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David Attenborough Deconstruction

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Documentary- David Attenborough- Deconstruction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Xrc-gJFXY

In this documentary there is the use of reconstruction to make it clearer to the viewer as its something that cannot be filmed.The dark background allows the concentration to stay entirely on whats being shown and explained.

Documentaries generally use voiceovers to explain what is happening. This makes it more interesting than either just the moving images or just talking into a camera. This is how sound is used in documentaries.

In this shot, David is talking directly to the camera which is a common technique in documentaries. This is so that the audience feels directly involved within what is being said. In these nature documentaries especially, the direct talking usually takes place in the environment relevant to the explanation.

This is another example of where moving images and designs have been edited in rather than filmed. This shows a timeline to help the audience understand the context of what the documentary is about. The bright colours allow the audience to become more engaged and attracted to watching the documentary.

In this sequence images of bones have been superimposed onto the original film in order to show the audience exactly what he means. This is because the primary aim for documentaries is to educate or make people aware of a certain topic.

As documentaries are educational it is important that they consider portraying a second opinion so that all the facts are believable, especially if the secondary opinion comes from an expert. Interviews with experts can make the documentary more appreciable.

In documentaries, especially nature-based ones such as this one, it is important to use establishing shots to educate the audience on where the events are taking place. They also use this technique in order to show off the beautiful landscapes of the Earth. This means that a secondary aim of documentaries can be said to be to expose different aspects of certain topics. It is also important that a documentary uses a variety of locations to keep it interesting for the audience. This may involve fast paced editing, like shown in this documentary, to display a quick movement from place to place without boring the audience by dragging out one location.

This documentary uses a range of interesting shots that will will engage the audience. This may include the shot or the mise-en-scene. For example, this is an interesting shot due to it being both a close up and a long shot as there is content in both the back and foreground. The mise-en-scene of dinosaurs is already going to engage audiences.

This scene begins with a tracking shot walking through a lab consisting of dinosaur heads which engages the audience ready for the upcoming interview which another expert. Documentaries often use tracking shots as they tend to follow a specific story or person.

It then transitions into the interview shot which, different to the previous one, shows both the expert and the interviewer. This is different because the expert is talking directly to the interviewer rather than the camera.

The documentary ends with another establishing shot in order to cue the end title sequence, which is identical to the opening title sequence. This allows the documentary to be concluded clearly. This final establishing shot consists of a voiceover that concludes the whole show.