You need to complete an analysis of reality TV for your research. It is such an important type and popular mode of documentary. An example is ‘Educating Yorkshire – Mushy – The Journey’ Extract 28 mins On YouTube
Features of reality TV.
Creators of reality shows have several techniques to turn their raw footage into interesting and compelling storylines. Their goal is to create stories than can be told clearly and are entertaining for viewers.
James Poniewozik (2006) identified three techniques used to accomplish this objective:
- selective editing,
- story fabrication.( making a story up that didn’t happen.)
manipulating footage in order to make a more interesting episode in the editing process. Jeff Bartsch, a reality-show editor, worked with the series Blind Date. According to Bartsch, if a date was dull, the video editors would run clips out of sequence.
In the series Blind Date, if they wanted to make a man seem bored, they would cut from his date talking to a shot where he was just looking around, not caring.
Creating Plots Before Shooting
• story fabrication.( making a story up that didn’t happen.) While editing scenes are obviously altering reality, viewers think that the essence of the drama being portrayed onscreen is real. Sadly, it is not. Much of the relationships, fights, and even certain lines of dialogue are planned out beforehand in storyboards.
Have any of these techniques been used for the Moshy documentary do you think?