Week 12 ~ December 1, 2014

Over the break I went to California and finished all of my filming that I had to get done. I spent another day at Jon’s house filming him going to school and then coming back home. Once we got back I interviewed his two house parents that are with him all the time to get their feedback about the subject. Then for the rest of the break I was filming more about how I would keep my audience captivated and informative.  Did one more interview with his mom to get a mothers approach on the last day I was there.  I really wished I had gotten Jon’s father too but he wasn’t close enough to where I was.

Week 7 ~ November 3, 2014

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Submitted my college applications, October 29th, 2014.  I feel so happy that it was done before my November 1, 2014 deadline.  It has lifted some stress for now.  The process of waiting begins…….  

This week was devoted to reviewing/researching songs to work along with my video.  After many hours of exploring I found the perfect one, I’am so excited!!   Now to get the permission from the composer.  I researched and finally found the mother to the son and emailed her to ask for their approval.   I believe I will need more songs but this is a beginning……..

Week 5 ~ October 20, 2014


This past week I have been on overload!  I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by all.  Trying to get everything done including my Common Application Essay which if I want to apply Early Decision will have to be completed by the end of this weekend.  I will work very hard to make sure it will be completed no later then Sunday evening……..      

Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.  

“Identity” is at the heart of this prompt. What is it that makes you you? The prompt gives you a lot of latitude for answering the question since you can write about your “background or story.” Your “background” can be a broad environmental factor that contributed to your development such as growing up   with an unusual family situation. Your “story” could be an event or series of events that had a profound impact on your identity. However you approach the prompt, make sure you are inward looking and explain how and why your identity was influenced by your background or story.

I was able to meet with Dan and discuss my rubric and hand it in on time.  I have been doing a lot of reviewing of film still, I have been enjoying remembering all that I have filmed.  Getting an idea of what I will have to film again when I return to California at Thanksgiving.  

Think positive Madison……


Week 4 ~ October 13, 2014


Is there existing footage that helps tell my story or will everything need to be shot brand new? Who is your primary character(s)? What are my core story points? What are the elements of my story that are compelling and/or make me “tingle” with intrigue? How can you create that intrigue for your audience? Is there some existing situation I can film or do I need to create the moment? Hmmmm……..

This week I am beginning to start to go through all of the footage that I have accumulated and start to pick out little snip bites out of the hours and hours of film that I have. So once I travel back to California over Thanksgiving Break I will know exactly what more is needed for my film to compete it.

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Week 3 ~ October 6, 2014


Provide an opportunity to not only peek inside my progression toward mastery, but also to get me more actively engaged in understanding the learning process.

I know, I know… starting a process-folio can be confusing. Both catchy and unique this challenge is hard for me because I feel like I need lots of words to convey my message.  As this week went by, I’m researching, cutting, pasting, creating, jotted notes, journal entries, getting feedback from my mom, photos, printed e-mails, doodles and drawings that inspired me…whatever materials in some way contribute to or inform page by page.