Supercut Frasier

I was having a really difficult time thinking of a phrase or theme to super cut in one of my favorite shows, which is hilarious because as soon as I decided on this one it was relatively simple to find examples of Frasier screaming at his brother, Niles. This was by far one of the most entertaining assignments to do, because it involved watching Frasier, which I do on a regular basis anyway.

At this point in the semester, I had myself worked into a routine for each specific assignment. I always first find my clips, and then download them to my computer. From there, I edit segments in MPEG Streamclip because I find it really simple to do with this program. After this I would put everything together in VideoPad. I usually like to put in final edits, like music or transitions, using YouTube editor. That’s how I did this.

A lot of the good video editing softwares that were recommended weren’t compatible with my XP so that’s why I ended up using VideoPad, which was relatively difficult to get the hang of. Lesson learned though, and as soon as this class is over, I’m formatting my computer so I can get all the cool stuff.

Here is the clip:

5 stars

Assignment Page

Assignment Summary Mashup….or something like that.

For this assignment, I thought it would be fun to make a video collage of some of the projects I had the most fun doing. I felt kinda nostalgic looking over everything and seeing how much work I did for this class. It’ll be nice to enjoy the rest of the summer, but I’ll miss doing these types of assignments.

To make this, I first uploaded all the images, clips, and sounds to VideoPad editor. I used MPEG Streamline to cut down some of my video assignments, as I didn’t really want this video to be 30 minutes long. I ran some of my audio assignments as the music while all the images, gifs, and videos are displayed on screen. I went into this thinking it would be an easy 5 stars, but I was sorely mistaken. Took a lot of time to get everything synced up and exactly how I wanted. Even then, it’s not perfect. I tried for two hours to make the text “Videos Incoming” stay on screen but no matter what I did it wouldn’t change in size and I somehow couldn’t edit it out in VideoPad or the YouTube editor. So I finally just decided to deal with it. Besides that, I really like the flow of this video, and I did attempt to sync up the music. Here is the final product:

 

5 stars

5 Second Film

Okay, so this is actually an 11 second film, but it was hard to edit the words of two little girls. This was probably my favorite project yet, just because I believe my nieces to be the most adorable creatures on the planet. For this, they “reenacted” a clip from “Driving Ms. Daisy” in which Morgan Freeman asks to stop for a potty break. I hope you guys enjoy! I don’t know what’s up with the towel on Ms. Daisy’s head, but I wasn’t going to argue.

Here it is:

5 stars

Link to Assignment

Vintage PSA

For this assignment, I decided to take a modern issue (GMO Wheat) and tried to make it feel vintage and a little corny. For this, I used Mpeg Streamclip to cut up the clips and put them together how I wanted them. Then I uploaded them to YouTube and added effects with the YouTube editor. YouTube Editor makes it really easy to ass certain effects (like black and white video) and then just publish it online. Fun new tool.

Here are the final results:

These are the resources I used:

 

http://archive.org/details/Alchemis1940

http://archive.org/details/DinnerPa1945

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5L6d_Da6fs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpmYjLNgkks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BHP3V93ZMg

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Weekly Summary 1/2

Look, Listen, Analyze

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/look-listen-analyze/

Exploring the Episodes Even More

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/244/

http://www.greencine.com/static/primers/

http://www.filmsite.org/genres.html

Genres of Youtube

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/discovering-genres/

Pre-Production

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/planned-video-assignments/

Daily Creates

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I’ve learned quite a bit about the technique of film and video so far this week. At times, it was a bit complicated, and I felt like I was back in English Class, but I’m glad I stuck with t because I’ve already learned a lot. Finally figured out how to paste two clips together in MPEG streamline, as well as how to embed a Youtube video on my blog. Well, sort of. Having some technical difficulties with that. I feel as if I’m ready to delve into the video assignments head first. And I have to, otherwise I can’t see my Dad on Sunday. But I’m sure everyone’s in the same boat.

Planned Video Assignments

One assignment that really caught my eye was The Vintage Educational Video. I think these things always have a lot of potential and I love their corny voices. I’m going to use the current controversy of Genetically Modified Wheat as my topic. I have a few materials, many of them are just ideas that I hope to accomplish in Photoshop with the use of layers. But I’m definitely going to use this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vul6JBdgUjE

And a couple parts of this one, along with a couple other PSA’s from times long gone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys40_HxB7BM&list=PLF29E466E411EBA7B

I’m going to be using Mpeg for both of my video assignments, but like I said above, I may try to render some images and try to throw them into the video.

For my second assignment, I want to do Return to the Silent Era

The trailer I’m going to use is from Hercules (1997) it a little older at this point, but I think it would be an easy one to turn into black and white rag time drama. It’s a little silly, but I’ll probably change the sound effects completely and put a song over it.

