Step 1. Pre-viewing (Do not worry if you have already viewed the documentary; answer the questions to the best of your ability.) Title of Documentary: Date Released: Principle documentary maker(s) Why did you select this particular documentary for this assignment? What do you think you will see in this documentary? List three concepts or ideas that you might expect to see based on the title of the documentary or list what you already know about this documentary: 1. 2. 3. Step 2. Viewing Physical qualities of the film: Describe all that apply. Music Live action Narration/voice Over: Background noise/Special effects Animation Color/Black and white Interviews (Who did the filmmaker interview and for what purpose?) Dramatizations or reenactments Note how camera angles, lighting, music, narration, and/or editing contribute to creating an atmosphere in this documentary. What is the mood or tone of the documentary?What emotions does the documentary evoke in its viewers? Step 3. Post-viewing (or repeated viewing) Circle the things that you listed in the previewing activity that were validated by your viewing of the documentary, then answer the following: What is/are the central message(s) of this documentary?Be specific.Use examples from the documentary to support your choice. Discuss the bias in the documentary (point of view of the filmmakers). Consider the effectiveness of the film in communicating its message. As a tool of communication, what are its strengths and weaknesses? How do you think the filmmakers wanted the audience to respond? What evidence is there that the filmmaker was looking for this response? Does this film appeal to the viewer’s reason or emotion? Explain the role of each in this documentary. How does it make you feel? Write a question to the filmmaker that is left unanswered by his/her documentary. Do you believe the question was left unanswered purposefully?Why or why not?
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