Cast- Caitlin, Tom, Joe
Film Idea- To re-create a scene from Friends where Joey, Ross, and Chandler are going to play a new game show that Joey is auditioning for Bamboozle. With the film my brother and sister are going to start downstairs, and Caitlin wants to play some Monopoly and Tom agrees to play but when they come upstairs to ask me to play I can’t because I’m trying to figure out how the game of Bamboozle works. Caitlin ends up asking me if she and Tom can help me prepare for the audition, and understand the game of Bamboozle better. Tom isn’t a big fan of Bamboozle because he rather play Monopoly, and it shows as he is sarcastic with some of the answers that he provides throughout the beginning and middle of the film. As we start playing Bamboozle it shows how I’m not able to understand the rules of the game since I have some confusion with the cards and the rules. As the scenes go on from one cut to the next so does the game as the leader change from Tom to Caitlin, and back and forth from there with the suspicion of who’s going to win the practice game. Towards the tale end of the game you see how the characters from myself the host to the contestants Caitlin and Tom start the gain better knowledge of the game where Tom ends up not only loving the game towards the end, but also getting Bamboozle because he picked a Google card, and Caitlin ends up winning the game.
Shots- Medium, Medium close up, close up
The documentary I’ve decided to watch this week was another 30 for 30 film which was Winning Time Reggie Miller vs the New York Knicks. The reason why I selected this documentary is because this is one of my favorite documentaries in sports and in documentaries in general. Winning Time talks about how Reggie Miller became the basketball Hall of Famer that he became. It started with battles with his sister Cheryl Miller who at the time was one of the best female basketball players to be playing basketball, and how Reggie struggled with everyone calling him Cheryl’s brother and living in his sisters shadow. When Reggie Miller was drafted in the first round with the 11th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers there was some outrage by Pacer fans because they wanted to draft the local Indiana star Steve Alford who went 26th overall. The biggest challenge that faced Reggie Miller in his NBA career in the mid to late 90’s was the New York Knicks, and Spike Lee. In game five of the 1994 NBA Playoffs the Pacers traveled to New York to take on the Knicks, and Spike Lee was sitting court side heckling Reggie Miller while Reggie was struggling in the first half, but in the second half Reggie started to score and hit his vintage jump shot. Meanwhile as Reggie was heating up he started to heckle Spike Lee back, and then their was one point in the fourth quarter Reggie Miller hits a clutch three turns towards Spike Lee and puts his hands on his throat as a choking symbol that the Knicks were choking the game away. Pacers now up 3-2 in the series went back to Indiana hoping to close the series out and move on to the NBA Finals, but when the game was on the line and it was winning time for Reggie Miller he missed a crucial free throw that allowed the Knicks to win the game, and the the Pacers went back to New York for game seven and lost the game and the series to the Knicks. Next season in the 1995 playoffs the Pacers and Knicks would met up again with 18 seconds left in game one Reggie Miller did the impossible scoring 8 points in 9 seconds when the Pacers were down 6 points, and the Pacers went on to win game one and the series vs the Knicks in seven games. But once again Reggie fell short in the 1995 playoffs losing the the Orlando Magic. But the sensational thing about the documentary was how a player was able to face defeat one season, and then the very next season come back stronger than ever and have one of the most defining moments in playoff history scoring 8 points in 9 seconds. It was also cool seeing how the feud between Reggie Miller and Spike Lee started with all the trash talking and heckling done between the two men. The documentary explained everything it was supposed too, and that was how Reggie Miller was able to pull off winning time vs the Knicks when in 1994 Reggie struggled to close out the series, but in 1995 Reggie was able to lead the Pacers past the Knicks.
