Going Solo/Comical Documentary *Final Proposal*

If you’re wondering why I’m now posting a final proposal, a few months ago Michael Smith showed me his “Mother Oh God Mother” project he put together on tumblr, which was the shower scene of the movie “Psycho” and it was amazing. Decided to do that as a team, but due to complications and whatever I’m going solo. I wanted to do this, but since I passed the idea to someone else, gotta be original again, so I decided I am going to do a documentary.

Using what was told by the students in the 401 classes, I will now explain how I will pull this off.

My idea is basically a documentary on a friend of mine who has a funny life. He is 45 years old and acts as if he is 20, which is why I respect him. He jumps around dances, everyone in my workplace loves him; but me knowing him deeply than others, I feel that I can make this a comical documentary. I made him do the “Five Animal Styles of Shaolin” for my Television class in the studio, which you can watch here, and he loved it. So he is down to work on this with me. Title will be “The Tales of Al Anderson”. What gave me this idea is the stories he was telling me about him, coming to the US, sneaking into his brother house to sleep in due to the landlord, the bums (literally bums) in Jamaica Ave asking for cigarettes, and the managers screwing him over at the workplace. I want to shoot this somewhat like the TV series “Trailer Park Boys“.

My audience is basically anyone who is interested in humor. It is not targeted to any specific age group, gender, or whatever. This clip is going to be 5 to 6 minutes long. I am going to do the documentary at this park by Jamaica avenue he sit at everyday. I’m going to add a ton of B-roll of him doing his daily stuff that makes him funny (like asking for swipes, buying chicken, etc. (don’t want to spoil it all)). I plan on shooting this summer, I am going to start in June 25th where hopefully the weather is nice and I can get my hands on a camera from the school. I do not have money at the moment to buy me a professional camera, although I plan to do so in the near future. I am going to shoot this everyday he is off at the park I mentioned earlier. The first day I am going to film the whole interview. The other days I am going to film the shit load of funny B-roll, then the remaining days (The start of next Fall 2014 I will edit and such) After shooting the hardest part would be to edit, because I have not done much of that, but I will learn as the days go by with YouTube videos and such.

Final Project Proposal

James Narine
Professor Phelps
May 16th, 2014

My final project, I am going to build a character sketch and storyline about Jean Paul (JP) and his coaching for the team he coaches and plays on. While I was shooting this short documentary I experience various thoughts about how a basketball player and coach have wonderfully influenced students out there in the community to fulfill their dreams as a basketball player or coach. I hope that you can gain something from this short documentary. He enjoys playing basketball as his hobby. Jean, better known as JP, loved the game of basketball since he was 9 years old. JP was raised in Queens NY, by his mom and dad. His mother name was Myriam. His father name was Luis Jerez.
This is the interview dialogue between Jean Paul and I.

Q: Has it been harder since your dad passed away?
A: Yes it has so hard on me because I miss my dad so much.
Q: Can you describe some of the hardships you’ve faced?
A: His answer was almost everything and just because he was always there when I didn’t know or need anything. So I decided to force myself to take care of the bills around the house that had to get paid on time.
Q: Okay, so you would say you had to become more productive overall, because the responsibilities in the house were a lot and you had to step in and be the man of the house?.
A: John replies and said basically.
Q: Are you the oldest siblings or do you have other siblings?.
A: His answer is no I’m the youngest but I’m the only one that lives with my mother. I am planning to build this story around you and your life. It’s going to be great. I have 2 brothers and I sister that all live in Queens.
Q: So only you and your mom are living at that house on 111 street?.
A: He responds as yes, okay cool describe what it’s like to keep your head up and stay focused. I’m assuming your mother is employed. It’s not hard to stay focused it’s just the point of him not being here its type hard. I miss him so much and I think of him every single day. My father passed December 5th 2013. Okay, his company and his spirit are here for you.
Q: Does his passing cause you to be more motivated to be successful?.
A: His answer was its sure does. Well that is nice and cool we’re getting somewhere. Q: What school do you attend?.
A: I attended QueensBorough Community College (QCC) and I am 24 Years old. I will turn 25 on September 11th.
Q: Okay good what’s your major?.
A: Jean Paul responds and said my major is Physical Education because I would like to become a high school basketball coach.
Q: Where are you parents from?.
A: My parents are from Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Q: Have you worked in any schools or interned on any places that relates to your major?.
A: His answer was Nope, not yet but I plan on to.
Q: Okay, how else can I make this a compelling and strong story?.
A: Jean Paul answer was I don’t know. How old are your teammates.
Q: Would you say that the team you coach/paly on a high school level or collegiate?.
A: The youngest is 20 and the oldest is 25 years old.
Q: Okay, so you guys ever play at other high school division or college division before?
A: I coached high school level and I play in collegiate leagues.
Q: Is there any way for me to gain access to video tape your high school coaching.
A: Jean answer was no.

Final Project

My final Project titled A Jazzy LIfe, is about the main focus of the story Lummie Spann and he expresses his passion for jazz music.  From his early childhood, up until his current status as an established musician.  While shooting this documentary, I learned a lot about how music has greatly influenced his life by having his entire household having something to do with music.

Final Project Proposal and Digital Identity

my website is http://kcsnyc.wordpress.com i will be soon getting a new website but I’m still brainstorming domain names and designing logos before i actually purchase a domain.

