Hook-ing Good!

It’s time to start thinking about our remixes!! I find stuff like this very cool and creative but also somewhat out of my league. I guess that’ll change here soon when our final video remix is due (ha ha ha). But anyway, as always, I turned to YouTube to check out a variety of remixes, and I stumbled upon a multitude of video remixes created by Nick Bertke.

Nick has his own website filled with examples, which I strongly encourage you to look at. They’re SO cool! Go to his “Pogo” website to see what he’s all about.


I’m going to focus on one remix in particular. Nick entitled it “Bangarang,” and it’s all based off of the movie Hook. I chose “Bangarang” because there are certain features that I’d like to point out (and even potentially use) and also because this has had some copyright issues in the past (that ties in quite nicely with Rip! A Remix Manifesto), which I’ll get to later.

First, watch the remix!

Cool, right?! It’s amazing how just a few clips and sound effects can produce such a thought-out, GOOD piece. The artist incorporated sounds to make a NEW sound that were already in the film, such as glass shattering and foot stomping. Repeatedly playing those sounds makes for a steady beat. Also, the clips were placed in a certain order to tell a story. Even though we aren’t watching the whole film, we get the idea of what it’s all about in roughly three minutes.

What I think worked the best here is the pairing of similar scenes. We see Robin Williams flying in one direction and then flying out the other. He does a flip forward and does a flip backwards. Composing a remix like this gives the audience a grasp on time. Being that we recognize they’re different scenes (even though it’s practically the same action,) we get the feeling that time is passing by, which helps aid the whole story-telling process.

As I mentioned early, “Bangarang” has had some issues regarding infringement. Out of all of Nick’s videos, this was the only one to get removed from YouTube. He received a notice from Sony Pictures Entertainment in September 2009 that his remix was illegal. Because of this, YouTube had no choice but to take it down. But because of much uproar from fans, critics, etc., Nick was enticed to file a counter notice claiming that “Bangarang” was not against the rules. His hard work paid off, and YouTube finally put the video back on for everyone to see.

Not only does this go to show what a little “take-action” can do, but it also tells us (yes, people like me and you,) can make a difference if we voice our opinions and rally together, which is exactly what message Rip! A Remix Manifesto is trying to send.


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