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    Quick Background info

    Derek Is a British Comedy Mockumentary

    It stars, is written and directed by Ricky

    Gervais - It was produced by Ricky Gervais's

    Production company, Derek Productions Ltd

    First Aired on 30th January 2013

    Gervais plays a 49 year old socially awkward

    care worker, in a home for the elderly. He isextremely vulnerable due to his childlike

    nature and is often taken advantage of.

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    The very first shot of the first episode:

    Establishing shot to set the scene for the entire show. Establishing

    shots are extremely common at the beginning of a documentary

    so it would only make sense for a mockumentary.

    Calm yet happy music portrays innocence. Bright sky shows

    positive atmosphere.

    Slow calm jump cut transitions throughout.

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    Close Ups:

    Many close ups of the elderly in the carehome, quickly gives the setting of the

    media piece.

    Portrays to the audience extremely

    quickly the pace of the "Documentary" so

    the slow and happy pace won't be a

    shock to anybody.

    The close ups (the same as the last shot)get the audience to see the characters

    and relate to them.

    There is a voiceover from Derekthroughout (the audio from the previous

    interview) this is very common in

    Documentaries so it is also used in

    mockumentaries to make it more

    believable

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    Shakey and jerky camera, shows unexpected shot and having to adjust the camera quickly.

    Makes it more believable, could possibly be a real documentary.

    allows the audience to see the unpredictability of the situation/character

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    Shot of Hannah caring for elderly woman:

    Angled down to show not a strong dominant character

    shows care and compassion

    Reinforces the pace of the piece

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    More shaky shots:

    During a small

    misunderstanding

    Camera man not sure who to

    have the camera on.

    Creates the illusion of reallife when actually fictional

    drama.

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    Simple Title Sequence, as its supposedly a documentary it should show any crew or cast members, that

    should be left to the end.

    The simpleness complements the simple mindedness of Derek

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    Planned interviews:

    Calm steady camera

    Warm lighting - Gives an inviting effect that will anchor the "Real life feel" of the mockumentary

    Shows face and uniform - Shows that it was a planned interview and the staff are respectable and

    trained

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    "Planned Shots":

    Focused properly

    Framed properly

    Steady Camera

    All of these are supposed to get across that this could be a real

    documentary and are trying to make it seem as realistic as possible with

    the transitions between "planned" and "unplanned shots"

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    Use of zoom on the camera:

    Shows being unprepared.

    If expected to have close up of frog prop, would have started zoomed in on it.

    Unplanned