Analysis Of 'What Makes A Good Documentary?'

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As Stewart Dunlop, writer of “What Makes a Good Documentary?” Said, “the essential element of a good documentary is simple, the story.” What makes a worthy story and how do we gather it? It all starts with the art of persuasion, done by appealing to logos, ethos, and pathos. The first component is logos where the creator makes a claim or argument that is later proven using evidence like action or still shots that are credible and reveal the truth. Next is ethos, this is when filmmakers keep an open mind and respect other subjects allowing them to voice their opinions. Then there is pathos, this is when the author will incite you to feel emotions usually sparking a connection intellectually or emotionally throughout the film (Dunlop). Faith …show more content…
Their main focus is accepting opinions and beliefs of the audience as well as making connections to the topics. In Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, the author is very knowledgeable and has tons of sources that watched 9/11 happen right in front of them. The e views of people questioning God’s presence in the act of terror are shared. The writer also opens up to the views of Rabbis, Fathers, and Priests as they receive a many questions about why god did this and even request of removing their sins to die in peace, because they did not think their Gods expected them to continue (10:00-25:00). The author makes connections as the attack is compared to when you feel lost in the dark, lose a loved one, disease and disasters happen, or human cruelty (5:00-10:00). On the other hand, in Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, Joe Cross connects to the topic by sharing how he was obese and suffering from an unhealthy lifestyle until he began juicing and lost 100 lbs. Although he is making a connection to the topic, he is more so encouraging us to try out this diet trend, he is like an advertisement. However, he uses a few credible sources like Stacey Kennedy, MPH, RD, LDN Senior clinical nutritionist who tells us about edible food versus cleansing juices (17:37-18:19). When these authors make connections, it can stir up underlying emotions in the viewers. Which is when pathos and ethos coincide with each …show more content…
In relation to Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead that laid all the who, what, when, where, and why’s out clearly leaving us with a complete solution, no questions. Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero had us dig deeper for proof or an explanation to our unanswered questions. As for questions answered, it told the truth even if the commonality involved didn’t (Dunlop). That is what made it a good documentary as evidence was given, emotions were appealed, and voices were heard. It is also why Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero encaptures ethos, pathos, and logos appropriately throughout the

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