PMA1 Proposal Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

I want to start off with that I really enjoy the mockumentary style. I feel that this style can be great at satirically commentating on how the world works and present it in a way that is really familiar to the general audience. Most of my favorite movies and television shows that utilize this style primarily uses it for comedic effect however, in my opinion, I think they do a great way of showing a slice of life albeit in an exaggerated way.

For the persuasive media project I am choosing Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. This movie is a mockumentary created by the comedic music trio, The Lonely Island, as a satire against recent pop musician documentaries being released in theaters. The main character is a highly famous pop singer that has an entitled attitude towards the world, taking him out of what a normal person’s life is and bringing him into a world where he himself thinks he’s king. Over the course of the movie, the mockumentary techniques show that his fame is hanging on by a thin string. The music industry is a harsh mistress and one day an artist may be on top of the world and the next they’re out on the streets.

PMA #1 Persuasive Media Proposal Groundhog Day

For my persuasive media analysis, I would like to look at Groundhog Day, this movie is about Bill Murray and how he has to keep reliving the same day over again so he can finally successfully seduce the woman he wants. In this movie he keeps on trying to seduce her but he never does because never actually listens to her fully understands her, so he decides to take notes, but this doesn’t work because he is not truly understanding her so he never truly succeeds until he starts falling in love with her and starts truly listening to what she has to say. This is a film that should convince you that persuasion is all about understand people and what makes a person tick or what are their beliefs / what do they like to do and once you understand what makes them tick and if you do it the way Bill Murray did you will do more than succeed you will sustain a life long relationship.

Proposal

I have decided to use the informative documentary, “The Game Changers” as my proposal. This Netflix original uses scientific doctors, professional athletes, actors and world record holders to persuade viewers that a plant-based diet is the most efficient and productive in living a healthier lifestyle. I particularly chose this argument because as an athlete, we are forced to entertain the most optimal level of nutrition in relation to our physical performance. Therefore, by utilizing top tier individuals with built statures like Arnold Schwarzenegger to advocate for vegan diets, viewers are then more apt to believe that animal remnants and by products are not healthy. Specifically, the documentary uses persuasion and identification to manipulate the audience into believing that athletes can maintain and build muscle through a plant-based diet by performing scientific experiments with diverse individuals. In conclusion, “The Game Changers” employ a set of implicit and cinematic characteristics by having UFC fighters, female and male olympians, NFL players, firefighters, and others compare and contrast the benefits of a plant-based diet to a carnivorous diet. 

PMA #1 : Super Hot

This game is available across all platforms, it was released in 2016 after a prototype caught a significant amount of attention. You can still play the prototype on their official website ( https://superhotgame.com/play-prototype/ ). The game is set on what seems to be a game within another reality, a reality where this game is illegal but you somehow got your hands on it. It is a first person shooter game that messes with observed time, where time only moves when you move. The objective level by level is to not die, but to also kill all the red-beings. However, the overall objective of the game is unclear until you are fully immersed in Super Hot. The games starts with little to no plot, but quickly changes as the player is more and more immersed. The player is constantly being flashed certain words and images guiding and illuminating the player through the plot. Here is the trailer to the game, followed by the full game play. And if you have the time and money, play this game, it is the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years.

Proposal Media Analysis

For my analysis, I would like analyze the documentary, The Pharmacist.

The Pharmacist portrays a negative viewpoint of the prescription drug OxyContin as well as the drug trade in the world around us. The narrator, Dan Schneider, is a pharmacist and didn’t notice the dangers people were being exposed to by being prescribed OxyContin until his son was murdered in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans. Dan Schneider works throughout the whole documentary to prove how dangerous OxyContin is, while working with the FBI as well as the medical board of doctors.

The Pharmacist shows the audience how dangerous the drug world is, especially with OxyContin and how easy it is to open up a ‘pill mill’, which is a clinic ran by doctors who distribute prescription medication to anyone who is willing to pay. The documentary uses interviews of people involved to convince the audience of this perspective.

https://www.netflix.com/search?q=the%20pharmacist&jbv=81002576&jbp=0&jbr=0

PMA: Doom

A game that is famous as a game that can run on almost anything is one of the first truly violent video games. 

