Training Days...


In our internship we have continued to integrate into our city’s roots and culture. To begin the day we started by watching a couple of documentaries. The first documentary being 6 minutes long taught us very simply how can one portray a story in a short amount of time. It was titled “Homeless Hero.” We follow through the story of Miguel Diaz a man who is obviously homeless but rich and content with his life. “One man's trash is one man's treasure,” he finds pleasure and riches collecting cans but finding plants that people have thrown away, he restores and cultivates them in his own little corner of the world. This is his own way of contributing to the world, recycling and caressing Mother Earth. His benefit? He is able to provide for himself this way and he can gladly say it was by his own two hands. The next documentary we see is “Romantico.” A cinema verte-centered style documentary going through the struggles of Carmelo Sanchez. We begin exploring his livelihood of being a musician in the United States providing for his family in Mexico. Diabetic mother, wife and two daughters is what Mr. Sanchez thinks about when singing alongside his lifelong friend Arturo who is also going through similar struggles as well as alcoholism. He eventually returns to his family in Mexico and is able to say good-bye to his mother on her last breath and humbly celebrate his eldest daughter's home quinceanera. We are able to see his struggle between choosing to stay in Mexico or leaving once again to the United States for the sake to feed his family. Being an older man his options are more limited, even trying to go illegally to the U.S is a challenge for Mr. Sanchez. But for him his family comes first and we see him find ways to provide for them as he stays in Mexico. Both of these films had their individuality, “Romantico,” had lots of foreshadow and freedom to film. For example, the shots were free, bent out the “rules” that most people tend to follow. The sole purpose for a cinema verte film is to have a raw feel to it’s content and try to give the impression you are living with it first-hand. In “Homeless Hero,” we see plenty of establishing shots, B-roll, lower thirds and beginning of blue-cool tones for the color scheme that later through Mr. Diaz harvesting comes to be warm and full of color to represent his fulfillment with life. After analyzing these two films we ventured out to the neighborhood to familiarize ourselves with the rich culture and to see the recent added murals in honor of the fallen soldier Vanessa Guillen. We walked around for what felt like about two hours and we were able to document some footage for our future films. Living in Houston all my life and passing these streets I can say I did feel some sort of connection to the ground I was walking on. I could also see that there are more people just like me so near to me and that contributes to the fact that we stand as one community.

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