Type of documentary
This documentary is a mixed documentary, it is a mixed
documentary as it uses a variety of different footage this
includes interview, observation and archive footage. A
narration is also used.
The main themes of this documentary are as followed:
Meat Loaf himself
The music industry
The marketing industry
The image creation of Meat Loaf
The power of the media
The narrative structure is closed as all questions are left
answered. It is single stranded as it is just about one
topic - Meat Loaf. It is also non linear as it jumps
backwards and forwards through the story of the
reinvention of Meat Loaf.
The interviews are conventional as they are framed with a left or right
alignment to the screen and shot in medium close up.
One of the interviews is filmed in profile which makes it 'look wrong.'
The actuality footage used is shot using a hand held
camera this makes the audience feel included in the
action and makes the audience feel like a voyeur.
Chromakey is used extensively in all of the interviews
apart from Meat Loaf's. Chromakey is used in the
background of the interviews and is when images are
projected onto a blue or green screen behind the
interviewee. The images behind the interviewee are
always relevant to the topic that they are talking about.
A voice over is used in this documentary the voice over
voice is a male that uses standard English. This voice
over is not conventional in some ways as the narrator
almost sounds opinionated and sarcastic but in this
documentary worked as it fitted the topic and style of the
The sound that is used is always relevant to the topic that
is being talked about for example when they talked about
the village people Y.M.C.A was played.
Conventional editing is used for the interviews as you
can't hear the questions the interviewee is asked only
Fast motion was used outside HMV this means that the
pace was sped up. This gives the audience a sense of
Dissolves were used at the end of interviews, this is
when the chromakey was dissolved out and the
interviewee remained on the screen.
Slow motion and montage editing where also used.
Different types of achieve material was used such as the
Magazine and newspaper clippings
Top of the pops clips
David Letterman clips
Clips from the Brit Awards
Clips from the Grammys
Clips from Noel's house party
Clips from music videos
The name of the programme is used next to the graphics.
The graphic are a white italic font that stands out the
graphics tell you the name of the interviewee and the
relevance to the topic. They also tell you the location of
any important places or events.