Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our upcoming interview

We have lots to discuss today. One week from today, on Tuesday, 11/25, we will interview Constable Lambert Bossiere, Jr.

We'll go through a lot of research and assemble a list of topics to explore.

Some interesting links: On Black Creole undertakers, Economy Hall.

We will also look at what jobs we will all perform.

We will begin setting up the interview at 12:30, with a goal of starting filming at 1:30, running for an hour, or 2:30. We will take down the equipment and return it afterward. The 1:30 and 2:30 times are not precise.

Jobs that we need to fill:

Greeter: Waits for our guest to arrive, guides to the interview location.

Keeper of release form: Makes sure interviewee signs the form.

Chairs and furniture: People responsible for moving furniture as needed for interviewer and to clear room.

Lighting setup: Two people to set up the lights and on.

Audio setup: Two people to hook up all audio cables, microphone stands, and microphones.

A-Camera setup: Two people to make sure A-camera has been set up

B-Camera setup: Person to make sure b-camera has been set up

Interviewer A:

Interviewer B:

Interviewer alternate:

Interviewer 2nd alternate:

Each of the people listed must also make sure that they can do take-down of equipment as well.

Transcribers: If the interview is 1 hour, I will split it into 6 10-minute segments to be transcribed. It takes about an hour to transcribe 10 minutes of interview.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thinking about our interview subjects

We are still finalizing some of our details about who we will interview, but it is good for us to start reading up on materials. One thing we first need to consider is understanding the CULTURAL and HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY.

Here is a map that I prepared that we will discuss.

One topic that we need to understand is the building of Interstate 10 along the Claiborne Avenue thoroughfare. Here is an article you should read.

The Congress for the New Urbanism has also weighed in on the issue of its future.

The Charbonnet Funeral Home is an old business along the route. What can we tell about the community from this website? Incidentally, the business made the New York Times recently.

St. Peter Claver Church is also an important part of this community. Why did it change from being St. Ann's to St. Peter Claver in 1920?

Another important geographical fact of the neighborhood was the Old Basin or Carondelet Canal, which began to disappear in the late 1920s.

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is also in the neighborhood at 730 Broad Street.

The Lafitte Housing Project was built across the street from Dooky Chase's in 1941. Today it has been redeveloped as something called "Faubourg Lafitte." A group has even tried to capture some of the stories from the Lafitte.

And, of course, there is Dooky Chase's Restaurant itself.