This is to be a video project. You may work alone or in a group. If
you are in a group everyone must appear as a working and contributing member of the group in the video. I DO NOT want this to be a situation where someone just adds their name and gets credit for doing nothing
except have friends who did
do the work. Enough of that goes on already.
What you are to do for this project is to make
a creative and interpretive video of a poem. The parameters are that the poem
has to be from your literature book and is to be a minimum of 25 lines. If you
prefer you can do any 2 poems that add up to 25 lines or more (for example two sonnets would be a total of 28 lines and
that is fine).
The video(s) is/are to
be interpretive. You are to figure out what the poem means; interpret it and
get some meaning from it. Then imagine how you can translate that via video. Perhaps you can try to read a poem and discern what the author was trying to say and
work from that to make the video. You are to add the voice over of one of you
reading the poem to make everything complete.
In short: interpret the
poem, film actions/images/interactions that convey your interpretation of the poem’s/poems’ meaning, edit, and
add a reading of the poem that coincides with the images. You may add instrumental
music if you think that would help. You will be asked to explain what you filmed
and what it means prior to your showing the video to the class. We will watch
them prior to exams. The clock is running.
Be aware that planning what you are going to do first makes filming MUCH faster and less frustrating. I speak from years of experience. Have a strong leader if
you are working in a group and let him/her make the decisions and agree to abide by them if you want this to go smoothly. Be aware, also, that editing is time consuming.
If there is a group member who wants to edit he or she will get full credit for that is a tough job. Editing can make or break a film; be sure to thank your editor. Put
all finished products on DVD or VHS tape.
Your videos will be scored
by the class and me. Videos will get a 1, a 2, or a 3 with 3 being the highest. In cases where two poems were done they both have to be of 3 quality for a 3 overall
A 1 goes to a video that has poor editing to the point where your meaning is lost, when the voice over of the reading is inaudible,
or when the interpretation is weak and/or unsubstantiated in the explanation.
A video will get a 2 if the video is clear and the explanation of the interpretation makes sense. The audio will be sufficient and the editing fairly well done. This
will be good, but not outstanding in quality of the video and the interpretation of the poem(s).
A 3 goes to a video that is outstanding. It can be seen, heard, and reveal a
clear and fresh meaning to the poem(s). This is the score given to a project
where you can say the video enriched the poem’s meaning and added something to it.
The average of the scores
will be added to your overall grade for the quarter. In the event the class scores
a video higher than I think it deserves, or lower than I think it deserves there will be a compromise made. Your classmates do have some authority in this. Make them