It Was Only Just a Dream

So this week’s assignment was a doozey! Good thing I had a Saturday night free and a good glass of wine!  I won’t belabor the technical/computer issues I encountered because they are completely my own fault but I will give you the high-level overview of how this all went down and all the tools and media I used to complete the assignment.

First, I downloaded the Charlie Chaplin clip.

Next, I perused the foley samples of other DS106ers.  I have to say, my method was give a quick listen and practically choose at random.  My thought: Make the video/audio and decide what the story is when it’s done.

Here are the clips I chose:

Next – putting it all together.  Once my iMovie completed it’s 1hr. of updates (since I never use it) I was ready to go. Well, once I was able to swallow that small lump of panic in my throat that arose when I realized I had NO idea what I was doing.  Thank goodness for YouTube and  other tutorials!  Once I inserted the audio tracks I gave a listen from start to finish.  Not too shabby!  There’s a point in the clip where the Charlie Chaplin character says, ” uh, am I dreaming? ” so I decided to make this into a dream sequence.  Charlie starts out being chased by a pony but once he enters the lion’s cage we hear the dream-like music (I added a track found here) come in and we realize that he’s in some sort of surreal dream state.  He encounters the lion, the tiger, the annoying dog, and the strange girl that wants him to escape. It’s all very confusing.  Since Charlie is in a dream, he doesn’t feel the panic to get out of the cage that a lucid person would feel.  Finally, the lion roars loudly enough to wake him from his dream state and we watch him run off into the distance – supposedly to wake up.

Here’s a screen shot of my work:

Screen shot 2014-05-03 at 11.14.00 PM

And, alas, the finished product:

 

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One thought on “It Was Only Just a Dream

  1. A very solid editing effort for your first go with iMovie. The balance and levels of your audio is very effective, and a dream sequence is a great envelope for the story.

    It’s fine to let the story evolved as you remix clips, I’d like to maybe see or ready what are the potential paths for the story – does he awake from a dream or into one?

    There are some visual effects you can apply to clips to make them appear more dreamlike. And also handy in iMovie when you start working with different clips is using the feature to separate the audio from the video (or just muting the video volume).

    I am glad to see your persistence paying off.

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