Analysis of Michael Moore’s Treatment of His Subject Matter within the Documentaries Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911

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Analysis of Michael Moore’s Treatment of His Subject Matter within the Documentaries Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911 “A documentary may be as a film or television or radio programme that provides factual information about a subject. Typically, a documentary is a journalistic record of events presented on screen.” The main conventions of documentaries tend to be that the documentary has voice-over commentary; the main focus is on the issues rather than relationships between characters, they also build up the setting so the viewer can build up a context. Documentaries do not leave on cliff hangers, they usually end with a conclusion or final interpretation to provoke thought on the issue and make the audience become more educated and informed of the subject. “Documentaries often strive to capture a sense of realism, ‘programmes reflect and report on the real through the use of recorded images and sounds of actuality’.” The four main camera techniques used to capture images for documentaries are: · ‘Fly on the wall’ camera work - designed to appear as if the camera crew was not present · ‘Verite’ camera work - continuously hand held shot. Used to simulate the viewer experiencing the person looking and moving around within the documentary. Investigative journalists commonly use this technique. · ‘Secret Recording’ - hidden cameras used to capture evidence and truths · ‘Video Diary’ style. Documentaries are a popular form of information entertainment. Documentaries are not expensive to screen, for there is no need for actors, screenwriters, expensive sets or large production crews. Audi... ... middle of paper ... ... example is the president. Moore captures the president’s sensitive side. Also Charlton Heston, as he walks away from the camera unable to answer Moore’s request of "After that happened you came to Flint to hold a big rally and, you know, I just, did you feel it was being at all insensitive to the fact that this community had just gone through more tragedy?" Moore then continues, "You think you'd like to apologize to the people in Flint for coming and doing that at that time?" Moore takes full advantage of the fact that he knows about Heston, having known of the shootings, and the fact that Heston had pretended he did not. In conclusion, Moore has presented two documentaries, from his own point of view, to present his views and some truths. Creating his desired effect, to inform and explain his view.

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