This is the trailer I plan to use:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5J8jie6tgk

I feel better just making this post and writing out my plans! Feels like half of the work is done already.

Discovering Genres

I really enjoyed reading over the genres listed in the google doc, mostly because of how unique they are. Usually, when reading about film, one would see a slew of common and familiar genre titles. These, I feel, are aimed more at the audience of the internet, or Youtube, rather than that of a cinema. These are genres created by the people who watch and enjoy them every day, and many of them make them as well. Since the phenomenon of Youtube began, anyone can be a film maker and define their own drama. I really enjoyed that so many people were able to find a niche for the video they wanted to use. I like that there are so many options these day.

For my example, I chose a comedy video that I recently saw on reddit. I chose to put it under the comedy genre, but also created a new one “Family Humor”. I feel as if social media these days is filled with young parents sharing pictures and videos of their kids, in return, you get ridiculous videos like this one where the family structure/child is mocked. I labeled it Family Humor not only because of that, but also because I feel like it relates to a certain group of people in a way that I can’t understand, because I don’t have a kid; they are gross and stuff. Here is the first of three videos:

Look, Listen, Analyze

The camera work from the get go brings up many negative connotations. In the opening sequence, a wheel chair is positioned to the left of the screen in the lower half of the frame. Ms. Keene then appears and adjusts to her right, towards the telephone and openly confronts the mysterious caller. The shock of the storm brings her sight back to her left side before she finally rests in the middle of her bed and falls back asleep. This, according to Ebert;s guide, could suggest several negative connotations. Firstly, the wheelchair, placed on the left side, recognized to Ebert as the usually “more negative side of things” suggests a handicap. The fact that it is located on this side of the frame helps to create the idea that possibly this disability lends more to the story and could mean much more than a physical handicap. The clock is placed on the right, which based on the appearance of the main character of the story, suggests that some time has passed, or at least that it is moving forward. The lighting of the show is quite tapered down, as might be expected of any depiction of a horror story. The sudden flashes of dark and light and the contrast of cemetery vs daylight however suggests that there is both a light and dark side to this story. While Ms. Keene is usually featured in the top half of the frame, the telephone she seems so wary of (at least with out sound) is usually seen in a position below her, or in one instance, hanging off it’s hook in the lower half of the shot. Negative things seem, in accordance with Ebert’s guide, seem to sway more towards the negative. To take an earlier example, the storm in the beginning of the show seemed to be centered to the left of the screen, as did the cemetery later in the segment.

The episode starts very high paced. There is a storm heard and then the shrill sound of an old telephone. A click can be heard, very clearly, perhaps meant to denote the end of a scene. Instead, the storm is heard again and the telephone once again rings. After this, Rod Serling begins his narration. The very quick paced beginning sort of makes sense with the plot. You know as much as Ms. Keene does at all points in time, so when you hear her make a big deal over the mysterious telephone calls, it almost makes sense. The moans of the man on the other line give the listener a sense of despair and hardship. The constant calling put together with the panic of Ms. Keene suggests that something familiar about these calls are bothering her. The music, however, just five minutes into the show, is a startling, almost slow paced tune. The orchestra is featured prominently and sharply. This somehow lends the theme of a mystery-the music ends abruptly as a conversation ends, so it leads one to wonder if there is something there that we don’t quite see (or hear yet). As the episode goes on, the voice of Ms. Keene becomes more and more desperate- almost whiny at some points. This can be heard especially in the final moments of the program when she finally understands who is contacting her. Her lovers voice can atone to this as well- he becomes more and more agitated as he tries to contact her. She desperately screams to the voice on the other end, begging forgiveness. This in turn lends to the theme of the show-you must accept the choices you make, and the consequences that become of them.

 

Together, the visuals and audio lend to each other splendidly, and form a tight relationship. When viewed simultaneously, these two forms of media work together to exchange the story. The dramatic switch of views and angles lends well to the change in the tone of the dialogue and the over all increasing urgency throughout the course of the story. It starts out with the assumption of a paranoia, a fleeting feeling of fear, and then increasingly escalates to. Of course, as Ebert notes in his guide, the premise of left=negative, right=positive is not absolute, but merely one strategy of how to interpret film. In this case, I believe this theory to be completely pertinent. Things that seem to frighten or upset Ms. Keene seem to appear on the left of the screen, where as things such as the clock on the right hand side of the wall may suggest something such as time going forward, especially due to Ms. Keene’s advancing age. Although black and white television was common at the time, I feel like when it’s put together with such dramatic dialogue it really speaks to the message of the episode- life is either this or that- it’s what you make it, and you have very little time to make those choices.