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Malik Tlili, Symone Smith NHD Presentation

​Our final Product revolves around the Declaration of Independence. The events taking place during this time period involving the separation from Britain were Revolutionary. Therefore we chose this topic to Connect to the NHD theme. The Declaration also needed many revisions and alterations. This Leads to the theme of reformation. Symone and I found these reformations interesting for there must be reasons behing the revisions. We therefore Created this site containing the Analysis of these revisions as well as other key information pertaining the Declaration. 

Click here to view the website. The annotated bibliography, process paper and title page can be found in the "More tab"
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The Universal Box: Television in America, J.Pullins

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The topic in which I chose to explore with my National History Day project was both the American television industry, and television itself. I chose this topic as it is one that both excites and interests me immensely. Also, I believe that since its inception to now, television, like no other invention, as went from simply a social fad enjoyed by the rich to an essential and necessary part of life, capable of providing vital facets in daily life. Since its invention and rise to popularity, television has paralleled the trajectory of American history itself.



With the the sources and tools available, I believed that the greatest way of presenting this to an audience was using a documentary. I believe that not only will it allow me to utilize my sources, but also providing an interesting parallel to television itself, as the art form of documentaries, just like television, is a visual medium. The greatest challenge was creating a piece that not only did justice to the original work, but was also not a mere republication of the original work either. It was very important to me that this documentary was a cinematic adaption of the original paper, and not simply the original paper in visual form.



If you would like to see my process paper in full, as well as my annotated bibliography, click here.


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Sierra Dinvil - USHQ3BM

For this quarter in History, we have been expanding on the NHD papers that we worked on the previous quarter. This was done by creating performances, documentaries, and websites. I chose to do a documentary to display my ideas. Here is the link to my project.
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MMiddlebrooks & MPyfrom NHD-Performance Piece

To view our title page, process paper and annotated bibliography, click here.

Here is a little snippet to see the whole play, click here.  

ACT 1

Scene 1: Patient, Doctor Confidentiality

DOCTOR:

(Pacing)

By law, I am forbidden to disclose a patient's medical information without warrant or court order. But as a psychologist you must imagine that I hear some of the craziest stories.

(Stops pacing and talks to the audience)

I mean just last week there was this guy... Wait

(Chuckles)

If I go off on a tangent, I'll never come back. What you are about to bare witness to is a subject matter that has troubled our great nation for a great deal of time. She has been hurting, confused. I tell you all this because we are all share a common love for this great nation and if she is troubled, so are we. I only ask you to listen and observe. And if by chance you happen to be stuck by what you see, then join me. Join in the battle for awareness. This story can be hidden no longer.



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"Drive" Film Review

           The movie Drive, starring Ryan Gosling (Driver) and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is about a Hollywood stuntman who finds himself in a troubled situation when he tries to help his neighbor’s husband collect some money to pay off dues.

            This was a very interesting movie. I can’t say that I enjoyed the characters, but the camera angles, soundtrack, and use of lighting were absolutely amazing. The use of camera angles is what truly set the tone of this movie. Throughout the film, I noticed that many of the scenes were shot from an upward angle to give Ryan Gosling (Driver) an intimidating feel, and make him a bit of a scary character. A perfect example of this is when Ryan Gosling is walking towards the dressing room with the hammer in his hand, and because this scene was shot in an upward angle, it made him seem very intimidating. Another scene that shows a great example as to why the camera angles were such a key element in this film is when Ryan Gosling enters his apartment for the first time. The camera angle that the director used for this scene allowed for Ryan Gosling’s shadow to block out the light shining through the window and create a perfect outline of himself, which for me, introduced Ryan Gosling’s character; a very mysterious, and creepy person.

            The next most important element was the soundtrack. The entire film was very dark and mysterious, and the songs that the director used did not match the tone of the movie very well because they were more on the “cheerful” side and outgoing, which made the movie even more eerie than it already was. The soundtrack also really added to Ryan Gosling’s character, and made him more threatening, and even scary at times.

            The third most important element was the lighting. Most of the film consisted of scenes that were very dim (disregarding that we watched it on the projector), which also really set the tone of the movie along with the camera angles and soundtrack. The little amount of lighting that was used consistently throughout the film added to the mysterious, and threatening side of Ryan Gosling’s character as well. However, the lighting had the most effectiveness during the elevator scene, when it was dimmed down, to focus in on the kiss between Driver and Irene. The use of lighting during this particular scene showed the importance of it, and that it was not only a turning point in the story, but also a huge turning point for Driver as well.

