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Synopsis: For this assignment, select scenes from 3-5 movies. These scenes should represent scenes that changed your life or made some sort of dramatic, traumatic, lasting, or emotional impact on you. When you have selected those scenes, create a video that shows the scenes and includes audio/video of you describing what it is about the scene that made a significant impact on you, what you are fond of about the scenes, what scares you, what you remember thinking when you were a child, etc. Feel free to be liberal in your interpretation of the instructions. Keep in mind, however, that the primary point is to recall 3-5 movie scenes that have made a lasting impact on you (whatever the reason for that impact may be.) When you are finished, upload the video to your blog, and, If you are inspired, expand on the reasons why you connect with the specific scenes in your video. Check out an example here: http://blog.rossannamarie.me/movie-scenes/

I knew I had to do this video assignment because I just have a mental archive of a lot of great, inspiring, and emotional movies I have ever seen. There were just too many awesome films, but I went with the top three that first popped in my head. In my video, I talked about The Time Traveller’s Wife, Toy Story 3, and Ip Man. At first I tried to keep the video short but I didn’t want to chop out too many sections of a scene because I was afraid the fluidity and sequence would be lost. I’m pretty confident eight minutes wouldn’t really bore anyone since these are scenes are pretty darn appealing. Let me know what you think! 

Movie Scenes that Changed our Lives from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

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Synopsis: How much of a story can you tell in a 1 second video? Inspired by this:http://vimeo.com/32071937

I am really intrigued by these 1 second, 5 second, 30 second video assignments. They’re quick and fun. I couldn’t really think of an inspiring late night 1 second story but I think it’s pretty much self-explanatory once you watch this video. By the way, the person in this video is none other than James Cruz. 🙂 1 star

P.S. I did make some enhancements on the video for brightness because it looks so dark, but I don’t think it really made much of a difference. But if you couldn’t tell what’s going on, it’s James rolling around on the floor.

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Synopsis: Make a supershort, 5-second film; basically enough time for one gag, bit, or joke. See examples (ALERT: Not G-rated, generally) athttp://5secondfilms.com/. Or alternatively, try your hand at creating a 5 second version of a major movie.

Whooot 5 second film. Featured in this video is James playing an xbox game called Halo with his roommate (I didn’t include James’ roommate but you can hear him). Every weekend (I would like to say every other day) James would play Halo with his roommates and since he was playing tonight, I thought it would be a good idea to record him for this assignment. I think Halo’s the epitome of gag since it’s just not very appealing to me. (but James would argue otherwise) 3 stars

P.S. Only 5 more stars left till I reach 30 stars!! 🙂

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Synopsis: Take a favorite cartoon or anime like show, take some clips, mash them together and add music to it. Try to pick out a specific theme in your clips that follow the theme of the music. Keep an eye out for changes in the music and plan your clips accordingly.

For examples check out youtube and type in “AMV”, or look at this one.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8vvTQDrPec

At first glimpse of this assignment, I became super excited to do it. I knew the exact anime I wanted to use — Full Metal Alchemist. There were just too many awesome scenes and characters that I could use for a music video. Of course I would use sound tracks and OST’s from the actual anime because it sounds best when the audio were from the anime. I went on Youtube to find the scenes I wanted to incorporate along with its sound tracks. Then I went on keepvid to download the videos and vidtomp3 to download the sound track. I opened MPEG and imported the videos to remove all audio before opening it on windows live movie maker. Here is where I have been having some major computer issues. 

