#45: Trying Something New

When I was assigned the techne development project I was ready to play it safe and pick something I was already good at and just become even better at it. However, I know that true growth stems from real change and that I need to step out of my comfort zone.

For my techne project, I want to focus on films. I have always had an appreciation for films, but I often am turned off by how long they are. It’s a big commitment to sit down for two hours and watch a movie. And what if I don’t like it? Well, then I’ve just wasted two hours.

However, spending my whole life actively avoiding watching movies has left me with little to no knowledge of classic films, actors and directors, and the art of cinematography. I wanted to take IB Film my junior year to learn about film but I couldn’t fit it into my schedule. This project is kind of going to be tailored toward the things I wish I would’ve learned in film class, but never did. However, I know a large part of learning about films is actually. watching them.

I have asked three of my closest friends who are experts on movies to recommend movies for me to watch over the next few weeks. One of those friends is Olivia, who is also the person from our class who will be checking in with me bi-weekly to monitor my progress. I am excited to watch the movies they suggest but I’m also nervous that I won’t like them. However, I am going into this with an open mind.

I hope to grow my appreciation and understanding of film, the film industry, and film analysis with this project. By the end of this project, I would like to be able to produce film analyses that discuss the underlying message within films and explore the implications of different cinematic techniques.

After each film, I will rank it on a scale of 1-10 and include a brief summary as to why I ranked it the way I did. I will also document my feelings about watching the movies as the weeks go by and keep a journal of my progress and knowledge gained.

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