Looking for some short films for new material in a variety of genres? Check out Short of the Week, where there are many great selections here and the articles accompanying the movies are a real plus. For starters, you might want to check out The Nobodies, by Greg Bratman and Dusty Brown, who are definitely not nobodies. Navigate to “Playlists” for their award winners for the last few years as well as Sundance winners and such categories as sports and new media.
Archive for September, 2014
One of the primary uses of ADR – discussed in Chapter 3 (Sound and Image) of Moving Images – is for dubbing the original voices of a movie into the language of the country in which that motion picture is being distributed, whether for cinemas, television, video games, or whatever platform for which it has been made. For most Americans, the term “The Fine Art of Dubbing” might seem like a joke since it is not so prevalently used (except for animation) and a great deal of the dubbing that is done is not particularly effective (such as the longstanding tradition of ridiculously bad dubbing in certain Asian martial arts movies). However, in much of the world dubbing is taken very seriously and the quality can be exceptional. Here is a very interesting and eye-opening portrait of the work of a dubbing specialist, German actor Dietmar Wunder (the previous link is to the New York Times article and accompanying video; here is just the video). He is most famous as the German voice of Daniel Craig’s James Bond. Like with my previous blog posts about the work of the foley artist or sound designer, these resources can provide compelling explorations into the worlds of sound in moviemaking.
Posted in Chapter 1, Media Literacy, Resources, tagged I Forgot My Phone, iMovie Instructions, Mandatory Fun, media literacy, PowerPoint, Resources, Video Production, Weird Al on September 1, 2014| 1 Comment »
Here is a copy of the opening day presentation – Media Literacy and Production Opening – for a course I teach that utilizes the first half of Moving Images. Check it out! (In addition, here is a fresh copy of iMovie Instructions if that may be of use.)
A few words on some of the links: Boxes is a movie made by one of my former students; it provides an exceptional example of visual storytelling and can be great for opening discussions. I Forgot my Phone is used less for its storytelling and more about its thematic content. I also added a few links to media literacy stories from this past summer, including ones that were discussed in posts on this blog. I also linked to one of the most fun media events from this past summer: the week-long release of Weird Al’s videos in support of his album Mandatory Fun. What are music videos – advertisements? Artistic creations in their own right? In this case, each song and video has been created not only as a parody or reflection of a musical style, but also in reference to a particular approach in visual communication, from the one-shot lip dub to stop-motion to white board animation and more. And what do teens think?