A Half Century of Coffee Remix (Rough Cut)


I used old coffee television advertisements and paired them with songs about coffee by popular artists from the 1940s to the 1990s to create an evolution of coffee culture in America over a half century.  Vimeo was taking forever so I had to use YouTube.  Feedback is much appreciated.


Political Remix Video

While looking at examples of some remix mashups, I found a large mount of remixes trying to convey different messages in politics or the media, much like the Mitt Romney remix we watched in class.  While searching further, I found a whole website dedicated to this genre of remixes…http://www.politicalremixvideo.com.


A Political Remix Video About Political Remix Video


On this website, I found an interesting video that has defined political remixes as their own genre, Political Remix Video (PRV).  I uncovered a lot of interesting ideas that could be used in some of our class remixes.  The website also blogs about interesting information on fair use and copyright laws and how some of the artists deal with these issues.  I would suggest checking out the website and watching some of the videos  if you are having trouble finding a good idea for your remix.


Color Editing in Premiere CS5

Looking to alter the colors in your footage to better fit in with the mood of your narrative film?  While looking for an easy way to change the color in some of my video, I came across this tutorial:



The tutorial shows a variety of helpful tips and effects.  It uses effects such as the fast color corrector and the three-way color corrector.  The tutorial also gives insight on how altering the color in a clip can help better set the mood to tell the narrative.  Adding an orangish magenta hue to the clip can help give it a brighter, more nostalgic mood.  By taking the color in the opposite direction (to a cyan tint) and darkening the film a hint, you can give the clip a darker, spooky feeling.  By simply changing the color, you can totally alter the visual narrative of the film.  All of this can be done with the fast color corrector effect tool.  For more advanced color alteration, the three-way color corrector can be used.  This lets you separately change the colors on the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights, which gives more control over the color alteration.  Adding some of these effects to your narrative film can really help give it a completely different mood.

Green Screen Tricks in Premiere CS5

I’ve always wanted to know exactly how to use a green screen to help transform a film in a video editing program.  So, I looked up some tutorials on how to use a green screen in Premiere.  I came across a tutorial that uses a new feature called the Ultra Key.  It seems like a very easy and useful way to utilize a green screen.  Here’s the tutorial if you would like to watch it:



The tutorial uses a variety of different techniques in Premiere Pro CS5.  One effect that is used in the tutorial is the garbage matt effect command.  Once added to the video clip, the effect is used to trim the edges of the video so the entire background of the frame is seen as a green screen.  It uses the background image to crop out any unwanted parts in the frame.  This way the green screen doesn’t need to take up the entire frame of reference; the green screen only needs to be cover the area behind what is actually being filmed.

The Ultra Key effect is then utilized next.  After adding the Ultra Key effect to the video frame, the eye dropper tool can be used to select the green screen color (or any other color your screen may be) to key in the color.  The selected color is then filled with the background image.  There is then a selection of other edits that can be adjusted to make the green screen better blend into the background image.  I think it would be very interesting to use this effect in a part of my short narrative film.

Everyone Could Use Some Help

I looked through a variety of short, narrative videos before I found one that I really liked.  I was looking for one that was very simple, but also effective.  I happened to come across this video called “Some Help”.  The video gets the point across very well and by the end of the film the viewer finds out the true meaning of the title.



The video is very short but I think it works well with the concept.  The narrative is about a guy who recently locked his keys in his car.  While walking back to his car, he finds a thief trying to break into his car.  He originally acts friendly to the thief and lets the thief unlock the door.  All the while, he never lets the thief know that it is his car or that he knows that the man is actually a thief.  After the car is unlocked, he fights the thief off and puts him to sleep.  The man then sits in his car and calls his friend to let him know that he no longer needs help getting his car unlocked.


Throughout the short film, the viewer does not know exactly what is going on.  The true plot of the video is not known until the very end, when the man sits in his car and calls his friend.  The overarching narrative is then revealed in the phone conversation.  I think this works very well in keeping the viewers attention.  I was very curious while watching the video to find out what the main plot of the narrative was.  I also liked the slight humor involved in the story.  The man lets the thief break into his car before stopping the thief.  In a real situation, if anyone saw someone breaking into their car they would immediately intervene.  Instead, the man keeps calm and lets the thief continue on with his crime.  The thief ultimately helps the man, since now the man no longer has to worry about getting his car unlocked.


I think it would be very interesting to incorporate an idea like this into a narrative video for the class.  The plot works well in a short narrative video and the ambiguity keeps the viewers interested in the film.  The slight humor also helps “defamiliarize” the thief, turning his crime from a nuisance to actual help.  All of these techniques together combine for an interesting short film.

A Good Reason to Use Box Shadows

I thought it would be cool to have some sweet shadows in my website. So I was looking for ways to add shadows in CSS.  I happened to find this blog experimenting with some ridiculous box shadows.  The post shows 39 different box shadows, everything from a light source shadow to a batman shadow.  You can check them out here… http://www.viget.com/uploads/file/boxshadows/



The post also explains the basic properties of box shadows in CSS.  All of the box shadows can be made by editing only six different properties: inset, left, top, blur, size, and color.  I thought it was interesting that you could create so many different shadows by using different combinations of the six properties.  If you want to read the post you can find it here… http://www.viget.com/inspire/39-ridiculous-things-to-do-with-css3-box-shadows/.



Supposedly, you can only view these box shadow effects in Google Chrome, but I was able to view them in Safari.  Unfortunately the post didn’t include a tutorial on how to actually add these box shadow effects to an object in CSS.  So now I will probably be spending my time trying to figure out exactly how to apply some of these effects to my website.

Huffington Post

I think the Huffington post website does a good job translating their media into the digital world.  Their website is very easy to use and navigate, much like I would like my own website to work.  I also like how the overall feel of the website still reads somewhat like a newspaper, even including the date and title at the top of the page.

The top bar of the website is divided into different tabs, each corresponding to a different section of the website, much like the different sections in a newspaper.  The search and login links are also easily located.  This portion of the website stays the same when navigating to different tabs, with the exception of the color scheme.

For example, the entertainment section uses a red color scheme unlike the homepage. Under each section the user can choose from a variety of different subtopics within that section.  Under entertainment, the user can choose from celebrity, music, tv, and hollywood, as well as many others.

The articles feature large font headlines that the user can click on to navigate to different parts of the article, as well as other related articles.  The site also features live updates on current topics such as politics.  Live statistics like these cannot be accurately recorded in a newspaper. While newspapers usually only come out once a day, the website can be updated every minute.

Unlike an actual newspaper, the user can watch video clips and listen to broadcasts.  For instance, in the comedy section, superbowl related videos are now trending.  The media can be rated and even shared on popular social networking sites, such as twitter and facebook.

The Huffington Post website is basically an interactive newspaper.  It is very easy to use and navigate, possibly even more so than an actual newspaper.  If I was going to make a news based website, I would look at the Huffington Post site for ideas.