Mechlenburg Music

Jon Günther Andersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper takes its departure from an internship in the fall of 2013, at the film production company M2Film. It will elaborate on the tasks that I stood before as a part of the internship. These ranged across the entire film production; Preproduction - logistics, location scouting, form and content of the films; Production – lighting, photography etc.; and postproduction – editing and colour grading. Further the paper will expand on a particular project that I was in charge of; the production of a portrait film for and with the composer Jesper Mechlenburg. What hat started as an internship with a strong focus on the commercial aspects of film production, now, with this project, I began a journey into the universe of documentary filmmaking. There were several aspects of this practise that rose a curiosity in me. First of all, how the documentary subject transfers his/her everyday life to the documentary film, compared to how the actor conveys a script in a fictional film. Secondly, how you as a producer/director has to create a portrait that is both true to the everyday social world, and at the same time reaches the set goals of the documentary. Furthermore I am interested in the craftsmanship of making films, and how to camera, edit and sound can support the documentary subjects presentation of self, or work against it. To be able to explore this documentary performance, I turn to the ph.d. thesis Just act natural: a poetics of documentary performance by Elisabeth Marquis. She discuses the documentary performance and set up a model for an analysis of the performance of the documentary subject. With the help of Marquis’ thesis, this paper will try to answer how the relationship between the documentary subjects performance of everyday life, the framing of the camera and the overall goal of the documentary conventions works, and how they relate to, affect and interfere each other.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jan. 2014
VejledereKristine Munkgård Pedersen


  • documentary performance
  • documentary