OCTOBER 6, 2014:

Screen segment from Sonic Outlaws
Read/review William Burroughs, “The Cut Up Method”, listen to Burroughs audio clip
View selections from Elisa Kreisinger, 

Using Download Helper (see prior post or in class handout)
Intro to Premiere: The Basics (see handouts for basics)

Create two sequences from the found footage that you researched, transcribed, and cut-up (on paper) for homework. One sequence should be based on at least one of your paper cut ups. One sequence should ignore it, following your intuition and chance.

1) Finish your in-class project. Export these videos as H.264, to the appropriate Vimeo preset. Upload the videos to Vimeo and post to your blog. If you don't already have a vimeo account, sign up for one here.

2) Begin working on your final project, due for critiques beginning on October 20th. Your final project will consist of a cut-up/ mash-up made from 2-5 sources (no more that 2 video sources). It should run between 3-5 minutes in length. It must be a video edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Your final project should land somewhere between the references we looked at in class, and your own unique vision and perspective.

For next week, I want you to begin working with the 5 sources that you began researching for this week. (If you want to change the, feel free).  Begin assembling these sources into sequences. You should have one main sequence, and two experimental sequences.  Think of these as experimental sequences as magical places where absolutely anything goes and nothing makes sense. GO WILD. ABANDON ALL LOGIC. 

Next week in class, we will do in progress screenings, and have some time to discuss things one-on one. Hopefully we will also have some work time. 

GENERAL NOTES: Be bold and experimental. You should choose things that you don't like, disagree with, wish were different, or want to change. Do not choose your favorite things, something you like very much, or something to which you feel close affection. There is much more potential to radically change something to which you have a bit of distance or distain. Consider using old (historical) footage. Speeches and talking heads are good places to start. Don't limit yourself here, gather options. But do not choose movie trailers. Do not choose the Emma Watson speech (mostly because so many of you love her), unless you want to try to radically alter her message-- or point out how messed up/broken/fractured it is. Remember: FORM IS FUNCTION. 

You may find it useful to plan your video before you make it, or not. Try out different methods of working and see what works for you. This is also why I want you to have multiple sequences, to try out different styles of editing. Be prepared to talk about your different working methods in critique. 

Some very helpful resources:
Internet Archive: HIGHLY SUGGEST using the internet archive to find your source material. It is free and you can very easily download from the hundreds of thousands of moving image files on there. I recommend checking out the "Ephemeral Films" or the "cultural and academic films" sections. 

Download Helper: Download helper is a plug-in for the firefox browser that will help you appropriate video and audio from you-tube like sites. See the previous post for more info. 




Use the internet and/or your personal archives to find a video clip of a historically significant moment in popular culture. This could be a speech, a monologue, a performance, an interview, a lecture, a scene from a movie or television show, etc. It must have synched video and audio. The subject(s) of the video must be speaking clearly, understandably, and recognizably. 

Make sure to bookmark this video for later. We will come back to it next week.

Choose a 30 second fragment of that clip to transcribe. Transcribe it. 

A. Make two copies of your transcript. 
B. Paste one, un-edited copy into your notebook/journal/sketchbook.
C. Take the other copy and cut it up. Rearrange it. Make new meaning. Repeat things. Re-mix.
(NOTE: You do not need to use all of it, but you must use some of it. The goal is to change the meaning of found language through editing alone.) 
D. Make at least ten new sentences from your cut-up transcript. Copy them into your notebook.

Bring to class next week: your laptop with Adobe Premiere Pro, your notebook with this completed assignment in it, and your bookmarked video. 

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