23 February 2010

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so compressed the quality is awful, still...
video

7 comments:

Saralyn said...

I'm not sure what the file size limit is for Blogger video, but if you're having to compress it too much you might want to try Vimeo. You get 500MB of uploads per week. I'm going to host mine there and then use the embed html to put it on my blog.

Ivyscobie said...

Hi Mike. Nice job with the video essay. The editing and music work so well together. I never saw the connection with the opening of Jackie Brown and The Graduate. The ending of the video was fascinating. It was hard to tell the difference between Inglourious Basterds and the other film clips - I don't know if that was your intention, but I think it works really well. Anyway, nice job. It is too bad you could not upload the video to youtube....

Mike Petitti said...

Sara,

The limit is 100MB, so I'll have to consider Vimeo in the future--I didn't because of some, uh, legal reasons...
Tom,
Thanks! Yeah, I noticed the connection the first time I saw "Jackie Brown"--a paltry month ago.

Julie DURAZO said...

enjoyed your video essay...so how much do you love/hate QT?
julie

aljean said...

Mike: I like how you leave your findings ambiguous, travelling between a set of (at minimum) three possibilities. You raise hard questions, and let us answer them. I think the intercutting between Tarantino and his influences works well in some scenes and less well in others. The cutting is fluid and sometimes it is unclear whose work we are in (but perhaps this is the point?) the music, of course, also smoothes and connects. Perhaps some harder montage would also serve you? Wonder if there is also a place for your actual voice (not just text)?

Mike Petitti said...

Julie,

I love Tarantino, but I agree he's not for everyone and, sometimes, I wonder about whether or not I love him or his clear knowledge of film history--I'd wager it's that I love his movies.

Professor Juhasz,
I wanted, for Inglorious Basterds especially, it to be a bit unclear whose work we were watching from time to time. I hesitate from using my voice because I thought too much inflection may color my overall commentary; also, I'm not entirely fond of my voice when recorded and played back...
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by 'harder montage,' but that may just be because it's a technical phrase for video production that I'm unclear about (this video was the first edited thing I've ever done).

viola2bee said...

Mike - I too love Tarantino's work (I assume you do) and consider him a postmodern auteur among auteurs. Because I've seen all of his movies more than once or twice, I was able to follow the clips. The more films I watch, the more I realize that all of the resonant stories and scenes play over and over in the imagination and on film. Personally, I see nothing wrong with artists borrowing from one another - writers do it. I think it shows a dedication to research and pays homage to those who have tread the path. Nice essay.