Wow, I needed a does of ds106 creativity, so I set out tonight to do the very assignment I submitted, Return to the Silent Era:

The dawn of cinema had no audio; silent movies created an atmosphere with music and the use of cue cards. Take a 3-5 minute trailer of a modern movie and render it in the form os the silent era- convert to black and white, add effects to make it look antiquated, replace the audio with a musical sound track. As an example, see Silent Star Wars. Get creative and choose a movie that would look most unlikely to be done from this era.

Presenting… 1901: A Spatial Odyssey:

On my walk home tonight I was rummaging what movies of the future would be fun to retro back, and landed on 2001: A Space Odyssey. I used the “Stop Dave, I’m Afraid” segment where Dave Bowman is working his way toward shutting HAL down- the monologue is all HAL.

After downloading the clip and bringing into iMovie, I first added the effects to the entire clip- I could not combine black and white and the aged film effect, so instead I used the video effects to desaturate the color and add brightness to create the black and white; the aged film effect gives it a tad of a sepia tone.

I then played through the movie, and did splits at each point where HAL spoke; I inserted a screen card I found by google image searching on “silene movie title card”, this one from the

and I removed the “Bang” to make a blank card. At each split, I inserted a 4 second still of the card, with one of the glow effects on it, and added the centered title. I found I could copy/paste the card image, and could duplicate the title by option dragging the blue title track (preserving the font and sizes I had used).

Once I had transferred all fo HAL’s lines to text, I select everything and used Edit-Mute CLips to remove the movie sounds. I then found the Batty MacFaddin music from Kevin MacLeod’s royalty free music site. Then it was adding some closing credits, and one closing shot of HAL and a special guest.

While the assignment said do a trailer, I liked doing a segment of the movie as a silent film. This was a blast and a half!

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  1. It looks like you had fun doing this. Very enjoyable!

    Your description of the process makes me feel I could almost do something like this.

    Now to think of the proper film…

  2. That Royalty-Free music site is interesting (though slightly confusing). After having looked at it a few times, he seems to have a business model based on charging a one time license fee (but not recurring royalty fees) for music he has created when it needs to be used without attribution, but can still be used freely under a CC license if attribution is given. If that is a correct understanding, it is both interesting but could likely be expressed slightly better on his site, it took a bit of puzzling to figure out. I like it, though, because it shows how one of the CC considerations (attribution in this case) can be used to create a small business model. Could see something similar for derived works – free to re-use “as is” but if you want to customize it then there is a small one time fee. Food for thought.

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