During this week we were asked to create a remix assignment using the DS106 remix assignment website. The goal of this week was to take an assignment that was already completed and remix it based off of what the remix card suggested. I clicked on the remix generator a few times until I found an assignment that I thought was possible. The assignment that I was asked to remix was the “Colorize your World Assignment” and the remix card was “Turn up the Cheese”….This remix card asked of this “Use the worst, over the top design elements in an assignment. Use Arial or Papyrus fonts, green and pink colors, sappy music to make an assignment be the epitome of badness (not the good kind of bad).” After looking through various assignments completed by students apart of DS106 … either this year or years in the past, I decided on the assignment I thought I could remix the best. I ran across this post and thought that the story made enough sense so I figured I would remix it and see what I could do. Using paintbrush on my Mac and the iphoto settings I contrasted this assignments picture and then added a few funny looking features to make Dora The Explorer turn from completely normal to absolutely weird. I didn’t really know what to put to make a cartoon character look “bad”, but I figured making her look strange would be a good start. This is the original picture that I made a remix to :
After a few of my own edits and some fun with paintbrush… this is my Remixed version of Dora:
I think she actually looks a little less attractive and it’s obvious that I wasn’t trying to make her look presentable. She has some awesome highlights and really weird looking eyes …. I kind of like it in a strange way.
During this weeks Remix segment, we were asked to complete 7 stars worth of Mashup Assignments. The first assignment that I decided to do for this segment was to create a Movie Trailer Mashup. This assignment asked to take a movie trailer and have the audio be completely opposite of what the movie actually represents. For this assignment I decided to take the movie trailer of one of my favorite movies “Bridesmaids” and make the audio of the trailer sound as if it’s a scary, when in reality it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. The audio trailer that I used was of the movie “The Apparition“. The reason I used this movie was because I thought that the audio course of events sounded like it would go really well with that of the Bridesmaid trailer. I downloaded both movie trailers onto my computer using www.keepvid.com then I uploaded Bridesmaid’s into my iMovie, but took the Apparition trailer and uploaded it into audacity in order to get the audio. I then combined both the trailer (muted) and the audio in order to produce a scary version of the Bridesmaid trailer and make my own Remix. This assignment was very interesting to do simply because I have already seen the bridesmaid and I know that it’s not a scary movie….. when I added the scary sound to the trailer it made it a lot more interesting. I felt like I was getting ready to watch an entirely different movie. I was also surprised to see how well this specific audio fit into the movie trailer, I didn’t expect them to go so well hand in hand. This Mashup Assignment was worth 4 stars. I can officially say that I’ve made my own remix!!! It’s awesome to see how easy it can be to combine different forms of media in order to produce a new product that no one else has ever done.
Bridesmaids Trailer Remix:
Total= 4/7 Stars!
This week our main focus is on the idea of “remix”. Remix can be defined as “combining and editing existing materials to create something new” according to the first video I watched by Kirby Ferguson. Remixes can be found anywhere, at this day in age it may be safe to say that almost everything out there is a form of remix. The idea of remix is taking something that’s already been created and possibly adding your own “flavor” to it, or adding something that maybe the original was missing. Remixes can be seen in all forms of media and interpreted in various ways. The videos posted by Kirby Ferguson about “Everything is a Remix” actually make a great deal of sense. Remixes began with music and over time have made their way into all media sources and have created a whole new outlook on media. We were asked to view some of the examples of Remix in order to get a better understanding of what our work will consist of. This first example that I watched was the “Disney used to explain copyright” video in which disney movies explained what “copyright” meant. This video showed an example of remix because it took snippets of various disney movies and created a definition for copyright. The remix is shown through the idea of taking something that already exists (the different movies) and creating something knew by combining them. This person cut out words from the movies that would explain the meaning of copyright, then combined them all together. I thought this whole video was very creative, it showed a lot of different movies but ensured that disney knew they were not copyrighting their material. At the beginning of a video there is a statement announcing that none of the material is being stolen and that it is initially from “Walt Disney”. Another example of a remix that I watched was the video of “Star Wars, Call me Maybe“. This video took a song that is pretty popular and known in the world today and combined it with a movie that is popular as well. This person used the Star Wars movie in order to “sing” out the songs to Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepson. This was a very creative idea because not many people would think to combine these two specific forms of media and create a remix for both of them. The copyright portion was covered by the credits given to both the Star Wars movie and the Carly Rae Jepson song. I think both of these examples showed very interesting forms of remix. They represented the idea of combining different media forms very well, both videos were very entertaining and catchy. Can’t wait to get a swing at some of my own remixes!!!!
