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Eamon Kelly Capstone

*PLEASE NOTE: The polished version of my documentary is not yet ready. I have already notified my advisor, my capstone mentor and Mr. Lehmann (with approval) that I will be submitting some of the capstone after the due date. Please stay tuned for the rest of my capstone coming soon!

Abstract

My capstone has already been in motion since the start of my Freshman year at SLA. For my capstone, I decided to create a documentary about the Science Leadership Academy Class of 2016's four years of high school. Over the past four years of working on this long project, I've observed so much how the students evolved from freshman to seniors, which really stands out to me. I already have a film background, so the process of creating this project was not that different from other documentary projects I've worked on. I had to film as much as I can non-stop with my handheld camera for B-Roll, collect at least 50 interviews of the seniors, interview the senior advisors and Mr. Lehmann, and finally begin to edit the entire thing. I have changed how the final product for my capstone would look many times: Now, instead of having it as one feature-length documentary, it has been split up into multiple parts (or episodes). This is to organize the topics I covered, giving each topic their own video, and also so that the audience will be engaged the entire time.

(There will be more coming soon. This is not the whole capstone!)
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Bibliography

Class of 2016 Projects


"How Money Can Affect the Economy." YouTube. Ed. Jordan Meriwether. Kevin Horton, David Leonard, Dylan McKeon, Jordan Meriwether, 8 May 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XbszO9wasI

This is an American History project at SLA during the class of 2016’s junior year. Students describe how a bank system works and the consequences of getting a loan, such as getting into debt. The execution of this project is in the form of a group of students telling ghost stories about debt. I chose this source because I think it is an interesting way to show what students can learn in a history class. The audience will see how creative students get with current history projects.


“Our Device.” Youtube. Ed. Jordan Meriwether. Cameron Hinton, Jordan Meriwether, Brandon Yam, 18 March 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq0Ar7pl8NI

This is an 11th grade physics project in which students had to create a commercial advertising a new product using the laws of physics (a device that can charge any phone using kinetic energy). The use of comedy and a great understanding of the unit learned in physics class is mainly why I chose this source. Audience will see the creativity and, most importantly, the knowledge of what they have learned.


“Act III Scene I Hamlet ’To be or Not to be’” Youtube. Ed. Kevin Courtney. Kevin Courtney, 5 May 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-qieoMsDbY

This is a short film made for an 11th grade english class. The assignment was to reenact a soliloquy from the Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” I chose this source not just because I filmed the video, but also because it shows what pieces of literature SLA students are reading in high school and what they can do creativity-wise.


"Public Service Announcement: Teen Driving | YATW English Project." YouTube. Ed. Lauren Thomas. Morgan Caswell-Warnick, Jiwon Choi, Miles Cruice-Barnett, Michelle Friedman, Dillon Hershey, Zack Hersh, Lauren Hummel, Trinity Middlebrooks, Desmond O'Donovan, Angelica Owens, Andrew Roberts, Anna Sugrue, Rosalie Swana, Lauren Thomas, 6 Apr. 2013. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvBz3BF1cM4&index=5

This is a project done in 9th grade by a group of students who wanted to send a message to the audience about the effects of drunk driving or driving without paying attention in general. The students take roles as fictional people who tell their own stories to the camera about their experiences with getting into car crashes or losing loved ones because of a wreckage. I used this source because I think it will be great to show how students are aware of the outside world, and are willing to share these problems within their school project.


“Bloopers from PSA” Youtube. Ed. Lauren Thomas. Morgan Caswell-Warnick, Jiwon Choi, Miles Cruice-Barnett, Michelle Friedman, Dillon Hershey, Zack Hersh, Lauren Hummel, Trinity Middlebrooks, Desmond O'Donovan, Angelica Owens, Andrew Roberts, Anna Sugrue, Rosalie Swana, Lauren Thomas, 6 Apr. 2013. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvBz3BF1cM4&index=5

This is a video of bloopers from the same english project (right above this source). I like this source because while it is important that I have plenty of project footage, I also want to have footage of students messing up while in the process of creating projects. They are still kids, after all, and I want to make sure that we are all still human, rather than just a group of braniacs.


"Looking For Alaska | Movie Trailer." YouTube. Miles Cruice-Barnett, Joseff Filamor, Dillon Hershey, Lauren Hummel, Jesse Shutter, Lauren Thomas, 6 June 2013. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEQCoxlOiIE&index=6


“Hamlet; Act 3, Scene 2” Ed. Lauren Thomas. Jonas Bromley, Michelle Friedman, Lauren Hummel, Andrew Roberts, Lauren Thomas, 8 May. 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=san2sfZUZws&index=7

This is a short film made for an 11th grade english class. The assignment was to reenact a soliloquy from the Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” I chose this source because it shows what pieces of literature SLA students are reading in high school and what they can do creativity-wise.


“Gini Coefficient | What is Income Inequality?” Ed. Lauren Thomas. Jonas Bromley, Michelle Friedman, Andrew Roberts, Lauren Thomas, 8 May. 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv7MTOUh6UY&index=8

This is an 11th grade project involving a combination of math knowledge and history knowledge. Students illustrate a timeline explaining the Gini Coefficient when it comes to inequality. I chose this because it is important to show that the subjects that SLA students take are not always by themselves; They can be used together at some times to create one big, knowledge-filled project.


“Physics Commercial” Ed. Greta Haskell. Joseff Filamore, Greta Haskell, 18 March 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikf7U7lCoVs&index=9

This is an 11th grade physics project in which students had to create a commercial advertising a new product using the laws of physics (a device that can charge your phone using kinetic energy). The use of comedy and a great understanding of the unit learned in physics class is mainly why I chose this source. Audience will see the creativity and, most importantly, the knowledge of what they have learned.


