I have put together a mood board of some images that I think capture ageism within the documentaries that I have watched when carrying out research for my final.
Within the documentaries that I have watched, all the shots that I have gathered above have a variety of similarity patterns in which I have identified. Firstly, all shots seem to be close ups, which are used to show emotion and the density of age that impacts people. The lighting is also very similar throughout, with the first 2 shots being lit by unsaturated lighting, suggesting how powerless the elderly feel against age, the light being a metaphor for the youngsters therefore unsaturated lighting can suggest the old and very dull.
The documentaries all seemed to have focused on the importance of family and relationships between themselves and their mothers or fathers. This is one aspect that I can take into a count when planning and filming my documentary as it can connect with people watching a lot easier.
The few differences that I have pointed out throughout the documentaries I have watched is that none of them have a younger person being the interviewee; this is vital if you want to connect to a wide universal audience as it allows the younger generation to understand and stay engaged. Secondly, despite the shots being mainly close ups, the angles in which they have been shot by are switched between low angle shots, creating status which allows the audience to see ageism to have a bigger impact. Whilst others use a neutral, almost parallel angle to their face which allows all the audience to feel on the same level as the interviewers.
A filter is also used in some of the documentaries. As you are able to see in the 6th photo, a sepia filter has been used. This is not particularly usual for the documentaries I have watched however does create an impact as it seems to create a type of age feel to the whole documentary when the women shows the photos.
Ideas I want to take from my research
- Close ups to show emotion
- Low angle shots to show status of interviewee
- Unsaturated lighting when a significant story is told
- A variety of close ups on hand holding, photographs etc
- Cross cutting shots showing laughing and happiness of the interviewee
- Carrying out more than one story within the whole documentary (maybe different families from different locations showing the difference in lifestyle)