Mean Notebook

For the Why So Serious assignment I decided to mash up two of my favorite Rachael McAdams movies, The Notebook and Mean Girls. I thought this juxtaposition would be interesting because Rachael plays such different characters in these two movies. Her mothers are also very different as one tries to be like her daughter, while the other tries to tell her daughter what to do. Can you tell which is which?

The toughest part of this assignment was finding two scenes that would work together. Once I did some research on Youtube and found the two I liked, I downloaded the videos using savefrom.net and a Google extension called Backtick that allows downloading into MP3s. I edited in Movie Maker by trimming the audio and video clips to points where they would match (Getting Regina’s like to match Ali’s head turn was a personal win!) and saved the video to an MP4.

Here is a screenshot of the edit.

Mean Notebook

 

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Black and White Jasmine

For my take on the Return to the Silent Era assignment, I used a trailer for the movie Blue Jasmine. This Woody Allen film made me think the first time I saw it and had an interesting way of getting the audience to dream alongside Jasmine through her memories and current struggles. The back and forth between her memories and current life reminded me of a silent film going back and forth from the action of the film (current life) to the cue cards that provide context as to what is happening (her memories/flashbacks). I think the assignment was appropriate for this movie and the black and white effects and silent movie era music bode well for such a dark movie.

I downloaded the trailer for the movie from Youtube using savefrom.net and edited in Movie Maker. The first thing I did was add the black and white effect to the video. I do not think Movie Maker has an “antique” effect, but perhaps that is made available as an add-on? I stuck with the pain black and white for purposes of this assignment. I then split the clip where I thought the cue cards would be a logical fit. Once I found an image online, I uploaded it to PowePoint and added text. I then saved each of the slides as an image and inserted where I had split the clips. I deleted some of the credits at the end for a more dramatic effect with the last cue card. I then added a fast paced song I thought mirrored the confusion of the movie, and published as an MP4.

Here is what my video editing looked like.

Blue Jasmine

This assignment reminded me of a movie that recently came out that is entirely in black and white. It will be interesting to see if directors revisit this black and white effect. In this instance, I think it was effective in demonstrating that bizarre nature and internal struggle Jasmine deals with.

Charlie and the Lion Perform the Circus Jig

Here is my new take on Charlie’s story! When watching the final clip, once I was able to get the audio to line up, it reminded me of a dance. I decided to base my new take on the story as if Charlie and the Lion were competitive dancers on Dancing with the Stars. I used a clip from the show for the intro and and a piece of audio from another clip for the conclusion and saved them using savefrom.net and a google chrome extension called Backtick. I edited the video in Microsoft Movie Maker and compiled the audio in Audacity. Here is a screenshot of the video editing.

Charlie Chaplin

I also decided to show you my Audacity edits as this is where I pieced together the various Foley clips. I ended up using clips from Dr. Levine, Mariana Fumes, lhampson23, cbedross1, cwyrough, and Kaitlyn Crotty.

I then added the music soundtrack (Bushwick Tarantella), and the soundbyte at the end from the show.  and I had to do all of the sound editing in Audacity because Movie Maker limits the user to only being able to layer one audio sound over a video, and it took a while to line everything up.

Chaplin Audio

It was much more difficult than I originally anticipated, but I am happy with the result!