Assignment 4 – Analysis of TV Documentary By Gledis Dedaj
The Documentaries I Will Be Comparing…Catfish: Lifers:Air Time/Date:• Saturday - 01 January 2011 Air Time/Date:Form of Release: • Monday- 25 Jun 2012• UK - TV Channel- Channel 4 Form of Release:What its about: • UK - TV Channel- Channel 4• Young filmmakers document their colleagues What its about: budding online friendship with a young • A unique insight into the lives of woman and her family which leads to an offenders facing a lifetime in prison. unexpected series of discoveries. Production Companies:Production Companies: • Century Films• Supermarché & Hit The Ground Running Films Distributors:Distributors: • N/A• Alliance Films (2010) (Canada) (theatrical) Director:• Universal Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical) • Tim Wardle• Momentum Pictures (2010) (UK) (all media)• Rogue (2010) (USA) (all media)Directors: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Target Audience! Catfish• The target audience for Catfish are people who uses media like Facebook, MySpace, twitter or any other kind of social networking site.• In todays society this presents quite a broad target audience as most people especially in the Western parts of the world use some form of social networking site.• With that said, it is reasonable to assume that perhaps the documentary would be directed at a more younger audience due to the fact that social networking is mostly popular amongst them.• Its is teenagers that run a higher risk with such sites as they are typically deemed as naïve towards the dangers of the internet.
Target Audience! Lifers• Due to the particular topic being explored in the documentary (life sentences) the target audience appears quite wide.• However stereotypically within todays society those in prison are normally associated with lower or working class families.• This is due to the environment that such people are surrounded with that lead them to a life of crime. (Poor conditions)• Lower class families are typically deemed as uneducated thus they are more prone to ending up in prison.
Conventions of Documentaries Statistics Real Life Setting Interviews Voiceovers Titles and Score Music Credits Conventions!Establishing Shots Archival Footage/PhotographsMontage Footage Handheld Footage Quoted Material Presenters (formal/informal)
Convention: Handheld Footage Use: The whole documentary was handheld footage and was filmed by Ariel Schulman Develop: This develops the convention of ‘handheld footage’ because documentaries are typically a mix of handheld and steady filming.
Convention: Titles and Credits Use: This was used and not developed because they placed the title/credits in the appropriate times and places in the shots
Convention: InterviewsUse: They used this convention Her eye line is directed to the side of the camera therefore establishing that she is being interview by someone behind the shot. This is a typical method of interviewing, therefore theconvention was not developed or challenged.
Convention: supporting images Develop: They developed this convention slightly due to the fact that the only proof they had of the ‘Megan’ person was photographs from ‘Facebook’. She was only shown through images.