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.Mockumentary (also known as a mock documentary) is a genre of film and television in which fictitious events are presented in a non-fiction or documentary format; the term can also refer to an individual work within the genre.^ Mockumentary comes from mock documentary , a cinematic or television genre that is made in the style of a documentary but with fictional elements, a fake documentary.
  • Mockumentary production Tico Film Company 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.ticofilm.com [Source type: General]

^ The mockumentary is presented as if it were a documentary recording real life, but is in fact fictional.
  • I Love Mockumentary Film & Television! 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A mockumentary or mocumentary is a fiction film presented as a documentary film .

.Such works are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictitious setting.^ This website uses IntenseDebate comments , but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
  • Dodgeblogium » Radical Christian mockumentary… 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.andrewiandodge.com [Source type: General]

^ A related phrase in use since the mid-nineties is adrenaline television , which refers to live television broadcasts of dramatic and often violent events.

^ Set among actual events in the 1988 primaries, it follows a fictitious candidate as he manoeuvers through the political minefield, and uses real events and real people for authenticity.

.Mockumentaries are often presented as historical documentaries with b roll and talking heads discussing past events or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events.^ They are usually comedic , often parodic in nature, and are often presented as historical documentaries with b-roll and talking heads discussing past events or as cinema verite pieces following people as they go through various events.

^ Mockumentaries are often presented as historical documentaries with b roll and talking heads discussing past events or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events.
  • I Love Mockumentary Film & Television! 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The best part are the talking head interviews with Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, Anthony DeCurtis from Rolling Stone....and Mandy Moore?
  • Rock Band VH1 Mockumentary - Music - Kotaku 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC kotaku.com [Source type: General]

.Examples of this type of satire date back at least to the 1950s (a very early example was a short piece on the "Swiss Spaghetti Harvest" that appeared as an April fool's joke on the British television program Panorama in 1957), though the term "mockumentary" is thought to have first appeared in the mid-1980s when This Is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner used it in interviews to describe that film.^ Spinal Tap is a mockumentary of a subgenre of documentary, the concert film.
  • Teaching English Language Arts: MockumentaryDay1 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC wiki.elearning.ubc.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Round-up of April Fool’s jokes .

^ Examples of this type of satire date back at least to the 1950s (a very early example was a short piece on the " Swiss Spaghetti Harvest " that appeared as an April fool 's joke on the British television program Panorama in 1957), though the term "mockumentary" is thought to have first appeared in the mid-1980s when This Is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner used it in interviews to describe that film.
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.Prior to "Spinal Tap", "A Hard Day's Night" (1964), written by Alun Owen, and purporting to describe a couple of days in the lives of The Beatles, was possibly the first feature film that could be characterized as a "mockumentary". In 1969, Woody Allen's "Take the Money and Run" was presented documentary-style with Allen playing a fictional criminal, Virgil Starkwell, whose crime exploits are "explored" throughout the film.^ Long live Spinal Tap!
  • Spinal Tap - movie quotes & songs 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.soundboard.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The mockumentary is presented as if it were a documentary recording real life, but is in fact fictional.
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^ A mockumentary or mocumentary is a fiction film presented as a documentary film .

.Jackson Beck who used to narrate documentaries in the 1940's provides the voice-over narration.^ Delli Colli is also used to fill in for an actor who doesn't show up to film the 1940 trolley sequence.
  • Fellini's mockumentary of making a Fellini movie - Intervista - Epinions.com 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.epinions.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Create another T-chart, this time - and using the examples provided by the class - create a list of defining features of both the documentary and the mockumentary: .
  • Teaching English Language Arts: MockumentaryDay1 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC wiki.elearning.ubc.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Fictional interviews are interspliced throughout, especially those of Starkwell's parents who wear Groucho Marx noses and moustaches.^ They are part of the problem, especially those who produce for cable and PBS. I believe they want the controversy to disappear, rather than to attack it at its core.
  • Mockumentary Flap by Ron Steinman- The Digital Journalist 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC digitaljournalist.org [Source type: General]

