5 Second Film: Caesar is Rude (5 Seconds of Fame **)

Yet another video that shows how Caesar is a jerk sometimes. You try to say something to him and he walks off! How rude!

Dialogue:
Caesar: “What’s up Amber! I gotta ask you something!”
Me: “Hi puppy!”
Caesar:”…oh wait…I forgot. Nevermind.”

This video pretty much sums up my dog’s personality in 5 seconds. This was created for the “5 Seconds of Fame” video assignment where you had to make some aspect of your life funny, but only in 5 seconds.  This footage actually came from a larger home video that I’d taken with my family during New Years. As I was walking around my house with the camera, Caesar came up to me, acting like he wanted something or had something to say to me. Instead when I tried to greet him, he suddenly forgot what he came to me for and left. What’s funny is he did the exact same thing in his puppy video where he was playing with a squeaky toy and he suddenly lost interest in it and left it. I guess he’s got the attention span of an armpit…

I tried to match the 5 Second Film style as much as possible by having the same opening/closing font and durations. I used Final Cut Pro to make this rather than iMovie because I needed the exact font layout (Lucida Grande, Centered) if I wanted to stay true to the style. Sadly when I recorded this I was using an IPod Touch, and it was turned sideways. That’s why the irremovable black bars of death are on the sides.

I liked this assignment because showed that one doesn’t need a 20min long sitcom to be funny, and that simplicity is all one really needs. 5 seconds could be worth 1000 words!

Caesar the Tough Puppy! (What Do Pets Think About? **)

I swear, if I were to read my dog’s thoughts, they would always say something about being the roughest toughest dog in the neighborhood! Well now I finally get to see what this dog is thinking! Introducing Caesar the Tough Puppy for the “What Do Pets Think About” video assignment!

Caesar is my Labrador Walker Hound mix and he’s currently 3 years old, but in the video he was only a few weeks old. Caesar was always a tough little guy. This stems back to when he was just a puppy and he would always steal things from the other puppies in his litter. Now that he’s older, you could be sitting on the couch watching TV, and he’d come up and jump on you for no reason wanting to wrestle. He tries to act like a big champ, but he’s just hiding the fact that he’s a total sweetie!

This is him older!

Caesar

I made the video using a mix of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Garageband, and GIMP. I used GIMP to create the introduction photo using a picture of Caesar trying to jump out of his box. In Garageband, I used one of the royalty free songs called “Vintage” because it sounded really…triumphant! Then in iMovie I uploaded some video that I’d taken when he was a puppy and then did the voiceover there since I could watch the video at the same time to match the voice up. After I created that, I moved the product to Final Cut to add the introduction photo, transitions, music, and outro.

Caesar has sort of calmed down as he’s gotten older, and now he’s got another puppy to worry about. That’s right, we just got him a playmate last month named Prince. After Goldie, Caesar’s older playmate died, Caesar was devastated and hated being alone. Ever since we got Prince, Caesar has been A LOT happier, running around playing with him. Sorry Caesar, looks like there’s a new tough puppy in town!

Reverse Rip (Play It Backwards, Jack! *)

This is me ripping a piece of paper in reverse for the “Play It Backward, Jack” video assignment. Um…nothing analytically in depth about this, but I do admit it looks sort of cool.

I’m sorry that this reversal isn’t extremely creative, but the reason for this is because, unlike in video editing where anything can be fixed, if I were to damage, spill, or drop something in real life there would be consequences. Its not like I can knock over a glass of chocolate milk somewhere or drop a bag of Skittles and reverse the spill to clean it up (although that’d be pretty cool.) Every action has a reaction, and only with movie magic can it be reversed.

Epic Instrument Woman! (Viral Video Re-enactment ***)

In your entire life, you will never see anything as EPIC as this! In the beginning, there was Epic Sax Guy, but now the genders have flipped to reveal something equally, if not MORE epic! I give you, Epic Instrument Woman!

 

This video was created for the “Viral Video Re-enactment” video assignment where you had to re-enact a famous viral video. This video is a parody of the extremely popular “Epic Sax Guy” video, which shows a European pop group singing a song called “Run Away.” The man with the saxophone solo ends up stealing the whole show with his pelvic thrusts, smooth sunglasses, and overall epicness! This part of the song was so cool that someone made a 10 hour version of just his solo. I could sit through it forever!

I not only tried to mimic this, but I gave it my own little twist. Instead of having just a saxophone, I whipped out my clarinet and flute to add some variety. The dancing continued through all 3 instruments. I wish I could dance… What I’m wearing? Don’t question that, just gaze upon the epicosity that my outfit is radiating; purple wig, purple shades, purple morphsuit ect.

