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MANCHESTER | DERBYSHIRE | OXFORD “DIRTY OLD TOWN” Ewan MacColl hit the nail on the head when he used “Dirty old town” to describe Manchester (but in the most loving and, now, nostalgic of ways). Manchester, England is my second-favorite city on earth. Who couldn’t love a city that is so terribly beautiful yet so […]

Recently, my co-worker, Chip, traveled to London on holiday for 2 weeks. Having come back to work and animatedly describing his adventures and the oddities he encountered whilst there, I’ve begun reflecting about my own enchanting time in the U.K. So I figured I’d keep it simple. Before I left for the U.K., I knew […]

I’m not going to waste much time going into excuses as to why I haven’t updated the blog nor posted since November, when I linked my final dissertation film to the world. I’ve been busy. Let’s just leave it at that and move on! So, during my hiatus, I’ve been keeping myself quite busy. I […]

Well, there you have it. The much-anticipated title of my film. Do you like it? It’s okay, I’m not sure about it either. Well, I thought I liked it at first, which is why it’s what I called my film, but now I’ve grown a bit detached from it and sometimes find it cringe-worthy. But […]

The editing of my farm project is well underway. It’s crazy to think that in just two weeks’ time, my classmates, professors, and complete strangers will be watching my final product in the auditorium downstairs. And shortly after that, it will be available for the world on the web. Graham asked to be included in […]

Happy last week of filming to me! I’m approaching the last bits and bobs of my shooting: gathering a final interview, recording more of a baby chick in the yard (who grows an astounding amount each week), and just some general soundscapes. So last week, I gave Graham (my main character) an assignment. When struggling […]

Excuse me for my long and unexplained absence. After a death in the family and a visit back home to Michigan to be with them, I’m back in Manchester and ready to blog. I’m actually writing this on the train that goes from New Mills, where the farm is, to Manchester Picadilly train station. It’s […]

I think the world is a beautiful place. This planet never ceases to amaze me. We are surrounded by beauty every day. And this isn’t just because I just came back from one of the most picturesque countries on the planet…I was actually thinking about this on the bus last night, as I watched an […]

So, how does one prepare to shoot an ethnographic film? Well, I suppose that there are two elements to consider: the physical and the mental. Physically, I’m pretty prepared for the job. My camera kit, which includes my camera, microphones, cables, boom pole, and tripod, was all issued to me yesterday. Mentally, I’m chomping at […]

Finally, it’s here! Feedback from our class Our film was screened for our class and supervisors on May 23rd in the Granada Centre. The feedback was generally all positive, and a discussion ensued related to choices in subtitling, the equal inclusion of our two stories (Easter and their immigrant lives), the introductions of our characters, […]