As the Lawrence family makes their move from Mobile to the small town of Opelika, Alabama, they do not know what to expect. The film will focus on the individual conflicts each member of the family faces, and how they change or remain the same throughout their time in Opelika.


David Lawrence (43):  the father of the family, very meek and timid, unaccustomed to the boisterous lifestyle of the men in Opelika. Although David is smart, he is oftentimes a pushover and fails to stand up for himself. His submissive nature will be his source of conflict throughout the film.

Margaret “Maggie” Lawrence (45): the mother, very bold and unwilling to compromise. She often causes verbal arguments because of her opinionated nature.

Jacob Lawrence (17): the son, he is unhappy about his move to a small town because he considers everyone there “hicks.” As a senior at the local high school, he immediately, makes an enemy of B. Clay. Their relationship will be very volatile throughout the film, and on the day of their graduation Jacob fights B. Clay because of B.’s racist remarks.

Ava Grace Lawrence (15): the daughter. Ava questions the religious view s of her friends after attending a service at a Baptist Church with a very theatrical preacher. Her questioning leads her to uncertainty about her own religious views. Ava’s crisis of faith will be her conflict throughout the film.

B. Clay (18/19): Jacob’s rival. B. Clay is very loud and antagonistic. At the local high school he is often chastised for being his gun and his kill of the day. B. Clay is very set in his ways, and he openly mocks anything that is at all different from him.

Jay Hollis (47) : David’s only friend in the town. Although Jay is somewhat slow, he is good-natured and the only man on the town who welcomes David.

Specific Scenes:

The opening and closing scenes of this film will mirror one another. They will both begin with a very wide shot from the side of the road, and the camera will remain stationary as the Lawrence’s car drives by. The camera will then slowly zoom in on the family in their car through the front windshield. In both scenes the family will be in the same positions, and wearing the same (or very similar clothes). There will however be small differences between the two. For example, Jacob will have a black eye in the closing scene because of his fight with B. Clay. Throughout these scenes the song “Softly through the Void” by Elf Power will play, initially loudly, but then quietly in the background of the family’s conversation.

Another set of scenes that are very important to the film will be in Jay Hollis’s living room. These two scenes would show the relationship between David and Jay’s hunting friends.  The room itself would be wood paneled, with several different types of animals (rabbits, deer, squirrels, and a bear) stuffed and mounted throughout the room.  The scenes would begin with a series of close ups the stuffed animals and some other objects throughout the room. After introducing the audience to the room, the camera would show remain stationary on one side of the room. The camera itself would be mounted on the head of one of the deer, so that the antlers frame the shot. In the parallel scene, the camera will show the men form the other side of the room, and the camera would be placed in the mouth of the bear, so that the shot would be framed by the bear’s arms and teeth. In the first scene, Jay’s friends will mock David, and David will fail to stand up for himself.  In the second scene when Jay’s friends begin to attack David, he will defend himself, showing his growth.


The look of the film will be influenced by Wes Anderson’s films, making use of very vivid colors as well as Anderson’s tendency to parallel events in his films. There will also be several wide shots that move through an entire room, or down a street, reminiscent of Kubrick’s camera work in The Shining. When introducing the audience to a new setting, the camera will have close ups of objects. In order to emphasize what is taking place or who is the central focus of the scene, the camera would begin with a wide shot and slowly begin to zoom in on whomever is the focal point of the scene.


Most scenes in the film will begin and end by focusing on music, and throughout several scenes music will be more muted, but still present.  John Murphy, creator of the 28 Days Later soundtrack, would create the vast majority of mood music and background music, but some popular songs from musicians like Johnny Cash would also be used. In the opening and closing scenes the song “Softly though the Void” by Elf Power would be featured.

Setting/ Cost:

The film will be shot on location in Opelika, Alabama. The estimated budget is relatively small (somewhere from $5 to $8 million).

Importance/ Significance of Film:

Although many historical films are set in the South, very few filmmakers try to capture the tensions and situations in the modern South. Several aspects of Southern society will be examined that audiences may not be aware of. In order to create a more believable film, unknown actors will be used and the film will be shot on location.


Mt. Brilliant

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE – Mt. Brilliant illustrates the struggle of a slave during the year of 1828. The film I have created is an illustration of Abram, an innocent slave, who is a loyal worker; however, when a white man murders his owner, he escapes to Ohio in response to fear. This film is a fearful portrayal of the existence of a slave during the early nineteenth century that argues strongly against the inhuman treatment that slaves frequently faced. In 1828, according to the Northwest Ordinance and Missouri Compromise, Ohio and Indiana are “free states”.

