Nicole LewisIngridPamela YounesMonae Minors-GibbsHelenAssignment 2: Group TVdocumentary analysis
Lifers DocumentaryInformation ExplanationWhat is it One offLength of show 47 min 34 secWhen is it aired on channel 4 Monday 25th June 2012What time is it aired at? 9 pmWhat is it rated? G = For strong language anddistributing description of somebrutal crimes
Topic and PurposeWhat is the topicof show?Explores the day to daylife of convicted killersas the undergobehavioural courses andpsychologicalinterventions as part oftheir rehabilitation.What is thepurpose of theshow?To show howconvicted criminalslives their livesfollowing theirconsequences inprison.What is themessage of thisdocumentary?Don’t Kill because theywould show how yourlife would end up as.
AudienceInformation ExplanationNicheAudienceIt’s a niche because, a wide variety would not want towatch a show that highlights convicted criminals thusmaking the audience feel sorry for them.Who is ourtargets? Primary Audience:- Gender: Male- Age: 18-30- Ethnicity: White- Interest/Hobbies: whoare interested incrime- Social Class:Secondary Audience:- Gender: Female- Age: 30-50- Ethnicity: Black- Interest/Hobbies: whowants to learn- Social Class:
Analysis of IntroductionForms /ConventionsScreen shots ExplanationNon diegeticmusicTo set the moodVoiceovers to make the audiencevisualise/interestedHand held camera It makes it more realistic, as atripod is not usedInterviewing This is mode of address, whenthe person would have theopportunity to say what’s onhis/her mind and addresses itto the audience
FormsNicoleEditingArchival footageIngridMusicPamelaSense of realismMontage editingHelenCamera shotsMonaeLightingSound
Archival PhotosA photo of one of thecriminals that hasbeen in jail that couldbe there for up to 12years..This image would make theaudience feel sympathetictowards him and make themwonder how a sweet child likehim could become a murderer.
Editing – Shot Reverse Shot/180 degreeruleShot reverse shot is used toshow the facial expressionbetween the criminal and leaderhave a meeting.180 degree rule is used to establishexactly where each character isplaced.
Forms – music/sound• In this scene, there is a sound bridgingwhile the reporter is talking about theperson that is shown on that scene.• Also in this scene the music portrays aserious tone, so the audience canidentify that this documentary issomething serious.
This scene hasmusic on thebackground.Whereas this scenethere is no music onthe background at all.Changes to anotherscene with abackground music
Conventions• The convention of a handheld camera in adocumentary is reinforced in ‘Lifers’.• The handheld camera movement is to show theaudience realism.
Forms – Sound• The introduction includesscore music to set anuneasy mood• This also includes soundbridging that controlsvolume as to what theaudience can hear, in thiscase it was the van driving.• There was volume controlwas raised, so the audiencecan hear the flag blowing,while realising thedocumentary has something todo with a prison.Score music and sound bridging was used as it does give a sense ofrealism and so the audience can hear real sounds that happens.
Forms – Sound• This begins with dramaticscore music• Also included the sound whichthe people was making• In addition the presenter wastalking over this which theyhad to use sound bridgingfor.• The dramatic score musiccarried through again with acutaway to the presenterwhich introduced him• Meaning they had to usevolume control for.This is a similar example I found from the ‘The World’s WeirdestWeather’.
Sense of RealismZooming, also is a sense ofrealism, as it doesn’t useseparate cuts, also close upsNatural lighting causesrealism, as there isnt artificiallighting availableHand held camera is also asense of realism, where it canbe shaky in some time as atripod is not usedThe above would use these forms, as the majority of the documentaries wouldhave these elements. They would use these elements throughout thedocumentary
Montage EditingMontage editing iswhen they wouldintroduce thedocumentaryAs they wouldintroduce thedifferent criminalswho are involved inthe documentary,they would createan enigmaBy creating anenigma, it wouldengage the audienceto carry on watchingthe documentaryThis documentary uses montage editing, as all documentaries would create anenigma with all the different topics based on lifers to keep amusing the audienceand not get bored
Establishing shotEstablishing shot of theprison. Creating an imageof the prison for the viewers.
Camera ShotsZoom in from distance andout of the pictureMid shotThey used a camera shot ofthe Talking hands
ConventionsNicoleInterviewsCase StudiesIngridHand held cameraPamelaCreditsStatisticsHelenVoiceoversMode of addressMonaeArchival footageCutaways
Interviews – Expert interviewsExpert interviews in aclosed area. Showing it’ssomewhat professional.Analysing the criminalsbehaviour. Close up on hershocked expression.When explaining why theykill other people.
Case StudiesFirst shot theaudience see’s ofhim is a naturallying down position.Before he starts talking,his name and sentenceappears on the screen.Giving the audience abit of an insight toShaun.
Conventions – Montage editingMontage editing – developed to give the audiencean insight of the different case studies that will befurther explained.
Conventions – Montage editingThis is a similar example I found from the ‘Bob Marley’s documentary’.The montage editing was used to show a mixture of things that will becontinued and explained by the ending.
Conventions- CutawaysCutaways- used to keep theaudience interested to what they arewatching.• This is cutaway of an inmate inhis cell• The presenter asking himquestions about the cells and itcuts away for the audience to geta closer look• The audience can see acrowd of prisoners walking in• It cuts away to one of theprisoners being interviewed• Score music has aalready started on thiscut away• The cut away showsthe activity they do
Convention- Rule of thirdsRule of thirds- used mainly duringinterviews and with close up to showfacial expressions.• There is alsounsettling music whilethey describe whomgo into this prison.
Convention- Rule of thirdsThis is a similar example I found from the ‘Lost children’. The rule ofthirds was used in the interview so the audience is not distracted whilelooking at the documentary.
CreditsIt’s a close-up whenthey have aninterview, while thecredit is on thescreenThe name is biggerand bolder, whereastheir role and job issmaller. This showsthe importance of thename and the role oftheir jobsThe blackbackground, makesthe title looks biggerand bolder as itstands out, as this isthe title, whichshould be differentthan the rest.This documentary also uses the way the credit is presented. As it shows theimportance between the name and the role. By using different sized text and theboldness of the texts
StatisticsThis documentary challenges, as it doesn’t use statistics. However they used therelease dates of the prisoners, whereas they didn’t relate to the whole populationin the U.KThere isn’t any statisticsused, however theymentioned the release datesof the prisoners. Which is stillfacts, but did not relate to thewhole population in the U.K
Cutaways & VoiceoverStarts with cutawayand voice over (3rdperson)
Inspiration for A2 c/wWhat is inspirationalform/convention• Convention- text with blackbackground (mainlychallenged)Why/how useful? • Can be useful for veryinformative documentary• can explain things clearer.
Inspiration for A2 c/wWhat is inspirationalform/convention• Form (camera work) whichwas a panWhy/how useful? • A pan side ways is ainteresting movement whichis challenged indocumentaries.• Its useful because it canshow a lot of things in onecut.
Inspirational for A2 C/WWhat is inspirationalform/convention Forms: sense of realism Convention: interviewingWhy/how useful? It makes it more realistic this ismore useful as its not fake anda documentary would be tellingsomething true
Inspirational for A2 C/WWhat is inspirationalform/convention Forms: different camera shotsConvention: creditsWhy/how useful? By using different camera shotsit would make it moreinteresting, therefore theaudience wouldn’t get boredthey would stay interested.