Concept Draft

Brief outline of documentary:

My documentary is based on girls’ body image in today’s society and how teenage girls are influenced to think a certain way. I will be interviewing those who have been affected by the portrayal of certain body images. As well as the opposing perspective of people who do not buy into this idea of looking a certain way within society. Another angle I will be looking at is people that have gone to extremes to achieve this ‘perfect’ body that everyone wants. The documentary will also include aspects that have contributed to this issue and the background and evolution of body image throughout the years.


The purpose of the documentary:

To raise awareness to show just how serious this issue has got and how many people it affects. I want to show viewers the different types of views people hold and their reasons behind it. I want to express the importance of this issue to society, especially teenage girls, by exploring the topic in depth, by providing perspectives, background research and how this ideal image has changed over the years.


Ideas and messages I will be exploring in my documentary:

I would like to send a message out to viewers, in which will make teenagers open their eyes as to how this ideal body image is affecting society, and their lives should not be controlled by it. I want to show that teenage girls can be happy without having to have this perfect body that everyone supposedly wants.


How will the documentary appeal to the target audience:

The documentary is aimed at teenage girls. The documentary will show interviews of girls in which this issue relates to, giving the target audience someone to relate to. It will also contain background information from magazines and other media sources, with popular celebrities and social networking which has influenced teenage girls thinking into this perfect body idea. Teenage girls can engage with this as social media has become apart of most teenagers everyday life, and young women are exposed to the media and the portrayal of inspiring women almost everyday, therefore they can feel connected with the documentary as many aspects it includes, they will have come across during their life.


Consider practical details – what does your documentary involve in terms of:

  • Time

The documentary will have to be around 8 minutes in order to fit in all the different perspectives, the background and the issue of this topic. If I organise my time wisely, and use any time during school to my advantage, I should be on track in terms of finishing on time without being to rushed or stressed.


  • Research


  • Personnel

Myself, and my partner will be involved throughout this process, as we will be in charge of camera work, directing, writing the script, editing, sound etc. it will also involve people who have followed this trend within society, as well as those who are against how body image is portrayed today.


  • Locations

For this documentary, the interviews will either be set at a local gym, showing the environment many are exposed to daily, to help achieve this so called ideal body image. Another location will be filming interviews with a blank background, focusing on the interviewee. There will be small snippets of footage from a busy area filled with people. This will show the many different types of body shapes and sizes there are.


  • Equipment

The camera, tripod and any other special equipment can be borrowed from school. The editing programme can either be done on my laptop or the school computers.


  • Releases

I will have to get permission from the interviewees, ensuring they are willing to and know what the purpose of the documentary is for and what it will be used for. I may have to get permission to use certain footage from online if I come across copyright rules.


  • Graphics and special effects?

I will most likely not need to use any special effects or graphics in this documentary. If I do however, it will be done through the editing programme that the school uses.

What problems might you encounter and how might you solve them?

It may difficult to organise appropriate times to meet with the interviewees as I will have to find a suitable time for everyone. I may have to work during weekends, as people have jobs and are busy also, or I may have to compromise something to make time if I cannot find any other solutions.


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