FILM TECHNIQUES –Through the use of music, sound, lighting, and camera angles, the audience will sense a closeness or intimacy with the protagonist, Abram. The sounds of the film are very simplistic in order to portray a reality rather than a dramatic feature film. Also, there are no produced songs in the film. The light is mainly sunlight during the daytime scenes. Many of the fearful scenes are at night, which adds a sense of uncertainty for the audience. The camera angles during these night scenes often use closer camera angles, whereas the brighter scenes allow for larger angles.

This film is a high-budget film because of the various scenes during the approximate one hour and thirty minute time.

TIME DIVISION – The first thirty minutes consists of events prior to the murder. The next twenty minutes is of Abram and Jackson’s journey to Ohio. The following forty minutes is of their life in Ohio/ the resolution.

OVERVIEW – This film is a feature film that is meant to portray a slave’s fear of being innocently killed for the murder of his owner and the slave’s hope of escaping to freedom in the northern states, which in Abram’s situation is Ohio.

SETTING – 1828

  1. Beargrass Track
  2. Mt. Brilliant Farm – Louisville, Kentucky
  3. “Underground Railroad” – throughout Kentucky/Ohio
  4. Tabitha’s Residence of Ohio


  1. Abram – protagonist, Mr. Harris’s slave
  2. Jackson – Abram’s friend, Mr. Harris’s slave
  3. Mr. Harris – Abram and Jackson’s owner
  4. Annabelle Harris – Mr. Harris’s daughter
  5. Monroe – Abram’s elder brother
  6. Slave catchers – White Men
  7. Tabitha – Resides in Ohio

OPENING SCENE – mid-afternoon, sun is shining, and faded noise of the horses/ spectators.

FADE-IN: Wide view of racetrack. We see a portion of the bleachers and grass filled with spectators, all caucasian, next to the track in left side of shot. We see a portion of the racetrack with horses spread out and dust surrounding them as they gallop in the ring in the right side of shot.


I. The view turns to the track. The noise of the horses’ hooves increases as they race around the track (see photo):


I. The camera then zooms to the face of a rider, age 36. He is dressed in a red jockey uniform. The camera follows him, approximately ten seconds, as he continues to ride and eventually wins the race.

II. The camera turns to the bleachers, focusing on a group of twenty people standing close together, many of which are congratulating a middle-aged man. The spectators appear intoxicated and are very loud. The women have on elegant dresses and large hats. The men wear suits and bow ties.

III. The camera returns back to the view of the rider who has now slowed his horse to a steady trot and pumps his fist in the air while looking into the crowd.


  1. In the opening scene that was just described, we meet the main character, ABRAM. He is a slave who is also a jockey for his owner’s horses.

The sound in this scene is of the men and women yelling which competes with the sound of the horses’ hooves. The light is natural sunlight. No dialogue in this scene.

  1. Abram, Mr. Harris, and Annabelle returning to their plantation home by walking. Abram leads the horse while holding onto his lead rope. Annabelle walks next to Abram and her father on the opposite side of the horse.

The sun has begun to set therefore the amount of light is decreased. Abram and Mr. Harris discuss the race. The audience can see the respect that Mr. Harris and Abram display for one another between their supportive dialogues. Mr. Harris is still in his suit. Annabelle has on a fancy dress. Abram is wearing a simple white shirt, brown pants, and boots.

(Photo illustrates the appearance of the front of the Harris’ home):

  1. Inside the living room of the Harris’ home, Abram and Annabelle are at the desk. Abram narrates a letter to his brother for Annabelle to write. Mr. Harris then puts Annabelle to bed.

The light of this scene is dim throughout the room. There is the noise of Mr. Harris cleaning dishes in the kitchen and dialogue. Annabelle is dressed in a nightgown. Mr. Harris is dressed casually as is Abram.

  1. The next morning, Abram walks Swale, the winning horse, to a pasture where he rides in the simply structured ring. Abram hears gunshots while riding and immediately dismounts Swale and leads him to the closest area of trees. They wait here for a few moments, and Abram runs inside the house after retuning Swale to the stables.

