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Thesewereused to show subject’sname and relation to thetopic.
Alwaysusedinprofessionaldocumentarieslike „In TheTeeth of Jaws”
Documentaryhavetitlesmadein a conventionalway and related to theirtopic. We usedourcreativity and produced out titlein stop motionusingcoffeebeans.
For example, documentaryabout „Jaws” has big red lettersconnotedwithdanger and bloodrelated to the film.
Intervieweesaresituated on theside and havetheir ‘space to talk’. Theyshould not lookdirectlyintothe camera but to an interviewerwhoasksthemquestions.
We usedthisconventioninourdocumentary. Itisalsopresentedin „FreakLike Me”.
These sort of shotsaredescribed as ‘talkingheadshots’
WhatHaveYou Bean Drinking?
Authority figuresareusedindocumentaries to make themmoreconviencing and factual. We usedthisconvention by interviewing an NHS nurseinheroffice so itlooksprofessional.
For examplein „MethEpidemic” an expertisbeinginterviewedaboutdrugsand environment looks scientific justlikeinourdocumentary.
We haveused voxpops inourdocumentary to giveitmoreconviencing style as opinion of general public matters to ouraudience. They will be morelikely to believeinfactspresentedintheproduction and alsoidentifywithstrangersindocumentary (by identifyingwiththeirviews). Voxpops werealsoshownin „FreakLike Me” to show audiencethatpeoplewithweirdhabits and obsessionsareperfectlynormal.
In one moment we adjustedspeedduration of a number of voxpops so itlookslike we actuallyasked many peopleaboutcoffee. Thismakesthecontentmoreconviencing to ourviewers.
Variouscutawayshavebeenusedinourdocumentary to avoidjumpcuts and addvisualstimuli for theaudience. Thisisalwaysusedinprofessionaldocumentaries.
In ourdocumentary we usedrelevantcutawayswhenneeded to show theconnectionjustlikein „FreakLike Me”
In „FreakLike Me” when a womantalksaboutsqueezingspotstheaudienceispresented a cutaway of spots and later – hersqueezing out herownspots. Thiscreates a connectionbetweenwhatshesays and whatisbeingpresentedby thedirector.
For example, whenthenurse was talkingaboutteenagers and coffee we presented a teenage girl wakingup and someonehandinginher a cup of coffee.
„In TheTeeth of Jaws” thedirectorispresentedwith a relevant mise en scenewithJaws poster on thewall. Thisremindspeoplewhatthedocumentaryisabout.
We haveusedthisconventioninourdocumentary by puttingsomecoffeerelatedobjectsbehindourinterviewee – thecoffeeworkerwhoisinher uniform withthe Cafe Nero sign. We alsofilmedthewhole interview inthecoffee shop whichisvisibleinthesequence. We alsofilmedour voxpops in front of the Cafe Nero coffee shop.
Usuallymontagesequencesindocumentaries show brieflyin an energeticwaywhatthedocumentaryisgoing to be about. We didthisinoursequencehoweverin a minimalisticway as opposed to themontagesequencein „FreakLike Me”. We showedtheprocess of makingcoffeewhereasin „FreakLike Me” Russell Kane presentshabitsin a rathersymbolicway, e.g. tidiedupsockspresent an obsessionwithtidiness.