Our first assignment at Ghetto Film School was to write, shoot, and direct a six minute long non-dialogue short film. Although it was a challenging process for me, Infatuation is the outcome. I used Celtx to write the script pre-production and used AVID to edit post. I hit a lot of bumps along the road, but overall it was a great learning experience. I got to work with industry grade equipment and professionals in the industry. I learned about how important professionalism is, even with a student film, and how much work and planning goes into a short film. I also learned a lot about the industry itself and how to make use of things like shooting schedules and directors notes. Since then, I'd like to think that I've grown as a filmmaker.
During my stay in New York, I took a personal narrative course at NYU. I learned so much more than I ever thought I would about how to get completely open and candid in my work. I worked one on one with different NYU students to get a clear image of what I wanted to say and what was on my mind, and Unplugged was the finished product. It was difficult to completely put my thoughts out there, but it was also so rewarding and I've never been this proud of something that I made. It's composed of a mix of archival footage and my own clips.
mentor & musician: mr. choi
In my documentary class sophomore year, we were asked to pitch and shoot videos for the LA Times High School Insider. My idea was to shoot a short video showcasing the impact that a teacher named Mr. Choi had on campus, since I knew that a lot of students enjoyed his class. After getting approval from my teacher and the other students in my class, I was paired with a classmate to shoot and edit the video. Although it felt like a lot of pressure (since Mr. Choi is someone that I look up to and he was excited about the project) it was also a good learning experience for how to conduct an interview and how to shoot something on a real person instead of a work of fiction. I'm really proud on the way this turned out.
During a course that I took at NYU over the summer, I was instructed to make a film about my community. We had been told beforehand to get different clips and videos that were important to us before going to New York, so I had come prepared with different clips that I had recorded back home. Once there, though, we were told that we were allowed to use archival footage. I took advantage of this knowledge and put together a sort of juxtaposing video, what others see my community as versus how I see it.
echoices magnet promo
This year, the students in my film 2 class and I were selected to shoot a promo by LAUSD for their eChoices magnet program. Throughout the weeks, we'd go out in small groups of 2-3 to shoot b-roll and interview people from different schools throughout LAUSD. At first, I found it difficult to get good b-roll in a classroom setting and to get video of an entire school in just a few hours. As I went on more trips, though, I managed to manage my time better and I became more and more proud of what I was shooting. The screenshots above are from video that I shot. I even got to lead a few of the trips as a unit director! Overall, this was a really great learning experience and I'm now more comfortable with shooting live events. And as a plus, I was able to get my first IMDB credit from this experience, since it was screened across California!
As an assignment in my film course, we were instructed to take a script written by someone else and then break it down and make it into a short film. My team and I took a twenty five page script and cut it down into a six minute short film, which was impressive, but also extremely tough. It was also a learning experience, I learned how to condense long scenes into more concise scenes that left the same impact. I doubled up as a director and lead cinematographer for this assignment.
the toby and the erika
The Toby and the Erika is a short, satirical piece written by me which was chosen to go into production. I then cast, crewed up, and directed the film with different students at my school as the actors. I learned a lot about how key time management is on set.