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May 23, 2016

The Time Traveler,: an interpretation of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Filed under: English 9 —— Taishan @ 10:36 am

Have you ever wondered what a shakespearian play would look like if it was set in our time? In our interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare based in the 21st century with actors Tony Huang(Snug), Howard Lam(Puck), Max Fu(Bottom) and Taishan Situ(Quince). In our futuristic interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we interpreted lines 1-106 from act 3 scene 1. This post will include the Directors Notebook we created that has the script in it, the film we created and a reflection.

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In our more futuristic interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, I show my portrayal and futuristic interpretation of the character Peter Quince, who I portrayed as a very ordinary person who doesn’t do anything big and generally just an everyday person. In our interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we explored the theme of power, with a character that has very little power or dominance(snug) and two characters that end up in a power struggle (Bottom and Quince). To show that Snug had less power than Bottom, we had Bottom step up onto a ledge to have a higher view on things and afterwards Snug sits down on the balance board making him even smaller in comparison to Bottom. We showed the power struggle between Bottom and Quince by having them fight over the role of director, the character Nick Bottom(Max) is shown with the most dominance or power in the scene, standing on higher ground before Snug(Tony). After Quince(Me) is enters the scene Bottom steps down from the ledge to show that Quince and Bottom have around the same amount of dominance, until after their argument Bottom tries to push Quince back a little bit to show dominance, however Quince doesn’t stumble, showing that he has taken the place of higher power. However, in this interpretation, we still have the base idea that Quince is the leader of the mechanicals, so we made Bottom and Quince fight over the the position of director, which Quince eventually wins and has a solid hold of the position of director.

In the notebook I wrote the second section of the script, which was a small conversation between Bottom and Snug, I also helped to write the subtext for the last section, which was generally just the actions of how Puck was trying to get Bottom’s attention and turning his face into a monster-like face, as well as Bottom Chasing Quince after he sees Bottom’s “horrifying” transformation.

May 2, 2016

Doth Thou Mirror Me?

Filed under: English 9 —Tagged , , — Taishan @ 4:20 pm

Nick Bottom the Weaver, an arrogant and egocentric man in the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. When I first was introduced to Bottom, I assumed that he was just mere comic relief, however I discovered that he also plays a very lovable character.

There is a lot of evidence saying that Bottom is egocentric and arrogant. “Let me play the lion too. I will roar that I will do any man’s heart good to hear me. I will roar that I will make the Duke say ‘ Let him roar again, let him roar again!'”(23), this shows that he is very confident in himself and that he thinks that he can act well and roar well enough to impress the duke. “Scratch my head, Peaseblossom.”(101), when Bottom says this, he feels as if he is a king or at the very least someone with a very high amount of power, ordering someone to scratch his head. I believe that this doesn’t reflect me at all, because I am not very arrogant and when I am it’s most likely because I’m joking with someone. Bottom’s way of carelessness is very much unlike me, he may like to act in front of people while I dislike being in front of crowds, he takes advantage of people who may be working under him while I don’t think I would want someone to go out of their own way for my sake.

There are not a lot of things that are similar between Bottom and I. The most notable thing is that we both like to talk a lot when we are amongst friends, Bottom talks a lot when he is planning with the mechanics about the play, even though the way that Bottom talks is very arrogant which is unlike me, I cannot deny that I like to talk. I enjoy talking a lot about a topic that I actually am able to understand instead of just boasting and rambling about things I know little about. Another thing similar between Bottom and I, is our physical appearance towards other people. “O, how mine eyes do loathe his visage now!”(105), Titania says that she loathes Bottoms face, meaning that he mustn’t look very good, I can admit myself that I don’t look very attractive. The last thing that Bottom and I have in common is the way people see us,“My mistress with a monster is in love” (69), here Puck refers to Bottom as a monster, and monsters don’t usually come across as very nice or good company, which some people do think of me. There are people that dislike me a lot and even think that I may not be sane, although compared to Bottom, I think that people think worse about him than people do about me, so that’s a relief!

April 14, 2016

Green House Day 3

Filed under: Integrated Science —— Taishan @ 5:05 am

In the Picture below we are watering the plants with fertilizer in the water. The Green Onion still hasn’t started to grow yet, we fear it may be dead, but on the bright side the Mint and the Radishes have grown excellently.

