seaQuest '94

A Song/Poem by Bill Hillman

...Dedicated to the Strathclair Community School Class of '94...

...their families...

...and their teachers...


A live musical performance followed by a 60 minute video

produced by Bill Hillman

-- the video is comprised of computer animation, video clips, voice-overs, and music.

Each grad was featured in a video collage in which s/he provided a 2-3 minute voice-over to accompany 20-50 still photos gleaned from family picture albums. A script and copy of the video was presented to each graduate.

MILIEU: FISHNET BACKDROP - 5 TELEVISION MONITORS - VIDEO WALLPAPER WITH OCEAN MOOD AUDIO/VIDEO - KEGS - CAPTAIN’S HAT/BLACK TURTLE NECK - MOOD LIGHTS - SHIPS LANTERNS - CHESTS - SOUND FX - STOOL - GUITAR - ETC.

DRAMATIC READING ACCOMPANIED WITH GUITAR RIFFS AND RHYTHM ACCOMPANIMENT


seaQuest '94

Some people use a 'ticktock' metaphor to describe the endless cycles of life - and education

They see each 'tick'...as a humble genesis and every 'tock'...as a feeble apocalypse

Daily events are seen as a constant beat of ...downtime...uptime... ...nighttime...daytime... ...ticks...and tocks... each set with a beginning ...and end.


My thinking has never been so digital...nor as predictable.

Despite a commitment to the digital world of computers... In living I prefer a more continuous analog approach -- an approach closer to some other-world...wave theory... ...gone bonkers!

I recognize in our world a basic cyclical rhythm... but within major wave rhythms... ...are countless ripples and swells... ...peaks and troughs... ...ever-changing wave lengths... ...heights and intensities... even the very nature of the medium can change.


This life-ocean harbours many types of waves -- from tidal surges and toppling breakers... to quiet ripples.

Many forces, most beyond our control, are at work to change the nature of these waves.

Shocks and quakes and tremors spin off racing tsunamis.

Prevailing currents, storms, and winds of change all set up their own kinds of motion.

Waves disrupted by undertows and shallow bottom, pile up until they become collapsing and destructive breakers.

Many waves close to shore carry broken remnants of once-proud, solid rock bluffs -- hurling these particles to bring about even more shoreline changes.


The waves carry an endless array ...of anchored buoys... ...flotsam and jetsam... ...life and death... and a congeries of vessels: ...ocean liners...old trawlers...tramp steamers... ...supertankers...greasy tugs...sleek catamarans... ...surf boards...and lowly barges...

To stay on the surface it is important to learn to pick the right currents and waves... and to ride them well.

The ride can be long and exhilarating... or short and wet.

The navigator can harness and go with the force .............. or sink and drown..............

Teachers and parents need experience to ride these waves -- the student needs a life jacket--


Sadly, some navigators seek out little placid tide pools... ...drop anchor... ...and sit in tired... creaky-leaky dinghies... ...while their young passengers look longingly... ...expectantly... ...out to open sea...

They yearn for the thrill of the salt spray in their faces and the toss of the waves and a chance to skim across infinite waters to distant adventures -- and to learn the skills to survive on this life sea.

Many of these tide poolers will either meet disaster when they do break out past the breakwaters, or will spend a lifetime as land lubbers -- ...frustrated... ...angry... and haunted with personal devils which constantly remind them of what they could have been.


One can study the theory behind seamanship -- it can be mastered by most any hotshot yachtsman, but the experience of the old salt is invaluable when the going gets long... or rough.

He can read the tides... ...the stars... ...the wind... ...he can talk to life in the deep... ...he can create a course and navigate it... ...he can sail by the seat of his pants... knowledge recollected allows him to cope with each unpredictable crisis along his course.

To the novice, the waves and cycles with which the old salt is so in tune, at first appear meaningless or incomprehensible but really they are just a part of life's cycle.

