Writing Assignment: Night Call Poem (2 pts)- “Love Calling Through the Night”

Love Calling Through the Night

 

Moonlight pools in from the open window,

saving the man drowning in his own shadows.

Throbbing temples, the internal voices pushing to be freed

through his lips; the words he is afraid to say aloud.

 

Her beauty.

A fiery canopy of curls against porcelain skin

and the secrets that swim in her ocean eyes.

The only wonder of his world,

she holds him captive, never leaving his mind.

No resistance, those restless nights he struggles

to memorize the labels he stamps on each feeling,

trying to make sense of something words don’t even understand

themselves.

Her smile melts his armor, yet he feels readied for

the waging war between logic and passion.

 

A gentle wind sweeps the curtains

and the locks of his hair,

Her voice whispering, calling his name,

his heart echoing hers, a two-syllable beat.

Unspoken love in the shadows of the night.

 

For this collaboration, I chose to use Kim Roehl’s Sasha Kellogg again because she is set to be the main romance in Sebastian Crane’s life. I wanted this poem to express who Sebastian has yet to confess his feelings for Sasha and he constantly has her on his mind. He is evermore curious about her since she is such a mystery and he has fallen for her. Sebastian fears telling her these feelings because he has been hurt in the past, but he trusts her enough to tell her soon. His mind tells him not to waste time on love, yet his heart disagrees. He knows that he can’t articulate the feelings he has for her and fears he won’t be able to say everything he wants to say to her. He knows words don’t truly describe a feeling like this and is conflicted in that way since he always knows how to express his thoughts, not when it comes to love though.

 

Visual Assignment: Poetry Art (3 pts)- “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”- Sebastian Crane and Lawrence Spitler

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For this character collaboration post, I chose to make a picture that contained not only the words from a poem, but the visual created by those words. The poem “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” is one I have read and seen at different times of my life and I wanted to make something dedicated to this poem. This visual shows how the death of Sebastian Crane greatly affected Lawrence Spitler.

Initially, I wanted a post where both characters were the same age, but I was so interested in Tiffany’s present-day character that I decided to come up with a story for how they know one another. By 2015, Sebastian would be 90 years old and Lawrence is in his 30s, so I had them be neighbors. When they first encountered each other, Lawrence thought Sebastian was just a senile old man, yet Sebastian saw himself in him and wanted to know more about him. So to initiate the conversations, Sebastian once put a letter from his mailbox into Lawrence’s (Sebastian still played his tricks, but these were not malicious) so that he would come to deliver it and he could try to talk to him more. Lawrence was still closed off, yet one night a man tried to break into Sebastian’s car and Lawrence scared him off. To thank Lawrence, Sebastian invited him over for a beer. Soon enough, Lawrence began visiting Sebastian’s house a several days a week and Sebastian brought out the best in Lawrence, as he was the most honest about his feelings when he was with Sebastian. Although they did have arguments about Lawrence’s lifestyle, Lawrence loved Sebastian like his own father and Sebastian like another son. They grow close to one another to a point where Lawrence sees him as the father figure he never really had after his own father passed when he was so young. Sebastian would tell Lawrence all about his life, from how he once was cold, but because of his loving wife Sasha and his brother Donovan, he was able to show his golden heart to all those he met. He once told Lawrence that “You cannot see light without walking through a field shadows. The light, the good, is waiting to be seized by you. Because every good and bad thing happens for a reason. We need the bad to know what good really is; to know what what is worth fighting for and what things can be left behind.” Sebastian saw himself in Lawrence from the moment they met and that was why he wanted the best for Lawrence and encouraged him to make better decisions or have more of an open heart. Lawrence drove Sebastian to the hospital when he had a severe stroke and stayed with him until the end. Before he passed on, he told Lawrence that he made the last years of his life better and that Lawrence would never be alone. At Sebastian’s funeral, Lawrence spoke of the man who showed him towards a new light and soon, he was the only one standing in front of his grave. He remembered Sebastian reciting the poem “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” once when they were on his porch as he told Lawrence that the poem helped him cope with the losses of his father, Donovan, and Sasha. He told Lawrence that he believed the spirit does not stay at the grave, rather they stay beside those they love, like a guardian angel. Since then, Lawrence had a change of heart because of Sebastian and he sought to do better for himself and others.

To make this photo, I combined a picture of an angel statue and one of two men walking beside one another on Pixlr and used Powerpoint to add the text (which took a very long time figuring out how to do because of the color of the text). After, I adjusted the color of the final photo to make the poem stand out more.

Explorations of Beauty and Decay father-son-walking

 

I chose the angel statue because it represented the idea of a grave and in this particular post, Sebastian passes away and serves to be Lawrence’s guardian angel. For the picture of the two men walking together, I wanted this to be a picture of Sebastian and Lawrence going for a walk, showing their closeness to one another.

Who Inspired Me

Typically with all of the work I have done so far, I would say that I did not search through others’ work for inspiration. Rather, I came up with everything on my own. But there are a few posts that did stand out among the others and therefore, serve as inspirations to me for future assignments.

