Commando: On the front line One of Chris’ most popular documentaries would be on the Royal Marines where he is seen going through the brutal training of the armed forces and then to joining one of the worlds most feared forces on the front line in Afghanistan. He films his own journey with them, and shows how tough it is to earn the Royal Marines Green Beret and what it is like for a soldier fighting against the Taliban. The only difference is he’s shooting with a camera not a gun.
Observational Documentary Being an observational documentary, Commando: on the front line, it allowed the viewer to get a more detailed and realistic point of view of life in the military. It intensified the series making it a lot more gripping to watch as he was out in Afghanistan. This technique he uses has been very successful to Chris Terrill and ultimately won him several awards. Being there as events unfold - These documentaries follow people or events and document their journey.
Other examples: Ross Kemp Ross Kemp originally an actor on the soap Eastenders, is now more recently known for his documentaries Ross Kemp: On gangs, where he travels all around the world following the lives on several gangs. He is a prime example of observational documentaries. He has won several BAFTA’s in his career for acting and for his documentaries. He has also made series on Afghanistan, middle east, pirates and the amazon. lad
Ross Kemp on Gangs : In his gang series he his seen joining in with gangs, interviewing and following the every day life. He likes to get involved as much as possible, and sometimes find himself in dangerous situations. In his series of gangs he has been documenting on the famous St. Louis gangs Bloods and Crips, neo-nazis in Russia, football hooligans in Poland and several gangs in Africa. Ross Kemp in Afghanistan: Due to personal interest of his, he decided that he would venture into Afghanistan. In this series Kemp in Afghanistan, which entails Kemp following the 1st Battalion of the British Army’s Royal Anglian regiment during their deployment to Afghanistan's Helmand Province from March to August 2007. In preparation for the assignment, Kemp had to participate in military training for personal defence.