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The Cove - Film Techniques

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Austin Gardam

on 17 March 2015

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Transcript of The Cove - Film Techniques

The Cove - Film Techniques
By Austin

The Cove
(2009) is a documentary film by Louie Psihoyos which is based on the slaughter and live trade of Dolphins taking place in Japan, specifically in a sea town known as Taiji.

Stock Footage
The Cove
dolphins are constantly being compared as humans, this is known as anthropomorphism or personification. This is another dominant reading in the film.
The Cove
dolphins are compared to humans a lot. They are said to have emotions and intelligence much like humans. Because dolphins are described as humans in
The Cove
it puts more guilt on the viewer to take action.
A dominant reading in
The Cove
is Stock Footage. Stock Footage is archival footage which is old or taken by a person not associated with the film.
The Cove
uses many clips that are old to take the viewers back in time to compare how things were to how things are.

Some examples include when Ric O'Barry is talking about; Kathy and the Flipper series, Minimata Disease and the Save the Whales campaign in the 1970's.
Camera Angles
The Cove
there were a range of different camera angles. Close, low, high, medium or far are some of the camera angles used in the film.
The different camera angles suited different situations.

Close ups were normally of people talking one-on-one with the camera to explain something.

Medium shots consisted mostly of events that were captured during "action" scenes like the secret missions.

Long shots were mostly showing a point of significance in the film as the cove itself
Did it work?
In my opinion the stock footage used in
The Cove
worked well as it showed the viewers how much has changed from the past to now. The best example of this would be when the film compared Iki's dolphin population in the past to now.
Did it work?
I believe that the comparison made between humans and dolphins made the audience feel guilty because of how alike they are to us. The use of this technique put emotion into the film and caused a reaction from the audience.

So yes it worked.
Thanks for watching
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