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Speaking Truths with Film.

In the textbook, read all of Part 2 “The Audio in Audiovisual”, pages 59-93.

This provides a context for the history of sound in film and documentary specifically. It talks about the role of music in documentaries, and also the role of the Voice-Over Narrator as well as that of the Voices of those who are the subject of the film 

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You’ve already noticed the impact of music in Nanook of the North, now think about how Nichols discusses music as a way to draw viewers in and create an emotional connection.

Then, think about how the ability to record sounds and voices, including archival footage (old films, newsreels, home movies, etc.) affects the way documentaries can portray the world. Remember that all of this is edited and arranged.

Finally, consider the role of voice over narration, especially the film maker’s voice, providing context for viewers, as well as steering the tone and point of the film.

NEW TERM: Tone. Look up the various definitions of Tone online.

One that doesn’t show up in most regular dictionaries is the Literary Definition of Tone: How the author (or film-maker) expresses their attitude about what they are writing/filming. How can you tell if a writer or film-maker agrees with his subject, pities them, is mocking them? etc. The tone of the author/director also helps steer the reader/viewer to a particular emotional or intellectual reaction to what they are reading or viewing. If a film-maker makes an interview seem serious and, important (dramatic music, stable camera work, dull colors, use of words in the voice over, etc.), the viewer will probably subconsciously react seriously to it. This week’s film is Grizzly Man from 2005 by Werner Herzog. Grizzly Man is about Timothy Treadwell, who lived alone with Grizzly Bears. It has some unpleasant scenes, so be warned.  Don’t look up Treadwell first, watch the film. mentions Grizzly Man several times in our textbook, and a few times in the reading for this week. 

One time is when he is discussing how film affects Performance and the presentation of self. What page is is this mention of Grizzly Man on? Post the page number in your reply.

How does Grizzly Man demonstrate the idea that “fantasy and reality, deception and self-deception, and social reality and psychic reality blur in increasingly sophisticated ways”?

What does the above quote even mean? Use a specific example from the film or ‘real life’.



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