I want to start out by talking about a show that started in the early 80s and ran
through the early years of my life. The popular show that I am talking about is Cheers. As
you know the show is about a bar and pretty much what goes on in that bar. By the
Discipline-follow organized set of practices.
Organized practices of inquiry
Criticism and analysis
Epistemology-how we know what we know
Positivism: truth can be found through objective observations.
Social Constructivism: truth is cr
Law AND ethics, or Law vs. Ethics?
o Law: what we MUST do.
o Ethics: What we SHOULD do.
Kermit Hall defined law as a system of social choice.
Media scholar Joseph Straubhaar says laws are binding rules passed by
legislatures enforced by executive pow
Psychographics-more in-depth; lifestyles, values, attitudes, personalities, and beliefs.
o Political affiliation
o Where the audience shops
o What br
In a traditional 120 page script:
Act I: Set-up, pages 1-30
o Who-main character
o When-time (present/past/future)
o Why-dramatic need (main character) & inciting incident
o Opening scene-10 minutes/pages
o Plot point 1
Act II: Con
Hearts & Minds Juxtaposition
The documentary Hearts & Minds was a powerful expos revealing the tragedies
of the Vietnam War. Director Peter Davis used the direct cinema style to construct an
argument against the atrociti
The 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was documented in the style known as direct
cinema. D.A. Pennebaker pioneered this style relying heavily on extreme close-ups to
capture the true essence of the performance. T
Harvest of Shame Conservative Counterpoint
In regards to the large migrant worker population, the farms that they make their
livelihood picking produce from can only support a limited number of workers at a
Staging reenactments or action in documentary films has become common
practice. While directors like Flaherty may see this as a way to truly capture the spirit
of their subject, or create a better narrati
Frederick Wisemans documentary film Titicut Follies shed light on the conditions
that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts in
the 1960s. The direct cinema st
Final Documentary Paper
With unlimited funds and the best film crew possible, I would create a
documentary about the US governments removal of citizens digital privacy. I chose this
topic because privacy has never been m
Sound is arguably the most important element in film. Music determines the
physical, emotional, and structural response to a documentary. In the documentary The
River, the sound used affects all three. The phys
Religion in Prelude to War
This Frank Capra documentary relied heavily on religion to better illustrate the
difference between light and dark. The film opens with several holy books superimposed
with a quote relating to