The sound of Swale’s hooves are heard in this scene. There is also the sound of gunshots and the loud breathing of both Swale and Abram. The light is normal sunlight.


  1. During the climactic scene, Abram returns to the house and quietly sneaks throughout the eerily silent rooms. Jackson and Abram find one another, but not until Abram sees his owner and the owner’s daughter lying on the floor of the kitchen because they have been murdered. Jackson explains to Abram that they must escape before others come. Jackson also tells Abram that he saw a white man kill Mr. Harris but the man did not see Jackson. They begin to gather things throughout the house in preparation for their escape.


  1. Abram and Jackson escape from their residence in Kentucky and hope to find Abram’s brother’s home in Ohio for safety.

During their journey, they have high suspicion of white men following them. In order to intensify this sense of fear, one of the scenes is in the night. The camera angles are close to their faces and the light is scarce because it’s made to appear as if moonlight is the only light source. The noises are composed of their feet hitting the leaves and ground, heavy breathing, a small number of gunshots, and dogs barking in the distance.


  1. The events following the murder lead up to the second climactic scene. After Abram and Jackson escape Kentucky, the men search for the town in which Abram is told his brother resides. They ask people on the road and eventually find the home. A young white woman answers the door and invites them inside. While they are eating dinner, Abram learns that his brother was taken one night and sold to a man by the name of Monroe Walters from Mississippi. Tabitha invites Abram and Jackson to stay in her home. Tabitha and Abram begin to build a strong friendship. One night after dinner, Tabitha goes out to the barn to give the animals the extra food. Jackson offers to help her carry it. While Abram is in the kitchen cleaning the dishes, he hears loud screams coming from the barn. He immediately runs out to the barn and finds Tabitha on the ground and Jackson standing above her. Abram holds Tabitha who claims that she tripped and fell. Abram, Tabitha, and Jackson return to the home. When Tabitha and Abram lay in bed, Abram finds bruises on Tabitha’s body, but she dismisses them. The next day, Tabitha goes into town and returns with white men of the town. Tabitha explains to Abram that she is sorry but she had seen signs for their reward if found, and she had to turn them in. She didn’t want to be killed if they were discovered living in her home and Jackson had beaten her multiple times.


  1. Abram becomes very angry and shoots Jackson. Abram then breaks down and the white men force a rope around his neck. Tabitha becomes upset by the events and pleads them not to hang him, but she is unable to stop them.

In the closing scene, the characters are in the front yard of Tabitha’s house during natural daylight hours. The emotion on Tabitha’s face is highly recognizable because of the close camera angles. There is little sound except for the dialogue of the men, which is very racial, and the tears of Tabitha. The end shot is below Abram as he is being lynched.




Note: I cannot figure out how to set the time correctly for this post. Right now it is 2:28, but the blog says it’s 7:28??

  1. Subject of film
    1. Plot
      1. i.       “Why I Live at the P.O.” is told from the point of view of the elder daughter, Sister, of a small family living in a small town in Mississippi. It’s the Fourth of July and the younger sister, Stella-Rondo, has just come back home to China Grove with a two-year-old daughter. When Stella-Rondo claims the little girl, Shirley T., is adopted, Sister begins to question Stella-Rondo’s marriage situation. Stella-Rondo is furious with Sister for suggesting that the child isn’t adopted because that would mean that she was conceived before the marriage. Stella-Rondo commences turning the family against Sister, who before the arrival of Stella-Rondo, got along fine with everyone.
    2. Genre
      1. i.      feature length serious comedy
  2. Characters
    1. Sister
    2. Stella-Rondo
    3. Shirley T.
    4. Mama
    5. Papa-Daddy
    6. Uncle Rondo
  3. Music
    1. Music of the time period. Played on radio, TV, or record player in scene
  4. Setting/Location
    1. Small town Mississippi in the 1950’s. Days surrounding the Fourth of July
    2. To be shot on location in a house
  5. Two Key Scenes
    1. Fire Crackers
      1. i.      Characters
        1. all
        2. ii.      Shots
          1. Back and forth between Sister sleeping in bed and feet tip-toeing down the hall
          2. Outside of house
          3. Sister screaming in bed as fire crackers go off
          4. All rushing to room. First argument between Sister and rest of family
        3. iii.      Camera angles
          1. Above shot of Sister in bed. Portrait style
          2. Forward shot of house. Trees on the left and house on the right
          3. Forward shot looking up at Sister in bed. Fire crackers going off in front of her (on the floor)
        4. iv.      Color
          1. Bluish hue
        5. v.      Sound
          1. Silence
          2. Screaming and fire crackers
          3. Loud argument
        6. vi.      Props
          1. Fire crackers
          2. Bed sheets and pillow
        7. vii.      Costumes
          1. Bedclothes
            1. Nightgown and robe for the females
            2. PJ pants and shirt for males
        8. viii.      Dialogue
          1. Family arguing
    2. Closing scene of movie
      1. i.      Characters
        1. Sister
        2. ii.      Shots
          1. Sister in small backroom at PO with a few open boxes around her. Kneeling on floor unpacking boxes while humming. Takes out a misplaced pacifier. Looks at it then throws it back into box. Starts talking to herself about her good for nothing sister. Goes to another box and takes out a plant. Put it on windowsill and fiddles with it. Talking to herself about how her family will miss her but she’ll never go back. Repeats line several times while looking out of window.
        3. iii.      Camera angles
          1. Camera follows Sister as she unpacks the box
          2. Close up on pacifier and Sister’s face
          3. Follow Sister to window
          4. Camera looks in open window at Sister and fades out
        4. iv.      Color
          1. Muted tones. Pacifier will be a bright color.
        5. v.      Sound
          1. Sister humming incoherent tune and talking
          2. Everything else is quiet
        6. vi.      Props
          1. Boxes
          2. Pacifier
          3. Plants
        7. vii.      Costume
          1. Collared button up dress. Plain
        8. viii.      Dialogue
          1. Sister talking to herself

