Adapting Anne: Writing a Screenplay

Let me just start by apologizing for the length of both this post and the last post. This post is comprised of several sections of the short paper I wrote detailing my choices in writing my screenplay.

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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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Defining Modern Terrorism and Resisting Stereotypes: Update 3

I can’t say that researching and writing about mass shootings and terrorism was an uplifting process, but it is an issue that I feel strongly about and something that must be discussed. The thing that struck me the most while analyzing the case studies was the sheer number of missed warning signs that proceed all of these incidents, especially posts on social media that were not taken seriously enough. While social media platforms come with their own set of issues, they can be used to identify many red flags before it’s too late.

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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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Summary of Ecological forecasting

After many papers, chapters of Ecological Forecasting, hours spent learning about Bayesian statistics and ecological forecasting, I have completed my work on ecological forecasting. Originally, I had planned on creating my own ecological forecast but after a good amount of reading and learning about forecasts, I quickly realized that I lacked the tools and understanding to create one of my own. Unfortunately I never got to go sampling in the field during my Monroe but may still go when I get back to school.

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Siege of Toulon Update 3: Conclusions and draft paper!

Reading secondary sources on pièces de circonstance – most notably Pierre Frantz’s article “Entre journal et épopée: la théâtre d’actualité de la Revolution” and “Du théâtre historique au théâtre politique: la régéneration en débat (1748-1791)” by Philippe Bourdin – proved immensely useful for better understanding the context of the plays which I had read. More interesting still, however, were broader debates in academia regarding politics and theater during the revolutionary period and the relationship between the two.

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Summary Post: China and the Logic of the Democratic Peace Thesis

I realized after posting my first update that most people were not dumping entire sections of their papers onto this blog like I was and were instead doing reflections. If I had realized this sooner, I would probably not have started posting so late. (see my abstract, first update, and second update). Since this is my summary post, I will give a reflection of my entire research experience.

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Update 3 on Political Discourse Analysis

It’s finally done! After a summer of trial and error, I have produced my report on power and solidarity in the speech of American senators.

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Final Update on TMS as a treatment for PTSD

After having completed my literature review, I feel that I have learned a great deal about TMS and about the brain itself. I have come to better understand the pathology of PTSD, as well as the way in which TMS may have the potential to alleviate symptoms of this disorder.

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Understanding the Role of Technology in Capitalism as Both a Constructive and Destructive Process – Final Update

I am currently proofreading the final draft of my paper, and will be submitting it later today. Looking back to my original abstract, the final paper diverged some from what I originally expected it to be, particularly regarding insurrection. I did intend for this project to be somewhat exploratory though, so diverging from the original path isn’t entirely unexpected. In particular, this paper ended up being an exploration of accelerationism rather than technology backed insurgency, though with what I have learned this was likely for the best.

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