Video Swede

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!

The Wire Video Essay

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.

What the Bleep?

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!


Week 10 Summary

I was very interested by the Ken Burns video, and the How to Read a Movie article. They will obviously help me with the video unit in this class, but I am also in the US History in Film class and we are working on our projects right now. Everything that Ken Burns was saying about how stories are manipulations really made me think about the film I am working on in a different way, and I think this will make my project better.

For my 10 stars of video assignments this week, I made a Lord of the Rings silent film trailer (worth 4.5 stars), Game of Thrones chipmunk style (worth 2.5 stars), and reversed a scene from The Wire to make a backwards shootout (worth 2 stars).

Look, Listen, Analyze

Daily Creates: October 28th and 30th

Inspire: jess’s  Emperor’s New Groove in 5 Seconds, Stefanie’s Chipmunk Style

Comments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Look, Listen, Analyze

I decided to do the Look, Listen, Analyze assignment on a scene from The Wire season 3, episode 9, when Prez shoots another cop. I thought it was a great scene because it is really intense, but doesn’t actually show him shooting the cop, so as a viewer you are not quite sure what happened, just like no one else in the show knows.

Look- With the volume muted on the clip, the scene was just as intense as the first time I watched it. The cameras jump quickly from one shot to another, creating the atmosphere of fear and adrenaline as the cops chase someone through alleyways. The darkness of the scene also helps to create these feelings. Nothing is completely lit up, because the lighting is all though street light and from lights from buildings.

Listen -  I didn’t notice this when I watched it the first time, but McNulty and Prez’s radios are giving extra commentary to tell the viewer what the guy being chased down is. I also find it interesting that neither McNulty or Prez ever announced their assistance in the matter on the radios so that the other cop knows they are there. I have a feeling that if they had done that, the scene could have turned out differently. The lack of dialogue besides the police radios also make the scene more suspenseful.

Analyze-  The only way I really know how to describe this scene is suspenseful and intense. The camera work and the audio both lend to suspense, and when the camera zooms in on McNulty and his gun, the scene becomes more intense. I honestly thought McNulty was going to do something really stupid in this scene, but it turned out to be Prez.

Backwards Shootout

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).