Documentary 2 Review

The documentary I chose to do my second review on is another ESPN special called “The Fab Five” made in 2011.  The fab five was a group of 5 college students who attended the University of Michigan in the 1990’s and made a huge impact on the world.  Their names were Chris Weber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.  These students were adored by the media, and brought the world of college sports something no one had ever seen before – individuality, attitude, and swagger.  This documentary highlights the recruitment, glory days, cultural impact, and notorious scandal surrounding these young men that was seen by the world.  What I loved about this documentary was the way in which the director depicted each one of these mens lives.  Turning them each into an international icon even when most of the spotlight was only around 2 or 3 of them, most of the time only 1 or 2.  I also love how the documentary was able to reveal truthful information never yet seen by the world such as the attitude that these men had towards a Duke team prior to their 1992 championship game.  This served to be very controversial information at the time and caused a big stir in the sports world.  Most of all I loved how this documentary was able to spotlight a time of a group of outspoken kids who brought baggy shorts and individual independent style to their team, their university, and to basketball.

Documentary Outline

My documentary is about my dad, the kind of person he is, what he does for a living, and what his lifestyle entails.  My pre-production included deciding what kind of a and b role I wanted in my film.  Most of the b role is to be filmed at the airport, as he spends a lot of his time traveling.  I plan on getting shots of the customs line, printing out plane tickets, the walk to the plane, plane getting ready to take off, taking off, and in the air transitioning from day to night.  More of my b role will be my dad working in the house/kitchen, which is essentially his office when he is not traveling.  I will have dialogue of him and my family talking in the background as he and they explain things about him.  Then I will have a role of him talking to the camera, as well as my sisters and mom saying something about him as well.  I plan on starting this film of with his alarm going off at 5 am, and to finish off the credits after my mom or sisters has said something decent about him, with the same ringtone as the concluding audio.

Documentary Summary

The documentary I watched was an ESPN 30:30 special that I found on Netflix called “Four Days In October” about the Redsox team of 2004 that did what no sports team has ever done in history, coming back in the playoffs down 3 games to none to win the series.  This documentary did a great job of getting inside looks into what fans never get a chance to see.  We got exclusive footage from one of the Redsox player’s video cameras, inside the dugout with the coaches and players conversations and celebrations.  We also got pregame on the field access to dialogue from both teams.  Besides the inside access this documentary provided, it also did a great job of combining amateur and professional footage.  We saw camera shots from the live coverage of the games as well as what looked like fan’s cell phone or camera footage.  This worked really well in this film, giving it a more personal and authentic feel.  One thing that this film didn’t do is give enough coverage on the Yankees in this series.  It would have made the documentary a lot more interesting to see progression of both sides emotions and input as the series progressed.  What this documentary revealed to us is that the 2004 Redsox was a very easygoing team with a lot of laid back and fun-loving personalities.  They really seemed to get along well especially in the dugout behind the scenes, and even on the brink of elimination they still had the same amount of confidence and relaxation as if it were any other day.