Ancillary 1: Audience Feedback

In order to give myself an idea of what went well and what could go better if I was to do this ancillary again, I asked a few people to comment on both ancillaries:

Here are the comments I got:

Frank: “I like the simplicity of the documentary double page spread, the use of the black and white colours worked really well with relation to the image, it is very easy to look at. I also like the structure of the spread and the image chosen”

“I believe that the only thing you could improve upon in the documentary double page spread is that maybe it is too simplistic? It would only fit within a certain magazine rather than any, if you needed publicity on it, I don’t think it would do it justice”

Charlotte: “I really like how you have picked a cute image to use for this double page spread, with relation to how simplistic the page is, it works well as it is the first thing that you stare at when first coming across the page”

“The only aspect I would say to improve on is the amount of text on the page, despite the fact that it is an interview, I would have tried to sell your product a lot more than you did”

Arnold: “I like how basic this double page spread is, it is very easy to over do it and over sell the documentary. After viewing your documentary, I believe that your running theme of basic perfection is shown throughout your final product and this ancillary, so it therefore relates back very nicely”

“I would say that possibly you could add more images and information in however, it is very basic which is great but it might be too basic that people skip past it when flicking through its magazine”



Ancillary 1: Final Mock Ups

PLEASE NOTE: I used the programme ‘In-design’ in order to create all my double page spreads to make them more realistic.

Mock Up One

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My first mock up involves a magazine double page spread that is mainly based upon Joe and my ideas behind the documentary and works as a sort of production log overview. For this specific idea, I have taken inspiration from a documentary double page spread about ‘Made in Brum’, which will appear below:


From this, I have taken the conventions and sign it has and used it in order to appeal to my documentary. Although I love the idea behind this mock up, as it is visually clear and focuses on the documentary well, there is a lot in order to be improved upon if I was going to take this idea and produce it into my final.


  • Placement of the text//size of text- in an conventional magazine double page spread, the text lines up completely going from left to right in the same text format.
  • Include a second column- the more information the better
  • Change the text subject matter- I wouldn’t write as informally and would focus on my documentary more.
  • The gaps between the text- the shapes between each paragraph are one of the biggest downfalls within my cover.

However overall, I really like the idea of this ancillary and it most definitely has the conventional features of a documentary film poster, I just need to improve it significantly.

Mock Up Two

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For my second mock up, I have places a lot of information using a the end of the image as the line of the double page spread. I really don’t like this mock up as I feel it is extremely unconventional as well as presenting way too much information on a page, which will scare away anybody looking or flicking through the magazine.


  • Over all structure- it feels very overcrowded and would not bring in an audience as they will simply not want to read it.
  • Amount of text- again it will put people off reading it.
  • Colour choice- not pleasing to the eye.
  • Context- although the content of the writing is more up to standard than my other mock ups, it feels as if I am almost waffling therefore would put an audience off reading it.

I do however really like my images that I have chosen to use as they work as a foreshadow on the main documentary themes of time and relationships. If I was to choose this ancillary poster, I would have to make a lot of improvements in order to make it acceptable to the standards I would like it.

Mock Up 3

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My third mock up idea is based around the idea of simplicity. I feel as both my mock ups so far have been eye-catching yet an overcrowding of information therefore this one I thought I would make completely different. For this specific idea, I have taken inspiration from a documentary double page spread about ‘The safety in numbers’ which uses a fair amount of basic colour in order to create their poster. Here is the poster:



  • Lack of colour- in order to withdraw more of a young adults within magazines
  • Place the channel 4 logo
  • More information – this needs to be placed about the documentary rather than the directors ideas behind it all
  • Spacing- the spacing on the second column (the last sentence) has too much of a gap which was my mistake entirely when editing.

Despite this, I really like the simplistic look as it is very affective to the eye and is something I personally would enjoy seeing in a magazine.

Mock Up 4

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My forth and final mock up idea is based around the idea of a ‘behind the scenes’. Although my inspiration for this was a TV series, I feel as if this would word extremely well in order to advertise that my documentary was coming soon on channel 4. The Dr. Who double page spread uses colour, text and many photos in order to be informative to the audience and I have therefore tried to do the same but in a documentary style rather than TV. double-page-spread-research-1-728.jpg


  • Content of text- In my final I would like too create something more of a conventional writing style rather than based upon an interview
  • The space between the ‘behind the scenes’ – this makes the overall double page spread less professional
  • Professional director photo- would need this if I do decide to create a interview based upon myself
  • Change of photos- the images are all very similar

Despite this, I love how this look visually as I believe there isn’t too much text therefore it is readable when placed within a magazine. Of course again, if i was going to use this for my double stage spread then I would need to make a variety of improvements.

Ancillary Photoshoot

Here we have some photos I had taken throughout the filming day to use within my ancillary. Although I haven’t yet decided which ones I like best, I thought writing a blog post on what my key ideas would be if I used that specific photo would give me the knowledge to which ones work best.


Photo One

Within the documentary, this is an actual shot that we are using as a cut away in order for the viewers to see Brenda and George as little kids. I would use this specific shot on ancillary 2 as it would not only work well in terms of advertising my documentary but could be used as a way of inviting the viewers to know what the documentary is actually about.


Photos Two and Three

So far these images are my favourite as it really captures a loving and emotive feel which is something I really wanted to grasp when filming the documentary. These are shot in a beautiful location in their garden and would work extremely well for both ancillary projects.


Photo Four

If I decided to advertise just Brenda as the face of the documentary, this would be the perfect image to do it. Again, it is a shot that would fit perfectly when advertising the documentary as it is a shot within our project, but would however work well as capturing the beauty of the elderly.


Photo Five

I like this photo as the background props work well with the name of our documentary ‘passage of time’. Here you are able to see a clock, which straight away works well alongside the time aspect that we are going for. The way George is standing and his body language suggests comfort in his own home. But yet again concentrates on the beauty of the elderly.


Photo Six

This idea was very ‘on the spot’. Again I liked having the ancient clock in the background as it works well with the title of our documentary (which again is great for advertising), but also the hand suggests the fragment of the elderly. I like how simple yet affective this is too.


Photo Seven

This is the photo seen within the first photo. Although this was more Joe’s ancillary photo rather than mine, I love the way in which the hand is placed over the photo, suggesting a reminisce about her childhood. Again, works extremely well when advertising our documentary. The use of the black and white photo suggests age, which is the main focus of our whole documentary and I therefore think that this idea would work well.

Ancillary Task 1: Basic Mock Up Ideas

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This shows the basic structure of my idea, it is all based around the differences in responses towards a question that has been asked to all of them. I have chosen the 3 different ages to respond to this questions, which shows the overall changes through the generations.

The type of questions I would ask are:

  • What do you think about mobile phones and social media?
  • How has status changed within the family? (children and gender)
  • What do you think about exceptions within the family? (gender roles, social class, jobs, education)
  • Attitudes towards futures (marriage, child birth, death)

Idea 2- Directors Cut


This idea shows a similar structure as the last but a whole different idea. This idea is based upon the directors point of view of what he found when making the documentary- so in this instance the director would work as the researcher. This is when the name of the director is introduced and photos. I think that this would be a good idea in my final because it encourages people to watch the documentary after reading what the director makes from the differences in generations.

Idea 3- Informing

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This is so far my favourite of the mock ups I have done. Here we have the huge title of the documentary, allowing consumers of the magazine to see it straight away. Huge photos and a screenshot from the documentary (again allowing to see what it is about). The small amount of text here will explain what the documentary is about, as well as having possibly a controversial or interesting line that will withdraw a audience.

In terms of the title (that you will be see in later blogposts)- I want the text type to be incredibly simple but stand out. I have chosen passage of time as it shows all 3 generations within one documentary so it therefore almost foreshadows completely.


Ancillary Task 1: Structure Of Double Page Spreads

Double page spreads can be used in a variety of ways depending on which type of magazine it features within, one of the most important factors in this is Language types. For example; if it features within a teen magazine, then it will be very informal and chatty. In comparison to a news paper double page spread will be very informative and structured.

Type 1- Teen Magazine


Here you can see this particular double page spread is used in order to present a variety of information that the celebrity has said. Obviously this type of double page spread is known as teeny, therefore would not be something I will be looking at what so ever however it is nice to look at the structure differences in what magazine types they are in.

Type 2- Radio Times


This is more like something that I want to be producing in my ancillary as this is a screenshot taken from radio times magazine (a very typical magazine for tv series and documentaries to feature in). This is a short interview with David Tennent and Karen Gillian, and they talk about filming doctor who and what their life is like other than the tv series. The way that this one is presented is a main photo on the left (that you cannot see) and the right is presented around a photo of the two main characters. This is a good way to advertise when the show is on- screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-09-21-40 so anybody that interested can tune in and watch.

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Type 3- Double Page


Here again, is a Dr. Who double page spread. This is presented fairly the same as the one above however this is a different type of post. Whilst the last was an interview, this one is a behind the scenes sneak peak in the tv show. This is more visual than the other one as there are a variety of different photos, which feature the stereotypical blue box (that everyone knows of or about).

Ancillary 1: Codes & Conventions Of A Double Page Spread

Here is a short slide show created in order to understand the basic conventions of creating a double page spread when trying to make it as realistic as possible:

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PLEASE NOTE: This is very basic therefore does not involve conventions that I will need to include in mine as it is a documentary based interview.

What I have learnt from this research:

  • The importance in the main image is huge as this is the one that grabs readers attention
  • The importance of colour is one aspect I will have to think about, whether I want to link it to my documentary or just simply explain my decisions on why I have picked the colours I have in my ancilliary