Alaskan Salmon Analysis

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If I were to create a nature documentary, I would focus on the lifecycle and human-related difficulties of Alaskan salmon. This is because they are something I already have a fundamental understanding of due to my experience as both a recreational and commercial fisherman in Alaska. The documentary would be intended as an educational piece aimed at stimulating awareness and interest in salmon while also subtly advocating for greater protective measures on Alaska’s natural salmon runs. As such, the targeted audience for my documentary would be individuals in my community and across the state of Alaska who are uninformed and/or do not have any opinion about the effects of human-related activities on the wild Alaskan salmon population.
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By borrowing some of Disney’s more effectual strategies for appealing to a relatively uninformed audience, I would hope to inspire similar movements or sentiments in Alaskan viewers. This includes utilizing the method of anthropomorphism, which would allow the audience to better engage with the salmon. In this way, following a single salmon from its beginning to its end, providing both basic information about the general salmon lifecycle and an illustration of the human induced hardships salmon encounter, will allow the audience to develop a relationship with the salmon. This will also strengthen the films overall message by making the salmon’s futile death at the end of the film more personal and not …show more content…
Because the audience that I am targeting has very limited previous knowledge of the subject and probably also cares very little about it (to start with), in order to attract viewers and stimulate their attention, I need to make the film accessible. Along these lines, I would also borrow a small amount of the humorous tone exhibited in Quicker’n a Wink to prevent the audience from becoming disinterested or bored. In summary, the above techniques are used only out of necessity to broaden the audience of my documentary and make it accessible to all members of my community and the state of Alaska. By reaching the most viewers possible, the film would be more likely to alter public sentiment about the importance of salmon to the Alaskan economic and ecological ecosystems, creating real change in land-use policy, and encouraging viewers to support sustainable actions both on their ballots and in their

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