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Perspective

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“Perspective” is a video essay composed by Sarah Minor, a first year PhD candidate in Creative Nonfiction Writing, in the Spring of 2015 in response to an assigned video essay project.     This project was built through WeVideo using footage taken on an iPhone5 in Arizona, Iowa, and Ohio. The footage in the essay that depicts a close-up shot of an eye, and scenes of hand-drawn diagrams were shot using a Panasonic AG-AF100 Camera and a Manfrotto Tripod‪. The audio was recorded and edited through Audacity. This project is investigating the larger concept of “Perspective” as a loose term applying to physical processes, artistic theory, and personal experience. The essay explores how perspective is literally shaped in the human body, as well as how optical shifts influence the narrator and her perspective on herself and her family. The genre of the Video Essay is a literary form...

An Act

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I am conducting a creative research with the goal of writing a neo-neo realist feature screenplay hybrid of documentary and fiction: An Act is a feature-length narrative film exploring the aftermath of unsubstantiated accusations of sexual harassment that damaged a career of a young student actor. The fictionalized story is inspired by real life’s events that tore apart an idealistic theatre community and broke the dreams and lives of those involved. The real persons in the incident will work with me closely to help capture the nuances and complexities of the issues surrounding it. I will be utilizing the neo-neo realist model in my writing and directing the film to deliver an authentic portrayal of the characters and events. Stylistically, the film will blend narrative fiction and documentary. I’ve already received the CoFA Creative Research Award (October 2014) for the purpose of...

Soldier Daughter

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Soldier Daughter takes an oral history approach to examining the lives of two individuals, myself and my father, in order to create a historical record, as well as broaden the definition of what it is to be a “soldier”. This project takes a glimpse into my father’s life, as well as my life, in an effort to discover newfound insights about how our pasts shape us and uncover the driving forces in our lives. These investigations result in a fresh, thoughtful view on our father-daughter relationship and a deeper understanding of the trials we overcame to become who we are today: soldiers. Soldier Daughter accomplishes the task of preserving my father’s story, specifically, his military service in the Vietnam War. This was obviously a significant period in his life, and one that I knew very little about. Not only was it important for me to understand my father’s experiences in the war, but...

Temporal Landscape

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In the junior level course, Place, Space, and Landscape our class was given the task of showing the passage of time. I decided to do this by showing the otherwise overlooked changes in Athens by accelerating a day to be shown in a matter of minutes.      

The Machinery Audio Essay

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This piece explores questions of machinery, the human body, masculinity, and health. Its jumping-off point is sounds made by machines, and the piece includes such sounds. The voice-overs narrate stories of men (mis)using and repairing machines. This research is being conducting to ask questions about preparedness and care. Its process was one of shaping elements personal narrative which were combined with sound. I created it mostly in the winter of 2014-15 in Athens, with great help from The Create Space’s Portabooth. This portable sound booth silenced air conditioners and other background noises so that voice-overs could be smooth.      

Babel Portrait Series #4

By Ryan Davis

The Babel Portrait project is a continuation of a year-long investigation in what Blackness means in the current cultural landscape. This work has manifested itself through audio works and paintings. For this particular creative research I am doing portraits and full figure paintings of Black Americans between 18-26. This age represents the current generation that is coming into fruition through social and political environments. The first part of this project is to find a person and make photographic references. I will create paintings from these reference photographs. The intent of the paintings are to generate a conversation around the idea of Black as a predominant label that warps our perception of the perception as an individual. On March 21st I photographed a young lady who is a senior undergraduate student of Ohio University.    

The Sailing Cart

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This work explores the relationship between everyday items and life as performance. By slightly transforming disregarded and forgotten objects, there is a sense of wonder and a newfound appreciation. As an object’s utility changes, so does its relationship with the world around it. Through observation and report transcending objects’ set functions leaves the viewer with a hymn to the limits of our existence as well as the limits of the world around us.      

Love and the Nasty

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A film about the pains of sexual and emotional desire in a cold and alienating world. Love and the Nasty is a short narrative film written and directed by Sam Stewart, a 2nd Year MFA film student in the OU School of Film, Theater, and Dance. The film was produced over two consecutive weekends in March of 2015, for a total of five shoot days across two apartment locations.  Throughout the film we follow the story of Bill, a young male protagonist, whose loneliness and sexual dissatisfaction has led him to the services of Mindy, a dominatrix prostitute.  But is Mindy the answer to Bill’s problems, or is she just another distraction from a life without easy answers?  Shot using Bolex lenses, the images have been white balanced for color correction with the intent of further saturating the world in rich, stylized color schemes that accentuate the dysfunctional lives of the...

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