Online Workshop 0.3: Story
Here are a few of our favorites from the final exercise of the third Transom Online Workshop, Assignment: Make a Story:
- Choose either the audio or video medium to produce your final story, no longer than six minutes.
- Schedule and record interviews with your subjects.
- Gather additional elements with the medium you’ve chosen (e.g., get ambience, sounds, b-roll video).
- Edit the best interviews.
- Arrange the best elements and edited-interviews into a coherent narrative.
- Mix the elements into a broadcast-worthy piece with a beginning, middle, and end.
My friend Stacy has been in a fight. She went to a boxing class on a whim, and was pretty bad at boxing at first, but she liked it. A few months later she fought in a sanctioned boxing match, she kinda liked that too.
Approximately 13 million people in the United States are diagnosed with a serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression. Abilify, an antipsychotic medication, is the top selling drug in the United States. Most people believe that those diagnosed with a mental illness have a chemical imbalance that must be treated with medication if they are to ever live a normal life, but there is a growing subset of the population that doesn’t believe that things are that simple. This movement believes that symptoms, even severe symptoms like psychosis and suicidal thoughts, can be managed with little or no medication. Some even view their symptoms as dangerous gifts that make them more in tune with what it is to be human. I talked to one such person, a young mother and college student, about her choice to navigate her madness without medication.
In 1973, my mother gave her first daughter up for adoption. Twenty-eight years later, my half-sister, Erin, contacted my mom. My mom and I drove to San Francisco to meet Erin in a dimly lit sushi restaurant. I hope to speak with Erin about her choice to contact my mom and the implications of her decision, focusing on the days, hours, and minutes leading up to that first meeting.
My mother found out who her father was on her 70th birthday. (Music: “Le fils des etoiles: Prelude du 2e acte: L’Initation” performed by Patrick Cohen from his Satie, E.: Pieces Froides / Gnossiennes / Gymnopedies.)
My grandmother, Annie, talks about her husband’s health, the time when she was most afraid. (Produced for Assignment 3: Video Interview.)