Archive for the ‘video’ Category

Come and play with us, Danny

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Man, I think I came across one of the coolest things I have ever seen today. I was in a nondescript Z Pizza joint in Franconia, and the pizza wasn’t too terrible as extra-NYC pizza goes. That said, I will forever remember this place not for the pizza, but rather for one of the coolest wall decorations I’ve ever seen. What’s more, I had my son, daughter, and flip cam handy, and what’s to follow may prove to be one of my prized possessions over the course of time.

East Market Anecdotes

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

I didn’t show these images in my screencast since they’re aerial shots, so I thought I’d post and explain them to give a little more context to my video:

Here is an aerial view of my former house on East Market Street, since Google Streetview totally neglected to travel down the best block  in Warsaw. The boxed off hand is in front of my house. To the right is my grandparent’s house.

I mentioned this park at the beginning of my screencast, but completely forget to explain it later in my video! This park is right across the street from my first house. The story I intended to mention in my screencast is, a group of developers wanted to build an apartment complex on that land, but my parents were among a group of others who fought and won the argument for building a park instead.

Here’s an image of downtown Warsaw from the town’s Wikipedia page (yes, that’s pretty much it).

As I mentioned in my screencast, I’ll update this post with the picture of my old house once I find and scan it!

The Car: a ds106 mashedup production

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The last week or so in the digital storytelling class has been a blast for me, particularly because right now we’re playing around with mashups with everything from film to video games to music to the fine arts. The assignment was due Tuesday, but I had a hell of a week so this one got done a little late. And to the ds106ers credit, almost all of them had theirs done and submitted well before me. What’s more, so many of them did amazing mashups—the video section of this course went better than in the Spring, but it still needs work. But to the class’s credit, their imaginations made it seem like an unconditional succes. As for my mashup, as always it was very fun to do, if not painstaking. I like the detail work in mashups, matching up dialogue and interpreting and reworking one film to visually conform to another, completely different one. I was inspired by a series of 70s and 80s horror film trailers. When I saw the 1977 trailer for The Car, I immediately knew I could cut up Cars (2006)—which I had seen over 30 times with my son a couple of years back. It helped that I knew the film inside and out. It’s by no means perfect, but I think it begins to accomplish my main objective: make Lightening McQueen a car from Hell. And even if it falls short, I do think I’m getting better at both the quicker action edits as well as the pacing. It’s hard to capture a narrative in two minutes, and playing with film trailers for mashups is a perfect assignment in this regard. And having finally finished the assignment, albeit late, I’m thrilled to have returned to and finished some “creative” video stuff—it has been too long.

Chucky meets ds106

Friday, November 12th, 2010

I’ve been knee-deep in film commentaries, homemade Halloween movies, and mashups for the last three weeks in ds106, and it has been awesome. I’m on the verge of finally finishing my mashup, but in the meantime, here is a short video made by Wesley FrankKyle Nero and K “Money” Hernandez titled “Kyle Nero’s Halloween.” This totally appeals to my kitsch/b-movie sensibility, and the fact the Chucky from Child’s Play figures so prominently into this short film makes all the more alluring. I particularly enjoyed Kyle’s deadpan acting s well as Aubrey Elliot. What’s more, Wesley’s writing and direction were a lot of fun, and his establishing a sense of shot order is pretty impressive. Enjoy more ds106 internaut greatness.

Another Mashup Example

Monday, November 8th, 2010

My sister just discovered this series of videos and we can’t stop watching (or laughing!). Since we’re doing mashups, I thought I’d post three of the funnier examples. I can’t believe this is an actual BBC television series!

My Epic Mash-up

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

The Lord of the Rings meets The Lord of the Beans, veggie style! I guarantee you’ll enjoy this. :)

When Shrek met Sally

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

I created a mashup of popular children’s movie Shrek and the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally for DS106 assignment 9. Here’s the result:

Movie Mashup Examples

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Although I’ve never watched “Avatar” or “You Got Served,” in their entireties, I’ve heard or read enough about them to understand what’s going on in each of the mashups below. Both of these examples can be considered mashups because they use at minimum two different sources of video to make a new body of work.

I probably never would have related the classic “Wizard of Oz” tale to the modern “You Got Served” urban dance movie if I hadn’t discovered this mashup, same with “Pocahontas” and “Avatar.” In each example, the combination of the two films made me consider the stories in new ways, and I think that’s a vital purpose of the mashup: encouraging viewers to re-think the narrative when action scenes from one movie are coupled with an audio voiceover from another, a combination that might be seemingly contradictory upon first thought, but if done right, offers the viewer new insights into both films.

“Avatar” and “Pocahontas” Mashup

Avatar/Pocahontas Mashup from Randy Szuch on Vimeo.

“The Wizard of Oz” and “You Got Served” Mashup

The Wizard of Oz/You Got Served Mashup from Withonea on Youtube.

We Are The Champions, My Friends

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

The Mighty Ducks Video Commentary

In 1992, Walt Disney Pictures released The Mighty Ducks, the first film in a trilogy that my sister, cousin and I spent many hours of our childhood watching. 18 years later, the film is my response to Assignment 8.

Originally, I used VLC and Handbrake for this assignment. However, after transferring my clips into iMovie, the shots shook so badly the material was unusable. The audio didn’t match up, either. With help from Jim Groom and Lindsay’s Video Tips, I redid the assignment using Mac The Ripper and MPEG Streamclip.

The Shining Commentary

Friday, October 29th, 2010

So I just wrapped up my commentary on Kubrick’s The Shining. One of my top 3 films of all time, and it feels good because I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. And luckily I gave my digital storytelling class an assignment that provided the opportunity. I’ve pretty much been eating my own dog food all semester, which has been important for the evolution of this class this semester, and taught me a ton.

The actual assignment was simple in concept: provide a commentary track on a scene (or series of scenes) from a favorite film. This assignment was aimed towards getting the students to consider and get familiar with working through digital video, using Andy Rush‘s awesome Digital Video site as a resource. I was hoping this assignment would encompass everything from ripping DVDs to downloading YouTube videos to compressing and converting codecs to editing video and laying down a voice over track. One thing is for sure, those students with Macs in the class probably have a bit of an advantage when it comes to digital video because Moviemaker only imports WMV files, and that is pretty much a huge dead end for web video.

And despite that two semesters running now this has been the most difficult section of the course to teach, I do love setting them loose on digital video even though I know it will be a humbling experience for both them and me. I constantly get my ass kicked in this department, but I still think having a strong sense of how to rip, access, and remix video is important enough that I’m willing to take the time and energy to work through it with them all. That said, getting digital video right is hard. It takes patience, a meticulous sensibility, and some pretty extensive knowledge and understanding of how the proprietary codec market works. I’m somewhat a novice at digital video, but I always have fun with it which is not often enough. But I do think it is vital for some idea of literacy moving forward, and using video to comment on our culture and mashup various clips and resources (our next video project) is becoming the lingua franca of the web and giving them the opportunity to work on it and take it seriously is important, especially using a series of free and/or cheap tools.

What’s interesting is that this course has 27 people, and less than 12 got their video project in on time? Slackers will be tolerated with digital video, I knew it was coming, I even warned them, but nonetheless video beat most of them into submission.