Critique #2

  • cut down some effects on the last couple of seconds
  • a little too much and a little too rush
  • mom's audio at the end is going out
  • fix pictures, move them around, and take out
  • dissolves don't need to be there and some need to be longer
  • Millie talks more about her story more before meeting her parents
  • don't overlap things too much
  • spread it out more

A Beginning and an End

For the introduction, imagine a young Millie, all happy and stuff. It is the day of her adoption and she is stoked! We will start with Millie narrating along with the footage we have of her when she was young.  And then, we crossfade into her life as a young adult having been a seasoned child of adoption. She tells us her story. And for the end, we see Millie now, just as happy and stoked as the day she was adopted to reflect on her childhood and compare who she was then to now.

More effects of adoption

“A multitude of issues may arise when children become aware that they have been adopted. Children may feel grief over the loss of a relationship with their birthparents and the loss of the cultural and family connections that would have existed with those parents. This feeling of loss may be especially intense in closed or semi-open adoptions where little or no information or contact is available with birthparents. Such grief feelings may be triggered at many different times throughout the child’s life including when they first learn of their adoption, during the turbulent teen years, upon the death of other family members, or even as when becoming a spouse or parent.”

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The Impact of Adoption

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“When I talk to audiences not familiar with the child welfare system, I share startling numbers – more than six million children last year were involved in reports of abuse or neglect and more than 400,000 were in foster care. And today, 101,000 children are waiting to get adopted. These are children, I explain, who have been abused or neglected at such a level that they have been permanently severed from their family of origin and are now simply waiting for a family to adopt them. As I speak, I witness these truths sink in through quiet gasps and concerned faces.”

“10 Ways to Stop 23,000 Children from Aging out of Foster Care.” Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

Still Photography- by Mililani Manaoat

These are some photos I took  for Still photography at Expression College.


Adoption Day

On November 17th 2001, my sister and I were adopted into a loving family.

On this day my life changed forever.

I have learned that family is not blood but love.