Remix Assignment

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 :

Dora 1

After a few of my own edits and some fun with paintbrush… this is my Remixed version of Dora:

Dora 2

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.

Remix Album Cover

The second assignment  that I decided to complete for my Mashup Assignments was the Remix an album cover, which was worth 3 stars. The assignment required taking an album cover and making it represent something completely different. For this assignment I thought that I would take a crazy album cover and have it seem as if it was the “Christmas Version”, but obviously not as appealing. I listen to all different types of music so it wasn’t very difficult for me to think of an album cover that was insane looking. I decided that I would pick one of my favorite artists Rihanna. She has a few intriguing album covers … I needed to narrow it down a bit so I decided to pic the album cover for her “Talk That Talk” album. I picked this album cover because she looks absolutely insane and it’s not very appealing to someone that would want to listen to a Christmas album. After picking the album I simply saved the picture onto my iPhone. Then I used the app that I got for free on the app store called “Captions Free” … It’s a pretty nifty app for pictures and I’ve used it for various other things as well. I then found some cool Christmas related pictures to attach to the album cover and make it look like it was about Christmas. I then added the caption “Xmas Style” in order to make it clear, but also represent something that Rihanna would name her album as well. This album cover obviously doesn’t represent Christmas …. or the idea of what Christmas is, but I made it work because I thought it would add a little humor as well. I then uploaded it onto my flickr account and here’s my finished product :

Rihanna Xmas Cover

 
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Total= 7/7 Stars! 

Mashup Movie Trailer

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:  

 

 
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Total= 4/7 Stars!

REMIX

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!!!!