Major Project, [Jamie Keller, and Secret Garden]

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I had two main goals for this project. The first goal, though not entirely designed for this class, but more to make this project entertaining to watch, was to record it for my youtube channel. The second step of that goal was to make it multi-purpose, so that those who didn’t care about the Secret Garden story could still enjoy it. The second goal, and the one for this class was to help make something that could help visualize the secret garden while also talking about the meaning behind it. I talked a little about my process through the videos, but I will explain the basic thought behind the overall process. I had to find a place where I could build the garden and terraform it so I could properly build the garden. The next thing I did was build a working “gate” or “fence” around the garden with vines to represent the overgrown nature. I knew I had to have an iron door with a lever to represent the locked door. Over the remaining things was to do the flavor designing, such as the trees or the roses or the robin. I feel like showing the overgrown nature of the garden can relate to the mindset of those with a mental illness as it goes against the “social norm” of someone with a healthy mindset. Those with a normal mindset try their best to “clean up” or “correct” those who have a different mindset. Even as the Secret Garden joked, good thoughts, vibes, and working hard to try and correct that mindset should work, but in actuality, it doesn’t always work.

Originally, I was planning to clean up the garden as well to talk about rebirth as well to talk about how some people can feel “reborn” if they get the proper treatment that they need. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I am choosing not to do that and re-aligning my focus. Being able to show that it is okay to have a broken world and being able to make the most of it, shows that those who seem “broken” can still have an amazing life. They can still like who they are and not be thinking about fixing themselves. Even if someone isn’t viewed as mentally or physically able, someone could view themselves as healthy as they can be. That does break the social “norm” of being okay with something that makes someone appear as weaker.

The reason why I tailored these videos for my channel was because I was inspired by a handful of minecraft youtubers and I wouldn’t be where I am right now because of those youtubers. I wanted to try and inspire those who would watch this in the future and not in relation to some project for a class. Hence why there was a vagity of what I was talking about in each of the videos. If I pressed further about the class, I would be concerned that some people would try and find more about me. At the end of the day, that isn’t a thing to worry about or the intention of it.

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