Describing the beginning and ending of film.

The intro shows an average day of Turfing on trains

1) How they introduce themselves to their audience on Bart (and in the case of this film to the people watching it)
2) What it is they do namely “Turfing” (A.K.A taking up room on the floor) by providing a show on Bart through dancing and collecting any donations from the passengers as a way of living.
3) Show that they are able to sustain themselves by showing a little bit of what they earned from 3 hours of dancing.

The ending helps to revisit the Turfers showing what they do every day following their passion of dancing which is also their way of staying alive (literally as this is how they make their money to feed and cloth themselves).

Turfing on Trains Feedback

Good
The music was on point.
Placeholders worked to show what we need and didn’t distract people from the story.
Music choices were appropriate.

Improvements
See more of an emphasis on the “family” aspect.
Explain why and how they got into “Turfing”.
Introduce the characters.
Work on the transition from color to black and white.
Work on Jasmine’s part since it seems “out of place” consider to either flesh out her part to make her apart of the story or just take her out if it doesn’t work.

Others Points to Think About
Music leads people to emotional place.
Consider the angle of seeing how the family is struggling to make a living.
Consider showing the difference between “street thugs” panhandling and artist dancing for a passion.

Core Concepts

  • The narrative spine of our piece is the struggle of making enough to make ends meet by dancing on Bart.
  • No Justice, T7, and Jasmine Haynes are the subjects and wWe plan on getting shots of the interviewees performing on bart as well as other actions shots of them while we interview them.
  • Trying to make a living by following their dreams, reality crashing in on them as bills and responsibilities weigh on them while they try to make a living doing what they love.
  • Respect for what they do. An understanding of what they have to go through to achieve what they want.
  • Waiting at the station watching the Bart train come in then proceed to one of them dancing with a voice over of why they dance.
  • The shaky camera on bart to show it is in motion as well as the family of the dancers that they are trying to support.

Story Development

Proposal

TITLE:

Turfers on Trains.

COLLABORATORS:

Paul Crandel, Sarah Hawkins, Jasmine Haynes, Ileana Ruiz.

OVERVIEW:

Following the lives of Turf dancers NoJustice, T7 and Turfer Girl, showing how they follow their passion of dance to make ends meet.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

Seventeen-Mid Twenty somethings and dancers.

OBJECTIVE OF FILM:

A couple sentences answering the question, what do you want your audience to take away from your documentary?

SOUNDTRACK:

Train sounds, Bart, Train station ambiance, Rap, Hip Hop.

TREATMENT:

 

 

 

Interview Questions

  1. What other things do you face while dancing on bart?
  2. What is Turfing? and what does it mean to you?
  3. What can you say is your greatest accomplishment while dancing on bart?
  4. How do you use turf dancing to support yourself & your family?
  5. How has turfing on bart benefited you?
  6. How did you discover turfing? and how did you know this style of dance is what you wanted to pursue?
  7. Do you have any other way to support yourself and your family? (beside dancing)
  8. What is your long term goal for turf dancing?
  9. What does your typical day of dancing on bart consist of? (what time do you start & end?)
  10. Does your family support you dancing on bart?
  11. What made you want to dance on bart versus on the street?
  12. Do you have dance routines or is it freestyle?
  13. Are certain bart lines better to dance on than others?