Film Proposal Outline


A Way Out is a film set in Newark, New Jersey in 1974 where the lives of African-Americans are still hard even after the Civil Rights movement. The main character of the film Delilah Jenkins is a high school senior who is applying to college and having a great deal of problems with the admissions process. Delilah’s high school, Malcolm X. Shabazz High School, is filled with racist teachers and students who don’t care about the future of their students or in the students’ case, their own. While Delilah works hard to maintain the high grades that she gets, she watches her friends have intimate relations with their to get good grades, fight, and drop out of school. Therefore, she tries to maintain her determination to get into college.

At home, Delilah is forced to become the parent of her four younger siblings since her mother is never home because of her drug addiction and her father was shot and killed in a gang fight. Delilah and her family live in the most infamous projects in the city known for its gang problems. Every time Delilah walks out of her building she is a approached by one of her or her father’s friends asking her to join the gang and make her father proud. So now, Delilah is confronted with the decision to either follow her dreams or live in her dad’s shadow. Therefore, Delilah writes in her journal every night and writes letters to her boyfriend to try and release some of the stress and get some encouragement.

After some time however, Delilah comes to the conclusion that she is unable to deal with her siblings, school, and life itself all alone and calls her grandmother from Alabama to come help her with the kids. When her grandmother gets there she helps Delilah with kids and takes away that burden but then tell Delilah that she is not good enough to go to college and that she needs to work on her household skills in order to find a husband. This added opposition makes the stress and pressure more than she can bear, so she decides to drop out of school.

Along with this decision, Delilah also decides to walk in her father’s footsteps and join the gang. On the night of her initiation, Delilah is forced to do a drive by in the neighborhood of the leader of the opposing gang. While doing so, Delilah is shot and killed.

When her funeral is held, her mother decides to clean herself up and end her drug while her grandmother sits and consoles the children. When the family gets home, they discover that Delilah had gotten accepted into Syracuse University.




Delilah Jenkins: 17-year-old high school senior who is an A/B student applying to college. However, getting such good grades is hard for Delilah because not only do her teachers not care but the students don’t as well. She is forced to deal with racism in school and the opposition from her family and friends to go to college. At home in the “projects”, Delilah is the both a mother and father to her four younger siblings. While dealing with the stress of taking care of her siblings and applying to college, Delilah is being pressured to continue her father’s legacy by joining the gang known as the bloods by gang members and friends. Therefore Delilah is confused as to which path she should take: college or gang.

The actress I am considering to play this role is Keke Palmer.

Linda Jenkins: 36-year-old mother of Delilah who is cocaine addict. Linda has been struggling with her drug addiction since Delilah’s father Daniel Jenkins died because she couldn’t handle taking care of their children and the bills alone. However, Linda promises her Delilah that she is “trying to get on feet,” but she is not taking any steps toward rehab.

