Friday, June 7, 2002

and now, for our feature presentation...

As I've previously mentioned, my group had to film a short soap opera for Spanish II Honors. The five of us finished the project yesterday morning; it was not an easy task by any means. The telenovelas were presented in class this afternoon, and I think everyone did a great job!

Our production was called Amor y Mentiras ("Love and Lies") and took about three weeks to make. I've provided some details below for those curious:

Cast and crew

Each of us had a role as follows:

  • Yours truly as José
  • David Barth as Davíd
  • Sarah Murray as Sarita
  • Michelle Nelson as Micaela
  • Shannon Haley as Lilia

Shannon was our de facto director as most of the filming was done at her house.

Scene 1

Davíd and José are two bad guys who go out and rob a bank. This part was shot at a small neighborhood store in Los Altos called J&R's Foodland. The manager of the store was very nice; not only was he cool with us filming there, he also guest-starred as one of the bankers!

Scene 2

The second and third scenes were filmed at Shannon's house. As the story goes, Davíd and José use the ill-gotten money on a vacation to the Bahamas. While holidaying, they cross paths with the three girls and fall in love with them. This is where our love scene comes into play.

Scene 3

The romance is short-lived as Davíd and José plot to frame the girls for the bank robbery. But when the girls find out about the illicit activities, the thugs burn down the girls' vacation home and shoot Sarita dead as the she and her friends try to escape. Yikes!

The telenovela ends as Davíd and José flee the country.

Special thanks

Of course, such an endeavor wouldn't have been possible without the help of others. We owe special thanks to the following:

  • Shannon's mother Sharyl for helping around.
  • Sarah's mother Carol for the occasional ride.
  • The manager at J&R's Foodland for letting us film at his store, and for guest-starring as one of the bank tellers. What a champ.

Conclusions

I know our plot is kind of lame, but we're still very proud of what we've created. Although we had our conflicts and disagreements over the course of the project, I am happy to say that we generally worked well as a team. I really wish I could share our telenovela with you, but I don't have a copy of the video myself, nor do I know of any websites that allow people to upload large media files for free. You'll just have to use your imagination!

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