• "Get better everyday."

     

    Mr. De Barraicua, Room 52

    English goals class are:

    • Vivid Communication: Improve the ability to communicate by practicing clear, accurate, & vivid language.
    • Figurative Communication: Integrate the use of figurative language to cultivate a more impactful self-expression free of stereotypes.
    • Writing Format:  Writing should be in the appropriate format.   
    • Search & Query: Find basic information & resources independent
    • Recognize the classical story structures & genres
    • Collaboration: Helps student work productively during class & compromise with others to develop writing projects collaboratively
    • Use Evidence to back up their view of the world
    • Clearly articulate link of how provided evidence provided supports claims, thesis’, and opinions
    • Improve Reading Comprehension by 2-3 grade levels
    • Improve Basic grammar & Punctuation skills by 2-3 grade levels

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    1) Student ID

    2) email address

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    Visual & Language Arts

  • "...the filmmakers use a light-capturing device to tell stories used to recode the human spirit..."

    Millikan Film Production | Los Angeles, California | Louis de Barraicua

    S U N N Y

    Most of what has to be known is already known in what humans describe as the scientific method. However rudimentary, basic collaboration values, use of evidence, and a healthy respect for logical thought is inaccessible 81% of the population.

    "The application of human language is 27% precise. The disparity makes miscommunication humanity's core issue. In 83% of cases, a real problem is non-existent. Therefore, the design of their educational model is worth examination.

    H U M A N A U T S

    THE CAN

    An educational model that works cooperatively with teachers, parents, a the community could help humans make meaningful progress toward educating its members. This is transpiring in specific segments of some communities (5%)."

    AUDIENCE reaction

    Intervention is complex and fraught with setbacks, however, it does compute. It can occur.

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    "There will be things that cannot be saved.

    It will be better for them not to know."

     

    "But they will want to know."

     

     

    "What value is there in knowing that the air is mere lines of code?"

     

    "It’s easy not to know what an amazing gift life really is. Our lives are a cosmic blink. Even our seemingly all-encompassing world is just tiny blue dot circling an average-sized star spiraling around a galaxy of 200-400 billion stars, which itself is just one galaxy among billions more. Yet some of us, for brief moments, can experience the wonder of existence, of consciousness."

    - Human Journal of Consciousness | Affect: Gratitude| Cosmic Visibility .003%

     

     

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  • LEARN BY DOING

    Creative collaboration comes with seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Advanced Film Production experience varies. For the ambitious young director, it's a chance to get some skin in the game. Likely difficult, trying, a growth opportunity.

     

    For others, despite A's in all of their classes, self-managed creative time isn't quite their speciality. Some learn they need to be micro-managed or else they socialize without any sense of purpose. For others, grades trump everything, they seek to blame, close themselves off, and an authentic learning opportunity is lost. Some simply want to film, use a camera. Strongly-opinionated students find out that a rigid perspective is a double-edged sword. While they may have a vision, they have a hard time finding collaborators. Some students simply want to star in a film, but when their self-interest is too obvious they can't facilitate it. Sometimes they give up, get sad, angry. This is part of the process, the growth experience of Advanced Film.

     

    Everyone seems driven by something, surprisingly specific, and that's the natural underlying complexity happening in film class. An ideal class must be balanced, diverse in personalities, cultures, and be motivated by a variety of factors. In the end, the question is, "Can creative will, ability, commitment, and adaptability result in a good short film?" The results vary, and often disappointment in the first few films is common.

     

    The focus is on the longer term goal of planting seeds that will result in more skilled storytellers. After films are completed, there's always room for improvement. We reflect without ruminating, judging, even without congratulating too much. Ultimately, audiences appreciate our work @ school assemblies with over two thousand attendees. Then? Later some films get additional recognition or even an invite to screen at a festival, but mostly, we move on to the next film.

    One of Mr. D's students who overcame many challenging obstacles to follow his dreams. Jonathan has his own production company and works for DreamWorks.

     

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    However, the realization of the difficultly is just another step of the growth process. Again, the goal is simply to get better.

     

    Coming to that realization that making a vision real is exponentially harder than most think is one of the painful lessons of an aspiring filmmaker. Understanding the operational details of the multi-faceted workflow helps students break down the process and reduce the chances of give up so easily.

     

    Collaboration is also a challenge. Humans are in their own head, and we think so uniquely that understanding what drives each individual comes with practical advantages. Most times, it feels like it is more challenging than it should be, and that is normal.

