Here is the final draft of my proposal video.
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As I continue to look at this project, I keep seeing things differently. And sometimes these different views start to conflict with old ideas. Mainly: should I change focus to Carla Hall? I was originally going to talk about the Crucible itself, and use Carla as an expert to talk about the school. But I’m starting to wonder if I should just make it about her. Its something I just started mulling around in my head, but its defiantly something that needs more consideration.
A crucible is a container built specifically to hold burning hot material such as molten glass and metal. Originally, they were made from ceramic clays to melt and poor bronze.
In 1997, Michael Sturtz brought together a small collection of artists in hopes of building a supportive community-based school. With a grant for $1,750 and $20,000 personal investment loan, The Crucible doors opened on January 15th, 1999. By March, The Crucible began its first session of eleven classes, six of which were taught by Michael himself. Under Michael’s leadership and with the generous support of donors, foundations, volunteers, and members, The Crucible has thrived and grown to become the largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility in the United States.After twelve years as The Crucible’s founder and executive director, Michael moved on in search of new creative challenges and opportunities.
When I first wrote to the Crucible and asked to make a film about one of their instructors, I was afraid I would be turned away. Instead, Carla Hall returned my email, enthusiastic about my idea. She has been extraordinarily helpful in getting this project off the ground and I am very excited to work with her. Bellow are some pictures of her work from her website, as well as a link to the site itself.
The Crucible is not only a school for teaching industrial art, it is a breading ground for unparalleled creativity and ambitious creation. Nothing is a better example of that than the Crucible’s stage work. They have preformed five different plays:
- Jan 2009: Dracul, Prince of Fire
- April 2008: Firebird: “L’oiseau de feu”
- Jan 2007: Romeo and Juliet
- Jan 2006: Seven Deadly Sins
- Jan 2004: DidoO and Aeneas by Henry Purcell
Bellow are short videos showing two of the five.
Dracul, Prince of Fire
Romeo and Juliet
When I took my welding class at the Crucible, the instructor went over how exactly arc welding worked, and I found it rather interesting. So I figured I would pass on the information.
Here are a few shots from the 2015show, hosted at the Crucible. I think it gives a representation of the creativity in the school.