One of the Three Media artefacts that I am supposed to post as part of my Social Technologies module, ‘Spreadable Media’ artefact 1 assignment as mentioned here in one of my blog posts, I chose to do a super-cut video Remix of the Wilhelm scream from any film scenes that used the sound effect.
From an Audio background, video is a bit of a foreign entity to me, I have cut and pasted audio but have never really tempted to do video editing. I first of all downloaded all the videos that I thought would be very useful for this operation. Now that i had files sitting on my hard drive, next step was to start the cutting and pasting process. It hit me that my files were in a .flv format which is a format not supported by the editor software I was going to use to create this supe-rcut. There are lot of free video converters on line but most of them support PCs and my interface is a Mac, now free Mac compatible are available but some of these will imbed their watermark on your converted file and this is not what i was wishing for. To make it worse some links online will actually mislead that the converter is compatible with a Mac or free but after downloading and installing I would realise that this is not the case. After hours of trial and error I approached one of my class mate Natalie Smith, whose speciality is Film, she really helped me find a suitable convertor and recommended a manageable editor software for a novice on video editing as well as a really uncomplicated converter. With all videos converted I had to start editing out the “screams ‘ and putting them together in a sequence I thought would make desirable viewing below is the REMIX video that I managed to come up with;
The Wilhelm Scream REMIX
One of the requisite of my Social Media Technologies module is to create media content that can be spread through social media platforms. The media content could be anything ranging from an image to a video to a photo. The content should be decent enough to get views/hits on the social media platforms. I could team up with another student who has their idea that can easily work together with mine. There is a risk that this content may not get so many likes and hits from viewers. My idea is; To create a super-cut video of the ‘Wilhelm Scream’ cliché.
“One sound effect that has found a following with many sound editors and observant movie
fans is a distinctive scream named Wilhelm.” (Lee Steve 2005 on Hollywood Lost and
Steve Lee (2005) through Hollywood Lost and Found, said that in 1951, the Warner Bros produced a film ‘Distant drums’ which was directed by Raoul Walsh the scream was recorded for one of the scenes in the film then Ben Burtt used the scream in the Star wars and named it Wilhelm after the character that let out the scream-Wilhelm. Today there is a Wilhelm Scream Store with T-shirts, tote bags, mugs and other memorabilia on sale featuring the official Logo of the sound effect.
The Wilhelm Scream Logo
Creating a super-cut video of the Wilhelm Scream may be quite challenging considering that some compilation videos have been produced already. It means that I have to try to match the others and/or even produce a different ‘feel’ altogether. This project will actually involve a lot of work,
- At least I have already picked a topic
- I have to locate sources of material, now I have found a list of quite a number of films that have used this scream in one or more scenes. This is well and good but I will need original footage of the films.
- I have to download the video or rip a DVD. I have to work on legalities here, some of the footage or films maybe copyrighted and I need to research more on how to solve this issue.
- The next stage will be to choose a video editor software, cut the clips line them up and finalise on the order of appearance. I think here that is the stage were I have to use my creativity. Which films from the list can I use for this? Am I going to use text on the screen for every clip? Am I going to cleverly choose a sound track for the video, bearing in mind that I do not compromise the original sound on the clips. Am I going to use narration at the beginning of the video? Do I use a screen with rolling titles of the films where the clips have been taken. These are just thoughts I have been pondering on, what the end product should look like will depend on my creativity.
Compilation video of this Cliché with that has the most number of view
For now this is my only idea and I have to keep thinking of some more.
Lee, Steve. “Sound Effects – The Wilhelm Scream.” Sound Effects – The Wilhelm Scream. N.p., 17 May 2005. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/wilhelm/>.
Baio, Andy. “Making Supercut.org.” Waxy.org: Andy Baio Lives Here. N.p., 16 May 2011. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <http://waxy.org/2011/05/making_supercutorg/>.