Deciding Which Documentary Mode To Use:After our research on documentary modes was completed we came together as a group anddiscussed the findings of our research and whether we should use only one documentary modeor use different elements of each documentary mode. At first we wanted to have a combinationand a mixture of all the different documentary modes however, after lengthy discussion wedecided we should only use documentary modes that were relevant to us and the way we wantedto depict our documentary. Therefore, we began to eliminate documentary modes that we feltwere irrelevant to us and would not aid the documentary.Immediately we all agreed that observational mode would not used in our documentary. Wedisregard this for many reasons. Firstly this documentary mode did not allow us to interact usthe characters involved therefore, we would be unable to find out their opinions on the topic andhow it has effected them personally which was crucial aspect needed in our documentary.Secondly, this documentary mode is extremely time consuming as it would involve followingthe characters none stop wherever they went. This would not meet our time scale for when thedocumentary had to be completed plus, it would leave us with hours of footage which againwould be too costly on our editing time.Finally, we discovered from our research we discovered that documentaries that use thisdocumentary mode are either wildlife documentaries or celebrity based documentaries. Fromthis it was clear that observation mode would not fit the genre our documentary and thereforewe decided to not to use it in our documentary.
We then went onto discuss the expositional mode and whether or not it could be used inour documentary. Firstly, we began to discuss how we wanted to depict our documentaryand after our ideas were formed we decided expositional mode would be vital in ourdocumentary.We decided to use expositional because it involved using a narrator. We thought anarrator would be highly useful to have in our documentary as it would not only highlightthe facts of the recession and supply information to our target audience, but it would alsoexplain the implications the recession has had on peoples lives and because it would hasaffected our target audience it will relate to them urging them to continue to watch thedocumentary as it will be appealing to them.Furthermore, from our research we discovered that conventionally nearly all modern daydocumentaries use a narrator and therefore expositional mode. Therefore, from this wegathered that by using expositional mode it would create more realism andprofessionalism for our documentary urging a larger segment of our target audience towatch it.
We then began exploring participatory mode and decided we would be using thisdocumentary mode. We came to this conclusion as a group we would all be involved inthe filmmaking and as this documentary mode involves us interacting with characters itwas only logical to incorporate this mode in our documentary.In addition, this documentary mode similar to expositional mode allows us to createmore realism about our documentary as majority of documentaries today use thisdocumentary mode. Our goal for our documentary was to make is as realistic andbelievable as possible and we believe that this documentary mode allows us to achievethat goal. As a result, this will allow us to entice a large section of our target audienceand urge them to watch the documentary thereby, increasing our documentary rating andmaking it a success.We then began exploring poetic mode and decided to use this documentary mode as itaims to make the target audience feel a particular way about the topic. This was relevantfor our documentary as we wanted our target audience to feel that the recession wasruining young peoples lives, making them unable to achieve the goals they hoped toobtain such as progressing onto higher education and receiving employment. The poeticmode allowed us to portray the recession in any way we wanted to which was attractiveto us because as the filmmakers, it allowed us to have a greater sense of power on theway we wanted our documentary to be depicted.