            There were many amazing scenes in this film, all of which were amazing because of the camera angles, soundtrack, and lighting. As I said before, one of the most important scenes in this film was the elevator scene when Driver kissed Irene for the first and last time. The way the lighting was used in this scene made it one of the most important because it added to the fact that that specific moment in the film was a game changer. Another important scene in this film was when Driver was walking towards the dressing room with the hammer in his hand. The camera angles used in this scene are what made it stand out because it made Driver seem very threatening, and someone that is not to be messed with. The scene that took place right after Driver was walking towards the dressing room is when Driver is on the phone with Nino standing over his henchman. For this particular scene, the camera was low to the ground facing up at Driver’s face with his hand gripped tightly around the hammer, which showed the side of Driver that he was trying to hide from Irene.

            Finally, the most important part of the movie for me was the beginning sequence. This is because all of the scenes that made up the intro of the movie were shot within the car, and made me understand the complexity of the storyline of the movie, and the style and flow of the movie as well. Also, the very little dialogue that Driver had in the beginning of the film made me develop an understanding of his character.

            I would have to say that he most compelling as well as most important storyline of Drive had to be the feelings between Driver and Irene because it developed and set up the start for the second storyline. If Driver and Irene didn’t develop a relationship, there would not have been another storyline within the film.

            It was excellent how the two storylines were woven together, however, the storyline between Driver and Irene was frustrating for me at times because there wasn’t much dialogue exchanged between them, which made it hard for me to connect to that part of the film.

            When it comes to the thematic elements, Drive was an amazing film, a work of art. However, I’m not sure whether or not I liked the characters of the film, especially Driver, because he didn’t have much dialogue, and not much of a personality to me as well. Although the lack of dialogue that Driver had made me very curious as to whom he was, and his background, it was still annoying for me at times. Overall, Driver was an excellent film, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is very much into watching movies, and focusing on the thematic elements.

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Winston Wright & Ryan Harris - "The Space Race"

For the 3rd quarter benchmark, we chose to make a documentary on the Space Race of the 1960s and the reformation ,revolution, and reaction of the American people during this time in history. Regarding the literal scientific evolution of humanity, the Space Race was vital in propelling humanity into the future. In being a sci-fi fan/aspiring scientist myself, I would constantly here the scientific community talk about the good ole’ days of the 1960s when everyone cared about space. During the decade, the American people were immersed in a national consciousness regarding beating the USSR to space. It was very easy to see how the Space Race changed the United States. It gave the citizens of the U.S things to dream about, and offered new insight on how science and mathematics can be looked at upon as a positive in schools. We did not include this in our documentary, but the mass production of personal computers really did diminish the love for search and discovery in the United States. Most scientist agree that after the cancellation of the Apollo missions ,and the progression of American life after 1970 came the true end of science in space.

Click here to view our title page, process paper, and annotated bibliography:

http://tinyurl.com/78qwhl3


The Space Race (sin annotated bibliography)
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3rd Quarter NHD Benchmark

For 3rd Quarter benchmark i decided to make a website. My NHD topic was AVIATION REVOLUTION.
I decided to choose this topic because i wanted to work for revolution of anything so i decided to pick revolution of aviation. The history of airplanes has many revolutionary stages and it passes from many modified forms and todays aircraft has improved a lot that if it is compared with its history, it is unbelievable to learn that how much importance it has got now and how much important it has become for our lives. 

Link to google doc: 

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=18Bkbb5YsTxK6NwiYAn61SCUc2R3cmuppCL4jJmW_TEo 


Link to Website:

 https://sites.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/aviationrevolution/ 



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Morgan Marant "A Flapping Revolution"

The topic for my paper is the revolution of women’s fashion and rights in the 1920’s. I’ve always had a love for fashion and when I went looking for a topic, I knew that I wanted fashion to be apart of my project. The NHD topic for 2012 was Revolution, Reaction and Reform and there was a definite time period in American history where fashion was revolutionized; the 1920’s. Women began to revolt against their typical roles in society and they began cutting their hair and wearing make up. I also noticed that in correlation with that time period began a period of revolt by women for women’s rights. I began to compare the two revolts and I cam up with my own theory that they were very closely related and that women’s fashions inspired the women’s rights movement.

My Google Doc
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History of Wall Street Q3 BM

Link to product: Our Weebly Site

Our Google Doc: here

Created by Danny Wirt and Alex Johnson. 

