Kimberly Coffin Reading Response #5

In the article “Why are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking”, Nichols talks about what is right and wrong when creating a documentary. Documentaries are actually not one hundred percent real. We picture them as documenting reality exactly how it is, but that is not the case. Nichols says, “documentaries of social representation are what we typically call nonfiction”. The film conveys certain meanings on how the director interpreted the story. Documentaries engage in the world. They do this in three ways. The first way is by making the documentary relatable and likely. Documentaries use pictures to help tell the stories but any photo they show will not represent what it was truly like. The second way is to stand for and/or represent issues affecting others as well. Representative documentary needs individuals hired to play that role. The third way is by putting a case or view of the topic first. This drives a side that the director will take. This article affects me because it allows me to become more knowledgeable with what I see in movies. I have seen plenty of “non-fiction” pieces of film but after knowing this, it makes me think about how much I actually saw was real. When watching them, they all seemed real, heart touching, and moving but after knowing this I’m wondering if some of the things that touched my heart were just added to create emotion. This excerpt related to class because it discusses documentary filmmaking and how it has an important impact on our society. It also discusses how it is important to understand that not everything you see is real.