Convention Films - Wake Forest University

Convention Films - Wake Forest University

Conventions History of Political Conventions Characteristics of Nomination Acceptance Speeches The Modern Convention

Each party define themselves through: 1. Theme 2. Character Scheme 3. Plan for enactment (Farrell) Guest Speakers Scripted Events

Rhetorical Techniques in Convention Speech Polarization Strategy Flag Issue Flag Individual Films

The candidate film is a unique showcase for story telling (Timmerman) There is pleasure in the process of learning about leaders and their lives, their histories, and their personalities that is

maximized in the contemporary media environment. (Perry-Giles) Pictures provide the proof for verbal assertions (Timmerman)

it was used extremely effectively and sort of melded into the whole picture of the last four years. "Return me to office. Here's what I've done for America." Films provide comprehensive,

structured storehouses of mythic images of the president, the country, and its citizens. (Morreale) The Man From Hope Clinton Campaign film, 1992 Democratic National Convention

Strategic counter to questions raised about the candidates character. 11th Hour reinvention of Clintons image. (Novak)

Designed to replace his checkered image with a human persona that was vulnerable, humble, and accessible to ordinary people. (Goldman)

The narrative portrays Clinton as a sincere individual who has taken his lumps in life but has responded positively to them. American Dream Lets the viewer see that dreams enactment in Clintons life and to gain pleasure from the knowledge the

Bill Clinton represents that dream for all of America. (Parry-Giles) I still believe these things are possible. I still believe in the promise of America. I still believe in a place called Hope.

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