Class Work 4/5

Aim/Do Now:

1. Make a list of the visual and audio elements of a documentary film?

2. What is the relationship between editing and point of view in a documentary?

3. How does the style of the documentary affect the message and the film’s portrayal of “reality?”


Links :

“Hoop Dreams is a 1994 documentary film directed by Steve James, with Kartemquin Films. It follows the story of two African-American high school students inChicago and their dream of becoming professional basketball players.

Originally intended to be a 30-minute short produced for the Public Broadcasting Service, it eventually led to five years of filming and 250 hours of footage. It premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. Despite its length (171 minutes) and unlikely commercial genre, it received high critical and popular acclaim. It ended its run in the box office with $11,830,611 worldwide.”


1. What is the filmmaker’s purpose?

2. What is the attitude or viewpoint of the filmmaker? Tone?

3. What cinematic techniques (Filmic Codes) does the filmmaker use to make his/her point?

4. What kind of documentary is it? Is it a combination of forms?


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