Project Proposal and Bibliography
Throughout the entire Unit 7 I was focused on my past: my home country, relationships I had there and how they are today. The family is a big part of my project as they are the only thing now that links me back to Russia. There has been a lot of scandal recently, this is the specific thing that pushed me to do this project. I believe, there has been a lot of injustice and image distortion of my father in Russian media and I felt the need to repair it and get my frustration out through my work. The name of this project is “Prison Cell” which is from Russian saying “Don’t count out a prison cell, a begging bowl may come as well.”
When I first took this project I knew it is going to be extremely hard to do as it is so complex and broad. I tried to narrow it down and focused more on my family, however I now realised that it would have been less confusing if I focused about my father’s situation, which is even more specific. I wish that I had more time so I could expand my work and to explain the whole situation in more detail. There are a lot of topics I have not yet discussed, therefore I like to think of “Prison Cell” as only a part of the story, my part of the story.
What I really like about my project is that there were both serious and funny sides. The video “Totally Real News” is a parody of news reports where I made fun of close-minded people who would believe anything they hear on TV. The film slides I made about my mother are positive and light. And finally, the collection of my conversations with relatives back in Russia are bittersweet, in some parts they are heavy. Surprisingly enough, the audience I tested my work on found it interesting as well. Even though Russia is such a different country, people still found my works somewhat relatable. I would say what’s most successful part of my work is that it is personal, which makes the message I am trying to spread quite strong.
My time management wasn’t perfect, however I am still proud how organised I was, even though I wished I had time for more and there is definitely room for improvement, for example, I wished I had done more research. For “Totally Real News” I made sure to spend a lot of time researching and came up with a lot of material. After researching other news parodies and standard reports, instead of just making fun of viewers’ thinking, it also added some general mockery of news channels. I wanted to do as much research for all of my outcomes, but didn’t manage to do that. On the other hand, I managed to edit a lot of video material for my final project with the collection of family conversations, 30 mins worth, to be exact.
75 Word Statement
This is a collection of conversations I had with my relatives through the Skype calls back in Russia. I encouraged them to be as open as they want and talk about the things they are comfortable with. Instead of doing an interview I was letting my relatives to take the lead and see where the conversations will lead. With some editing I combined the most interesting conversations in these series of videos, they are developmental, please watch them in order.