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Super size me

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Super size me

  1. 1. Super Size Me By Daniel Lee
  2. 2. Type of Documentary • Mixed – Mixture of all types of Documentary. • He uses this technique to convey different themes throughout the documentary, by using indirect interviewing he gives the audience an insight into business side of the food industry. • He also uses Direct interviews where we can hear Spurlock questioning people about certain things, for example when he is visiting the doctors to ask about his health or when he went to the school to actively question them about their school meals ▫ By him actively going to the school it shows the audience that he actually does care about the cause. • The Documentary is a Fully Narrated as Spurlock talks directly to the camera, talking to the audience watching the documentary at the same, he is the Narrator throughout often coming into camera to talk to us, this is a self reflexive type of documentary, this can be seen here. • The documentary can also be seen as an observational documentary as it is following around Spurlock going around different places. It’s as if we, the audience are being taken around with Spurlock.
  3. 3. Themes • Fast food vs. Healthy Eating – Binary Opposites • Obesity • Dieting and Healthy Eating • Self responsibility • Manipulation of others with the fast Food Industry ▫ Why has he chose this theme to cover? It gives a name to face of the corporation we have been buying from, it helps explain why this industry hasn’t been stopped yet if we all consider the fast food industry to be bad. • By the end his personal story was closed, yet the full story with the fast food industry is left open.
  4. 4. Narrative Structure • chronological in its structure, while in between the moments where we follow Spurlock eating the McDonalds, we see him interviewing the public on their opinions and views of the food industry, while also talking to professionals about how the industry is affecting society. • By keeping the documentary on a single track of time helps the viewer interested as to what is going on, if the documentary just started at the end showing how he was at the end, the viewer wouldn’t be intrigued to how it would end as they’ve seen the end product already.
  5. 5. Camera Work • Generally handheld, while he is followed around by his camera man going into McDonalds, being weighed, going to the Doctors or just eating his food. • Using this handheld camera technique makes the viewer feel as if they are with him on his journey and not just sitting there watching through a still camera. • However when it comes to interviews with officials, they use a steady camera that has been placed somewhere • The Interviews are also close ups of the peoples faces as they are what important on screen at the current moment.
  6. 6. Camera Work (Cont.) • There are establishing shots of restaurants and buildings to let the reader know where Spurlock is. ▫ For example, these two screenshots to the left of the text are two separate establishing shots that go in tandem with each other, as it shows that Spurlock is A) In Hollywood and that B) He is going to the McDonalds there.
  7. 7. Mise-En-Scene • Everyone in the documentary, except for government officials and people who work in the higher ranks of the food industry, wear normal everyday clothes to show that everyone can be affected by the fast food industry. • If the lawyers and people in the industry didn’t dress smart but instead dressed in normal clothes you as the audience wouldn’t take them as seriously in comparison. We trust these people because they look like they know what they are doing.
  8. 8. Sound • The filmmaker has used non - diegetic sound over these scenes to the left. • The first scene shows a surgery being performed on a man, over this scene they use orchestral music, which makes the scene seem comical in nature as it involves graphic content, possibly used to make it easier for the viewer to watch as scenes like this can generally be a turn off for most people. As the music that we are hearing doesn’t suit the scene meaning it’s asynchronous sound. • The other scene is a transitional shot, showing archive footage of McDonalds advertisements with a backing track that has connotations to drugs, connoting that McDonalds is like drugs
  9. 9. Editing • The editing in this documentary is quite basic, the main type of editing would be normal cuts throughout between scenes and other people it shows the viewer that these are just normal everyday people performing this documentary, they don’t have the fancy editing skills or a high tech camera which makes this documentary seem more believable and the people in it seem real.
  10. 10. Archive Material • Throughout the documentary Spurlock uses artists work to introduce other topics or as good transitional shots to the next scene. These artists work give a sense of unnerving to the viewer because the art comes off as a parody of the McDonalds advertising yet has a dark feel to it. • He also highlights an extract of a legal document to show the reader what the specific part of the page he wants the reader to know, basically drawing their attention to most important part of the clause.
  11. 11. Graphics • Throughout the documentary Spurlock uses cartoons to convey messages, the animation is crude and basic. They aren’t that high of quality that you would find in a normal Cartoon TV show. The reason for this is because it’s meant to get the message across easily to the viewer. • He also uses graphics to convey data collected, as they can help show off data in a way that just telling you data cannot convey. For example by saying that there are 46 million people served each day is easy to understand however the graphic presented with it gives it a bigger impact.

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