Participatory documentary: this is when the filmmaker gets involved within the actual documentary. the filmmaker changes the dynamics of the film with what he or she says within the interviews. he or she changes the view on what people say and think an example of this is films by Michael Moore.
Poetic documentary: this is a more artistic type of documentary. it moves away from reality to a more abstract approach to documentary and is more visual than the conventional modes. Some examples of this is night and fog and general orders number 9.
The primary purpose of the Expository mode is to make an argument. This is the model that is most often associated with documentary in general. The structure is grounded in a series of assertions backed up by evidence. The assertions are presented through verbal commentary from an invisible voice-over narrator, while images provide the evidence.
This mode uses the observations of an unobtrusive camera to create direct engagement with the everyday life of subjects.
This mode, which includes the mockumentary format, calls attention to the assumptions and conventions that govern documentary filmmaking to increase our awareness of how films construct representations of reality.
This final mode highlights the subjective or expressive aspect of the filmmaker’s own involvement with a subject to heighten the audience’s responsiveness to the subject and to this involvement. These films reject objectivity and favor emotion.