Jouko Aaltonen

Jouko Aaltonen
Aalto University · Department of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design

Doctor of Arts

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Introduction
Researcher and documentary filmmaker, born 1956 in Turku, Finland. I have studied social sciences at Turku University and filmmaking at University of Industrial Arts (nowadays part of Aalto University), where I made my master thesis 1984 and doctoral theses 2006. Currently active documentary director, producer, teacher and researcher, visiting researcher and adjunct professor (docent) at Aalto University. Research interests: documentary film, anthropological film, artistic research

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There has been a boom in the number of political documentaries since 9/11. Quite often, the form of these documentaries has been rhetorical. They seek to argue, prove, demonstrate and convince the audience about a particular point. This article studies rhetorical forms and rhetorical expressions in documentary films using as an example three docume...
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There has been a significant increase in the number of history programmes and documentary films about history shown on television since the 1990s. This is due to technological and institutional changes in international television but also to the wider commodification of history. The new technological means and approaches have also provided new oppo...
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Writing the script for a documentary film can be problematic. According t some documentary filmmakers, it is not possible at all, because one cannot know beforehand what is going to happen. Nonetheless, a written script is often required to obtain financing for a documentary project. This article deals with different work practices and forms of doc...
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This article focuses on voices that are heard in Finnish documentaries. In this context, the concept of voice indicates different points of view and expressions which are present in a film. In addition to the voice of the film-maker, the voices of subjects comprise essential components of documentaries. Voices are created in the complicated film-ma...
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Jouko Aaltonen, Satu Kyösola & Ville Suhonen (eds.) Dokumenttielokuvan suuri tuntematon Katseita Antti Peippoon Insights into Antti Peippo English Summary Antti Peippo is the great unknown in Finnish documentary films and films in general. He’s a visual artist who became a filmmaker and later, as a director, the great master of Finnish essay do...
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The article documents the influence of documentary films on fictional texts, a phenomenon which has become more common in recent years and is illustrated by several examples.
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Traditionally, there have been major differences in the styles of documentary and fiction cinematography. The term privileged camera angle was used when talking about the classical Hollywood visual style. The camera was located in positions impossible for the viewer to replicate in real life, for instance behind the mirror or in the refrigerator or...
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For a documentary filmmaker there are several challenges in presenting religious phenomena. It is easy to document the rituals and the sensory level of events, but how can religious experience be represented? How can the invisible be made visible? What are the means to do this visually, aurally and cinematically? There are also special epistemologi...

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