The Courage to be Kind

Maddie Johnson-Harwitz

Final Film

Louie Adamian

Pressure To Be Fast

Jakob Sperry

Pressure to be fast uses real footage from a high-pressure event and narration to evoke thought about internal pressure. 

This film uses footage from my past bike trip, images of my grandfather and videos of my father and I working. The combination of these shots and a narration engages the idea of internal pressure and how it affects people. Using Adobe primmer I assembled my film and slowed down the shots to create a tone of reflection. The film's purpose is to share a story about my experience and allow people to reflect on their own internalized pressure. The shots were mostly filmed last summer on my bike trip. In addition, I decided to frame my shots head-on, putting either my dad or myself at the center of attention. These shots do not distract from the rest of the film because they are more bland and flat. My film jumps back and forth between my bike trip and my family. I think this develops the story by slowly adding more to why it is important.


Louie Adamian

My film represents my anxiety and how it has affected my life. My entire film was shot on the Sony A7RII and Sony A7III. I used cinematography to show emotion and represent the feelings of anxiety. 

My project talks about mental health, which is often perceived as a taboo topic. While the film doesn't explicitly aim to help people, it could connect with similar mental health experiences. The shots represent how I see the world with my anxiety vs. the reality of the world. The shots resemble a time when I was anxious or panicked, so they are filmed close-up to make the viewer feel and understand the discomfort of the situation. Close up handheld shots and very dark shots with only the subject lit The shots also served to represent anxiety that was not portrayed through the narration. I edited my film to be somewhat choppy because it conveys the unpredictability and tumultuous nature of anxiety My hope is for the viewers of my film better understand what it is like to live with anxiety.

The Voicemail

Tinna Grönfeldt

“The Voicemail” is a short film that touches on the subject of change and loss and aims to evoke the emotion of nostalgia and longing for reconnection. The story is told from a first person´s perspective and is an artistic expression of the filmmaker´s emotions that followed a challenging event in her life. The viewers follow the narrator as she leaves a voicemail to her late grandfather. She uses the voice message to reflect on old times and to fill him in on what he has been missing. The shots feature the filmmaker´s day to day life in a new city, her perspective, and experiences. It is not obvious at first that her grandfather has passed away. The storyline makes it seem as if they have not been in touch for a while rather than explicitly say that he has, in fact, passed away. It is not until the very end that the viewer realizes that he is no longer with her. The film uses slow ambient music and long shots to create an atmosphere that compliments the narration.

The short film was inspired by conversations that the filmmaker had with her grandfather on her way home from school every day, for months, after his passing. This was a way of coping with her loss. The film was created as a final goodbye. It also takes a positive and heartwarming spin on what society generally deems as a dramatic experience. 


Christopher Kitchen
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Portfolio Day January 3rd

Jenny Kinard

Portfolio Day

After the Final Presentation, you have the opportunity to consider your presentation in light of final feedback and discussion. You will spend additional time reviewing you presentations, refining you portfolio, and polishing you work before it is made public on the internet.

The Self Evaluation is an opportunity for you to reflect on your work during the Studio. Students and Coaches receive the same prompts and categories, and the students will evaluate their own progress and skill levels in Design Skills and Subject Skills applicable to the studio both numerically and textually. Through a narrative, you will also reflect on the quality and rigor of your work, give feedback on the studio, and have the opportunity to receive similar feedback directly from the coach.


Maddie Johnson-Harwitz
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Presentation Post - Film & Animation SP18

Andrew Todd Marcus


This post's privacy is set to Everyone. This post showcases your final design by telling the comprehensive story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested. The arc of the story should encompass the, How of your project in a compelling narrative. It showcases your design process including your brainstorming, each of your iterations, and your final prototype. It allows the viewer to delve deeply into your process.

  • Every Slide should have a Title and Caption.
    The body of this post is The Brief. You should include a version of the Brief for each collaborator in the project.
  • This post will be used in your review presentation at the end of the session.

You are encouraged to make your narrative as compelling as possible. All of the content below should be included, but if you would like to rearrange the material in order to tell your story differently, work with your coach.


Your presentation is a narrative, and the introduction sets up the scene for that story. Here you introduce the project, say why it is important, and summarize what you did.

TITLE WITH TAGLINE: This slides shows a crisp, clear final image and the title of your project. with a pithy blurb describing the project. The image, name, and tagline should draw a viewer in. 


  • Night of NuVu - When Zombies Attack NuVu Prom, Horror Ensues
  • T is for Talent - A Day in the Life of an MBTA Busker
  • Seed to Soup - An Animated Fable of Food and Hope

EVOCATIVE  IMAGE: This is a single image that shows a clear image that evokes the soul of your project. This image helps set up the why in a compelling way, sets the stage for your narrative, and will help frame the entire presentation. The caption of this slide (set with the Edit Captions button when editing your post) should discuss the context of your project. No Text on the slide.

THESIS STATEMENT: This is a TEXT ONLY slide for which briefly describes the Soul and Bodyof your project. You can use the project description from your Brief or write something new. This statement ties together your narrative.


