t was a rather stormy and humid day in Houston, so much so that the harsh weather interfered with our scheduled morning walk. Nevertheless, we took the wait time as an opportunity to learn about photography and film by conducting film studies. The first documentary we analyzed was called Homeless Hero, directed and produced by Vasco Lucas Nunes and Ondi Timoner, it focuses on the life of a homeless man who profits off of a garden that he made from collecting various plants from recycling and trash bins. During the film study, I learned about how color schemes and their tones can play a huge role in how the protagonist’s life story and feelings are portrayed for the audience. I also learned about a term, often used in photography and film making, called lower third. Lower third is when the subject of the shot is not centered. The second documentary we watched and analyzed was called Romantico, a documentary about a man named Carmelo Sanchez who works as an illegal immigrant in a mariachi band in San Francisco to raise money for his family before moving back to his hometown in Mexico to be with his poor family and continues to struggle to support them. From Romantico, I learned that symbols (i.e. religious figures, instruments, broken objects, etc.) play a big part when it comes to what drives a protagonist and its significance in a protagonist’s life. I learned the term cinema verte which is the essence of capturing footage in a raw state without having anything scripted, which is 90% of what Romantico is. Romanico is a documentary that uses a lot of A role, interview audio, and B role, footage of where the protagonist lives, their daily life, their family, the protagonist performing basic daily activities, etc. Once the rain stopped and everyone finished lunch, we began our delayed walk in the heated and humid weather. As we walked around the East End we observed and analyzed how ill managed the East End was by the City of Houston. We took note of gas lines that were directly in front of houses that had children and elderly, oil that ran with the rain water into storm drains, raised pieces of the road that no disabled person would be able to get around easily, deep puddles i crosswalks and sidewalks that the disabled could also not easily avoid, and abandoned shopping carts, indicating that there were no grocery stores that were easily accessible to East End residents. However, as we noted these flaws, we got to admire murals done by fellow Houstonians of fallen U.S. troop and Houston native Vannessa Guillen, who we all paid our respects to and promised that her justice would soon be accomplished.
Maybe Mondays Aren’t So Bad :)
Updated: Jul 31, 2020