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25th June 2012 – Channel 4 (1 Episode)
 Type Of Documentary – Mixed Documentary
 Themes – The Life of a Prisoner who is doing
life in jail and the consequences...
 All interviews are conventionally structured
with the interviewee to the left or right of the
screen and are shown in a ...
 Here is an establishing shot of the Prison where
the documentary is set. After this shot, there is a
montage of a few im...
 Here is a tracking shot of a prisoner walking to
the cell. It also a handheld shot which gives the
impression we are act...
 Handheld – following officers and prisoners in
the jail , filming CCTV camera of prisoner in cell,
criminal records
 Zo...
 Here is a long shot showing a prisoner in his cell,
this anchors the running theme of prison and
reveals the life they l...
 Prisoners interviews often done in their cell
 Officers interviews often done in their office
 Usually a plain backgro...
 Male voiceover
 Questions are asked on camera to the
prisoner (not like normal documentary)
 Clock ticking in backgrou...
 Montage – different shots cut showing
different areas of the prison
 Cuts between each interview
 Below is a piece of archive material that is not
filmed by the documenter. It is a zooming shot of
an image of one of th...
 There is news paper articles that are shown
showing the stories of the prisoners.
 At the beginning there is a voiceove...
 The main title has a black background, with a
simple white font. This has connotations that
prison life is very boring a...
 Here is a shot of an interview revealing the name
and relevance to the documentary below them in
simple white font. Agai...
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  1. 1. 25th June 2012 – Channel 4 (1 Episode)
  2. 2.  Type Of Documentary – Mixed Documentary  Themes – The Life of a Prisoner who is doing life in jail and the consequences of committing murder  Narrative Structure – Closed, Single Stranded, Non-Linear Documentary
  3. 3.  All interviews are conventionally structured with the interviewee to the left or right of the screen and are shown in a medium shot, close up, or big close up shot.
  4. 4.  Here is an establishing shot of the Prison where the documentary is set. After this shot, there is a montage of a few images showing other areas of the prison. It gives the audience an insight on how enclosed the prison is.
  5. 5.  Here is a tracking shot of a prisoner walking to the cell. It also a handheld shot which gives the impression we are actually behind him, imitating the way he lives to see how it feels.
  6. 6.  Handheld – following officers and prisoners in the jail , filming CCTV camera of prisoner in cell, criminal records  Zoom – title zooms closer  Tilt shot – camera lifts upwards showing the height of the barbed wire outside prisoners  Big close up – showing interview  Long shot – prisoners in cells
  7. 7.  Here is a long shot showing a prisoner in his cell, this anchors the running theme of prison and reveals the life they live which is what the documentary is based on.
  8. 8.  Prisoners interviews often done in their cell  Officers interviews often done in their office  Usually a plain background so the interviewee is in main focus
  9. 9.  Male voiceover  Questions are asked on camera to the prisoner (not like normal documentary)  Clock ticking in background
  10. 10.  Montage – different shots cut showing different areas of the prison  Cuts between each interview
  11. 11.  Below is a piece of archive material that is not filmed by the documenter. It is a zooming shot of an image of one of the prisoners when they were younger, whilst there is a voiceover over the top of it, during his interview.
  12. 12.  There is news paper articles that are shown showing the stories of the prisoners.  At the beginning there is a voiceover of two news presenters explaining the murder of someone followed by the prisoners interview showing the link there.
  13. 13.  The main title has a black background, with a simple white font. This has connotations that prison life is very boring and plain, which anchors the theme that is set throughout.
  14. 14.  Here is a shot of an interview revealing the name and relevance to the documentary below them in simple white font. Again this follows the conventional structure of interviews.

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