The actress I am considering to play this role is Jennifer Lewis.

Bernice Watts: grandmother of Delilah Jenkins who is from Selma, Alabama. Bernice has lived in the south all of her life and was born and raised to believe that African-Americans were nothing more than mere workers. Most importantly, in her opinion, African-American women were only meant to tend to the household and family and all other aspirations are ridiculous and unrealistic.

The actor I am considering to play this role is Sicily Tyson.

William Perry: Delilah’s 19-year-old boyfriend who is a freshman at Syracuse University. William wants Delilah to leave home and go to college at Syracuse with him because he knows the stress that she is under. William tries to keep in contact with Delilah through letters but is busy at school. He is her inspiration and encourager, and he worries about Delilah all of the time.

The actor I am considering to play this role is Nate Parker.

Daniel Jenkins: Delilah’s deceased father who had been a member of the “Bloods.” Growing up without a father, Daniel ran away from home at a young age and found a family within his gang. However, Daniel had been a great father and husband, but he had been killed in a gunfight when Delilah was fourteen.


Major Scenes in Film:

Funeral Scene: This scene will be shot at the Fairmont Cemetery. The camera will capture a wide view from a high angle or a bird’s eye view, with Delilah’s casket in the middle preparing to be buried and her family and friends gathered all around the casket. There will be no sound other than the pastor reading a scripture as the body is lowered. The camera will zoom in on the casket as each person places a flower on top of it. Once everyone is finished, the camera will follow the casket as it lowers. Once the casket reaches to the bottom the shot will fade to black.


Closing Scene: The camera will capture Delilah’s siblings, mother, and grandmother enter the apartment starting with a medium view and slowly zooming in to catch each person’s expression. By the time Delilah’s grandmother enters the house the camera will have a close-up of her and will follow her as she reaches down to grab the mail on the floor. As she stands back up the camera will zoom in on the grandmother’s hands and the letters as she looks at each one. When she gets to the last letter she will drop all of the others in shock. The camera will zoom in on Delilah’s name and address and then zoom out and point up and the grandmother’s expression. The camera will capture a medium view of the letter and focus first on the Syracuse university emblem. As the grandmother reads the letter the camera will “be her eyes” and slowly go over each word. When the camera reaches the word “accepted,” it will zoom in at a medium pace and fade to black.



I am still deciding on the exact tracks I will want to be in the film but most I will like the music to build up the tension in the film just as Delilah’s stress is building. So the music in the beginning scenes will be a lot slower in rhythm but with a defined beat and as the film progress the music will become more and more upbeat. Finally, the film will end in silence.


Camera Angles:

I plan to use a variety of camera angles including medium view, close-up, long shots, and pans.


Length and Expected Cost of Film

This film will be a feature length film that will be about 2 hours and 30 minutes long. The film will be shot on location in Newark, New Jersey and therefore a budget of about 145 million will be needed. This amount will cover the camera usage, props, sound, payment of actor, clothing, and make up artists and anything else that should arise.


Purpose of this Film:

This film is going to touch the hearts of everyone who watches it because it will not only capture the struggle that high school students face but the pressures put upon them. Adults, especially parents and grandparents, will be able to relate because they will see how much of an affect the play within the lives of their children. This film will not only show that there were still problems to be dealt with even after the Civil Rights Movement but how hard it is when not the only are the people on the outside against you but the people inside as well. This film should be a lesson to all by encouraging everyone who sees it never to give up and to work hard and reach your goal even if one must do it alone.

Legion Outline


2.Title Page


A)Story of “the people who could fly”


A)Why should this movie be made?

B)History of African American folktale


5. Music

A)Development throughout proposal

B)Soundtrack Listing

6. Brief Character Analysis

A)Physical Description

B)Role in the movie


7. Setting

A)Description of Agnes


8. Opening sequence of movie


9.Creature Scene

A) Visuals

Storm Before the Calm

FYS Final Project Outline                                                                                                    November 20, 2009


