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I have been researching some of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of the past few years. In particular, Black Fish has received excellent reviews. Therefore, the following post will explore the different codes and conventions of the film but also I will try to identify any other information which will help me understand the documentary genre.

Background information

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Budget: Not Public.

Box office: $2.2 million

Summary: Blackfish is a documentary that follows the controversy around the captivity of killer whales and the danger to both the whales and the humans. It mainly focuses on the whale Tilikum at Orlando, Sea World.

Practical considerations

I would consider using many techniques from this documentary for my own. For example i like the way the interviews are shot, having a close up of the faces which enhances the emotion of the film.

What I have learnt from Blackfish

I have learnt many things from Blackfish. For example the way the interviews can be shot and the different camera angles that can influence the way you feel towards the film and the emotion that you feel. These are all techniques that i would consider using for my own documentary and ones that i may have not thought of before watching Blackfish.