Transcript of "Analysis of ‘The Devil Made Me Do It'"
This type of documentary is
mixed because it uses a
combination of observations,
narrations and interviews.
The documentary reflects the power of the media and how
the media can influence an individuals behaviour.
It also reveals the problems in society in relation to the
youths featured on the documentary and how the
problems can be dealt with.
Another theme which is present throughout the
documentary is the binary opposition of Good Vs Evil.
Religion also is a main theme in the documentary as it shows
the difference in Catholicism and Satanic worship.
The documentary is an open structure
because the narrative had no precise
conclusion and the question of whether
Manson had an influence on the murder
of the nun had not been fully answered.
The narrative was a single strand and it
was also non-linear because it didn't
follow a chronological order.
There was always a conventional framing in relation to the interviews. The interviewee’s
eyes were always 1/3 of the way down the screen regardless of the shot type.
The position of the camera would always be to the right or left of the person who is being
interviewed and the shots used for the interviews would be medium close ups or close
Interviews were mainly shot in a medium close up or a close up as this will give the
audience a better understanding of what they are saying on a personal level. There was a
lot of hand-held camera work on actuality footage like when Manson was in McDonalds,
this has purposely been used in order, to respond to events as they happen.
There was also a variety of shots used throughout the documentary such as: panning
shots of Manson’s merchandise like t-shirts and posters, crane shots which took place at
Manson's concerts and gigs, tracking shots of the solicitor as he left court in relation to the
nun case and zooming was used to reveal emotion of certain individuals in the
There was also a lot of establishing shots of location in the documentary such as the sky
line of the city, alleyways, graveyards and long streets to convey the dark and eerie
prospective of the narrative.
Here are a few examples of camera shots which are used at certain times
through out the documentary:
This is a close-up of an
interview in which it
follows the convention
of the eye line being
1/3 of the way down
This is a close-up of Marilyn
Manson during an interview
in which its taken from a
low angle to convey power.
The lighting on his face
reflects the Good Vs Evil
This is an establishing shot
of the sky line in which
where the crime took place.
This is a two shot
talking about the
This is a mid to
long shot of
Manson during an
This is an extreme
close-up of a
in relation to the
behaviour of the
There was lots of religious
imagery featured in the
documentary such as churches,
statues, nuns and crosses.
The lighting is rather important
through out the documentary as a
golden glow is shown every time some
sort of religious imagery appears. This
relates back to the Good Vs. Evil
prospective and contrasts with Manson
as his lighting was always the opposite.
The voice over in the documentary is a
male who uses standard English to tell
the narrative. His voice is not emotive as
this could make him look bias. His age
sounds appropriate to the subject
matter, this is also important because
this is what holds the narrative together.
There were also translators who voiced
over throughout the documentary in
which were always gender appropriate.
There were a variety of sound effects used in the
documentary to make the narrative flow. Sound effects
such as a dark barking, stabs, thuds and screaming were
used to create tension. There was also a heart beat effect
which was featured during the reconstruction of the
dying nun. The beat of the heart began at a fast pace
then eventually got slower until it stopped; this
reinforced the nuns death. There was also a range of
music which was played in the documentary, there was
religious music which involved choirs, organs and harps.
Meanwhile, Manson’s music was also involved as it was
always loud and heavy to contrast with the ‘heavenly’
music. Finally, there was the odd scene in which there
was dramatic sound from a piano which was used to give
it a horror movie feel which created tension.
At Manson’s concerts, the camera was often positioned in
the crowd which made us feel like one of the fans. This
gave the audience a taster of what it would be like to be at
one of his concerts aswell as being right in on the action.
At the Manson press conference, there was various shots of the
News Media so it positions the audience as the observer and it
also distances the documentation maker from the other media.
The last words Manson said on the documentary were “If
you don’t raise your kids then I’m going to, I speak to their
kids more than they do” This was a clever way to end the
documentary as it quite intimidating.
The graphics which are featured in the documentary are
simple, clear and easy to read and understand. The font
is in white so it stands out. In interviews, graphics were
shown at the bottom left hand corner which stated the
interviewee’s name and their relevance to the matter.
Graphics were used for translations and also at
Manson’s concerts which revealed the lyrics to some of
his songs. However, the title of the documentary is
different because it uses a gothic, bold font which is
relevant to Manson himself.
There was American Television and
extracts from Italian chat shows to
contextualize Manson’s actions
and how they interpret a youths
behaviour. It also shown shots of
fan websites to reveal the attitude
the youths had towards Manson.
Cuts were the only
editing technique used
throughout the whole of
the documentary. This
made the audience not
notice the editing.
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