the production of our media product we never really challenged any forms and
conventions of real media products. The reason for this is that we aimed to make
our documentary as professional as possible and in doing this we had to stick to the
typical forms and conventions of real documentaries as if we tried to go against
these conventions then it would have been likely that the documentary would turn
out looking unprofessional.
Rule of thirds
Whenever we filmed and interview or a VOX POP with someone we used the rule of
thirds to frame the shot. Not only is this the standard way of creating an appealing
interview shot but it is also what is used in professional documentaries when
interviews are being filmed.
In what way does your media product use, develop, or challenge
forms and conventions of real media products?
When editing the documentary any time a person is being interviewed for the first
time we added a title in the bottom corner of the screen that would state there name
and there occupation that made them relevant to the documentary. The reason we did
this was because any time someone is first introduced in a professional documentary
there is always a name tag that is shown somewhere in the bottom of the screen that
tells the viewers who is talking.
Mise En Scene
Although this may be seen as simply using common sense, mise en scene is actually
something that is thought hard about during the filming of documentaries. When we
did our research in the pre production of making the documentary it was very
noticeable that the mise en scene strongly related to the topic that was being
discussed at the time. Therefore when we were making our documentary we thought
hard about how we could make the mise on scene link in with the topic being
discussed at the time in the interviews or the VOX POPS.
Every professional documentary has a voice over or narrator speaking whilst the
images on the screen show what the voice over/narrator is talking about. Therefore
when we made our documentary we wrote a script based on what was being shown
in the documentary at the time. This meant that the voice over explained to the
audience what was happening on the screen.
In nearly every professional documentary, there is an opening sequence that
introduces what will be shown throughout the documentary before the title
sequence. Therefore when we were editing the documentary we added some VOX
POPS right at the beginning and a few other cut away shots to introduce what kind of
things would be shown throughout the documentary.
Before we made the print advertisement we looked into the typical layout of a
Channel 4 documentary print advert. We noticed that the title of the documentary
was always in the bottom corner of the image and had a box surrounding the text, the
channel 4 logo is always on the right side of the image and the actual image itself is
always fairly simple yet effective and it will always sum up the documentary in one
picture. When we made out print advertisement we used this as inspiration and
made a very similar print advert to that of a Channel 4 one.