For my project, I wanted to talk about my passion for the French language. For the narrative portion, I am choosing to read a French poem by Charles Baudelaire entitled “Le Chat,” or “The Cat.” I am a French major here at Roger Williams University and I absolutely love studying French. Although I may not always have the time to truly dedicate my life to it, I do love the language. Charles Baudelaire wrote amazing poetry during the Romantic Era and I wanted to share it with you so that you too can hear it. Instead of just simply stating how much I love French, I have decided to show you the language. My accent is pretty bad now, but hopefully by the end of my years at this school, I will be somewhat fluent in the language.
The images are mostly of cats. Although it may look like my passion is “cats,” this is because the poem is entitled “Le Chat,” or “The Cat.” I found most of my images on Flickr and Tumblr. I searched “black cat,” because that is of what the poem reminded me. We read this poem in one of my French classes this semester and I placed the images in order of what each line means in the poem. For example, for one line I would say, “Retiens les griffes de tes pattes,” which means “Take back the claws from your feet,” and there would be a picture of a cat’s claws. “Laisse-moi plonger dans tes beaux yeux” has a picture of cat’s eyes (yeux = eyes). I really enjoyed making the narration line up with what the pictures displayed. The beginning images just show French things, such as the Eiffel Tower, French toast, or the stereotypical French man (in finger form). These images just put the viewer into a “French mood.”
Other than my narration of the poem, I have underlying classical music (Camille Saint-Saens “Aquarium” from the Carnival of Animals). At the end of the music and narration, I also have several cat meow sounds. All of these sounds I got from www.freeplaymusic.com. I used the program Audacity to insert, record, and edit all of my sound. I find that this program is easiest to use when it comes to editing audio.
I found iMovie typically easy to drag media into the program and fit in with the appropriate image. I did not really get stuck many times throughout the project. At first when I dragged a sound file into the movie, it would override the background music that I wanted to play. I was getting frustrated as this kept happening each time I tried. Eventually I figured out that the sound file had to touch the picture for it to work properly.
Although I truly hate the sound of my voice, I really like how this project turned out. If I had to pick of what I am most proud, I guess I would have to say how the music and narration follow almost exactly as the pictures move. The overall project came out better than I anticipated and I am quite pleased with it.