During the research and planning stage of our documentary production, we used
questionnaires to find out information about our target audience and what they
wanted to see in our documentary. We asked 10 students at Solihull Sixth Form College
and 10 parents to hear their responses.
Following on from this, we gave out questionnaires to 10 students to get some
feedback from our finished documentary.
With the growth of social networking websites, we uploaded our documentary on to
Facebook and asked our friends to comment their thoughts.
Finally, we set up a focus group of our target audience, filming their responses to our
documentary, radio trailer and double page spread.
From this feedback, we thought our target
audience should just people teenagers, rather
than parents as well.
From this feedback, Channel 4 was the most
popular answer, followed by BBC1. These were
the two channels we wanted to broadcast the
documentary on, we narrowed it down to
Channel 4 in the end as we thought it was
more relevant. Therefore we are happy with
The people who said no were all girls and said
they wouldn’t watch it because they’re not
interested in video games. We expect this as
they don’t fit our target audience, however all
the answers who said yes are boys.
We are happy with this feedback as we
ensured our statistics were found from trustful
sources and were relevant to the
From this feedback we understand that the
audience see our documentary as biased, we
expect this as our documentary is an argument.
Although we show both sides, we are more
biased on one side.
We are happy with this feedback. We followed
typical codes and conventions when filming
the interviews to ensure they looked
From this feedback, we see it’s a mixed
opinion. We do agree at times the sound levels
aren’t balanced and if we were to improve our
documentary we would sort this out and make
the sound levels equal. We asked the four
people that said no to explain where the
sound levels aren’t balanced and they said the
music or background noise was too loud in
We are happy with this feedback as we spent a
lot of time ensuring the camera was steady
when filming and the lens in focus.
We are happy with this feedback, we know the
sound levels aren’t equal at times but other
than that happy with the documentary.
Most of the comments are positive, whereas
some comments say what needs to be
improved. Overall we’re happy with the
Documentary - Focus Group
In the video they say the target audience is “teenage lads” – this shows the documentary clearly
shows who the documentary is aimed to.
Most said the documentary would broadcast on channel 4 whereas one boy said BBC3 – the
majority got the channel we agreed on therefore we know we picked the right channel.
They all thought the opening sequence was effective, especially with the police officer.
They all thought the interviews looked professional.
They all thought the vox pops were the best part of the documentary as it was interesting to hear
None of them could think of what could be improved and said it looked good enough to be on TV
– we are really happy with this feedback, although we think personally the sound levels could
have been improved.
Radio Trailer - Focus Group
They didn’t think at the start the sound levels were equal but then realised that was the idea to
create a busy atmospheric mood getting louder and louder. – this was our aim so we are happy they
understood that we did that on purpose.
They thought the fast-pace worked as it kept it interesting. – we wanted the radio trailer to be fastpaced like a video game therefore we are happy with this feedback.
They all thought the voiceover was very clear. – We ensured we recorded the voiceover in a quiet
room so it was clear.
The improvements they mentioned was you couldn’t hear what people were saying at the start
because they were overlapping and the voiceover at the end was a bit loud too.
Overall we’re happy with this feedback.
Double Page Spread - Focus Group
They thought the big red letters stand out and so does the character from GTA ‘Franklin’ on the
side. – This is good as we wanted to make it really eye-catching.
They all thought it was clearly linked to the documentary due to the masthead and the character
from Grand Theft Auto on the side of the article.
They thought the house style worked and looked like a video game. They liked the colour scheme
of black and red as it stands out. They mentioned anger links with the colour red therefore it’s
They all thought the images were effective.
Overall we’re happy with these comments.