At first I had an idea to do my documentary on a school dance competition I used to be apart of when I was at school, but I didn’t really get engaged into the idea so I changed it. When we started this module I knew I wanted to do something personal that I know about that I can be engaged in or relate to. I then thought of doing about single parents and children of single parents as I am a child of a single parents and my whole people have asked me questions about it and whether its different or if affected me? I personally think it hasn’t/doesn’t affect me but I really wanted to find out other peoples views and what they feel whether it’s a child or parent in the situation or an outsider.
So I began my research and found out that the rate of people being single parents has risen 500% in parts of the world which I thought was crazy, but I think that it shows that all families and that it isn’t such a weird thing anymore. “Father. In the United States today, there are nearly 13.6 million single parents raising over 21 million children. Single fathers are far less common than single mothers, constituting 16% of single–parent families.” This shows the female dominance that are even left, widowed or any other reason. I think with having these figures shows that it’s apparent in society now. but has society perception of single parents changed?
whilst reading Harnessing Luck as an Industrial Product – Ira Glass I found information that has really helped me with my documentary and the way I am structuring it.
“Two basic parts to it. There’s the plot, where a person has some sort of experience. And then there are moments of reflection, where this person says something interesting about what’s happened.” In my documentary I was wanting it to be personal and the people to explain there experience and in my case how they got into the situation. I think this will make my documentary very interesting and personal and make it as if the people speaking in my documentary are speaking directly to you.
“Someone had to have human flesh to them, human motivation, a little humour, a real emotion. This sometimes only took a line of description, a thought about who they were and why they believed what they believed, a surprising moment, a funny interaction with me on tape” My documentary is a very emotional piece and people can find it upsetting because of the subject but I think having real emotion in a piece really draws in the listener and gets the emotionally involved.
Overall I have taken Ira glass’ information and advice and applied it to my own work. I found it very helpful along with all the other research and books/chapters.