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22 03 2009

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reference materials –

3 12 2008

“Gentrification did not only affect these neighborhoods economically, but also socially and culturally. Gentrification changes the social environment and established class based and ethnic networks

. New comers bring their own culture to the community. They try to change the physical image of the neighborhood. For instance, they would change the decorations and attractions of the neighborhood. They would install gardens and better parks they think is culturally appropriate. Anderson cited that “as the newcomers wittingly or unwittingly establish a cultural outpost of the larger society, they tend to discount this significant proportion of the host community and are fairly criticized for not following the cultural footsteps of their processors”.

cited: http://www.socyberty.com/Sociology/Gentrification-and-tourism

“Many of the characteristics of black neighborhoods documented in ethnographies by Elijah Anderson and others can be seen here. For example, Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover) and Mike (Mos Def) encourage the neighborhood youths to appreciate black heroes (particularly Fats Waller) and the local black history. In Code of the Street, Anderson discusses how black “old heads” serve to remind black youth of their history and encourage moral behavior. However, as Anderson notes, the authority of old heads is declining and this, too, can be seen in the movie. Mr. Fletcher seems to have lost some of the authority he once had and is conflicted about how to best serve the community. The Passaic City Council wants to demolish the historical building where Mr. Fletcher’s video store is located and replace it with an ugly and generic looking housing development. Though Mr. Fletcher is troubled by the arrival of a corporate video store into the neighborhood, he also tries to steal their core ideas (DVDs only, action/adventure and comedies only, uniforms, etc.) to keep his store alive.”

cited: contentanalysis.wordpress.com/tag/gentrification/





Story Iteration #2

22 09 2008

Background:

Beneath the urban landscape, in a world unknown their live creatures called Genies.  Genies are a special breed of cockroaches that are known for there resourcefulness.  The Genie communities are ruled by monarchy’s of Kings and Queens, sworn by secrecy.  Secrecy of an urban myth called Wellstone’s Utopia.  Stories of Wellstone’s Utopia were passed down from generation to generation.  It is regarded in Genie society as “the land of plenty”.   A place where food shelter and resources are unlimited.  Genie rulers for centuries have protected the legend of Wellstone’s Utopia.  Safe guarding the location and even the knowledge of it’s very existence.

Plot:
B is a troubled young bug searching for his past. He takes on different odd jobs to make ends meet. On one of his expeditions he travels to the town of Patiyala. The Patiyala town is ruled by a conniving Genie named Torex.  Torex is driven by a desire to find and expose Wellstone’s Utopia. B finds out of Wellstone’s Utopia and tries to exploit the conning Torex.  The only living map of Wellstone’s Utopia is Princess Joli the niece of Torex.  Princess Joli is grief stricken by the sudden death of her parents King and Queen Patiyala. Joli refuses to deal with the world and turns her back on the thrown of Patiyala.  B promises Torex that he can convince Princess Joli to tell of Wellstone’s Utopia.  Torex agrees to help B with Princess Joli to reveal the location of Wellstone’s Utopia. Torex also has his own plans on eliminating B and Joli once Wellstone is found.





Torex – draft

16 09 2008
Torex - first draft

Torex - first draft





First round of sketches

16 09 2008
B and Torex Sketches!

B and Torex Sketches!





Story Iteration #1

16 09 2008

Plot:
In a small world that exist beneath the urban landscape, there live creatures called Genies. The Genies are a special breed of cockroach that live in a town called Wellstone. Wellstone is ruled by a ancient monarchy of Kings and Queens, sworn by secrecy.  Secrecy of an urban legend called Utopia.  Utopia was found by the first ruling class as a refuge of Wellstone, storing the town’s emergency provisions.  For centuries this was the duty of Wellstone rulers, until the recent King and Queen were lost in an accident.  King and Queen Bit left behind a single daughter named Joli, who is known throughout the town as an adventurer. At the time of her parents death Joli was to young to rule Wellstone.  Her Uncle Lucas assumed the role as King of Wellstone temporarily until his niece Joli is ready to take on the responsibility.  Now Lucas is a greedy, conniving bug who only wants to rule with an iron fist. Lucas is not aware of Wellstone’s utopia and becomes hell bent on selling the town too the highest bidder.
B is a troubled young bug searching for his past. He takes on different odd jobs to make ends meet.  When he comes to Wellstone he assumes the role of a carpenter, fixing and repairing homes.  This is when he comes across Joli Bit the niece of Lucas.  She tells B about the suspicious activities of her Uncle Lucas.





Animate Short – Al Dente

13 09 2008