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Homeless, but not Voiceless: IMA Final- Joey Johnson

 

This project was very edifying for me, and only is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the footage we got and the ideas it opened up.  I hope to make this into an ongoing project and to dig deeper into this aspect of our city and how to constructively help homeless/street people.

The audio is hard to hear, I turned it up as high as possible, but a lot got lost because we did not have audio equipment to make it better, but we definitely did the best we could and got the message across.  There is a little language profanity, but I feel it is relevant to the subject we were filming and adds a raw depiction of life.

I’m very proud of my courage and creativity to use this project as a way to reach out, and give a voice to a community that has more opportunity to feel powerless than empowered.  What these people need more of is resources to take their life back, and more support to stay off drugs like meth and heroin, and to be given a chance as convicted felons to find a healthy place to live and change their lives for the better.  Not all homeless and street people are in extreme addictions or past legal issues, but to find a way to provide healing and resources including a place to store belongings or take a shower and go to the bathroom could dramatically change the homeless situation in Eugene.  I believe if given the support and care that is needed, most people want to get clean, rehabilitate their mental health, and participate in the world in a way they feel proud of.  But until then, what they are most grateful for is the help they do receive, and the community they have within each other to buffer the support they may have never gotten from family or society.

Thank you for the opportunity to reach out to my home town and listen to the ones who need it the most.  Stay tuned for an extended version!


Professional Practices of Joey Johnson

 

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As an aspiring film maker, I decided to do my professional practices piece on a film that was featured at the Eugene International Film Festival. I watched American Gandhi that screened at the Valley River Center Regal Cinema on Friday November 13th. I was very interested by the description of the film about a man who takes a job running a mining operation in India, and gets tangled in the political conflict of the rural village he is displacing to excavate and make profit.

The film cinematography is exquisite, and the imagery of India looks dazzling on screen. The costumes, settings, and music really looked and sounded professional and clean. I thought they did an amazing job capturing great footage and connecting the audience to the setting of rural India.  They really made the film look very professional in post production.

One thing that bothered me about the film was the acting. The starring role, played by actor James Patrick Stuart was a bit forced and contrived and I couldn’t help but to feel like his lines, and the lines of some of his co-stars, were not authentic. I think a lot had to do with the writing, but none the less, it was distracting. The film was written by the director/producer Joseph Muraga, who spoke afterwords in a thick Indian accent. I can’t help but to think that his effort to express correct English grammar came across as corny, predictable, and cliché.  The dialogue was too perfect and words constructed in ways that we don’t speak naturally.

Aside from the dialogue writing, the story was there. And the message of the film was a good one. When they spoke after the film and took questions from the audience, the main actor spoke about how the film was expressing the idea of profit in business at the price of the soul, and how we exploit humanity in our world. We go after the riches and will sacrifice anything, even the lives of those we love, to accomplish our victory. The star, James Patrick Stuart, also remarked on how the job affected his relationship with his own son, and upon return to the US he made a consorted effort to create a deeper relationship with his family.

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I asked about whether they had come across any difficulties with authoritites having produced such a politically charged film, and they said not too much, but they did have to bribe authorities at the airport when bringing in their equipment for filming. They said that the Indian government can be bought at every level and the truth that corruption and illegal activity for the sake of profit happening all the time is common knowledge.  Most of the actors and extras in India worked for free just to contribute to the film spiritually.  They saw it as sacred work and would not take money for it.

In conclusion, I was inspired by the story and concept, the filming was gorgeous and filled the screen with splendor, but the acting fell a bit flat and glossed the whole project over with an amature tinge. I learned some valuable insight as an aspiring film maker. No matter how much money you have for production value, your actors really make or break the success of the film. But their message and imagery really shined above all. They really captured a timely statement about how the corrupt business phillosophy of American culture preys on and destroys under developed nations for profit, often extinguishing common sense and moral values in its wake.

Please take a moment to see the trailer for this film, and always do your best to support independent films, especially with those of humanitarian interests.

 


P5 Image Editing- Joey Johnson

This project was fun to work on.  I wanted to keep it simple so that I didn’t stress out, and it worked!  I knew at the 5th Street Market that a few businesses used the number 5 in their name.  So I went out and captured some shots like it was a commercial or in a way just featuring the businesses in the market.  I also tagged on a Five Guys Burgers joint that was by my house just because it was the number 5!  I had fun fitting it ll together and working in premier.  I was intimidated at first but I was just telling myself to keep it simple as this is just an introduction to the software, not a feature film to submit to Sundance.  I focused on putting the clips together in the order I wanted them, and have transitions between clips, used a few titles for the beginning and credits.  I also chose some fitting music to overlay the piece which helped move the story along. Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoy!


IMA Audio Project!

Wow, I lost this track and had to remake it!  I guess I’m ready for the real world of media hiccups!

This was fun to make.  It is a fake newscast that is abruptly taken over by my rap about current states of affairs in a political and cultural rap diatribe.   Just a little ditty I came up with to fit the project, but excited to work with other music artists in the area to create dynamic rap/dance tracks to put together choreography and music videos.  I wanted to do something that showed my writing skills, rhythm, and humor becuse I am also interested in sketch comedy writing as well.  Thanks for listening, and I hope it gives you a better idea of who I am as a person, and an artist.


