Throughout the weeks I spent working on my digital project, I have learned how to utilize different programs to create projects. For this project I chose to create a photo story for the T.S. Eliot poem, Whispers of Immortality. The first step in the creation of the film was to come up with images that would flow with the poem and give the poem meaning through pictures. The next step was to download Movie Maker. I had never used this program so it took a bit of trial and error to figure out how to use it. Once I decided on the pictures that I wanted to include, I then loaded them into Movie Maker. The next step was to arrange them in order and space each image to match the length of time it would take to read each section of the poem. When this was complete I then added the narration. This step was my least favorite of the process. I do not enjoy reading allow, and feel I sound quite silly. To add a little flare to the project I also included an opening and closing credit sequence as well as interesting transitions between photos.
This project can be used in the future in several ways. The first of which is a demonstration of how to create projects such as photo stories. This is a great way to get students interested in things such as poetry. By having them choose images to go along with the stanzas of the poem, they can reflect on the actual words and meanings of a poem. If a student was to choose this as a project, they could be asked to write a paper to go along with the assignment. In this paper, the student could explain the images that go along with the poem, and why they selected those images. This project can also be used when studying T.S. Eliot. It would make the reading of his poem “Whispers of Immortality” more interesting than simply having the class sit quietly at their desks and read.
Overall, I enjoyed this project. I really liked learning the new technologies that are available to create movies and other projects. Like I previously stated, the only part I did not like was creating the narration to go along with the poem. This is something I need to overcome. This was a good project and opened my mind to several positive ideas for the future.