Lion King : Framed

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 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.

Lion King

2 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 5
Total= 16/16 Stars! 

5 Second movieeeeee

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!

2 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5
Total= 14/16 Stars! 

Watching a movie with the Stereo on…

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:

2 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 52 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5
Total= 11/16 Stars!

One Archetype … 5 Movies! PARTYYYY

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 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:

1 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 51 vote, average: 3.00 out of 5
Total= 8/16 Stars!

My version of a Silent Movie..

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 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.

1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5
Total= 5/16 Stars! 

Video Planning!

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.

EXPLORE: Any Given Sunday!

After finishing my post about Any Given Sunday… we were asked to explore the movie a little more.

1. The first interesting fact that I found about Any Given Sunday was that it included three different scripts, from three different people that were put together in order to have a successful script to tell a true story of an NFL football team. (Source = Wikipedia)

2. The film was shot in Miami and Texas and at different stadiums in order to represent different teams and scenes in the movie. Real life students from the area of filming were even asked to participate as extras in the movie as well. (Source = Wikipedia)

3. The soundtrack of the movie was released in 2000 and it peaked as #28 on the Billbord 200 and #11 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. (Source = Wikipedia)

Genre: I believe this movie fits into the Genre of Drama…. It is a very realistic movie and based off of a true story that explains the dramatic and interesting life of a football player. There are many realistic yet drama based parts to the movie, but the plot represents different emotions and changes throughout the movie that make it drama based. The movie lacks focus in comedy, action, and special effects … it is more focused on the telling of an actual story.

Montage: After finishing everything … we were asked to make a montage of another scene from the movie. I used the MPEG StramClip to trim down a scene that I downloaded off of youtube. The scene I chose from Any Given Sunday was an actual football scene… I took this clip and shortened it so that only 2 main portions of it were seen in the clip that I created. I thought this clip represented a lot of the analysis I’ve stated on the movie … and even the factual history is seen because of the stadium clip as well. Below is my shortened clip:

Look, Listen, Analyze: Any Given Sunday Clip…

The movie clip that I chose to look, listen, and analyze for this weeks assignment was “Any Given Sunday

Look: For the first portion, we were asked to look at the scene with no sound… & try to examine all of the camera processes taken through the scene. By watching this clip with no sound … it’s hard to figure out if the scene is positive or negative. The beginning of the scene shows the door & automatically I thought of the “one-point perspective” video that I watched on the movie making. The camera focuses a lot on the facial expressions of the people involved in this scene. It moves from looking at the coach, to looking at the players listening and intrigued by what is being said. The camera moves left to right and even up and down a fair number of times. The left to right movement represents the scene beginning off negatively and slowly throughout the speech moving toward a positive spot on the right side of the screen. The players mostly stay on the right side of the screen, but their facial expressions say a lot as well. The camera switches view a lot, but the lighting is fairly the same … the scene is in one room and seems to have a very strong representations.

Listen: Secondly, we were asked to listen to the scene without looking at the screen. The idea was to listen to what the scene represented, how the dialogue worked and the affect that audio had. The speech starts off with one man talking …. slowly….. spreading his words apart. The scene doesn’t have dialogue, it’s a speech by one person. Slowly into the scene you hear background noises that represent who he’s talking to and that there’s a team in front of him listening and believing what he’s saying. The speech is negative and slow in the beginning and through the course of the speech it speeds up, gets louder, and more positive and exciting. The team listening begins to make noise and agree, the mood of the speech changes and the background noise and music change as well, they both become louder and more intense. Toward the end of the scene there is another moment where the speech gets more serious and slows down once again and the music becomes more quiet, right before it gets even louder to close off the scene. Through-out the scene the voice of the coach giving the speech changes with his words…. when we said something meaningful and sentimental it was in a low and calm voice, but as soon as he said something loudly and energetically it was evident that it represented power and excitement… The music and sound effects made the scene so much more interesting .. the music went at the pace of the coaches voice, while the sound effects added more meaning to his words.

Analyze: When watching the scene with normal audio, I realized that the camera cooperated with the audio as well. It moved slowly when the audio was low and the environment wasn’t as exciting… but once the coaches voice built up and the energy in his voice increased the facial expressions of the players listening change and their eyes all lit up of belief and excitement. By just listening to the audio you can believe what the coach is saying and how he is getting his team ready …. but when you watch the video as well then you begin to believe the words and their meaning as well. Looking at the video without sound was difficult, but once they were put together it was easy to understand how powerful this scene is because of both the audio and the visual.

After watching and thoroughly listening to this scene it was easy to see the major aspects of movie making that stood out. There was a fair amount of representation of negative and positive placing of the coach….. how the camera began off on the left side and over time it moved to the right where the coach stood toward the end. The sound and background sound effects were also a key element in making this a strong scene because the feeling of  the words and the tone of the coaches voice can be projected even without the actual visual aspect of the scene. The scene is shot in a manner that emphasizes the importance of the game they are about to play… The players are not always in sight, but when the coach discusses something that needs a reaction the camera faces the intrigued football players that are listening and being convinced to believe by their own coach. I think all these aspects make the scene so much more powerful because the scenes placement and sound are a lot stronger than one could usually expect from a scene that simply takes place in a locker room.

Below is the clip of “Any Given Sunday” :