     

    Even film directors with a 300 million dollar budgets complain, even fail. Whether done well or poorly, making a film is always hard. It is reserved for those who feel like they have to do it (not kinda). It's a passion and the experience often reveals to students just how passionate they are about filmmaking. If they stay with film or not, students leave the program with an uncommon amount of wisdom and skills that will give them advantages in almost any area of interest.

     

    From a technical perspective, it's exciting that we are only a few years way from making affordable cameras that can shoot with the same dynamic range and resolution as film. These days, some of my former students teach me about the latest workflows and tools. That's pretty cool.

     

    In the end, tech is secondary to the ability to tell a story. Lead storytellers are hard-to-develop, hard-to-find, extremely rare. There not only has to be talent, but persistence and resourcefulness.

     

    Even so, every well-rounded aspiring filmmaker, greatly benefits from skills like being able to pick a up any camera, whether a phone or a DSLR, and capture an unusually good photo. Photography is a skill that is a mere component of film.

     

    Without the capacity to do solid image composition, a vision can easily fail because most camera operators aren't often skilled in this area. Any little detail can make a film feel distant from the vision.

     

    Modern filmmakers should know things like 1. classical storytelling basics, 2. directing actors, 3. editing, 4. sound, 5. writing, 6. story structure, 7. getting along with others, 8. producing, 9. work flows, and 10. more, 11. much more.

     

    Advanced film isn't for everyone. Mindset, in fact, is crucial. Students greatly benefit by being curious, and aware enough to know how little they know, all the while being self-driven. We look for receptive collaborators who appreciate the opportunity to write, direct, act, and produce films during school, as well as within their community, and at home.

  • "S U N N Y"

    We could be one.

    Who loves the sun?

     

    Not everyone

    b r e a t h e s

    the light that is shining.

     

    But they can

    They can if they want to...

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    I N T E R D I M E N S I O N A L  E X P L O R A T I O N

     

    IMPERCEPTIBLE AND UNKNOWABLE, WE EXPORE THROUGH FANTASTICAL NARRATIVES

    A I R

    Dramatic Science Fiction

    "You 'er feel like your days mix?" she asks, bored with the repetitive, unchallenging, predictable pattern life seems to be playing out. To amuse herself, she begins hurting others who breathe the same molecules, the same "Air." If are all indeed truly connected, this narrative explores the emotional trauma that prevents a bully from experiencing "ONENESS" with humanity. Louis De Barraicua wrote "Air" as student training film about a bully who has an asthma attack whose spirit inhabits the bodies of her victims. Her suffering in a split quantum-mechanics-inspired universe allows her soul to begin healing from the extreme neglect she experienced in a Russian orphanage before before she was adopted at as an infant. "Air" was invited to be shown at LACMA as part of the International Children's Film Festival and at Children's Film Festival at Comic Con in San Diego.

    2 0 2 0

    Screened at the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts for LAUSD in 2017 to over 1k thrilled viewers. Written & Directed by Parsa

    The classical formula is a valuable discipline to understand and emulate because it provides a strong foundation for rhythm, character development, and suspense. It's not easy though. Few seem to do it well beyond the mechanics. Despite the challenges, however, it gave the instruction purpose in developing a style that engages audiences.

    N U B E

    Dramatic Science Fiction

    As a film used to train film and acting students, Mr. De Barraicua wrote "Nube" as a 45-minute film sci-film film. The film was a demanding production with more intense actor performances than usual. After one of the lead actors moved away unexpectedly, the film was edited down to a trailer to commemorate the project.

    THE A D O L E S C E N T PROBLEM

    Suspenseful Fantasy

    A student training film, students voted to have this film adapted from a short novel and a short film called "The Vormen Problem." Mr. De Barraicua helped students adapt the story into a script and guided them through the filming process.

    11:34

    Suspenseful Drama

    Shot entirely in one classroom

    PERFORMING ARTS MIDDLE

    Commercial

     

    The "SOFT GENERATION"

    Comedy

    A scene from a war film

  • Sarah

    Mindset, in fact, is crucial. Students greatly benefit by being curious, and aware enough to know how little they know, all the while being self-driven. We look for receptive collaborators who appreciate the opportunity to write, direct, act, and produce films during school, as well as within their community, and at home.

    A N U S H

    Creative collaboration comes with seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Advanced Film Production experience varies. For the ambitious young director, it's a chance to get some skin in the game. Likely difficult, trying, a growth opportunity.