‘The marketing of Meat Loaf’ was a mixed
documentary broadcasted on BBC 2, at
9pm; and the narrative structure for this
particular documentary was closed, single
strand and non-linear.
Through out this documentary, two main
themes were identified; one being the
power of the media and the way it
influences an audience, but also the
uncovering of the media business.
The power of the
The uncovering of
the media business
The camera work on the actual footage for this
documentary varies throughout.
One shot that was used, was a medium long shot of
Meat Loaf, showing him to be relaxed and
comfortable with this part of the documentary.
Also, a steadicam shot was also used at the press
conference, which also identifies the fact that the
documentary is also trying to make the audience
involved; e.g. point of view shot. However, many other
types of camera work that was used through out the
documentary as well; e.g. panning shot, low angle
shot, extreme close up, etc.
As for the interviews that were included in this
documentary, they were done so that the interviewee was
to either the left or right hand of the screen, in order to
make the background visible.
The main mise-en-scene that was used through
the documentary was chromakey (blue or
green background). This enabled those
people to put various items/imagery in the
background of a various interviews.
Meat Loaf image
for the background
of the interviewee
Meat Loaf ‘s name
on the background of
The sounds that were also played in the
background of Meat Loaf’s music videos as
well as some of his songs. A male voice over
was also used in this documentary as well
(standard english and sarcasm was used).
During this documentary, there were three
different types of editing that took place
throughout. These ranged from cuts and
dissolve, to slow motion and montage editing.
As for archive material, they ranged from Meat
Loaf’s songs and videos, to newspaper
headlines and magazines.
The archive material also included market research,
CD covers and footage from various grammy
award shows and brit awards.
The graphics that where used was the text that was
contained either to the left or right bottom hand
corner of the screen. By using this, it anchors the
persons name and relevance to that part of the
documentary. As well as that though, the font that
was also used was white and simple.