Your five-member team will need to divide the research roles and collect facts, pictures, and examples of the works produced during this cultural explosion. You will need a specialist in each of the following fields: music, literature, art, dance, and theater. Each expert should collect the following information, along with other facts or anecdotes that will make the film both informative and entertaining:
- Who were some of the key figures in this field during the Harlem Renaissance?
- What themes were prevalent in the works produced in this field?
In addition, the group should work together to explore the background of the movement, so that visitors to the exhibit will understand how and why the movement began, and what it encompassed.
Your final product will have two distinct parts. The first will be a display, made with a tri-fold presentation board. On this display, include the basic information about the Harlem Renaissance, including important names, dates, and places. You may want to use copies of art works, sheet music covers, or book reviews or covers, along with other ephemera; each one should include a caption. Your captions and text for the display should be limited to no more than 800 words (including poetry examples or novel/play excerpts).
The second portion will be the documentary film. You have two options for this portion of the project. You may script and film a traditional movie, using a video camera and cast, or you may use a program like Photo Story 3 for Windows to create a montage-type of movie. (If you select the digital version, you must include voice-over speech, even if you add text to the pictures.) With either option, your documentary should be between 10 and 15 minutes long.
Here are some websites to help you get started with your research: