2nd Brainstorm - Do educational institutions truely meet the needs of the physically disabled?
In this documentary we would investigate if colleges really do cater for the needs of disabled people and see if they face any problems like getting to their lessons. We would want to see if a disabled person could get around just as easily as the rest of the students with the access the colleges have provided, or if they still struggle even with things like ramps and lifts. In our documentary we would focus on the Solihull Sixth Form College and for a part of the documentary follow around a person with a physical disabilty in a fly on the wall style. This way we can see how this person deals with going to college on a day to day basis and see how easy or hard they find getting around. We would also interview staff in the college who are in charge of making sure that disabled peoples needs are met and see if they believe the college is accessable to all. We would also interview the subject of the film and their friends at the school and ask them what their opinion is. As the film makers we would leave the question open and not reveal our opions to allow the audience to come up with their own opinions.
- The strenghts of this documentary would be that the audience would be able to have their own conclusions as we want the dcumentary to be observational and not include our opinions. - There would be wide target audience for this type of documentary as a range of ages can watch it. It could be aimed towards both college students, teachers and parents. - We would also get to show different sides of the arguement as we can interview a range of people at the college. Because we are based in a college getting interviews will be easier to arrange. - The documentary can be entertaining as well as being informative and by using direct adress when interviewing and following the subject around it will help engage the audience. - We have easy access to a college so we could get footage easily, and experts and voxpops will be easy to find. - Permission to film in certain areas will be easy to gain because we are students at the college.
- The main weakness of this documentary is that the indiviual could find it extremely easy to get around the college which would make it hard to make a documentary on. If this was the case the documentary would be short and uninteressting for the audience. -Another weakness would be that no one with a physical disabilty in the college agree to being a subject in the documentary. - There may not be enough interesting footage to put into the documentary as we can't gurantee everything the individual does will be interesting. Getting experts to to let us interview may be hard because they are busy. - We will have to be extremely careful about what we say in the documentary and the interview questions so we dont offend anyone, as it is a sentive topic.
The mode of the documentary would be a mix between 'Observational mode', 'Expositional mode'. When following the subject around the college we would like it to be observational so our views aren't expressed to audience allowing them to come up with their own conclusions. However in certain occasions a film maker behind the camera could ask the individual questions if they come across an issue or have to deal with a problem. Their will also be a narrator throughout the documentary explaining the two sides of the argument to the audience so they can weigh up both sides, therefore being an expositional mode. When following the individual around we would like a fly-on-the-wall style to create an objective view. However, overall I think the documentary would be in a Direct Cinema style as we would want the documentary to be as objective and as truthfull as possible. However, we would have interviews in our documentary.
Mode and Styles
Target Audience,Filming Location, Experts,Voxpops
As previously mentioned the target audience for the documentary could either be college students aged 16-19 or adults (both parents and teachers) ages 35-50. The filming location of the documentary would be the Solihull Sixth Form college as that is the college the documentary would be focused on. We would film all around the school including main areas such as the canteen, libary, class rooms,hallways, reception desk, and outside the college. We would also film in offices for the teacher/councellor interviews. Our experts would be the disability councellor in the college to see if she believes all physically disabled peoples needs are being met in the college. We would also interview the head master of the school to see what he thinks the acessability of the school. For the voxpops we would randomly select students and ask them questions about what they know about the school acessability.
Our documentary would be single strand narrative as it focuses of one indivdual with a disability. As we would be following this person around they would be the central plot of the documentary even though we will have other clips such as the expert interviews and the voxpop interviews. Our documentary would fit in with Levi-Strauss's narrarive theory which is narratives are expressed in 'Binary Oppositions' . In our documentary the subject would be the good and the barrier that they face or the problem they come across would be the bad.