Remix

Here is my very belated remix post.  #bombthreatproblems  Feel free to comment on it!

 

http://BattleOfTheExes.mp4

 

(Just in case the video doesn’t play on the blog, here is the link to its Vimeo page.)

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DJ Earworm Remixes

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.


Don’t Forget the Credits!

As soon as they flash onscreen, 90% of theater occupants immediately get up, grab their belongings, abandon their popcorn, and dash for the exit. They aren’t at all interested in reading the words scrolling before them. However, after spending a summer working at a movie theater, I’ve learned to appreciate the credits. I would patiently wait for everyone to file out before I slipped in to clean up their messes, left alone in the theater, just the credits and I. I couldn’t help but watch them.

Adobe Premiere doesn’t give you a lot of options for adding credits to your video, but there are several ways you can get the information you want tagged onto the end (or shown in the beginning) of your video. First, go to the top-most tool bar and click “Title.” There, under “New Title,” you’ll see options for Default Still, Default Roll, or Default Crawl.

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A still is what it sounds like – just a shot of a frame of words to pop up in your video for however long you need it to. Roll and crawl animate the words, with roll having the words go vertically and crawl, horizontally. Upon choosing a method for displaying your text, you will then be taken to a screen called the Titler, where you can choose more options for your text.

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Some options include text font, size, style, timing of display, whether you want it to start on-screen or off-screen, and more. Another important option to remember is that you can display your text on a plain, solid background, or you can also have your credits displayed over your video footage.

In conclusion, I believe Adobe Premiere could have more options concerning credits (just think of all of the movies that have sweet opening credit sequences where the words are involved with the video and such), but the options they do have are simple enough and get the job done. So go forth, and give yourself some credit!

 


Adobe Premiere Project Window Tips

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!


Narrative Short Film

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.


Soundscape

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.


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.