6.2 (biggie&tupac, people like us & need for weed analysis)

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6.2 (biggie&tupac, people like us & need for weed analysis)

  1. 1. Unit 6 6.2To evaluate your work in relation to past and current practice.Biggie & Tupac is a biographical, investigative and participatory documentary, which was directedby Nick Broomfield and released in 2002. The story of this documentary is to investigate the lifeand death of the two famous rap stars, Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. A lot like the story, the aimis to investigate, investigating the deaths of Biggie and Tupac, as well as inform/educating theaudience about the rivalry, which occurred between the two rappers.I think the primary target audience for this documentary is people who are in their late 20s to theirearly 30s; this is because they may have been teenage fans of the artists when they were alive andfamous. I think this documentary appeal predominantly to males, as Biggie and Tupac are bothmales who were in their late 20s. Also the director/presenter is also a male. The ethnicity of thepeople who would watch this documentary, I think would mainly be African Americans and whitemiddle class males; this is because both rappers were African American, which would make it a lotmore appealing to them. Also, it would appeal to white middle class males as Nick Broomfield as itis easy to relate to. The location of the people watching, I think would be primarily the US and alsothe United Kingdom, as this documentary is a western popular cultured documentary as well asboth rappers and the director/presenter are from those countries.I think to watch this, the viewers would have to be interested in biographical programs,documentaries and also things with crime and conspiracy, and they would also have to beinterested in music also. Biggie & Tupac is a feature length narrative program where all viewers areable to go on a journey with the host.Nick Broomfield, who is also the director of this documentary, is the narrator and he is also thehost, which makes the documentary participatory. The mode of address for this documentary isquite indirect as he doesn’t directly address the audience, it is quite informal as he doesn’t use realprofessional language, as well as voice over, Nick Broomfield happens to occasionally do a ‘piece tocamera’.The narrative of this documentary is told via a series of main interviews, which are done with therappers parents/relatives, as well as police officers that were involved in the case. There is also alot of use of archive footage, with a lot of different character narratives. There may have been aclear resolution in the end of the documentary, however we don’t know for sure. In thisdocumentary, there are a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of use of heroes and villains, theheroes being the family of the victims, and the villains being all the corrupt police and also SugeKnight.During this documentary there was a lot of handheld camera, this technique creates a sense ofrealism for the audience, which will enable them to relate to this documentary/the characters a loteasier. Nick Broomfield used a lot of mid shots and close up in and out of interviews. Mainly usingclose ups and extreme close-ups when it came to the relatives of the two rap stars. To showimportance Nick Broomfield’s camera team made the camera go a lot closer to the person. Also tocreate a dramatic affect there was a lot of use of manual camera, as well as handheld long shots toestablish setting. Again, to create a sense of realism Broomfield used a substantial amount of non-diagetic music between the hip hop genre and natural sounds, for instance when he is interviewingthe man who had some of Tupac’s unreleased music you could hear sirens, dogs barking and also ahelicopter. During interviews the shots were quite long, some of them lasting longer than 10
  2. 2. seconds, which creates a sense of realism. Broomfield also used some archive footage as cutawayfootage.As well as historical, the style of this documentary is biographical, objective, investigate andparticipatory. An objective documentary is a documentary which isn’t biased in any way, it justexplores every side of the story and this is what Biggie & Tupac does, Broomfield isn’t more to oneside than the other, he is just objective. An investigative and participatory documentary is one,which is investigating, or looking for answers from the documentary, as well as this Biggie & Tupacis a participatory documentary, this is the type of documentary, which includes the director in it.Here in this picture you can see that NickBroomfield is blatantly personally involved in thedocumentary. As well as all of these documentarystyles, Biggie & Tupac is still a historical andbiographical documentary, which means that it is astory of someone’s life (Biggie & Tupac). As neitherBiggie nor Tupac are still alive, that makes thedocumentary historical, as they are people of thepast.This picture is a picture of one of the first main interviews; this is a mid shot of one of the policeofficers who were involved in the Biggie & Tupac scandal, this here is evidence that thisdocumentary is investigative as theyare going out and interviewing peoplein order to get facts and find outinformation.
