Here is my very belated remix post. #bombthreatproblems Feel free to comment on it!
(Just in case the video doesn’t play on the blog, here is the link to its Vimeo page.)
DJ Earworm is best known for his song “United State of Pop: Blame It On the Pop,” which was released in 2009. This hit single mashes the most popular songs of 2009 into one cohesive track, creating the ultimate remix.
This is not the only mashup DJ Earworm has created. Since 2009, he has released one “United State of Pop” song per year. Another great remix of his is “World Go Boom” from 2011.
These are great examples of remixes because they feature mashed audio and video sequences. DJ Earworm not only makes all of his tracks free and accessible to the public, he has also written a book on mashup construction called “Audio Mashup Construction Kit: ExtremeTech” and has made several chapters available online. For more information about DJ Earworm and his work, check out his website.
Transitions ensure that the narrative flows smoothly. But in order to make everything flow, you have to know what options are out there. Here is a blog that briefly explains and provides examples of the main types of transitions.
Cut: instant change from one shot to the next
Mix / Dissolve / Crossfade: gradual fade from one shot to another
Fade: the shot fades to a single color
Wipe: the first shot is replaced by another, slowly revealing the second scene
Sounds are also a very important part of the editing process. Here is a website that provides free downloads of music clips and sound effects to enhance your video!
Sorry for the belated post! Had some trouble logging in to WordPress… guess I’m not as digitally literate as I thought.
Anyway! This past week I found myself struggling to keep my video clips organized within Adobe Premiere. I had my storyboard laid out but I shot scenes out of order and had a hard time finding them after importing everything SO I looked up tutorials on how to keep your windows organized. This is the best one I found: Project Window Tips.
In this video you’ll learn a) short cuts that allow you to identify specific clips and b) how to display a thumbnail of the clips under the project window. Taking the time to learn these shortcuts has drastically reduced my frustration with Premiere and has helped me become more time efficient, I spend less time searching for clips and more time actually editing them. Success!
The title of the short film I will be analyzing is “You Are Loved.”
This five minute video tells the story of a young man with a big heart who wants to make everyone feel loved on Valentine’s Day. The film starts off with the man on the floor, counting money, and then taking a trip to the florist to buy 100 roses. When he gets to the store, he realizes he doesn’t have enough money and sadly walks away. In the next scene, he is on the floor again creating origami flowers out of paper. The camera cuts to a calendar displaying February 14th and follows the smiling young man as he gets dressed up and brings the paper flowers to orphans and elderly women on Valentine’s Day. He is smiling the whole time and so is everyone else around him. The film ends with the camera panning out on one of the paper flowers, attached to it is a note that says “You are loved.”
Even though this video is short, it is incredibly moving. The actor playing the young man brings such emotion to his facial expressions that no dialogue is needed to interpret his mood. The only song that plays throughout the film is “How He Loves Me,” by The Glorious Unseen, which features simple percussion, guitar, and vocals. Like the film, the song is simple but full of emotion.
Most of the scenes in the film are less than ten seconds long, which keeps the action moving. But the way they fade in and out, and occasionally blur together gives the narrative a slow, gentle rhythm.
The idea of composing a “soundscape” intrigues me. More often than not, I find it hard to slow down and appreciate the environment around me, so I cannot wait to take a stab at this podcast. At first I had a hard time picking a location, but after looking up soundscape examples on Youtube I was able to narrow it down. I decided it needed to be a place that you can truly identify with just sound. (To see what I chose, check out the post on my webpage!)
Or if you still need inspiration check out the videos I found:
This first is called “Industrial Landscape.” In this clip, factory sounds have been recorded and edited to create an industrial percussion. Occasionally you hear the drawn out horn of a steam boat. It’s a very ominous but interesting composition.
The second video is called “Pencils.” This clip features amplified noises of writing utensils. It reminds me of that anxious moment when you’re in the middle of an exam but you can’t focus because the person next to you won’t stop tapping their pen/pencil/foot.
The sounds recorded in these videos paint such a vivid picture that you don’t even need to watch the video to know exactly what sound is being recorded.
Unlike some publications, The Rolling Stone actually translates well from print to the Internet. The website features simple, attractive fonts; a consistent color scheme – red, white, and black; and is organized by tabs across the top of the page that list the main topics of interest.
On the homepage several featured articles scroll at 5 second intervals, allowing readers to get a general content overview, while other important headlines, music links, and photos surround the articles.
The Rolling Stone website might even have a leg upon the magazine because the articles become so interactive online. For example, a recent piece called “Skrillex Drops the Bass in Manhattan” contains text, videos (one relevant, one humorous), and related articles at the end.
With several clicks the reader becomes actively engaged in reading, listening, looking, and discovering new material. This website really caters to the individual preferences of the reader. YOU pick and choose what you want to see/hear/link up to. And you can interact with others since all of the articles have comment forums and links that allow you to share the article with your social media networks.
In conclusion, The Rolling Stone website is well organized, easily navigable, and puts forth even more content than the magazine. #Winning.