There is no middle ground. — ????1/2

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As I posted in a previous blog post about Pre-Production, I decided to do the Music Video assignment from the assignment bank.

I was a little overly ambitious on this one. I wanted to complete the entire song, “Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine, but I found that I didn’t have the clips I wanted and 2 minutes had taken me nearly 3 days.

You can watch the video first and then read about what I did to create this masterpiece below.


This assignment was by far the most time consuming of all my assignments for weeks 11 and 12.

I am probably the most indecisive person when it comes to things like this. I had about a minute and a half of this assignment completed with a different song, then suddenly decided I didn’t like it and started from scratch. Of course, this put me behind a few days, but I am happy with the results.

Behind the Scenes

I worked with StreamClip to rip the Game of Thrones dvds. I cut them into a ton of little clips of scenes I knew I wanted to use for my video. I also used YouTube videos of Game of Thrones trailers and previews.

Click here for the list of videos

Then I used Adobe Premiere Pro to put the music and the video clips together.

My first goal when creating this was to make sure the music went with the clips. My second goal was to create a story so even the people who haven’t seen the series could follow along–even if it’s just a little bit. I wanted to show that numerous groups and people were fighting for the throne. I had some emphasis on Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons because they change the game when they come into the picture.

I also included a line from Cersei Lannister at the beginning: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” I think is one of the most powerful and far-reaching quotes of the series.

This was the one assignment I was looking forward to because I used to do things like this all the time. I don’t really have the time to do it anymore, so it was nice to have to do it for a class.

While I am overall happy with the product, I can still see all the little mistakes and ill-timed sequences. I guess that’s just part of being creative, though.

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