Film – Week 11 – Updating Workflow – Mind Like Water

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“Have a mind like water.”

― David Allen,  GTD


This week, I learned some basics of the first part of film production. To go along with film production, I learned some film history from The History of Film video.


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To structure my day in order to maximize the production of the D.O.S.E happiness brain chemicals, I start by waking up at 5:30 every morning. By waking up at earlier times, I am able to avoid procrastination and use the time before class to do assignments or exercise. Every day, I have a to-do list of what I need to get done, I listen to music, I try to go out in the sunlight and take a walk, and definitely find a way to laugh. By doing this, I cross out something on each brain chemical list. I definitely deal with anxiety and stress, so I have found it’s important to start the day off well by getting things done. I hate pushing things off until later because I would rather just get stuff done.


I learned how PSAs are made and the importance of what is included to make the point clear. I also learned about some film history using some older classic films as an example.

A problem I solved was not understanding brain chemicals. I now know what the chemicals are and how to boost them. WEEKLY ACTIVITY EVALUATION

Story of Film – Episode 1 – Birth of the Cinema

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The following material is from Wikipedia.

Saving Private Ryan (1998) dir. Steven Spielberg

Shot on beach in Ireland. Brought feeling to make us feel like we are there.

Three Colors: Blue (1993) dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

using cinema with white light on screens for empathy.

Casablanca (1942) dir. Michael Curtiz

Highlights in eyes to draw attention. Too romantic to be classical.

The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) dir. Yasujirō Ozu

Hollywood isn’t classical, Japan is.

Odd Man Out (1947) dir. Carol Reed

Looks at bubbles in spilled drink.

Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

A character is in trouble, bubbles in spilled drink.

Taxi Driver (1976) dir. Martin Scorsese

Looking into bubbles to see troubles.

The French Connection (1971) dir. William Friedkin

Car chasing train. Excitement through sound of tires.

1895-1918: The World Discovers a New Art Form or Birth of the Cinema

Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888) dir. Louis Le Prince

The Kiss (1896 film) (a.k.a. May Irwin Kiss) (1896) dir. William Heise

Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895) dir. Louis Lumière

Short documentary of everyday life.

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1896) dir. Louis Lumière

Audience felt the train was coming at them.

Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1894-1896 ?) dir. William Kennedy Dickson or William


Make people want to be a princess or hero or cowboy.

Sandow (1894) dir. William Kennedy Dickson

What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901) dir. George S. Fleming and Edwin S. Porter

Give an image to flip through in heads.

Cendrillon (1899) dir. Georges Méliès

Made people seem to appear.

Le voyage dans la lune (1902) dir. Georges Méliès

First special effects.

La lune à un mètre (1898) dir. Georges Méliès

The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) dir. George Albert Smith

Ghostly effect from filming on train.

Shoah (1985) dir. Claude Lanzmann

Shots from train making it very serious.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) dir. Stanley Kubrick

Phantom ride to go through colored light. Outer body experience.

The Sick Kitten (1903) dir. George Albert Smith

Close up to show cat eating.

October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1928) dir. Sergei Eisenstein

Close up to give sense of movement and tragedy with dead women.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) dir. Sergio Leone

Close up to understand he found the murderer.

The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897) dir. Enoch J. Rector

Different size of film to show more action.

1903-1918: The Thrill Becomes Story or The Hollywood Dream

Life of an American Fireman (1903) dir. Edwin S. Porter

Street action is shown then the same action from inside.

Sherlock Jr. (1924) dir. Buster Keaton

Double exposure to show dream. A cut is then used.

The Horse that Bolted (1907) dir. Charles Pathé

Left horse on street, man climbs stairs, horse is eating food, cuts to man, cut to horse. Here it shows parallel editing.

The Assassination of the Duke of Guise (a.k.a. The Assassination of the Duc de Guise) (1908) dir. Charles le Bargy and André Calmettes

Showed back to camera, hen showed reverse angle shot.

Vivre sa vie (1962) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

No one knew actors, not even their name.

Those Awful Hats (1909) dir. D. W. Griffith

Actress known, but knew nothing else about her.

The Mended Lute (1909) dir. D. W. Griffith

Actress said was dead, but showed up again in this movie.

The Abyss (1910) dir. Urban Gad

Actress became famous. She was more sexual.

Stage Struck (1925) dir. Allan Dwan

showed costumes and added luxury.

The Mysterious X (1914) dir. Benjamin Christensen

Cross cutting. A dream caught on film.

