Is Political Apathy Rooted in Institutional Inefficacy in the U.S.? Post #2

The track of my research has deviated slightly as I have continued my research. I feel as though I have opened a can of worms with this project, and the questions I had are not nearly as simple as I had hoped they would be. That’s research, after all.

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Is Political Apathy Rooted in Institutional Inefficacy in the U.S.? Post #1

This summer, I participated in William & Mary’s Study in DC program and interned at a Virginia Congressman’s office on Capitol Hill. I had no idea that I would end up in the heart of politics this summer when I first created my Freshman Monroe Research proposal, and it made for an incredible experience that simultaneously got the gears turning in my head for this research project I was preparing to complete following the congressional internship and DC Summer Institute.

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Filmmaking Lessons Learned

  • Realism is not imitating the world objectively – it is using the world as a canvas for the art of cinema.
  • And it’s a great and often necessary style for low budget filmmaking!
  • Representing culture realistically requires the insight of the culture itself. (Nanook of the North)
  • “The task of cinema or any other art form is not to translate hidden messages of the unconscious soul into art but to experiment with the effects contemporary technical devices have on nerves, minds, or souls.” (Maya Deren)
  • Editing is the process in which reality is filtered into the filmic world – in essence, editing allows seemingly unrelated images to be combined into something meaningful, either with a narrative or emotional impact or both. This is a concept originating from soviet film (Kinoglaz)
  • The audience is prepared to accept the reality presented to them as long as it is consistent. (The Blair Witch Project)
  • In the end, it is the story that matters more than the quality of work – and any story can be made with little more than a camera and pennies.
  • One personal thing I have discovered – making a documentary or found footage film is often the best way to incorporate realism into a film while lowering its budget (often to almost nothing; this is what I was able to do this summer)

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Final Summary

Overall, I am relatively happy with the results of my research. Of the 28 local interview requests I sent out, only 5 people responded, which was slightly disappointing. Thankfully, after I described my research to the directors of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, they allowed me to attend at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education II for free in exchange for volunteering each day at the conference, which proved to be extremely helpful and gave me 3 of my 5 interview contacts.

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