  1. Overview
    1. Title – Storm Before the Calm
    2. The basic premise for this film will be the divide between United States Coast Guard members that remained loyal to the Union and the rebel factions that supported Southern secession.  Two friends, Will and Charlie, work in the Old Baldy lighthouse for the Coast Guard and share shifts keeping the light for the passing ships from the devastatingly dangerous Frying Pan Shoals off the coast of the island.  Charlie identifies with the rebel cause and Will remains loyal to the Union.  Their discrepancy creates a rift in their friendship.  One night, Charlie leads a group of rebels into the lighthouse to destroy the lens in order to wreck cargo ships scheduled to bring supplies to Union troops in South Carolina.  Will and Charlie fight on the spiral staircase that leads to the bottom of the lighthouse and Charlie falls to his death.  Will’s great remorse for killing his friend leaves him conflicted as he joins the Union Army to fight against other Southerners during the American Civil War.
    3. Significance – this film is important because it explores the complexity behind the motivation of soldiers to fight in the War Between the States.  Not every Southerner believed in the Southern cause and for that reason, they were alienated.  At the same time, many Southerners ended up fighting against their brothers or best friends as their allegiance belonged to the Union.  The anguish Will feels after he accidentally kills Charlie follows him as he tries to fight for the North causes him difficulty to perform his duties as a soldier and causing him to explore his acceptance of himself.
  2. Camera Details
    1. A sepia film filter with low contrast will serve to make the film appear grainy and antiqued.
    2. Camera angles will include wide action shots for fight scenes with close ups only on justified characters to show facial expression while fighting and less actual physical struggle.
    3. Documentary style monologues with close ups on the faces of the two main characters will be crucial in showing their differences.
  3. Characters
    1. Charlie – wild and rambunctious, flirty, stubbly beard, wiry frame, identifies with Southern cause and talks passionately about life, love, and war
    2. Will – more conservative than Charlie, more reserved, loves Caroline and names his son Charlie to deal with his grief. Identifies with the Union out of duty and feels as if he fails himself and his friend by taking up sides with the Union army after he murders Charlie
    3. Beatrix – a girl from the island whom Charlie maintains a passionate fling with, as seen rolling around in the barn, arguable morals and values, not seen later on
    4. Caroline – Will’s wife, able to look past his affiliation with the Union because she loves him, is plain and simple in beauty
    5. Bets, large brawny coast guard member, frequently disciplines Will and Charlie as they cause trouble in the lighthouse and around the island, especially with women
  4. Movie breakdown
    1. Opening scene – the lighthouse
    2. Will and Charlie in youth
      1. i.      Flashback to “current” Will and Charlie, fixing the lighthouse lens and talking about women
      2. ii.      Flash back to Will and Charlie as boys making flower chain necklaces for girls from their town
    3. Will and Charlie in town, at a bar with friends discussing the promise of war
    4. Will and Charlie at the lighthouse, being scolded by Bets, their boss, for not being serious enough.  Charlie doesn’t care but Will realizes he needs to focus on serving his country and less on being comfortable with his friend
    5. Party scene with Will and Charlie, Caroline and Beatrix.  Will and Caroline are settled on a wrap-around porch drinking lemonade and making small talk while Charlie and Beatrix are seen running into a barn and rolling passionately in the hay.  Will’s face is expressionless while Charlie passionately kisses Beatrix.
      1. i.      First documentary interview – Charlie speaks to the camera sitting on a barrel in the barn while Beatrix fixes her dress in the background out of focus.  Charlie talks about how gorgeous and wild Beatrix is but comes to the conclusion, “She’s pretty, and nice.  That’s all I really need, I guess.”
      2. ii.      Second documentary interview – Will speaks to the camera sitting on a chair in the dining room of Caroline’s house while she prepares tea out of focus in the background.  Will says, “She’s pretty, and nice.  That’s all I really need, I guess.”
      3. iii.      This kind of shot repeats throughout the film where Will and Charlie are in similar but different situations where they reach the same conclusion showing that they are friends with commonalities but foreshadowing to the differences that ultimately cause a rift between them down the line.
    6. Will and Charlie on duty in the lighthouse
    7. Charlie talking with rebel supporters in a dimly lit barn about the war
    8. Will and Charlie talking about the war sitting on the beach tossing rocks into the ocean, Charlie talks to will about a raid on the lighthouse and Will, caught up in his new sense of maturity rejects the idea and pushes Charlie away.
    9. Charlie by night in the barn with the rebels again – they passionately talk about secession in South Carolina and say that if SC can secede, they should be able to as well, even if it’s just one lighthouse.  The raid is planned.
    10. Second documentary interview
      1. i.      Will sitting on a sofa in his mother’s house while pictures of lighthouses hang in the background out of focus.  He speaks of his obligation to the Coast Guard and defending their property and comes to the conclusion, “Well it’s my duty, I reckon.”
      2. ii.      Charlie sitting on a bar stool with hotheads in the background and out of focus yelling about the North.  He speaks of his obligation to the South and defending its integrity as the North sets blockades in Charleston Harbor and rejects their independence and ability to trade with Britain and France.  He comes to the conclusion that he has to stage this raid in order to send a clear message to the North and states very confidently, “Well, it’s my duty, I reckon.”
    11. Raid scene, Will pushes Charlie to his death
    12. Charlie’s funeral, Will telling Charlie’s mother and father how sorry he was but not telling fully what happened that night in the lighthouse
    13. Will talking to the camera, expressing his disgust with himself, evaluating Charlie’s recklessness and his carefulness and how killing his best friend seemed more like something Charlie would do than he would.
    14. Will signing up for the Union
    15. Will fighting in various battles
    16. Will sitting in a hospital, dying
    17. Caroline finding Will in the hospital, they marry
    18. Will questioning why he’s been given such a blessed life when he is, in fact, a murderer who alienated his people for a Union that has never forgiven him
    19. Years later – Will and Caroline with their son, Charlie
    20. Closing scene – Will confesses to Charlie what he did
  5. Two key scenes
    1. Opening – the lighthouse
      1. i.      Setting:  Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island, NC
      2. ii.      Digital dramatization of the actual storm around OBL
      3. iii.      The film opens with the Old Baldy lighthouse standing in the dark of a thunderstorm on Bald Head Island in North Carolina.  As the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes, voices are heard yelling down the lighthouse for “more oil” for the lamp.  The voices belong to the United States Coast Guard as they struggle to keep the lighthouse illuminated for the boats taking cargo from Charleston to Wilmington.  Seven men, mostly shirtless or in undershirts from the 1860’s are spread throughout the 118ft lighthouse, staggered up the spiral stairs to the top.  The interior of the lighthouse is exposed brick with stucco, lit by torchlight and some gas lamps.  The camera starts at the bottom of the lighthouse and follows a small barrel of oil up the staircase being passed from man to man until it reaches the top.  Frantically running up stairs and passing the heavy object to one another, the men’s masculinity is highlighted by the camera’s detailed zoom on their strong and sweaty arms.  Their uniforms are US Coast Guard uniforms, denoting loyalty to neither North nor South, and at the top of the stairs, two younger looking men, Will and Charlie, sit smoking cigars and laughing about how serious the men are taking their duties.  It is clear through Will and Charlie’s dialogue with each other that they are friends and they are also drunk.  One man, Bets, the largest man on the staircase, approaches them swinging their legs over the railing and tells them to get back to work.  With a joking grin to one another, Will and Charlie put down their cigars and join the others at work.  The camera descends down the stairs as Will and Charlie’s laughter fills the lighthouse and they joke back and forth about the fun they’re having.  The camera goes through the door and into the storm, and zooms out up into the clouds.  The screen turns white with a glow that suggests an ethereal dream state and then we see a close up of Will and Charlie as children, playing in the grass.