Green House Day 3

Green House Day 2

Filed under: Integrated Science —— Taishan @ 5:00 am

In the picture below, the Radishes and the Mints are starting to grow, but the Green Onions in the middle haven’t started to grow yet. We then watered the plants and also fertilized the dirt, we added a little extra fertilizer just in case we didn’t add enough.

Green House Day 2

Green House Day 1

Filed under: Integrated Science,Uncategorized —— Taishan @ 4:58 am

In the picture below is my group and I’s small area for planting our plants, we planted Radishes, Green Onions and Mint. We loosened up the dirt and watered it to make it somewhat moist, and also pulled out any dead plants and worms.

Green House Day 1

March 17, 2016

Field Trip

Filed under: Integrated Science —— Taishan @ 5:04 am

In a recent trip to a farm that had a aquaponics system to grow grow small cabbages that survive just off of water. However this wasn’t the only way that they grew plants, they also had a greenhouse that had nutritious water that some times was used to water the plants which allowed them to get the nutrients from the water. The way the aquaponics worked was that water would be siphoned up along with the fish’s urea which contained nutrients that helped the plants grown.

(Below are pictures from the farm.)

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March 15, 2016

Propaganda Poster

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Taishan @ 4:46 pm


In the Poster shown above, I utilized different techniques hook the audience and try to convince them.

The image in the background and the text adds pathos to the poster. The pile of bodies in the background already makes the person viewing the poster pity all the people who have died and added onto the pile, the text itself also insinuates fear in the audience by saying, “Wear a Mask, or Join the Pile.” which is meant to make the audience fear the pile and want to wear a mask to protect themselves from dying.

The half gas mask on the poster is the only thing in focus making it a focal point and a dominant element in the foreground. The background unfocused pile of bodies is in the background and out of focus making it so that the audience sees the gas mask and then the body pile then understanding why they should wear a mask. The body pile in the background is portrayed as the shadow because it brings out guilt and pity from the audience, and the body pile takes up all of the background making it seem bigger than it is giving the idea that it should be feared and that the audience should wear a gas mask and not add onto the pile.

February 2, 2016

Microscope Diagram and Photo of Chloroplast

Filed under: Integrated Science —— Taishan @ 5:24 am




December 17, 2015

Crash China: Censorship of the Media

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Taishan @ 4:23 am

In this short video Tony Huang discusses Chinese internet censorship. This video is something that is a parody of John Green’s Crash Course video’s. Tony also discusses the origins of censorship and how it can contradict article 19 in the U.N Human Rights, he also talks about what china has censored on the internet such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google and many News websites like the New York Times, Tony also talks about the 3 T’s (Tibet, Taiwan and Tian an Men), and also the organization in Hong Kong  and Taiwan called fa long gong who create many rumors and disgusting lies about the Chinese Communist Government.



December 16, 2015

Abandoned, Create Project

Filed under: Uncategorized —Tagged — Taishan @ 7:04 am

Abandoned is a short film adaptation about the events that occur after the short story Lamb to the slaughter By Roald Dahl. In the Movie four teenagers acted by Tony Huang (as Billy), Jiho Baek(as John), Nicolas Horniblow(as Michael) and Taishan Fortier Situ (as Josh). What happened in the film to my understanding of it is that, four teenagers go into an abandoned house and find themselves being hunted down by a mysterious unseen and mysterious assailant (Ms. Maloney) Billy the first to die is found along with shattered glass around him (In the Basement), and later John dies on the second floor also with shattered glass around him, after that Josh and Michael go back down to the basement because Michael thought he heard Billy’s voice calling out, when they arrive they see that Billy’s body is gone and all is left is a bloody rake, they each arm themselves and search the house to find out what happened to Billy. Michael then hears a lot of clanging where Josh is supposed to be and rushes up only to fins Josh shaking and delirious shouting at him to run away, Michael then makes it out of the house and finds an old lady and begs for a phone to cal 911 with, the lady gives him the phone and whispers “Bye Bye my darlings…” and the movie ends without any clear explanation of what happened to Josh, Michael or Billy, I prefer it this way so it lets the viewer decide on their own what actually happened to them. The original Idea was given from Tony and he had Michael work on the script, and my job originally was to create a story board but that changed later on to become an actor for the film. In the end the theme to our movie is horror.

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