Charlie’s Great Escape!

Everyone watch in amazement as Charlie Chaplin the Great makes his daring escape from the hungry jaws of a ferocious lion! And to narrate this exhilarating escapade, we have our marvelous orchestra playing “The Barber of Seville” as Charlie’s diligence unfolds! Take your seats and enjoy the show!

Okay…so maybe the lion wasn’t totally ferocious…but still! Charlie was able to escape from the cage in one piece! In this video, I removed the audio of the original clip and replaced it with the sound effects from the class. The effects I used were from the following people: Stefanie Jeske, Ms. Parker, Dylangott, and Nancy. Thank you all for your sounds and yall did an awesome job keeping the sounds in time with the clip! I think Dylan’s dog barking was my favorite because it sounded so real! Bahahaha!

As usual, I integrated all the sounds and fades using Final Cut Pro. Since all the sounds were perfectly in time, syncing the audio with the video wasnt a challenge.  I used the song “The Barber of Seville” because it reminded me of a fancy, classic silent movie, plus I think it went with this scene quite well. Oh! And also when I hear this song I think of the crazy, cartooniness of that Bugs Bunny episode! You all know which one I mean! I was originally going to use the song “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (look at the orchestra at 2:14. The guy’s string breaks from him playing too fast!), but the whole beginning of the song was way too quiet and it didn’t have enough action. If I’d cut out the quiet part and just left the famous brass heavy part, the audio would’ve been too short for the clip. So the challenge was to find a song that had just the right amount of action and wasnt too short. “The Barber of Seville” is a 7 minute song, so I was able to cut out the important part of the song and still have enough left over to complete the song.

I think the music changed the meaning of the story from somone who was frantically trying to escape, to someone who is still trying to escape, but is entertaining the audience in the process. How can I explain it…It makes the atmosphere seem less serious and more comical. The addition of the sound effects make the scene more entertaining. It’s like you’re waiting for a laugh track to happen every few seconds!

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