The film is powered by an urgency of finding out about my history and why I was so different from others, and also finding out who my people are before the culture and the stories are all gone and forgotten.
Character backgrounds and their stories are intertwined with re-enactments and re-creations of native Americans from the past and present intertwined with action scenes of hunting, trapping, net casting and basket weaving.
Additional scenes include day-to-day life at home. This B-roll will help to develop our main themes, gives a layered portrayal of our characters and will increase the visual variety.
Music will include native American music impressive vocals and live native American drumming along with soft piano virtuosity, both within scenes and also as part of the score.
The film mirrors life from within the tribal members stories in several ways, including crossing over into my life experiences as a teenager through young adult. With footage flirting with realms of spiritual dreams of moss trees, bayous and people in the distance seen as a dream or an illusion. Creating a stunning portrayal of two different lives happening at the same time.
In addition to this stylized footage, we will choose a few select elders of the different tribes and take their characters to recreate a story or an event that has happened in their own lives exploring their characters in intriguing ways. For example. One of the elders of the tribe will re-enact a life event that has had a great impact in his/her life.
The visual and thematic explorations of the natural scenery around bayous, trees, the night sky and the wildlife are meant to represent the spirit. The Native American spirit or, our Gods holy spirit reaching out to us. Creating a richness and spontaneity of the creative process, while also adding a beautiful visual dimension to the film.
We will also mirror the themes of shifting realities and perception by weaving in disorienting visuals and sounds, such as soft focus pulls from a person trapping or fishing to a cacophony of noises echoing down harshly lit two way roads or bayous.
The intention of bringing all these themes alive through the visuals and the soundscape is to give the viewer a real and inspiring experience of the ups and downs of the tribal members lives.
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