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Homophobia in High School:Documentary Pitch

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Lea Rosales

on 11 June 2014

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Transcript of Homophobia in High School:Documentary Pitch

Issue/Topic to Explore
Target Audience
Why would this audience be interested in my documentary?
Audio elements / Video Elements
Why am I personally interested in this issue?
This documentary explores
-homophobia in high schools
-victims of homophobia
-Gay/Straight Alliance clubs in high school
-why people are homophobic
-what parents of LGBT teenagers have to say
The target audience of this documentary would be:

-People who are LGBT, specifically high school students
-Parents of LGBT teens

Documentary Pitch
in High School:

Point of View
-LGBT high school students would be a target audience because they might want to see other people who are going through the same thing as them so they can know that they are not alone

-Parents of LGBT teens would want to watch this because they could see the views of other parents of LGBT teens so they could learn to be more compassionate if they child is going through a hard time

-Homophobes are another target audience of this documentary because they would learn a lot from this documentary and maybe they would consider being more accepting towards LGBT people if they understood more about them

Possible Organization who might want to Invest
- Community One Foundation (formerly called Lesbian & Gay Community Appeal)
-Supporting Our Youth
-Egale Canada
It would be a good idea for organizations that are fighting for rights and equality for LGBT people to invest in my documentary because they can show it to people to persuade them to make donations or to volunteer to events. Homophobia is an issue and this documentary really embodies the problems that LGBT youth face on a regular basis.
-Reaching Out Winnipeg
I am personally interested in this issue because a good friend of mine is gay and I know all the sufferings that he has gone through just because of his sexuality. Therefore I would like more people to be educated in this topic so that together, we can try to prevent homophobic bullying, violence and suicide based on sexual orientation not just in high school but everywhere.
- informative
Constructed Narrative
Interview Technique
-For audio elements I am using the song Born This Way by Lady Gaga in the background of my documentary because I think the message applies very much to the topic that I am doing
- I am also using happy, fast music at the parts where I want it to seem very enjoyable

- Sad music at the parts where I want to show that the person's grief is poignant

Detailed Plan:
-interview Ellen Degeneres on her views on homophobia
-interview the teacher who runs the Gay Straight Alliance to
-this documentary is in the point of view of people who are trying to fight for equality for LGBT people
List of Interviewees
-1.5 hours long
-Mother of suicide victim

-Ellen Degeneres
-GSA teachers
"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans People and Mental Health." N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-people-and-mental-health/>.
Russell, Stephen T., PhD, and Kara Joyner, PhD. "Adolescent Sexual Orientation and Suicide Risk: Evidence From a National Study." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2001. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/>
Ellen Degeneres
Professor of family studies and human development at University of Ottawa
Homosexual teenage boy
Father of homosexual teenage boy
Mother of teenage suicide victim
Members of Gay Straight Alliance club
Teachers of Gay Straight Alliance clubs
High school students at various high schools
Cohen, Tobi. "Hate Crimes against Gays Doubled in Canada." Www.canada.com. Postmedia Network Inc., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://www.canada.com/life/Hate%2Bcrimes%2Bagainst%2Bgays%2Bdoubled%2BCanada/3155968/story.html>
Constructed Narration
-Professor at University of
-Comments made by the father of the homosexual teenage boy
-facts and statistics about LGB youth
-what the GSA club members have to say about their club (why is it important to them)
-I put the interview of the mother of the suicide victim and the father of the gay teenager right after it to juxtapose their situations
There area variety of camera angles used such as:
-Extreme Close-Up
-Medium shot
-bird's eye view
-worm's eye view
-sad because of people's experiences
-hopeful at the end because together we can stop homophobia
-set in many high schools in Ottawa
-follow around the students and ask them what they think about homophobia and LGBT people
-GSA club members and the impact of the club on their lives
-talk to the GSA club teacher ot get inside scoop on what they learn and about the members
-we visit the house of one of the parents of a gay teenage suicide victim in Ottawa
-we also interview a father of a homosexual teenage boy from Ottawa
-we get Ellen Degeneres to come to Hillcrest HS to talk to the high school students about her inspirational story
-go to U of Ottawa to interview a professor who tells us some facts and statistic about LGBT youth

-Most interviews in this documentary are done indirectly because it makes it so that the people are speaking their own opinions freely but some parts are done directly because the questions asked by the interviewer in certain cases are very important and I would like the audience to hear them
- I am using black and white for the mother's part because it makes it look not flashy; i want people to focus on what she is saying
- i am speeding up shots of all the students getting interviewed to make it look like there are tons of students getting interviewed which shows that we collected data from a variety of students
The theme is that homophobia is wrong and that we all should do something to raise awareness and fight to prevent more people from getting affected by it.
It is biased because I do support LGBT rights, so the whole documentary is biased towards LGBT people. It is supposed to portray them as being deserving of equality just like everyone else. The documentary does not show the negative aspects of homosexuality ie. increased risks of HIV/Aids.
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