Documentary evaluation

The idea behind my documentary was to inform my audience on my inspirations and reasons behind my photography. I wanted to do this by using footage of the world around me to show the world I live in followed by an interview of myself talking about my photography. Although the way I had planned to do this which can be scene from my story boards is different to the final piece I believe the filming style I have gone for shows my world in a more understandable way than the initial idea I had for filming.

The way I shot half the film is in POV (Point Of View) style. I chose this perspective because I wanted the audience to really get an idea of what i’m seeing and how my inspirations work and the journey it can take to achieve a desirable photograph. Throughout the video I flash my own photographs up on the screen to fit in with the context of the interview and to give it substance. I want the audience to understand my perspective on life, a way to do that is to show my images as they are my own personal view on a situation. I simply show the world, my world.

I shot the footage in two locations, half around the area around my house and the other half in Chester City. This was to represent how although I live in one world primarily, the same world can look very different and there for have a different affect on your inspirations.

I edited the footage in a manner that might seem confusing at first but it is to highlight the change in the two different worlds. It represents how they may look very different but they are also the same, the same actions apply for both environments…

My documentary is subjective as it is based off my opinions and style towards my own photography. I am an expert for this considering its my own views, I wasn’t trying to predict the way another photographer works, it is purely about my own photography. The subject I talk about is one that is very personal to me and is a passion of mine, this is why I thought it would be appropriate to make a documentary of this nature and using myself as the informer, I feel I have enough integrity to give an honest opinion on my thoughts and gaols within the subject.

My documentary is structured in a non linear way. It is all filmed on three different days and doesn’t have an obvious structure due to it switching between three different days and locations which is to represent the different style of worlds and locations we live in. The interview is done in one take because that allowed for more continuity an flow. I got my friend to ask the questions that I had prepared just so it felt more natural to answer them rather than just speaking directly to a camera.

The questions I used were all open questions. This way it allowed me to talk in more depth than I would be able to do if they were closed questions. I feel that way it allows the audience to get a much more in depth insight into the person being interview, in this situation myself. Open questions allow you to respond in a way that isn’t as limited as a closed question would be.

These were the questions I created and was asked: 

1) How did you get into photography?

2) what do you like to photograph?

3) what inspires you?

4) how do you see the future for your photography?


The music I chose for my documentary is ambient music. I chose this as I want people to slow down and think about the footage they’re seeing. I wanted to have this affect as I want people to be able to relate to it and link it to their own lives and hopefully inspire people to go out and express themselves in a way they want to.

I got inspiration from this video for my documentary about skate photographer, Anthony Acosta as its in a similar style:

Although both my documentaries cover the topic of photography they both have different features. This doc’ contains archive footage of the photographer working and explores different camera angles to my own one. I would have liked to use more camera angle but I only had one camera to film on so I couldn’t get any second shots and they were also limited due to me wanting to be the person filming the whole things so i wasn’t able to get certain style of shots of myself purely because it wasn’t practical for the production of the doc’. On the documentary on Anthony Acosta he appears to talk in more depth with his responses. I would have liked to go into more depth but at the time I think I got a bit caught up in the whole process of being filmed and wasn’t completely relaxed which stunted some of my answers. To avoid this in the future I would do several takes until I was comfortable and felt like I had the footage I want.



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