For my last Video Assignment of this week I decided to do the “Framed” version of one of my favorite movies and scenes. The assignment asked for a 2 minute movie scene and a picture from the scene that represents the scene at best.
For this Framed assignment I decided to do the ending scene from the Lion King. I thought that this would be an awesome scene to represent because this is probably one of my favorite childhood movies and this scene is so significant. The movie represents a theme of Heroism and I think the framed picture that I took from this scene represents that as well. This movie is always really easy to use for a lot of assignments simply because I don’t know a single person who hasn’t seen it and wouldn’t understand the reference.
The clip that I chose from the movie was the ending scene where Simba is finally acknowledged as the King and able claim his dominance after the support of his family and friends. I decided on this scene because I knew that it would be easy to frame a picture that represents not only the scene but a huge aspect of the overall movie.
After finding my clip on youtube, I simply used www.keepvid.com to download it onto my computer… I watched the video numerous times, but decided on the picture I wanted and simply took a screenshot of it and uploaded it onto my flickr account.
Here’s the clip that I decided I would represent:
I took the shot of Simba being onto of the cliff howling in order to claim his dominance and acceptance of his new found role as King.
Total= 16/16 Stars!
The next assignment that I decided to do for this week was to create a 5 second movie. This assignment asks for the creation of a movie that last 5 seconds …. it could represent anything really.
For this assignment I decided to create a movie with a small joke. I initially wanted my friends to act out something that was quick, funny, and easy to do …. of course having the friends that I have.. it turned out a lot funnier than I planned and far from what I actually wanted to do. I initially wanted the girl to come out of the room really upset and the guy to come out after her and yell at Trav (the one already standing in the scene) “Dude you slept with my girlfriend” then go ahead and tackle him to the ground. I tried convincing them to do that about 5 times and none of them could stay serious for as long as 5 seconds. After numerous attempts and lots of laughter and joking around … one of my friends simply came out saying “Did you know Sam’s a virgin” …. I thought it turned out a lot funnier than the other ones that we filmed and therefore I decided to keep it and use it for my 5 second movie. I think it made it a lot funnier considering it was so unplanned and my friend Connor (the speaker) came up with it on the spot. I simply recorded this happening on my iPhone and then imported it onto my computer. I then put it onto my iMovie, added a title to bring in the laughter and then uploaded it onto youtube … not bad at all. The video is actually 7 seconds, but it’s simply because of the title in the beginning. I got a really huge kick out of this assignment, I guess because funnier things happen when they go unplanned. I definitely had a set planned and I even yelled “action” when I wanted them to come out of the door…. It felt like I was actually creating a movie & I totally appreciated my friends agreeing to do it, even though they were being a tad annoying about getting it done.
I chose to do this assignment because I realized that we were working with Video Assignments for a reason….. I’ve done various assignments this week and I’ve gotten a chance to mess around with music, video editing, and now I finally got a chance to do some of my own filming as well. It was a lot more fun than I expected and I’m glad I can say I made my own movie …. even though it was for only 5 seconds and it wasn’t really my directing that I ended up picking. Regardless, STILL FUN!
Total= 14/16 Stars!
The next Video Assignment that I decided to do was the “watching a movie with the stereo on” assignment in which you take a movie clip and replace the sound with a song by choice.
