The main camera angle we used was a close up. This was because when we were interviewing people we camera was in the same position on a tripod in order to achieve a steady shot.
In the archive footage we have got access to there is a variety of different shots which will be more engaging for the audience.
Research, interviewing/ questioning techniques. Which ones have you used and why?
When writing the questions for our interview we knew we wanted them to be open ended in order for the interviewee to expand on their answer and go into more depth.
When we were interviewing people we showed them the questions before hand and asked them to include the question in their answer so we could have the choice of including the question in our documentary when at the editing stage.
When we were researching our chosen topic we looked on various news websites such as the BBC to get a better understanding of the events that had occurred.
What form of documentary is yours? How does it follow these conventions?
Our documentary fits into the participatory category and the conventions it includes are:
The documentary makers interact with the people being interviewed.
Location shooting, there are hand held cameras used.
Use of archive footage such as stills, newspaper headlines, news footage, letters etc.
Interviews dominate the documentary and tend to be less formal which allow the interviewee to give a more detailed answer and it is more 'on the run' questioning.
What ancillary tasks did you choose to do? How will these be combined with your documentary?
As we have two ancillary tasks to complete we are doing one as a group and one individually.
The group ancillary task is to create an advertising campaign for our documentary. This would have to include at least three different types of poster such as newspaper, billboard and bus – stop.
For the individual ancillary task I have decided to create a double page magazine interview. As we had an interview with a paramedic involved in the riots, I have decided to do my magazine interview on the same topic.
Who is the target audience of your documentary? How have you aimed your documentary at your audience?
We have structured our documentary so that we have a wide target audience. We felt this was important as the whole of the country was exposed to the riots in the summer of 2011 so most people will be interested in them.
As a lot of the riots was very violent we felt it wouldn’t be appropriate for children under the age of thirteen.
Any children under the age of thirteen may be upset by the events that did occur and some of the content coming from the interviewees (especially the paramedic) is not pleasant.
How is your documentary different/ interesting?
The topic we chose to cover for our documentary is one of common interest for many people as a result to the vast amount of media coverage.
The London riots are still currently in the news so it would still be topical to bring out a documentary focussing on it.
There is yet to be a documentary made on the riots so I feel that making one will allow the public to understand the severity of the event and how people were affected in the centre of the action.
What archive footage has been used?
We gained access to the Press Association for the riots which meant we were able to get footage from the riots.
As the riots happened in the summer we were obviously not able to create any of our own footage and we felt that a reconstruction would look unrealistic and therefore not be at all affective.
Using archive footage is engaging for the audience because they will be able to see the genuine riots and then with our documentary they will see the extent of the damage the riots caused.
Are your questions open or closed?
We thought it would be most appropriate to have open ended questions. This is because it would allow the interviewee to expand fully on their answer and bring in other topics that may not relate to the question but are still relevant to the riots.
Having closed questions would mean that the interviewee may not feel as comfortable because the interview would not be as relaxed and it would be much more formal.