November 12th, 2015 by admin

Having already earned eighteen stars in the form of my last four challenges, this last one does seem rather pointless in retrospect. Then again, both this and my mandatory assignment are all that’s left to do before Kyosuke’s birthday this Sunday, and the latter is also going to be the toughest task I’ve had so far, as I attempt to pull off a visual trick worthy of David Copperfield in his prime. With that in mind, I would like to present to you my warm-up act for this weekend’s proceedings.

Create a supercut montage of overused dialogue, themes, motifs, film-making techniques, etc. for a particular character, TV show, film, and/or public figure. A supercut is a “fast-paced montage of short video clips that obsessively isolates a single element from its source, usually a word, phrase, or cliche from film and TV. Supercut.org collects every known example of the video remix meme.” For examples and descriptions of supercuts visit:

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/supercut
http://supercut.org/

It was during a visit to the latter site on this Video Assignment post that I saw the inspiration for my penultimate bit of editing this week, as someone managed to find all of the times in the first thirty episodes of the animated series, Darkwing Duck, where a variation of DW’s signature entrance is used in one form or another. Naturally, the basis for my supercut would be the next thirty episodes of the show, at least according to when they aired as part of The Disney Afternoon in the early 1990s. Before I get things started, however, it should be noted that there is a reason why the “Supercut” challenge was worth five stars at the time I chose to do this particular task. That’s because the footage you’re about to witness at the end of this entry is the direct result of two whole days of trimming non-existent film reels, just so I could find more of the times Drake Mallard told anyone within earshot of him that he was “the terror that flaps in the night!”

For this particular task to work, I started by signing up with another website: KissCartoon, which focuses on Western animation, yet still allows users to download episodes for free, much like its sister site, KissAnime. After finding and saving all of the necessary files on my computer, the hard part kicked in, as I spent countless hours on Windows Live Movie Maker, finding and editing every last clip to the best of my ability. To help me find the clips faster, I decided to watch the separate episodes, while editing the footage, on my computer. As soon as I found the footage I needed while watching the footage, I would locate it on Movie Maker, split and splice accordingly – for no less an important reason than making the final product as presentable as possible – and delete any excess footage once the edits have been made. I kept everything in a chronological order, according to when each episode was put up on the site, and thus premiered on The Disney Afternoon. There is no background music playing this time around, as I wanted to keep everything intact for this piece.

After doing this for thirty episodes’ worth of material, despite the later revelation that some of the episodes I chose didn’t even have the phrase be said at all, I made my opening and closing credits using the closest color scheme possible to those of Darkwing’s signature domino mask – purple, with sky-blue for the eyes. As for the font, I settled with Showcard Gothic, since it seemed to be the most accurate of the choices I had, regarding a matching font for the show’s logo. The lynchpin of the entire piece was a post-credits stinger, from the episode, “Slime Okay, You’re Okay,” when DW’s sidekick, Launchpad, essentially tells his friend to “work on a shorter intro.” Once I was satisfied with the combined product, I saved everything as is, exported the footage to a separate file, and uploaded it to my YouTube channel to conclude my broadcast day.

To sum up, once I crossed the sixteen-star threshold, I felt like the only real challenge left was my mandatory assignment, which I’ll get to next. However, this one was my toughest assignment to date, and I think it may have been for the best. I now have a lot more respect for editors in general, and the movie industry as a whole, through a task that tried to help me identify one of the most prominent clich├ęs in all of cinema, and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful. Overall, these twenty-three stars of mine were definitely well-earned, and now that all my efforts can be seen on both my YouTube and Vimeo accounts, it won’t take long to see why.

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