Dr. Angelica Browne's German 203 Intermediate Grammar Class Final Projects

Spring 2015

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Die Tür [The Door]

"This film is about a man, who simply wishes to traverse through the threshold before him. Another man, perhaps himself, perhaps not, decides to discover the reason why. My inspiration was derived from David Foster Wallace's magnificent interpretation of Kafka's works. That how, when we bang on the doors inside our own hearts, the door opens outside rather than in. It is the struggle to get through that makes us who we are. Not the goal. I tried my best to adapt it to film and add my own personal flair in as well. I wish to communicate to others that life is hard. Every day comes with its own challenges. However, sometimes stubbornly trying to breach the door to your own meaning does more harm than good. It is okay to give up, because when you do - you become free."

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Herr Piddles Wundersame Geschichte [Mr. Piddles Wonderous Story]

“Our film was inspired by our first group meeting, in which we all wanted to do something impressive and challenging, but didn’t want o work too hard. As such, we settled on a movie within a movie that makes you think you’ll be watching something incredible. Pay close attention to the fine job we did filming our outer space scene, and enjoy our candid Office style asides.” Meredith Jaeger, Cameron Hallin, Eric Oeth

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Praktisches Kochen zu Hause [Practical Cooking at Home]

“Our film is a short cooking video on how to make the German pastry, Apfeltaschen. We chose to do a cooking video because we wanted to do something different and fun. The video’s goal is to share a bit of German culture to its viewers by showing them how to make a classic German dessert.” Keeleana Peck, Irish Pellas, Ashley Schaefer

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Die furchtbare deutsche Krankheit [The Horrible German Disease]

"I have made this video with the intent to playfully satirize the stereotypical German love for sausages through a fictional disease outbreak in the German pork industry. My inspirations are countless bratwurst jokes that I have encountered throughout my exposure to German culture. This video is in no way meant to be offensive. Its sole purpose is to entertain and express my knowledge of the German language.” Taylor Best

Der Aufstieg und Fall des Ian Meeders [The Rise and Fall of Ian Meeder]

"The Rise and Fall of Ian Meeder" is a mock dramatic film meant to portray the struggle of a college student under pressure. Ian plays a motivated, albeit perfectionist, student burdened with the task of producing a quality, short film for German. When his partner makes a few too many mistakes, Ian loses control of his emotions and, ultimately, his orderly way of life. Ian chooses risk at the detriment of his reputation and the viewer is left to interpret the consequences. Ian Meeder, Eric, Ryan Gelson, Eric Dreischerf

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Drei Jahre später [Three Years Later]

"We decided to make a film that focused on the culture in Europe. We all came from the same place, Germany, but after “graduation” decided to all move to different countries around Europe. Tim went to France, Lindsay went to Italy and Laura went to Austria. After three years, we decided to all meet up again and discuss the different cultures we had to learn to adapt to and live in.” Laura Tomlinson, Lindsay Otto, Timothy Holst

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