Apr 09




What is the narrative spine of your piece?


Sensei and his students try to keep Japanese swordsmanship alive despite the media’s false representation.


Who are your main characters? What are your plans to get footage beyond boring talking head shots?


Our main characters are Fei Fei Chang, Francis DaCosta, Tim Smith. Our plans for getting additional footage include a night time shoot at  Lake Merrit, attending a class at the dojo, and filming more advanced students during both training and tests.


How is conflict driving your story?


The conflict that drives the story revolves around how students expressing their passion are almost immediately compared to inaccurate media portrayal.


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


We would like to see students more open to express their love of the art, and in the end leave people with more accurate ideas of what it entails.


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


The inciting point is a quest of trying to discover what samurai culture is compared to media portrayal. The entry point is through the students of Suigetsukan Dojo.


What issues do you foresee having making your piece visually strong?
The night time shoot presented some lighting issues when trying to get clear footage in the low light of the moon. Other difficulties include being unable to use flash photography when taking stills of the training, leading everything to being adjusted manually.