I guess the inspiration for the video was the fact that I planned to create it earlier this month as an April Fools video, just never got around to it. I like goofing off on camera, and I love the sax song, so why not combine them! Unlike my other videos, there is absolutely no message to be learned here, other than BE EPIC for the camera!

Winnie the Pooh Sings “Mad World” (Music Video ****)

Disney proudly presents the deleted scene from the classic movie Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. It’s depressing and entertaining! It’s depressitaining! In this secret scene, Pooh has sadly given up hope after losing his beloved Christopher Robin and he begins to sing a song entitled “Mad World”, showing that his faith in humanity has deteriorated…..So enjoy this obscure scene straight from the Disney Vault!

I must now confess that I lied and this scene did NOT come from the legendary Disney Vault. It is only a mere fan-made video that was mixed with fitting music.

This video was created for the DS106 “Music Video” video assignment where you take footage from an existing movie or show and add fitting music to it in a way that creates a completely new message. As I said in my weekly post from last week, the inspiration to create such a dramatic depressing video came from the fact that I found Gary Jule’s voice to highly resemble Winnie the Pooh’s voice. If this weren’t the case, I don’t think this video would work as well. Sad song + sad scene + Winnie the Pooh singing = PERFECT!

Just as I planned out from last week, I used Final Cut to create this. First I downloaded Pooh’s lamenting scene from Youtube, then I ripped the audio from the “Mad World” music video and converted it to mp3 format (since I couldn’t find the plain mp3 anywhere.) I started splicing the scene in Final Cut and it matched perfectly with them music, however as I suspected, I came up short because the scene was only a min or so long. I didn’t want to be someone who reuses the same clips over and over because that doesn’t add any variety to the message. So to avoid this problem, I took some scenes from 2 other Winnie the Pooh shows; Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (grabbed the video just in time! it got taken off Youtube for copyright infringement.)

I used the opening scene of the Honey Tree as the opening scene for the video, panning around Christopher Robin’s room looking at all of his old toys and story books. Inside the book, it shows Christopher Robin swinging, just as the song says “Going nowhere…”. During “The tears are filling up their glasses” lyric, it shows Pooh struggling to hold onto the umbrella in the torrential downpour, while during “no expression…” his ghost self descends back into his sleeping state. This also goes with the fact that he later says “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.”

I wanted to change the whole meaning of pooh’s sadness. I wanted the video to have a sense of helplessness and woe. With the slow cross-fades, desaturated colors, slow motion, and near perfect lipsyncing I’m pretty sure I successfully delivered this message! Wow, feeling a sense of joy and accomplishment from Pooh’s sadness? I’m a horrible person!

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!

“La La La” Animated Dance Party! (Animated Music Video ****)

I would call this an “Anime Music Video” if the Spongebob clips weren’t in it. But hey! Spongebob DESERVES to be at this party! Check out his dance moves! Plus I loooove Spongebob so I couldn’t not put him in the video! To make this music video I used clips from a variety of anime shows; Haruhi Suzumiya, One Piece, Lucky Star, Gravitation ect. You never really notice how much the Japanese love dancing until you collect all of the clips together. I also notice that they like to do alot of synchronized dancing, Hmmm.

The song used is called “La La La” by a South Korean band named Big Bang. This video didn’t have a particular meaning other than just dance and have fun. This sort of reflects my personality because I love to listen to songs that aren’t focused around deep lyrics, since I’m pretty slow to analyze things for a good number of reasons. This song proves this fact even more because if you listen to the lyrics, 80% of the song is in Korean and I have no idea what they’re saying, besides the little bit that’s in English. (“Everybody get em high! And we wont stop movin movin’!”) I guess this is sort of like the “Gangnam Style” craze where everyone was listening to it, and even played it on the radio, but no one understood what it meant.

I made this in Final Cut Pro, my specialty, and it took about 2 and a half hours to find all the clips, download them, find out where to match them up in the song, and add a few effects such as speed, fade in/fade out, and sepia. This video didn’t really need alot of effects because I found it to be extremely flashy without them. I added a few filter effects to some of the clips as an experiment and it ended up too “sparkly” and explosive. This is usually a good thing, but it’s not really a good thing to overwhelm the audience with seizure-provoking colors. The sepia I added toward the end when the song goes a capella and it’s just the weird guy from One Piece dancing.

I wish I could’ve changed the size of the video, but that would’ve ended up messing up the quality. Ah well, you don’t need good video quality to dance to good music!