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#1 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 01:29 PM

The other day I'm listening to Day to Day on NPR on earphones while at a coffe shop.
The anchor was introducing an interview with Ted Koppel & I could have sworn he said "Koppel's upcoming talkumentary on the Discovery Channel".
Thinking it over I thought I must have misheard, cheap earphones & a noisy coffee shop.
But I still thought it was a useful term for describing the all too common PBS Front Line style of documentary.
Wall to wall narration, broken only by the talking heads. It's documentary as illustrated lecture.

I listened to the beginning of the story again prior to writing this and I'm now certain the anchor said "talkumentary".

http://www.npr.org/t...toryId=14990155
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#2 Patrick Neary

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 08:16 PM

now if they can just come up with a term for narrative features that are shot the same way...

talking head-talking head-talking head-talking head-talking head. ugh.
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