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Here's a short film for the "City Autopsy" collaboration.
Special F/X by my brother, Beanfeldvfx.
We're just doing our small part to spread world peace and promote excessive coffee drinking.
In a film that runs 153 minutes there are many sequences of great editing. It was cut by Walter Murch, one of the greatest editors in history, and it will always boggle my mind how he was able to construct such a mesmerizing film out of the chaos that was its two year shoot (chronicled brilliantly in the documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.")
> For this entry you will need to refer to the following off-site clip:
It will be most beneficial if you watch the clip in its entirety, or better yet go and watch the entire film. But for the purposes of this RECord I will refer to the above YouTube clip and its timeline.
Essentially Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) has been summoned from isolation to embark on a dangerous mission to assassinate a rogue colonel (Marlon Brando) who has apparently gone insane during the Vietnam War and recruited an army of Vietnamese natives to worship him. Defying the U.S. military and their war strategies, Brando's character needs to be executed. And Willard is to be the dark soul to do it.
> Please begin watching from 3:15 until 4:53.
This minute and 38 second sequence changed the way I watched movies forever. I went from thinking of editing as "Person A talks and when Person B talks you cut to them, and then back to Person A again."
Of course almost all movies are cut far more elaborately than that, but in this sequence the mood for the entire film is presented in the way Mr. Murch selects images to go along with Brando's eerie voice recording.
Here are some bullet points to consider with regards to this sequence:
* There is no musical score throughout the scene. The voiceover sets the rhythm.
* Brando's character is only shown in a photograph (and this is the first time he shown in the film.) The photo itself is shadowy, and very noir-like. But it's really the voiceover in the background that makes the photo seem darker. Mr. Murch plays with our senses with this juxtaposition of image versus sound.
* Prior to the audio tape being played, the men in the room with Willard have only been shown in long shot. As the voiceover plays we finally get close-ups of their faces. Suddenly the "meet and greet" atmosphere from earlier in the scene is gone and it is replaced with introspective shots of the men listening to the disturbing words being played.
* At 3:45 Brando uses the words "crawling, slithering" during the close-up of the shrimp. This subconsciously makes the shrimp unappetizing, and yet the man picks away at them. This creates a variety of metaphors.
* But the one shot that stands out to me, and really got my attention, was at 4:35 when the camera pans from a close-up of the knife over to the still hand. I always thought to myself how much it stood out, and yet it fits in with the way the pan up shot was done with the shrimp. Those two shots make the viewer think of more than just the words, or the characters, or the mission that is being set up. They are symbols, and the knife to the hand is reminiscent of an earlier scene where a suicidal Sheen cuts his hand on glass and spreads the blood all over his body before emotionally breaking down in a lonely hotel room. So much is said with the knife pan, and yet it's just a few seconds of film and it's so brief that the casual viewer may think nothing of it.
So, much more can be said of this scene, and the film itself. And many other movies at that. But this has always been what started my interest in editing. It's the ability of an editor to make the viewer instantly feel something. In this case it's uneasiness in a variety of ways.
Mr. Murch achieves this while also informing the audience, and Sheen, of Brando's state of mind with the audio tape. The information on the tape never gets lost in the editing. In fact it gets heightened by the shot selection, and what images go with what audio. If you really think about it, it could have been very tempting to actually show Brando speaking the words in flashback form, or to show cutaway footage of the war.
But it's the mystery in not knowing and the restraint in showing just a simple photo of Brando that lures the mind. And then, as we're shown the affect the words have on the men in the room, we start to construct our own views about who Brando is. Sheen begins to do this as well throughout his trek toward the river compound where Brando and his native army reside.
In closing I think as much as we can learn from one another on the site, bringing in an outside source every now and again can be a very constructive thing. I think it's very important to study and discuss the legends of the motion picture business so we can all share our reactions to art on and off the site as well.
There are some minor changes to the opening and I played around with Phonontek's beat a bit. I added sound effects to my verse but left Kam's verse as is.
I'll upload a separate RECord with the lyrics.
Any non-hitRECord sound effects are from here: http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/
Continuing to build off of lava_tornado's "feet first" and Babbish's "Battlin Beats." There's a verse by me in the middle. I decided to call this version "BATTLEstars" because I added some science fiction elements for whatever reason.
I basically integrated my verse into the "Battlestar Beat" RECord (REsourced below) but I did trim down a section of that and added some slight modifications, namely a ray gun sample from www.sounddogs.com.