         The recent events that have occurred on Wall Street have sparked an interest in Alex and I. Both Alex and I were fascinated around the entire idea and so we decided to take up the challenge of looking back and investigating the history of Wall Streets protests. The ideas behind the protests, the reasons that they happened, the reasons why Wall Street was such a hot destination for protestors were all things that caught our attention and our eagerness for learning. Since the theme of this years National History Day was revolution, reaction, and reform, we felt as though using Wall Street was the perfect topic to use for the theme. Through the long history of Wall Street, there have been many revolutions, which has resulted in reaction and thus reform.

         After finding our topic, we both branched out and studied a lot about Wall Street. We studied the history of it, we studied documents, and compared past protests to later ones. We watched videos and documentaries on Wall Street. We really wanted to make sure that we fully understood the diversity and complexity of Wall Street. We found that Wall Street is more then just a place where people go to trade stock.

         After we finished researching as much as we could we decided to meet together and share our ideas together. We used our collaborative research to create a published piece of work. After much thought we decided that a website would be most effective at displaying what we have learned. We split up the tabs in the website according to the century that the protests occurred. We decided to include a timeline page with a very useful map that we found. It allows the viewer to go to different locations where protesters occurred and read a little bit about them and also see the year that they occurred. It was a nice useful and interactive feature for the viewer.

         Revolution, a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. Reaction, action in response to some influence, event, etc. Reform, to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc. These three terms are simply the way Wall Street works. Perhaps something happens and the people want change. This creates a revolution, in which a reaction is only inevitable, and thus when the reaction gets noticed there is reform, a change. Wall Street is a place where stock is traded, money is gained, and is essentially, a spotlight for the United States.      

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Q3 NHD Benchmark

By: Amanda Millatt, Natalee Schiavoni, Jessica Hinton

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Our documentary is about Child Labor during the 1900s. In the documentary, we discuss how it had an effect on children, and how it effected the government/economy. Child Labor took place for many years, and in some countries still continues to go on today.
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Stephen Holts and Ruben Burenstein - "Peanut Butter and Assembly Lines"

We chose to make a documentary about the Model T because we believe that the assembly line “modelled” mass production today. We don’t think we would live in the society we do had it not been for Henry Ford’s revolutionary tweak on an older production method. We tried to imagine a world without the assembly line as Ford designed it, and we agreed that it wasn’t a very happy place. We imagined a time where no one had what they needed because they people that were in charge of making those things were behind due to making everything the “old fashioned way”. A world without mass production isn’t a very American one.

Enjoy!


Click here to see our title page, process paper, and our annotative bibliography!



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A Name to Change the World

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So When i first started working on this project I tried to think of a topic that would be beneficial for me to research and something that would be a topic that most people would not want to dabble with. So I start thinking of really grey area and sensitive topics that aren't really talked highlighted in schools. After a while I decided on doing a paper on religion. It was a topic that I was recently getting interested in and wanted to do some deep digging into and so I figured why not kill two birds with one stone. All the research that I wanted to do could be done in depth for a school project and so i began my research... Continue Here

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BPerrin NHD

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My topic for National History Day is The Evolution of Music. Over time music has changed and adapted to people based on the area they were living in. The time period that I decided to focus on was The Harlem Renaissance when jazz was starting to get noticed more. I will also be discussing music before this time period and music today so that I can compare and contrast.

The Evolution Of Music
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Drive Movie Review by Anwar Abdul-Qawi

“If I drive for you, you get your money. That's a guarantee. You tell me where we start, where we're goin', where we goin' afterwards, I give you five minutes when we get there. Anything happens in that five minutes then I'm yours, no matter what. Anything a minute either side of that and you're on your own. I don't sit in while you're running it down. I don't carry a gun. I drive.”  - Driver

Drive is a movie different from what we’ve seen in awhile. It’s style, the music, the vibe, just the whole feel around this film opens your mind, and put’s you in a rare world full of surprises.

  In the opening first scene, the viewer hit hard with Driver’s (Ryan Gosling) first words. We are given a glimpse of this odd character, and with no emotion to go off of, the only thing the viewer is forced to hold on to, is the meanings behind his words, as he talks on the phone running down his code, “I drive.”

Be warned if you go into this movie expected your regular “The Transporter”, type feel, you will be wrong. Drive more of an art apposed to just a straight up film. Different aspects of the film such as lighting, dialogue, setting, and the big question, “Why this day?” Meaning why should we care about this character? What makes this driver such an important aspect of the film that the viewer should pay attention to him? These are all questions that the director Nicolas Winding Refn was ready to answer.

