At Black Rock, we have a level of intimate access to the students, their home lives, the principal, and the workings of the school that allows for an immersive verité film–a rare opportunity to present audiences with a memorable dramatic experience of the topic, instead of a polemic driven by interviews about the topic.
We employ an unobtrusive two-person crew (DSLR and sound/boom) and a non-interventional style that allows events to unfold naturally. Editorially, it is our intention to preserve this observational style and present the material without distancing, third-person narration or talking-head interviews.
Because our three primary student characters represent a larger population of at-risk youth whose voices have been marginalized, we also have a strong desire to privilege their perspectives in the narrative. To this end, along with our verité scenes, we will incorporate more stylized, poetic sequences, driven by intimate audio interviews with the main characters, to invite audiences into these teenagers’ inner worlds: their fears and their dreams for the future. Creating audience awareness of our issue through an emotional and visceral connection to our subjects is of paramount importance.
The Bad Kids' Mojave Desert location will also be an important character in our film, speaking powerfully of the abandonment and isolation that mark our subjects’ lives.