For my second assignment for the two weeks (and my assignment that involves The Wire), I did the Inappropriate Laughter assignment (worth 3 stars). I used this clip from youtube of Stringer’s death in The Wire and this laugh track from freesound.org. I then used iMovie to put the laugh track in the most inappropriate moments in the scene. I decided to use this scene because when you think of awful and powerful scenes in The Wire, this is definitely in the top five.
For the Your Favorite Teams Mashup (worth 3 stars), I used Pittsburgh teams, because I was born and raised a Pittsburgh fan. I used the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins logos, and this font and of course Photoshop.
Here is the video swede (worth 5 stars) that I worked on with Meredith, David, Demi, and Carmela. We decided to work with season 3 episode 11 and we were originally going to all act it out ourselves, but then we decided to use teddy bears from the Dollar Tree. We agreed on which scenes were important to the plot of the show, and then watched them all so we could know the lines. When recording we read all the lines for the different characters using lapel microphones, and I worked on moving the teddy bears around. Meredith volunteered to work on the editing for us, so I actually wasn’t involved in that. This was a really fun project to work on so I hope you enjoy it!
For my video essay, I decided to look at The Wire as a primary source. I am Dr. McClurken’s U.S. History in Film class, and one of the things we do is look at the movies we watch as primary sources. We discuss what a movie can tell us about when it was made. For example, Disney’s Pocahontas can tell us more about the way that Native Americans were viewed in the 1990s than about the actual story of Pocahontas (which is nothing like what is showed in the Disney movie in case you were wondering). The Wire was made in 2002, about contemporary issues, and can now be used as a primary source to study this time.
Original Scene from The Wire
I found the That Bleeping Censor Assignment, and I really wanted to do it. I of course immediately thought of the scene from season 1 of The Wire, where McNulty and Bunk are investigating an old crime scene, and the only phrases they say the whole scene are “fuck,” “mother fucker,” “mother f,” “what the fuck,” etc. I got a copy of the scene from youtube here, embedded below. I downloaded it, and then used this tutorial to figure out how to censor audio on iMovie (I’m still not sure this is the best way but it wasn’t hard so it worked). I then used iMovie, and using the bleeping sounds provided by the tutorial, I muted the cuss words, and put the bleeping sounds over them. This was a very fun scene to work on because the amount of cuss words I had to censor out. There were parts where the dialogue was “fuck” said about 10 times very quickly. Instead of having a series of little bleeps, which hurt my head to listen to, I had one long bleep. Enjoy!
For my third assignment of the week, I decided to do the Play it Backwards assignment, worth 2 stars. I decided to do a scene from The Wire, and I wanted to take a sad scene and make it happy. I used the shootout scene from season 2 episode 9, where the little boy is killed by a stray bullet. I imported the episode into iMovie, trimmed it down to just the scene I wanted and then reversed it, so that the scene starts with the little boy dead, but ends with him having breakfast. The scene is weirdly funny backwards, because there is a lot of backwards running and everyone sounds like they are speaking simish (as in the language in Sims).
For my second video assignment, I decided to do the Chipmunk Style assignment [worth 2.5 stars] because it just seemed like so much fun. I decided to use the most serious show I could think of, which was of course Game of Thrones. I really love to cringe through this scene so I figured it would be perfect to chipmunk. I got the video here from youtube, and imported it into iMovie, and used the audio effects to up the pitch.
For my first assignment this week, I made a silent film trailer [worth 4.5 stars] for the first Lord of the Rings movie. I got the trailer from here on youtube. I downloaded it, and imported it into iMovie, along with one of the songs from the soundtrack. I muted the movie clip, and added in the speech the Gandalf is making at the beginning of the trailer as text. I decided to use this trailer, because this is one of my favorite movie of all time, and I already knew which music to add to it.
This is my radio bumper assignment (worth 1.5 stars). I made this for the radio show project, so we decided to go with The Wire theme. I decided to use the opening sequence from The Wire as the music (“Way Down in the Hole” by Tom Waits). To make this, I used audacity to edit the parts of the song that I wanted and to record the speaking.