Blackfish and Consider the Lobster Documentaries

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The documentary Blackfish directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, leaves the viewer with many different emotions. This documentary follows the life of Tilikum, a captured killer whale who is forced to preform for SeaLand. The director uses different interviews from people who have worked with Tilikum or have seen him attack people during the shows. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has said that swimming with and training killer whales is not safe at all and should not be done. They believe it is a very high risk to the human working with the whale.

In Blackfish, one person shows a whole different side to their job and brings out all his emotions. This person would be John Crowe, a diver whose job was to capture orcas. He would do his job everyday capturing the whales and taking the babies from their mothers. Crowe says, “you understand then what you're doing, I lost it, I started crying, I didn’t stop working, I couldn’t handle, its like kidnapping a little kid away from it’s mother” (Blackfish). Crowe is explaining that while they were capturing these baby whales and hearing them cry for their mothers is when they you finally realize what you're doing to them. Cowperthwaite does a good job picking Crowe to be interviewed. Looking at Crowe the viewer would not expect him to get emotional; he looks like a very rough person with a long beard and tattoos. When the viewer starts to see him get emotional and cry they begin to feel emotional too. This director uses the strategy of emotional interviews to get emotion from the audience. This creates a picture in the viewer’s mind of the crying whales, which is purposely done by the director to get emotion out of the audience. Another thing the director does is...

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...e feel the emotion of pain for these animals and feel how sad it truly is. They also find out the real facts about what happens to both the killer whales and the lobsters. Though not the same thing is happening to both these animals, many members of the audience feel the same way towards them both. Both of these both use real facts to pull their readers/viewers in, knowing that everything they’re saying must be true. Cowperthwaite and Wallace make you feel like you can trust them throughout their whole stories. They make you understand how they feel and gain the audience’s faith from the beginning.

Works Cited

Cowperthwaite, Gabriela, Manuel V. Oteyza, Eli Despres, Jonathan Ingalls, Christopher Towey, and Jeff Beal. Blackfish. , 2013.

David Foster Wallace - David Foster Wallace - Consider the Lobster - Bay Back Books/ Little, Brown and Company - 2005

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