- Sleepy Dawg Productions
- The Island of The Phantom Cow
- an in-depth presentation of how certain people react to a particular urban legend, it being, “The Phantom Cow Of Yerba Buena Island.”
- We are going to approach this topic by obtaining interviews from people of different professions and backgrounds in order to give the audience a full understanding of this particular Urban Legend.
- The Urban Legend itself, the history and development of the island, the pirates’ lifestyle, the point of view of vegans, the spiritual aspect of cows in general, and essentially why urban legends exist.
Here is my questionnaire:
1. What inspires you to be involved in animal rights?
2. Do animals have emotions, and does that influence your decision to abstain from consuming their bodies and byproducts?
3. When did you first get involved with animal rights?
4. What is the Berkley Organization for Animal Advocacy?
5. When did you first join the Berkley Organization for Animal Advocacy?
6. What are some of the events your organization takes part in to spread awareness of your cause?
The second half of the interview would be related to the urban legend I my film is about and how it symbolically ties in with your organization’s principles.
7. Have you heard of the Urban Legend of “The Phantom Cow of Yerba Buena Island”?
(If they have not, I will brief them on the story)
8. Being involved with animal rights, do you think this story is symbolic in regards to how animals are treated today.?
9. Do you think a cow would mourn for its lost calf?
10. If you were starving on an island with a cow, what would you do?
11. If you lived peacefully with the cow, what would you do if pirates came to eat her calf?
I’ve always been fascinated with urban legends, but one of the main principles of “The Phantom Cow of Yerba Buena,” that makes stand out from other tales, is the subject matter and its story. It seems more mellow and somber compared to other urban legends such as “The Hook,” or “The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs.” The story of the Phantom Cow began before California was a state. It involves a mother cow and her calf who lived peacefully on the island of Yerba Buena until one day pirates showed up on the shores and devoured the mother’s calf. Ever since then, the Phantom Cow of Yerba Buena haunts the island at night, searching for her lost calf.
Below is a link to the UC Berkley Folklore webpage. It is vital that I get an interview from an intelligent individual who can give the audience insight about the essence of urban legends and why they exist.
One of the most important elements of this story is the history of Yerba Buena itself. On April 19th I am going to this museum to get more insight on the subject.
NOTE: Although I do not know exactly who I will be interviewing, I have been exchanging emails with the museum.
Here is the link.