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  • 1. Supersize Me-DocumentaryAnalysis

2. Directed by MorganSpurlock 3. Themes There where six main themes that I spottedthroughout the documentary. 4. Narrative StructureLinearThis documentary is linear as it is in chronological order,sticks to one time period rather than jumping betweentenses.Open V closedThere was a closed structure as we seen Morgan finishthe 30 day experiment and learnt what the consequenceswhere of eating fast food.On the other hand it had an open structure as we werenot informed on what McDonalds decided to do afterwatching the documentary and what actions where takento reduce the obesity across America. 5. CameraZoom out Two shotLow angle shot Close-up 6. Wide shot Zoom inMid shotThe camera shots where usedthroughout many times. using the rightshot when relevant. For example, a wideshot was used when the mise-en-sceneneeded to be shown to understand thepoint being made. 7. Mise-en-sceneDoctors HomeMcDonalds Work 8. In his car 9. SoundThroughout the documentary songs related tosupersize me, fat and McDonalds areplayed so it keeps to the themes that thedocumentary is based on. However, there is ajuxtaposition of non-diegetic music duringsurgery as operatic music is played whichhighlights the difference. Then there is digeticsounds such as the unwrapping of food whichmakes it more realistic to the viewer. 10. EditingThere is not a complex use of editing techniques used as that isnot what the documentary needs to get across its point.However as there are videos edited into it of people eatingfood and fat people walking the streets its used to send amessage that your not in control of your body as much as youthink. Also, there are cartoon animations which are used toshow the viewers what they are really buying. There are manyjump-cuts so that it is a clean watch through without itjumping from place to place, images are inserted to makesure the theme is kept the same for that topic ofconversation. Clips also, fade in and fade out. 11. Archive materialThere is archive material throughout the documentary. It is mainly used so there arenot so many jumpstarts throughout. It can be placed between two scenes, forexample an image of a fat person walking the street so the material is something todo with the topic allowing the two scenes to flow through. The archive material isalso used to be inspiring to those who watch as there are clips of speech's, onebeing from Jared Fogle who tried to inspire Americans. A piece of archive materialthat was also inspiring was a clip of a man holding his old pair of pants after loosinga large mass of weight. 12. GraphicsGraphics are used throughout. Most subtitles are written in SansSerif making it clear for the viewer to understand what has beensaid. The use of days, states, time and maps are used through thedocumentary emphasising the chronological order to thedocumentary. Below there are two maps, one showing the rate ofobesity in 1985 and the other in 2002, showing the public thatobesity is a new and popular thing in the U.S, hoping to scare theviewer into realising that things need to change. 13. The use of off putting propagandais used throughout thedocumentary, imitating differentfamous paintings such as The LastSupper showing how McDonaldsmanipulate the population intobuying the food they serve to thepublic.