  At the beginning the viewer is shown “the driver” standing in a room on a cell phone. He isn’t having a conversation with the person on the other end, he is more so telling his business, and what he will and will not do. He is not up for negotiation. This means that whoever is on the other end of the phone has to accept the meaning of the words, “I drive.”

  So without spoiling too much of this great film, Ryan Gosling plays the nameless character known as “Driver”, or at times “the Kid.” He is a loner, and the viewer isn’t given much detail of his past, meaning that the viewer doesn’t know what he is capable of. What we are given the impression of at first is that he is a serious, quite character who is experienced at driving. By day he is a stunt driver for movies, and by night he is helping criminals make clean getaways from the police. A kind of character who we can’t judge as a good, or bad guy at first hand.

So we are introduced to other important characters like his boss at a garage named Shannon, but the main characters that result in “Driver” showing his true colors, is a mother named Irene, and her child Benicio. We find out that the father is in jail, and that she is basically alone. So again without giving too much, it is obvious to see that,”Driver” starts to hang around the family, and become close to them growing a relationship with them.

  The story then takes a major turn for,”Driver,” when he finds out that the husband is on his way back from prison. The husband gets into a money problem, and,”Driver,” decides to help out, (since he has experience in that field.” Of course the job goes horribly wrong, and now, “Driver,” is forced to the edge and has to fight back to protect Irene, her child, and himself from the threat that faces them.

  The whole theme, the entire feel you get out of;”Drive” has an insane retro vibe to it, from the amazing choices in music, to the mysterious scorpion jacket the main character wears throughout the film. Visually the film is beautiful after the first sequence with him escaping the cops, the opening credits were amazing to look at. The song used in the opening credits was, “Nightcall” by Kavinsky, and what is really interesting about this song, is that throughout it there is a certain line that relates to the main character. “There is something inside you, it’s hard to explain, they’re talking about you boy, but you’re still the same.”

Hearing this song as you watch an expressionless Ryan Gosling drive around a nightlife city of California really puts you in the mood. But it makes me think that there might be something odd, or wrong with this character. Since like in the song, there is something about that is hard to explain. Meaning that when we finish the movie we will find that the characters that interact with him have an odd relationship with him, because of the way he acts. And maybe the viewer still won’t understand him, and we will be, “talking about him, but he is still the same.”  In that montage sequence when he enters his apartment the music fades down, and you see,” Driver” just staring into his room, and in perfect sync with the music he turns around, and turns out the light, and it jumps back to him being in the car driving around. That small scene was mind-blowing, just how they were able to have the click of the light switch sync with the single beat that restarted the song.

  That scene made me realize something really important about the character. The most important relationship isn’t him with the family, or with his boss, the most important relationship is with him and driving in general. I went into the movie expecting over the top car chases, and etc. But you will see that the movie isn’t called,” Drive,” because it’s about car chasing and action. It is his life, and the only thing he can hold on to. He drives as a stuntman, he drives as a getaway driver, he drives to think about his problems, or to forget them, and he drives to just think in general, and lastly for happiness.

  The opening credits clearly show that he is driving around but never show you where he goes, they just show his face, and give you the impression that he is in deep thought. Later we see him a stunt man, but when he meets the family there is another amazing sequence, where he decides to drive them home because of their car problems. The reason why this scene is very important is because it shows him laughing, and smiling which is rare for his character. The song that plays as they drive to a river is “ A Real Hero,” by Electric Youth, College. In the song it is repeated, “A real hero, a real human being,” showing that this is what this character wants to be, this is what’s making him happy. He wants to be a hero and help this family, and he feels like a real person when he is around them.

Lastly on the topic of music there is another sequence that is really interesting. It occurs after,” Driver,” is informed about the husband, named,” Standard” is on his way back. Meaning that the main character could lose that one thing that makes him feels like a “real human being.” So there is a welcoming back party for him, and the song that is playing is,” Under Your Spell” by Desire. And as the song plays it shows the main character in the dark working on something, but he seems to be troubled, and can’t really focus. And as the song plays it cuts to the party and Irene looking at her husband, and then cuts back to Driver. And in this sequence the song repeats the lines, “I don’t eat, I don’t sleep, I do nothing but think of you.” This was another amazing scene because we know that Irene is starting to become torn between the two so when it jumps back at forth at both men, it shows what’s going on in her mind with anyone, or without her saying it. Also the same for Driver. We are used to seeing his character acting as if he doesn’t care about anything, but we see him now struggling to focus, so he leaves. When he does he sees Irene sitting in the hallway, and the music is muffled which is really cool. Because they were able to kill two birds with one stone using this song. They used it just as music for the scene, but then showed the viewer that the party is actually playing this song, and the characters themselves can hear, it and hear the words. After that there is a scene that occurs that I will go over later, but after it occurs, we see him in his car driving, without us knowing his destination. He is driving to because it helps him cope with his problems.