  1. Closing scene – Will’s confession to his son, Charlie.
    1. i.      Will is older in age, late twenties, and having survived the war and started a family with Caroline, a girl from the island who he had met before the war broke out, lives peacefully in the mountains of North Carolina.  The camera swings a wide shot coming down from the mountain to a small farm house in the valley that sits nestled in the sun.  Outside, children run around a tree and the camera focuses in on a man sitting on the porch with a woman.  With more detail available, it is clear that Will and Caroline are sitting together, discussing life and rocking back and forth, Will looking especially dark and mysterious, Caroline not noticing.  Will calls for Charlie to come over and tells him exactly what happened years ago and why he needed to name his son after the friend he killed.  He explains, “I wanted to let Charlie live on, happy as ever, for a long and full life I selfishly cheated him of.  You’re my son and I’m proud of you and your mama.  I want you to go on and have hundreds of babies and a long life ahead of you.  Promise me, you’ll never take a life.”  Will stands, leaves Caroline and Charlie wondering what exactly he was talking about, and walks out into the now raining weather.  Heading deliberately toward the barn, Caroline calls after him, but he pretends not to hear.  Minutes later, Caroline and Charlie run towards the barn and throw open the door only to have the camera show their terrified faces as Will’s legs dangle from the rafters.   When mother and son return outside, the sky has become sunny again, and they walk towards the house, sobbing.  Credits.
  2. Estimated cost
    1. 17 million, at the least
    2. Due to the wide range of shots, elaborate period costuming, digital enhancement of storms, expensive shots especially in the lighthouse, I will need a flexible budget and a flexible production studio to work with
  3. Legacy
    1. “Storm Before the Calm” has the potential to invite dialogue between Southern and Northern supporters to investigate the motivations behind soldiers joining with either the Northern or Southern cause and eventually move toward reconciliation.

