Character Dossier: Sebastian Crane

Sebastian Crane, the Jerk with a Heart of Gold

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Sebastian Crane, also known as “Bas,” was born on November 23, 1925 in the sleepless city of San Francisco. A Scorpio Sagittarius cusp, he is a man of both power and pride. Sebastian is a force to be reckoned with. Always outspoken and quick with his tongue, he is naturally cunning in nature; his words can sting  or seduce. His charismatic charm and wild personality makes him all the more magnetic. In this way, he is both loved and feared. A mystery of a man, he can flash a smile that can line the girls up in seconds, yet he is ice cold when it comes to love. He once had a heart open to love, but five years ago, he caught his ex-girlfriend, the love of his love, in her office pleasing another man. Since then, he has hidden the part of himself from any woman who dares to learn his secrets and only his flask of brandy can put him to sleep. His encounters with women consist of one-night stands with him closing the door behind him. Because of his manipulative nature, he tends to get what he wants from those around him. Sebastian once had his assistant plant his own wallet in his colleague’s coat who was going for the same chief editor position as he was. Even though Sebastian had word that he would be the editor in chief, he wanted to ensure this position. When they all had a night party in the local club, Sebastian acted as to look for his wallet and claimed he saw his colleague take it. Knowing it would set him off, his colleague gave Sebastian a blow to the face and this prompted others to assist Sebastian and the cops found the wallet and his colleague was then fired, allowing Sebastian to be the editor in chief. He is extremely blunt and does not hide his opinions, even the most hurtful ones.

boss-fw14-870w-post-2  Under this “jerk-fascade”, he truly does have a heart of gold. He is one who is loyal to those closest to him, especially his younger brother Donovan Crane. Donovan, two years younger than Sebastian, always called him “Bas” ever since he was a baby and Sebastian keeps that nickname for him. Sebastian has always been protective of his little brother, defending him from the drunken wrath of his father, yet he could not protect him from the horrors of war. Donovan Crane was enlisted in the final year of the war aboard an army tank and returned home inability to use his legs. Sebastian now visits him frequently to help him move about and to give him company. Sebastian was not drafted because he had his shoulder broken and damaged from his father beating him with a bat as Sebastian fought to protect Donovan. Sebastian still suffers pain from this injury and takes medication as well as his daily dose or two of brandy to soothe the pain. If someone unveils the mask of ego and pride Sebastian wears and he learns to trust them, he will be fiercely loyal to them until he is crossed. He is not the type to show true affection to anyone and he secretly feels very deeply for those he grows to care for. It is only when trust is gained that he shows his compassionate self, for he fears showing the world his true kindness, as it was destroyed by his father and ex-lover. He does not view himself as highly as one may think being that he is selfish and sometimes cruel; he does not see goodness in himself and is not completely honest with himself about his emotions. Sebastian is convinced that he is unlovable and unworthy of love as he has been broken in the past. Sebastian Crane is surely a misunderstood man who hides his fragile heart from the world he sets out to make his own with his unrelenting ambition and arrogance.

Week One: Film Noir

Prior to this assignment, I had very little knowledge of the film noir genre. Just last semester I took an “Introduction to Film Studies” class where we covered topics such as auteurs, adaptation, and the science fiction film genre as well as the basic structure of film-making. I was somewhat disappointed when we did not hear too much information about film noir, but was very excited when I saw that “Film Noir” was our first assignment for this class.

