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Impacting Moments

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This assignment required some deep thinking and soul searching. It was Movie Scenes that Changed Our Lives, and how it impacted our lives. This assignment proved to be much harder than it appeared. I started off with a movie that immediately caught me by the heart, The Pursuit of Happyness, in particular in the scene with the Will Smith and his son. The movie follows Christopher Gardner and the struggles he faces as he attempts to raise his son but also succeed in the world. This clip involves Gardner telling his son at first that he can’t play basketball, and when his son doesn’t object, he then proceeds to tell him that no one has the right to ever tell him he can’t do something. Will Smith has a tendency to leave me in complete awe, however, this scene in particular was really powerful because it’s something that everyone should take into account in their lives. No one has the right to ever tell you that you’re incapable of something or that you can’t do something, not even your own father, so why give them the satisfaction of seeing you break? This scene just reminds me of how i stay strong for myself, and that despite people telling me that I can’t, it gives me more reason to show them I can.

The second part of the video is a scene from Toy Story 3, and it was the basically the closing out of the entire trilogy. For those of you who don’t know these movies…You should probably get out from that rock you’ve been living under! Toy Story is possibly the movie of my generation. It’s about these toys that come alive when there are no adults alive but there’s so much more to it than that! Anyways, the scene that I chose was the one where Andy says good bye to all his toys, but Woody in particular. This might sound ridiculous but i honestly felt as if I saying good bye to my own childhood as Andy gave away Woody just because he’s meant to much to Andy over the years. Not to mention, I knew i would be graduating soon and i would have to say good-bye to a lot of things as well. It just hit close to home when Andy finally let go of what was left of his child hood so it broke my heart knowing that soon enough, that would be me.

The third clip I choose was from the movie Milk, based on Harvey Milk, an openly gay activist as well as politician during the 1970′s. The movie follows his life, and this particular scene had some comedic relief to it. Although Milk had just received a death threat, this did not stop him from standing on stage and giving his speech. He even teases the crowd and media some. This movie was very sentimental to me just because of my own sexual orientation and this scene in particular shows how Milk had no fears when it came to standing up for what he believed in. It made me see that while you can’t get along with everyone, it is much better to die for what you believe in before conforming to something that forces you to deny who and what you are.

The final part of this video is Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which is basically a sequel to the original Alice in Wonderland, as she returns in Wonderland when she’s older. However, this scene in particular is a very encouraging one and actually something that i do now. Before she fights the Jabberwocky, Alice says six impossible things (before breakfast usually but this time before slaying the Jabberwocky). This is one of my MOST favorites because of how encouraging it is. Before I go into a game now, for rugby, I also think of six impossible things before going in because once you see that you accomplish them, you feel as though you’ve achieved something entirely new. Alice says these things to comfort her as she is fighting, and that exactly how I think now, I say six impossible things that I actually know i can achieve.

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*how the magic happens

To do all of these videos, I downloaded these thinks (here, here, here, and here!) with KeepVid then I realized iMovie for all editing, cutting, and gluing together. :) I also used Audacity to do the voiceover in each scene, and then I dragged over the audio to put into the sequences, which was tricky at first because I wanted to be able to successfully capture the moment without talking over it. However, i think i managed to do that fairly well. I got to use transitioning as well, both inbetween each video and then with text on the screen! This assignment was a wonderful five ?’s!

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