Initial Research Stages

In order to make this script a success and believable, an extremely large amount of research must be completed first. I have decided to divide my research into two different categories:

1. Secondary Sources (General Research)

2. Primary Sources (Cultural Research)

The secondary sources are later accounts of what had occurred during the period. It will give a general overview of the 1960s as a whole. This would include non-fiction historical books. The primary sources on the other hand are accounts of the events as they happened or directly after they happened. It will give great insight into the culture and responses to the events of the period. This would include magazine articles, newspaper articles, documents, etc.

In my possession at this point I have: Boom! by Tom Brokaw, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky, 1968 A Year in Pictures by Michael Kaufman, The 1968 Project by Brad Zellar, Time magazine from 1968, Look magazine from 1968, and a newspaper replica from 1968. My research will begin with Boom!

I also have created a general schedule of events to bring me into the second semester (the start of my senior project class).  The schedule is as follows:

June 1-9: General Research

July 10-31: Cultural Research

August 2-8: Through-Line

August 2-12: Script Outline

August 13: Begin Screenplay

August 28: First Draft Complete

Fun 60s Facts:

Marijuana was occasionally served as a dessert course among high-class families.

Pop music culture began with the song “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954.

Purchasing a television required a license.

The black poverty seen in American culture today stems from misguided policies and aid programs from the 60s.

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The Beginning

I heartily welcome you to my blog: The 1968 Project. I am Anna Marie Carey, a young filmmaker with a degree in Electronic Media Communications (emphasis on film production) from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, under the teaching of Professor Ann Sorenson. During my time at Northwestern, my passion for film increased significantly, along with  my skillset and understanding of the art, and I was able to find where I would like to focus my storytelling. As a result of the stories of my grandfather concerning his past, I developed a strong love for history, especially the 20th century, and have integrated that into my productions. In the past year I began that journey with the 1940s – post World War II. I see history as a useful tool to help reveal the patterns and mistakes of our human nature. Stories can help illuminate that nature and offer lessons and solutions that are applicable to our modern culture. They allow us to slow down and reflect on our own lives, our culture, and our future to come. One of the greatest years in our nation’s history is 1968; known as the “year that rocked the world.” Tom Brokaw in his book Boom! states that “1968 was the volcanic center of the 60s with landscape altering eruptions every month: political shocks, setbacks in Vietnam, assassinations, urban riots, constant assaults on authority, trips on acid and a trip around the moon.” The year brought the death of two great leaders, Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., it brought the true beginnings of social change, it challenged gender roles, it brought on a war, it shaped a young flame and essentially brought the nation into the culture that we see before us today.

This 1968 Project is designed to be a film to highlight some of the key “features” of the time period but to center the issue of gender role conflict and the rising feminist movement of the time. While it is designed to fulfill my senior project credit for the spring, it will also keep me sharp on my knowledge of 20th century history and continue to perfect my writing and directing skills. But the film pushes more than a historical/learning agenda, because as with every film I create, there is a message buried within the dialogue and visual images, and this time it is a message to the Church about challenging traditional gender roles.

The purpose of this blog will be to keep updates on the film process as it goes along. Hopefully, while it will be a personal record of that process, it will also allow readers to see how a filmmaker brings an idea to script to screen and learn a few things about life in the 60s.

Let the journey begin!