Have a Convo: Gossip Miranda’s

Have a Conversation with Yourself: Have a conversation with yourself! Film yourself talking, then change clothes, hair styles, etc and then film the other half of the convo. Edit this in any movie editor program (I used Pinnacle movie maker) To overlap the two scenes so that you are talking to yourself! Play around, to figure out the most efficient way! Also, timing is everything in this! Make sure when talking to leave breaks for your other self to respond! (5 stars). 

For this assignment, we needed to talk to ourselves using video. This was interesting because you have to record yourself talking, and then change it up by talking back to yourself.

I first used Photo Booth, which is an application on my computer, to record myself easily (twice). I wrote a script for each “person” and said my part while trying to create space with pauses. I changed my hair and my clothes so we would look a little different!!

I then dragged both videos into iMovie. I clipped each part how I wanted them, and then dragged totem into my timeline. I switched each character so I would literally be talking to myself! I added a title page and a credit page to the timeline. I also changed up the video by making it black and white. I thought this added to the “talking to myself” feel of the assignment so it would look like we were in the same room conversing on a couch. I did this by clicking “Adjust” on the top. Then I clicked the color palette, and I dragged the second bar to the left where it was darker.

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Here is a clip of my work. The timeline I am discussing is at the bottom:

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When I read this assignment, I thought of girls gossiping to each other. I thought it would be funny to have myself gossip with myself. So, my script contains a gossip story about a girl I know named Charlotte. I continue to talk about her bad day, but in the end, both characters want to help her out.

I liked doing this assignment. It was a little different to watch back because once I finished editing the video, it actually ended up seeming like I was talking to myself.

 

–SALTY SKINN

Chipmunk Style: Mia’s Fast Makeover

Chipmunk Style: Helium may be in short supply, but a little digital tweaking can still leave your favorite actors sounding like the Chipmunks. Take a clip from a film and either speed up the action or raise the pitch on the audio track for some high-pitched laughs. (3.5 stars).

For this assignment, I found a YouTube clip from the movie, Princess Diaries. I love this movie, it’s a classic! The clip is when Mia, the soon-to-be princess, gets a princess makeover. I thought this would be funny to speed up. I converted the clip using a converter site, Fltvo, and turned it into a mp4 file so I could easily insert it into my iMovie. Once it downloaded, I did just that.

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I had a little bit of help from Apple Support, which helped me figure out how to slow and speed up video and audio using iMovie. I realized it was so simple to change anything regarding to the audio or video, you just have to double-click and the toolbar pops up above the video screen. There is a button that is in a shape of a turtle. I clicked that, and then it shows Speed. I clicked on the arrow, and then hit “Fast”, in order to speed up my video! You can also slow it down and customize the speed to your liking!

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This assignment reminds me of any girl’s makeover or any girl’s process of getting ready. Most girls want to look perfect, or like princesses, and we take FOREVER to get ready in the morning. For me, this getting ready time has definitely decreased since middle school, but sometimes, I still wish the process took a little less time and I could speed it up, like the video I created! Mia’s makeover was a long process, but I did manage to make it seem faster with their movements and their funny and new chipmunk voices!

I enjoyed this assignment because I do like this movie and I like finding new things to try, like the Speed tool.

 

—SALTY SKINN

Animal Dance Off: Sorry Dancing Puppy

Animal Dance Off: Find any song and mash up a video of some animals dancing. Try to get the animals moving to the beat. (4 stars).

For this assignment, I was to find an animal dancing and add music to it. I used Justin Bieber’s Sorry song, and a video of a cute Chihuahau puppy dancing. I converted both of these into mp3 and mp4 using Fltvo, respectively, in order to put them into my iMovie. I inserted them both, and then turned down the volume in the puppy video so the song would be amplified. I tried to make it seem like the puppy was dancing to the music in my video. I inserted a title page and a credits page using iMovie. It really is a great editing software, and you can see I use it for all my assignments that involve video.

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This was a fun assignment, but I had a hard time finding a video of an animal dancing. A lot of the videos on YouTube were compilations, meaning they had a lot of videos of animals dancing into one, but the individual ones were only a few seconds long! I thought the song had a techno and very dance-like beat, so it made perfect sense to add this song to this fast-paced pup. (The real music video is just people dancing all over!) While the music is cool, it also goes along with his dancing! Utilizing any music can really add to any video clip that is produced, and that is exactly what I learned from this assignment.

—SALTY SKINN

Classical-Modern Mashup: Hotline Beethoven

Classical-Modern Mashup: Ingredients: 1 piece of classical music, 1 modern music video. How to make: First, strip or mute the music out of the modern music video. Then layer the classic music on top. Voila! Some hopefully hilarious, weirdly sexual classical-modern mashup. (4.5 stars).

I immediately watched the example for this assignment and thought it was so creative and thought mine could be hilarious. This video assignment takes audio storytelling and merges it with a video to develop a new story! I chose to take a modern video, that is recently very new and talked about: Hotline Bling by Drake. This video is really just Drake dancing around multiple colorful stages with some women occasionally popping up. Then, for the modern song, I chose Fur Elise by Beethoven, which many people have heard before. I thought these two would make for a great mash-up.

I used iMovie again, which I love using for these assignments! It makes it so easy. I converted the YouTube video of Hotline Bling to a mp4 file so I could easily add it to iMovie. I then converted Fur Elise to an mp3 file and inserted it into my iMovie timeline. I used fltvo.com to do both of these things!

I inserted a title screen and a credits screen to give credit! I did also have to turn down the volume for the Drake video. Once I had the video in place on my timeline, there is a place which shows the audio for the video. I just dragged it down to 0%, so my Beethoven music could be the only audio heard.

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I had a great time making this video. It is comical to see these two very different types of genres/styles interact. I think the classical music I added to this new and funky Drake video provided some interesting dancing and an imagination for the watcher. I enjoyed making this and showing the difference in times that these 2 songs present.

Here is my final video mash-up of Hotline Bling and Fur Elise:

–SALTY SKINN