Bird Story Elements

  • What’s the narrative spine of your piece?

The narrative spine would be Esther and Otto Bird living their lives under the war in Nicaragua, and once they come to America they meet each other and start their lives together and make a family.

  • What are your main characters? What are your plans for getting footage besides boring talking head shots?

The main characters are my two grandparents; The shots that I have in mind is to conduct interviews of them while they  are just in a natural environment (ei. while my Lita is cooking). We will be recording them while they are watching footage of the war.

  • How is conflict driving your story?

Conflict is a big part of our story; First we have the obstacle of the war and all that it entails, however we also touch upon the struggles of immigrating to America and what it means to move to a new country.

  • What kind of change do you wish to unfold within your piece?

At the beginning of the story I would like for the audience to feel comfortable and at peace, by the end they will feel empathy for what my grandparents and respect for what they have gone through.

  • What’s the inciting incident and point of entry in your story?

Their move to San Francisco is the incident of which we will be focusing on but we will be entering the story from the “end” by seeing them and how their lives are now and then looking back.

  • What issues do you foresee having making your piece visually strong?

Although there are lots of archival footage of my grandparents from Nicaragua there is not a lot of content about the reality of the war and the ‘sad times’ the memories they captured are only from the good.

Core Concept

Esther and Otto Bird tell their story by looking back and showing how they went from two small children in Managua to two teenagers falling in love and starting a family in San Francisco. By showing the family when they are most comfortable they are able to share stories and more insight on their lives and retell the ones of their past. Its a story of perserverance and staying hopeful when hope seems lost.

Interview Questions

General Questions

  • What was everyday life like in Nicaragua?
  • How did your life differ growing up in Nicaragua as apposed to growing up in America?
  • What are your most fond memories of Nicaragua?
  • What were some of your past times while living there?
  • Do you remember what life was before the Sandanista Conflicts? If so, what was it like, compared to how it changed during or after?
  • What was it like to see the unrest of the capital during the war?
  • What made your family decide to come to America?
  • What was it like traveling to a new country?
  • How did you enter America?
  • What were the struggles you faced in Nicaragua?
  • Struggles coming into America and adapting to life in a new country?


Stylized Birds

Stylized Birds

The approach and style I would like to lean towards is Cinéma vérité. I want the film to create a homey, warm, and welcoming feeling. I want the audience to feel comfortable and apart of our family. Instead of going for a more high tech camera I would like to have each member of the production team to have a hand held camera to create a more home video feel and to capture as many family moments as we can.