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The opening scenes Freedom Writers Opening Scene – ‘War has been declared.’ Setting: time/place Dialogue: (include voiceover) Street fighting / turf wars „…First day of school.. I saw the war 1992 Long Beach for the first time‟ „They call my people Freshman Year 1994 a gang because we fight for our own.‟.. Suburban Street (Eva‟s house) „War has been declared‟. (Eva School – Wilson High School voiceover during childhood and „present‟sequence) Eva‟s Dad speaking in Spanish. „ Since voluntary integration we‟ve lost over 75% of our strongest students. (Margaret to Erin) „I wouldn‟t wear them [pearls] to class.‟ „I think the real fight should happen in the classroom.‟ (Erin) Characters Costumes Eva as a child and as a teenager Ordinary street wear Eva‟s Dad Riot gear Police and Rioters Erin – dressed professional - pearls Erin Grewell and Margaret Campbell (Head of English) Eva‟s gang Asian shooter Mis en scene (everything within the scene, Diegetic Sounds (from within the scene) including props) Gun shots Destroyed cars Fire/flames Fire Sirens Guns Beeping horns Boxing gloves (Eva as a child) Helicopter Barbie doll (white and black) Punching Journal Screaming Baby crying Eva‟s father‟s voice Camera shots/movements/angles Non-diegetic sounds (from outside the scene) 1. Black screen/ screenwriting ‘LA News reports „ riots 1992‟ Rap music with report Live news footage – montage of events Screaming from the riot (panning of fires, shooting, Calls to police helicopter shot of wall of fire, Asian man People talking outside school shooting at police) office‟ 2. Yva’s childhood sequence Father teaching Eva boxing Doorstep, drive by street shooting, Father being taken by police. 3. Present (1994) Eva and boyfriend on street, chased by rival gang, Eva being accosted by rival gang at school. 4. School office – Close ups, over the shoulder shots, of Erin and Margaret in conversation. Any other techniques which stood out to you lighting e.g. editing techniques What we have learned from the opening scene: Setting, Eva’s background, Erin’s background and current situation. Setting: 1994 (with flashbacks to childhood and 1992) Long Beach California, Woodrow Wilson High School - part of re- integration programme (previously a white school) - 75% of best students left as a result Post 1992 La Riots racial tension – People of different ethnic groups see life as a war - a racially mixed society – gangs – affiliated through race 9Latino (Spanish), African Amerians, Asians… Corrupt police ? at least in the eyes of gangs Scene 2: Welcome to Freshman English First day of school Pan of the school yard – graffiti/ student cleaning off graffiti. Close up of Erin, (smiling) Erin goes to the „honours classroom‟ Pan (point of view shot) of the classroom (signwriting over board „Honours Class‟ , Whiteboard, White clean walls, tidy. Erin walked to her room (contrast) blackboard, c.u. broken blinds, graffitied desks. C.u. of Erin‟s face (disappointment) Students enter: introductions (Eva disrespect for Erin) and fight between students. Characters Erin Gruwell Father worked for civil rights movement From Newport Beach First Year Teacher - she is teaching to make a difference (fight for student‟s rights) „The battle begins in the classroom.‟ Margaret sees her as idealistic First day of class – disappointment (poor equipment) Did not understand the seating arrangements by ethnicity and moving students caused them to stop coming to class. Eva Benitez Latino, raised in gang life. Taught to box and defend herself at a young age. Father in prison. Father was respected by their people. Loyal to her „people‟. E.g. Dairy shooting. Eva defended Paco (boyfriend), even though she knew the truth. Was expected to testify in court. Has no respect for white people Relationship between Eva Benitez and Erin Gruwell First encounter in the classroom when Erin is calling the roll, cut to - “It‟s Ayva, not Eva” c.u. of Eva showing anger. Poetry lesson. Erin teaching Tupac for poetry. Eva, angrily. „You‟ve no idea what you‟re doing up there do you? You ever been a teacher before?
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