In February, when the teens began the project, Yee says, " I took the lead to get it started because I had a vision. It is my third experience with Adobe, so I felt ready to be the director and help others. Once we had the theme of stereotyping, the hardest part was writing the story because there were so many options. We came up with the idea to use crayons, not people because choosing the people would be stereotyping!"
Following is a brief Q and A with Yee.
Q: Why Greg Gray?
A: Gray is dull.
Q: His parents?
A: Black and white, which when mixed become gray.
Q: The rest of the cast?
Yee outlined the Adobe Project'
One: " Getting the crayons to stand up! Finally used thumbtacks under the sets."
Two: The voices. "Solved with help from the AFH Video Studio."
Three: Designing the sets. "Came up with 6 sets and divided into teams to build them."
Four: Editing. "learned that there are 12 frames per second for each scene. Lesley Rule from Adobe was a big help all along the way."
Yee is in her second year at AFH and a Junior at Media Communications and Technology High School in West Roxbury. She considers art as a hobby, not a profession. She aspires to a role in criminal justice and wants to study business management. She attributes Summer Search to her interest in "helping young kids be more open and become leaders."
On June 2, AFH presented Who Do You Think You Are? The Story of Greg Gray at Adobe Youth Voices Live at the ICA/Boston.