The ‘Best Of…’ programme I have decided to analysis is 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments. I chose to analysis this because it is a great example of a ‘Best Of…’ documentary as it is through, and also relevant as it counts down movie moments which links in to the theme of filming and directing.
The layout of the documentary is chronological. They show the countdown in order from 50 to 1, instead of all over the place. This makes it easier to understand for the audience and creates build up for the final selected moment/scene.
The intro also reflects the manner of programme. It first introduces itself as a programme so the audience know what they are watching, and it also builds hype and investment. It then also introduces itself as a proper programme/documentary which is reflected in the intro titles. This tells me that if I were to create a documentary on the best directors, I would want it to be presented officially through these methods.
The layout also shows routine. For each numbered scene, it pops up with the number, shows the footage and tells the audience what the scene is, includes voice over, and cuts in with comments from the actors and/or other famous figures.
The numbers are in the font of Harry Potter text, and it includes graphics and the theme tune in the background. This is to make the frame seem more appealing, and also reflects the franchise so the documentary is more relevant. In my documentary I may also want to do this with themes from each director’s most loved films to make the programme appear more appealing.
It then shows the footage from the scene, and a voice over frequently passes comment. This explains the scene and it’s relevance for the audience so they can understand further why it’s such an iconic scene in the franchise. I could do the same with my documentary by showing a scene from one of the films of my chosen directors and showing why it’s so iconic. For example, the opening scene in Jaws by Spielberg.
It then goes to a comment from one of the actors describing how they felt when filming that scene and what it means to them. This shows empathy and gives an insight to the audience to behind the scenes. I could include this in my documentary by interviewing the directors about their thoughts on the scene.
It then sometimes cuts to another famous figure talking about how they felt watching the scenes, and why they agree it is iconic. The effect of this is it provides an outside opinion and reflects how the audience feel about the scene. I could do this for my documentary and show the opinions of a focus group or voluntary famous figures which would also provide an outside outlook which supports my programme.
These factors of the programme are what makes it a memorable documentary, so in mine I will make sure to cherry pick these factors in order to create the best and most successful documentary I can.