Sunday, October 21, 2012

Project 5, "Crossover : Reading + Found Footage"

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DUE : Throughout dates
spanning three weeks.


The SECOND ROUGH EDIT of your assignment.
You will build from your edit from the previous week of this
turn in. VISUALLY (VIDEO WISE), the piece should be complete.
AUDIO WISE, only include SOUND EFFECTS in your piece.
We will place the videos together in a single reel on Final Cut
Pro and watch it all together as a group. We shall decide then
a correlating audio throughout the short film, what is working
in transition with one another's cut, what is not working, and more.
The short film will effectively be finalized altogether in class
next week. By the end of the day, it will be uploaded and online.

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With myself.
Thursday, Nov 1. 1-4.
Sunday, Nov 4. 1-4.

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A S S I G N M E N T   5

"Crossover : Reading + Found Footage"

a.k.a.  a collaborative short film using existing
internet footage to make a visual representation of
Nicolas Carr's "The Shallows : What the
Internet is Doing to Our Brains"

inspiration :

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★ ★ ★ (Thousands of existing free-to-edit video. Old time footage!) (For taking footage off of a Youtube video.)
Plus plenty more aggregates that exist in finding "found footage".

We are about to embark on an experimental assignment not attempted before. One which combines aesthetic-technical ability with academic study.

Yes, you are reading right. You are not to shoot any of your own footage for this assignment. This may come as a relief for some of you possibly. BUT, we are to attack one of the most technical of all aspects when it comes to creating your own video : editing. Essentially, for those any and all familiar with the language of cinema, everything ends on the editing floor. What may have been a Godfather could become a Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I apologize in advance for that).

You will be locating any and all video footage you can put your hands on for this assignment in conjunction with a section/paragraph of your choosing (which will be finalized in class Oct. 22) of the reading. There are 17 divisions total and 17 members of our course. Here are the bulletpoints of the assignment below-

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★ Have in your possession by the end of class your paragraph/section of the reading.
Your assignment is to be exactly, with no intro or outro credits, 30 SECONDS.
Edit a visual representation to your paragraph/section using found internet video footage!
A minimum of 7 cuts and/or transitions must be utilized in the 30 seconds.
Somewhere in the 30 seconds, audio representation somehow of a 'computer'.
Somewhere in the 30 seconds, video representation somehow of a 'reflection'.
If your paragraph references a specific time-place-person-etc... You shall do so as well.
All edits must be Standard Definition (4:3 Ratio; Exported 720x480) (edit upon export).
All edits will run at 24 FPS (standard cinematic frame rate) (edit this setting upon export).
You are to consult the person going before and after you on a proper transition between!
And a few kinks which we will go over as time rolls along surely.

Once more, this is an experiment designed to not only emphasize the technical aspects of this course's study but the theory behind what we are all doing.

SOME things we might consider in the end-
Potentially having a musical score become the background of the whole edit.
Having a graphic intro/outro-credits emulate the cover design of the book itself.
Shipping this virally to the author himself who is Nicolas Carr. He might be thrilled.
Shipping this to (maybe discussed) a student film festival of choosing this/next semester.
And more.

This assignment alleviates more for the brain cells, naturally, as the length is decisively 30 seconds.. no more, no less. It may also be deceptively simple. In much lesser parameters, I expect a myriad of editing skills you will learn in between now and conclusion. I shall reiterate that all cinema/video ends on the editing room floor. This is a project that will literally begin and end on the editing room floor.

Good luck.

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