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An Inconvenient Truth

A documentary about the effects of global warming
by

Carly Roos

on 9 January 2013

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Transcript of An Inconvenient Truth

Carly, Joey, and David An Inconvenient Truth Appeals This documentary uses all three appeals to influence the viewer. These appeals are:
Logos
Ethos
Pathos

Each of the appeals are heavily used and are evident. Ethos, however, is more evident as is used most often when environmental concerns are mentioned. Film Techniques Different film techniques are used in this documentary to cause the reader to feel emotions at appropriate times, such as sympathy, anger, and guilt.

Some of these techniques include:
Camera shots and angles
Accompanying music Film Clip Logos Logos appeals are very well used by the makers of this film. Perfectly balanced with other appeals,
Many graphics and diagrams are used to convey the message
Hard numbers are often used to show research that was done
Many of his "presentations" seemed to be done in an academic setting.
The graphs he used were so big he went on a scissor lift to emphasize the point. Pathos Al Gore is an excellent speaker and an expert at pathos.
He demonstrated:
Tragic life stories
Tobacco farms and his sister's cancer
Growing up on a ranch
Losing the election
Hurricane Katrina
Son getting hit by a car
Various analogies
Atmosphere thin as a coat of varnish
Our ice is Swiss cheese
The melted water under is lubricant
9/11 and how we are eco-terrorists
Frog in a boiling pot analogy
Rescues the frog Ethos Ethos is extremely prominent in this movie
Shows pictures of the earth, beautiful, vulnerable
Futurama clip shows terrible solutions to the crisis
Talks about the earth breathing as concentrations of gases fluctuate Accompanying Music Music is very well used in this movie, mostly to emphasize pathos appeals put forward. Some examples of this is when he talks about his son's accident, and his sister dying.

At the end of the film, the choice of music encourages the watcher do follow the instructions and to do something about climate change. Film shots and Angles -Extensive use of wide angle shots;
makes his topic seems important Side note: The logos appeals were not without their errors.
We did notice that on a line graph which was to show
temperature over time, the line bent back on itself, which is
of course, impossible. "You see that pale, blue dot? That's us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances... it's our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization. I believe this is a moral issue, it is your time to seize this issue, it is our time to rise again to secure our future."
- Al Gore -Medium close-ups are used to make it feel more intimate Bias Through the various appeals of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, this film is heavily biased. Any arguments taken to oppose the views of Al Gore and his film are ridiculed and laughed at. He clearly and intentionally set-up the presentation with emphasis on the environment without any other opinions . Shows how the population isn't doing anything permanent about global warming, but is simply finding temporary solutions.

Adds comic relief to the otherwise depressing film. This also appeals to a wider audience and serves to renew interest or draw in people to the topic at hand. Argument From his speeches to his graphs, it's clear he supports the idea environment sustainability, and wants to inform the world about the danger of climate change and our severe impact on the earth and the aforementioned climate change. In conclusion Effective film
Clever use of ethos pulls on heart strings Biased
favors the side of the environment, not objective
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