May 8

Capstone #2 – Having my Interview

Over the weekend I had my interview for Capstone. Like I had said before I interviewed my aunt’s mother. Her name is Jessica Walter. When I interviewed her I didn’t have many questions but while she was talking, she basically covered everything that I needed to know about how to be prepared for an audition. During the interview I didn’t use some of my questions because I didn’t think that I needed them. Also, Jessica’s husband was there and he has been on Broadway too. It was like a double interview and I got so many quotes from them and a lot of information. After the interview she gave me one of her old head shots, and one of her knew ones. Head shots are the pictures that producers and directors use when someone auditions. She explained to me what the difference was. Older head shots were usually black and white. Not because it’s old, just because that was the style, and knew head shots are very colorful. Also, people tend to half smile in new ones. Overall, I found the interview very helpful and especially from someone that has been through all of this before.

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This is one of Jessica Walter’s head shots

May 2

Capstone #1 – Thinking About my Interview

Since I am researching Broadway Casting for my Capstone, I was thinking about who I should interview. I knew that it should definitely be someone who has experience with auditioning for Broadway and being on a Broadway show. I thought if I knew anyone that had that experience.  I realized that my aunt’s mother has been on Broadway and has been through this experience before. She would be a great resource for me during this project. The next thing I had to do was come up with as many interesting questions as I can. I started off with referring my main inquiry question for the project but making it so she could answer it in her own words. Then I began later on coming up with more complex questions, for example “Have you ever been an understudy, and if you have, how many times?” I think that during the interview it will be interesting to learn what kind of plays that she likes to perform.

April 20

Choosing a topic for Capstone

This week we started to talk about ideas for capstone. Capstone is a project related to what our interests and passions are. I started to think about what I love to do and what my interests are. I knew that I liked gymnastics, so that was an option, but then I started to think about other things that I am passionate about. I have just started an acting program and I also love to see Broadway shows, so I thought that Broadway was the perfect topic for me. I knew that I couldn’t just do Broadway and I had to narrow it down to something about Broadway. My friend Leila had a great idea and it was Broadway Casting. I loved that idea because it wasn’t such a small topic or a huge topic. Also, I already knew the perfect person to interview that would answer all of my questions about Broadway casting.

After we came up with a topic we had to think of a inquiry question that would help our research go even further. The day before we got huge pieces of paper and wrote our topic in the middle, then we got a pack of post its and wrote down all of the questions that we could think of. When I had to think of an inquiry question, I checked off all of the questions that I thought were reasonable and turned them into one question. I turned them into one question by using transitions in between each question. I think that that strategy really worked for me. When I was done I came up with a question that I thought was good, here it is. “What are the skills that you need to have to get a part and are the qualities different for particular shows.” I showed my teacher and she thought it was good but she also thought that when I did my research it would turn out to be in list form. So, I came to a different question that is open ended, “What is the process that a casting director goes through to find the best person possible for a specific part?” I think that my second one is way better than the first question and I am very excited to research about it.

 

March 23

Nerdy Derby

Today in class we did an activity that was called Nerdy Derby. The activity was when we got to make our own little cars and race them. I did mine with my best friend Samantha and we made ours very pretty. We called it the Color Convertible because we covered it in rainbow order pom poms. While making the car we had to learn how to construct a car and make the wheels be stable. To put the wheels on we had to use these things called axes which were almost little skinny straws and you hot clued then to the bottom of your car. We needed them because the wheels wouldn’t be able to move without them because you had to stick them on. After everyone had made their cars and designed them, we got to race the cars. Ours was very fast and I am guessing it was fast because it didn’t have much weight on it. Except it made me think because we raced a car that had a million heavy things on it and that car beat us. I was wondering if maybe we did need a little bit of weight. We didn’t add anything though because we loved how ours looked and if their was a beauty contest, ours would totally win. (In my opinion)

March 15

So B. It

With my partner in class we are reading the book So B. It. This book is by Sarah Weeks, and it is a social issue. In this book the main character Heidi faces many problems. Our teacher gave us these questions to answer about our book.

  • Think of one character and a challenge or difficulty she faces.
  • How does this affect how this character interacts with the world?
  • How does it affect how the character thinks or behaves when she is alone?

Heidi is a twelve year old girl that has a mother who is disabled. The mother cannot do anything for herself. So, I think that in a sort of way Heidi never got the childhood a normal child would have. She and her next door neighbor Bernie are very close. Bernie and Heidi share the responsibility of her mother. The problem with Bernie though is that she had agoraphobia. She can’t go outside so that means that Heidi does all of her shopping and things like that. Another challenge she faces is her mother has a twenty six word vocabulary and she has one word that the mother only knows what it means. That word is soof. It haunts Heidi every night and every day to know whats it means. She keeps bothering her mother to ask her what it means but her mother never answers the question. So, Heidi goes on a journey to find out what soof means.

These problems that she has really effect the way she acts to the world around her. Since her mother is disabled and Bernie has agoraphobia she has always been very caring and understanding of her mother. I think that if I ever had a mother who was like that, I would be nice in front of her but get very frustrated at times. Like I said before she didn’t exactly have the perfect childhood. She was always cleaning up after her mother and doing everything for her. She never got to be a kid. Also, she is a very brave twelve year old. When I said that she is going on a journey to find out what the word soof means I meant that she is going a long away to Liberty, New York. She is going their because she found some pictures of what she thought was her mom at a disabled home in Liberty. She knew that maybe if they had her name in the files, the owner would know her and what the word soof means.