Just as in the oriental concept of yin and yang where two complementary forces flow into one another, so does night become day... ...season follows season... ...death follows birth...



seaQuest '94

THE VIDEO SCRIPT ANIMATED GRAPHICS FOR TITLE WITH THE THEME FROM LOCAL HERO SOUNDTRACK

"ConGRADulations Good Luck Grads ‘94"

VOICE OVER - SCROLL GRADS NAMES ANIMATED COMPUTER GRAPHICS CREATED BY ROBIN HILLMAN

Hi...this is Bill Hillman

Sorry I couldn’t be with you "in person" for this special evening, but thanks to the "old salt" for filling in for me - and I hope - entertaining you a little bit with his deep sea metaphors.

My original plan was to include a more orthodox "go get ‘em grads" type speech...in fact, I even wrote one.

But the grads and I got a little carried away with a nostalgic retrospect of their first 18 years at home, at school, and at play.

Over the last few weeks I’ve worked with each grad to prepare a two or three minute peek at the family photo album.

We spend so much of our school time studying road maps and keeping our eyes on the road ahead that we all thought that on this special night it might be a treat to take a look into our rear view mirrors - for a few minutes - just to pause - to reflect before 16 young adults plunge into the next phase of their lives -- and I suspect that we might bring a few smiles and tears to the faces of the moms and dads out there.

You guys are leaving school after 12 or 13 years...but I have the strange perspective of having attended this school for over 40 years --- some people think I’ll never graduate.

But the changes I’ve seen occur in the school and community since mid-century are mind-boggling.

The amazing thing about all this though is the way the kids - and especially this class - have adapted.

They’ve all taken the change in stride - in fact, they’ve thrived on it.

So - let’s step back and share some of the experiences which led to the grads reaching this place of honour tonight.

ASIDE TO COMPUTER ANIMATED DOG WALKING BACKWARD ON VIDEO SCREEN - HOUND RELEASES BALLOON TO FOLLOW GRADS NAMES INTO THE SKY

VOICE OVER GRADE 9 FOOTAGE OF CLASS COMING INTO COMPUTER ROOM WEARING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

When this motley crew first entered my computer language arts class in grade nine, they were excited to take on the challenge, even though they might have been a little rough around the edges -- some of them were even late for class.

MANY NINJA TURTLE MASKS AND COSTUMES...A GORILLA MASK...CAPS ON SIDEWAYS...A GROUCHO MARX NOSE, GLASSES & MOUSTACHE, ETC.

As you look around the room tonight, you’ll notice the changes that a few short years have wrought -- now they’re much better groomed...in fact, the girls have traded their Ninja Turtle coveralls for formal dresses. The guys are clean-shaven with hair combed - and the girls are permed - no longer do they wear their clothes sideways and some even have contacts and maybe even plastic nose surgery.

STUDENTS STAND TO PROOF READ EACH OTHER’S WORK...MILL AROUND UNTIL THEY FIND AN EMPTY COMPUTER

Tonight they’re content to sit relaxed in their chairs - you’ll notice that not once have they stood up to mingle in a disoriented fashion.

So lets take a trip back over 18 years ... Ladies and Gentlemen... The Graduates of 1994.

ANIMATED HOUND WALKS OFF SCREEN AND PRESENTS TITLE PAGE AGAIN: CONGRADULATIONS - GOOD LUCK GRADS OF ‘94

16 VIDEO COLLAGES - EACH WITH FAMILY PICTURES, VOICE OVERS, AND STUDENT-CHOSEN BACKGROUND MUSIC

Kim Baker

Travis Chastko

Andrew Dalgarno

Marsha Dereniwski

Kathy Fowler

Jeremy Grills

Derek Hulley

Cyndy Martin

Shauna Martin

Bob Moffatt

Jake Oddie

Christa Pederson

Lee Ruff

Kendra Tolton

Jared Waddell

Lana Watson

 
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