Form a group with 4 people. Then, pick one Sherlock Holmes story from the 4 listed below:
The Speckled Band
The Creeping Man
The Problem of Thor Bridge
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
Once you have picked a story, each person must be assigned a role for this Webquest; only one person/role. You must make sure you complete all duties that go along with the part. The roles are:
Director - Acts as director and films the movie. Assigns roles for all parts in the script. Can be an actor as well, and if so, assigns someone to film while their on camera.
Producer - Makes sure all facts in the script are accurate with the story. After discussing with the group, you finalize where and when filming will take place.
Secretary - Records script, makes sure everyone has a copy.
Manager - In charge of all props and filming equipment; this includes signing out the borrowed equipment.
YOU ALL ARE INVOLVED IN THE WRITING OF THE SCRIPT AND RESEARCH. Therefore, you are all in charge of making sure its the best script possible. Read the story over the weekend. YOU MUST READ ALL OF IT. Key parts could be missed if not read thoroughly and the story may not makes sense. It WILL be noticed.
You have 2 weeks to create this movie. After reading the story over the weekend, the first week will be dedicated to researching and writing. As a group, you must research the chosen story, and the time period the story took place (the Victorian Era). When researching the time period, look for these main categories; the economy, society, fashion, and politics of the Victorian era. All of the research will help you write a script that is accurate with the story and time period. It will also help when deciding on props, costumes, and settings for the filming process.
When writing the script, it is helpful to write down all the characters in the story, its plot, climax, and conclusion. This way you don't lose track of everything and have an outline. You may also find it helpful to write down all settings that take place in the story. An outline is a good way to organize your thoughts and writing. If your group finishes the writing process early, you may start filming.
The 2nd week will be dedicated to filming the movie! You will use class time to film. The whole group is allowed to film after class hours as well. If the group has conflicting schedules, please come and talk to me. You must sign out the filming equipment and return it FIRST THING IN THE MORNING BY THE MANAGER. During class, you may film on campus in a responsible manner. If this is not done, the whole group will receive 0% on the project. With all equipment, you must be back before the end of the period. As a group, you are responsible for all equipment if it's damaged or lost. When you are finished filming, you will put the project on Windows Movie Maker and put the entire movie together. On Windows Media Maker, you may edit it, and put the slides in correct order; you may also add school appropriate music. In the credits of your movie, please site all resources you used to write the script. Site all research findings, the book you read, and be sure to thank anyone who helped make this movie possible. The project is due at the beginning of class on the Monday after 2 weeks. On Monday, you will hand in your script present your finished project to the class!
I am expecting you to work together as a group. When you work together, the writing and filming process will be fun and easy! Be creative! Have fun! I want you to be true to the story, but put in your own creative spin on it. Whether it's the way you film it, or write it; use your imagination! If you have any questions about the project feel free to ask me. I am here to help you out.
Here are some resources to help you get started on your research. If thelink is not taking you to the webpage when you click on it, copy and paste the URL into your web browser:
- "Norton Anthology of English Literature: Victorian Age" - Facts about the Victorian period from the renowned Norton Anthology.
- "Wikipedia: Victorian Era" - Website Wikipedia's information about the Victorian period.
- "Victorian Web" - A website about the Victorian period created by Brown University Professor George P. Landow; Professor of English and History of Art.
- "Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band" - YouTube clips of the movie based on the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Speckled Band."
Part 2 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uupf14jjqYM&feature=related
Part 4 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcjNmTex6rU&feature=related
Part 5 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4PTpiaT3Yg&feature=related
- "Sherlock Holmes: The Creeping Man" - YouTube clips of the movie based on the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Creeping Man."
Part 1 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m0I-oLwWzY
- "Sherlock Holmes: The Problem of Thor Bridge" - YouTube clips of the movie based on the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Problem of Thor Bridge."
Part 1 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4dKos3IHgg
Part 4 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl_YXMDBZUw&feature=related
- "Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" - YouTube clip of the movie based on the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Disappearance of Lady Carfax."
- "Official Sherlock Holmes Museum Website" - Official Website of the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street, London, England.
- "How to Write a Script - Getting Started" - A YouTube clip to help with screenwriting.
- "How to Write a Script - Story Structure" - A YouTube clip about the the way a story is formed when writing a movie script.
- "Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary" - A website to look up words you may not know when you're reading and help thinking of synonyms in your writing.
Now get started and good luck!