(thesis advisor)Louisa Campbell
(thesis advisor)Chris Romero
(thesis advisor)Ethan Silverman
(thesis advisor)Yu Ting Huang
(designer)Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept.
May 10 2015
Designer's statement: â€œA Fish Walking On Landâ€ is a short film based on several experiences of international students who live in New York and went through changes with the language barrier. For some East Asian adults who feel uncomfortable speaking English in public, the most challenging part is how to trust themselves and break their silence to communicate with others. I designed the content of my film so my audience will have the outsiderâ€™s experience. I also want to convey the idea that even a small action by a supportive speaker might influence the future behavior of the language learner. On the other hand, language learners might be inspired to make a small change in the future after watching this film. By following this experience of a Taiwanese student and exploring viewers to her inner thoughts, viewers are made to empathize with the characterâ€™s paralyzing anxiety of being a non- native speaker in a classroom full of natives. The goal of this film is to help language learners relate to and eventually become inspired to overcome their fears. Furthermore, the new friendship will help language learners trust themselves and gain more confidence to speak in public.
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