intro to documentary production
1. What is the narrative spine (the through line in the film), and how does the author advance the story?
The narrative spine is the life of Timothy Treadwell and his eventual death at the hands of the bears he spent much of each year with. The film tells the story of how he would stay with the bears and capture them on film, why he did it, and what happened after his death. The author advances the story with footage found after Timothy's death and interviews with family, friends, and people involved with bears to figure out his life, motivations, and whether he had the effect he thought he was.
2. How do the interviewees/characters in the film contribute to the narrative spine?They add information that would not have been known just through Timothy's footage. Since he is dead, the people who were close to him are the only ones left to answer questions about Timothy's life and his time with the bears.
3. In what ways does the director build credibility? Why do you trust what we see, or why don’t you?Most of the footage is found footage discovered after Timothy's death and is used as evidence to support the narrative presented. I trust what I see because it matches with the story being told.