A2 Media Studies: Coursework Evaluation Irving Sewell
In what way does your media product use, develop or challengeforms and conventions of real media products?
DocumentaryThe documentary was the opening five minutes of a TVdocumentary it was called ‘ Cyber Bullying, The Dark Truth’ itwas about cyber bullying amongst teenagers. It was filmed inthe The sixth form College, Solihull. We also had to make adouble page spread for a TV listings magazine and a Radiotrailer for the documentary.This was a factual documentary that was addressing a realissue for many teenagers of today. The documentary wasabout the growing problem of cyber bullying (mainly throughthe growing use of social networking.)
Bill Nicholas documentary typesThis type of documentary is This type of documentary This type of documentary hasfragmentary , they tend to use speaks directly to the viewer no narrative and has minimalsymbols. Continuity editing is and they usually propose a intervention. It can be referrednot important and they are strong argument. to as ‘observed lived life’usually impressionisticThis type of documentary is This type of documentary This type of documentary isa more personal approach. draws attention to the nature of fragmentary , they tend to useThe film maker gives a view documentaries and more likely symbols. Continuity editing isand tells a story to deal with ‘realism’ not important and they are usually impressionistic
InterviewsThe majority of our interviews were vox popinterviews which are used a lot indocumentaries especially ones that are on aserious topic. This allows the view to see howdifferent people feel about the issue and seetheir views.We also had expert interviews that were usedto give the viewer more factual informationabout the issue
Use of factsThis give important facts to the viewer
Super Size Me Super Size me is an Americandocumentary we looked at. It was toodo with the issue of eating fast foodand the affects it has. It was adocumentary that followed the filmmaker round 24/7and showed hisjourney throughout.Like our documentary it wasaddressing a serious issue anddisplayed facts of the topic such asobesity rates like our documentary This is an example of something similar inshowing the bullying facts. the two documentaries. When watchingThere was a number of things in Super Size Me, our group thought the waySupersize Me used that influenced the expert interviews were positioned andchoices on how we wanted our the names on the bottom left hand sidedocumentary to look. was a good way to position our own expert interviews.
TV Listings articleIn comparison to a real TV listings double page spread (picture on the right). Our double pagespread seems to have many codes and conventions of real media products such as the imagesused that are actually from the program, bright colours to attract readers, bold text that standsout, the name of the programme and the colour seems to fit the topic. However when lookingat a real media product on the market our double page spread looks basic and there is a lot ofunused space on the two pages where as on a real media product both pages space are fullyused. You could say that our magazine challenges codes and conventions by having one pagethat it just images what is not really common amongst many TV listing articles.
Radio trailer• We made a 30 second radio trailer on BBC Radio 1. It included voices from the documentary , the time, date and what channel it would be broadcasted on (BBC Three). The Radio trailer was made on Garage Band. Using the same program we created a background instrumental for the trailer.• We thought BBC Three would be the ideal channel to broadcast the documentary on because BBC is a very popular TV channel amongst teenagers.• The radio trailer did not really challenge any conventions of a real media product as it was more a traditional radio trailer with previews of the documentary and information on when to watch it
ConclusionAs a conclusion I think the media products ourgroup created was very similar to real mediaproducts on the market.I think they developed and challenged formsof real media products because they werealike but they also had their own individualelements to them which made them better