  3. 3. The technology, which had been used in this documentary, is a single camera, sometimes, for themain interviews they would use another camera. They had also used a boom mic and a Nagrarecording system. The technology used to edit this documentary was Avid. Biggie & Tupac was avery low budget documentary as they hadn’t used a lot of technology and they didn’t have a lot ofcrewmembers.People Like Us‘People Like Us’ is a series documentary, which consists of 6 episodes and was released on 06-03-13 and ran until 14-03-13. This documentary was set in Harpurhey, Manchester, which isapparently “the most deprived area in the UK”, this is a social observational documentary, which isabout the lives of the some of the people who live on the local estate.I think that the aim of this documentary is to educate and inform the audience about this area, aswell as challenging perception of this area. Displaying the different hopes and dreams of theworking class people in Harpurhey. The aim of this documentary could possibly be to give a morerealistic representation of people in the UK.I think this documentary is aimed at people from the ages of 13 to 25, thisis because all of the ‘characters’ in this documentary are between thoseages as well as this, ‘People Like Us’ is shown on BBC3, which is mainly achannel for the younger generation.I think that it is predominantly aimed at females this is because the musicthey play and the typography is more feminine, which means it wouldappeal to females a lot easier than it would appeal to males. I think thisdocumentary is predominantly aimed at people of white, black and mixedrace ethnicity this is because these are the general ethnicities which is displayed in thisdocumentary due to the location which is a predominantly black, white and mix raced area.
  4. 4. This gives the documentary a more global appeal. The location of this documentary is the UK,which displays UK residents dealing with social issues, which is very relatable for the viewers.The film tastes of the people who view this documentary would be things like:Reality TVObservational documentariesDrama-documentaries (e.g. Made in Chelsea, TOWIE)DramasSoaps (e.g. Hollyoaks, Eastenders)‘People Like Us’ is an informal documentary with a direct mode of address, as this isn’t yourconventional documentary it has both voiceover and piece to camera, however the piece tocamera isn’t done by the host, it is done by the ‘characters’. The narrator of this documentary isneither the host nor the director, the narrator is Natalie Casey and she isn’t an on-screen presentershe just narrates the story. As a narrator she is very appealing for the correct audience as she is ayoung northern female which is similar to the characters and will appeal to the audience a loteasier.The narrative is told in a different way to how a normal documentary would be told, it doesn’t havea series of main interviews or use of any archive footage, all it has is a lot of different characternarratives as well as a clear resolution at the end, however that resolution isn’t found at the end ofan episode it is found at the end of the series.In this documentary, mid shots, establishing shots, long shots and close ups are shots, which arecommonly used to help tell the story. Things like mid shots and close ups are used a lot whencharacters are giving their ‘piece to camera’, as well as when they are speaking to each other. Aswell as this, they use handheld camera but this technique is only used when they are on location,another movement which is commonly used is static close ups, however this is only used when‘characters’ are being interviewed.There is a lot of sound used, the sound used iscurrent music, this is music from such artists asRudimental and Bruno Mars, using theseartists help the documentary to appeal to thecorrect audience. As well as music, voice overis used in this documentary; Natalie Casey,who is a northern female who is in her 20s,which appeals to the right audience as well,does the voice over. As well as voice over andmusic, there is a lot of non-diagetic sound usedin this documentary, for instance, doors closing, dogs barking etc. All of these factors help thedocumentary appeal to the correct audience a lot easier, for instance the music, which is played inthe documentary are generally the type of music, which British people would listen to. As well asthis all the non-diagetic sound used in the documentary creates a sense of realism making thecharacters a lot easier to identify with.There are a lot of cutaways used in this documentary,cutaways of location and also cutaways on the local area.Cutaway from location to studio in order to get the‘characters’ thoughts and opinions, which then cuts backto location. As well as all of these editing styles, in thebeginning of every episode there is a montage of
  5. 5. establishing shots to establish location and characters also.This documentary is neither historical nor fictional; however it is biographical, fly on the wall andobservational as well. At the end of the series, it isn’t answered questions, per say, its more of asummary of the entire documentary itself. People Like Us is also an objective documentary, this isbecause as the narrator isn’t the director/producer of this documentary, which means that thedirector’s opinion cannot effect or influence the documentary in anyway possible. ‘People like Us’is a biographical documentary because it is a story, which is being told about different people. It isalso a fly on the wall documentary because during the documentary, apart from when thecharacters are doing their ‘piece to camera’, the characters do not speak directly to the camera ordirector/person who is operating the camera.There are a lot of differences between the two documentaries; People Like Us and Biggie & Tupac,however there are a lot of similarities also. For instance, a difference between the twodocumentaries is that although they are both documentaries, People Like Us