So I opened WLMM and began trimming and editing videos. 30 minutes into editing and an error bar about to windows live movie maker popped up. I ignored it but then all of a sudden a blue screen popped up with a warning label explaining that my laptop has crashed and restarted itself. I was so frustrated because I didn’t save any of my work but thankfully, I wasn’t too far into the editing process and I knew what I was doing. However, the second time before my laptop crashed again, I was working on my music video and I noticed the top screen looked a little weird. There appeared to be some squiggly lines and it looked like there was some system malfunctioning going on. That was the precursor to the blue screen appearing and my laptop crashed again (but this time I saved my video). Now I fear that every time I use my WLMM, my laptop will crash. So I guess I’ll finish the rest of my work on James’ laptop (which will be hard for him because he also needs to work on his 15 stars). I’ll update more details later. 

video & sound track sources: clip 1,  clip 2, clip 3clip 4, clip 5, clip 6, sound 1

 

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I actually cut out a lot of scenes and sound tracks. The video was supposed to turn out 6 minutes long but I decided to cut down to half, 3 minutes. Nobody wants to listen to a 6 minute video (and plus, most of the songs were sad and gloomy) and the video was dragging too long. To help with transitioning from a sound track to another, I faded the music to ‘medium’ to make the sound flow more smoothly. I am a lot more familiar with WLMM now than when I first accessed it, which helps a lot because now it’s easier to make revisions. Anyways, here you go! 4 stars

FMA music video from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

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Synopsis: Create a five second video of one archetype from five different movies cutting together one second of each. Examples could include: Prisoners, Thieves, Beauty Queens, Kings, Robin Hoods, James Bonds, Bank Robbers, Assassins, Bad Boys, Kung Fu Masters, Femme Fatales, Sports Heroes, High School Bullies, Rogue Police Officers, Brainiacs, Pregnancies, Principals, Mean Teachers, InspirationalTeachers, Gunslingers, Gangsters, Monsters, Bartenders, Warrior Princesses, Swordsman, Knights, Mad Scientists, Nerd Girls, Obstructive Bureaucrats, Sidekicks, Wise Old Men, Hardboiled Detectives, Tough Coaches, Swooning Ladies. Check out an example here: http://www.michaelbransonsmith.net/blog/2012/03/26/dollhouse-of-nerd-girls/

For this video assignment, I chose to make a compilation of disney princess villains from five different films. First I used keepvid to download the scenes where the villain’s true colours are unleashed. It took me about an hour to decide whether or not to remove the audio and provide background music. But I settled on using the original audio because it took too long to think of a song that would fit with the scenes. I then went into windows live movie maker to cut the specific scenes, keeping in mind the one second mark of each scene. I think anyone can agree that cutting each scene down to a second is probably the hardest, if not, one of the hardest part of this assignment. The trim tool is my best friend. It aided all problems I had with cutting out a specific scene. I tried my best aiming for the 5sec mark (got down to 6secs!), but I think I did a decent job since splicing down to 5 seconds is kind of tough. I really enjoyed playing with this video assignment. Hope you like it! 🙂 3 stars!

Update–

I thought it was pretty clever to end the last second with Princess Aurora following the evil green light, as if exiting the scene.

Disney archetypes from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

Also, from now on, I will upload video assignments to Vimeo since Youtube banned my first “copyright infringement” video.

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I know I have been slacking on the video assignments, given that the date has been extended to finish 30 stars for weeks 9, 10, and 11. Here are my list of video choices that I will work on for the rest of the week and I’ll make sure to have them done by Sunday. You have my word on that.

Movie Trailer Mashup (4 stars)

One Archetype, Five Movies, 5 Seconds (3 stars)

Movie Scenes that Changed Our Lives (5 stars)

5 Second Film (3 stars)

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Synopsis: For this assignment you need to select several scenes from your favorite film (or one of your favorites), and edit them together and comment on some of the filmic elements of the scenes? Why do you like these scenes? What strikes you about them? What makes them good cinema? Is there a subtext at work in this film? In short, construct an essayistic commentary on the scenes as a narrator explaining to your audience what you find important about the scene, and why. What’s more, what do the details you have pinpointed say about the film more generally. For an excellent example, see Rob Ager’s analysis of space in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shininghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUIxXCCFWw

For this assignment, I chose the same scenes as I did for my pre-production analysis. The most tedious part was to align the video with my voice-over and making sure the audio in the movie played at a decent volume. For timing, I actually used two laptops…. James’ for playing the video and mine to record on audacity. This is probably not the smartest way, but what’s done is done and it sounds pretty good (except that my voice isn’t distinctly clear). I think I would have enjoyed this video assignment if I weren’t too concerned about my own homework assignments but it was still a good attempt. Enjoy! 🙂

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I uploaded the video essay on vimeo, so hopefully there’s no copyright issues. Let me know if there are any problems with this video.

