Monday, March 14, 2011
A few months ago poet, teacher, and blogger Martha Silano let me know that three of her students were doing their class poetry project on my poem "Linguini." This would take place at Bellevue College in Washington, obviously much too far away for me to be there. But several weeks later Martha sent me the Power Point project they'd created. I knew immediately that I wanted to transform their work into a video. I wanted to use Garrison Keillor's reading of the poem as the soundtrack, but when I added the project to iMovie, it went so fast that the reading could not keep pace. Even though Keillor reads the poem fast (I suppose to keep to his time limit), the power point went much faster. I had to somehow slow it down. So I figured out how to save it as slides. I then turned those into jpegs and added them into a movie project. Then I dragged in the sound track and spent a ridiculous amount of time coordinating the reading with the slides. But I finally got it. So with a huge shout-out of gratitude to Martha and her fabulous students, here's the result.