Found True Love in Virginia




Objective: Interracial relationships between whites and blacks during the fifties and sixties in Virginia will be portrayed in this movie in a historical comedic way. However, to keep the effect of realism, the atmosphere and history will not be diluted.


Genre: Romantic Comedy – This type of movie allows the audience to become more emotionally attached because it creates likeability. And when situations become dynamic they are almost forced to pay attention to the changes and qualities of the character. This genre consequently gets the audience emotionally involved.


Theme: Laughter can sustain any relationship, since it promotes the creation of true love.


Overview of Story: A rich Caucasian male and an African American woman fall in love in the midst of civil chaos. The laughter in their relationship is comparable to glue. They learn to cope with life and respect each other more each time they share a laugh. Even though they are tested constantly they have to the will to love each other no matter what.


            Plot: A developing interracial relationship.


            Setting: 50’s/ 60’s Virginia

                -Controversial Location: Virginia was a place filled with civil riots and chaos. The setting is used to promote controversy. Also, it gives the most realistic issues that people had to face in this situation. It allows the audience to become to feel tension. Also, the audience can appreciate the story more because of this harsh but crucial setting.

                       Characters: The two main characters are Johnny Temple and Georgia Baptiste. Both of these characters represent something bigger than themselves. Jonny is a rich businessman that is afraid of how his family and friends view him. On the other hand, he can’t help but to love Georgia. He can be offered as a parallel to the Virginia, he is caught between the old way of thinking and the new way. Georgia is a struggling nurse that knows herself, but finds it hard to find a place that accepts her as an educated black female. She represents how Africans Americans struggled to gain the same opportunities and equal rights as Caucasians.


                        The significance of their relationship: The relationship represents a possible new South. In essence, it shows how each party can help each other become better. The extreme comfort of laughter in their relationship represents maturing harmony and happiness. It ultimately represents a transition of extreme hatred for one other to loving each person no matter what color they  are.

Relating to the audience: The main goal is to have the actually believe that they are there in the movie living each scene. Therefore, every emotion, such as hate, fear, and love, will course through this story to draw them in. Also, the actual events that were going on at this time would add to realism and they could relate because they would either heard of it or know someone who has gone through it.

-Actual comedy enhances the audience to get involved in the film. This direct effect will bring in a lot of people gaining a bigger profit.  


-Historical Accuracy: In this movie, there will be actual events that took place in Virginia or the South as a whole to promote authenticity. This will create will create an even more emotional atmosphere because they can feel the tension as well as see it on the screen.



            -Brown vs. Board of Education





Technical Aspects of the Movie and Expenses


Budget: The budget is 95 million.

            -Advertisement estimated 10 million

            -Camera angle and lighting estimated 20million

            -Music and Sound 10 million

            -Clothing 300,000 thousand

            – Setting and props 700,000 thousand  

            -Work Force (crew men, actors, etc.) 40 million

 Estimated Cost: 81 million

            -This movie will SELL SEATS: For the production of this movie a large portion of the budget will go to advertising the movie. This is the age of comedy and feel good movies. Making this movie seem to be a tear-jerker and a funny movie will bring in a wider audience. This may be a time of hard economics, but we can use this to our advantage. The people want something light and heart-felt. With these crucial factors we will be able to gain a huge profit.



Cameras: Their will be multiple camera angles such as: point of view shot, bird’s eye shot, and close ups.


Music and Sound: There will be a recurring theme of Mozart’s Ein kline Nacht. Also, there will be songs from the 50s, like Cry, that will be played throughout the movie. The sound will be high definition; this means that the audience will be able to hear side conversations. But once the main characters start talking, voices will dominate without the interruption of others.  The only noises that will be extremely loud and harsh are the riots. Every other sound will be clam and not overbearing. This allows for the story and comedy to be conveyed clearly.