See if you can catch some of the references to the movie and its characters.
Lyrics are in a separate RECord and REsourced below.
An audio/video journey through the past years of hitRECord on its 6th birthday!
(5.7.05 - 5.7.11)
I particularly liked his discussions on the change in technology. It was as if he was actually alluding to the Internet, which came about decades after that interview.
There were also some parallels in this to wirrow's "and a new earth." I love what Dr. Leary said about "the screen" and who owns it. It was a very simple and effective moment.
I REsourced via's "me and tim leary" RECord as well. I'd be interested to hear some feedback. I hope that I was able to capture his spirit in this video. :)
The following puclic domain footage was used for this one:
"Growing Up In America" -
Definitely a somber piece, but I'm hoping the closing involving the musicians ends this one on a positive note for you, the viewer.
The following public domain footage was used:
Remember what it was like the first time you got to leave the neighborhood alone... on a bike?
Last year I interviewed my two friends Billy and Dan Chandler (they're twins.) They did candid discussions about similar dreams and feelings they had about the way the unexplored sections of their neighborhood appeared to them.
Both brothers seemed uncertain if certain aspects of their recollections were memories, dreams, or nightmares...
The following Public Domain videos were used:
* "You and Your Bicycle" > http://www.archive.org/details/YouandYo1948
* "Bicycle Today - Automobile Tomorrow" > http://www.archive.org/details/BicycleToday
What an absolutely wonderful song. It was an honor to work with this piece of music and, as I've said before, it's always just unreal to find so many pieces of art here that I wholly connect to.
I count this RECord as one of my most personal edits. And I hope this will connect with all of you.
Just want to thank the three cinematographers of this moment. Having so much footage to cut back and forth from really demonstrates how cool the RECording process is when multiple people RECord the same thing and then upload what they saw, and how they saw it.
Hopefully re-presenting this dance expresses all the fun we all can share together as we interpret the art of one another.
This is Version 2 of a tiny film of Noah Segan reading "The Diver" during the "hitRECord at the Movies" show at the Vista. The main changes occur when Noah begins reading and when he finishes. The transitions in and out of the story's animated sequence are tweaked.
Here is an updated version of the previous "Shadow Beings Collaboration (teaser)" with an added "coming attraction" title card, some sound effects, and less BFI audio toward the end.
Extra thanks to missamerica for providing some great constructive criticism on the first version regarding the audio at the end. I agree with her 110% in that it works best without the final sound byte, leaving more emphasis on the narrtion and its content.
Here's an edit of pamagotchi's reading of "The Wicked Witch" at the Fall Formal.
Too strange and surreal for an introduction to "hitRECord at the Movies?"
On a side note, I really like the direction that thesherbethead and Edward Shallows took their collaborative intro. So I wanted to REmix their sound effects sequence a bit and then build off of that into something a bit... weirder.
Note: This is the LOW-RES version. The HIGH-RES version is here: http://hitrecord.org/records/377367
This version runs shorter and gets to the point faster.
I really wanted to show how linked we all are by what we create. I couldn't think of a better example than these two videos because each of them RECorded a separate piece to a story. I just wanted to link the two in order to demonstrate how it feels to see people come together from all over the world.
So this one is for Ashley and Lexy. Thank you for your resources. I hope you like this REmix.
This begins as a REmix of my first Interstitial Video, but then it goes into some of the moments I found most memorable and special out of the shows, as well as stuff that just so happened to cut well to the music I selected.
If I had to pick out a moment of this that I would want people to remember, I'd have to say it's the final moment of this video when Joe is watching RECords up on the big screen. The light happened to turn red and it was a great moment to have been captured of this site's creator enjoying the work he has helped us all create.
As an editor of other people's footage, I am always in debt to those that RECorded anything I've used. And in this particular case I really just want to highlight the work of milkriverfilm. His 18 minute "HitRECord @ South by Southwest" is something a lot of people seem to have missed. With only 166 views and 5 hearts as of now I feel it's something that got slept on and I encourage all of you to go check it out! It's marvelous!
Here's the link: http://hitrecord.org/records/65760
What really hit me was how small the world really is. I mean, all of us - this community - was a part of that exchange between Mr. Redford and Joe. What they discussed was what we all do together, and what is being shown to people at Sundance.
We may be all over the world, but we're also all together. Part of a new frontier. Together.
