THE DOCUMENTARIES I WILL BE ANALYSINGLifers• Lifers is filmed in a prison in Leicestershire following inmates facing life imprisonment.• It was on Channel 4• Target audience for Lifers is 25-35 year olds.• It was broadcast at 9pm• It was shown on Channel 4, Channel 4+1, More 4, 4oD• Produced by Century Films
CONVENTIONS• Handheld • Natural lighting • Position of interviewee on screen• Supporting images • Establishing shot• Supporting documents • Mid shot• Archival footage • Close up shots • Supporting clips• Available lighting • Archival images• Voiceover • Montage editing• Background music • Clear aim of documentary • Presenter• Interview • Tone of presenter• Title/credits • Theory and style• Real life setting • Font • Animation• Quoted material • Ambient sound• Selection of footage that is most • Intervals consistent • Structurewith intended perspectives and attitudes of • Quoted materialtopic • Special effects• Facts and figures
UseARCHIVAL FOOTAGE Develop Challenge Lifers uses the convention of archival footage in the documentary but develops it as news reports are typical archival footage in documentaries. Here, the archival footage is a CCTV recording.
UseINTERVIEW Develop Challenge Lifers uses the convention of an interview to inform the audience of the inmate’s circumstance.
UseREAL SETTING Develop Challenge Lifers uses the convention of real setting to show the audience what it is really like.
UseESTABLISHING SHOT Develop Challenge Lifers uses the convention of an establishing shot of the outside of the prison.
UseVOICEOVER Develop Challenge Lifers challenges the convention of a voiceover. Here, the presenter talks about the statistics of prisoners etc
UseINTERVIEW WITH EXPERT Develop Challenge Lifers uses the convention of expert interviews as the experts were discussing the types of people convicted from different social classes
UseBACKGROUND MUSIC Develop Challenge Lifers uses the convention of background music to suit the mood of the topic. Low piano music is being played here.
UseDESCRIPTION Develop ChallengeLifers uses the convention of factual description to inform theaudience of the person before they see him being interviewed.