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  • 1. 6.4     My intended audience for my documentary is 16-19 year old heterosexual male college students who live in London. I chose this target audience because the prominent figure in my documentary is an 18-year-old male who goes to college in London.     The  style  of  my  documentary  is  fly  on  the  wall,  I  met  with  Nathan  and  did  various   activities  together  such  as  taking  one  of  his  friends  baby’s  to  he  park  and   swimming,  this  to  show  the  audience  how  comfortable  Nathan  is  around  baby’s   and  how  his  confidence  grows  throughout  the  documentary.  This  appealed  to  my   target  audience  as  it  showed  Nathans  genuine  reaction  to  the  situations  he  was   put  in,  such  as  changing  a  nappy  for  the  first  time.  I  would  then  interview  him   afterwards  and  ask  him  questions  about  what  just  happened.    When  I  showed  my   Media  class  one  response  I  got  was  “My  favourite  part  of  the  documentary   was  when  Nathan  changed  Lily’s  nappy  for  the  first  time,  his  face  when  he   saw  what  was  inside  was  funny”.         I  think  the  main  reason  my  documentary  appeals  to  this  audience  is  because  of   the  prominent  figure  in  the  documentary    (Nathan),  he  is  featured  throughout   the  documentary  and  is  very  relevant  to  the  target  audience  as  he  is  an  18  year   old  male  who  is  attending  college  in  London,  I  think  because  of  this  the  audience   will  be  able  to  relate  to  Nathan  and  feel  empathetic  towards  him.         This  is  the  main  interview  with  Nathan  where  he  introduces  himself  and  tells  the   audience  about  himself  and  his  situation.  I  used  this  interview  as  a  way  for  the   audience  to  understand  Nathan  and  his  story  and  also  as  a  way  for  the  audience   to  get  to  know  him.  As  I  have  expressed  above  I  wanted  to  introduce  Nathan  and   show  him  to  the  audience  at  the  very  beginning  of  the  documentary  because  I  felt   the  audience  would  take  an  immediate  liking  to  him,  making  them  want  to  carry   on  watching  the  documentary  through  to  the  end  to  find  out  the  outcome.  My   media  teacher  told  me  after  watching  the  documentary  “Nathan  has  a  clear   likability  factor  and  the  target  audience  will  want  to  see  him  do  well   straight  away”    
  • 2.   The  mode  of  address  of  my  documentary  is  informal,  I  used  this  mode  of  address   because  I  felt  young  people  would  be  more  interested  and  entertained  in   watching  a  documentary  with  a  less  serious  feel  to  it,  even  though  the  topic  is  a   serious  and  sensitive  subject.  Using  Nathans  room  as  a  location  also  showed  an   informal  mode  of  address  as  we  didn’t  tidy  it  or  alter  it  in  any  way  it  resembles   an  average  teenage  boys  room.  In  the  image  above  we  can  clearly  see  that  the   lighting  in  this  interview  is  of  a  good  standard  and  the  framing  is  shot  reasonably   well.  When  I  asked  my  class  what  they  thought  about  the  framing  and  lighting  in   my  questionnaire  one  reply  was  “  There  are  a  lot  of  things  in  the  shot,  the   desk  looks  cluttered  and  there  are  a  lot  of  hats  as  well”  I  agree  with  this   statement  and  if  I  was  to  do  a  re-­‐shoot  I  would  move  some  smaller  things  off  of   the  desk  behind  him,  for  example,  the  heater  and  some  of  the  hats.  Another   person  in  my  class  said,  “  The  TV  is  reflected  in  the  window  behind  him  and   is  playing  a  show,  this  was  quite  distracting  when  watching  the  interview”.   This  was  something  I  didn’t  pick  up  on  until  I  started  editing  the  interview  and   by  that  point  I  didn’t  have  time  to  do  a  re-­‐shoot.  I  think  this  doesn’t  help  the   documentary  appeal  to  the  target  audience  at  all  and  I  would  defiantly  remove   this  if  I  could.       The  music  I  included  in  the  documentary  was  upbeat  and  as  my  documentary   skipped  months  I  had  to  use  text  and  transitions  to  show  the  date  of  each   interview,  it  helped  make  these  transitions  less  boring  and  repetitive  for  the   audience.             This  is  an  example  of  the  one  of  the  transitions,  as  it  is  quite  bland  it  isn’t  very   attractive  to  my  target  audience,  however,  with  the  upbeat  music  I  have  included   in  the  transitions  it  makes  it  less  dull  and  keeps  the  documentary  moving  from  