  • The Cocoon:  A wearable sculpture that explores the concept of transformations and death. The Cocoon explores the spiritual journey beyond the human experience; what it means to be human, how wonder effects us, and the concept of what happens after death.
  • Body Accordion: A musical prosthetic that translates the wearer’s body movements into a dynamic multimedia performance. The Body Accordion converts flex sensor input to sound through Arduino, MaxMSP, and Ableton Live. 
  • Seed to Soup Animation: A whimsical animation about the slow food movement. Seed to Soup showcases a holistic method of cooking. From garden, to kitchen, to dinner table.
  • Antlers: A wearable sculpture inspired by antlers found in the deer and antelope family. "Antlers" explores the comparison between armor and attraction. 


The Process Portion of your presentation tells the story of how you conceived of and produced your film or animation. It should include:

NITIAL STORYBOARD (1 slide):  A scan of your original storyboard. If your original is illegible or hard to understand, you should create a cleaner version. Preferably in marker pen.Make sure the storyboard is in the right orientation. You can include 2 boards on 1 slide. No Text.

PRODUCTION DECISIONS (1 slide minimum, 2 slides maximum): These slides show the changes you made after your initial edits. These should NOT include screenshot of your editing software. You can choose stills, a sketch of camera angles, or other representations of decisions you made. The caption should clearly explain the decisions and their ramifications. No Text.

ANALYSIS: (2 slides minimum, 3 slides maximum): The next part of the process post retrospectively express and explain your idea and process. They should include:

  • Final Storyboard :  A storyboard of the final cut of the film. Work in a graphics software and maintain a high production value. ALL film and animation projects should have this analysis.
  • Technical Analysis: A diagram showing your technical workflow. This should not be a screenshot of your editing software. ALL film and animation projects should have this analysis.
  • Character/Scene Development: If appropriate, include asset development (such as character or scene) sketches (primarily for animation studios.)


The Final Portion of your presentation is the resolution of your narrative in which you show your completed work. Final stills leave a visual impression as you discuss your work with critics.

SHOW FILM OR ANIMATION - Pause in your presentation to do this. Video/Book/Etc is a separate post.

FINAL IMAGE: (1-3 slides) The last slide should have representative still images or GIFS of the final project. 

Hi everyone,

I hope you're having a great and restful weekend! Amro and I decided to adapt the standard brief to better fit the Reflections of Film class. Please read the directions below and reach out if you have any questions! Please upload your completed Outline + Draft by Tuesday, December 18 at 9:00am.

Thanks so much,


The Brief (Adapted) - Part 1 - Outline

------Copy & Paste this section below into a new post and answer ALL of the questions completely ---- 

The Brief Part 1 - Outline

Answer the following questions in full, complete sentences. Title the post "Brief Outline" and post it in the Writing Tab of your Project. Every student must do this assignment. Cut and paste the assignment below and write your answers below each point. You must respond to ALL items. Click Shift-Return to start a new line.

  1. Write a A 1-2 sentence project description. This description should not include the name of the project and should be written in the third person. 
    1. What is the "soul" of your project? Describe the idea of the project in conceptual terms. This should paint a conceptual picture in the readers mind. (1 sentences)
    2. What is the "body" of your project? Describe the basic technical or physical construction of the project. This should NOT go into excessive detail, just provide an overview. Describe the project to someone with no technical knowledge in as few words as possible. The reader should be able to envision what the project looks like. ( sentences)

      Night Light Blankie: A child's sensory blanket that provides comfort and privacy in the high stress environment of the hospital using weight, textures, and light. The blanket transforms into a mini light up fort over a child’s head.
      Cocoon: a shroud that explores human spirituality and the concept of life after death through the use of repetitive religious iconography. Composed of over 300 pieces of laser cut balsa wood lined with space tape, the icons are arranged using a mathematical strange attractor.
  2. How did you come up with the idea for your film? Why is this idea so important to you? Why is it important for you to tell? Questions to consider: 
    1. What social issue does your film engage? (1 sentence)
    2. Who is your project helping?  (1 sentence)
    3. How does the film offer a unique perspective? This can be in a simple physical way or in a complex social way. (1 sentence)
    4. What important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise? (1 sentence)
  3. How were your shots created? 
    1. How did you decide which shots to take? 
    2. Why did you decide to shoot from a specific angle vs. another? 
    3. What makes these shots important and meaningful to your film? 
  4.   Describe your editing process:
    1. What is the basic technology behind your project? (1 sentence)
    2. Why and how did you choose a specific flow to your film? 
    3. What is the importance of timing and spacing? How does it capture the emotion you seek to evoke? (1 sentence)
  5. What emotion or message do you wish to evoke? 
    1. As a final reflection and message to viewers, what do you hope they learned or felt after viewing your film? 

Now that you have created a document that outlines all of the information you want to relate in the Brief, it is time to weave that information together into a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What and Who of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested.

Good luck!