Content under pressure : experiments in portraying an artist through documentary
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Content Under Pressure is my thesis film for my MFA degree in the Department of Radio, TV and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. The film is a short documentary that portraits an Austin-based street artist and mother named Roshi K. The title “Content Under Pressure” has three layers of meanings. The first layer of meaning is the literal meaning of Roshi’s street art content that is produced with paint cans with a lot of pressure in them. The second layer of meaning is Roshi’s life during the production of the film was under a lot of pressure. The third layer of meaning is that the film is the content of my filmmaking practice under a lot of pressure myself, from the challenges I faced during the process of making it, and the pressure to finish my thesis film in pursuit of my MFA degree. The report chronologically records the process of making the film from the initial concept to the finished film, and all my struggles, excitements and lessons learned in the journey of making it.