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In what ways does your media product use

  1. 1.  The documentary genre is fairly broad which give great scope for creativity. There are two types interactional and observational. Out of these we chose to do a combination of the two so that we can look at the subject from a far and close up and in depth. To get to this decision we had to look at current examples of documentaries made by the distribution channel we selected ‘Channel 4’. Channel tend to have unique and original print work which we sort to alienate. Also their documentaries are normally about people themselves
  2. 2.  There were a few media conventions we felt we necessary to maintain the feel of the documentary We decided to try and keep the stock characters used in many documentaries. The stock characters in many documentaries are:  Expert  Presenter If we had changed or developed these roles I think the format may not have been as clear as we would have liked.
  3. 3.  Another convention we felt should be maintained was the iconography This meant keeping the main structure of the documentary i.e. using cutaways, interviews and voice over. This again added to how, generally, the text was received by viewers.
  4. 4.  The way we developed some conventions were the way we conducted our interviews and the constructed the text around the opinions of the various people. We decided to base our documentary around the various opinions rather than using theories and looking into a single person or group of peoples opinions
  5. 5.  By tweaking the standard convention of using multiple experts in a field and incorporating more opinions we feel we are being fairer to more groups. No group can be offended as it is based on just opinions and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. This also allows the audience to make up their mind on their own and not be as influenced by interlectuals.
  6. 6.  To attempt to challenge normal conventions of the documentary genre we have tried to make our target audience as broad as possible and use a topic which hasn’t been done before. This in itself is not challenging the genre, however, we have tried to include the subject of the documentary in our demographic to try and hold a mirror up to society
  7. 7.  We decided to use a younger presenter who is part of the subject. This gives a new spin on the presentation of a groups as it is normally someone impartial and not an expert on the subject. We used a young presenter as we felt it would help to challenge the current stereotype