Rock and Roll Exposed
Type of Documentary:
Rock and Roll Exposed is a mixed documentary as it contains interviews but also contains
archive footage of bands from the 60s and 70s.
Rock music and how it became popular in the 60s ad 70s is the most common theme in this
documentary as well as photography and different famous bands.
The documentary follows the story of a man who used to take pictures of famous rock and
roll bands around the 60s and 70s, it discusses different bands and the fashion of America
and England around this time. It has a linear narrative as it starts with the photographer and
who is first started taking pictures of, it then goes on to how he took pictures of other
famous bands and became more and more popular and then eventually stopped taking
pictures of bands when MTV became popular.
All of the interviews that are filmed in this documentary use the rule of thirds and are eye
level with the people being interviewed. Lots of MCU and CU shots are used during
interviews as well.
Mise En Scene:
The background for the interviews do not distract the audience away from the person
talking, however some do link in with the topic. For example one interview takes place in
a bar/club and another seems to be in a recording studio.
Sound: There is lots of different music played in this documentary, whenever a new band
is introduced they usually have one of that bands songs playing as the narrator talks
There are regular transitions from one photograph to another and zooming in and out of
photographs to show detail.
Archive Footage: All of the photographs shown in the documentary were taken by the
man speaking in the interviews and all of the photographs were taking before the
documentary was made.