The Blue Planet – Questions.

12 Sep

The Blue Planet (2006)



As the Blue Planet documentary was produced by the Discovery Channel and the BBC it gives the impression that this documentary has some quality creators. The BBC especially are renowned for their ground braking wildlife documentaries which have in the past become a very significant and important to the channel. Its wildlife documentaries are one of the few flagship programmes of the BBC which always become popular critically and commercially worldwide. With this great history the audience expect a great documentary which they can rely on to be entertaining, educational and of excellent quality.


David Attenborough is a very well known nature expert who has had years of experience studying nature and narrating wildlife documentaries. David Attenborough has not only had years of experience but he has a reputation of only working with the best of documentary companies, the documentaries he narrates have been well recognised over the years. New viewers may also look upon Attenborough as fitting the bill as being the ‘white, middle aged man’ which has been for a while a good formula for a good narrator. Attenborough is also a well spoken man who uses standard English, this is a fundamental must for a narrator on this genre of documentary.


The music at the beginning of ‘The Blue Planet’ is very dramatic and consists of  various amounts of powerful stringed instruments which in effect create a surreal soundtrack to accompany the stunning visuals. The atmosphere the music is creating is epic and to also build hype for the main documentary.


The opening narrative is tightly synchronised with the footage being shown, the use of adjectives to describe the amazing facts are used frequently on things such as scale and quantity’s. One example would be when David Attenborough describes the tale of the blue whale as being the same width as an aeroplane wing. The fact that the opening scene is of the blue whale also gains interest as it is a fascinating animal well known by many as being huge and mysterious.


The non-diegetic soundtrack creates drama by closely incorporating the music with the visuals on screen. For example if in one scene where there is a manic rush of fish, a more up tempo and manic soundtrack would be appropriate. The soundtrack may also create a sense of excitement to keep the viewer interested and continue to watch.


The use of camera in this documentary is definitely out of the ordinary and puts the viewer in places where they would normally never be. By using these impressive camera shots it also gives a new perspective to marine life, by also getting very close to the marine life a mass amount of detail can be seen. The programme makers have definitely achieved the goal of showing the viewers an unseen world which still has a lot to be learned about.


In the documentary many different marine animals are followed and their way of lives are shown to the audience, the documentary may also make the viewers think differently about the animals they see. By also creating narratives it makes the viewer want to follow the lives of these animals and become somewhat attached and intrigued into knowing what they will do next. The documentary gives the viewer a front row seat into the lives of these rare animals.


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