The Murder Of Emmit Till Essay

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The Murder of Emmett TillResponse Question: How does the director use the techniques of documentary filmmaking to get a sympathetic response from the audience?In all documentary films the Director uses certain techniques to get a particular response. This is the case in the documentary 'the murder of Emmett till' where the Directors use techniques of film making to get a sympathetic response from the audience. For the director to get a sympathetic response from the audience they have to persuade the audience and make them feel like they are going to cry or make them feel uneasy and upset. To get this response the director will use persuasive techniques such as the narration, voiceover, the frequent use of interviews, and accurate historical footage.The murder of Emmitt Till is a very sad story and when watched it really makes the audience think about what the Till family went through. Emmitt was brutally murdered by two white men Roy Bryant and J.W Milam after Emmitt allegedly whistled at a white woman. This response is experienced because the director uses very powerful techniques throughout the documentary. The techniques that are used throughout the documentary are frequent use of interviews, narration and voiceover, accurate historical footage and music.The first technique that is used in the documentary is the frequent use of interviews. This particular technique is very important to getting a sympathetic response from the audience because it gives us a personal inside to the all affected people's feelings about the murder of Emmitt Till and it is for this reason why it is used a lot in the documentary. The director used interviews throughout the whole film but not just anywhere but where he used them made the audience very sad and sympathetic. The interviews that were used were from many people such as some of Emmitt's relatives and also numerous eye witnesses but the most powerful interviews were from Emmett's mother, Mamie Till. Mamie's interviews were the most powerful because when she was giving her interviews it was incredibly distressing and upsetting to see how distraught she was and the seeing the look of disbelieve her face even after years of her son dyeing. Interviews were also a powerful technique because when Emmett's mother was being interviewed about her son's death at one stage she said, 'those words were like arrows sticking all over my body'. This sentence was very powerful and as she says this she tears up and this makes the audience feel sympathy for her and the camera is kept on her which make you feel as if you are about to cry.The second technique that the director has used to get a sympathetic response from the audience is the narration and voiceover. This technique is one that really makes everyone of all ages feel sympathy after watching the film. This is because the way that the narrator Andres Braugher narrates is fantastic because when he speaks it is in a very...

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