Video essay – Titanic from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

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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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Use CamStudio, Fraps, or another screen capturing software to get footage of something you do on your computer that tells a story. A few minutes of gameplay is a good example or narrating a process.

I will be using Jing to screencast this lame game that I play during my spare time… don’t judge me.

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I never would have thought to be blogging about a walk-through of a game that I play but here I am doing just that. Basically the purpose of the game is to kill monsters in order to level up. By killing monsters, you can gain certain items to fulfill a quest, which may also provide xp or experience to further your leveling. Since I’m playing the mini replica of the original game, dying is impossible. You can only run out of energy by killing many monsters. Until then, you either have to wait 5 minutes to be replenished with 5 energy points, hire a friend, or use 5 help points by visiting a friend’s house and picking up items. When you have visited every friend and helped picking up items, you will have to wait until the next day to be replenished with energy points.  What I love about this version is that it’s not as complicated as the real game and you are guided along each path you take whereas in the original game, you have to figure out what path to take, etc. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

I never would have thought to be blogging about a walk-through of a game that I play but here I am doing just that. Basically the purpose of the game is to kill monsters in order to level up. By killing monsters, you can gain certain items to fulfill a quest, which may also provide xp or experience to further your leveling. Since I’m playing the mini replica of the original game, dying is impossible. You can only run out of energy by killing many monsters. Until then, you either have to wait 5 minutes to be replenished with 5 energy points, hire a friend, or use 5 help points by visiting a friend’s house and picking up items. When you have visited every friend and helped picking up items, you will have to wait until the next day to be replenished with energy points.  What I love about this version is that it’s not as complicated as the real game and you are guided along each path you take whereas in the original game, you have to figure out what path to take, etc. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

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So the movie I chose to critique is Fireproof. It was first suggested to me by my brother who thought and still thinks it is a great film. I took his suggestion and watched it with James via skype and we thought it was a horrible movie. Take a look.

Throughout the entire movie, James and I couldn’t help but shake our heads and gag at every single scene. Fireproof is a Christian drama film that tells the story of a married couple who are on the impending doom of filing a divorce. The husband, Caleb Holt, is a firefighter who lives by the motto “Never leave your partner behind”. Along with the bad relationship with his wife, Catherine, he struggles on a day-to-day basis of internet pornography and his decision on saving up for a boat worth $24,000 despite the fact his disabled mother is in need of a hospital equipment. 

Personally the movie didn’t appeal to me due to the lack of sophisticated filming. There were barely any effects or elements in the film that provoked emotion or catharsis in me. An aspect that I really dislike is the horrible acting. I didn’t get a sense of “realness” in the characters nor did I connect with them. I think that’s a major aspect the film lacked, that there was no connection between the characters within the film and the audience. A good movie would keep the audience in suspense or stir sympathy, but there was no emotional connection whatsoever. During one of the fight scenes where Caleb is screaming at his wife, I didn’t really feel any emotion because the way in which Caleb was yelling didn’t seem convincing or “real” enough and again, there were barely any effects or elements to reel me in. 

Another reason why I think this movie didn’t get enough credits is because of the fact that it is a Christian film. Not many people can relate to the way in which Caleb handled the relationship. For example, Caleb’s father offered him a book that would commit him to a 40 day test in attempting to win his wife back. Every day Caleb would perform an act of kindness towards his wife, such as making coffee in the morning or order roses for her. These acts seem ideal in nature but aren’t really relatable to ordinary people like you and I. In addition, the acting was really off and Caleb’s actions didn’t seem convincing to me. 

However, I will say that there is a distinct sincere message the film was trying to convey, despite the lack of technical elements and indecent acting, and that is marriage involves commitment. I did see this in the middle of the movie but it was hard to take the film serious when the acting was poor on its end. Hopefully I will not follow the same mistake for any future video/film productions. 

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