Midterm--Mashup (MovieTrailer)

  Although I am majoring in Art, I am NOT what people call 'artist'. I decided to major in art just because I want to learn how to draw or design. In addition, I am not a computer-person, so I have no idea how to edit pictures digitally.
  So here, I have decided to chose ds106 assignment that is totally not in my medium of art.

  I decided to concentrate on the category of Mashup, and dig in even more, by focusing on this one assignment -- Movie Trailer Mashup.

  Here, you are to take your favourite movie trailer, and mix them with another trailer that has a totally different theme. For example, take the video from a horror movie trailer, and mix it with the audio from a comedy movie (if that makes any sense).

  This might be hard, as you have to find good trailers that would match. Only thinking about one of the trailers would not make the whole outcome successful. Just like mixing your voice with audio, matching is the hardest, and the most important part of this process.

Mixing Desk
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Here is one sample made by mixing video from "Toy Story 3" and audio from "Inception".

  It's pretty interesting if you know both movies.
  In addition, the combination with the seriousness of 'Inception' and the so-called-childishness of 'Toy Story 3' is interesting as well.
 I feel that this is one of the fun parts of this assignment, and as I have mentioned before,
the mixing part and how the video and the audio match is very important part.

Here are some more examples of movie trailer mashups. (audio ; video)
Elf ; 300
  - "300" is war movie, and "Elf" is a comedy movie. The gap between the dialogue and the person speaking is matching really well. Also, I really like the movie "Elf", so I personally enjoyed watching this video a lot.

The Ring 2 ; The Runaway Bride
  - "The Ring 2" is a famous horror movie, and "The Runaway Bride" is a romace comedy movie. I have never watched both movies, but it was still very interesting to watch. Since I had no clue what "The Runaway Bride" was about, without being notified about this assignment, I would have thought that this movie is scary.

Strictly Ballroom ; Saturday night Fever
  - "Strictly Ballroom" is a comedy movie, and "Saturday Night Fever" is I believe... comedy too? (looked for it, but is still not sure). The two movies are both about dancing and music, so I think it was easier to match.

  Looking through the blogs, there seems to be a lot of ways you can edit the videos and mix them together. However, all of them look unfamiliar, and hard for me. I think I would only use Windows Movie Maker and see how it turns out.

  This assignment looks interesting, just by looking through the videos that are uploaded on YouTube. I feel they take a lot of ideas and technique, but anyone can do them. I recommend people to do this assignment because it looks, and it is  actually interesting.

...and, just because I want to see a lot of these videos. haha.


Artist2 social networking in Japan

I never left Japan,
and I don't really know much about American culture,
so I will focus on social networking and artist only in Japan.
A lot of Japanese artists use social networking services such as 
mixi (jp)
twitter (eng)
GREE (jp)
and a little bit of
facebook (eng)
Artists use these sites other than their official homepage
to interact with their fans by
 writing about their daily life
   (fans can comment)
uploading photos
  (fans can comment)
   (fans can be notified)
 replying to @tweets and direct messages
   (fans are happy)
I actually got a reply from this one singer
when I sent him a direct message,
and I really got excited.
The message was only 2 or 3 sentences
but it made me so happy 
that I wrote on facebook
            "  I am so happy that I am going to die.  "
There are a lot of ways artists can use social networking services to interact with their fans.
It is interesting, 
that just by posting blogs and pictures
you can also become an 'artist'
receiving comments
and replying to those comments.
'Artists' are not just famous people you see on TV everyday,
but are people you admire.
Those 'artist' doesn't have to be a professional.
A 'fan' can turn into an 'artist' someday
just like producers and singers that are now famous in NicoNicoDouga (jp).
I don't know where I am trying to end up now
so I think I should stop writing...
Social networking sites are some ways that Artists can
directly interact with their fans,
and they can connect closer than when they are on TV.
...I think.