“Sling TV Superbowl Commercial” Ed. Rafi Hares. Alejandro Bautista-Garcia, Shaion Denny, Rafi Hares, Jada Terell, 27 February 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0l4IJvziAw&index=10

This is an 11th grade Digital Video project in which students must create a commercial that could air during the Super bowl, with a specific budget relating to your time limit. This project focuses on being in debt with your cable bill, in a comedic way. I chose this site because while it does help advertise the product the students are trying to sell, it is mainly the comedy of the commercial that makes it memorable. This can show not only the students’ creativity, but their different types of humor.


“El Maquillaje de Hombres” Ed. Anna Sugrue. Javier Peraza, Anna Sugrue, 2 April 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx3c-zV6OeM&index=11

This is a 10th grade Spanish 2 project. It shows students talking about different types of makeup while using their knowledge of spanish vocabulary and conjugating verbs in the past, present and future tense. I chose this source because it shows the student’s knowledge of a foreign language and how they can use it in modern times. It can also show how students can use their skills in a class in which they must speak entirely in Spanish.


“Father Devine: A Case Study in Charisma” Ed. Leo Levy, 6 June 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG09gRuBVhE&index=17


“Swat Team - Trailer” Ed. August Polite. Josh Berg, Tobi Hahn, August Polite, 29 May 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZvgXW9H5Nw&index=18


“DNN Daily News: K.M. Cruice’s Alternative Currency” Ed. Leo Levy. Melissa Alvarez, Miles Cruice-Barnett, Leo Levy, Michaela Prell, Anna Sugrue, 8 May 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89TniT9jvp8&index=19


“Javier Peraza ‘What STEM Means To Me’” Ed. Javier Peraza, 19 March 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UBtQS5uDio&index=21


Enerkey®” Ed. Zack Hersh, 19 March 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqojzSaR900


“The Value of the Dollar” Ed. Zack Hersh. Mitchell Berven-Stotz, Zack Hersh, Lauren Hummel, Javier Peraza, Zoe Schwingel-Sauer, 8 May 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a83fKK57Kk


“Physics commercial Q3 BM” Ed. Zoe Schwingel-Sauer. Jiwon Choi, Tobi Hahn, Trinity Middlebrooks, Zoe Schwingel-Sauer, 19 March 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5KtrnJZfBQ


“math bm q4 Zoe, Javier, Brandon, Jiwon, Nebil” Ed. Zoe Schwingel-Sauer. Jiwon Choi, Nebil Ibrahim, Javier Peraza, Zoe Schwingel-Sauer, Brandon Yam, 3 May 2014. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ3dBEYile0&index=25


“Floating Pwing-Pwing (Full Ver.)” Ed. Tiarra Bell. Tiarra Bell, Ashlye Fitzmaurice, Rifah Islam, Tianna Mcnair, 2 October 2014, Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hZbpdyPK0g


“A Normal Day in Class at SLA” Ed. Jackie Middleswarth, 22 January 2013. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSov81VVd6k&index=27


“Apple Jacked” Ed. Tamira Bell. Tamira Bell, Alajandro Bautista-Garcia, Felix D’Hermillion, Rafi Hares, Rosalie Swana, 10 April 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dis3Rc7WO70


“Amanda’s Promposal” Ed. Melissa Alvarez. Melissa Alvarez, Noah Caruso, Amanda Theiu, 19 February 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTT4WuPoWf4


“Introducing the KeyBulb: Innovation in Self-Powered Technology” Ed. Stephanie Dyson, 18 March 2015. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM31lYEV9wU&index=30


“lab” Ed. Rosalie Swana, 29 January 2014. Web. Sept. 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL9sCRv4WbQ


Teacher Interview Sources

“Brad Latimer and Larissa Pahomov Interview.” Personal interview. 20 Nov. 2015



“John Kamal Interview.” Personal interview. 13 Nov. 2015



“Mark Bey Interview.” Personal interview. 13. Nov. 2015



“Melanie Manuel and Steph Sessa Interview.” Personal interview. 12 Nov. 2015



"Pearl Jonas Interview." Personal interview. 9 Nov. 2015



“Pia Martin Interview.” Personal interview. 16 Nov. 2015


Senior Interview Sources

“Alfaro-Allah, Soledad Interview.” Personal interview. 2 Feb. 2016



“Courtney, Kevin Interview.” Personal interview. 29 Jan. 2016



“Dyson, Stephanie Interview.” Personal interview. 19 Jan. 2016



“Hummel, Lauren Interview.” Personal interview. 20 Jan. 2016



“Nocella, Veronica Interview.” Personal interview. 29 Jan. 2016



“O’Donovan, Desmond Interview.” Personal interview. 28 Jan. 2016



“Prell, Michaela Interview.” Personal interview. 29 Jan. 2016



“Schwingel-Sauer, Zoe Interview.” Personal interview. 2 Feb. 2016



“Sorgentoni, Gina Interview.” Personal interview. 21 Jan. 2016



“Stuart, Amelia Interview.” Personal interview. 3 Feb. 2016



“Weathers-Fowler, Mia Interview.” Personal interview. 4 Feb. 2016




Other Sources

"Frederick Wiseman's HIGH SCHOOL." Videology Bar Cinema. EV Made, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 03 Feb. 2016.

http://videologybarandcinema.com/events/frederick-wisemans-high-school/

This is a website talking about the 1968 film, “High School” by director Frederick Wiseman. It shows the director’s inspiration for the film and why he chose certain camera techniques. He did the trailer for the film in mostly close-ups, which is similar to how a mockumentary is shot. I used this sources for inspiration for my cinematography choices for the film. For the majority of my footage, I am using this source for mainly the editing style.