isn’t yourconventional documentary as it is a TV series; however, Biggie & Tupac is a very conventionaldocumentary as it is a feature length documentary.My documentary is a lot different to both these documentaries as mine was neither a TV series nora feature length film; however it is just a stand-alone report. This is because my documentary is ashort film, which isn’t documentary a life of someone, merely documenting an issue.People Like Us is very different to Biggie & Tupac, in many ways such as People Like Us doesn’thave a host, as all presenting is done via VO, as well as this difference, the host of Biggie & Tupac isalso the director, whereas in both mine and People Like Us the director is not the host/narrator,the narrator of both mine and People Like Us is a person who is hired to narrate the documentary.The mode of address for Biggie & Tupac, unlike People Like Us is indirect. This is becausethroughout the documentary he hardly ever addresses the audience directly he just narrates thestory. Contrary to this, People like Us is a direct mode of address as the narrator directly speaks tothe audience, addressing them using such words as ‘you’ and ‘we’.A lot like People like Us, my documentary is direct as well, as the voice over addresses theaudience directly, for instance, when in my documentary Oliver (the narrator) says “I’m OliverScandrett and I will be investigating how you feel about the recent study which suggests thatCannabis is more harmful to under 18s”Another difference between People like Us and Biggie & Tupac is the primary target audience; thetarget audience for Biggie & Tupac is both working class white males and African Americans in theirlate 20s towards their early 30s, as this is the age of the two deceased rappers. However, theintended audience for People like Us is teenage girls from the ages of 13 -17, of mainly black, whiteand mixed race ethnicities. This is displayed by the colourful/bright typography and the fact thatthere are more female characters than there are males, along with the fact that the presenter is anorthern female who is also in her early 20s. Contrary to both these documentaries, mydocumentary is targeted and black and white teenage males from the age of 15-17. My targetaudience is made obvious by the typography which is red graffiti. As well as this I have a male
  6. 6. narrator who is also in his teenage years.My documentary is a lot more similar to Biggie & Tupac than it is to People like Us, this is becauseboth documentaries are investigative, a little bit biased and they are both targeted at both blackand white males. Another similarity between my documentary and Biggie & Tupac is that there is aclear resolution at the end. The audience viewing these documentaries would have to beinterested in watching serious, investigative and informative documentaries. There is a slighthistorical angle to my documentary which is similar to Biggie & Tupac as Biggie & Tupac are nolonger around. The use of voice over, cutaways and archive footage are all similarities which areshared between both my documentary and Biggie & Tupac.Although my documentary is more similar to Biggie & Tupac, it is still similar to People like Us, smallsimilarities, such as the target audience, although People like Us is targeted at females, it is stilltargeted at young people, which is why they have a young narrator, like mine.My documentary is similar to both these documentaries because in all three documentaries alllanguage, which is used, is mainly colloquial language as well as these documentaries beingtargeted at the same age and ethnicities (black, white, mixed race).Despite all the similarities, my documentary is still different to these documentaries and this isbecause my documentary does not investigate people’s lives and it is a more serious topic than theother documentaries as it is about an illegal substance. There are no characters involved or no‘piece to camera’ which is done by a character or a host. Another difference between mydocumentary and the other two documentaries is that my documentary is neither a feature lengthdocumentary nor a TV series.
  7. 7. narrator who is also in his teenage years.My documentary is a lot more similar to Biggie & Tupac than it is to People like Us, this is becauseboth documentaries are investigative, a little bit biased and they are both targeted at both blackand white males. Another similarity between my documentary and Biggie & Tupac is that there is aclear resolution at the end. The audience viewing these documentaries would have to beinterested in watching serious, investigative and informative documentaries. There is a slighthistorical angle to my documentary which is similar to Biggie & Tupac as Biggie & Tupac are nolonger around. The use of voice over, cutaways and archive footage are all similarities which areshared between both my documentary and Biggie & Tupac.Although my documentary is more similar to Biggie & Tupac, it is still similar to People like Us, smallsimilarities, such as the target audience, although People like Us is targeted at females, it is stilltargeted at young people, which is why they have a young narrator, like mine.My documentary is similar to both these documentaries because in all three documentaries alllanguage, which is used, is mainly colloquial language as well as these documentaries beingtargeted at the same age and ethnicities (black, white, mixed race).Despite all the similarities, my documentary is still different to these documentaries and this isbecause my documentary does not investigate people’s lives and it is a more serious topic than theother documentaries as it is about an illegal substance. There are no characters involved or no‘piece to camera’ which is done by a character or a host. Another difference between mydocumentary and the other two documentaries is that my documentary is neither a feature lengthdocumentary nor a TV series.

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