This was a very special project to REmix and I hope everyone enjoys it.
A visual examination of the patterns in reality, our mind, and the universe, set to the words of Carl Jung.
The high-res version, for REmixing purposes, can be downloaded here: http://hitrecord.org/records/305321
The following Public Domain footage was used:
"El Mundo Interior" - http://www.archive.org/details/ElMundoInterior
He has some really great things to say about found footage, like: "Make art out of garbage instead of buying garbage. Instead of buying more garbage... make something beautiful out of it! REdeem it!"
That's the kind of stuff I love to hear. It's a great mantra, and it's his own way of announcing he is in fact RECording.
So I REmixed the fuck out of "Channel Zero: Craig Baldwin" and REmixed kisskissfantastic's "RElax" and made my own homage to the found footage of Mr. Baldwin.
I used the following public domain video:
"Channel Zero: Craig Baldwin" - http://www.archive.org/details/baldwin
RegularJOE's "Patterns & Prayers" REmixed with Malicore's "Jail of Love" and set to visuals of French clowns.
The following Public Domain video was used: "I Clowns"
* The link on archive.org appears to be inactive due to an error. I sent an e-mail to archive.org requesting information on its public domain status, but have yet to hear back.
Here is Version 1 of the video for "A Fake History of Miami."Voice over by Day Glo, co-written by RegularJOE and myself, and packed full of Public Domain resources.
Dr. Gory set the bar insanely high with his "Nutshell" RECord. He's got a lot of photos, audio bytes, and an array of supporting imagery that present "SITC!" in all its Technicolor glory. My new version doesn't attempt to be as in-depth as his. He nailed the storytelling aspect! Just nailed it!
"Summer REcap" merely serves as a bridge between "Nutshell" and my earlier, and much more abstract RECord, "Summer On the Moon."
After viewing this several times it's always going to be unfortunate to have trimmed out some of the funnier moments (like the tequila shot, the Quicktime error, and many other little bits.) But that's editing. Some things fit into some structured edits while others don't.
I hope you all enjoy this interpretation of the REcap concept,a long with all the others that are pouring in. It's a night I'll never forget. <3
I've been trying to make my "Summer In the City!" REcap RECords as diverse as possible, playing around with the moods a lot in order to avoid too much of the same thing. That being said, I opted to go the quieter route for this REmix of the third, and final, "Summer In the City!"
Even though it was so high energy and packed full of spectacle I wanted to attempt to present it in two parts: one as a mini-musical intro of sorts featuring Nathan's "Morgan SiTC Score" and second as a visual montage set to ForestKnauff's poetic "Light-Bulb Scars" (listen to those lyrics - they match the themes and tone of "SITC" perfectly in my opinion.)
There's still more footage rolling in to the September 6th "SITC" collaboration, so consider this a work in progress. It can be built on and REmixed quite a bit. And then perhaps it can be used for a more comprehensive REmix featuring sounds from the show, rather than just montage imagery.
Inspired by the vibes of sample-heavy '90s rap beats, here's an experimental cinematic dream sequence about revenge.
This is the "lower"-res version. The high-res version, for REmixing purposes, can be downloaded here: http://hitrecord.org/records/324350
The following Public Domain videos were used:
* "Arch of the Triumph"
* "Public Domain - Our Feature Presentation HD Clean & Dirty"
When we dream about an experience our minds tend to present our memories back to us in some sort of fragmented state. Instead of REplaying the experience back to us, often times we get glimpses of moments, of people, and often our auditory senses distort the playback in our head.
So this is how a dream about hitRECord at Sundance 2010 might look, and feel, in the unconscious state.
Here is the low-resolution version of / Parallels /. The high-res version, for remixing purposes, can be downloaded here: http://hitrecord.org/records/543369
An abstract remix of Channing Tatum's "Half a Clown."
Caught between the parallels
This great illusion shining
Like the end of a long winter
Time is this shallow dream
Held together with string
And as the shadows glimmer
The calm returns like magic
To stay until dark
There's a lot going on in this RECord that I can't truly explain. When I edit, I'm really just piecing together what *feels* right. This felt right to me.
Feeling doesn't always transition into understanding. And that's the power of creation. And art itself.
Lukus' "Accents" put me in a particular state of mind and I went exploring through the site to find visuals that emoted the audio. GimikJo has an excellent compilation album from earlier today and that was a big help. Also searching by "tags" is always a great way to find pieces to the puzzle. And some RECords, like "A Boy's Dream," are sitting in the back of my mind (and saved on my computer) just waiting for the right project.