  I said it before, but the music in this film is perfect, and if not it is fairly close to being it. It does not jam popular world songs that people recognize down your throat, it gives you music that normally you wouldn’t listen to, but makes it fit. As far as dialogue all of the characters have really interesting lines, but there are high chances that the Driver’s dialogue is the most interesting. His character speaks very little, so it is a shock when he does explode in rage. To some this may seem awkward to some people, when he gives a short response to a long question. Also another thing that adds to his character is his pauses in conversation. This may turn you off depending on how you feel, but personally I enjoyed it. It was different, and really experienced his character.

One of my favorite scenes that had great dialogue that somewhat frightened me was when the husband, firsts meet driver.

[Standard comes out of the apartment with Benicio as Driver is talking to Irene]
Standard:
 How you doin'?
Driver:
 Hi.
Standard:
 This guy's been tellin' me a lot about you. Says you've been uh...comin' around, helpin' out a lot. Yeah, helpin' out? Is that right?
[Driver doesn't reply but smiles]
Standard:
 Is that right?
Driver:
 Mmhmm.
Standard:
 Oh, that's very nice. That's nice of you, thank you.
Driver:
 You're welcome.
Standard:
 You drive for the movies?
Driver:
 Yeah.
[referring to the garbage bag he's carrying]
Irene:
 I can take that.
Standard: No. No. I go it.
[to Benicio]
Standard:
 Let mommy talk to her friend.

This scene was very tense. The tone in Standard’s voice was scary, and violent and gave the viewer the feeling that a fight was going to break out. I enjoyed Driver’s character a lot during this scene because he didn’t seem scared; it was hard to read his emotions. It was clear to see that Irene was in fear that a fight would break out. Standard seemed to be bothered, and was probably expecting Driver to respond in away that a fight would start. But the way he responded didn’t give anything for Standard to take in. He could not read driver, so he didn’t know what kind of person he was.

  There are times where driver is quite, but he has his moments when his character is really troubled, his character is frightening to look at.

In one scene he is a café and man walks up to him talking about pulling a job with him. And instead of giving a short answer, like,”yes, maybe, sure” he took control of the conversation. In the previous example we see driver was not in control on the conversation with Standard he was playing defense. It occurs when he is serious, or angered when he quickly takes control of the conversation. So when the man asked him for another heist, driver responded,

 “How about this? Shut your mouth, or I'll kick your teeth down your throat and I'll shut it for you.”

  It is amazing how this character can catch you off guard. We do not know anything about him, we don’t know about the things he has done, or been exposed to. So when see a soft spoken, quite guy we expect him to hold that character, but when he erupts, its scary because when he said that line above to the man, he wasn’t screaming or yelling. He said it calm, but sharp voice that gave you the impression that he was going to do it, and also another great thing with that, when the man left, driver’s eyes stayed on him until he left. 

  But lastly as far dialogue, one of the best from driver is towards the end. It is when Shannon tells the thugs about Irene, and it is the first time we see and hear driver curse, and yell.

 [Driver meets Shannon after he's killed one of Nino's thugs in front of Irene]

Driver: They came to my apartment, Shannon. How did they know where I live?
Shannon:
 I told you, I was gonna call Bernie. I just wanted him to know that...that it wasn't about that you're not interested in the money. That you...you just did it for the girl.
[suddenly Driver grabs Shannon by the throat in anger]
Shannon:
 Calm down!
Driver:
 You told them about Irene?
Shannon:
 Calm down, kid! That's it! Just calm down!
Driver:
 You told them about Irene?
Shannon:
 I just...I just wanted him to know, that as soon as you return the money, that was the end of it. That's all! I didn't know! How was I supposed to know? How was I supposed to know that? Okay? Look, let me just...let me just talk to Bernie, okay?
Driver:
 Why you gotta fuck everything up, Shannon? Huh? Why do you fuck everything up? Get the fuck out of here, and never come back.

  This scene was very impactful because this is the first time we see driver falling apart, throughout the film he does kill, but he always seems to remain calm, but here, he yells,” YOU TOLD THEM ABOUT IRENE”. It was unexpected and I had to see if it was actually him speaking but I was expecting him to curse, and yell he way he did.

