GCD Arts for Life Reflection for April 6th, 2017

This is my first year in art class in general, and to come into Art through IB is a totally surreal experience; with all of the criterion and processes that make up the complicated nature of producing art fit for IB, I can see why some people would consider it a strenuous class, but I beg to differ.

It is such that in my time as an IB Higher Level Art student that I have learnt how to process different forms of art, how to reflect upon art, and how to actually make art, I hope in the months to come to be able to accurately comment on my own art, as I have difficulties in analyzing my own art.

GCD Leadership Reflection for April 6th, 2017

I have been a member of MUN since my freshmen year, and have been jostling for the position of chair for quite some time now, it seems that my time has come recently, as I was appointed – along with 5 others – to be chair of MUN. While me and my other 11th grade counterparts will play a larger role within MUN itself, the younger appointed chairs will take on the role of sort of a deputy chair.

I have already had a test trial in order to see if I am able to handle the stress of being an MUN chair. I hope to be able to become a better leader for MUN (and therefor become a better leader in real life) so I can motivate and facilitate others.

Fair Media

Margot – Plus Sized Models

Margot did her poster on plus-sized models, and how they are portrayed in the media. It was totally cool. Considering how I’m a big dude this really struck a nerve with me. Her poster was pretty good, and was coherent and included many aesthetically pleasing elements. Me, Mr. Kew and Her had a real good discussion about it and it was totally radical I loved it.

Ayana – The Columbine Shootings 

The columbine shootings were these totally messed up two kids who shot a whole bunch of people at Columbine High School. The poster was extremely aesthetically pleasing to me, as it was really well put together and had some pretty ridiculous images. The flow of the poster is great.

Spencer – Missions

Missions are something I have no clue about because I’m not a mormon and considering how Im jewish Spencer and I come from different worlds. His poster was very good, having images that were quite interesting and informative.


Woyzeck scenes

For my drama directorial piece I chose the fragments scene 1. The reason why I chose this was because I am very interested in the character of Karl, the idiot, and how his insanity highlights the entire play in many aspects. This play appeals to me because I enjoy the Napoleonic era in history, and this play takes place during that time. I will be utilising strobe lighting in my scene to highlight the Idiots insanity.


Overall I am also excited to play in Shishirs and Ayanas scenes because they chose good scenes overall.

Stanford Prison Experiment

  • Identify an experiment that was unethical and describe it
    • The Stanford Prison experiment was an experiment done for 6 days in 1971, consisting of a mock prison being built, and having students being split between guards and prisoners. 
  • Explain what the experiment was trying to achieve
    • The experiment was aiming to find any significant correlation between authority and cruelty, as well as the effect of being a prisoner or a guard. Zimbardo was a professor in psychology at Stanford, and in this experiment he was trying to find such a correlation to compare it to real-life examples of guard-prisoner relationships.
  • Explain why the experiment was unethical
    • Shortly after the experiment began, guards began showing signs of unnecessary cruelty against prisoners, including psychological torture and physically intimidating and attacking inmates when necessary. This was caused by a small riot started by 6 out of the 9 inmates. In an attempt to subdue any rebellious attitudes, the guards started rewarding good behaviour. Another form of torture inflicted upon the prisoners was the clothing, guards were given batons and mirror glasses in order to reduce a sense of humanity in the guards by avoiding eye contact with a “superior”.
  • Identify an ethical way in which the investigation could be performed if possible.
    • None. There is no way to ethically do this sort of experiment without breaking some form of basic freedom. The reason for this is the basic idea that the experiment in its most pure form is morally wrong, even if the prisoners were given more freedom it would be morally wrong.
  • Source references in MLA format for two sources
    • “The Menace Within.” Stanford Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.
    • “The Real Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment – The New Yorker.” The New Yorker. N.p., 12 June 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

Monologue Review

a). Please embed your selected monologue that you wish to be graded. The Key Areas will be a reflection of your monologue performance.

– Why did you choose this particular performance?

At the moment I am following the election in America, at present, all the candidates – except Bernie – are behaving badly. Mark Antony, however, was a true leader who inspired trust and hope in many people. In this speech even though he is criticising someone, he remains true and polite.
– How was my character portrayal?

I can be critical two things:

  • I stumbled in the middle of the speech however after the pause I rallied.
  • I was constantly nervous of the toga falling, so I grabbed it too tightly, unlike Mark Antony

I intentionally didn’t move around too much, since back then speakers relied on the language rather than dramatic effect.
– What aspects of physicality or vocals worked? What didn’t?

  • I should have draped something over the “coffin” as to increase realism
  • I needed t be louder

-Consider the use of space and stage business; how natural were your mannerisms, movements, postures or gestures and how well did they correspond with the delivery of your lines?

  • The environment was quite sterile, so it did not encourage me to speak as eloquently. When Mark Antony was speaking outside the Senate, he would have seen many faces, and this would have encouraged him. All of the senators would be dressed the same so he wouldn’t be self conscious of the way he was dressed. Also he would have been using full range of his vocals, almost shouting, as he would only be audible if he yelled.

– What solutions or suggestions do I have to approach characterisation; especially the motives of a character for a monologue?

  • The character of Mark Antony has made virtually no mistakes, so it would be difficult to provide any suggestions concerning motives or emotions of a character. Not only this, but he has no issues throughout the play other than his friend – Caesar – dying, which instantly results in the monologue I presented

b). Please also select another student’s monologue and write a short critique on what key approaches in characterisation were effective.

The first thing I noticed about Shishir’s monologue is his use of objects already present on the stage. He is obviously very well prepared and very well researched on Salieri. Shishir reflects this in his non-chalant use of vocabulary that would otherwise not be used, and his clear representation of Salieri’s current physical state. It seems to me that young Shishir watched Amadeus, and perhaps a production of it, in order to prepare for his role. His mannerisms are also reflective of his research into the character of Salieri, coughing and hacking as well as descending into insane rants are all signs of a mind as shattered as the disenchanted Salieri, and Shishir quite heartily represents this accurately. A smart thing that Shishir clearly thought of was his use of coughs, as if he forgot a line he could try and remember it while he coughed.

Drama Journal #1

Review of Elements Which are most important?

Dramatic Tension

I was not in for the week in which we did this topic, but i understand all of the elements in it.

I really enjoy tension in drama and especially film, it adds a real aura of uncertainty around the scene.


Process Journal November 24 2015

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This week I have been working hard, filming, drawing up my real storyboard, arranging actors and their times for filming. I have finished the first few shots of my film, and have started on my report, which for some reason is due 10 days after the product is due, though this may be due to people writing ABOUT their finished product in the report, but no matter.

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The intro has so far evolved quite a lot since I actually started filming. At first it was kind of sentimental and solemn, but has evolved into sort of a whimsical event, with happy, melodic music toning the beginning of the feature.

Process Journal: November 23rd The Interview

Here is an interview I had with one Craig Walsh, a prominent filmmaker:

What is the best way to achieve a good shot?

Good composition, good lighting; composition goes hand and hand with lighting in the sense that a good relationship with emotional content depends on the Lighting supervisor

Are there any helpful tips?

If you can, look through real world lighting. Also work with computers, which are analogs to real world. Find the intent behind technique.

What are the Toughest things about filming?

Mainly Logistic and technical problems, Logs and code, having to develop new techniques to fix previous issues