Häxan (1922) dir. Benjamin Christensen

Multiple light sources, complex film.

Ingeborg Holm (1913) dir. Victor Sjöström

Naturalism and grace.

The Phantom Carriage (1921) dir. Victor Sjöström

multilayer film. Many moods and stories.

Shanghai Express (1932) dir. Josef von Sternberg

Youth and glamor.

The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) dir. Charles Tait

First feature length movie.

The Squaw Man (1914) dir. Oscar Apfel and Cecil B. DeMille

First Hollywood movie. Eyes matched to add emotion. Broke 180 degree rule.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) dir. Irvin Kershner

Followed rule to add effect.

Falling Leaves (1912) dir. Alice Guy-Blaché

Added movements to create story. Tied leaves on trees.

Suspense (1913) dir. Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber

Split screen to show all 3 people at same time. mirror shot.

The Wind (1928) dir. Victor Sjöström

Wind seems to blast imagine. Acted like thriller but felt like a dream.

Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest (1908) dir. J. Searle Dawley

Painted skyline.

The House with Closed Shutters (1910) dir. D. W. Griffith

Film needed to match the outside world. Natural details like wind in trees.

Way Down East (1920) dir. D. W. Griffith

Orphans of the Storm (1921) dir. D. W. Griffith

Visual softness and backlit to give hallow to hair.

The Birth of a Nation (1915) dir. D. W. Griffith

Showed danger of cinema. Showed racist flag.

Rebirth of a Nation (2007) dir. DJ Spooky

Looked like scribbling on screen.

Cabiria (1914) dir. Giovanni Pastrone

moving dolly shots. Using elephants to show scale.

Intolerance (1916) dir. D. W. Griffith

showed human intolerance. Multiple story lines. Using different times in history.

Souls on the Road (a.k.a. Rojo No Reikan) (1921) dir. Minoru Murata

2 story lines intertwined that come together in the end.

Film – Week 10 – GTD – Getting Things Done – Part 2


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Teens are overwhelmed, partly because they don’t yet have the skills to manage the unprecedented amount of stuff that enters their brains each day.  – from

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

― David Allen, (GTD) Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World


This week I learned about systems to get things done. I was able to identify what I learned and how to use it in my daily life.


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The Getting Things Done process is an important skill to learn while you are young. It is hard for teenagers to stay organized especially with the distraction of social media, so it is important to develop your own system to actually get things done. When given a task, the first step is to just figure out what it is and what needs to be accomplished. Many people get lost at this first task and instantly fail at getting things done. You then need to decide the time it takes to do the task and what the steps are to do it. Basically, people just need to understand that there are ways to ensure tasks will get done successfully by just following a personal Get Things Done System.


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GTD-based Trusted System

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My trusted system is paper and pen or pencil



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I learned the importance of deciding the time it takes to complete a task before making a plan. I have been so used to just doing things and hoping I can get it done in time without putting much thought in.

A problem I solved was time management when deciding the order of what I need to get done.

I also solved my problem of thinking I was the only one who struggled to understand the importance of staying organized through the getting things done process. It seems many people get disorganized at times and also need a reminder of what to do.

Film – Week 8 – Screenwriting

Kicking Television

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“You can’t fix a bad script after you start shooting. The problems on the page only get bigger as they move to the big screen.” – Howard Hawks


This week I learned some film history from Sneak on the Lot, basics of story telling from Every Story is the Same, and had some fun thinking about stories.


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Today on Sneak On The Lot, I learned about the basics of filmmaking. I was able to learn some history and fun facts as well as important information I will need for making films.


Things that create tension for me:

  • When I’m in class and my internet flickers or goes out
  • If I’m about to go to the post office and someone places an order
  • When I have a ton of homework and my teachers keep assigning more
  • My room is super cold during the day but will feel like it’s 100 degrees at 3am
  • When my sister bakes desserts full of sugar and I know if I eat them I will feel sick because I’m sucrose intolerant, but they always taste so good
  • Feeling super tired in the day and then not being able to fall asleep at night
  • Practicing for the SAT and continuing to miss the same questions continuously for months
  • Caring about school and then having random people tell me I’m a try hard and that doing homework isn’t important
  • Taking showers when someone starts doing the dishes or laundry causing the water to go cold


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  • Two siblings fighting over who gets to sit in the front seat of the car
  • A character is working on their online school work and someone keeps turning the internet off causing the first character to have to restart their work
  • Driving anywhere in Olympia at night and seeing a deer on the side of the road and having the fear of it jumping out in front of you
  • A character has been super excited to eat their leftover food from a restaurant but they walk to the kitchen and another character is already eating it
  • One character goes online shopping and their mail keeps getting stolen so they fill a box up with a prank and leave it out for the robber to steal.


