• Filipe Costa Luz MovLab/Cicant University Lusófona


Filmmakers aim to deliver some emotional and aesthetic coin to their works, which makes it possible that the boundaries between fiction and documentary genres could be diluted artistically.

The documentary is a recognized genre in film studies that is considered to move on one side of the boundary between fact and fiction. Michael Rabiger defends the objectivity and fairness of documentaries due to the expectation of the viewer to accept the photographic image as true (Rabiger, 1998, p. 6). Bill Nichols reinforces this idea evoking that the documentaries that best witness a certain theme are those in which filmmakers “don’t interfere", classifying them as "observational documentaries", as the examples from the images captured in World War II or the political TV news (Nichols, 1991, p. 38).

Therefore, the challenge that we propose aims to relate the documentary live action characteristics with the animated images, where the veracity is just an animation reflection. To better illustrate the curious fusion of animation and documentary image, we will examine several emergent examples of this new “film genre”.


Author Biography

Filipe Costa Luz, MovLab/Cicant University Lusófona

PhD in Communication Sciences by the New University of Lisbon, Filipe Costa Luz coordinates Multimedia Applications and Games Ba and is vice-chair of Digital Animation Ba at Lusófona University of Humanities and Technology.

He lecture digital post-production for film, television, games and animation and also he does research activities in projects of communication sciences, informatics and arts. His work at MovLab (laboratory of Interactions and Interfaces) it’s an example of the cross media projects that evolve him in academic and professional work for the entertainment, design or communication area.

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