That shows how because of this problem, it made her a very independent person. These difficulties also affect the way her actions are when she is alone. When she is alone she doesn’t get very frustrated or upset because she has learned and taught herself to keep control of her emotions. Except sometimes she does get frustrated. I think that Heidi has the right to get frustrated because most of her life revolves around her mother and her mother’s disability. Heidi never got to do something for just herself. Although, Heidi is a great person and especially daughter to her mother because of her mother’s disability.

 

March 1

Filters

In science we are studying all about pollution and the importance of clean water all around the world. So, we made groups and each group is supposed to design a filter that can make the water a lot cleaner. Everyone in the class started off with trying out three different materials that can filter the water. The first material we tried was a screen. I had doubts about the screen because it had big holes in it so all of the bad contaminants would just go right through with the dirty water. I was right because nothing changed when we filtered it. The next filter we tried was a coffee filter. I was very excited about it because I had a feeling it would work. It would definitely take out a little bit of color and also take out the microbes. This one worked but not as well as I thought it would. I don’t think it worked because it was very thin so it didn’t absorb lots of the color. After that we tried out sand and gravel. They are two materials but they had to be together to work as a filter. This one worked the best. I think it worked the best because it would first go through the sand which would soak up some of the microbes and some of the color, but when it when through the gravel it took out all of the microbes that were left.

After trying out all of those we had to make a design. Our first design we were proud of but when we started talking about it we realized that it wouldn’t work. We recognized that our first design wouldn’t work because it had way too many materials that would just absorb all the water and not come out. So we made our second design and we knew that it would work.

When we started making the filter I made a mistake and took the stopper out of the bottom of the bottle. It made all of the sand and gravel we put in fall out. It was a huge mess!!! That was one of our biggest struggles. Our design was at the bottom of the bottle it and gravel and on top of the gravel it had some sand. On top of the sand there was a coffee filter. We thought that that would get some of the color out of the contaminated water. At the top of the cup we put some of the screen and in the screen was some gravel to add some purpose to using the screen. When we tested this filter, the filtered water was graded a three out of one to five (five being the worst and one being the best). It took out all of the microbes but didn’t fully take out the color of the water.

After that we made a second design. My group thought that using cotton balls would soak up all of the color. So our next design used the materials cotton balls, coffee filters, and gravel. I had more faith in this design than the last one because of using the cotton balls. The cotton balls were a great addition to the filter. When we tried out this filter it did work, but then we had the idea to use the filtered water we just made and then put it through the process again (our water was double filtered). That made it even better. This water was a two and very close to being a one. I think that if we kept on going it would have been completely filtered. Overall both designs were really good and it was a great experience and really made me think about how I could filter water.

Documenting is an important part of the process.

February 16

Immigration Project Part Four

In school we finally finished the stop motion animation project. My group and I worked really hard on it to complete it. After finishing the filming we imported it to imovie. Then we added cool sound effects which really makes it more interesting. Then we made the voice overs which sounded really cool when attaching it to the stop motion part. After making the imovie we watched it and it was good but we needed a little fixing.

We fixed the timing of most things and then it sounded perfect. I think that we finished first because the actual movement in the stop motion was pretty simple because all they did is walk in, walk out and in and also they walked back and forth. We also had a pretty simple audio because it was just one letter and we all had our assigned parts. Also, our group at times worked really well together and got things done quickly. Overall, I think that our project was really great and that my group and I worked really hard on it.

February 14

A Long Walk To Water

In class, my teacher is reading a book to us called a Long Walk To Water. The theme of this book to me is survival. Survival can include so many different things. For example, not having food and having to hunt for it also he had to search places for food. Also, it could mean not having a home. That could mean that you have nowhere to stay, and you have to sleep outdoors which could be very dangerous.

In this book there are a lot of signs of leadership. For example in the boy Salva’s tribe there is a leader. The leader had bravery to be leading an entire tribe to keep them safe from the war. A leader also needs determination to lead his tribe. The last reason what a leader needs is intelligence. They need intelligence because if people fighting in the war were going to shoot them, it would be smart if the leader carried weapons to protect his tribe. Salva (the main character) is a leader in all of those ways. He is brave because he got separated from his family and was left all alone and he was brave enough to stand up and protect himself by walking with another group of people to a safe place. He has determination because he will do anything to find his family and that proves his determination. The last thing he has is intelligence. Because to go with all the people in his group it might lead him right to his family.

Salva’s philosophy would inspire me in life because he doesn’t look at things like they are always a bad thing, he takes them step by step until he gets where he needs to be. In life that makes me look at things as simple as a basketball game, so I take it step by step until I have done all I can do. It really helps me to reach my goals in life in easier ways. In this story perseverance is one of the most important things to look at. Perseverance is important in this story because everything is very difficult and if Salva did have perseverance, then he wouldn’t have gotten to a refugee camp, and he would be stuck in the middle of no where. Ways that I would persevere is I would try to be very patient. I would also always be looking on the bright side of things. The last reason how I persevere would be that I would always try to stay confident until I reach my goal.

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February 7

Immigration Project Part Three

Today we actually started filming. We didn’t have many problems at all. We started by taking pictures of the characters walking in and then they sat down on the bench. The next thing that happens is the panels come in. We used pictures related to the letter and printed them out and used Popsicle sticks on the back to slide them in and out. It all worked really well.