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Filming Techniques in Tarnation

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Watching Tarnation, I felt that a lot of what made the movie was the clever ways in which the director filmed, edited, and spliced the segments of video. For instance, the quick clips of flashing video were used when Jonathan was talking about his drug-induced confusion and disorientation.

I also thought that the choice of music was good in that it contrasted with the images and with the mood of the documentary as a whole. While the music was breathy and cheerful, the videos were anything but cheerful.

I again noticed the discrepancies between different characters descriptions of the same event. As the Netflix summary says , “There's more than one truth on view here.”

 

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