So, here's "Dream Ascension." I'd love to hear what everyone's interpretations are.
"The scientist had a lab..."
Rarely has a RECord struck me as emotionally as stargirl1013's "Starlight Drive-In" vignette. The camerawork was raw and seemed like such a personal perspective of what remained of a local movie drive-in she had just discovered.
Her reflections were so striking to me and she had matched her voice over with the perfect companion in amferraro's "careless young." Normally in a remix containing voice over I may ask for the track separate, but I was able to trim and rearrange it with the music in tact. In a way it preserved the precious timing of the original.
Drive-in footage was tough to come by but I think the visual emphasis in the cutaways is more about the people themselves that used to sit in their cars watching movies together rather than grandiose cinematography of the drive-in experience. Besides, stargirl1013's piece was really about what remains of what once was.
I love drive-ins, and I'm glad that some are still around. I hope more will be built for future generations.
The following Public Domain footage was used:
"Drive-In Intermission 23" - http://www.archive.org/details/Drive-inIntermission23
"Drive-In Movie Ads A Go-Go" - http://www.archive.org/details/Drive-inMovieAdsAGo-go
"Very Special Coffee" - http://www.archive.org/details/VerySpecialCoffee
The narration REquest produced some absolutely amazing REsults and the contributions featured an array of wonderful Southern accents. It was a tough decision to make based on all the awesome readings there were to choose from, but I decided to go with rjdpa's "Brush Script V.O." I felt he captured the omniscient storytelling voice in a such a marvelous way, and he created a mood with his tone and accent that just fit the piece perfectly. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to this project!!!
I used the following public domain footage to make this RECord:
"Master Touch (1972)": http://www.archive.org/details/TheMasterTouch_AVI
"Asian Clones (1987)": http://www.archive.org/details/CC434_asian_clones
"Tim Leary In Folsom Prison (1978)": http://www.archive.org/details/Timothy_Leary_Archives_305
"Font City": http://www.archive.org/details/fonts_2
"Tanz in den Mai 2003": http://www.archive.org/details/TanzInDenMai2003
And I wanted to make sure that "Master Touch" was definitely a public domain film. I confirmed its status here:
http://www.publicdomaintorrents.net/nshowmovie.html?movieid=965 and here:
11/11 is but a moment. And that moment is made up of people. Amazing, inspirational, creative, awesome people.
There is so much to REflect upon over the past year. So let's do it together.
The "REmix Theatre" collaboration began on January 18, 2011 and, after nearly three months of hard work by the contributing community, the 'Pilot Episode' is officially on the air.
I had no idea if making a quasi late night television show was even going to be possible. But I figured it was worth a try.
As outlandish a concept as it was at times, the community was remarkably supportive and immensely helpful in contributing the essential pieces to the project. And I wanted us to aim high, making the show as close to real television as possible: commercials, credits, bumpers, and network IDs had to be created just for this.
With the pilot in the can, my hope now is that this Pilot Episode will help inspire future installments. The idea behind "REmix Theatre" was always to establish some kind of structure and then have other hitRECorders pick and choose which parts they would like to carry over into new episodes. And with new episodes would come new Featured RECords, new fictional host characters, and new formats.
I did my best to cite every REsource involved with the project but I did want to highlight a few key contributors to this production, without whom none of this end product would have been possible:
* thesherbethead: I'm forever indebted to this creaive spirit. His theme music contribution really kickstarted the whole thing when it was in a lull and helped me figure out the direction it truly needed to go in. And Vincent McSuperfly is a character I really enjoy. Did you know that #McSuperfly has been trending since 1976? I thought it was since '77, but wikipedia was incorrect.
* Melanne: Heavily involved from the get-go, Melanne's ideas and passion motivated me day in and day out to keep going and stick with it.
* themetafictionist: Every single RECord on the site has the ability to inspire. When themetafictionist uploaded "How To Wear Your hitRECord Button" I remember thinking for a while what her RECord reminded me of. Then it came to me. It was like an infomercial from the '50s. I had already REmixed a Public Domain ad for "Free TV" and I had decided that was to be the lone commercial for the show. But then I decided to work on the "Retro RECord Store Ad" collaboration and that was one of the most fun things I've worked on (plus I think it adds a nice light-hearted touch to the show.)
