Another year of eminent is over, but this one, although quite similar had some very prominent differences, Not just because I picked somebody in a completely different field, but also due to the way I approached it.
I had come across one main problem in my study last year that I wanted to avoid this year, which was finding information on a person who didn’t have any recognition for his discoveries, thus leaving me with little to no information to gather. As a result, I decided to study somebody who had a larger amount of people who have documented and verified his work and life, Charlie Chaplin. Now as I studied, I began to lose an interest for the project and my eminent person, for I was hoping to get a lot more out of the project, but the research yielded the same results. Then, we went to the library. I got books upon book for Charlie, but they all explained the same story with varying degrees of detail. I was about to switch notables. Never before had I been able to gain all of the information so fast that I had a full month left to put it into action. I thought I would either have to switch, for more of a challenge, leave it till later to not waste time over-preparing, or over-prepare. I chose to wait until something caught my interest. That was when my mother found a copy of Chaplin, a 1990’s film that had the entirety of Chaplin’s life morphed into a two hour long document of history. The acting was so real to the point that I thought Robert Downey Jr. was Charlie, which allowed me to fully embrace it’s story. It gave me an understanding of who my notable was, with credited facts proven by the one I sought to interview, a Charlie Chaplin expert, Dan Kamin.
After this, I fit all of the books into the story line, filling in the cracks to create a masterpiece of an autobiography. I had the means to be Chaplin, feeling as though I had lived his life myself. I made a costume, created a trivia game, answer cards that I could stay silent, a speech representing one of his greatest problems, a backdrop and sign, and a video in which my eminent person starred. However, during the night of the notables, My computer video file, thus shutting down the trivia, original use of the answer cards, and the video itself, leaving me with nothing more than myself, my speech and my backdrop. I tried my best, using the answer cards whenever possible to better my center, but people only stayed for a matter of seconds, as my video wasn’t there to educate and there was no game to engage them. I acted out scenes, and stayed silent. I used the cards to answer questions, but I couldn’t answer them correctly without speaking. I made the most with what I had, and when it all crumbled, I stuck through till the end.
And when I think of this year compared to last, I realize that the real victory is getting to the point where you don’t just understand, but you can be that person. Even though my project didn’t work the way I wanted it to, I learned more this year than I could ever have during last years assignment. On top of all this, I remember so much more about this year’s notable, and have learned how to stay on course and persevere. I believe that I succeeded, and I hope you can see that too.
Research Bibliography (Most useful at the top):
Attenborough, Richard, director. Chaplin. MCA Home Video, 1993.
Desription: A film portraying the entire life of Charlie, and once cross referenced, is outstandingly accurate. Shows his talent and rise to fame in a memorable and fun way.
Description: A site where a collection of biographies are kept. Shows an outline of Charlie’s life. Accurate information.
Description: Free Charlie Chaplin films. Gave me an idea of his productions and how he acted while in them.
Description: Galen had already done a study on Charlie, and I was able to extrapolate some methods of study and certain facts I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Description: Solidified facts shown above, not as reliable as some other forms, but it lined up very well, so I included it.
*Books were not written down as they provided little to no help on the project, and do not currently have access to them, so for ease of both parties, I give you links which have just as much information, but online and for free.