Comparing our documentary to codes and conventions of documentaries.
Use of CameraWe looked at various other documentaries to see how they used the the camera and understood that weneeded to film certain shots using different shot types in order to follow the conventions of the use ofcamera in documentaries.We also looked at how documentaries used the camera free-hand when filming vox-pops whereas whenfilming formal interviews they used a tripod to keep the camera at a steady angle. For example whenwatching Super-Size me, Morgan Spurlock would occasionally hold the camera himself while askingpassers by questions which made it look more formal and relatable to the audience, but when he wastalking to doctors and health specialists he would have the camera in one position during the wholeinterview. During vox-pops he would also use close up shots of the interviewee whereas during the formalinterviews it would generally be a medium shot in which you were able to see office work/computers inthe background.After looking at Super-Size Me and other documentaries such as Super-Size vs. Super-Skinny I came torealise that the use of camera was generally the same so when we were filming our own formal andinformal interviews we followed the conventions such as free hand camera and close up shots during vox-pops and a medium shot for interviews where the person being interviewed tended to have a computerbehind them with office work laid out.
SoundDuring my research I watched documentaries about similar serious issues that had the same target audience, to geta feel of what the audience would be interested in. I watched a few documentaries from channel 4 and YouTubeabout anorexia as they are as serious as cyber bullying and when watching them I looked for the backgroundmusic that was used in different parts of the documentary. For example, the whole way through the documentarythere would be a constant sound in the background fading in an out when appropriate and during certain seriousmoments the sound would dramatically change, suggesting the shot was significant. We used these documentariesto help us follow the codes and conventions by finding a track that would suit our serious style of music. Wechose a slow track that would fade in and out constantly during the five minutes and we choose a more upbeattrack to occasionally come in during vox-pops and interviews.
Rule of ThirdsThe rule of thirds is a common term in media which shows that in most documentaries, certain things are placed tomake the shot look more professional. A still image from Super-Size me next to one from our documentary shows howwe have followed the codes and conventions of the rule of thirds, with the captions both in the bottom left corner andthe interviewee edging towards the right with the office in the background to the left. After watching variousdocumentaries I noticed how all of them used the rule of thirds, hence why we decided to use it in our documentary tomake it look more formal and professional.
EditingWhen looking at other documentaries it is clear that a lot of editingis done in order for the documentary to flow properly and a lot oftransitions are made when going from one shot to another. We usedfading throughout or documentary to make ours also flow properly.When watching Embarrassing Bodies I seen that they blurred someshots out of focus as they were coming in and out of different shotsto make it smoother, however we did not use this method whenediting our documentary.
Magazine Article The articles Selection of both contain images to break four columns up the pageBig bold headlines Same font used throughout Captions in the corner of the pictures By lines
Radio TrailerWhen making our radio trailer we listened to radio trailers to see how they were laid out in order toget ideas for how we could make our own. After listening to different genres of radio trailers we notedthat all of them lasted from around 30 seconds - 50 seconds, they all had a background track, andmajority had a main voiceover and a separate, more formal one at the end which gave the relevantinformation such as what channel it would be shown on. They also used short clips from thedocumentaries/programmes they were advertising. When making our radio trailer we also had twopeople speaking with one at the end saying it would be on BBC £ and saying the title of ourdocumentary, we also used the background music that we used within our documentary to link the twopieces together, and our documentary also lasted 30 seconds, within the conventions of radio trailers.We included short clips of some of the informal interviews in our radio trailer.
ConclusionOverall, I think we used all of theconventions of a documentary, radiotrailer and magazine articles andtried to follow them as much aspossible in order to make our formsof media seem as professional asthey could. We did not go againstany of the codes and conventionsand did not challenge any either.