Blog Prompt #3

Choose one of the four “documentary portraits” we watched for class last week (Amar (All Great Achievements Require Time) / A Brief History of John Baledessari / Odysseus’ Gambit, Every Runner has a reason, Delivery ) and write a detailed compositional (aesthetic and affects) and rhetorical analysis of its approach to audio-visual storytelling. Draw attention to one or two specific strategies you see the director using in constructing the piece’s argument and discuss how those strategies are working to tell a particular kind of story — with a particular tone or message — in a way that responds to the particular life being documented. Consider what affect the documentary creates and how that affect was crafted, through what available means of persuasion. Also, think about what ideas you might take away from this video as you begin to plan and produce your own video portrait.

Remember: We always want to think *with* the medium. How does this story get told in this medium? Effectively or not?

Looking forward to reading your ideas and thoughts.


dr. c


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