1. The first one I will start with is one that inspired a collaborative assignment for this week: The “Mr. Groom Will See You Now” poster by Mia Boleis. It was very well done in how Groom’s face fit perfectly with the poster and it made me laugh too much! I saw this featured on a weekly summary video 2 weeks ago when the teachers were showing the amazing Groom posters. Mia also had a great post along side this creation narrating her process, listing the steps she took in order to make this poster. This post inspired me to make a poster with Kim Roehl for our character collaboration. We made a Titanic themed poster and I’ll have to thank Mia for inspiring me to make a Groom poster. GROOM (1)

2. I remember listening to this audio post and thinking, “wow, what a great idea. Slowing down ‘Drunk in Love’ by 800%.” The person responsible for this great post is from the page jcpdigitalstorytelling.com (I wasn’t sure who the author was here, but still love this audio post). This person narrated their creative process as well and I saw that they wrote about how time consuming this assignment was, and to me that can show commitment to a task at hand. I never would have imagined this song being slowed down this much and it create a new, ambient version of it that definitely caught my attention. This post made me want to attempt this assignment myself.

3. Brian Goulet had a beautiful set of photos for his photo safari. I never saw anyone post about them and I did not understand why?! He seemed to be using a high quality camera, as the photos were very crisp and beautiful really. He wrote short descriptions for each photo and how it related to an aspect of noir and how he executed each. He definitely has talent and had his own unique take on the safari. Here, I can post the link to his safari and below is one of my favorite shots. It makes great use of lighting and it amazed me to read that he simply did this in his friend’s dorm room with only a few sources of light. Incredible work. I would follow Brian’s photography. (http://gouletbytheday.com/assignments/photo-safari/). Light-from-one-side-1024x683

 

4. Lastly, my last inspire post is dedicated to Janaye Evans. This was an audio assignment that called for a radio commercial using a favorite TV show or a favorite character. She created a radio commercial titled “Abandon,” which was a fictitious company that helps mysterious women disappear, with reference to Carmen San Diego. Her song choice was perfect for this since the title was “Don’t You Want Me,” which was ironic in the way that people want this mysterious woman. Janaye’s script/lines she used worked so well with this and, again, I liked the throwback to Carmen San Diego. That is a character that represents noir in the way she is mysterious and is a sleuth herself. This was such a creative idea for a commercial, or really a company. It is so unique and original as it relates to noir. Here is the link to this lovely commercial:

“The Steadfast Sleuths” Radio Show Response

I absolutely loved this show. It was very well organized and had an interesting plot to it, especially with the whole mystery of what had happened to Sasha Kellogg. Being the creator of Sebastian Crane, I was extremely pleased with how this group utilized my character. He was believable in how he had feelings for Sasha (which I have been planning on writing about or creating a post for in the future! Team Sebasha). The line, “She means a lot to me,” really tapped into Sebastian’s feelings for Sasha he would be afraid to admit to her in person. Even his flashback to the date scene worked really well, especially with how Sasha ran out of the restaurant when she saw someone threatening. I love how this group effectively used my character for this show.

With regards to the sound choices, the twinkling sound used for flashbacks was highly effective. It was perfect in length and it really helped creating a scene from the past. The sounds of the crackling was an instant sound cue to the fire in Sasha’s apartment, so this was well done with how it connected and I could visualize this easily in my mind. With the scene of the twin sister reveal, I liked how there was suspenseful, non diegetic music playing in the background as Sasha is trying to understand what Shannon is proposing. Further into that flashback, the sounds of Shannon attacking Sasha were well placed and allowed me to better see what was happening in the apartment. It was definitely a scary moment! Also the phone call between Sasha and Shelley was realistic in how Sasha’s end was more fuzzy like a real phone call would be.

My biggest note about this show was how well done the acting was! Of all of the shows I have heard so far, this acting was definitely the best of the bunch because of how believable it was. I could see the chemistry working between the members of the group based on how comfortable the acting was. They all responded quickly to one another, like a normal conversation, and the pacing made this work so well (ex. Sasha and Shannon talking in the apartment about the prospect of them being sisters. Flowed very naturally and quickly). This made the story line more intriguing and better to follow along with since the characters were real. I also liked how there was a competition between Kellogg and Mills as cereal brands! Very clever idea. :) This group definitely kept the mystery of noir in their show as to what happened to Sasha and how all the characters connected. I would listen to this again.

PS. That Cocoa Kitties commercial still makes me want to find it at Giant, but then I would remember it’s fictional.

Design Assignment: Groom Poster (4 and a 1/2 pts) – An Ice Cold Love Triangle (collaborative characters)

titanic groom bas sasha new

 

It was about time I made a Groom poster and I have to say, I think it is beautiful. Kim Roehl and I collaborated to create this Titanic poster, featuring Sebastian Crane as Cal, Groom as Jack, and the lovely Sasha Kellogg as Rose. Initially, we were searching for a shot from the film where all three characters had their faces towards the camera, but kept running into pictures where they were either in profile or one was absent from the shot. So we decided that the two male characters could face the camera and we could cover the back of Rose’s head with Sasha’s photo. For Sebastian Crane, I felt he embodied the character of Cal Hockley in Titanic because of the arrogance he can frequently exude. The line “I always win. One way or another,” is a line I remember from this movie when Cal tells Jack he will not be ensured a seat on a lifeboat. We placed Groom as Jack Dawson because well, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love either of them? :) Kim had the one photo of Sasha Kellogg that we felt would be a perfect reaction to having two men wanting her. She has the look saying “I’m so loved,” which fits with her femme fatale persona. We also chose to do Titanic because it is a very well-known movie and we wanted to put a spin on it.

Kim was responsible for finding the Sasha and Groom photos as well as removing the backgrounds on all of the head shots using PowerPoint (now I’ve learned how to do that thanks to her). I found the photo of Sebastian, this scene from Titanic, and the title “Titanic.”