A Stereo Movie Tutorial

To begin, you will need to find your visual footage of choice for editing.  One of the ways this can be achieved is by downloading videos from YouTube.  To do this, begin by highlighting the section in front of the youtube url and replacing it with pwn (so it reads pwnyoutube.com).

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This will direct you to Deturl.com.  Many of the downloading options are unreliable, so be sure to only click on File2HD (preferably in a browser like Chrome that helps prevent unwanted pop-ups as an additional precaution).

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Once here, check the terms and service box and select Movies, and then click the Get Files button (ignore any other buttons, no matter how flashy).

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Then click on the highest quality file to download your YouTube video.

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This video can then by added to your video-editing software of choice.  Place the video on your timeline, mute the video, and then add your chosen song.

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Publish your video, and voila!

Bad Archetypes Remix

I remixed my old archetypes assignment into a bad-powerpoint.  I began by deliberately selecting small pictures that I stretched to a large size (making them poor quality).  I also enlarged the pictures in such a way that pieces were cut off or images covered the title text.  In addition, I chose a particularly terrible lime green background and red text (which was also capitalized).  The result is a pretty horrendous powerpoint (select the bad powerpoint link above).

*The powerpoint is so bad I can’t find a way to embed it.

Gabrielle: A Changing Character

My love of all things Xena: Warrior Princess should be well documented by this point, so it’s no surprise that I decided to try my hand at this assignment.  I’ve always been particularly impressed with Gabrielle as a character on the show.  She has an incredible growth arc, evolving from a naive farmgirl to a warrior over the course of six seasons.  To depict this evolution, I selected clips from my collection of Xena DVDs and arranged them in CyberLink PowerDirector.  I chose to use the song Sol Invictus by Audiomachine as my source of music, layering this audio over my footage.  The result is a fairly epic video provided below.

A Wonder Woman Mashup

I made this separately last week upon the release of the new Wonder Woman trailer, but it appears to fit this assignment, so I thought I’d share it with you all anyway.  I used CyberLink PowerDirector to edit together scenes from the first season of the original Wonder Woman series (starring Lynda Carter).  The audio from the new trailer is layered over this footage.  The result is a pretty sweet mashup of our two Wonder Women.

E.T.’s Friends Are Here

I liked the idea of trying to connect two pieces of movie dialogue, so I tried my hand at this assignment.  Probably the hardest aspect of this project was to find two comparable lines that could be combined.  I ultimately chose to use one of the “E.T. phone home” scenes from E.T. and the “They’re here” scene from Poltergeist.  I cut the two sections that I wanted and combined them in iMovie.  Both involved otherworldly beings, and both involved cute children, making the result fairly fluid.

The project was essentially another exercise in finding similarities in either the theme or subject matter between different films, while also emphasizing the importance of context.

Week 10 Summary

The assignments this week allowed me to continue to stretch my video-editing skills.  Two of these projects directly related to finding particular patterns/tropes across film.  For example, for one of the assignments I found five instances of the reluctant hero trope, while for another I made a supercut of dramatic screaming in movies.  Both remind me of phenomena that have percolated on the internet (such as the alignment system and various supercut YouTube videos).  I also made a mashup type video where I layered Oh Fortuna over the music video for Sia’s The Greatest.  This was a fun exercise that reiterated the importance of audio in regards to tone, and how a simple change can lead to incredibly interesting effects.

The daily creates this week allowed for some fun creative exercises.

The Ultimate Dramatic Scream Supercut

I’ve seen supercuts circulate on the Internet before (such as the famous No compilation) so I decided to try my hand at this assignment by creating a similar one that focused on emotional screaming.  In constructing this, I noticed a particular pattern.  Most of the screams are silent, or at least have subdued music/noise in the background.  In addition, many have a slow-motion quality to them that heightens the moment.  The footage I grabbed (using File2HD again) included Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, Eomer in The Lord of the Rings, V in V for Vendetta, Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Harry in Harry Potter, Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, Ruth in Fried Green Tomatoes, Deadpool in Deadpool, Superman in Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman, Thor in Thor, and Westley in The Princess Bride (which I already had a copy of on my computer).

I moved back to my usual video-editing software, CyberLink PowerDirector, to stitch the footage together.

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The result was a nice collection of screaming.  I especially enjoyed ending with the prolonged Sound of Ultimate Suffering from The Princess Bride.  This was another great exercise for looking at commonality and tropes throughout film.

 

 

5 Movies in 5 Seconds: The Reluctant Hero Trope

I enjoy finding patterns and commonality in movies, so I chose to explore common tropes with this assignment.  I chose to use the Reluctant Hero trope (one that is becoming especially common with the popularity of superhero films).  The characters I selected included Dr. Strange, Ripley from Aliens, Moses from The Prince of Egypt, Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, and Wolverine from X-Men.  I grabbed the clips for each of these characters using File2HD.

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I experimented with iMovie, selecting 1 second clips (which I felt conveyed the hero’s reluctance) and stitching them together.  The result is a fast paced demonstration of the similarities and diversities among protagonists.  In some ways it reminded me of the alignment chart which has become increasingly popular on the Internet as a way to categorize characters.  Both involve teasing out an analysis of what characters have in common with others.