GENTRIFICATION
VISUAL ESSAY VIDEO

September 29th, 2013

I created a short video documentary on gentrification in Toronto for my visual essay in our design workshop class. The film was produced with the help of my classmates who have kindly agreed to be on screen to share what they know about gentrification.

Over the course of a weekend, I commuted from one end of the city to the other and shot different neighbourhoods that has been, or will be gentrified.

Royalty free music by Kevin MacLeod.







SHOTS I TOOK BUT NEVER USED
September 28th, 2013

I went to 7 different neighbourhoods to shoot: Ossington, Queen St West, Queen St East, Kensington Market, Honest Ed's, Parkdale and Leslieville. However, only 19 scenes made it to the final cut. I compiled a .gif of other shots I took but never used in the final video.

I also had to cut out some interviews because my video was running too long or the sound quality wasn't good enough.

(29 shots in total in .gif)





STORYBOARD
September 24th, 2013

As a recap, I have decided to produce a video that interview people about their knowledge on gentrification. I wanted to also include different scenes of gentrified neighbourhoods in Toronto to compile a short documentary on gentrification.

My video was meant to explain that gentrification is an existing issue that not too many are aware of, and that there is an ongoing debate on whether it is good or bad.






VISUAL ESSAY IDEAS
September 24th, 2013

There were a few ideas I wanted to try out for my visual essay. The first idea I thought of was to create a short film and interview people on what they know about this topic.

Another idea was to design an interactive map that would allow users to explore the city and view in detail these gentrified neighbourhoods. As you can see, I plotted out these communities on a TTC map which I later used to help document sites for my visual essay video.

My last idea was to produce a photographic sculpture, with printed images of a gentrified location on acetate, so that when it is overlaid on top of each other you can see a new abstract visual form.



TOPIC SELECTION
September 17th, 2013

TOPIC: I am studying gentrification in Toronto.

QUESTION: I want to find out more about the topic in general, how it's affecting residents and the community (in a positive or negative way) and also if others are aware of this issue. I'd love to choose specific locations (perhaps three to five) to track their growth or study their before and after results.

SIGNIFICANCE: In order to help my reader understand the changes in their city and to be more educated in the emerging culture from gentrification.



BLIND EYE BULLYING
September 17th, 2013

Click on screenshot to view video.

For one of our class assignments we had to create a tableau or short video based on a topic we are interested in pursuing.

Our group decided to focus on an anti-bullying idea about how many who witness bullying decide to turn a blind eye towards it.



WORKAHOLICISM
September 15th, 2013

Last year, I self-diagnosed myself as a workaholic. However, I am interested in learning more about the symptoms of this condition, and whether or not it actually is something to be worried about. I'd love to find out more about how it developed and what makes a person a workaholic. It's also worth noting that the work ethics in Toronto, or in Canada for that fact is very different from other cities across the globe.

Here's a few research links:
www.theatlantic.com
www.webmd.com
www.psychologytoday.com/a>
www.entrepreneur.com



MARRIAGE
September 15th, 2013

I came up with this topic because earlier this year, I was on the front line of watching an engagement fall apart. I'm interested in researching about the standard and tradition of marriage, why it works for some couples and why it doesn't. Of course this can branch off into domestic partnerships, and how some see the relationship norm as overrated. I can go into detail with how society sets a bar of how relationships should run between gender roles.

Here's a few research links:
www.rookiemag.com
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.bm.ust.hk
www.psychologytoday.com



GEOCACHING
September 15th, 2013

This topic is actually less about geocaching, but more about what it does. For those of you who don't know, geocaching is a treasure hunting game that is a global activity and enables the use of a GPS. When you find an item, you leave one behind for the next person to find.

Geocaching can be a beautiful way to communicate between stranger and nature. We are sometimes too caught up in our own business we often forget to look into our surrounding relationships and environment.

Here's a few research links:
www.geocaching.com
www.geography.uwo.ca (society and nature)
www.advancedriskology.com
www.artofmanliness.com



AMERICANIZATION
September 15th, 2013

Also known as westernization, there is an undeniable amount of evidence that Americanization has taken place globally. I'm interested in finding out how it became so grand, and the negative and positive effects of this activity. Are cultures slowly being washed away? What were the effects in each country? I'd be willing to further investigate.

Here's a few research links:
www.eastoftheweb.com (short stories)
www.chinadivide.com (China)
http://www.ieg-ego.eu (Europe)
www.jstor.org (Canada)



HUMAN TRAFFICKING
September 15th, 2013

This is a serious topic. I believe there should be a global union in combatting human trafficking. It is a sickening issue that unfortunately exists in too many places. It appalls me how others can trade one another, use them for their own benefits or even extract their organs and tissues.

Here's a few research links:
www.canadianwomen.org
www.unodc.org
www.humantrafficking.org
www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca



ROB FORD
September 15th, 2013

My interest is not specifically about Rob Ford, but directed more towards our local politics and how we view our legislative authorities. In the past year or so, news about Rob Ford has surfaced and resurfaced and they are not often always positive. I'm interested in researching more in depth about our obsession with the rise and downfall of Mayor Ford as the face of our city, and our community involvement in politics.

Here's a few research links:
www.huffingtonpost.ca
www.thestar.com (timeline on Rob Ford)
www.thestar.com (political involvement)
www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com



HIPSTERS
September 15th, 2013

Ahhh... we are quite familiar with that contemporary subculture. What's the big deal with hipsters? What are hipsters? How on earth did they get so much attention from our society? Why am I so attracted to them? Why do so many dislike hipsters? Many questions I'd be willing to spend a full school year of research to find answers to.

Here's a few research links:
www.nymag.com
www.time.com
www.adbusters.org
www.nytimes.com



GENTRIFICATION
September 15th, 2013

Gentrification is an issue that occurs in cities and can be witnessed on a daily basis.
I have grown up in an area that was targeted by gentrification, and I often wonder what happen to the previous residents. It is in my best interest to do further research in Toronto's gentrification situation.

Here's a few research links:
www.gridto.com
www.torontolife.com
www.huffingtonpost.a
www.macleans.ca



CANNABIS CULTURE
September 15th, 2013

As an immediate disclaimer, I have not been involved with this substance and do not have a stance on whether or not its usage should be legalized. However, I am interested on its effect on people, negative or positive and its developing surrounding culture.

Here's a few research links:
www.cannabisculture.com
www.cannabis.com
www.learnaboutmarijuanawa.org
www.who.int



LIGHT POLLUTION
September 15th, 2013

The reason why I might do light pollution is because of my strong passion for astronomy. I find it unfortunate that it's increasingly difficult to enjoy a night sky of natural light from the stars and moon.

It's also been brought to our attention that light pollution is affecting animals and possibly many other things we aren't aware of yet.

Here's a few research links:
www.cleardarksky.com
www.flap.org
www.nationalgeographic.com
www.globalnews.ca



TOPIC BRAINSTORMING
September 14th, 2013

I didn't know where to begin so why not start with where I live. I think it would be a good idea to target topics locally as well.

I was born and raised in Toronto, and having grown up in such a diverse and active city, I can't help but keep an eye out for issues and subject matters that arise and trend within our communities.

I tried to branch my topics into very different categories, and have highlighted those that interest me most.