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

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...


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... 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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