Assumptions About Documentaries and an Analysis of The Catfish

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Assumption about documentaries being true, educational only, no imagination needed aren’t correct . There are several documentaries we watched in class that show that documentaries don’t all fall under the same assumptions. A common assumption about documentaries is that there is no imagination needed. “ In a time when the major media recycle the same stories on the same subjects over and over, when they risk little in formal innovation, when they remain beholden to powerful sponsors with their own political agendas and restrictive demands, it is the independent documentary film that has brought a fresh eye to the events of the world and told stories, with verve and imagination, that broaden limited horizons and awaken new possibilities.” (Nichols,1) “Not all documentaries, of course, are sober-minded, stodgy affairs any more than all political speeches or all scientific reports are dull. Wit, imagination, and persuasive rhetorical skills come into play in many cases.” (Nichols,38) Imagination does exist in documentary, Nichols talked about how documentaries weren’t only just informational or political speeches. An example of a documentary that involves a lot of imagination is Man with a Movie Camera . It was not filled with information or dialogue but it does involve a story being told without any words. The camera angles used in this film are creative and something ahead of its time. It has several scenes that seem like modern day special effects, such as the seen with…