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Ryan’s Final Project Proposal

Your Name: Ryan Evans
Your story format for this assignment:

__x___ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

__x___ Video

_____ Audio slideshow

Your pitch (in one short paragraph):

Shawn Cole has achieved his dream job of being a professional musician. He does not make his home in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville or New Orleans, but in DeWitt, NEB. A lifelong musician, Cole was born in Indiana and moved to Nebraska in the mid-90s. After moving to his current home, on a country pond outside of DeWitt, he took a job a guard at the county jail. Like he did for most of his life, Cole performed on most weekend nights while still managing to work a day job (including 12-hour days five times a week at the jail). My story will seek to profile what drove him to achieve his dream, how he did it, and his reflections on his “9-5” life. It will also include his hopes for the future and why he chooses to remain in small-town Nebraska rather than pursue fame and fortune in a larger city.

Explain why this story is best told using this format.

The main story will be a video that will feature interviews, performances and footage of his country home as well as appropriate voice-overs. Video is the best format because he is a performer and it is obviously the best way to capture that important aspect of his life. The text portion of the story will be a sidebar summary or timeline of his journey towards his dream and may include an important quote pulled from an interview that is prominently featured.

How will you tell this story visually? Please be specific.

By shooting a performance to show what he does, by shooting his home and land to show why he lives there, and by shooting interviews to tell why he does it all.

List the names and titles of the sources (both those you have talked with already and those you plan to talk to) and describe what role they will play in the story.

Shawn Cole- subject

Cindy Cole- Shawn’s wife

Annie Cole- Shawn’s aunt who lives on the land with him

There are always audience members at the small town bars he plays at who are well-acquainted with Shawn, so I plan to get a couple interviews with them.


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