the first day of the project, we all assigned ourselves specific components of
our project. The component I was responsible for was making a video, which
would be the main element of the campaign. I'm pretty knowledgeable when it
comes to iMovie, so I figured it would be the best thing for me to do. The
first thing I did was let Siani and Loren finish finding statistics and putting
together a brochure, which we planned to give out to people. The other component
I helped with was the name of the campaign, which was "Homeless Faces of
Philadelphia". Both Sammy and I tried to combine our ideas and keep in
contact with the rest of the group, and update them on new ideas. My group and
I got along pretty nicely, so there really were no disagreements or
original idea for the video was to take my own photographs of the homeless in
Philadelphia. I came to school equipped and ready with my camera to photograph
throughout the city, I even came with a bag of change as a small token for the
people who let me take a photograph of them. But as I set off on my journey,
camera in hand, money in pocket, I was overwhelmed by the sadness of their
desperation and felt that photographing them for my agenda felt inappropriate.
Also, that my small token of a couple of dollars for this project was
meaningless, so instead I chose to use available images to tell a story. But
the deep impression that was made on that day will stay with me for a long
Since I was not able to go through with my original plan, I decided
to compile as many pictures as I could from the Internet, all of which were
taken in Philadelphia (so it wasn’t completely random). When I got to around
twenty-five, I thought it was best to make the campaign video around fifty
seconds long, so it wouldn't be too overwhelming for people, since homelessness
is a very serious subject to begin with. After that, I tried to find music that
would be appropriate for the assignment. The first thought that came to mind,
was The Pursuit of Happiness, which I think depicts the subject really well.
The song that I found was actually called "Homeless" which was when
Will Smith's character found out that he has not where to go with him and his
son and it really renders the feeling of desperation. Once I had the pictures
and music, I needed quotes or lines that could help me get our message across.
Sammy and I worked together to put a few lines together, which I think
represented our message very well.
Overall, the project went smoothly. My group collaborated pretty
well, each of us knew what we had to do and we accomplished our goals, even if
some of us didn't do what we were originally going to do. I believe our final
project turned out to be really meaningful and effective (I know this because
it made my Mom cry).