Since today’s schedule was too hectic for me to attempt today’s Daily Create task, I thought I would do the next best thing and post two video assignments for the price of one. If you have to ask, don’t worry: They’re both cut from the same cloth, although one of them deviates from the intended theme. For starters, this particular challenge, worth four-and-a-half stars, recommends that we do the following:
Make a super-short, five-second film – basically enough time for one gag, bit, or joke. See examples (ALERT: Not G-rated, generally) at http://5secondfilms.com/ – or, alternatively, try your hand at creating a five-second version of a major movie.
For this assignment, I decided to make two “five-second movies,” both in the Doug Walker style. The first of which is actually a “five-second anime,” of 1987’s Kimagure Orange Road, and the second is a straightforward mini-film, of the 1992 movie, Stay Tuned, starring John Ritter and Pam Dawber, with the latter one being put up for star consideration, and the former being made just for fun. The same steps apply to making both of these projects, though, so forgive me if the signals are mixed, to say the least.
The first step to making a five-second movie is to download the necessary footage, using whatever conversion sites you can find. In the case of KOR, I registered an account with Kiss Anime, before finding the episode I was looking for, that provided the scene for my “movie.” Following the site’s directions, I right-clicked my mouse over “480×360.mp4,” and saved the link for myself. As for the intro, a quick search on YouTube of any opening sequences to the show led me to another video, that I would download using the website, SaveClipBro.com, which also helped me get a copy of the intro in MP4 form, which was accessible for use on Windows Live Movie Maker.
As for the Stay Tuned video, I originally looked for a full-length version of the film on YouTube, with the intended goal of using SaveClipBro.com to convert it to WMV form so I could also use it on Movie Maker, before complications with the downloading process led me to find another cut of the film, also on YouTube, that’s split into six parts. I only needed the first and fifth parts for this one, since the first contained the opening credits sequence I was going to splice, and the fifth part concludes with one of the most infamous lines in movie history, effectively making it the basis for my five-second version. For the respective audio tracks heard in the closing credit sequences – namely, “Shout” by Tears for Fears and “Start Me Up” by Salt-N-Pepa – I typed in the URLs of two videos that contained those songs onto a YouTube-to-MP3 conversion site, and downloaded the tracks once the link popped up.
From there, it was all over but the editing, first with the audio tracks, and then with the videos. The first half of this phase went by rather quickly, as I used Audacity to find the best clip available from both songs, and edit out the rest. “Shout” had an issue during editing, however, as I had to normalize the audio for it to be heard properly. Once I did that, I saved everything, and exported the remaining audio as two edited MP3 files; as you can probably guess, the video-editing process was a bit more complicated.
First came singling out the parts of the opening credits I needed, followed by cutting the remaining footage out of the picture, via the “Split” and “Trim Tool” features of Movie Maker. After I was satisfied with the editing of one clip, I added in the other using “Add videos and photos” to make sure that everything was as seamless as possible between shots – the original “Five-Second Movies” Walker created back in the day had no transitions to their name, after all. Once everything was edited to fit the gimmick I was going for on both counts, I included the stereotypical scrolling credits sequence, instead of the straightforward cut-to-the-end credits, to attempt to provide a more cinematic feel. The fonts I used for the credits – specifically, Cooper Black and Gill Sans MT – were chosen because they best fit in with the fonts of either the anime logo, or the actual credits sequence of the original film, respectively.
After I became satisfied with how everything clicked into place, I saved it all, before turning both of my projects into their own WMV files, so they could be uploaded onto YouTube, in their own right. One usual round of paperwork later, and I have yet another double-feature for you to enjoy. So, if there are no further delays, let’s roll the flicks, and see what it all built up to for ourselves.