(thesis advisor)Nino Mendolia
When I first embarked on trying to come up with an idea for my thesis project, I was faced with two major problems. The first problem being was making an animation project, which would be both interesting and engaging to my audience and me. The second problem was making this interesting and engaging project simple enough for me to complete it in a year. There were many ideas floating around in my head, but they all were too complicated for me to execute in the time period that was allotted to me. The idea for this project first came to me while I was listening to the radio. Every Saturday night /Sunday rooming a show called The Night Flight featuring Chef Jackson comes on between the hours of 2am and 5am. This show features mainly rhythm & blues songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's. /love rhythm & blues music, particularly from this time period. I think that this genre of music from this time period, features some of the greatest music t ever written and produced. One of my dreams is to create a musical using this genre of music as a catalyst to move the action of the story. I've always felt that this type of music makes for good musicals because of the melodramatic quality that exists within the lyrics of the songs and the sound of the music. Musicals of this type sort of exist in plays like, G111ase and Little Shop of Horrors. I especially like Little Shop of Horrors because in addition to the music it also used an impoverished urban setting as a motif in the story. I really feel that this is important as it relates to this type of music because in my opinion rhythm & blues is very urban as opposed to straight blues, which comes from a more southern and rural background. From these two art fonns, rhythm & blues and the musical was bom the idea for my story about a guy named Barry, a car named Car and a girl named Debbie Deziyah. Thus the title of my story is, A Sweetheart Named Deziyah.
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