I chose this assignment because I realized that this scenario actually occurs a lot in my life. Being a college student and watching a movie in your room with three other roommates can really be difficult when one or more of them isn’t watching the movie and choses to play music in their room instead. I then realized that there are a lot of times where the song they are playing kind of correlate with the movie I may be watching… So, for this assignment I decided to use a scene from the movie “Up” because I recently watched it and it’s one of my favorite movies. As I was thinking about this assignment this particular movie quickly came to mind. I simply downloaded the movie scene onto my computer then imported it into my iMovie and began to think of a song that I thought could fit the movie well. After a little while of thinking I came up with the song “Just to see you smile” by Tim McGraw, which is also one of my favorite country songs. I figured out that the scene and the song correlate well together because in the beginning of the song and the movie it represents happy times and as they both progress things begin to fall apart. I didn’t realize how well these two worked together until I listened to the song over the clip in my iMovie and realized that the song basically represents this scene completely. The song fits the events in this particular clip just as if it was made for this movie. Since I already found a scene that did a lot of the work… I simply shortened it and cut out a portion of it, but I didn’t really change the scene completely, there was no need for this particular assignment. I found that this is a story because the music tells the life and love of Carl and Ellie in the movie through the scene choice…. The movie scene shows a huge portion of the movie “Up” and by adding the song you get a glimpse of what the movie is about as well, except without the actual words from the movie involved. I asked one of my friends that I know also loves this movie to check out my work and she thought it was PERFECT. She said the song basically represented the relationship of Carl and Ellie to a T. I felt really proud of my work after she said that… I hope others that have seen the movie feel the same way too. Here’s the video:
Total= 11/16 Stars!
The next Video Assignment that I decided to complete for this week involved looking up 5 different movies that fit into one Archetype and lasts about 5 seconds. The archetype that I decided to do was “Party” …. I looked up 5 different movies that I knew had pretty intense “party scenes” in order to put them together in my 5 second video.
The first movie that I came to my mind when I thought of party movies was the movie “Project X” I cut a small clip of this scene that I found in order to stress the biggest party based scene in this entire movie. The second movie that I added was “Superbad” and the “Blood Brothers” scene because this was also another movie that initially came to mind that I knew would be easy to find a good party scene from. I felt like this clip added a different type of party scene then the first one and I knew that it would fit in really well. After I used too funny movies I knew that I needed a more relaxed scene from the movie in order to show variety in terms of the “party” archetype. The movie “Hangover” has a lot of scenes that represent parties, but I thought that the wedding scene would add a little humor… especially to those that have seen the entire movie as well. I then added a more high school based party scene by adding a more recent movie “21 Jump Street” to the mix and showing how fights can also be a party of the party scene to add on to the archetype. The last movie that I added to the mix was “Old School” because I figured I’d end my archetype with a little bit of Frank the Tank and his great beer bonging abilities. This is a bit of an older movie and I knew this would be the perfect conclusion for how a party really is now-a-days. I’ve seen all of these movies and when I began thinking of an archetype I figured this would be an easy one to target. After I found all of these scenes… I used www.keepvid.com to download them onto my computer and import them into a new project on iMovie. I then shortened the clips and added the song “Shots” by Lil Jon to give it a little bit of energy. After I finished this project I simply uploaded it onto my youtube account and there we go… all finished. I really enjoyed doing this video assignment simply because as I was looking at these scenes I really wanted to watch all the movies again. Through this clip (that should have been 5 seconds) I simply told the story of the varieties in the “party” archetype. I didn’t make it 5 seconds because I knew I couldn’t get anything out of it … so I made it a little longer, nearly 5 seconds for each scene .. just to get a better glimpse of my message. Here’s my video:
Total= 8/16 Stars!
This week we’re beginning to make movies of our own in attempts to tell stories in that way. The task was to complete at least 16 stars worth of Video Assignments.
