105 key concepts                                          72 hour project


Coombe abbey park

Country park


Not near the hotel



Audience-free choice

Teenagers/young adults (our age)





Family history





Structured reality

Two friends talking about going to the park


Young children – teenagers with friends – with partners – going with their own children – seniors picnic.


Parents broken up – happiest memories before


Audience –our age

Genre – Structured reality

Narrative – past experience at coombe Abbey Park

Representation – Family history





[Establishing/ long shot of two girls walking to a bench]


Amina – How nice is it to be back here?


Beth – I know, it hasn’t changed a bit.  It’s a happy place for me.


Amina- Yeah… How is everything going with your parents?


Beth – Urm well my mum has filed in for the divorce now so I don’t know how long it’s going to take.  Coming back here reminds me of when we were a proper family.


Amina – [laughs] Do you remember when we had a picnic over there? [points towards the lake]


Beth – Yeah…


Amina – That time when we were feeding the ducks with your dad and then that one white duck just wouldn’t leave you alone. You were so scared you tried climbing up your dad for protection and he lost balance and fell into that big pile of duck poo.


Beth and Amina – [laughs]


Beth – Ahh that was such a funny time.  I do really miss family life.


Amina – Yeah, I wish we could come here more often.  It’s a bit chilly, lets go and get a coffee.


Beth – yeah I’m freezing.


[Gets up and walks]





The diverse landscape makes it ideal for everyone, from families to wildlife enthusiasts and those just looking for a quiet stroll in the woodland. There’s plenty to for all the family.


Our 500 acres of parkland offer a stunning and varied backdrop for photographs and filming. Please be aware there is a charge of £83.50 for using the park for any professional/commercial photography (filming location charges on request). Please contact the Visitor Centre on 024 7645 3720 orcoombe.countrypark@coventry.gov.uk to make a booking.


After contacting Coombe Abbey and speaking to the the sales manager we were told that there is no charge for filming within the country park but the hotel was off limits as it is a private location.




have a picnic next to trees planted in Victorian times – Coombe Abbey Country Park is a tranquil retreat from all the hustle and bustle of city life.

which apart from the usual shop and restaurant hosts a video about the history of the abbey and a discovery centre where kids can learn about the different habitats of the park

The adjoining arboretum features a collection of 100 year-old trees and wandering around it you really feel like you’re stepped back in time with a slight magical touch included. History is indeed alive in the park which took centuries to reach its present form.

The Cistercian abbey adjacent to the park dates back to 1150. In the early 17th century the abbey and its surrounding lands were purchased by the Craven family who owned it for the next 300 years. In the 1960s the park was opened to the general public and now the old abbey has been transformed into a hotel.

To turn a dead historically important tree into public art is a remarkable way to conserve it. Sadly, one display that showed the children of the Craven family and their pet monkey “Jacko” has been vandalized with a chainsaw – only the little girl remains.




Coombe Abbey was founded as a monastery in the 12th century. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century it became royal property.

Elizabeth of Bohemia, the daughter of king James I, was educated there in the early 17th century. Had the Gunpowder Plot succeeded she was to have been abducted from Coombe Abbey and proclaimed as Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1682, the West Wing was added by architect Captain William Winde, who also designed Buckingham House, which later becameBuckingham Palace. In 1771, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown redesigned the gardens, incorporating the Coombe Pool lake.

Coombe Abbey was used as the outside of the Mayor’s house in the 2009 film Nativity!, starring Martin Freeman


Structured reality conventions (genre)


The only way is Essex.

The show starts with a disclamer stating that ‘something’s have been set up purely for your entertainment’.

The narrative structure for a structured reality documentary is always liner, the stories may have happened in the past but the events are always in chronological order. For example when talking about a event in the past there will be no flash back or use of archive footage. The characters also tend to concentrate on one or two things going on at one time.

These types of documentaries seem to be more of an observational view on society and its stereotypical characters based on geographical locations rather that a research process of searching for an answer like other types of documentaries might use.


Long establishing shot.

mid shots of characters.

Close up of the character who is speaking, switching between.

Over the shoulder shot.

In and out of focus


Pop music when necessary


Representation and narrative

Our documentary will be a representation of family memories/history that might be created at coombe abbey. To do this we are going to have to people local to Coventry meet at the chosen location (coombe abbey) and have a conversation about what they might have done as children with their families or with friends when they were a little younger, revisiting their own histories.



As we got free choice when we spun to decide who our audience was we decided to target our documentary to teenagers/young adults around the same age as ourselves because not only is this is an audience we will definitely be able to relate to but it is also the most common audience of structured reality documentaries.  I also feel that this audience will be able to relate to the stories as they will be the same age as the ‘characters’ therefore are likely to be at similar points in their lives.