In what ways does your media product use, develop or challengeforms and conventions of real media products?
My media product does not develop or challenge the forms and conventions of a real media product. The product follows these conventions in order to be at a professional standard.
For example, like most of the documentaries I have analysed,before the construction of my own product, it is single stranded. Thismeans it has only one narrative and is simple to follow.
Interviews When filming interviews, me and my group made sure that we followed the forms of a documentary; • Positioning the interviewee to left or right hand side of the frame and filming them in a medium shot, medium close up or a close up shot. • Making sure their eyes where 1/3 of the way down the page. • I also positioned the graphics with their name and relevance to the interview on the other side of the frame.
The image on the left is an interview from a professional documentary, the image on theright is an interview taken from my own documentary. As you can see, both interviewees are looking at the interviewer and not directly at the camera that is filming them, and neither of them are filmed with a bright light behind them which would be hard for us to see them.
• Like a professional documentary we also used cutaways to disguise jump cuts that could make our documentary look un-professional. Cutaways can also separate interviews to break up the bulk. The cutaways are relevant to what the interviewee is talking about. The images on the left show how a cutaway has been used in a professional documentary. The images on the right show how I have used a cutaway in my documentary to avoid a jump cut.
• Most of our cutaways were to separate long interviews so that our audience remained interested.
Editing Cut was the most common edit me and my group used when editing our documentary, we used cut to take out the questions from our interviews like professional products. The viewer could not see this edit unless it was used purposely for example, a montage effect.The images above are examples of how we used editing effects to create a montage ofarchive footage in our documentary.
Camerawork Similar to professional productions we used a variety of shots that were as creative as possible. Like real products we also used a camera on a static tripod when filming. The image on the left is taken from a professional documentary, the image on the right is taken from my own documentary, both showing creativity in camerawork.
When filming our interviews we made sure the mise-en-scene was relevant to the topic of our documentary. Psychologist Jaws Documentary
We filmed archive footage with movement so it was more interesting for the audience. This also follows conventions of a real product. For example we zoomed and panned when filming magazines.
My documentary also included the following conventions of a real product;• It contained a voiceover which was standard English, which was clear and understandable and spoke with a calm tone like that in a professional documentary which held the narrative together.• A relevant music bed which did not interfere with any dialogue in our documentary.• Correct sound levels• Used a variety of relevant material in the documentary.
Overall, these examples show how I have followed the forms and conventions of a real media product to produce a professional standard of work in my documentary I produced.
Print Advert • Like a real product my print advert (right) which is a versatile shape that can be scaled to any size. This means it could be scaled to fit a billboard which is another great way to advertise my product.It also contains one main image with the slogan anchoring the meaning on the image.They both contain the scheduling and the channel 4 logo. The logo is important as it givesthe channels identity.
Radio AdvertLike a professional radio trailer, my trailer contained;• Scheduling at the end of the trailer• Music Bed• Contains slogan Screen grab of our trailer on the timeline• Intrigues the audience• Contains clips from the• documentary
Overall this shows how I have followed the codes and conventions of a professional product. I have referred back to the conventions throughout the production of my media products.By doing this I feel that my documentary and ancillary texts are up to a professional standard.