  Visually the movie is wonderful, from the amazing camera angles to, insane lighting effects, this movie has it all. A great component this movie does extremely well is getting really great angles. Since a lot of the time we are in the car, they make great use of the rear view mirror. So when we do not see driver’s face, we can see his eyes, and what they are doing. A really great shot as far as camera was when he decided to give the family a ride. When he asked if they wanted to see something cool. The camera was in a position so that driver was in the shot, and Irene was in the shot. But Benicio wasn’t, but because of the rear view mirror that was in the shot we could see his head. So instead of the camera changing to his face, when Irene asked if the wanted to see something cool, we could see his head nod yes in the mirror. It was an amazing shot.

  As far as lighting on of the best scenes in the film was the elevator. When he gets into a fight in front of Irene. When he senses danger he kisses her and as they kiss, the lighting starts to dim down, and the soft music starts to play that normally plays when he is with her, but the music starts to get violent and the light comes back on, and he quickly snaps and attacks. This scene was beautiful. The editing was very well done. What they decided to show, the different angles given. Mostly it shines in the car. They did a great job giving you the fell that you are in the car with driver.  

  The set up was great as well they took you to very distinct places, which was very interesting. Normally in driving movies you are distracted by random people walking by, or certain structures. In Drive, I found myself glued on the main characters, and the locations. From the elevator, to a pizzeria, even to the outback of California.

  None of the characters seem to have a good relationship with another. The two villains, or bad guys, aren’t always on the same page. One thinks he is bigger than he actually is, the other, is just trying to clean up a mess made by the other. Irene and her husband being in jail must have caused major problems. Driver and Shannon not being able to keep his mouth shut, and many more.

Lastly I would like to go over Drivers character, and one of the biggest props in the film, his scorpion jacket. Towards the end of the film when he is having a conversation with the final villain, the villain says, “Do you know the story of the scorpion and the frog?” and that’s it. He doesn’t go into detail with it. But if you know the story with it being about a scorpion that wants to cross the river on the back of the frog, and the frog says no because he doesn’t want to get stung, and finally the frog lets him ride. Then halfway through the frog gets stung, and he asks why now we both are going to die, and the scorpion replies it’s in my nature. This explains the main character perfectly. His jacket incorporates a lot of the different aspects of the film, music, camera angles, lighting, and special effects. The reason why is because Ryan Gosling’s character wants to help out, he wants to be a real hero, meaning he wants to be a real human being. But it is in his nature to mess everything up. So just like it is in the nature for the scorpion to sting, it is in his nature to ruin things. The jacket incorporates music because it was used in the opening credits to for shadow certain events. The camera only showed him walking but focused on the scorpion and focused on Irene walking by him. Showing that he was going to meet her soon and hurt her. Every time he does something bad, or misses up it shows his scorpion on his jacket. So the first time this occurs is in the opening scene to for shadow the up coming events. The second time is when pulls of the job with Standard and it goes wrong. And he calls Irene to tell her the news.  But when he does that the camera focuses on his back as he tries to call her. So he tries to help out with the heist, and it goes wrong resulting in the husband’s death, making things worse. So he wants to call Irene to help out more, but she doesn’t answer, then later he kills two people trying to kill him. And gets stained with their blood on his jacket. So he know he has the blood on his victims that he has stung on his jacket. Next he goes to find someone who was responsible and attacks him, but before he does the camera shows his scorpion and then shows him attacking the man. Next the elevator scene used amazing lighting for this scene. Once again driver wants to set things straight and help but as they get on the elevator with this mysterious man, driver knows that he can’t have what he wants, to he kisses Irene, and then stomps the man’s head in getting blood all over his jacket, and as the Irene steps out and watches drivers scorpion unleashed the camera shows his scorpion and shows his heavy breathing making the scorpion move. 

  So basically driver is a dangerous person, he wants to be with someone but he fears that he is too dangerous to be around others. And even though he wants to hide his stinger from Irene, and show that he can be a real human being, in the end it turns out that he is just an animal, a scorpion and leaves a trail of destruction in his path.

  In the end of the film, it is amazing without spoiling anything it is amazing how the elevator plays a big character. It is important at the beginning of driver and Irene’s relationship, and the end to it, and it is amazing to see how when the film ends it starts over from the beginning. I am not going to say anymore on that topic. But when you watch it you will understand the meaning behind it. Even thought this film has to set of storylines, one being focused on the threat, and driving, and the other being Irene. I think that both fall short without each other. None of them are that great to stand-alone. It is only together to see that it is amazing how this film can balance out two plots.

