Video Essay

I really enjoy film and film analysis. While I enjoy watching films, I haven’t gotten the hang of making them. I found How to Structure a Video Essay extremely helpful for this assignment. Even though my video editing skills are waaaaaay behind his, it gave me some good ideas on how to properly edit my voice over within my chosen scene. While I had already watched Django Unchained, I chose a scene from this movie because, to me, Quentin Tarantino is a more visual/analytical director, making it easier to find different ideas he was attempting to portray.

I think I gained the most knowledge from Roger Eberts How to Read a Movie, specifically the line where he mentions stopping the film to understand what just happened. “Just pause the film and think about what you see.” It really is simple, and applying that to Django Unchained I believe is really important. There are many high tense situations in the film; by pausing those scenes the viewer can review what just occurred and gain a greater appreciation for the scene construction.


I chose to analyze power, and how that is visually portrayed. It’s especially true for this scene. The slave owner constantly insults Django and questions his claim as a free man. As soon as Dr. Schultz is viewed as an equal/higher ranking individual, the slave owners comments towards Django drastically change.

I yanked the movie from youtube and edited it down to my selected scene in Windows Live Movie Maker. I then recorded myself in audacity where I imported my sound bites into the movie project. Finally I uploaded it to youtube! I hope you guys enjoy. Please comment on your thoughts/ideas!

Video Assignment – My Favorite Thing To Do

I’ve got a lot of favorite things I enjoy, but this one seemed fitting after coming home from a long week.

My dog Boomie loves everyone. She is the most un-loyal dog there is! All I had to do was walk through my door and act excited. I filmed this using a horizontal view on my iPhone camera and simply uploaded it to youtube to link to here. I hope you guys enjoy my dog as much as I do!

Video Show Trailer

Since we have a pretty loose idea of what we wanted to do, I chose to keep it fairly open to interpretation. I ripped the opening scene from youtube and uploaded it into Windows Live Movie Maker. I then downloaded some images of puppets and spliced them together (we don’t know how we’re going to make our puppets just yet). I then added captions and overlaid it with the existing footage. I hope you guys enjoy this silly trailer!

Video Assignment – Trailer It

During the first week I was prompted to look up western movies that I had never heard of before. I was also forcing myself to stray away from the more recent films and watch an original spaghetti western. I was inspired by the assignment trailer it from the video assignment bank. Here is my attempt at a movie trailer for No Room to Die (internationally released as A Noose for Django) starring Anthony Steffen.

I initially thought it would be a very difficult assignment, but I had a ton of fun completing it! I played around with Windows Live Movie Maker until I was satisfied with the final product. It was really difficult keeping the trailer length down (I wanted to add in about 5 minutes worth of clips) but I wanted to make it as similar to a real movie trailer as possible. I hope you guys enjoy!