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Final Project

Your final project asks you to work in teams of two or three to create a substantive meta-media object on the topic of your choice (which is to say, a media object that is about digital media). This project may take any of the forms you’ve worked in this semester — web pages, audio, video, Sophie — or any combination of the above. This project should demonstrate in a broad and substantive manner what you have learned in this course, both technically and critically, and its form and content should work seamlessly together.

You’ll present your project-in-process, in whatever state of completion it’s in, during the last week of class; we’ll use these presentations as a means of critiquing the project so that you can improve it. The final project will be due no later than 5 pm on Friday, May 8; you will turn in this project by posting a link on the blog.

Project 4: Sophie

For your fourth project, I’m going to ask each of you to work independently to create a multimedia book project using Sophie. (You can download the software here.)

I’ll walk you through the basics of Sophie today, making sure that you get the software downloaded and installed, that you can access the documentation and tutorials that are available, and that you’ve seen a few examples of what Sophie can do.

And then I’m going to turn you loose to experiment. For this project, I want you to take any of the texts that we’ve read together for this class and turn it into a well-designed, readable, interactive Sophie book. Which text you choose, and how you design the project, is entirely up to you. You may include work that you’ve created — whether your own writing, audio, or video — in the project as you see fit. The way you edit and design the book should work with the content of the text you select to elaborate and expand upon its meaning.

You should place your Sophie book project in your MyWebs space, and link to it in a blog post, by the end of lab next week (April 17). You’ll have a bit of time to finish the project during that lab, but you’ll want to reserve time to start thinking about your final project as well, so plan accordingly!

Illegal Art

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/3998141[/vimeo]  
Girl Talk – Feed the Animals – 12. Here’s the Thing

Finally got the video to work! – it doesn’t seem to want to embed here… it looks like maybe an issue with the HD video, but click on the link to see the movie.

Youtube’s emails to me about a minute after my video finished uploading:

“Your video, Girl Talk – Feed the Animals – 12. Here’s The Thing, may have content that is owned or licensed by WMG.
No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.
Sincerely,
– The YouTube Team ”

 

“Your video, Girl Talk – Feed the Animals – 12. Here’s The Thing, may have content that is owned or licensed by Sony Music Entertainment.
No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.
Sincerely,
– The YouTube Team ”

 

It is interesting that girl talk has had no complaints or copyright problems so far, and music generally has strong copyright protection, whereas this video was blocked from youtube, while most music videos can be freely posted to youtube for viewing. It may be due to the few videos that I looked all over online for because I couldn’t find them on youtube.

Signs of Fear and Loathing

hmm didn’t get a reply from my group members (Nathan & Zach) so guess I’ll just post one of our videos…the other will be posted shortly? Signs + Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas = Signs of Fear and Loathing. Creative, aren’t we ;] Anyways enjoy! (edit: My video didn’t get pulled by youtube but for some reason isn’t working here anymore, so click the link instead)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93PyZCqovL4[/youtube]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93PyZCqovL4

The Last of the Mohicans

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoMQoS3c2vk[/youtube]

During a media studies class last semester, we read part of Karen Sternheimer’s It’s Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture’s Influence On Our Children. Beginning around page 98, Sternheimer advances a criticism of Disney that’s summer up pretty well here:

Stories like this, which sanitize the history European and North American brutality to the African continent, are more than benign fairy tales. Like Pocahontas in 1995, these stories justify European domination of native peoples. Sure, documentaries of slavery or genocide don’t make for great fantasy entertainment. But we have to question why we prefer to lie about history in the stories we tell children.

We decided to illustrate this criticism by creating a mash-up trailer of Pocahontas (an animated movie for children that tries to make a love story out of a tragic historical event) and The Last of the Mohicans (a movie that more accurately portrays the truth). Enjoy!

Get Your Fingers Off the Film

Here’s the latest from the 40s. And 50s. And 60s. I’ll edit in our sources to this later tonight. Enjoy!

Aaron and Rachel

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoJZQEsFU5M&feature=channel_page[/youtube]

Video Mashup: Hot Fuzz and Toy Story (1 and 2)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxOYGpaW8Ig[/youtube]

Here is the mashup that Isso and I created, using the trailer for Hot Fuzz and video from Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

For reference, here is the original version of the trailer we drew the audio from (though we got it from iTunes for the higher sound quality).   We tried to match most of the shots as closely as we could with the Toy Story footage.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cno2MprPzi4&feature=related[/youtube]

In case anybody is curious, we used iMovie HD (6).

Day After Tomorrow Trailer(parody)

This is the second video that we made, the transitions were very hard to adjust but hopefully we did a decent job. The video combines the trailer of The Day After Tomorrow with the song A Whole New World for a bit of an ironic twist. There is also a strong environmental message that I hope everyone sees when they watch this trailer. Hope you enjoyed as much as we enjoyed compiling the piece together.

ENJOY!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRCnv1hFaR4[/youtube]

PodCAST – Than and Dorian

Here’s our podcast.

We’ve used four songs in it: “My First Song” by Danger Mouse, “Set It Off” by Girl Talk, “Requiem” by Mozart, and “Intro Song” by Dorian Lee/Grineye.

Thank you.

PODCAST!

Myself and sparklingbears (aka Rachel and Aaron) have produced a podcast for you! Innit special? We, too, focused on the modern art of the mash-up. Bonus coverage: the history of sampling, the legal controversies surrounding it, and the future of music culture in the digital age!