CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORIES

STORYTELLING

PROMPT:

This is part of the DSLR Storytelling workshop I attended in June 2018 at the Maine Media Workshops + College. The goal of the workshop was to shoot and edit a character-driven video (2-4 minutes) about someone within the Maine community. All shooting and editing was done during the span of one week. 

 

CONCEPT:

My character-driven video was based on Courtney Naliboff who is an teacher, writer, musician, and so much more on the island of North Haven, Maine. For my video I focused on developing interview questions about her transition from the city of Boston to the remote island of North Haven. I was fortunate to visit Courtney on the island, to shoot her playing music at home and at the school as well as capturing details of her life and how this environment has shaped her music. Furthermore I focused on Courtney's musical journey from childhood to adulthood and explanations for the music she was writing on the island. I hope this video inspires people to reflect on the unexpected opportunities life presents to us and our own artistic journey. 

PROMPT:

This was my final project for the class Foundations of Image and Sound at Emerson College. I chose to do a non-fiction project because I was interested in telling stories about real people and looking into their daily lives. My project consists of a character-driven story of José, whose job is working as a hotdog street cart vendor in Downtown Crossing, Boston. 

 

CONCEPT:

The video, José, investigates ideas around a character who wants to interact with his community and give back to people by preparing food that people will enjoy. This story elevates the status of making a hotdog and people who work at street carts. What might seem like a job that is generally overlooked by the public is given a voice through this story. We are able to see the motivation for why someone would choose to work at a street cart or how they feel about the food they prepare.