Food Inc.

The documentary film I chose to watch was Food Inc. This is a documentary that digs deeper into the food production industry and where the food we buy at the grocery store really comes from. This film was created from and made from the reports of Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser as well as The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan. The main characters are Eric Schlosser, Joel Salatin, Barbara Kowalcyk, as well as the few corporations that he does begin to unveil. The film really does a good job of exposing the strong relationship between business and government, as well as exposing the unknown story and methods of the American Food Industry. The Narrative Arc of the film is that if people knew what really went on in the meat and poultry industry, if not all, majority of the nation would not want to eat the food we buy. Another part of the narrative was how the ugly truths of these industries are being covered up by a few overpowering corporations.

There were a few distinct difference between this type of film compared to featured films. One would be the voice overs by the narrator. During many portions of the film, there would be a narrator (Eric Schlosser) explaining what was taking place in the film. Also, this was all raw footage. There were no special effects or anything added and everything that was taking place on film was completely true and did happen as it was shot on camera.

Overall this was a very good, but disgusting and gruesome film. I found a lot of it to be repulsive and hard to watch. In particular I found the part with the baby chicks, as well as the adult chickens to be hard to watch. I also found it interesting how many chemicals they actually do put in the chicken and food we buy. A quote from the film was that there was “Nothing Honest About That Food.” After watching this film, I find that statement to be completely accurate. I never really put too much thought into it, but this film really opened my eyes to the fact of how much chemicals and toxins are actually put into the food we all eat on a daily basis. From now on I’m going to think twice before buying food in the grocery store, and I may start to leaning towards eating more organic food.

 

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1 Min Film Overview

Storyboard

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Character Description

Suspect: Man who is thought to be on the men on the FBI’s most wanted list. He fits the description and everything and looks just like the man they’re looking for. The man is being surveillanced by the FBI. He is seen as a threat, and is thought to have a bomb or something of destruction in his briefcase. In the end there is a twist and his fate is determined.

FBI Agent 1: Agent Harlow – FBI Agent who is the “eyes from above” who is doing surveillance of the suspect from the upstairs room from the house on the corner.

FBI Agent 2: Agent Storm – The FBI Agent doing surveillance from the car nearby, who is the one who runs and tackles the suspect.

Shot List

Title Shot

Shot 1: medium shot of cars passing

Shot 2: medium shot of suspect waiting for bus

Shot 3: Far/point of view shot from above then goes to zoom in and focus on suspect

Shot 4: close up shot of FBI Agent in car

Shot 5: medium side view of suspect on street

Shot 6: close of shot of FBI Agent again communicating with other agents

Shot 7: close up shot of suspect starting to unlock briefcase

Shot 8: FBI Agent close up, medium shot getting out of car to go chase down & tackle suspect

Shot 9: medium shot of suspect being tackled

Shot 10: close up of suspect on ground, 2 FBI Agents standing over him

Shot 11: close up of FBI Agent slowly opening Briefcase

Shot 12: Close up and rise from briefcase to FBI Agents face

Shot 13: Med-close shot of FBI Agent realizing they have the wrong guy—scene cuts out

1st Short Film Synopsis

My first short film will be about the FBI trying to confiscate a briefcase filled with extremely confidential information from who they think is to be someone from the FBI’s most wanted list. The man they are going for fits the description and location of where they think their guy is. When they finally get to the guy, and open up the briefcase, it turns out that it was actually someone completely innocent and they had the wrong guy all along.

The Blair Witch Project

Nicholas Ambruso

Professor Drew

Basic Media Production

9/29/15

 

The Blair Witch Project is a documentary film, filmed by three students named Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams. They venture to a small town in order to try and collect footage of a legendary murderer known as “the Blair Witch.” After hearing several interviews and stories from different people throughout the town of Burkittsville, Maryland, they travel into the woods just outside town as their film takes an awful, frightening turn.

Throughout the film there are numerous techniques used to really grab the viewer’s attention and make the film unique. For example, there were several different camera angles used during filming. The camera angle was often in a first person, high view. The way they used the camera actually displayed both techniques of camera angle as well as a Point of view shot. The person filming would hold the camera while usually looking through the lens themselves as opposed to a tripod. This allowed the viewers to really connect with the person filming and feel as if they themselves, were the one holding the camera. Additionally, continuity cuts were often used. Especially during the scenes in the woods, they often skipped from daytime to nighttime with no transition period in-between to keep the pace of the film moving and to keep it exciting. Furthermore, focus was used as well. During the scenes in which the piles of rocks appeared, Heather, who was filming at the time zoomed in and focused on the piles of rocks that mysteriously appeared outside their camp. In the same scene a technique known as “follow shot” was used as well. Once heather focused on the area of the rocks, she then zoomed in on each pile of rocks individually. The first time there were 7 piles (most likely representing the 7 kids who went missing and were found dead) and the second time 3 piles (foreshadowing their soon to be doom and unfortunate future). One last important technique that really made the film the most exciting and allowed the viewer to connect was the different shots they took. The person filming, often Heather, would film and varied between extreme and medium close-ups of Mike or Josh, the people being interviewed, the pile of rocks, or the spooky branches of the trees. She then would use medium shots to capture the river they needed to cross, or the spooky house at the end of the film in which they met their ultimate doom and the end of the film.

The Blair Witch Project was an extremely popular documentary film that captured a very eerie, spooky adventure of three students searching for the legendary myth of “the Blair Witch.” The different filming styles and techniques they used, as well as the story leaving the viewers on the edge of their seats are ultimately what lead to the film’s huge success.