The 30 for 30 ESPN documentary on Bo Jackson who is one of if not the greatest athlete of all time was tremendous to watch whether you were a sports fan or not. Bo Jackson grew up in Alabama with his mother and they were a poor family. In high school he was a three sport athlete running track and field, playing baseball, and playing football all at high levels. Bo was drafted out of high school to play baseball for the New York Yankees, and the Yankees were willing to pay Bo Jackson anything from a quarter million dollars plus depending on what Bo wanted. Bo rejected the Yankees offer since he told his mother that he was going to go to college and become the first member of the family to go to college. Bo accepted a football scholarship to Auburn University since he wanted to stay home, and Alabama told Bo that he wasn’t going to play until late sophomore year early junior year. Auburn was going to play Bo his freshmen year that’s why he elected to go to Auburn university to follow what the sports he participated in while he was in high school which was track and field, baseball, and football. In 1985 which was his senior year of college Bo Jackson won the Heisman Trophy which was the college football version of the MVP. In 1986 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Bo Jackson with the number one overall pick, but since the owner of the Buccaneers Hugh Culverhouse lied to Bo Jackson about a NCAA violation that ruled Bo ineligible to play out the remainder of his baseball season Bo elected not to sign with the Buccaneers and play baseball instead. Bo was drafted in the fourth round of the MLB amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals. While playing baseball Bo showed why he was a tremendous athlete with his unbelievable speed for a man that was 220 pounds, and his power his first home run was almost estimated at 500 feet which was very rare to see in baseball also while taking batting practice he hit the crown of the Royals logo which was located in center field. In 1987 while Bo was making a name for himself in baseball, and just one year after being drafted by the Buccaneers the Los Angles Raiders decided to draft Bo Jackson in the seventh round of the draft. Bo accepted the deal to play for the Raiders, but the Raiders would have to wait until the baseball season concluded then Bo would play football in the NFL as a “hobby”. It was crazy to see a man like Bo Jackson decide to play football as a hobby considering it was and still in one of the most dangerous sports being played. Bo would go on to have a amazing career in both baseball and football, but unfortunately his playing career got cut short due to a serious hip injury he suffered while playing football, and the hip injury would plague him trying to make a comeback since it was incredible hard for Bo to run. Bo Jackson due to his hip injury was forced to retire so short in his playing career playing almost 700 baseball games, and just 34 football games.
What worked about the 30 for 30 documentary about Bo Jackson was that it was a well conducted documentary starting with Bo Jackson’s early days as a youngster growing up in Alabama, and what sports he played. That depicted to those who didn’t know who Bo Jackson was just indeed who Bo was and how he became the person that he is. The the documentary went into Bo’s college life as a great college athlete playing for an instate college at Auburn University. Then from college it was onto the pros as a baseball player for the Royals who then picked up football as a hobby for the Raiders. There’s nothing that I saw that could have made the documentary better their was a group of writers, journalist, coaches, and athletes that talked about the career Bo Jackson. The documentary reveled that Bo Jackson was one of the greatest athletes of all time who was able to succeed at the highest levels of two major sports, and unfortunately how Bo’s career got cut short and what he was doing as a retired athlete.
For my 5-7 minute documentary I was going to talk to one of my close friends who plays soccer at Hofstra University, and who is from a small country Malta which is next to Italy. I was also going to talk to a couple other friends who know my close friend as well and have them talk about how they became friends, and his soccer life. For B roll I was going to record footage of my friend playing for Hofstra.
The HBO documentary of Gasland directed by John Fox the main character showed the effects of how natural gas drilling affected communities in the United States. John Fox lived in Milaville, Pennsylvania was a part of the Marcellus Shale which he said was the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, and a natural gas company offered John Fox along with others in the Marcellus Shale $4,000 plus for each acre of owned land and John Fox would gain over $100,000. John Fox wanted to learn more about natural gas drillings that took place in other areas, and when John Fox traveled and talked to residents in other locations he found out how those residents were suffering through the natural gas drillings. One resident dealt with stomach pains since she along with others were drinking contaminated water. A mother of a family said that she didn’t want to use any water in the house because of how contaminated it was, and she also showed John Fox how the family animals were suffering through the ability not to have water as the cats and horse was losing their hair. When John Fox visited a man he had a note above his sink saying “Do not drink this water” and when the man turned the water on he took a lighter to show that water wasn’t coming out of the sink, but it was natural gas as the natural gas light a fire when it contacted with the lighter. As the film progressed John Fox tried getting in touch with gas industry executives to ask about natural gas, and the problem residents were having with their water system. The mood for me as I was watching bothered me since there were families and animals suffering through the non usage of water that was found at each of house of the residents. I couldn’t imagine going days and maybe even weeks without fresh running water, and every time I turned on the sink or went to take a shower natural gas would come out instead of water. Considering how important water is to the human life it was shocking to see how residents had to adjust their lifestyle because of the natural gas drilling, and the effects of not having fresh water showed with the impact it had with the cats and horse at the one residents house. The difference documentaries have rather than action, horror, comedy, or other genres of movies is that documentaries are based on real events with real storylines like natural gas drillings and the results residents had to deal with that was featured in Gasland. Watching Gasland and the hunt that John Fox was on to fix the problems of natural gas drillings and the results it has on residents was eye opening, and it showed with the awards that John Fox won and was nominated for.
Here is the short film that I have created