Analysis Of ' Koyaanisqatsi ' And If A Tree Falls

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In a world of ever growing technological advancements, there is a mounting concern for humanity’s impact on the longevity of the earth’s natural environment (Gibson 2002). From this concern, the ideology of environmentalism has emerged as a strong social movement, bent on the perusal of a viable future, through the implementation of culturally defined responsibilities towards the natural world (Gibson 2002). Through the progression of cinema, environmentalism has become an issue that has received wide publicity, resulting in the creation of countless films discussing this issue. This report aims to explore two particular films, “Koyaanisqatsi” (1983) and “If a Tree Falls” (2011) and their attempt at manipulating audience’s perceptions of this ideology, through their mastery of the unspoken elements of film. This report shall take the stance that through its manipulation of camera angles and shots, sound and editing techniques, the film Koyaanisqatsi more effectively conveys a positive, ecocentric representation of environmentalism, in comparison to If a Tree Falls attempt at portraying a negative and controversial perception of this ideology. Throughout the report a broad examination of each films techniques shall be conducted, followed by a closer examination of a one minute segment from each film.
Koyaanisqatsi, directed by Godfrey Reggio is an abstract film exploring the relationship between environment and humanity. The film is a unique cinematic experience in that it…

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