Film Synopsis – Upcycle

 

 

 

Film Synopsis:

I plan on following one person in the beginning getting ready to go about their normal day. I want to start with the faucet or shower with running water. Then them walking to a bench at a park or one of Adelphi benches. I want to be sure to get a full shot of the background with a lot of greenery . While they are sitting I am going to have random people/ students walk by each different and throw things or food such as: an apple core, newspaper, empty can, orange/ banana peel, plastic bag, paper ball, etc. . Each of these things will be thrown at the person. I will try to get shots from different angles, and closeups as well. Then I want to either reverse the film to where they were happy or maybe just take a still shot and let the moment set in. After, I want to close out with text saying, “The Earth is living too. If you wouldn’t treat a human begin like this why should we treat our earth like this.” or Maybe a statistic, I have a few in mind.

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Gabrielle Cruz

Professor John Drew

Basic Media Production

 

Documentary Synopsis:

For my documentary I will be creating a character driven film, interviewing one of my fellow dance professors. She is well known within the dance field and extremely innovative with her choreography process. I choose her not only because of her skill, but because of the whole hearted and good person she is. Her personality is a breath of fresh air, and many will like her accent as well. I plan to interview her and ask her questions about how she started dancing, and what she takes into consideration when creating a piece. I also plan on interviewing fellow students and professors in the department as well, and ask them to describe the person she is and how she has influenced their perception on the art of dance. I want to incorporate b-roll of her teaching, as well as meeting with students, working in her office, or even taking the train to her next destination. I would also like to incorporate her piece for this semester’s Dance Adelphi show at the end of the work, or throughout it since I am able to have access to the dancers personally.

Who:

I am interviewing a Adelphi dance professor Adelheid B. Strelick who is well known in her field. Not only is she a phenomenal artist,but she is well educated as well. She has her BFA in Dance from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt Germany as well as MA in Dance Education from NYU. She is well know and had been teaching for 14 years at numerous institutions.

Questions for Interview:

Name?

Where are you from?/ How is that different from here?

What do you do for a living?

What makes you so passionate about this art form?

How would you describe what you do? adj. verbs

What does your work entail?

What’s a typical work week like?

How did you get started?

What do you like about what you do?

What do you dislike?

How much money do Choreographers make?

What education, schooling, or skills are needed to do this?

What is most challenging about what you do?

What is most rewarding?

What advice would you offer someone considering this career?

How much time off do you get/take?

What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

What are your goals/dreams for the future?

What else would you like people to know about you , your job your career?

Escape from a Nazi Death Camp Summary

The documentary I choose to watch was called Escape from a Nazi Death Camp by director Hereward Pelling. This film captures the devastating and heart breaking conditions Jewish citizens had to face in Sobibor, one of the Nazi’s most terrorizing death camps. It follows these prisoners as they plan one of few successful breakouts from a Nazi death camp. During World War II, the Jewish prisoners who were not killed in war were held captive and ordered to complete cruel tasks. The film consists of numerous interviews with the citizens who escaped as they share their tale. These survivors were seen visiting what is left of the remains of the camp today. One man, who was one of the leading forces behind the escape, shared specific details and plans he had made while still incarcerated. This documentary revealed the truth behind a horrific tragedy that happened. I think the b-roll of actors playing out the past events helped bring awareness to these untold stories and documented acts of the intense and gruesome violence the Jewish citizens endured. I also think showing footage of the survivors revisiting the grounds of Sobibor allows the viewer to become emotionally invested to the subject. When interviewing survivors, the passion and emotion was intense and worked with the overall theme of the documentary. I do think that this film left a lasting impression, and is a great way to find out more about the breakout for those interested in this topic.

 

Documentary Synopsis

For my documentary I will be creating a character driven film, interviewing one of my fellow dance professors. She is well known within the dance field and extremely innovative with her choreography process. I choose her not only because of her skill, but because of the whole hearted and good person she is. Her personality is a breath of fresh air, and many will like her accent as well. I plan to interview her and ask her questions about how she started dancing, and what she takes into consideration when creating a piece. I also plan on interviewing fellow students and professors in the department as well, and ask them to describe the person she is and how she has influenced their perception on the art of dance. I want to incorporate b-roll of her teaching, as well as meeting with students, working in her office, or even taking the train to her next destination. I would also like to incorporate her piece for this semester’s Dance Adelphi show at the end of the work, or throughout it since I am able to have access to the dancers personally.

Gabby C Armadillo Summary

The documentary Armadillo, follows a group of young Danish soldiers on a extreme mission to reach an army base in Southern Afghan. It was filmed by documentarian Janus Metz alongside cinematographer Lars Skree, who both accompanied these men on their extensive six month long trip into the field. In this film, we are introduced to these men at the beginning stages of their deployment, showing farewells to their families and heading into an unknown war zone.

Armadillo takes us through each month individually and shows the hard times as well as successful experiences these men shared. It shows their gruesome fight against the Taliban being positioned within a mile radius of their army base, Armadillo. It also allows us to see the action from a first hand experience through the film maker. The narrative arc in this film is the controversial feedback soldiers can get while in tough situations, for example the shoot out with the Taliban. From watching the documentary, we experience the hard times they face everyday while at war trying to protect themselves and their fellow man; which is considered a normal day Afghan.

These Danish soldiers are the main characters and struggle throughout the time making difficult decisions based on instinct. The film made me feel empathy toward the soldiers seeing how they have to live for the past six months constantly on their toes. The filmmakers had to risk their life many times to get some of this intense visual footage. Also, the acts of brutality they endure and scenes they investigate just to make sure the Taliban doesn’t invade and control the neutral citizens is fervent. Thus, we should not judge these men based on quick decision making. If we were in that position, we would act in the same matter to protect ourselves and loved ones. This film had a huge impact on me. It made me wake up to the realization of war, and how many countries deal with this today. This fight against the Taliban is serious and can lead to longlasting issues within our nation. This documentary has enlightened me to see the bigger more harsh image of war and how it is not only affecting the man in it, but the innocent civilians who are surrounded by this environment.

One Minute Film – Storyboard, Character List, and Narrative Arc

Storyboard:

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Shot List:

  1. Long Shot , Title , Sun , Yellow, Red
  2. Zoom, Long shot , Sun
  3. dark , light shining through
  4. close up, see bag/ zoom, zip block , make sure you see writing
  5. Get coffee, pack bag, show mug, add in dialogue
  6. cut, take nap, change of angles
  7. camera change, pan, zoom
  8. close up of keys, dialogue, pan of walking
  9. color light
  10. exit frame, focus on rock, red sweater
  11. zoom in, see writing
  12. Pick up , dialogue
  13. flash back, rewind , fast
  14. wake up zoom in, alarm, cozy warm feeling.

Character List:

Madison Love–  is a brown hair, brown eye girl who is very optimistic person living in Upstate, New York. She is a mid- teen who loves animals and one day wishes to be a Veterinarian. Madison is determined to buy a fish to put in her room and is debating a name for it. Being creative she has a great imagination, and very vivid view on the world.

Dwayne- the rock is a main character in this short film, but is a figure of Madison’s imagination.

Narrative Arc:

Madison is a animal lover who finds herself in a predicament. She has always wanted a fish, so instead she gets a rock. Longing for a best friend she takes this item with her everywhere. She even names him Dwayne “The Rock”. Incorporating comedy within this short film we will see how this story of two best friends unfolds.The narrative twist is that the whole story is a dream, ending with her alarm clock going off.