Steven Ragsdale

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Name: Steven Ragsdale
Date registered: January 21, 2015

Latest posts

  1. Storytelling — April 9, 2015
  2. Intro and Ending — April 9, 2015
  3. Preproduction Checklist (Updated) — March 31, 2015
  4. Reading, Viewing, and Listening Notes — March 31, 2015
  5. Approaches and Pre-Prod. PDF Part I — March 24, 2015

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Apr 09

Storytelling

Storytelling   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 …

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Apr 09

Intro and Ending

Core Concept: Sensei and his students try to keep Japanese swordsmanship alive despite the media’s false representation.     Intro:   The movie will open on a close up of a sword being unsheathed. It will transition from there between shots of students getting ready to train and quotes from one of the art’s founders, …

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Mar 31

Preproduction Checklist (Updated)

Thousand Fold Production Pre-Pro Checklist

Mar 31

Reading, Viewing, and Listening Notes

As I was unable to obtain “Spirit of the Sword” on short notice, our reading research consisted of the resources on the Suigetsukan Dojo Website. Notes: The dojo teaches multiple martial arts. Suigetsukan means Moon Reflected on the Water School and was founded in 1991. The art of Toyama Ryu is deeply rooted in Japanese history …

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Mar 24

Approaches and Pre-Prod. PDF Part I

Swords by the Lake plans on using two or three approaches to educating people about Toyama Ryu Battodo. The primary approaches are poetic, used in katas and training sequences. Expository voice over will be used to explain the art to viewers. The final approach is participatory, with the Thousand Fold Productions film crew participating in …

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