The first assignment that I decided to take a swing at was creating a movie trailer from the “Silent Era“. The goal of this assignment was to focus on the music and cue cards to make the movie trailer as interesting as possible. The movie assignment showed an example of the Star Wars movie trailer displayed silently with only words and music to draw you in. I think the example assignment did a good job of setting up how the movie should look and how it actually seems like a movie trailer from the “Silent Era’. I also watched another video from a student that decided to do the movie “Finding Nemo” and use different captions and a really good song to express the trailer for that fun loving kid movie that everyone would enjoy. I chose this assignment because I’ve never really been a fan of silent movies or movies from the old days, but I’ve always been one to support people having their own interpretations. I thought that it would be cool to make a modern movie silent and see the difference in it’s meaning when the actual words from the movie weren’t involved. “The Dark Knight” is actually one of my favorite movies and I just love all the intensity it has along with it’s actual story.
Through my Silent Era assignment I attempted to tell a story of the movie “The Dark Knight” and it’s major events by showing the trailer and providing captions that allowed someone to understand it. The actual trailer to the movie has words and dialogue that give you a glimpse of the movie … I attempted to do the same thing with my captions and music, but instead I summed up the key parts that I took out of the movie when I watched it initially. I started my clip off by saying where it took place and what the main purpose was… I made sure to include the lead actors in the movie as well. I then added another interesting point about the movie and then continued to have various captions of traits and actions that are found in the movie. I let the trailer do a lot of the talking, but I made sure to sum up the points I thought would be important for someone who hadn’t seen the movie to see.
In creating this trailer… I simply used www.keepvid.com to download the actual youtube movie trailer of “The Dark Knight” onto my computer. After doing so … I simply imported it into my iMovie and created a new project. I then adventured around with different features and figured out how to mute the sound and change the color into black and white. Then I adventured around with a song that I might want to play and figured that the “Halloween” theme song fit the action in the movie the best. I then downloaded the song as an mp3 file and placed it into my iMovie project. After watching the originally trailer multiple times and recalling the events I took from the movie myself … I decided I’d think of ways that I could display the story using the trailer. After I decided what I wanted to display in the movie … I added captions and found different places to put the font in order to use each scene as best I could. After all of this I did a lot of reviewing and editing to make it turn out as perfect as I could. Thankfully…. I have a few friends that are interested in the work that I do for this class and were willing to pitch in some ideas as well as watch my final piece. They each gave me different feedback and suggestions that I either chose to ignore or went back and edited. One of the suggestions that I received was to slow down some of scenes so that the captions I could posted could be read easily. A lot of my friends enjoyed my clip and said that it looked like it was hard or took a lot of time. I plan on posting it on my twitter as soon as I’m done with this post… maybe I’ll get a few comments & more feedback from there as well.
Total= 5/16 Stars!
For the next week we have been asked to do Video Assignments …. I have found some that look very interesting and would be fun to do.
The first Video Assignment that I plan on completing is the “Return to the Silent Era” assignment in which we make a modern movie appear as a movie would have been viewed many years ago. The movie that I thought would be interesting to watch …. silently & would be easy to understand and work with was the “Dark Knight” the trailer of this movie is already really intense and eye catching… I figured it would be easy to add text to it since the sound won’t be displayed. I had ideas of putting things as simple as “Batman vs The Joker”, “The ultimate battle”, “Who will survive”, “How far will they go” ….. attempting to get people to know the idea of the movie, but without giving too much away. Almost like questions that they want answered… and can be answered by watching the movie. I haven’t really gone into detail about the other aspects I’ll add to the movie, simply because it’s a movie trailer that already does so much of the work on it’s own….
The second assignment I have thought about completing is the assignment asking us to “Redub the Audio” …. After reading this assignment’s criteria I thought it was very doable and appealing. I haven’t pin pointed exactly which movie I want to do, but I do know my methods of completing this assignment. Once I find the movie that I think I could write a good enough script of … I plan on adding a bit of my own personality into the scene and then simply recording it in a voice that can fit in well with the actual scene that I am replacing. Once I have figured out the particular movie scene I want to do… the rest should come to me and be more simple.