For filming interviews my tutor suggested to me that I should consider using a 50mm lens as it provides a shallow depth of field and really allows the audience to focus on the subject rather than any distractions in the background. So I decided to look at this video to understand the benefits of using one before going out and using it when on location.
After researching into documentary makers such as John Corner and seeing how different styles can influence other things I decided to look at the docudrama style, by looking at ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’. From watching this documentary I have seen a different way of presenting informative information to an audience, however it is not a style that will really have any influence on my work.
After researching into documentary makers such as John Corner and seeing how different styles can influence other things I decided to look at the fly on the wall documentary style, by looking at ‘Educating Yorkshire’. This style of documentary was quite influential in its approach as it focused on individual narratives which is something I am considering to use in my final major project. Due to the focus on individual narratives this helped demonstrated the jeopardy, of the stress of exams on students, in overall narrative in a more effective way.
After looking at examples of cinematic shots I have now decided to look at other resources to get inspiration for my shot choices. I have looked at the work of three artist’s who are Graham Gercken, Heidi Malott and Tom Brown because their paintings are very similar to one of my filming locations so I hope to gain some inspiration for shot set ups when on location. This is a resource that is different for when it comes to researching to produce a film, however I view these paintings like storyboards in a way as I have been able to find paintings which match not only my subject matter but the feel I hope to gain through shot set ups.
To ensure that my interviews are successful I watched this tutorial video to remind of the key things to look out for when carrying out an interview.
I also decided to look at Broadchurch which is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV which also features shots of large landscapes that look cinematic.
I decided to also look at a scene from the 1965 musical The Sound of Music for some inspiration for collecting cinematic shots.
I decided to look at the opening of this film as it featured shots of large landscapes which appear cinematic which is something I want to implement into my final major project.
The Dogist is a lot different to the other documentaries I have looked at, however this documentary is about one person and what they do in their spare time. So as this subject matter is similar to what I want to make I decided to look at this one to see how the director E.J. McLeavey-Fisher explored what someone does in their free time.
When Day is Done is a short documentary about an elderly person talking about their past and about their memories. This documentaries format is quite strange as it is not clear on whether this is a short film or short documentary until you read the synopsis. Although this doesn’t focus on what the older generations do in their retirement it does contain some very cinematic shots that are similar to what I hope to obtain when filming.