While viewing the film noir readings and videos, I was intrigued by how each platform connected to the other based on the common aspects they shared of film noir. In one of the readings, it was said that the typical setting seen in film noir are “dark, slick, city streets” filled with crime and corruption. I especially noticed this in the film “Sin City” since most of the scenes were shot in night clubs, dark rooms, and alleys. One of the kinds of corruption that was present in the film was the power of the police over the residents in the city. When the prostitutes murder the cop and his friends in the car, they worry about what may become of them if it were to surface; they city was said to return to its’ darker ways where there was more corruption then as well as more violence towards women allowed. Also, the reading of film noir by Schrader discussed a “tough” attitude of the characters that is prevalent in this genre. In “Sin City,” Hartigan and Marv are portrayed as the strong, tough fighters of the film, Hartigan doing all he can to protect Nancy and Marv goes out with a violent thirst to avenge Goldie. In the same reading, Schrader stated that the film noir genre is known for not always having a film in chronological order. This was seen in “Sin City” when Hartigan reappears at the last section of the film, having only been present in the beginning, as his story is continued until the end; it was dumbfounding for me since I thought him to be deceased after being shot saving young Nancy in the beginning of the film. Another common theme in film noir seen in “Sin City” was how the characters do not face a typical happy ending; it is more realistic according to Narremore. Hartigan commits suicide as the cops come to take him away while Nacy is driving away from the scene, thinking she will see him again. Marv in his final scenes of the film is imprisoned and his name is printed on the newspapers as a murderer. Also the fem fatale idea is in some film noir and she in this particular film was Gail as she is the leader of the killer women/prostitutes. The episode of “Pretty Little Liars” also shared film noir aspects as “Sin City” did. In both the film and the episode, the lighting was very sharp and created shadows, allowing for a more dark and ominous mood to protrude. They both also shared similar cinematographic and editing styles. Both were shot in a black and white filter, making the lighting a key element on the screen. With editing, there were occasional dissolves/fades to the next shot, which may be a reference to older film noir. Also, dealing with music, there was more jazz and piano playing in the background in the film and the episode. In the “Pretty Little Liars” episode, one particular moment stood out to me. When Aria was seated with Ezra, half of his face was shadowed, which may indicate secrecy or something that is mysterious to Aria about him and this coincides with the episode’s focus on him possibly being “A.” He is also in darker clothing as opposed to Toby, indicating a sense of evil figure/ untrustworthy versus good/trustworthy figure. The final video I watched was “The Racketeer Rabbit” episode of Bugs Bunny. In this episode, I noticed it had similar film noir concepts, such as the interrogation shot where Bugs Bunny is in the seat under the lamp being asked questions. This idea was also seen in “Pretty Little Liars,” as Spencer was being interrogated by Toby. The costumes were all very film noir appropriate, yet “Sin City” had very unique costuming for some of the female characters that isn’t typically seen in film noir; the men had long trench coat jackets and some wore the brimmed hats as well. What all of them had in common was the idea of crime in different forms, which is very common in film noir.

The podcasts I listened to for this section were very interesting to me since the image was created through sound and fit with the film noir genre. The “Suspense! Ghost Hunt” episode is what I listened to and I took notice of how there was a sense of mystery that usually is present in this genre. Also, the Schrader reading discussed how the characters in film noir have a focus on the past and it consumes their present in some way or another. The radio host is alone downstairs talking to his audience and he reveals that he had a lonely childhood and that he was alone for much of his life. This becomes part of the reason why he commits suicide. The ghosts say they will go with him to the cliff where they will all jump off and he never protested since he was promised that he would not be alone. In this way, he was filling this void of loneliness he had and it resulted in his demise. But my favorite film noir piece was the “Moon Grafitti” podcast. It was a very powerful piece and I was especially moved by the speech the actual Richard Nixon wrote in the event that the Apollo 11 crashed; what would have been said if they had never made it back to earth and what we would have lost because of it. Connecting back to the readings on film noir, both writers seemed to allude to the notion that this genre has a more realistic view to it, and sometimes a more brutally honest one at that. In this podcast, Buzz and Neil are in a hopeless situation as they state that the amount of oxygen will not sustain them after 2 hours and that the radio is dead, so they will not be able to say goodbye to their loved ones. It rattled me more when they said they would possibly have a memorial built in their honor and one of them asked, “Why should our legacy be only footprints?” This again is an example of film noir since it does not sugar coat the truth about what would have happened if Apollo 11 crashed.

After reviewing film noir as a whole, I have come up with examples of film noir I have encountered in the past. I would say the film “Zodiac” falls into the film noir genre since it is a crime thriller (as most noir seems to be) as Jake Gyllenhaal’s character is a journalist working with detectives to find out who the Zodiac killer is. Another example of film noir could be “Strangers on a Train.” I saw many parts of this film during my film class and it seems to be noir to me since it is a crime film and it also utilizes lighting in a significant way. In one scene, Bruno is cast in lighting where there are bars created on his face through the light coming in from the window, foreshadowing how he may become imprisoned or has a history of being guilt of a crime. Also the distinction between the good and bad characters are shown through costuming; Guy wears more white and Bruno wears darker clothing.

