Blog Post Prompt #10: Video Portrait Analysis

Choose one of the three “documentary portraits” we are watching for class this week (Amar (All Great Achievements Require Time) / A Brief History of John Baledessari / Odysseus’ Gambit,) and write a detailed compositional analysis of its approach to audio-visual storytelling. Draw attention to one or two specific strategies you see the director using in constructing the piece and discuss how those strategies are working to tell a particular kind of story — with a particular tone or message — in a way that responds to the particular life being documented. Think about what ideas you might take away from this video as you begin to plan and produce your own video portrait.

** Please note: You will also need to watch Charlie for class, but keep your analysis focused on one of the three above.

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