^ What this country needs is a whole lot more homosexual school superintendents and principals, especially those who embarrass their staff on the internet - yeah, right.
  • ‘Mockumentary’ May Get Superintendent Fired (Comments) 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.museumofhoaxes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.One year later Federico Fellini released "I clowns" (1970), which was in all ways a mockumentary while Allen's film was a narrative with mockumentary aspects throughout.^ The production team did not produce a documentary film, as we know one, but something in a different category, more like a non-fiction narrative film.
  • Mockumentary Flap by Ron Steinman- The Digital Journalist 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC digitaljournalist.org [Source type: General]

^ Nineteen years later, the three stable members of Spinal Tap appear as the Folksmen in the latest mockumentary, A Mighty Wind, directed by Guest.
  • CSULB Online 49er: v10n113: ‘Wind’ powers mockumentary advancements 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.csulb.edu [Source type: General]

^ Many moons ago, I made this little mockumentary about one of my many private detective films.
  • Search Results for mockumentary on Yahoo! Video 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC video.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.One of the earliest pioneers of the mockumentary format for television comedy is Victoria Wood, who regularly included them in her 1985 series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.^ A 2005 mockumentary on the disappearance of Conker, and what happened after Conker's Bad Fur Day, including his work on Halo 2, and his comedy stand up and rap career.
  • Internet Archive: Free Download: Conker: Live & Reloaded Mockumentary "Conker: Celebrity Squirrel" 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kasdan, whose credits include Orange County, The TV Set, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story , is only one of many who can rightfully claim to have been influenced by Reiners now classic comedy that helped coin the term mockumentary.
  • DGA 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.dga.org [Source type: General]

^ The Office is an American mockumentary comedy television series that airs on NBC and is developed by Greg Daniels.
  • The Office | Ardhindie.com 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.ardhindie.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Since the 80s, the mockumentary format has enjoyed much attention, especially in the directorial work of Spinal Tap star Christopher Guest.^ I admit that Spinal Tap had its contrivances, but it worked.
  • Ryan Gilbey: The resistible rise of the mockumentary | Film | guardian.co.uk 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ I'm a big fan of Christopher Guest 's work on "This Is Spinal Tap", "Waiting for Guffman", "Best in Show" and A Mighty Wind , an unofficial series of mockumentaries generally starring the same great troupe of actors.

^ Director Michael Winterbottom lacks the real comic edge of other directors, such as Woody Allen and Christopher Guest, who have done much funnier, off-beat mockumentaries before.
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC nycmovieguru.com [Source type: General]

.Films such as Best in Show and A Mighty Wind penned by Guest and co-star Eugene Levy were both critical successes.^ Christopher Guest directed; he also co-wrote the script with Eugene Levy .
  • Best in Show starring Carrie Aizley, Lewis Arquette and Bob Balaban 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.blippr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Directed by Christopher Guest, co-written by Guest and Eugene Levy.
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^ A Mighty Wind • by co-star Bob Balaban .
  • A Mighty Wind 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.movienet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Borat as well was a success, though writer and star Sacha Baron Cohen received much criticism for his alleged racism and disparagement of the Kazakh people.^ Although his antics are directed by Borat showman Larry Charles , Maher is hardly comparable to Sacha Baron Cohen as a trickster performance artist.
  • Bill Maher Makes an Adolescent Case Against Religion in Religulous; Muslim Comics Play It Safe in Allah Made Me Funny - Page 1 - Movies - New York - Village Voice 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.villagevoice.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And Baron Cohen adds a gonzo element: His films, like "Jackass," offer the possibility that the actor might actually get his butt kicked by the people he's punking.
  • 'Brüno' takes mockery to new heights - SFGate 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC articles.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ The movie stars Sacha Baron Cohen as an Austrian TV host searching for fame and fortune in America.
  • Mockumentary : Film Gecko - A movie news and review blog from b5media. 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.filmgecko.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The most notable uses of the mockumentary in the 2000s have been the British sitcom The Office and its many international offshoots including American, French, German, French Canadian, Chilean, and Brazilian versions with talks of an Indian version to soon begin production.^ The most interesting bit of news from a the band's recent announcement is that they are in development with Fast Shoes Production and The Endeavor Agency to film a reality based "mockumentary" sitcom starring the band and metal guru/comedian Brian Posehn .

