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Photo Essay Second Draft – Walkes

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February 20, 2012 by leearia

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Visual Explanation

My visual elements will tell the story of Levi Walkes’ struggle as he makes a gluten free cake after wondering what he is going to eat this day after school. Although he will be explaining his condition, as the name of the documentary hints at. There is a lot of focus on this perfect cake, which Levi also mentions through the interview. After completing the cake, he looks unenthused but thinks back to times that his family uplifted him and encouraged him, the way he talks about during the interview. Lastly we return to Levi in the kitchen and his entire countenance has changed. A more hopeful and brighter outlook.

Second Draft of Proposal

In life I believe that when we have something that significantly separates us from what we believe is the norm, we try our best to acclimate ourselves into that perceived norm and hide our differences or what we see as imperfections, in extreme cases and in those that are not so extreme.

The film will show this in action by exploring my subject’s process of choosing something to eat. Because of his high allergies, his search for something to eat may be more frustrating than most.

The main conflict is between the subject and his actions to appear to be like everyone else. The point of view of the film, or its POV character, will be the first person’s point of view of the character. I expect my film’s structure to be determined by the revelation of the interview and the point of view of my subject.

Ultimately I want the audience to feel empathy and to understand that there is always something that makes us or has made us feel different but also empowered through the POV of my character.

My subjects name is Levi Walkes, he was born with an array of allergies, his most prominent ones being an allergy to gluten (an ingredient found in wheat), dairy, eggs, and a good amount of fruits. He is the only boy in his immediate family and has at least ten years between him and any of his other siblings. He just started high school this year in Jamaica, Queens. He is the only one in his entire family that has the allergies that he has and to the extent that he has.

The first action sequence will show Levi searching for something to eat and then baking a special gluten free cake. The agenda for this action sequence is to show the process of looking for something to eat at home, which everyone experiences.

The other action sequence will be with Levi spending time with family and friends who have shaped and empowered him; strengthening him to face his issues with hope.

People should care to watch this film because we all have insecurities that people may be unaware of. Because Levi’s condition is so extreme, but somewhat discrete; it speaks to the struggle that we all face.

My motivation for making this film is to bring to light an interesting situation but still have it be directly relatable to any person.

My intended audience is the people who have a significant difference in their live that they hide, or have hid and also people who ridicule others based on their differences. I assume the positive prejudices are that there are substitutes and special restaurants for everything he cannot eat. The negative ones may be that he can’t eat anything, he’s going to be malnourished and have health problems.

The film style that I’ll be using is digital storytelling and editing style will be reflective of his point of view. The story will be narrated by Levi. I will be using natural light primarily and many close photos sequences to give the slight illusion of movement, and illustrate process.

The climatic sequence will be in the beginning with Levi’s struggle in the kitchen.

 


12 comments »

  1. wlee4 says:

    I think with this story you make it clear what your going to be getting into right from the get go because the visuals can give the impression of a boy who loves food and his family that supports him and how he wishes to pursue something in baking. So Id say maybe incorporate a picture of the allergens since you say he has high allgens

  2. 123aqualight says:

    its great that you are going to do your project about this, i know people out there who have the same problem, and i know its hard to find the right food to eat, without being expensive. its great that he bakes cake with the support of loved ones!

  3. Andres says:

    I really love how you are dramatic and theatrical with your shots. The pictures themselves say so much more, but your brother is obviously the central piece of the narrative and the way you are giving his condition a theme all together is very interesting. This story can go in so many ways to his struggle or getting passed it and use to it on the daily basis. Be careful when it comes to editing it, it’s a strong piece that can go many ways in terms of story.

  4. joonmarie says:

    teehee I see that you’re doing alot of “depth of field” which creates a dramatic effect ^-^ These pictures…by themselves make me smile…so I’m sure that with audio the storytelling will be fluid. I look forward to seeing your piece Ms. Walkes <3

  5. JHomnaut says:

    You have some nice pics, I like how not all of them are completely in focus. I feel like there is a story within a story here.

  6. PhilippeChery says:

    The story seems clear and you have a lot of great pictures so it seems as if you’ll be fine in the visual story aspect. The only thing is to see how they will be put together in way that it will bring the audience in.

  7. kcollins says:

    Without any audio included i already feel bad for him thinking there is nothing he can eat one moment and then happy for him the next that he can go out and still enjoy time with his family. From a time standpoint how will you balance his flashback with the rest of the story?

  8. redrumrebel says:

    Yes so much detail I am going to tell the truth am finding hard to critic in any way what the project is destined to look like. There is so much here you’ve answered all the questions I was going to ask, I guess that only problem I see would be will you have any type of background music and how will it compliment the story.

  9. sdyer says:

    This is a very well written and thorough synopsis. I was going through it trying to find a question and once I came up with one you answered it with the next sentence. The photos look good. I Like how in some pictures the foreground is in focus and the background is out of focus and vice versa. Your subject did a very good job conveying different emotions as well. I can see the frustration on his face.

  10. kevfandino says:

    Your photos looks so cool. Also I like the fact that food allergies are part of your story. Even though I don’t have food allergies the food lover in me always feels bad for people who can eat it all.

  11. uchenna.nwaogu says:

    “My subjects name is Levi Walkes, he was born with an array of allergies, his most prominent ones being an allergy to gluten (an ingredient found in wheat), dairy, eggs, and a good amount of fruits.” This alone makes me wanna watch. The pictures look great. I really like the one where he looks super frustrated. The pictures are really going to help sell the story and just overall make an already good story great

  12. Alfred_Parsard_The_Truth says:

    The story is already powerful just through the use of pictures. I am excited to see how the final product of your project will be. It will be very easy for the viewers to feel some type of emotion when watching.

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