Disney Princess Remix (Attempt #3)

Here’s my remix on YouTube since nothing else seems to be working.

Sorry for the excessive posts!

Disney Princess Remix

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Disney Princess Remix (Attempt #2)

So here’s my second attempt to get this working. The quality got messed up along the way, which will be fixed. Oh, and I still need to add credits.

Disney Princess Remix


Disney Princess Remix

Hey Guys!

Here’s the link to my Disney Princess Remix:

http://www.steph.composingdigitalmedia.org/students_2012/codib/remix.html

I still have to add the credits and make a few finishing touches. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! ūüôā

Oh, and it may take a while to load because I’m still in the process of working out the kinks of exporting to a .flv file.

Enjoy!


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.

http://www.pogomix.net/

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.


Title! Title! Title!

As I sit here working on my narrative video, the thought just occurred to me, “Oh! I need a title!” I also thought how I didn’t want to have boring text on a black background to start my video. So where did I turn to? YouTube.

On YouTube, I found a cool tutorial on how to make an interesting, 3D introduction with a title. This kinda goes along with what Sarah posted below, but this tutorial also introduces new techniques that I had no clue existed.

You can view the tutorial here:

Even though there is no one speaking (mad props to the therapeutic music though), you can still understand what to do by observing. By following the mouse’s direction, we learn how to step-by-step create a title, add movement, and essentially incorporate a background on top of a background.

In a nutshell, first, you choose the background that you want within your title. Then, you add the title you want, with the correct font and size of your choosing. By using the “Track Matte Key”, you then manipulate the background to become a part of the text. After that, you choose the second image that will be your “true” background and place the title on top of it. Lastly, by choosing the “Basic 3D” effect, you can point out specific keyframes where you want a “tilt” in your title.

This gets rid of the “flatness” problem that I always run into. I want my title to “POP”. I also want it to engage my viewers right from the start so they are interested in viewing the rest of the video.

This tutorial is a possible solution to my issue. Although I am not exactly sure if I am going to use all the techniques presented here, I will definitely use some of them and keep the rest in mind for future projects.

 


Adding Animation with Flash

So if any of you CDMers are like me and are attempting to use animation for your final project, here is an easy tutorial on how to get a simple image to move.

To do this, you have to use Adobe Flash, which is one of the programs we got with the purchase of the wonderful Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection. The official term for adding movement to a still image is called a Motion Tween. It’s important that you don’t distort the image if you need to resize it. By holding down the shift button before changing the size, it keeps all the pixel orientation aligned. Once you have the image sized the way you want it, move it to the area that you want the motion to start at.

Now, you can begin adding the motion tween. To do this, you right click on the key frame towards the bottom and select “Create Motion Tween”. You then move the image to the location where you want it to end. You will then see a green line that shows the path of movement you created. If you want to, you can enlarge, rotate, skew, etc. the image to a different size, just to get a different effect. Also, if you want to change the path of movement, you simply use the “selection tool” and change the green line to what you want.

Keep in mind that this animation works on a timeline, measured in frames per second (fps). The further you drag the red “time marker”, the slower your movement will be. In order to see the movement you created, click “Ctrl” then “Enter”. If all went well, you should have a perfectly good moving image!


One of My Favorites!

When searching to find a good example of a narrative video, many came to mind. For me, a good narrative video is one that grabs your attention, keeps your interest till the very end, and indirectly tells a story without shoving the message in your face. After narrowing down my choices, I selected a video that was made about a year and a half ago. My friend, Kylie, who goes to school in Australia, actually contributed to the making of this short film. It’s original, complex, but simple at the same time.

You can view the video, .LOVE is a verb., here:

This video is a favorite of mine for many reasons.

One: the idea behind the film is ordinary. Really, all that is used in .LOVE is a verb. is paper, markers, and post-its. Kylie and her friend run around campus posting these notes that read “Love is a verb” on them. The run time is 3 minutes. Who would have thought that a topic so simple could turn into a story and become extraordinary?

Two: the message that is being portrayed is unique and extremely visual. We all throw around the word “love” in numerous circumstances and for numerous reasons, but we never really sit down to think what that word actually means. “Love is a verb” tells the viewers that not only is love an emotion, but it’s an action as well. The fact that Kylie and her friend are actively running from location to location coordinates with the message well. There are no spoken words, but the message is still comprehensive. We understand from watching the video, not by reading long lines of text or listening.

Three: the filming techniques make the narrative video a success. In this film, there are many short, choppy scenes. I believe that works in this case. It gives the viewers a feel for being in different environments. Being that it is a bright, sunny day with warm colors, the video displays joy and warmth. Also, it makes it seem like the video is a lot longer than it really is. For example, when Kylie and her friend write in the notebook, they always come in, sit down, and flip the page to began a new note. To us, that represents different times of the day that these notes are being written. If this was a constant, ongoing scene, it would be boring and not give off the same effect. The filming and effects makes .LOVE is a verb. fun and meaningful.

This video has given me inspiration for my own narrative video. I think there is a lot of power in words that are seen visually, and I plan to incorporate some of the same concepts into my work.