In my last blog post I gave an introduction to my project and said that I would hopefully post same sample footage. I do have some footage but haven’t had a chance to edit it or look over it fully. I have taken photos of potential scenes I want to include for the film. I plan to use the scenes for voice over when I discuss statistics or other information.
I have decided that I want to focus my project specifically on depression within the Asian American community and how depression during early development, such as adolescence, affects a person’s growth. Depression is highly stigmatized in the Asian American community because it directly opposes the cultural beliefs of image and expression. It is taught in many traditional settings that expressing negative emotions is weakness and that any negative feelings should not be openly discussed. It is up to the individual to be tough and work through it on their own. It is clear that this creates a big difficult problem if the individual has depression because the person will not seek help and try to cope with the problem alone. I hope that with this project I can show that depression is a serious mental illness that needs to be addressed openly.
I currently have an interview scheduled this week with a friend that has depression. I hope that he can vocalize his struggle and explain how it has impacted his high school career and currently affects him now. With this project I have realized that an obstacle with filming documentaries is that you may have a vision for the project on what kind of responses you expect but sometimes you don’t get the answers you expect. This has led me to reformulate my questions and try to make them more specific. I also went on a family trip to Vegas two weeks ago where I was able to take sample footage and photos that I want to use for the project. So far I have been enjoying the process and hopefully I can really make a difference with this documentary.