Final Project Proposal

I am doing a music video for my final project. Me and a couple of my friends are going to produce a 6 minute long edm mix and I will be filming throughout the summer. I will be using final cut pro for editing the video and using combination of protools and logic to produce the audio. I have been watching many music videos like, Major Lazer- Sound Bang, Calvin Harris –Summer. Flipo- Doh Tell me Dat for inspiration as well as ideas. I also have audio packs of certain songs so I can use pieces that I like, for example I will be using some of the guitar cords in Calvin Harris’s Summer to open up my piece. The first 2 minutes will start very slow so I can use a lot of establishing shots. The rest of the mix will be mixed from slow paced to fast paced throughout so I can really play with the visuals. I already got permission from many people to film (club promoters, club owners, dh’s) 

Establishing shots 
LS- beach rising sun/setting sun
LS- nightclub shots
POV- club shots
Beach shots- ppl drinking, hanging out, laughing, playing, swimming, walking on board walk
Still shots of NYC
POV- walking in the city, walking in a crowd
Jones Beach
Jones Beach Tunnel shot
MS of dj’s mixing, editing, producing (Club & Home)

Fast paced shots (when beat drops)
Club crowd shots
DJ playing at the club
MS/MCU of people dancing,walking, talking etc
A lot of establishing shots will be used too but I will speed it up if necessary to correlate to the audio.

Digital Presence and Proposal

URL: http://oscarsantiago.com

I’ve created this website to show some of the work I have done through these years. I wish I had more stuff to put up there but unfortunately it is what it is. After lacking of material to fill up the website I finally realized how right Professor Smith was when he used to tell us to always keep making stuff. The website needs a little more work and more posts of course but I think it delivers the main idea, which is to show some of my work and give me an actual digital identity.

For my final project I’ve put together pretty much the whole story. I have also listed some of the things I need before starting the project, as well as the purpose of the film.  Final Project Proposal

Final Project

My Project is called The Journey because when I entered York I was a teenager and now I am leaving as an adult and a journey is simply traveling from one place to another. I really enjoyed working on this project and i probably will re-tweak it several times before it is done. In all honesty i did not meet my milestone goals that I had originally set in the beginning of the semester for multiple reasons the main one being the fact that i felt that i had so much time to complete the project that I slacked off a lot. The quality of the finished product is okay it could be better as far as some segments I needed a few different angles of the shots and maybe I should have had more than one camera but as I had begun editing it due to the nature of my filming I was not afforded the luxury to go back and re-shoot. Also the fact that I changed my direction several different times.

At this instant I would put this piece up as part of my portfolio and then also take the feedback from it and read adjust and submit it as well. Although I do not feel like this is my best piece of work it is not my worse piece of work either. I feel that it could be a little better but i love the story that unfolds. I think it is worthy because of what i learned throughout the experience as far as it showing the growth of me re editing it. I think that the fact that i can re edit it and re-adjust it makes it a sufficient piece of work because as I grow and learn more I will be able to see  my growth.


Final Project: The Money House

So I managed to finish my small film. It consists of 3 pieces of music all created by me with footage of what takes place in “The Money House”. There is a very vague plot, which is very simple in itself. The end is open for interpretation. This is mainly an exercise in being able to put an image to my music, and I figured what better place to do it then here. The original idea was a little different, where the main character left school on a friday and ended up making his way to the place we see in the video. However, I decided to cut that piece out. This was shot in five seperate occassions.

The party scene was a collaboration between myself and a good friend of mine. He did half of the filming, and I did the editing. The party was also thrown by me solely for the purpose of this project. This was literally the first party ever thrown in the room and it was a major success, so I am very grateful for that. The black border was done on purpose to give the scene an urban feel. The rest was shot and edited all by myself on 4 different days and on two different cameras. I managed to condense about 2 hours of b-roll into two minutes. All in all, it was a challenging experience. I used this Tumblr as a guide to keep my themes in place http://baeazy.tumblr.com/. I realized that although there was no shortage of ideas, actually replicating them in real life proved to be a real challenge. I would’ve loved to have someone with a steady hand and camera skills to help, but my schedule was too random to be able to count on anyone else. With that said….enjoy!


Final Project: Custom Made Tango Shoes Website

My final project is based on my job as a shoe designer. I am professional Tango dancer who decided, around 6 years ago, to start a shoe business. First I started selling to my students now I have my showroom in midtown where I meet my clients by appointment. Because of my dancing career, I travel a lot so it has been difficult to be consistent with my shoes appointments. Indeed, my project is about an e-commerce site where my clients can custom made there shoes without me been there physically.

The Original Idea

My first thoughts were very ambitious. I wanted to create a website like this: https://www.shoesofprey.com/3d/designer?p=20600P4 This a 3D platform where the client can custom made their shoes in a sophisticated application.


Shoes of Prey


This is another example of what I wanted at first: www.milkandhoneyshoes.com. I made some research and that would have cost me around $2000 to $5000 dollars. This is when I decided to make my own site in WordPress with a very simple look and feel of it: www.yaisurisalamanca.net/tangoshoes.

The Result

After many hours of work and great feedback from my classmates and professor Michael, I created a simple way of customizing the shoes. The client select the size first, then the combination of colors to see the new image with the changes in the product view: http://yaisurisalamanca.net/tangoshoes/product/margaret-2/


Product Customization

Even though I dedicated so many hours to this project is not done  yet. I still wanna work more in the purchase process and improving texts, colors, products, etc. I consider the quality of work done is good enough to be included in my portfolio to show to future employers because is a clean, functional website with good taste. I still do not think is good enough for publishing and making it available for clients yet because it needs a lot more work in the way the product is presented. I still need to do more revisions and optimizing tax and shipping process.

Looking forward to tomorrow class for final presentation. See you all soon.