Depicting a lone man fighting against hordes and hordes of demons with the sole goal to survive and and kill all the demons. 

This game (and the remakes) get a huge amount of flak because of the demonic imagery and the death metal used in the games. That being said why do they get flak when the whole goal of the game is to exterminate the entirety of the demon horde. Ages have passed with mutliple sources/writers/storytellers have tried to explain how demons are pushed back religiously. Why can’t wanton violence be the answer?

PMA Proposal #1 Inception

The piece I would like to explore is the 2010 film by Director Christopher Nolan, Inception. Inception has a number of factors that make it worth spending time digging deeper into. When Inception was released it was a film that raised the bar when it came to CGI and pushed boundaries of what filmmakers could create.

Christopher Nolan is a director that has been apart of many movies that at first glance look to be simply amazing works of art, however, after a deeper investigation, I believe Nolan reveals himself to be an extraordinary storyteller and truly explores what makes humans who we are. Nolan uses his incredible stories and eye-catching filmmaking to bring in the viewers, and a story like Inception takes advantage of that and explores something much more powerful than simply explosions and gunfights.

The topics I want to explore are what makes movies like this so attractive to us. Movies that leave us in suspense and perhaps even leave to wonder after the film has ended. There is something truly unique in a story-teller that can leave a viewer to think about their work after it has ended. Perhaps there is something in Inception that makes us think about ourselves and our lives.

PMA Proposal 1: Spiderman Far From Home

Spiderman: Far From Home, the latest version of movies about the classic superhero Spiderman, follows Peter Parker on his school field trip to Europe. He is enjoying his time off of school and superhero duties until his vacation is interrupted by Nick Fury, who recruits him for a mission to help “uncover the mystery of elemental creature attacks”. 

I’ve decided to discuss this film because I appreciate the way that it integrates animation with live action. The internal consistency of Marvel films in general makes it difficult for viewers to believe that Marvel characters aren’t real, but there was something different about this movie that made everything seem even more realistic than usual. With this, I think that it will be interesting to further study the aspects of realism in the film as it reflects fictional ideas in a realistic manner.

PMA Proposal #1: The Blair Witch Project

For my first persuasive media analysis, I would like to discuss the revolutionary found-footage horror film, The Blair Witch Project (1999). The film follows three student filmmakers on a trek through the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland as they search for the titular Blair Witch, a local legend said to haunt the region. While fictional, the story is presented as a documentary; it utilizes largely unscripted dialogue and amateur handheld camera techniques to create an almost mundane sense of authenticity. In addition to the film’s improvisational production style, a large part of what made it so interesting to me was its marketing, which primarily took place on the internet. Prior to its release, fabricated police reports and news interviews were posted to The Blair Witch Project’s official website; this caused quite the stir on the web, as people began to argue over whether or not the film was a piece of fiction.  

To extend the illusion even further, missing persons flyers for the three central characters were distributed to audiences at screenings, as the filmmakers prompted viewers to come forward with any information they might have on the students’ disappearance. In my analysis, I would like to examine the stylistic choices made by the directors of The Blair Witch Project, as well as the tactics utilized in its advertisement campaign, both of which contributed heavily to the film’s eerie faux-realism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceuyDibhjX4

PERSUASIVE MEDIA ANALYSIS: PARASITE

The artifact I would like to study further for my PMA1 is Parasite.  Parasite captured my interest because it is a very complex movie with many layers, details, and meanings. The movie is about how class inequality and shows how the wealthy can parasitic and the poor’s struggle for survival.  The rich are parasitic because they feed off the labor of the poor and in the movie, the working-class families feeds off the rich by infiltrating their house and using their resources. Different events make class inequality more prominent as depicted in a flood scene. For the rich, the flood was a mere inconvenience, but for the poor, the flood destroyed their homes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtxrau3arh4

 I would like the elements of cinematography we talked about in class. The editing, setting, and props–of this scene in particular–juxtaposes the two families.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knSGTacpb14

The sound in this scene is perfect because it builds up to a moment where the poor family has completed infiltrated the rich family’s home.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egieAUXfc7Y