Monthly Archives: April 2012

Creative process

Working on this project has been an interesting experience for me. The group dynamics are actually really interesting, because the four of us are each in a different year of college. As the senior in the group, I would say that I am arguably the laziest. That being said, all of us want to get it done and have roughly similar motivation levels.

During this process, we’ve had a number of successes, but there are also future issues that we will need to contend with, and I will detail some of these successes/issues here.

Our first and most important success was determining the overall vision we had for our project. We had a number of good ideas and it was tough deciding how we wanted to go about making the project both doable for us as well as entertaining and unique for its consumer. Ultimately we settled on using a mix of webcam shots and screen casting of facebook message conversations.

The next success was completing our script. As I write this, almost the entire script is complete. There is still one scene left: the one where my abuse of Sarah is so over the top and extreme that everything breaks. We put a good amount of work into the script thus far, and it captures the emotions we are trying to show very well. This last scene is difficult though, because the original abuse was fairly extreme, and we need some collaboration to complete it.

Another major problem we are having is coordinating our schedule to find good times to meet up. It will be tricky to do the filming and overall work of putting it all together since we all have very different and busy schedules. I generally have the most free time, but I seem to be busy on the days everyone else is free. This will be a challenge but we’ll be able to figure it out and make it work somehow.

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Creative Commons

I have found the creative commons search engine incredibly difficult to use thus far. I’ve been searching for things relevant to dating abuse, but almost everything that comes up is not particularly applicable. For example, when I search for man hitting woman, pictures of couples appear. Definitely not what I’m going for. A search for battered women also doesn’t have anything useful, as with several other searches. So here is a picture of a crying woman in the foreground with another concerned looking on in the background. I think it’s about as close as I will find. Maybe we can somehow tie this in with a scene involving Sara trying to console or give advice to Sarah after she has been abused.

In my search for a song to play, this┬áis the only one I came across that had any relevance whatsoever. It isn’t very good. At all. We definitely shouldn’t use it. But it is about online dating, so it could somehow get thrown in if we change our plot around a little bit. We do plan on doing some facebook chat message scenes for our video, so it could be played in the background, but I’m sure there are better songs out there for it.

As for a relevant video, I figured I would include a video that I was involved in senior year. I already mentioned it earlier in this blog, but it actually does work here. This video is about different forms of rape. The scene on acquaintance rape would actually be a common thing for an abusive relationship. Since rape is any non-consensual sex, even if it is forced from a man on his wife or girlfriend, that could be included in a dating abuse scenario. I don’t know how we could possibly tie another video into the video that we will create though, so I don’t think it will actually be all that useful for the purposes of this project.

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