Documentary Name: Out Of This World
Client: Isle of Darkness
Andrew Claypole- Assistant Director, Camera Operator & Editor
James Robinson- Assistant director, Camera Operator & Editor
Jonathan Twigg- Director, Sound Operator & Editor
Laure Pierce- Production Manager, Administraor
Module: Documentary production
Brief : To produce a 10 minute documentary containing elements of documentary styles/types the crew had learned throughout the module.
Topic: The documentary is based on Live action roll playing. Its aim is to show how different groups of people in society take part in different hobbies.
About: The Documentary had to be interesting and capture the audience as
â€œDocumentaries no longer have the measure of protection they once had and they are required to compete on equal terms with all other forms of programmingâ€(Kilborn and Izod,1997:217) and it also had meet the BBC mission statement for broadcasting â€œTo enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertainâ€(BBC,2009).
In terms of the documentary fitting in to theoretical models it can be applied to Bill Nicols â€œ6 types of documentaryâ€;
It used a non-diegetic voice over to carry the flow of the documentary which fits under the â€œExpository modeâ€. â€œExpository documentaries rely heavily on an informing logic carried by the spoken wordâ€(Nichols,2001:107) The images being displayed illustrated what the voice over was saying in certain parts of the documentary.
It could be applied with the â€œObservational modeâ€, a large percentage of the cut-awayâ€™s and shots in-between the interviews were shot simply by observing the clients and capturing their â€œritualsâ€ and natural â€œscenesâ€ without interference. â€œThe scenes tend, like fiction, to reveal aspects of character and individuality. We make interferences and come to conclusions on the basis of behaviour we observe or overhearâ€(Nichols,2001:111).
As well as the â€œObservationalâ€ mode being applied, the â€œParticipatoryâ€ mode can be applied to some extent. The crew actually spent days with the clients at their locations and as well as observing the hobby, the crew interacted directly with a lot of the clients.
The final mode in which OOTW can be applied to is the â€œPerformativeâ€ mode. There are some re-enactments which were displayed in Out of this world such as the ritual scene. The clients actually set up a scene for JDT Media which meant the audience could see what the LARP world performs.
Review: Altogether the clients were happy with their documentary the crew made. They gave great feedback & we have since uploaded the documentary to Youtube and it has been played 1150+ times.