Pre-Production for Week 11

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Return to the Silent Era

For my first assignment, I want to do the Return to the Silent Era assignment.

I’m still not 100 percent this will work the way I want it to, but I would like to use Django: Unchained for this assignment.

I liked this trailer the most.

To make this video look as old as possible, I am going to use After Effects and this helpful tutorial. The stock footage is here.

For the cue cards, I don’t want to stray too much from what the dialogue in the trailers actually say.


I looked at two examples for this assignment. The first is from Crystals Coming Back. I really liked hers. While she didn’t choose a trailer like the directions stated, she found a clip of the movie that went well with the assignment. While I probably wouldn’t go for just greyscale on the video, hers wasn’t hard to imagine as an old film. She chose a fast-paced piano track to go along with the video, but it didn’t match in some parts. It felt like it wasn’t for the clip which should be the goal in my opinion.

The second example I looked at was from Beebster. I was disappointed! I didn’t feel like her explanations for her choices were good enough. Firstly, I would not have chosen a song from the soundtrack or related to the film. At the very least, find a new song. I think piano or orchestra music would have been better. I also would prefer the cue cards she was sure her clip was better without! In some parts, I think they are required, otherwise you leave your viewer going



Music Video

For my second assignment, I know for sure that I am doing the Music Video one. I used to make music videos like this all the time when I was in high school, but I never have the time. Now I have to make time for this.

My first task was to find the song. I knew that I wanted to do Game of Thrones — DUH. I chose “Seven Devils” by Florence + The Machine. I have the real .mp3 to this song, so I won’t have to convert it from YouTube.

Now, I’m not really sure what I need to post about the clips I’m going to use. I’m going to rip from the DVDs themselves because it is frowned upon in the YouTube community to use video clips from other music videos to make your own. I am going to use some of the trailers, though.

I want to include the speech from Varys you can see here.

The only thing I’m still trying to figure out is what order the clips will go in. That I will figure out in more of a natural way when I’m listening to the song and have all the clips in a folder. Luckily, I’ve done this before, so it won’t be too much trouble!


I looked at the only example on the assignment bank for this one. This one is from Kas Moore. Her music video was okay. It’s hard to judge a DS106er’s job when I have viewed probably thousands of them–and created a few in high school. Even though I realize she created the assignment and therefore has a bit of sway in what she wants it to be, I think she could have done better. I would have used the real song instead of recording it from her own computer’s speakers. If I were to use the actual music video from the song, I would have made it so that the lyrics match the words being sung. 

Since there was only one example, I took an example that I think exemplifies the Music Video (movie/tv-show + music): this video here. Not only are there sound effects, she included the voices and dialogue from the characters. It creates better depth. The song is about Twilight (that Stephanie Meyer book, but I refuse to link you to such a pathetic example of Young Adult literature), but she makes it work with Game of Thrones. Seriously–this is a model for all people thinking they want to edit a video to music.

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