I have never done a remix before nor have I ever worked with my Windows Movie Maker. When we were assigned to work on our remixes, I was nervous because I have never done anything like this before. However it gave me the chance to work with something that I have never done before: putting different videos together to create a message. This project like the others that we have done in the past would not be easy.
Working on this project was a challenge. It takes time and energy to find the videos that you want to use for your project. My project focused on the choice of being beautiful from the outside versus empowerment/doing something bigger than yourself. While looking through the Internet Achieve, I had a hard time finding old videos that showed women in a positive light. I was able to find one movie called The Price of Liberty. In it, the movie showed women joining the Army and contributing their parts to help win wars. That along with other videos from the achieve were helpful because I wanted show clips of women in strong active roles as opposed to them being seen as sex objects.
Working with video is like working with text except that it’s not alphabetical. With text you can think of the words that you want to convey so that the audience can see it. However when it comes to remix the audience can’t see the words. When you work with video you have to look for certain pictures to tell a story. The pictures provide the visual text which allows the person to think about what is going on therefore coming up with their own interpretations. However when it comes to making a statement with different videos they must be done in a creative way so that the message that you want to create goes through. If the videos are used improperly then it would be hard for the audience to understand the message. Therefore the meaning would be lost.
This remix project gave me the chance to work with something that was completely different. I still have a lot to learn about creating a remix but if I were asked to do it again I would say yes.
The word gay has a lot of meanings. It can mean happy or being homosexual. According to urbandictionary.com gay is “often used to describe something stupid or unfortunate.” Although the word gay has different meanings we have to watch how we use that word because some people may interpret it differently.
Let’s say that I’m out with my friends. We’re talking about something that happened a while ago. One of us says “That’s so gay.” Now all of a sudden a person is walking past us. He or she may be offended by that comment. The person regardless if he or she is homosexual or not may lecture us about the comment while we’re defending it. From one point of view the intention of the word “gay” was used to describe something that was dumb. But from another point of view the person who heard us received it as an insult to homosexuals. Something like this can lead to a different destination in which some people can interpret things differently leading to different massages no matter the intention. It all depends on how you see or hear things. But with respect to homosexuals what if people want to use it without offending anybody?
I think a subject like this is debatable because the word gay has different meanings. Depending on how the word is used it can arrive at different destinations. Let’s just make sure that we use the word gay properly. What do you think?
In class we were in the computer lab watching movie trailers. These weren’t ordinary trailers. They were mash ups of trailers mixed together with different music and sounds. This makes the trailer different because it creates meaning. For class we have to work on a remix that creates meaning and talks about social commentary. For example when we saw a trailer of “Brokeback To The Future” it talked about homosexuality and the issues dealing with it. However, despite the fact that the trailer deals with the relationship between two men there was no sign of them kissing each other or engaging in any sexual acts. However the through the creative use of music, clips, text, etc. it sets up the “movie” as a love story therefore implying the fact that it’s about two men who are in love with each other. The movie is a parody of “Brokeback Mountain” so one would have to watch the movie to understand the trailer. Creating meaning in trailers allowed us to discuss what’s going on so that we can have some insight into what the creators were thinking about. That way it can give us ideas of how to organize our own mash ups. http://www.thetrailermash.com/brokeback-to-the-future-parody/