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Wow, this took so much effort and so much time into perfecting this video assignment but I have to say, I am very pleased with the result. I will talk more about the process later. Meanwhile, please enjoy the video! 🙂

 

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Synopsis: The dawn of cinema had no audio; silent movies created an atmosphere with music and the use of cue cards. Take a 3-5 minute trailer of a modern movie and render it in the form os the silent era- convert to black and white, add effects to make it look antiquated, replace the audio with a musical sound track. As an example, see Silent Star Wars.
Get creative and choose a movie that would look most unlikely to be done from this era. If you want a shortcut, try using The Artsifier

As I said, this video assignment took me a very long time to complete. Many times I became frustrated because I wasn’t familiar with windows live movie player well enough, which makes it all the more annoying. This is also my first time using this program to edit a video. I decided to download all the sound clips first because I wanted to spend most of my time editing the video. Probably the most difficult obstacle I stumbled upon was to figure out how to precisely match the video with the audio I chose. I ended up doing it the difficult and tedious way — by playing both the audio on audacity and the video on windows live. Through serious concentration and precision, this process took a good hour or two to match up with both the audio and video counterparts. The next obstacle was figuring out how to trim certain scenes to align with the audio. I discovered the “set start point,” “set end point” option which lets me trim the selected music so it starts at a specific point and end at a specific point. That was a really cool feature and is really helpful with timing everything. One scene of the trailer that I wanted to improvise is the section where Andy is happily with his toys on his bed. I decided to slow the speed half way, so that it draws out that raw emotion of happiness before transitioning to the next scene where Andy’s toys are upset about his leaving to college. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this video assignment, probably one of the best assignments I’ve ever had to do and I am very proud of the outcome 🙂 

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