IN WHAT WAYS DOESYOUR MEDIAPRODUCT USE,DEVELOP ORCHALLENGE FORMSAND CONVENTIONSOF REAL MEDIAPRODUCTS? By Devon McManus
RULE OF THIRDS. Our documentary employed the conventions of a documentary to resemble a real media product. One way we achieved this was by employing rule of thirds, which can be seen here in an interview with musician Danny Gruff. However, we also decided to challenge the convention of rule of thirds, by placing the interviewee in the centre of the frame. Here is an example of this, in the interview with musician Dion Roy. We decided to place him centre so that he was in the centre of the lights for the mise en scene.
CAMERA SHOTS.We challenged conventions of filming a documentary We conformed to the professional style ofby using handheld cameras .The effect in this image filming by using a tripod to make sure ourwas to show a whole queue outside a gig to really footage was steady. This image is a masteremphasize how many people go to gigs. shot from the Alex Clare gig we filmed. To make our documentary more artistic, we We employed medium close ups in our decided to add some close ups of relevant documentary to fit with the conventional footage, such as this image of a guitar player, to structure for an interview in a documentary. make the whole sequence more dynamic. This was our interview with Alex Clare.
SOUND. • In the creation of our documentary, we developed the conventions of real media products by adding a sound bed under interviews to keep the documentary exciting. We did this by adjusting the volume of the interview and the sound bed to ensure that it wasn’t overpowering. • In our interview with Dion Roy, we decided to include ambient sound instead adding music later because we thought it would create a live atmosphere by having music from the venue playing in the background. Ambient sound also developed conventions as we filmed a vox pop in front of a crowd. Usually, there would be some ambient sound during a vox pop, however we decided that it would be more suitable to have the ambient sound relate to the documentary – crowd noise. • We additionally included a narration to give our documentary a structure. We were able to plan what footage to use around the theme and structure of our narration, and added to the documentary being informative as well as entertaining.
TITLES.• Our documentary is similar of a real media product because we employed titles to introduce the name of our documentary and also to give the name and profession of our interviewee’s when on screen. This is important because it adds structure to the documentary like the narration. We wanted our documentary to look as professional as possible so therefore employed this feature that would avoid making the documentary look amateur.• We did try to use as little titles as we could so that the audience would completely rely upon the narration for information and the footage for visual entertainment.
EFFECTS.We decided to add a black We also employed cross The fade to black effect isand white effect to some of dissolve during a montage of used in manythe footage in our gig footage to be entertaining documentaries, so todocumentary to make it and to make the documentary conform to the professionalmore dynamic and exciting. look as though it wasn’t made convention, we included it by amateurs. in our documentary.We included the convention of title We added animation of a flashing recording sign tographics in our documentary to make the documentary more artistic and to furtherresemble a real professional media give the impression that it was a professionaldocumentary. documentary.
FOOTAGE. We varied the types of footage in our documentary to entertain the audience; Like many documentaries, one type of footage we used was B-roll footage. We did this to accompany the voiceover when talking about relevant subjects. An example of this in our documentary is footage of buying a ticket when talking about the website Ticketmaster. In addition, we employed footage of live concerts mainly because it was the key concept of our documentary. We organised to film concerts with the management of real music artists (eg. Alex Clare and Tyler Hilton) which we were then able to use in our documentary. Furthermore, we used archive footage so that we could show successful artists, such as Paramore live in concert. This is similar to what professionals do, in the creation of documentaries. Finally, the footage helped give our documentary structure was interviews. We included these as they are a key convention of professional documentaries.
MISE EN SCENE.We took the mise-en-scene into consideration when producing our documentary because we wanted it to resemble a professional production. We focused on the locations of filming tostick to the theme of live music. Therefore we filmed outside of venues, in front of stages, in music shops and in front of crowds. We also used stage lighting for one of our shots to put emphasis on performance and playing live. Some of the props include having a guitar on stage to indicate music is the theme of the documentary. These are all ways we developed the conventions of real media products.