During this week, I definitely became more attune to aspects of film noir. It almost made me want to search for more film noir since it was very interesting to me. I only really enjoyed the “Pretty Little Liars” episode since it was presented in a noir style. Otherwise, I have gone out of my way to avoid that show :). What was difficult for me dealing with this section was seeing how films today contain film noir. I was not completely sure if most crime films fell into that genre. I have learned what to really look for when watching a film from this particular genre. It was again interesting how a podcast can be considered film noir and I may go back to the “Moon Graffiti” one to give it another listen in the future. It was a very moving piece since the speech written for the astronauts was written beautifully and I connected most to that podcast.

Also, I wrote my introduction for my page this week as well as tried one of the Daily Creates. It was the silk threading and I have never seen anything like it before. I called it “Fraying Anchor.”

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I also created my accounts on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Flickr. I also have my Youtube account below:

  • https://soundcloud.com/janelle-pierangelino/brief-testing-and-introduction
  • https://twitter.com/janellegelino
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/janellegelino/
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0uoyJl6AAY

I do have one question about film noir: are driving scenes common to this genre or is it just a coincidence that most of the films had these?

“The Original and Only Janelle Pierangelino”

The Original and Only Janelle Pierangelino

Hello everyone viewing my page! My name is Janelle Diana Pierangelino. As I DSCF083595write this post, I am a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Mary Washington as an English major (with a creative writing track) and Communication major. My home is close to the sea and close to my heart: Virginia Beach. It is there that I spent my childhood and longed for a college adventure in the future. I certainly have had quite an adventure in the past two years I have been here and have met so many unforgettable people, but more importantly I began to see myself becoming a bit older and wiser through every experience. I’ve learned that there is something we can take away from each day we have; there’s a moment among the chaos that stands out to us and gives us happiness, even if it is only for a second or less. That is the kind of life I strive to live; a life that offers light rather than darkness; a life where something so small in a day has all the meaning in the world to me.  I always want to embrace the moments when something simple put a smile on my face or the times I’d laugh until tears at jokes that weren’t even that funny. Real happiness, real laughter, and real, varying emotions are what I want most in this world; I want to really embrace what it is to be human. In the future, I intend to have a career where I am given this sense of complete happiness. I am currently considering becoming a creative director for a company or a film editor, either of the two utilizing my creativity and both having the potential to be rewarding in how I would enjoy each career. Personality-wise, I am an Aries and according to the Myers Briggs Test, I am an ENFJ (for more information, go to http://www.personalitypage.com/ENFJ.html). But since a person cannot be fully defined by one zodiac sign or a test,  I would personally describe myself as a goofy, energetic, creative, thoughtful, and friendly person.

Here are some fun fact about me, the one and only Janelle Diana Pierangelino in the world (that I know of..)

1. I love color guard, and it is not the military associated kind like most people believe it to be.

2. I love the Oscars and the Oscar season. They are basically my Superbowl since I don’t like football. I am a lover of film and film studies.

3. Two animals I would love to see first-hand would be a red panda or an elephant.

4. Coconut is one of my most hated foods.

5. When it comes to music, I am not too hard to please. I have a low tolerance for most rap and country though.

6. I attended a Catholic school from kindergarten to 8th grade.

7. When going to get fast food, I am a creature of habit. Always nuggets and BBQ sauce. If the BBQ sauce is not in the bag, I will make sure it finds its’ way there somehow.

8. My favorite time of year is December because of all the Christmas lights. If I had a choice in the matter, I would keep all Christmas lights up all year round.

9. Making a artsy, crafty item or project is something I absolutely love doing. Hobby Lobby is an amazing place and so is my computer. I like to create videos, edit photos, etc. Which leads to fact #10.

10. My 2015 New Years’ resolution is to capture a short video clip everyday and combine all of them to create a music video titled “The Beauty of a Year.”

And of course the bonus fact! I have a dog named Puppy. She is a Jack Russell Terrier and if I could take her to school in my bag, well, she would be in that bag.

I hope you all enjoy my page for Digital Storytelling and see some of my stories I can’t wait to tell. :)

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