Blog Post #10 Prompt

Choose one of the three “documentary portraits” we are watching for class this week (Amar (All Great Achievements Require Time) / A Brief History of John Baledessari / Odysseus’ Gambit) and write a detailed compositional analysis of its approach to audio-visual documentary storytelling. Draw attention to one or two specific strategies you see the director using in constructing the piece 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. Think about what ideas you might take away from this video as you begin to plan and produce your own (un)documentaries.

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