Sharon R. Sherman’s Projecting the Self explains how documentary can be changed and manipulated towards the directors way. In her piece, she states how directors use this to their advantage to show what the director feels is important/to show certain items to truly show the idea behind his/her film. She even explains different techniques directors use (narration, editing, sound) to help them portray their images. Sherman uses many of Harvey’s “Elements” with this piece.

The first element Sherman uses is one of the more important ones- thesis. She states her thesis in the first few sentences: “”Film truth…is a misnomer because film is never objective…Most filmmakers believe, however, that their manipulation creates a ‘greater truth…'” This thesis, which is her main insight, is again repeated in the end of her piece: ” Filmic structure combined with content focus tells the viewer as much about the filmmaker as the content does about the topic.” Another element Sherman uses is evidence. Sherman describes a variety of techniques many documentarians use to convey certain beliefs or ideas, and she shows these descriptions by using other filmmakers and other works of texts as examples of what she wants to explain. A third element she uses is analysis. Right after (or sometimes even before) she gives us the evidence, she gives us a summary/a more descriptive view on the text/quote she use.

Sharon R. Sherman uses many of Harvey’s “Elements” to convey her meaning and other filmmakers of what directors do in terms of manipulating the audience.

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