This week has largely been spent brainstorming ideas. Any open-ended project is intimidating in that the possibilities are essentially endless and selecting the right idea is entirely dependent upon you. Selecting a topic that will be continue to engage me and motivate me over several weeks is critical. If anyone has noticed a slight theme in my projects, it’s that many of my assignments revolve around Xena: Warrior Princess. My thought is that I can create an overarching story that revolves around true events in the series, with additional supplemental pieces (almost like a giant piece of fanfiction). Most of these pieces I believe I can create from the point of view of Caesar’s government, which would be trying to track down and kill Xena. They would paint her as a villainous character, which would provide a context where both truth and lies can intermingle (which could provide great exercises in tone). So for instance, I could create a Twitter account devoted to posting public safety announcements in regards to Xena’s whereabouts, and a Google Map Tracker of last known locations. In addition, I could create service announcements (such as those that interrupt our “regularly scheduled program) and most wanted videos. Essentially I would be creating a propaganda machine devoted to discrediting Xena’s accomplishments and attempting to capture her.
This has been a fun week for me, as mashups are my forte. I began by mashing up E.T. and Poltergeist in another little exercise focusing on finding similarities among films (even with wildly different tones). Following the election, I performed another Poltergeist mashup to properly capture my feelings. I then published a Wonder Woman mashup I uploaded last week (for fun) following the new trailer release. I then created a video examining a changing character, which in this case was Gabrielle. I moved to remixes, beginning by remixing my archetypes assignment (creating a horrific power point), followed by my Mulan video (which also experimented with tone). I also created a tutorial for the original Mulan related assignment I completed a while back (which allowed me to reflect on the step-by-step process I needed to complete the project). Overall I turned this into a video-focused mashup week, allowing me to continue to hone my editing skills in both iMovie and CyberLink PowerDirector.
The daily creates I completed this week were essentially some fun exercises in creative writing.
— Anna Rinko (@rinko_anna) November 11, 2016
— Anna Rinko (@rinko_anna) November 11, 2016
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).
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).
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).
Then click on the highest quality file to download your YouTube video.
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.
Publish your video, and voila!
I opted to complete another remix of an old assignment by making it go emo. The original was already somewhat dark in tone (especially with the choice of music). To add another layer of darkness, I added an edge effect using CyberLink PowerDirector. This creates an otherworldly feel that seems to compliment the story told by the song. Overall, this was another great exercise in shifting tone.
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.
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.
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.
In light of recent events, this assignment was pretty cathartic. I used a scene from Poltergeist to depict the watcher and a news clip to depict what was being watched. I utilized iMovie to edit the scenes together, making sure to layer the entirety of the audio from the news clip portion for continuity. I think the result speaks for itself.
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.
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.
— Anna Rinko (@rinko_anna) November 1, 2016
— Anna Rinko (@rinko_anna) November 3, 2016
— Anna Rinko (@rinko_anna) November 4, 2016