quickly that coaches Carter, Boone, and Yoast all fit the archetype of
the “good” teacher, but what wasn’t clear upon first viewing is the
particular strategies used in the films to reinforce that fact. Of course,
the storylines and narratives featuring the coaches have a significance
influence in forming this depiction of them as good teachers and
leaders, but I would argue that no storyline in film can be compelling
enough to convince the audience of a deeper meaning without
successful visual aid. Upon further examination of these films, I learned
that the use of strategic organization of characters within the camera
frame, low-angle shots, over-the-shoulder shots, close-up shots, and
differing points of view all contribute to the filmmakers’ portrayals of
these coaches as leaders. Without these aesthetics working to aid in the
representation of these men, I truly believe that depicting them as
leaders and as strong and heroic guidance figures would be nearly
impossible.
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