There are plenty of food documentaries on TV and otherwise all around the world that explore lots and lots of different types of food/cuisine and general food-based queries. These shows have been known to explore things including food ideas based around, culture, society, region, country continent etc. as well as purely based on different aspects of food like programmes that feature only starters or salads, main meals and desserts or can even be made up of a mixture of these topics to create a comparisons and/or contrasts of them. Thus showing that there is a vast variety of information out there involving food, and human’s relationships with food also. However, there are very few, that has been found in research and such that solely consist of recipes and topics based around vegetarian cooking, let alone any concerning Vegan cooking.
From various methods of research, finding show that the majority of the public view Veganism as a sort of restriction that certain people decide to inflict upon themselves. Whereas the Vegans themselves are arguably more open minded and have a better understanding of how to utilise the best and cheapest food sources that just happen to not contain any animal products. This film is to show general food documentary audiences that there is a lot more to being a Vegan than changing your diet and source of nutrition.
The film will begin with extravagant opening credits to present the names of both the contributors and production crew. This will be shown in a soft flowing font to reflect the light-heartedness that will be throughout the film. Also, the use of a detailed opening credit sequence will be crucial to establish the primary location of a studio-like kitchen set, where the main structure of the film will be shot. The sequence will involve a mixture of wide and close shots of areas of the kitchen and different utensils and ingredients that are on the set. This is so the audience will get a feel for the film and be open to what is ahead. Moreover, a detailed title sequence is a common convention of traditional cookery programs; therefore combining this concept with the more documentary aspects that are to follow will bring some of the best design elements of the two genres to the final product.
After the opening sequence has established the location of the hostess’s kitchen, we get a greeting and overview by means of a narration, which will give details about the content coming up in the rest of the film. This scene will be made up of shots throughout the kitchen as the host walks in, subtly introducing her with certain visuals and shot types until she then begins to get out her ingredients. At this point, the narration is accompanied by previews of later footage coming up as different aspects of the coming film are described. The introductory sequence will end when the final stages of food preparation are complete and the hostess is measuring the last of her ingredients for the upcoming recipe.
When the hostess begins to cook, rather than her explaining first hand to the camera (audience) about all the different stages and processes she is going through, but instead she will be accompanied again by the zesty narrator who will describe her actions as they happen. As well as this, there will be a variety of graphic design implementations within the frame that will clarify many things happening as the film goes on; including, but not exclusive to, ingredients, measurements, nutritional information and various other techniques to further exemplify the differences between the populations day-to-day Cooking in contrast to Vegan Cooking.
The way in which this film will identify itself as a part of the documentary genre is through the various interviews that will be taking place with Vegans and Vegetarians from around the UK. These interviewees will make the audience aware about the different variations of attitudes, guidelines, rules and stereotypes associated with and surround many people that are within the Vegan and Vegetarian community. These sections of the film will be very traditionally ‘documentary’ in the way that they are shot and carried out. This is to add a somewhat serious tone to these aspects of the film so that the audience will be able to understand as much as they can from what all of the contributors are saying and speaking about.
Once all of the film’s content has been delivered in terms of both the cookery show and interview documentary sections, there will be an overview/summary about the findings from the film given by the narrator. This will be a short description of the cooking that took place, accompanied with shots of the finished product, as well as a concise view of what was said throughout the compilation of interviews. As the narration finishes, we will begin to see the hostess cleaning up the kitchen and washing dishes etc.
The final credits will show all the names of the people involved in the production as the hostess is in the kitchen and has begun to put away all the dishes and ingredients that she used. This will most likely happen in a rolling credit fashion that will move up the page as she finishes packing away and leaves as she turns off the lights, in homage to Nigella Lawson and her classic style of finishing up her programmes.