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I really enjoyed watching Every Story Is The Same because it pieced together what actually is used to give stories an entertaining point. I never realized that the circle may apply to characters as well as the plot.


Today I learned the circle from Every Story is the Same can apply to characters as well as the story line. I have always found hero’s journey to be interesting and this was a very similar idea. I really enjoyed knowing that now when I write stories, I will be able to apply the 8 steps and have a much better story than I normally write. Today I solved the problem of really understanding time management. I used to sit down and spend hours doing assignments that could have taken a lot less time. I have started setting timers to do all my class work and I am really starting to be more efficient and more relaxed.

Film – Week 7 – Tools, Time, and Rooms

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I found the assignments this week to be very important for the rest of the year. This week covered a lot of the necessary basics, like Sneak on the Lot and finding an editor.


I found a playlist that gives clear and quick instructions for Shotcut. The YouTube channel is based around free software for computers. The playlist is specifically the basics for using Shotcut and starts with the very beginning of downloading the editor to your computer.


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The work I did on Sneak on the Lot was very interesting. I read through the overview and points of how the website works, which included some videos. In the end, I took a quiz on what the lesson went over. I found the First Time User Activity to be very helpful and it really increased my understanding on how the website works and why it works that way.


The coldness outside set an unhappy mood. I thought about all the homework assignments I needed to complete as well as the projects I needed to do for my job. I have never liked cold weather and the crisp October air did not help brighten my day. All I could think about were the assignments I still needed to complete, 2 tests I would have to take, and warm chocolate lava cake. The thought of cake just made me sad since I am sucrose intolerant and no sugar free desserts taste good. I missed the warm weather. Thoughts about how I should have spent more time outside in the sun filled my mind. I have never really understood how people can sit outside for hours trying to tan or just simply enjoy the warmth. I would always go outside and immediately get bored. But now I wished I could go back to summer when I had no worries about school and didn’t have to walk in the rain. The rain has always bothered me. I hate parking lots where you either have to walk a long distance or deal with traffic close to the building. I always hated the Capital parking lot. You could get a close parking spot if you got to school very early, but no matter what trying to leave at the end of the school day was a disaster. At least with virtual learning I don’t have to deal with the school parking lot. I continued my walk thinking about the business I run. I needed to start making the holiday soaps, but I would need to finish all of my homework before starting.

Week 9 – GTD – Getting Things Done – Part 1

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Your toughest work is defining what your work is! –  Peter Drucker


This week I got assignments done for other classes. I learned some good habits like setting timers to take breaks.


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  • 3 questions about the IA for business management
  • Business management reading
  • Drawing for literature
  • Math homework due Wednesday
  • Historian Questions
  • List of supporting documents for business management IA
  • Optional questions for Chem
  • Revisions for Chem quiz


Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
  • Drawing for Literature
  • 3 questions about the IA
  • Business management reading
  • Math homework
  • Historian questions
  • Revisions for Chem quiz
  • Optional questions for Chem
  • List of supporting documents for business management IA



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Oct. 2020 Lucidchart interview with David Allen
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Image from FastCompany Magazine,

Getting to the top of the colorful list isn’t easy, but a good start is just thinking happy thoughts.

The GTD process can help you tame the crazy-busy dragon of modern life by starting from the beginning and understanding what is the cause of the dragon. Once you figure out where to start, you can begin the steps of erasing the issues. Just work through what needs to be done until the idea of the dragon is gone.

I thought the first 30 seconds of the video were very interesting. He simply explained the steps that should be easy and well known. The begging on the GTD process starts at the red at the bottom of the colorful picture. As you reach goals, you move up until everything is complete at the purple on top.

OPTIONAL EXERCISE – Literally, read the article and go for another walk 🙂

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“I coach C-suite executives and rising stars from the earliest startups to Fortune 100 companies. My passion is to help ambitious leaders achieve their full human potential.”  – Read more about Katia…


  • I learned the importance of taking a break to just breathe. I so often will sit doing homework for extended periods of time forgetting to eat or drink water. The author of the story really emphasized setting timers to get things done but to also still take care of yourself.
  • I have solved the problem of when is the right time for me to work. I know I’m a morning person, but I find myself getting distracted and working at night instead. I know I need to make sure I do important work in the morning.