Joey’s Choice: A review of a professional BLOG!

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The New York Film Academy Blog seen here: https://www.nyfa.edu/film-school-blog/ is a wonderful, fun resource for up and coming film makers.  It will link you to their main site for information about programs and offerings from NYFA, but my favorite resource is the blogs about guest speakers, and their insight into the film business.  They tell inspiring stories of passionate people who have carved out their success through the guidance of mentors, and training they have received.

I think the site is well produced, easy to read and follow, and has a nice variety of articles.  Not only do they highlight work and success of alumni, but they provide news about current faculty, changes in the organization, and opportunities to be involved and experience what NYFA has to offer. For example, NYFA Los Angeles has recently welcomed cinematographer Tony Richmond as the new lead faculty of the Cinematography dept.  and also, Wednesday nights in New York they produce a comedy show for students to hone their craft at the Comedy Cafe.

The information in this blog is current, relevant, and interesting to read.  I enjoy the quality of their content and always find fun articles and words of wisdom.  I highly recommend browsing to anyone interested in film, or considering attending film school.

This post was written by Joey Johnson :)


Joey’s Choice: A review of a professional BLOG!

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 10.34.30 AM

The New York Film Academy Blog seen here: https://www.nyfa.edu/film-school-blog/ is a wonderful, fun resource for up and coming film makers.  It will link you to their main site for information about programs and offerings from NYFA, but my favorite resource is the blogs about guest speakers, and their insight into the film business.  They tell inspiring stories of passionate people who have carved out their success through the guidance of mentors, and training they have received.

I think the site is well produced, easy to read and follow, and has a nice variety of articles.  Not only do they highlight work and success of alumni, but they provide news about current faculty, changes in the organization, and opportunities to be involved and experience what NYFA has to offer. For example, NYFA Los Angeles has recently welcomed cinematographer Tony Richmond as the new lead faculty of the Cinematography dept.  and also, Wednesday nights in New York they produce a comedy show for students to hone their craft at the Comedy Cafe.

The information in this blog is current, relevant, and interesting to read.  I enjoy the quality of their content and always find fun articles and words of wisdom.  I highly recommend browsing to anyone interested in film, or considering attending film school.

This post was written by Joey Johnson :)


Lane Community College Multimedia Design Program: Let’s Do This!

     As an actor, dancer, writer, rapper and all around creative individual who was returning to college, I wanted to choose a major that would allow me to further integrate my talents and vision into the realm of film and digital arts. I didn’t want to only audition for projects as much as BE the creator of projects this time around. I have too much to say as an artist to sit back and be a pawn for someone else’s work unless it really speaks to my passion and career trajectory.

     I was born and raised in Eugene, and already familiar with LCC, having attended in 2005 for theater, music, and dance. I chose LCC because I could see, after moving back from New York City in 2014, that this humble yet thriving community college had the connections, networking, and curriculum that I needed to further my career. I know that being a jack of all trades can be somewhat hindering and seemingly unfocused to other professionals, so choosing the Multimedia Design program felt like the most grounded and clear pathway to my multifaceted creative goals.

     Now I feel that my previous work as a performer and experience on film sets with independent films and students at top film schools in the New York area gave me extremely relevant experience, as well as clarified my goals and intentions as an artist and producer. As I continue to further my craft as a performer, I am now learning new skills to be in the driver seat. Soon I will be at the helm of a production team, leading a collaborative effort to completion.

     My spirit animal right now is a spider, weaving an intricate web of ideas, scripts, characters, imagery, music, movement, software, and business in an ever expanding pursuit of turning dreams into reality. This is a truly exciting time for me, and only the beginning.

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Joey Johnson In the Lane Community College Multimedia Design Program: Let’s Do This!

     As an actor, dancer, writer, rapper and all around creative individual who was returning to college, I wanted to choose a major that would allow me to further integrate my talents and vision into the realm of film and digital arts. I didn’t want to only audition for projects as much as BE the creator of projects this time around. I have too much to say as an artist to sit back and be a pawn for someone else’s work unless it really speaks to my passion and career trajectory.

     I was born and raised in Eugene, and already familiar with LCC, having attended in 2005 for theater, music, and dance. I chose LCC because I could see, after moving back from New York City in 2014, that this humble yet thriving community college had the connections, networking, and curriculum that I needed to further my career. I know that being a jack of all trades can be somewhat hindering and seemingly unfocused to other professionals, so choosing the Multimedia Design program felt like the most grounded and clear pathway to my multifaceted creative goals.

     Now I feel that my previous work as a performer and experience on film sets with independent films and students at top film schools in the New York area gave me extremely relevant experience, as well as clarified my goals and intentions as an artist and producer. As I continue to further my craft as a performer, I am now learning new skills to be in the driver seat. Soon I will be at the helm of a production team, leading a collaborative effort to completion.

     My spirit animal right now is a spider, weaving an intricate web of ideas, scripts, characters, imagery, music, movement, software, and business in an ever expanding pursuit of turning dreams into reality. This is a truly exciting time for me, and only the beginning.

For more info on me, Joey Johnson, visit my website http://www.joey-johnson.com  thanks!!!

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