In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of realmedia products?When creating our documentary, my other group members and I decided that we wanted a sense ofactuality. By deciding this, we used people with real opinions as opposed to actors with scripts, toconvey a realistic approach. During our research process we watched a number of documentaries,one in particular called ‘Mixed Britannia’ featured on BBC2. This documentary had a similar theme toours which was ethnicity, and the documentary showed real-life incidents and people who were ableto share them with the audience. The most common convention in a documentary is the interviewsand essentially makes up a documentary as they provide insight and realism into the topic.As you can see from these two screen shots, on the left we have an image of a woman calledPamela being interviewed and telling her story on ‘Mixed Britannia’; on the right we have an imageof Jag Jagdev being interviewed on our documentary. Both interviews were real.As well as our own filming, we added various still images. However, we wanted a documentarywhich was mostly our own work therefore we only had one shot of still images which was tohighlight the history of our documentary which was an aspect that added a sense of backgroundknowledge. Similarly, in ‘Mixed Britannia’, there are various still images throughout the wholedocumentary yet we decided to put our own twist on it by adding several smaller images into oneclip as shown below:
Throughout our research process we saw several different ways in which narration is used.Narration can be a voiceover, which is added afterwards to the production, or it may be acommentary by someone on screen talking directly to the audience. Two documentaries wewatched beforehand were ‘Supersize Me’ and an episode of ‘Airline’. On ‘airline’ the principal sourceof sound was mostly diegetic, with people talking to the camera however the narration was alsovoiced over the documentary in a plain speaking tone. On ‘Supersize Me’ there was also a mixture ofvoiceover and ambient sound however; the narration was colloquial in an attempt to relate to theaudience. By watching both techniques, we decided that a voice over narration would be the bestideal for our documentary and the rest of the sound would be ambient for example, interviews andvox pops. Picture here shows Morgan Spurlock creator of Supersize me who stars in the documentary as well as voicing the documentary.Image depicts random people at the airport whofeature in and whom the documentary consists of.
A number of stylistic elements used in ‘Supersize Me’ helped us to create our documentary andfollow forms and conventions for example; in the sense of camera hand-held cameras were usedoften to show a sense of realism. Jump- cuts were used to shorten interviews so that the audiencewould be captivated throughout. In the sense of graphics, appropriate images were used to breakup speech; and where formal interviews were being shown, tripods were used to show that it was animportant message for example, our interview with college coaches, and in ‘Supersize Me’ theinterview with the law professor as shown below:
Our other media product was the double page spread magazine article. In order to collate our ideastogether, we decided to draw a rough plan of what we intended to include in the actual article. Thearrows signify the features found in a real article, this helped us to follow the codes andconventions.DROP CAP TEXTTITLE RULE OF THIRDSGRAB QUOTE BYLINEBelow is an image of the finished article and a real article.As you can see we used many codes and conventions of a real article which included the drop cap at thebeginning of the article; the rule of thirds, in which we used two thirds of images in order to appeal to ayounger audience; and also still images from the documentary in at attempt to promote our documentary.
Our last method of promotion was the radio trailer, which we created in garage band. In order to get an ideaof what a radio advertisement sounds like we listened to a variety and understood that the basis was simple,we had to keep the same theme tune of the documentary and include snippets of narration. The orangeboxes are narration from the documentary and also the radio narration. The one blue box is the theme tunewhich was also featured in our documentary.