Capstone Blog Post #3

As Capstone continues, we had to have an interview. I just did my interview yesterday. For my interview, I decided to interview my uncle. His name is Zef Balbona. I decided to interview my uncle because he has experience acting and has seen movie making evolve over time.

At first, I was slightly nervous about my interview. This was because I wasn’t sure if interviewing an actor would quite work. Another reason of why I was nervous is because if he wasn’t able to answer my second question, he couldn’t answer the rest of the questions. Then, my interview would have flopped and it would have probably be too late to find another interview because we have to have our interview done by the end of this week.

On the other hand, I texted my uncle the questions, and asked him if they were answerable for him. Luckily, they were. I’m happy I asked him in advance because if the questions weren’t answerable, again my interview would have flopped and it would be really hard to find another one in time.

My interview went great! I learned some many new things that haven’t come up in books. I had all of my questions answered very well and in detail. I also asked additional questions that just popped up in my head that I thought would help.

Zef really helped me with my interview questions. He especially helped me with my second question about acting changing over time. He told me about this teacher in Russia that taught a lot of lessons of acting and these lessons still are getting passed on today. This happened about 100 years ago. Since then, he states he hasn’t seen acting change much since then.

Overall, I thought my interview went really well and I definitely learned some new information!

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe #2

In the book, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, there are four siblings living with a professor. One of the four siblings isn’t like the other four. His name is Edmund. I think Edmund gets his power in a negative way.


One reason why I think Edmund gets his power in a bad way is because Edmund got power by lying to the other siblings about Narnia being fake. In my opinion, I think this is a bad way to get power because usually you would want power for a good reason. Also, lying leads to bigger consequences.  


Another reason why I think Edmund gets his power in a negative way is because at one point in the book, his siblings realize Edmund was missing while they were at the beaver’s house. Edmund made everyone worry about him and stop what they were doing. I think this is a really negative and disrespectful way to get power.


Overall, Edmund doesn’t quite realize all this. Additionally, Edmund’s personality isn’t that nice in general.

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

In the book, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, four siblings are playing hide and seek and this sibling, Lucy hid in a wardrobe. This wardrobe ended up to be magic. Lucy traveled through the wardrobe and ended up in this place called Narnia. In Narnia there is this character named the White Witch. I think the White Witch has the power.


I think the Witch has the power because she can basically control Narnia. She has the power to control if it’s winter or not. Everyone is kind of scared of her.


In addition, another reason why I think the White Witch has the power is because she threatened to do bad things to a faun if he found the daughter of Eve and didn’t kidnap her. Basically the white witch wants the faun to kidnap the daughter of Eve (the girl).


The only thing that can stop the White Witch from controlling Narnia is if four people fill four stones. As a matter of fact, the fuan found the daughter of Eve, but didn’t kidnap her.

Capstone #2

Blog Post #2

By Gabi Smajlaj


Recently, we have just began the next two steps of Capstone. This has been kind of challenging, let me tell you more about it. The next steps of Capstone was to come up with a main inquiry question and sub questions. At first, our teacher gave us a poster board where we could come up with as many possible inquiry questions for our topic. I had so many questions, I thought it was going to be so hard to choose from. Once we came up with all of those questions, our teacher told us to select three questions from our poster and write them down. Then, I had to select one question from those three questions. Right away, I eliminated one of my questions because I realized it was an opinion question. Now, I was left with two. I really had to think about which question I wanted to research. I kept in mind that this question can’t be a question you can just look up online. Neither one of my questions were, anyway. After, a while I decided on my question. My question is: how has movie-making evolved over time and what elements contribute to a movie’s success or failure?


The next step was to come up with sub questions. Sub questions are questions that help you through the way of your main inquiry question. To help me, I used my poster board to look back at my other questions that could be helpful.  Currently, Ii’m still in the middle of coming up with my sub questions.