Cherry Healey: How to get a life– Single vs. Settled Documentary
Type of documentaryThis documentary focused on modern day relationships. It was a mixeddocumentary, and used things such as achieve material, for example footagefrom night clubs. There was also a narrative structure as there was abeginning, middle and end. A variety of camera work used and editing to addvariety and depth to the documentary.
ThemesThere are many themes shown throughout the documentary. Loverelationships and sex. There are many different people introduced throughoutthe documentary. Each person is different and there is a mix of single andsettled (in a relationship) people. Each of them were willing to share thererelationship status with Healey and tell her about how they feel aboutrelationships.
Narrative structureThe documentary opens with a montage, there are various shots of Healey’s lifesince she has been married and settled. There audience is taken on a journeyinto other peoples lives and relationships, and love life. She takes the singlepeople out to find out about what they think is good about being single, andtries to find ways of getting them into relationships. However towards themiddle of the documentary the couples realise that their relationships havegrown stronger and many of the single people are wanting to become settled. Atthe end of the documentary, Healey finds that being in a relationship is great,but “you can still be free and sexy at the same time”.
CameraworkThe documentary uses a wide range of camera shot. For example there is amedium shot of Healey walking down the street and one of the interviewees istalking about how they are going to change there relationship status, makingthe audience feel interested and it makes it more appealing to watch. Anothershot was a low shot, which panned down the street with Healey, to make theaudience focus on her. There is a close up shot of a glass of wine, this showsthat the target audience is aimed at young women, and gives the documentaryvariety. There is also a long shot of the London eye, and Big Ben in thebackground showing the location of where the documentary is set. Also to showthe change of scene, there is a long shot of the moon, to imply the on going talkof romance through out the documentary. There are also long shots, and closeups used when Healey is trying to set up one of her clients up with aninteresting girl, show there are many shots of them in a house party, suggestingthat young people are still adventurous and wild.
Mise-en-sceneThere are many different locations throughout the documentary and differenttypes of lighting used to make the documentary look interesting. Forexample, Healey is walking down past the River Tems, and in the distance wecan see the London bridge, in the background which sets the location. Theweather is very bright making it seem more interesting and enjoyable to watch.Another example of the mise-en-scene would be when Healey takes one of herclients to a night club, to show them what life would be like as a young singleperson again, there are many shots of people dancing and drinking, and there isa lot of strobe lighting and coloured lighting, which adds a wild and interestingfeel to the documentary.
SoundThere is a voice over that is used throughout the documentary and it isHealey explaining everything that is happening in the documentary, howevershe also leaves us with questions, leaving the audience wondering what willhappen next, making it more resistible to watch. There is also a lot of non-diegetic sound used, for example there is music played in a club, and itcontinues to play as the voiceover comes in, to keep the exciting vibe in thedocumentary. Another example is when there was a young couple beingintroduced, at this point the music changed to a James Bond theme, to thrilland excite the audience. There is also ambient-sound used, this is used whenHealey and a client are walking down the street, as the sound of traffic andpeople can be heard in the background.
EditingThere is a wide range of editing used throughout the documentary. Forexample, There are many interviews that are placed in Healey’s fancy whitekitchen, and there is match-on-action used as the camera will focus onHealey and then on those who are being interviewed by her. The interviewsare very relaxed and very informal, making it seem very calm. Anotherinterview takes place with a couple, Bianca and Matt, who have an unusualsex life, however the interview is relaxed, juxtaposing the situation. There isa zoom in close-up on some very posh and sexy underwear in ashop, addressing the women in the audience.
GraphicsThe graphics used in the documentary where used to note on differentstatistics about single life and love life. It would pop up in the middle of thescreen and would be in big, bold white writing, and every time it was thesame font, colour and size.