I can prepare for the journey ahead no longer. I have my idea, I have my message to send out, I have my sources to send it, I have my equipment and I have a focused mind. I can no longer prolong what I must do, so, in this post, I intend to plan and develop my procedure.
I will first need the following materials:
- A guest
- A quiet place to film and practice unless otherwise required
I will also be going around school and asking various people questions regarding happiness. Since they will be unprepared, they will likely say the first thing they think of when they think of ‘happy’. This is good as it negates the need for any forethought or rejection of otherwise good ideas.
I will be needing a schedule so that I do not get overwhelmed. My general idea is as follows:
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: Filming and meeting with people about their replies to the poster
Tuesday/Thursday: Random Interviewing
Sunday/Saturday: Editing/replying to emails
There will obviously be days where I get no replies and/or have no more to do for the time being, so those days will be my days off.
I hope to have sufficient video so as to be finished with the documentary around June 10th.
The documentary will (hopefully) be roughly 30-40 minutes in length. I will be narrating some times and essentially interviewing myself on the subjects. By my next blog post, I hope to have begun the process and also to have made some progress.
I have my idea, I have a way to send the word out, but how do I proceed? Simple: I have several ways in which to proceed.
Step 1. Hand the flyers to several teachers willing to notify their students. (I already have several in mind)
Step 2. Post on various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. to spread the word.
Step 3. Hopefully, I have received emails from several students by now, but if not, I wait until I do.
Step 4. Select a few of these students and create a series of questions
Step 5. Film the conversation, much like 60 minutes, and then try it out for myself.
Though these 5 steps, I hope to take a small step forward in determining how to be able to find inner happiness in most anything I do.
Over the course of this project, I have developed my idea further. In order to determine what kinds of things make people happy, I must get the word out. In order to do so, I need to create some kind of message that would stand out amongst the many, many colorful propaganda posted around my school. So far, I have managed to design a flyer that should do the trick. (below).
The purpose of the flyer is to(hopefully) get a response or two. Should I get a response, I intend on pursuing their form of happiness. Consider it a pursuit of Happyness, but starring me, rather than Will Smith. Hopefully, the replies I get are mostly different and also something that I believe could be used with others.
I will be starting this year off with something unique- I will be embarking on a journey to discover what makes people happy. By putting up several posters around my school, I hope to find a few people who find happiness in odd, unique or downright strange ways. Obviously, I expect some students to treat this project as a joke, but I truly believe there are people out there who derive happiness from unexpected places. Some of the sources of happiness that I expect to find are some simple things like dance, singing, playing music, writing poetry, etc. But I know there are people out there who find happiness in unique places. I know of a group of people who find their happiness in experiencing pain. While this may seem odd to us, pain makes these people truly happy; and that is why I intend to find some people like that.