  I give Drive a 9.5 /10 this is a film that has been looked down, and underrated. Do not go into this film expecting the cliché of other driving movies, this movie, is more of an art. With a great cast, amazing music, lighting, special effects, it has everything. Although some seems may seem slow or odd to some, I loved the film. It shows you that a simple action such as driving can be a lot more to someone else. Many people do different things on their free time, whether it’s a movie, a bike ride, anything. This movie isn’t about his skills at driving, or about his fighting methods. It is about showing you that when he says he drives, that’s all he does. And that no matter what relationship he has that gets broken or taken away, in the end, the only relationship he will always be able to keep, is with his driving.

 “There is something inside you, it’s hard to explain, they’re talking about you boy, but you’re still the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Driver" Film Review

The film Drive, the first 10 minutes of the scene starts it. It tells what favors the main character does. The audience didn't know if that was a job or anything else, but it told part of his personality and shows an activity that he does. Main character with no name, played by actor Ryan Gosling, doesn't speak much in this scene. In the film in general he doesn't speak so much. But in this specific scene, the silence of the characters helped tell what type of chase that was. The beat and radio also helped tell the story. There was a baseball game playing, but it also related to the chase.

In this film it show's two completely different stores that meets up with each other. There's a story where Gosling's character is a stunt driver, and he drives for reasons on the side which are the deals. Then there's a story where he mets a girl and her son, and has a connection with them. She's married to a latino male name Standard, which brought the gang storyline to the film. 

The lighting in the film really helped in the story because especially with Gosling's character doesn't speak much so most of the movie the lighting was his dialogue. The music and sounds in the film went with everything. Especially with the radio in the first 10 minutes. The camera angles were as detailed on the characters as possible. No matter what type of camera angle it was. The one I enjoyed most was when Gosling's character drowned Nino in the ocean and it was a very wide shot of the city. But you could still see Gosling's character as small as he was because his jacket stood out.

I also remember talking with a classmate who talked about the symbol of his jacket. That classmate was Anwar. He states how he has a scorpion on the back of his jacket. It represent how a scorpion acts in it's smart and sneaky ways. He had the jacket on during most of the film. The jacket was also a motif because it's the main symbol that represents his character.

A few scenes I enjoyed was the elevator scene because the lighting told Gosling's feelings towards Irene while they were kissing and the music was building up when he did the thing with his jaw, letting Irene know he's about to show his true colors and kill the man in the elevator in order to save her. Another is when he meets Bernie. The angle I liked didn't show his face, but showed his shoulders down as he reached his hand to shake Gosling character's had. His line was "my hands are dirty" I believe. It seemed powerful in my opinion. The first 10 mins of the movie was one of my favorites because there were no camera shots from outside of the car during the chase. Another is when he went into the dressing room. It was when the guy was on the floor and Gosling's character was standing over him conversing with Nino. He had the weapon in his hand gripping it tight. That type of angle looking up at Gosling showed that he had authority at that moment. The very last was after Irene and Gosling's character was hanging out for the day. They were talking while they were near the window. The way they were looking and smiling at each other was amazing. There wasn't much dialogue but their face told it all. 

The only thing I didn't like in the movie was around the end when Bernie and Gosling's character was talking. They were talking about the movie and it had clips of what happens while they were discussing it. I wanted to predict what was going to happen while they were talking. I didn't want it to show me while they were talking. Other than that, the movie was great, detailed, and I loved how the different storylines depended on each other.




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BMQ3: Reflection

What did you learn from doing this project? 

During this project, I learned how to conjugate more fluid sentences and I also got a hang of the pronunciations. 

How do you feel about your final project? 

I feel confident in our final project. My acting skills aren't prepared for a Grammy award, but it's good enough - for a high school student. 

If you could do your project all over again, what would you do differently/the same? 

If I could do my project all over again, the only thing I'd change is having more time to film and rehearse the script. I feel like we just jumped into writing and editing that we didn't put much thought into the actual screenplay. So we performed the project as we went along. 
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Driver Review - Joshua Martin-Corrales

The first I heard of 'Drive' was on Conan O'Brian, where the only real thing they talked about was Ryan Gosling's jacket in the movie, and I wasn't exactly interested in it. When I heard all the buzz about it, I asked my sister, who had seen it in theaters, and she said, "I don't see why it wasn't nominated for anything." Now, I've seen the movie, and I can't help but agree, why the hell wasn't this movie nominated for best movie? Or best score? Or best male lead? Or best adapted screenplay? And why didn't it win sound editing? Needless to say, I think was the best movie I've seen all year.

