all actors perform scenes to reproduce history.
The second season of "China" presents the heyday of poetry in the Tang Dynasty, the prosperity of aesthetics in the Song Dynasty, the fusion of the Yuan Dynasty, and the reforms in the Ming Dynasty.
In Luoyang, Du Fu finally met his idol Li Bai, Li Bai, who was no longer in the limelight, and Du Fu, who was unhappy.
There are many documentaries in the form of actors' interpretations, such as "Wang Yangming", "Dunhuang: Born into a Legend" and "Things in History".
There are also many documentaries with more diverse shooting techniques, making the works interesting and eye-catching.
The documentary "Micro-History Show" tells the ancient people's makeup, diet, travel, entertainment, etc. through rich micro-scene and clay figures.
As the narrator talks, the hands in the picture begin to "manipulate" the scene and the villain, reproducing the scenes of the ancients' life.
Some of the architecture, animals, trees, cities and other microscopic works in the documentary are very vivid and exquisite.
The documentary "Things in History" is an "experimental" documentary that uses popular culture to deconstruct historical topics. The documentary respects the history of official history and ancient books.
For example, the film made Su Dongpo travel to the contemporary time to taste Dongpo meat and make a comment. As a foodie, Su Dongpo also wrote and acted a piece of RAP.
The whole film is full of net feeling, playing tricks and funny.
The documentary "How to Talk About This Painting", which is also full of Internet sensations, is even more playable. The content of "Han Xizai's Night Banquet" is interpreted as a record of the survival of the Southern Tang women's group, and Tieguai Li, the head of the Eight Immortals in "The Sword of Swords", is broadcast live. In "Portrait of Prince Guo Yunli", Prince Guo appeared and said that there was no such person in history as Zhen Huan, and that he was not familiar with the imperial concubine Xi, and could not talk about any feelings.
This documentary can be described as a brain-opening, full article around a piece of ancient painting.
Nowadays, many documentaries, especially humanities documentaries, are no longer piling up boring humanistic knowledge and historical facts with a straight face, but using various interesting methods and means to create interesting documentaries and take the initiative to adapt to the viewing habits of young people.
The innovation of documentaries is a trend and is also loved by young audiences.
However, is it really a good thing for the documentary's "net sense wind" to "play on" all the way?
Su Dongpo is a great writer who likes food, and having Su Dongpo as a rapper to sing RAP, which is not very fresh, is very "earth-flavored video style". Is this innovation too subversive and spoof?
Serious documentaries can also be "played with memes", but if a large number of popular memes are abused on the Internet, such works can only be fast-moving "fast food culture", and it will be boring and boring to watch again after two years.