Assignment OneForms And Conventions In Documentaries.Transgender: Pakistans Open Secret.Jhane Ormsby.
About the documentary.The documentary ‘Transgender: Pakistans OpenSecret’ is an English TV documentary.The documentary explores the discriminationagainst transgender within Pakistan showing howthey are ostracized within the religious society.With this, Juliet Stevenson finds out about theirstruggle in more detail as they are unable tolegally work respectably as they don’t have manyrights.
Details and information.Name Transgender: Pakistanis Open Secret.Made by Channel 4Running time 53:15Type TV documentaryLink to Trailer
Conventions Use, Develop, Challenge? Why?Narrator Use- to introduce and describe footage shownExpert Interviews Use-To understand reasons on the opposite sideon the governments point of view.Public Interviews Develop-To understand the effects on thepublic and how they feel but its from areligious mans point of view again expressinghis opinion.Sense of realism Use-To emphasis the reality allowing theaudience to engage and connect more.Archival Footage Use- To allow engagement with the audienceallowing them to visually see the issues.Animation Challenge- This moves away from theseriousness of the documentary.Quoted Material Challenge-The focal point was not on thedecline or arise in numbers but the issueswhich had taken place in a highly religiouscountry.Conventions List.
Conventions- Narrator.She was the one who had donefurther investigation within thedocumentary exploring the causesand effects.The TV documentary used Juliet Stevensons voice as a narrator.
Conventions- Expert Interviews(talking heads).During the documentary there where not many interviews as not many peoplewanted to talk openly about such sinful topics such as transgender.However a worker within the tax office waswilling to openly speak about reasons whythey don’t offer jobs to people who aretransgendered.The shots which were taken of the worker consists of Mid shots and close up shots keeping theaudience focused on the dialogue which was expressed and therefore not diverting the audiencesattention onto anything else.
Conventions- Sense of realism.The use of handheld cameras gave the sense of natural movement which was shown through arecorded insight of what the Transgendered females had to experience alternatively to makemoney.• Most of such was through sexual intercourse.• Also, it is used with a handheld camerabecause of the setting as it is in the car.• This then doesn’t give enough space to allowa tripod to be used .
Conventions- Archival footage.Archival footage was presentedthroughout the TV documentary but aprime example of this was when Juliet(the narrator) had explored the ritualswhich you have to preform in Pakistan inorder to become an official Transgenderwithin the out casted community.With the footage, this helps support astatement made within thedocumentary.The images display the rituals inaction.
Forms Use, Develop, Challenge? Why?Sound Bridging • Use- Was used to illustrate what the footagewas displaying through the footage played.• Also it was used through over-topped musicto set the tone.Cutaways • Use- To display archival footage visuallyand effectively allowing the audience tofocus in depth on what is occurring.Credits • Develop- Was used in specific times of thedocumentary, however due to religiousreasons names of interviewers was notdisplayed.Montage Editing • Challenge- The documentary was notsequential and therefore elements of the clipwas displayed at the beginning to allow theaudience to keep watching.Therefore, there is no linear narrative.Forms List.
Forms – Sound bridging.• During the documentary voice over & sound bridging was used over the archival footagewhich was used to help introduce a specific element within their belief.• An example of this was used to introduce the transgendered lifestyle in which theyengage in activities such as dancing and begging.SOUND BRIDGING
Forms – Cutaways.The documentary consists of many cutaways which then portray archival footage which gives theaudience watching a visual display of occurrences.An example of this was shown through the process introducing thelifestyle of one of the transgendered males.Cutaway Cutaway
Forms –Montage Editing.The documentary consists of montage editing which then portray archival footage which is not ina narrative structure.This allows the audience to engage in thedocumentary through the use of enigma.Images above are prime examples of selected scenes within the documentary which wasshown to draw in the attention from the user in the beginning.
Forms –Credits. However, due to religiousreasons names of otherinterviewers was not displayed.Credits were used atparticular times duringthe documentary whenaccepted by theinterviewer.This is due to the sinfultopics which have beendiscussed and thereforespecific interviews do notwant to be identified.On the other hand, it has been developedbecause there were credits of people withinthe community who agreed to take part and beidentified by strongly expressing there viewson situations which has arisen.