  • 3. one  interview  to  the  next.  The  sound  quality  in  my  documentary  is  also  of  a  good   quality  as  I  used  a  Nikon  DSLR  camera  to  film  and  record  sound.  I  recorded  my   voice  over  using  the  final  cut  express  therefore  the  quality  is  also  of  a  good   standard.    Nathan  (the  prominent  figure  in  my  documentary)  told  me  after   watching  the  documentary  “  I  think  the  choice  of  music  is  good  and  lets  the   documentary  flow  together  better”.     The  majority  of  my  documentary  involves  interviews  with  either  Nathan  or  a   family  member  and  because  of  this  it  was  difficult  to  keep  the  intended  audience   interested  by  just  using  interviews,  therefore  I  decided  to  use  cutaways   throughout  all  the  interviews  and  use  a  lot  of  the  interview  as  just  a  voice  over  to   give  the  audience  a  more  aesthetically  pleasing  visual.  At  one  point  Nathan  is   talking  about  is  hobbies  and  what  he  enjoys  doing,  and  one  of  these  was  free   running,  because  of  this  I  thought  that  instead  of  just  watching  him  talking  about   Free  running  I  could  find  a  video  of  him  free  running  and  include  it  into  the   interview.                           This  is  a  print  screen  of  the  cutaway  I  used  in  the  interview  of  Nathan  free   running.  Free  running  is  an  up  and  coming  sport  and  has  had  a  lot  of  media   attention  on  Channel  4  and  BBC  3  which  as  channels  that  target  a  similar   audience  to  my  documentary  therefore  it  is  appealing  to  the  audience  and  keeps   them  interested  in  the  documentary  whilst  staying  on  topic  with  the   documentary  as  Nathan  is  speaking  over  it.    A  student  in  my  media  class  said  “  I   also  do  Free  running  in  my  spare  time  and  seeing  it  in  the  documentary   was  great  because  me  and  Nathan  have  something  in  common”       All  of  the  footage  I  used  was  original  a  part  from  the  cutaway  of  Nathan  Free   running  which  I  found  on  YouTube  and  the  montage  of  pictures  used  in  the  very   beginning  of  the  documentary  where  Nathan  is  shown  with  his  partner  which  I   found  of  Face  book.  Using  original  footage  took  a  lot  longer  to  film  and  edit  than   it  would  have  if  I  had  used  achieve  footage  for  the  whole  documentary  as  I  would   have  to  do  minimal  editing,  however,  I  would  not  have  been  able  to  tell  Nathans  
  • 4. story  as  well  as  I  have  done.  I  used  the  fade  in/fade  out  effect  a  lot  to  help  link  all   the  different  footage  of  the  interviews  together.     I  used  a  range  of  different  shot  types  and  different  camera  skills  to  film  the   documentary,  such  as  panning  the  camera  when  in  one  cutaway  when  Nathan  is   skateboarding.  My  media  teacher  told  me  “To  improve  the  documentary,  more   shot  types  could  have  been  used  in  the  interviews  to  show  a  wider  range,   maybe  use  two  cameras  to  film  the  interview”  I  agree  with  this  feedback  and  I   think  if  all  the  interviews  had  more  cross  cutting  it  would  be  more  interesting,   however,  I  think  the  amount  of  cutaways  I  used  make  up  for  this.           This  is  an  example  of  my  use  of  shot  types  where  I  was  panning  the  camera  to   show  Nathan  Skateboarding  a  long  a  road;  I  used  this  as  a  cutaway.     Overall  I  think  I  have  succeeded  in  making  my  documentary  appeal  to  the  target   audience,  Nathan  is  good  on  camera  and  appeals  to  the  target  audience  well,  and   the  topic  of  the  documentary  is  also  very  relevant  to  the  target  audience  and   their  day-­‐to-­‐day  life.  The  way  I  edited  the  interviews,  the  cutaways  and  the  music   all  allow  the  documentary  to  become  a  story  that  is  being  told.    If  I  could  make   this  documentary  again  I  would  use  less  interviews  and  try  to  get  more  footage   of  Nathan  in  day  to  day  life  as  I  think  this  would  appeal  to  the  audience  as  it   would  show  them  what  he  is  like  with  his  friends,  family  and  at  school  giving   them  more  to  relate  to  and  use  more  locations,  I  would  also  try  to  remove  the   amount  of  transitions  between  interviews  as  a  lot  of  the  time  a  black  screen  with   text  was  shown  which  is  not  very  aesthetically  pleasing.       The  technical  quality  of  my  documentary  is  satisfactory.  There  are  some  areas   for  improvement  such  as  when  the  TV  is  shown  in  the  window  in  the  main   interview  and  some  of  the  cutaways  do  not  have  a  steady  shot,  however,  I  think   the  way  the  documentary  is  edited  and  the  sound  quality  is  good.     My  intention  was  to  show  the  audience  another  side  of  young  dads  to  what  I   have  seen  in  the  media,  which  is  very  negative  about  young  dads  in  London  and   especially  black  young  dads  in  London.  I  think  I  have  shown  another  side  to   young  dads  which  is  that  they  are  the  same  as  everybody  else  and  some  (like   Nathan)  do  step  up  to  their  responsibilities.  I  have  also  shown  the  difficulties  of  
  • 5. being  a  young  father  through  Nathan,  such  as  when  he  was  arguing  with  his   girlfriend  and  keeping  up  with  school  work.