For this years final project, we each had to create a six word story that tells the story of ourselves, and turn it into a six shot video. Each shot had to be a different type and angle. The first challenge for me in this final was just thinking of what my six words were going to be. After much thought, I thought of a six word story that described my life, but they were lyrics from a song. I asked my teacher if I could use six words from a song, and upon receiving his approval, I decided to make my story, "Even broken wings can fly away," from the song "Sanctuary," by Paradise Fears. I chose these lyrics because "Sanctuary" is one of my favorite songs and these lyrics in particular are very meaningful, and have motivated me continuously to keep going even when I feel broken. For the video part, I knew at once I wanted some of the shots to be of birds, hence the "even broken WINGS can FLY away." I went to film birds and the park, and ended up spending two hours filming random animals and plants at the park. It was one of the best shoots I've gone on, I spent a lot of time trying to find unique angles with the leaves on trees and the sun shining through. Also, I got to film right next to a bunny and got an extremely close up shot of the bunny. After many ruined, shaky shots, I finally got some cool shots of birds flying. My final challenge was to figure out what to use for the other shots. While at the park, I also got a really neat shot of a dandelion and blowing the white fluff off of one, and I used it in my video to symbolize another form of "flying away," being free, letting oneself live, etc. I needed two more shots, and I decided to film the looking through of a photo album with pictures of myself and my family. I really, really like how this ended up. The way I see it, and designed it to be, is that there are three different symbols of a broken wing flying away. One literal (the bird), one symbolic (the dandelion), and one relating the words to myself (the photo album), showing myself growing up and branching out. 



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