I have been posting updates on my “Humans of … Documentary” but have somehow failed in actually posting the final product. With everything that was going on in the last few weeks I have been kept busy with Graduation, Finals, work, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and my Graduation party. Now we are on the second day of the start of a fantastic year. 2014 looks to be full of opportunities and I think starting it off by sharing how my documentary turned out is a great way to venture forward. So without anymore delays, I present my documentary (there are credits, notes, and a description on YouTube for the video):





I am to the point where my documentary on the “Humans of New York & India” is starting to come together. With music and videos picked out and interview questions answered I have worked out how my documentary will hopefully come out in a quick layout. It details where the videos will be and how my topic will be approached upon. To add to the update I added my layout thoughts below.

Humans of ….. Video Layout

Lyric free music – will know better what is needed as it comes together
“Humans of New York” song written about Brandon Stanton’s project


[Video “Welcome to Salina”]

Introduction to topic of everyone has a story
(Connection to New York and India)


Introduce topic – using the internet to tell the stories of everyday people
Lead into Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York”

[Video of Brandon Stanton behind the scenes]

Feature him speaking about what he does
Lead into “Humans of India” and Megha Majumder

[Images and Captions “Humans of India”]

Talk about questions asked and feature quotes from answers as reading
{?Lead into Capstone Book Project?}
Stories do not just exist in large cities

[Video “Around Salina”]

{?Images and Captions from “Humans of Salina”?}
Lead into Conclusion


Talk about ending thoughts and Conclusion
[Video “Leaving Salina”]
Fade to Credits

“Humans of New York” Song louder
“Humans of New York, India, Salina” images and captions
Voice overs?]

I have been working on a book on top of the documentary I have been posting about. The book is part of my Capstone project for school, but it very closely ties into my documentary. The work completed for my documentary has been shaping the way my Capstone project is comes alive. It is extremely exciting for me to be able to work on both my documentary and book because of the level of meaningfulness they have become for me.

Working on my book has been an insightful event for me. As I worked on the thought process from the beginning I grew into a new idea which was built upon an original thought. The intent of the project is the same and still revolves around telling the individual stories of the uniquely different people who make up Salina. It has just been morphed to become a project much more meaningful to me. Talking to the people who have agreed to be part of my book, I have come to learn more about them. I have learned more about even my best friends who agreed to me photographing and interviewing them.

I have always been interested in the stories people have to tell. We all have several stories waiting to be shared to the world. It is just a manner of finding a way to share them. This is where the original idea came from. After seeing the work of Brandon Stanton and his Humans of New York project I know how I want my Capstone project to come out. I have become obsessed with the presentation of my project to the point where I have started to have dreams about creating new page layouts and designs. These dreams have become inspiration for me and due to the fact I am dreaming about the project is a sign of just how big of an impact this has had on my life, and it is all in a good way.

The best types of projects are ones you can set your mind to and be proud of. This is something which has been happening to me lately with my documentary and book, as well as a new personal project I have just recently come up with. It is in the works and will have to wait until I am done with the semester so I can devote more time and creative energy to, but this only seems to be an aid in my growing excitement for the achievements I am aiming to accomplish. All in all, I am having an amazing time doing something I love and believe in.

Stories are told everyday all over the world and we each have one to tell. Being able to tell our story is an immensely gratifying experience. It adds meaning to us, makes us feel important, boosts self-esteem and makes us feel like someone cares. I want my story to be heard so everyone knows what kind of person I am, how I am an individual who will not compromise when it comes to my life. The way I live my life is how I want to live it. My way of life has been molded by myself and the experiences I have had. Everyone has a life as such. Your decisions shape the way you live and who you are. Yes, the decisions of others has an impact on you, but it is only how you decide to deal with those impacts that makes it all your own. You need to be fearless and live life the way you want to.

This has always been something I have been passionate about, so why have I brought it up now? I really do not know for sure, but it may have something to do with the recent decisions I have made in my life. I am becoming more prominent and determined in my believes lately. It could have been brought on by my current endeavor to create a documentary on Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York and Megha Majumder’s Humans of India. Listening to Brandon Stanton’s interviews over the internet and interviewing Megha Majumder myself, I have been developing a much stronger passion for my belief for individuality, being who you are, living your life to the fullest and the various other causes which hold a piece of my heart.

Reading this may not mean much to many, but I am getting my words out there for people to read and to do with as they will. I am just a young human being trying to make a name for myself and I thought it best to let the world know that I will not be swayed away from what I believe in.

Humans of New York …

is an amazing blog by Brandon Stanton about the stories of the real life people of New York. It has gone viral and encouraged similar projects all around the world. To be able to see people as who they are and using technology to spread their stories is a heartwarming thought. It shows the real us behind all the technology using technology. This concept is both enlightening and inspiring, which is why I have chose to use Humans of New York and the sibling projects around the world for my living digitally mini documentary.

To further my reach …

with this inspirational objective I have decided to contact Megha Majumder, a young lady who started Humans of India and am excited to say she has agreed to answer some of my questions over the next few weeks to help me get a better understanding of the background of the Humans of idea. My goal is to try to get in contact with Stanton as well, but if I cannot I can reference the answers he gives in some of the reference videos I found.

Now to further enrich …

your understanding I have included some of the reference videos I have located below.

Interview with Huffington Post – Brandon Stanton

Behind the Scenes of Humans of New York

STORYBOARD: Capturing the ‘Humans of New York’

Humans of New York – a song written about Humans of New York

AYM: Using Technology to Change the World – just another way technology is spreading a movement around the world

Living digitally is something of a common theme anymore and I guess it would make sense since the world is evolving into a digital world. Evolving into the digital age should not erase who we are in the world though, which brings into focus my newest assignment: Create a 4 minute documentary on living/working digitally with media. This seems easy enough to do when you think about it. Four minutes should not be hard to come up with, but it is quite a limited amount of time to get so much information into. So I am choosing a topic I can easily get my points across with only four minutes to do it in.

Because I think living and working digitally should not take away the aspects which make us all human, I am go to do my documentary on the “Humans of … ” movement. It all started with the “Humans of New York” and has evolved into different regions of the world. To make it easier to summarize information I need to gather it first. With the use of the following references I can start on my research for my 4 minute documentary.

  1. Humans of New York
  2. Humans of Seattle
  3. Humans of GMU
  4. Humans of Accra
  5. Humans of Houston
  6. Humans of India
  7. Living Digitally: Embodiment in Virtual Worlds
  8. Living Digitally Around the World
  9. The EDF White Papers, Fall 2012
  10. LIVEdigitally
  11. How do human needs affect digital innovation?
  12. Documenting Secrets and Lives: The Web’s Immortal Effect
  13. Living Digitally by Ashwin Khan July 04, 2013
  14. Art Organizations and Digital Technologies by Kristin Thomson, Kristen PurcellLee Rainie Jan 4, 2013
  15. The Google Glass feature no one is talking about by Mark Hurst February 28, 2013
  16. Branding in the Post-digital World 2012
  17. Living Digitally
  18. The Impact of Digital on Growth Strategies
  19. Preserving Human Rights Jan 2012
  20. Media and Body Image
  21. Digitally Numodo
  22. Big Data: The Mega-Trend That Will Impact All Our Lives
  23. Digital Inclusion
  24. Mobile Devices and News Consumption: Some Good Signs for Journalism
  25. What kind of world do we want to live in?


DS106 Assignment:

Mashup a children’s book based on another cultural artifact. For example, framing Dr. Who as a children’s book in the aesthetic of a Dr. Suess’s work. See example from College Humor here: http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1811404


My Response: The Chronicles of Oz

Wardrobe Oz