Documentary Film Idea

My documentary is going to be about my dad.  He is a 61 year old VP of sales for a toy company called Tech4Kids.  My dad has the luxury of working from home , but he also travels out of state and country a lot.  He is one of the nicest people I know and his personality is what carries him as a successful salesman.  I plan to execute this by first filming his daily routine.  I plan to film him at work as well as when he is done with work with the family. I plan to interview him about what he does and about himself.  I also plan to interview each member of my family with short clips about things they have to say about him.  The b-role i plan to incorporate are the alarm clock going off at 4:00am when he wakes up, and then him making breakfast (making coffee, and toast coming out of the toaster).  His computer screen as he his working, as well as him typing.  Also i will possibly include him going through customs at the airport as well as getting on to the plane, and plane taking off.

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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.

Food Inc. Response

The food industry has always been a unsettling one for me.  I try to eat as healthy as possible and lean towards organic foods, but as this documentary points out, the system is skewed in such a way that a double cheeseburger costs less than a head of broccoli.  The main characters in this film are Eric Schlosser, Barbara Kowalcyk, Joel Salatin, and some corporation growers.  Specifically Eric, Barbara and Joel make a great impact on this film, with Eric’s dedication to exposure and information, Barbara’s cause, and Joel’s devotion to integrity and health standards.  The main narrative behind this film, is that that food industry, specifically the meat and poultry industry is an ugly one being covered up by a small handful of conglomerates.  One of Eric Schlosser’s main points in his investigative reporting is that, if the most of us knew the conditions and processes through which the animals that make up our food were subject to, we might not want to eat this food.  Due to genetic modification and mass production, only recently was the disease e-coli introduced as a risk of eating some meat and other products.  Barbara Kowalcyk serves as an unfortunate example of a mother who’s child went from completely healthy, to dead 12 days later because of this disease.  Towards the middle to end of this narrative we are introduced to Joel Salatin, my favorite character in this documentary.  He is an outcast committed to the boycott of genetic modification, and to healthy old-fashioned farm grown standards.  He provides the viewer with the hope that we are looking for that their are still some people like him out there, with the intention of delivering food to consumers that will make us healthier, not less sick.  I have seen this film before and it has had an impact on me.  For a few years straight I completely stopped eating red meat, fast foods, and any products containing high sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  I still try to follow this diet to this day, but now and then I do give into a burger or an unhealthy snack.