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Carr - 6th Draft College Essay - Open Ended Prompt
I have taught myself everything from ventriloquism and
coin tricks, to graphic design and web site creation. What do these
things have to do with one another? I have been fascinated, almost
obsessed, with many things in my life, and because of these passions I
have grown immensely.
Last year I simultaneously developed the obsessions of
reading the first three sections of the newspaper and researching
blindness. My conversations began to be filled with anecdotal news
snippets, something that at the time drove my friends crazy, but has
left me with strong news reading habits. My free time at night was
devoted to reading blogs and fact sheets about life without sight, and
I now know more about blindness than I ever thought I would. As
different as the two activities may seem, they stem from the same
source. Like smudges on fogged glass they appear before the eyes,
fingerprints of creativity begging to be expressed.
Film making is the pinnacle of all this obsession.
Together with my life-long friend, we have tackled ideas that alone we
could not hope to understand, asking questions and initiating dialogs
that we continue to this day. Concerned by the nature of teenage
isolation, we completely created a film about a man who alienates
himself from his own environment and his son. More recently a years
work gave birth to the filming of a story about a father searching for
a child he may or may not have had twenty years before - a work in
reaction to the uncertain futures we currently face, and the nagging
question "where will I be in twenty years"�.
All my interests add to my films, just as my interests add
to me. Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is something between art
and life ... cinema is truth twenty-four times a second." Like water
washing dirt from my hands, film allows me to not only expose, but
explore my own truths. I am obsessive, fanatical at times, out of sheer
passion for learning, living, and simply being. My experiences, both
rich and varied in nature, allow me to slowly grow and improve my
craft. More than commentary or exposition, my works are the purest
expression I can make.
Uncertain futures seem to call for self-reflection. Like
an editor piecing a film together, my life slowly unrolls in its
scenes. A small projector lights up, and fading in from black a song
plays. Images flash as the sound track to my life echoes its recurrent
theme: Live, be passionate, dive in, be yourself.