Documentaries have always been something I am interested in and something I watch when bored on Netflix. They seem to have emotional appeals that connect to the audience without even trying. Although, I have not experienced any type of murder, drug addiction or crazy family history I feel as if I feel every emotion that each of the documentaries portrays and that is typically why I feel so invested. In this blog, I will talk about the long-form documentary series Making of a Murder and how it differs from a normal documentary, the emotional and intellectual investment I had in the story and how this compared to a meaningful time of television.
First, this multi-episode documentary series differs from a feature-length documentary film in many different ways. I personally think of the multi-episode series and feature-length film like a reality television verse a movie. In the reality television, each show essentially builds off one another and at the end, they leave you guessing when the next show will be on and what drama it will bring. This makes the viewer eager to continue watching the series and allows for a lot more information to be given because they are able to have more time to go into depth. In the end, a reality television series or a multi-episode documentary series have a lot in common in the way the layout is, and how they are able to give off information. Whereas a feature-length film is more like a movie. This is because a movie only had a certain time to go over one plot line and reveal so much information. Typically they follow a chronological time sequence when doing so and the same with a feature-length documentary film. They are not able to go into much detail about follow up situations or start a different plot line, with that being said it is easy for viewers to watch one documentary and have answers. But the multi-episode series is more interesting for a viewer to watch.
Next, is the emotional and intellectual investment that I personally ad in the story. I never thought that I would like a murder show, as some of the things freak me out a little. But this was in fact so interesting and I got so emotionally invested I continued to watch the rest of the series. This series starts off by talking about Steven Avery and how he was accused of a murder and why he was arrested. The first episode was a bit tedious, because of all the information they put forth to give background on this true story. The second episode was where emotions started to surface between legislators wanting Avery to take pictures with them to a search party that was held for friends and family to get ahold of car keys. This episode had amazing graphics that allowed many to feel as if they were there. I think for me personally why I got so emotionally attached was because of how they revealed information. It was not that I actually wanted to be interested or cared about Avery, it was that I wanted to know the story and information that each detective found out. That is why I continued to watch more episodes because I was emotionally invested and felt as if the characters were someone I knew personally.
Lastly, this compared to a meaningful time of television because of the investment I had in the show. The aesthetics and dialogues are pretty amazing in this specific film. Because it is based off a true story and most of the film was made during the actual cases the dialog presented was very true and that is what made each viewer feel so connected. The aesthetics of this particular documentary were very interesting because they were so natural. Each scene that was recreated seemed as if they did it right then and there and the ones already filmed were very good quality. All in all, this particular documentary was very interesting and if anyone is bored I would highly recommend watching it.