So we now know what idea were going with and have researched the genre so can now start putting ideas down. We have decided to try and imitate the styles of channel 4 or 5 documentaries that try and evoke as much emotion in there subject so as to make the show as entertaining for the viewer as possible. A lot of these shows are known for showing someone in a fragile emotional state and subtly trying to squeeze as many tears and tantrums out of them as possible. We will be playing on this idea by putting our zombie character ‘Steve’ in situations where he would feel socially awkward and evoke emotion. There will be a producer character that will act as an interviewer to ask Steve questions such as ‘how does that make you feel?’ after he has, for example, been thrown out of the pub.
Here’s an example of Mitchell and Webb taking the mick out of such programmes.
The Documentary will be in the form of an interview in a dark room and shots out on location in various places around Coventry. This will include a pub, shops, offices hopefully with the participation of some members of the public. We want some actual genuine public reactions to our zombie being out in the streets to make it seem as realistic as possible. This will be done by having him ask members of the public for directions and then going up to them afterwards and seeing what they thought of him.
We are trying to create a type of black comedy by showing the plight of Steve’s position but for the entertainment of the viewer, which might seem a little sadistic but it is true that people find entertainment in the misery of others. This is shown in various films and TV shows which are essentially centred around the failure of its main characters, for example the show ‘Extras’ starring Ricky Gervais is based his consistent failure to make it as a real actor.
At the moment it is still a collection of ideas but it is making good progress and should be really fun to produce! Next to do is to sort out make-up, script and sound.