Here is a look at one member of a team of people stocking tens of thousands of soft drink bottles before the Ohio State Spring Scrimmage.
We went to the Drexel Theatre just outside Columbus, OH to shoot a monthly screening of The Room, a 2003 film starring, written, produced and directed by Tommy Wiseau. Considered one of the worst films of all time, The Room is a modern cult film similar to the Rocky Horror Picture Show or Troll 2 among other famous cult films.
Soundcloud and Soundbooth combined together to help me count from 1 to 10.
Stories have been the way in which we communicate information and tell tales amongst each other. But what is the best way to tell the story?
As I write this, I finished watching the movie Requiem for a Dream earlier in the night. Based on a novel by Hubert Selby, Jr. this story might be the most gripping and shocking story I’ve ever seen or read.
This is the type of story that the written word doesn’t do justice. Some stories need to have a visual element, whether it’s about news or a drama about drug addiction.
The written word is great in it’s own way, in that it has been around for centuries, and has been the main form of communication for just as long.
But in the 20th century came the advancement of the photograph, moving pictures or movies as they’re called now.
And if we can learn anything from movies like Requiem for a Dream, it’s that images and sound do more than plain text ever could more times than not.
But is there still room for text? Absolutely.
The written word will never die, it’s just a matter of in what way it is used.
The written word lets us see the story in our own way, with characters and settings that are left to the imagination of the reader.
While video and imagery give only one true reality, they give the correct image and supplement the text and the two complement each other to give the full story.
That’s journalism in the 21st century in a nutshell. The need to utilize not just what people read, but what they see and hear is what makes storytelling more effective and user-friendly.
Films and journalism are without a doubt in their own separate worlds, but they do have one thing in common: if done right, they can tell a great story.
426 Assignment #1
1. Creative Device: Panning, shot by moving camera in coordination with car
2. Creative Device: Action, shot using continuous shoot mode on camera
3. Creative Device: Rule of thirds, focusing on Thompson statue while also capturing pedestrians in shot and backgrounds to the right
4. Creative Device: Diagonal lines, shot with diagonal sidewalk in front of RPAC pointing to a white car
5. Creative Device: reflection, shot close to RPAC on outside and got reflection of pedestrians
Any sports fan would love the collection of sports films that ESPN produced in 2010 called 30 for 30, which were 30 films done by 30 different filmmakers of sports history from the last 30 years.
While they all present very entertaining stories, one that will stick with me that I saw for the first time last weekend was a film by Jonathan Hock called The Best That Never Was: Marcus Dupree.
The story centered around running back Marcus Dupree who in 1981 was recruited by over 100 Division I colleges out of Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Dupree may have been the greatest athlete ever, with the size of Jim Brown and sprinter’s speed. He committed to Oklahoma over Texas among other schools, and was incredible in his first season under Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer.
Heading into the 1983 Fiesta Bowl, Dupree rushed for over 1,100 yards and 14 TDs, but showed up for the bowl game overweight. Despite that, he rushed for a Fiesta Bowl record 249 yards on just 17 carries, and even more unbelievable, did not carry the ball in the second half.
He had been criticized by coach Switzer after the game, a 32-21 loss to Arizona State, who said that if Dupree were in shape, “You’d have rushed for over 400 yards.”
That type of criticism plus a concussion suffered in his sophomore season, in which he was a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, led to Dupree leaving Oklahoma and disappearing altogether for a week.
After he was ineligible to play football at Southern Mississippi, much closer to home, Dupree went to the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers.
He had a solid first year with the Breakers, but suffered a painful knee injury in his second year that all but ended his football career.
For a young man with a chance to be the best ever, the crash from college superstar to career-ending injury was very seismic.
Dupree would get his shot at an NFL dream in 1990, and joined the Los Angeles Rams for the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
Though he did not have much success and only had one TD in those seasons, that type of comeback is something to marvel.
So, the question that looms from this documentary is if Dupree was a failure or was his career the result of bad luck?
That is for the viewer to decide. But as a whole, it is a well-done film and you get a lot of testimony from Dupree himself, who is currently a commercial truck driver.
The story of Marcus Dupree is something that we never hear much anymore, but it may be one of the most compelling and intriguing sports stories of all time.
As a whole, I feel that this may be one of the best if not the best documentaries I have ever seen.