* Dolphin170: There were so many excellent logos uploaded to the initial "REmix Theatre" collaboration, but Dolphin170's "Hitrecord Network Logo" was the one that I found myself really connecting with. Her logo was so uniquely retro and simple, and it hit on all the points I was looking for. That one design became so integral in the crucial "Network IDs" that bookend the episode.
The following Public Domain clips were used:
* "Shock Waves" - http://www.archive.org/details/ShockWaves-Trailer
* "The House That Dripped Blood" - http://www.archive.org/details/TheHouseThatDrippedBlood-Trailer
* "Madman - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/Madman-Trailer
* "Ruby - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/Ruby-Trailer
* "Corruption - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/Corruption-Trailer
* "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/DraculaHasRisenFromTheGrave-Trailer
* "The Virgin of Nuremberg - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/TheVirginOfNuremberg-Trailer
* "Maniac - trailer#1" - http://www.archive.org/details/Maniac-Trailer1
* "The Wicker Man - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/TheWickerMan-Trailer
* "Taste the Blood of Dracula" - http://www.archive.org/details/TasteTheBloodOfDracula-Trailer
* "Don't Open the Door - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/DontOpenTheDoor-Trailer
* "Horror of Dracula - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/HorrorOfDracula-Trailer
* "One Dark Night" - http://www.archive.org/details/OneDarkNight-Trailer
* "Our Feature Presentation HD Clean & Dirty" - http://www.archive.org/details/PublicDomain-OurFeaturePresentationHdCleanDirty
* "Drive-in: Save Free TV" - http://www.archive.org/details/Drive-inSaveFreeTv
I revisited this Tiny Film and added music to give it an extra kick. Other additions include an extra logo and some audio/visual tweaks.
This is the low-res version of "At the Vista." The high-res version (for downloading and REmixing) can be found here: http://hitrecord.org/records/399509.
A HUGE THANKS to all the hitRCorders who filmed the events and provided all the footage. I think everyone's getting the hang of the live show recording!
Also, another HUGE THANKS to audio engineer extraordinaire jeffpeff. His audio tracks came in handy big time with this video.
So... what's different in V2 you ask? Lots.
In addition to some new cuts throughout the first two acts, the two choruses at the end are packed full of historical icons of change. Rather than wrap up the RECord with just the animation (like in V1) there is lots of back-and-forth between the animation and Public Domain footage.
My personal favorite addition is the overlay of the Sundance singalong footage over the end titles. Such a great series of moments from earlier in the year.
Well... the end is drawing near on this REmix so please chime in on with REmarks for your feelings on this. Your input will help craft the final version!
Thanks again to everyone contributing to the two collabs on this. An extra thanks is in order for gweninterrupted for all of her devotion to this project. She's located a ton of great Public Domain footage and has been so helpful in organizing all of the RECords categorically and drawing attention to certain footage.
Additional P.D. footage:
There's 20 or so "1987" readings (so far) and when it came time to select one for the first version it was insanely difficult. The diversity of the readings was amazing because everyone interpreted the story, and its telling, in such unique ways.
Some readings went pretty fast, others went at a slower pace. Some were absolutely deadpan while others sounded straight off an R-rated radio report.
After sampling each of the readings over the visuals I had compiled I decided that Day Glo's reading suited the story I had originally envisioned. But even that isn't entirely true because I always knew the reading itself would dictate the pacing, the shot selection, and the overall tone of the video.
Day Glo's reading jumped out at me because it sounded like a report you'd hear on BBC, but it also had an even flow throughout. He read at a consistent pace that maintained the same tone without drawing too much attention to any particular line. Even the profanity remained subtle and advanced the story without making me think too much about what I'd just heard.
I hope that makes sense.
Having said all of that, I will be uploading a second version with JUST THE VIDEO and short sample of iBrew's "Aunt Roy's Picnic" (which plays briefly over the title.) That way everyone can REmix the video with different readings.
The way I edited the video however is matched to Day Glo's reading, so a new edit will probably have to be done to match the pacing of someone else's voice. All the REsources are cited (including the public domain footage) so anyone can use those same videos to REmix the visuals.
Alright, enough rambling...
Oh, and I'll start a collaboration too. :)
The following public domain footage was used:
"The Market Programme"
"Investment Software (1988)"
"Investment Software (2/4/1986)"
"Shotgun Sound Effect"
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