^ Dogma Digital's 'Used Bookstore', an American mockumentary : Movies > Comedy - Mininova From now on, only Content Distribution torrents are allowed.
  • Dogma Digital's 'Used Bookstore', an American mockumentary : Movies > Comedy - Mininova 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.mininova.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And most damaging for a mockumentary, the actors always sound like they're reading lines, not actually talking.
  • Adam Jahnke's Hell Plaza Oktoberfest! 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.thedigitalbits.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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.In Spain, Paramount Comedy has produced a mockumentary, EL DIVO, created by stand up comedian and writer Carlos Clavijo.^ Recommended by: RichM , opinionated , JohnInWestland , Dazy , Glic , mayan , esquimaux , libertyisliberal , Catrina an FBI agent ...believed the writers and producers were "making things up."
  • Daily Kos: The walls are crashing down around ABC's mockumentary 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: General]

^ Producer/Director/Writer "30 Minutes Of Perception", a short office comedy, is John's most recent project.

^ Amazon Video on Demand Length: 51:00 Posted: 12/15/2009 In this mockumentary by stand-up comic Faizon Love, writer/director Love does a send-up on the documentary homage to fabled films and directors.
  • Faizon Love - Photos, Bio and News for Faizon Love 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.tvguide.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In this comedy, we follow the life and career of an old tv star (Agustin Jimenez) and his team (Carlos Areces).^ Julia Louis-Dreyfus Learn about the life and career of Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
  • About.com TV Comedies: Most Popular Articles 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC tvcomedies.about.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Rik Mayall has started shooting a new comedy film alongside former A-Team star Dirk Benedict.
  • Mayall's mockumentary : News 2009 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.chortle.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ In the months that follow, Doug Bruce gradually reconstructs his life, meeting old friends for the first time, making his first trip to the beach, eating his first chocolate mousse.
  • 'Mockumentary' claim over feted film | World news | The Guardian 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

.The false documentary form has also been used for some dramatic productions (and precursors to this approach date back to the radio days and Orson Welles' production of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds).^ The false documentary form has also been used for some dramatic productions and precursors to this approach date back to the radio days and Orson Welles ' production of H. G. Wells ' novel, The War of the Worlds .
  • I Love Mockumentary Film & Television! 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Most might point to those '70s and '80s works as the roots of the mockumentary format, and one could argue that it started with Orson Welles' infamous 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast.
  • 'Brüno' takes mockery to new heights - SFGate 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC articles.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ This drama takes the form of a story told using documentary materials as an intrinsic part of the narrative.

.Mockumentaries are often partly or wholly improvised, as an unscripted style of acting helps to maintain the pretense of reality.^ Mockumentaries are often partly or wholly improvised , as an unscripted style of acting helps to maintain the pretense of reality.
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^ The so-called Mockumentary is a fictional film which imitates the style of a non-fiction documentary, often passing itself off as such in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
  • Mockumentary « Student Based Creative Exchange 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC ucsbce.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

^ The humor in a mockumentary often arises from incidental bits of dialogue or visuals, accompanied by a talented actor's deadpan delivery of improvised lines.
  • What is a Mockumentary? 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.wisegeek.com [Source type: General]

.Comedic mockumentaries rarely have laugh tracks, also to sustain the atmosphere, although there are exceptions - for example, Operation Good Guys had a laugh track from its second series onwards.^ Comedic mockumentaries rarely have laugh tracks , also to sustain the atmosphere, although there are exceptions - for example, Operation Good Guys had a laugh track from its second series onwards.
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^ Operation Good Guys (1997 TV series) .
  • Best "Mockumentary" Titles 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Indeed, the passing away of Pat in the final episode is a stunning example of the way in which in the mockumentary, “the distinction between the ways in which the comedic and the serious are conventionally signalled have begun to be dismantled”.
  • Refractory » Televisual Control: The Resistance of the Mockumentary - Wendy Davis 3 February 2010 17:29 UTC blogs.arts.unimelb.edu.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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A Mockumentary is a movie that pretends to be a documentary. It pretends to tell a true story, but is really a work of fiction. The word is a combination (a portmanteau word) of "mock" (meaning fake or false) and "documentary".

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