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Training wheels: A Narrative Character Portrait by Andresen Hamlin (2015)

My character is a boy who has a bike with training wheels. He likes to ride with friends but one day he sees a bike with no training wheels. He wants to feel grown up like them but he has never biked without training wheels. He takes the training wheels off and tries but fails. I wanted to show his sadness but also his courage to continue trying. The shot of him is after he sees the bike without training wheels.

I shot at my actor straight ahead. The props I used were a bike helmet to show he likes to bike. I had my actor make a sad face to show his frustration with learning to ride a bike. He has on regular clothes that the average kid would wear. I tried multiple shots for his face. I did not know which face would best fit his character.
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