The goal for the poetry video is to choose a poem to use for a visual interpretation and use the editing program Apple iMovie or Jashaka found in the Tools and traiing section. This project explores your ability to create an original piece that explores the relationship between the text of a poem and the symbolic images that are associated with the meaning and intent of that poem. The poem should explore the moods or emotions associated with an idea, issue, or interest that have some personal or meaningful connection to you.
1. Original video footage and still frames
2. Soundtrack of collected sounds or instrumental music
3. 2 to 4 minutes in length
4. Creative cinematography/composition.
5. Creative camera angles and movement that capture vectors along the z-axis.
6. Use 5 shots that have dramatic lighting such as cast or attached shadows or silhouettes.
7. Use of at least two filters or effects that add to the meaning or mood of the piece.
8. Minimum 5 text overlays that connect to the words of the poem
9. Narration of your poem.
10. Opening Titles and closing credits
STEP 1 - The Poem
A. Write or select a poem. Consult Links--->Resources For Video Poetry for help in writing a poem. You can also use the lyrics from your favorite song or an old Beatles song.The poem for this project will become the script for your piece, so it is very important that you choose something that will allow for creative visual representation.
-You can choose a poem written by someone else or write one of your own.
-Your poem can have a story line or can be a collection of shots that relate to the mood of the poem.
-Make sure your poem is long enough to create a developed piece and appropriate for school. Poem should be a minimum of 15-20 lines.
-Brainstorm a list of at least twenty "dream" shots or images you would could imagine working with your project.
STEP 2 - Create a Storyboard
A. Analyze the poem line by line and plan to shoot video images (or use existing video segments) that will interpret each line. It is helpful to draw a series of images that they want to represent each poem line on a storyboard.
- organized the camera shots. use a variety of camera shots: pans /zooms.
-Your storyboard is a combination of: sketches/ shot descriptions / and script.
-Make some notes on your poem as to the shots you like to include in this project and number and list sketches/shots descriptions/words.
-Experiment with color, composition, and lighting.
-All scripted storyboards should be completed before you begin shooting.
-Use lots of close-ups, motion, graphic and index vectors.
-Use props and costumes as well as variety in locations or subject matter whenever possible.
STEP 3 - The Shoot
A. Shoot video with a digital camcorder or find selected video clips. Students can video other students or they can have someone video them if they want to be the star! Plan your shots before hand (Step 2)
-All the footage for this project mus be the best video you can shoot.
-Use a tripod.
-Find a partner or friend to help you the day of your shoot with composition or props
-Watch the lighting of your shoot.
-Review shot requirements to make sure you have all the footage you need.
-Remember to experiment as much as possible composing and framing shots.
-Gather sound clips to use as background audio for your piece.
-Your talent or camera person can also read or perform the poem orally reading the poem using dramatic pauses.
STEP 4 - Edit
-Import all your clips
-Arrange clips in timeline according to poem script
-Create and edit stills in photoshop or GIMP (See Tools and Training)
-Complete narration of poem
-Add opening and closing titles and effects (Keep these short 5-7 seconds)
-Add background sound
-Remember to fade in from black at the start and out to black at the end.
- Using the video software program (like Jashaka), assemble the video, narration and music content. Time the shots to coincide with the narrative.