First, let me talk about the music, as a musician myself, I take notice if a movie's score is especially good, and while some of the tracks were recycled from the Social Network, several themes and the main theme were completely original, and done by, oddly enough, by Cliff Martinez, the former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music throughout the movie uses the device of themes, which is extremely powerful, as opposed to modern scoring which is done to simply accompany the images perfectly, theme scoring creates recurring patterns indicating certain emotions and specific characters, and can be layered and edited to mean different things even as they repeat. Two things about the score's importance, in the all-important stomp scene, you hear two themes, which is Irene's, then a theme of violence, marking a powerful transition and sharp division between both, the track is called, "Skull Crushing". Another scene with powerful music is the scene early in the film, where The Driver is with Irene and Benicio, spending the day with them, as we first hear the track, "A Real Hero", which returns at the end of the movie.

While I'm on scenes, let me talk more about some other ones, the stomp scene speaks for itself, it shows the division of the character and his love, and his demonstration of a kind of truth, but enough about that. I also mentioned the scene where The Drive spends the day with Irene and her child, while nothing is said, the scene shows this instant kind of connection between them and him, and it starts the real relationship between them. While I'm on it, I should briefly mention dialogue, there's not much of it. Not at all. I love that. The movie didn't need it, and everything was perfectly silent, dialogue was usually thin and short, they let the scene tell you what was going on, and didn't make it obvious, which is something you don't see too often in film. Another important scene is when Bryan Cranston (who is always amazing) is telling Irene about The Driver and himself, in some of the only real monologuing in the movie, he explains much about The Driver's characters and goals. Another is where The Driver kills Nino by crashing into him, the silence of the scene is perfect, and the passing light make it unforgettable, not to mention good camera work, which applies to all these scenes of course, the movie's camera is always good, shots positioned perfectly make the movie's intentions covering for the lack of dialogue. The last important scene, is of course, the ending, where The Driver sits perfectly still, a kind of fake out to the audience, the scene is perfect, it makes us think he's done, then he blinks, and the music starts, the ending begins, this kind of, breaking out of death is explored, and the movie ends soon after, with a less than satisfying, though still powerful ending.

Now, the story, is a split one, we have the storyline of revenge for The Driver, his heist gone wrong, and the repercussions, the other is a love story with Irene. I think the love story is the better half of the movie, the love is pure and when Irene's husband returns from prison, he doesn't try to interfere, but makes himself available, and even as he is caught up with his other storyline, the heist and its repercussions, he still manages to act properly to her, and to tell her the truth even if it means losing her, right before he has to show her that he's deeply involved, in the all-important stomp scene. The story lines are interwoven so well, one might just say that it was one story, but the fact that they are so well put together, yet are still distinguishable is a definite bonus to the movie, you see two sides of The Driver, while you still explore this one cohesive idea.

Finally, let me talk about acting. Like I said, the dialogue in this movie is nearly nonexistent, even in the stomp scene, where an action line begs to come into play, the movie remains silent and lets actions speak louder than words. Which is my point, actions speaking louder than words, the lines are delivered perfectly, but the actors exist in this silence so very perfectly that it is incredible, Ryan Gosling's acting is through the roof, as the character who speaks the least, he had the most to say with his acting, and he spoke volumes. Then there's him and Irene, played by Carey Mulligan (whose accent does not bleed through at all and I'm totally jealous), the relationship half of the movie is focused on. Like I said, it's pure, they only kiss once, in the all-important stomp scene, and other than that, the most they do is hold hands. They barely speak, so like I said, action, the way they look at each other, the emotional in the barebones lines in their dialogue is so powerful we can tell absolutely that Irene is the most important thing to The Driver. Their music too, helps establish this relationship, and their closeness even without touching, they stand so close to each other, which is perfect to show more than what dialogue could tell us.

Overall, l think the movie is great, and you should see it and complain loudly to your friends about how it didn't get any academy awards.

Sound A+: Music, car noises, stomping, perfect.

Visuals A+: Shot so very well I go crazy, every scene is picture perfect.

Acting A+: Not one person is lacking, even the child actor, who are sometimes just awful.

Story B+: The only thing I don't think is perfect is the story, The Driver as a character is weakly covered by the story, and the pacing of it is sometimes just strange. It's still super good though.

Overall A: Super good, super super good, but not completely perfect, not many movies are though. (needs more dream sequences.)
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