Clap It Out
I presented a new video project to my junior year film class at college - I would use text and rhythm to convey a message. After presenting a rough example of my idea, I got a lot of responses, ‘try different colors’ and ‘maybe slant some words one way, and bold others’ and even ‘make different words different fonts to convey, like, the meaning of that word.’
However, I was disinclined to take their suggestions when I learned that half the class didn’t know what ‘syllables’ are.
After explaining my project was based on the idea of rhythm and words, it was question time. I stated, “I will be working syllabically,” I paused, and sighed, “Isn’t that just a great word?”
One girl asked, “What’s a syllable?” Then, several others nodded, indicating they, too, were curious. I explained this word by clapping my hands for each syllable in an example sentence, something like “This-is-a-syll-a-ble,” and proceeded to explain further. You know - like you learned in first grade.
Welcome to first grade.