We all know that Martin Luther King Jr. once said: "I have a dream..." I have a dream as well. And so do your friends. And so do your parents, your cousins, your siblings. Everyone has a dream. What is yours?
In the summer of 2011, we (Daniel C. Liem and Derek Ouyang) were inspired to do a simple collaborative project based on people's dreams. In a span of two weeks, we gathered students (and teachers) from Arcadia High School and asked them to write out their dreams or aspirations in life on note cards. Then we filmed these people holding their cards and compiled all the footage into a short film.
We want to show that people, regardless of age, have some sort of passion in life. We want to show high school students especially that beyond their daily struggles, each one of them has a greater ambition or goal that should provide them inspiration and motivation. Even if you don't believe you have a dream, you just haven't found it yet. With our film, we encourage you to think and ask yourself: what is your dream in life?
About Daniel C. Liem:
Hi! I'm Daniel, and I recently graduated from Arcadia High School - Class of 2011. This project was something I've been wanting to do since the beginning of senior year, but have been too busy to work on it. However, I reminded myself of this video project idea, and as a result was motivated to revisit this project and finish it with my friend, Derek, before leaving for Stanford in the coming Fall.
About Derek Ouyang:
I am in the Class of 2013 at Stanford University double majoring in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design. I graduated as valedictorian of Arcadia High School in 2009. Some of my passions include blogging, photography, and film. I joined Daniel in this project at the end of summer because I thought it was a fantastic way to give back to the AHS community and open their eyes to the greater dreams and ambitions that make Arcadia a beautiful, inspiring place.
Awards & Honors:
Endorsed by the University of Birmingham, UK
Shot on a Canon EOS Rebel Series T1i, Edited on Adobe PremierePro CS5.5
Special Thanks to: Alan Zhu - Flyer Graphic Design, Weber Yeh - Assistance
Film project inspired by:
• Music Video: Dirty Little Secret - All American Rejects (youtube.com/watch?v=gPDcwjJ8pLg&ob=av3e)
• Music: Kings and Queens - 30 Seconds to Mars, Holocene - Bon Iver.
Note: This project was run and executed throughout the summer of August 2011. It was organized during our spare time and created simply for fun, not for submission to any contest or competition. It is also based entirely in Arcadia High School, and thus is a way for us to show appreciation and give back to the community. The poster full of cards can be found inside the 1st Floor of A-Building at Arcadia High School (near the front desk/Ms. VonKriegenbergh's desk). If you happen to pass by, please feel free to add to the poster your own card with a line about your dream.
Thank you to those who helped contribute in making this video project possible. We hope you enjoyed watching our video!
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