The first week was predominately research. I watched and took notes on a few episodes of Bones and The Thin Blue Line. I was surprised by how much information television episodes contain. Bones follows Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and FBI agent Seeley Booth as they solve crimes and fall in love in the process. I chose to focus on Bones due to its reputation as an accurate representation of forensic science, or forensic anthropology. But over time, I noticed a number of inconsistencies, especially with the technology they use and the lab itself. They use holograms to predict what a victim would look like after decomposition. I talked to forensic scientists Ms. Maddela and Ms. Golden, who work at the forensic biologist department at the OMCE, have taught me that labs are very behind in their machines and technology. As I continue my project, I will focus on Bones and the way in which it is filmed. I also watched the documentary The Thin Blue Line, which interviewed Randall Adams, who was convicted of murdering a police officer and sent to life in prison. This documentary is legendary in its storytelling ability and reactions after the film was released. Randall Adams was able to appeal the conviction and was able to dismiss the case. This film will be a highlight throughout my project, as the film was vital in Adam’s release.
I was also able to sit in on a narrative class hosted by reel works, in which students learn how to create their own films. During that particular class, I learned a lot about liability insurance and the amount of paperwork that goes into filming at certain locations. I also learned about casting and the particulars in choosing actors to play roles the director envisions. I will continue to attend certain classes that relate to my research.