Remixes & Mashups

When I started this project, I thought about how I wanted to approach a “mashup.” A really good highlight reel? Maybe a timeline? Come on, we can do better, right? Ends up, my brain is more linear-sequential than I would often like to admit, so I quickly found that it was difficult for me to talk about ideas other than in the order they arrived. I was banking on a kind of through-line appearing to tie my bigger ideas together as the project developed, leading to a capstone epiphany! Unfortunately not. The concept that led the way did so mostly in process rather than product. Alexander’s idea of platforms/proscenia really stuck with me through the semester as we tried out new digital storytelling tools, and I was curious to see what happened when stories were displaced from their original proscenia and translated into another. I did quite a bit of messing around with different animation tools before I found one that 1) I could figure out how to use, and 2) had the right “feel,” because this project was more personal than others. In the end, I chose Video Scribe, and I took advantage of their generous 7-day trial offer. What I found most interesting about throwing all of the projects into Video Scribe, was figuring out which ideas from those stories were still salient and expressible on the new platform. It was a genuine struggle to not recreate an entire project in the animation (and you better believe I tried, but I like you all too much to make you sit through a 5+ minute video). I was forced to pare down my projects till all that was left was the core, which is exactly what a mashup should highlight.

4 thoughts on “Remixes & Mashups

  1. Before I even viewed your media project, I read your narrative and was really impressed with how naturally and subtly you wove your definition of a mashup into it. Kudos. Your writing was clear and of appropriate depth, in my opinion, and no writing issues were noted.

    Now for the fun part! I love how VideoScribe let you have the parts move around like they do in a Prezi. It was a cool and uncommon effect. I enjoyed revisiting the highlights of your previous projects as a snapshot of your journey. I especially loved seeing your visualization of your first assignment because, unlike the other projects, that was initially text.

    Happy storytelling to you, too!

  2. You had me here: “Alexander’s idea of platforms/proscenia really stuck with me through the semester as we tried out new digital storytelling tools, and I was curious to see what happened when stories were displaced from their original proscenia and translated into another. ” That curiousity led to some pretty impressive “messing around” this semester, in which you continually stretched the boundaries of what can be done when you think about different ways of telling stories. Your mashup is a great example of this–beautifully executed and informative.

  3. Great job. This is a great way to accomplish this project. Very entertaining. I found myself having to press pause frequently to read some of the text though due to the pace of the animation. It has been a pleasure seeing your work over the semester. As Skip said, you really stretched the boundaries for them. Great job.

  4. I liked this project and I found it more engaging than the original version — and I really liked the subject to begin with. I think Video Scribe added a playful element to the presentation. I didn’t have to pause as Dave did, but it did seem to go quickly in a few spots. Well done. 🙂

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