Video Project Description and Deadlines

This spring, you will be completing a new and exciting video project in order to perfect and showcase your French pronunciation. In brief, you will be writing 3 short compositions, and transforming these compositions into 3 short videos.

The final video project as I envision it, although you are welcome to use your own creative ideas, will in the end be three short films (approximately one minute each) that involve two students (you and your partner). Each film will cover a different subject, but will revolve around two main characters as defined by you and your partner. Here are the topics for each film:

#1 will be an interview or conversation between two people, and will introduce these two characters to the audience. You can be anyone, from “Jacques” and “François” to yourself and a friend in your French class to Batman and Robin. You’ll use the vocabulary learned in the Chapitre Préliminaire of your textbook.

#2 will be either these two characters going on a trip/vacation, or a family event. The key will be to use vocabulary and structures learned in chapters 1-3.

#3 will be these two characters going to a restaurant, or reporting on a restaurant experience they had, and will employ things learned in chapters 4 and 5.

My goals for this project are threefold:

-First, to introduce you to the basic digital skills involved in making a video using the proper equipment and video editing software. This will prepare you for further courses here at Bucknell, whether in French or in another discipline. Digital literacy is a key component of your Bucknell education. In learning these skills now, you’re getting ahead of the game. Trust me.

-Second, to focus in on your French pronunciation by, quite literally, watching it grow and improve over the course of the semester.

-Third and finally, the production of this video will provide you with a concrete and lasting souvenir (literally, French for “memory”) of the foreign language skills you will have learned by the end of the semester.

This will be a lot of work. However, you will have goals, smaller assignments, and lots of help along the way.

Here is a breakdown of the assignment and its schedule. Do not lose this paper (although if you do, it is available on the course blog: fren101.blogs.bucknell.edu).

Step one: Write your first short writing assignment. The prompt for this assignment can be found here: fren101.blogs.bucknell.edu/study-guide under “Composition 1.” A draft will be due on Wednesday, February 3rd, with a final, edited version due on Monday, February 8th.

Step two: Gain necessary skills. This will be accomplished through two in-class workshops on Wednesday, February 3rd, and Friday, February 5th.

Step three: Make your first video. This will be a filmed interview, using the text of your first composition. Note that, as you will be doing this assignment in pairs, you will only need to choose one of your compositions (yours or your partner’s) to film. This video will be due on Friday, February 19th.

Step four: After meeting with your instructors, you will write a storyboard that lays out how you envision your interview looking for your second version. This will be due on Monday, February 29th.

Step five: Re-film your interview to correct any pronunciation errors, and to generally make it better. This will be due on Wednesday, March 9th. Between March 9th and February 19th, we will be watching videos together in class, and practicing the pronunciation of our scripts.

Step six: Write your second short writing assignment. Here, you and your partner will only need to complete one of these writing assignments. This assignment will be the script and storyboard (script in French; storyboard in English) for your second video, which needs to incorporate vocabulary and grammar learned in chapters 1-3. Suggested topics: a vacation, or a family event. It will be due on Monday, March 21st.

Step six: Learn how to make your videos more interesting by incorporating images, and other information beyond your straight interview. This will entail a training session during class on Monday, March 21st.

Step seven: Film your second short video. Due Friday, April 1st.

Step eight: Improve your second short video. Due Friday, April 15th.

Step nine: Write your third and final writing assignment. Here again, you and your partner will only need to complete one of these writing assignments. This assignment will be the script and storyboard (script in French; storyboard in English) for your third video, which needs to incorporate vocabulary and grammar learned in chapters 4 and 5. Suggested topics: a meal at a restaurant, or a restaurant review. Especially important will be your use of the passé composé. This will be due on Wednesday, April 20th.

Step ten: Your third and final video will be due (only one version this time) on the last day of classes, Monday, May 2nd.

I will provide three grading rubrics early on: one for French grammar and pronunciation, one for content, and one for technical aspects.