Ds106 Assignment B–Cartoon The Head!

For this assignment, I take any person, thing, or animal and apply a cartoon character head to it. One of the best cartoons of all time is The Regular Show, which features a blue-jay named Mordecai & his best friend, a raccoon named Rigby. I took real photos of a live blue-jay and raccoon and placed the cartoon heads over them.



What A Crappy Font Can Do (Assignment A)

The assignment was to take a popular logo and use a “crappy” font to see how much the logo would change. I chose to take the Google logo and use Windings for a couple reasons. One, I hate the font and think it’s terrible. Two, it sort of goes with Google because a lot of times they use pictures and other symbols to represent the logo.

assignment bank a

You can see the assignment here.

Ds106 Assignment B : Six Word Memoir

The purpose of this assignment was to have a six word autobiographical quote and a picture that illustrated it. I decided on this assignment because I tend to be very wordy and I wanted to see if I could adequately sum up some aspect of my life in a mere six words. This assignment had A LOT of great examples, many were drawings but I’m artistically challenged so I opted to use a collage of pictures.



How The Dark Knight Rises Should Have Ended

Remix of the The Dark Knight Rises. The Purpose and character use in this remix is satirical. The characters are in cartoon form versus actors from the film. The cartoons are pretty close in appearance to the originals. The original work is published and it’s one of the highest grossing movies of all time. This factors into the fair use of this cartoon. The cartoon is creative but it also mentions many key plot points of the original work. Proportion is were fair use is a little more likely for this sketch. Its a short video and in comparison to the movie it is very tiny. Its market is hard to depict. It’s transformative use is definitely a parody so it could fall under free speech.

Remix: The Disney/Hunger Games

I chose a video mashing up the Hunger Games and different Disney and non-Disney movies. This is an example of transformative use because it is changing the nature of the original work. In the case of this video it is changing multiple different works, the Hunger Games and the different Disney movies that are used. Because this is a creative take, it could become controversial because the creator didn’t obtain permission to use the material. I feel like this video doesn’t cause a lot of controversy though because it seems like it’s just a fun fan video and I feel like people as well as the makers understand this. By looking at the comments it also seems like many people enjoy the video and think it is funny. It also promotes all of the movies giving people more initiative to watch the different movies that are featured, boosting the original media as well as the youtube video. As far as being something that is fair use, I think that this video does a good job of being fair because it is only using clips from movies and the credit is given to all of the different movies that were used. Also, the person who created the video takes no credit for the different clips.

Disney/Hunger Games Trailer

Ds106 assignment 2

Castaway Creep on a Movie

The assignment was to photoshop yourself into a well known movie and use the creepiest photo possible. This was my first time using photoshop so it was a little rough. I thought Castaway was an interesting movie to creep on since a major part of the movie was him thinking he was alone on the island…if only he turned around.

This assignment can be found through http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/creep-on-a-movie-scene/

“Mean Disney Girls”

I found this video by just typing in the word “remix” into the search bar. It is a compilation of clips from famous Disney princess movies put to the trailer of the 2004 movie Mean Girls. Particular princesses are assigned to each voice in from the Mean Girls trailer. For example, Lindsey Lohan’s character, Cady, is represented by Ariel from Disney’s Little Mermaid. I have not heard of this or of any controversy that it might have caused.Though, it does in fact involve two sources that probably did not give the person who did these clips of media, so the real question is: is this fair? I can’t imagine anybody really getting upset or offended (besides Sleeping Beauty fans), so the real problem would be if using this media hurts either of its sources. If anything, it promotes Disney and Mean Girls with a comedic approach that brings together two different audience. Transformative use is obviously seen in this clip because it is a remix in itself. This is because it uses Disney princesses and Mean Girls in a totally new way. I do not believe that it is going against any sort of copyrights because no real harm has been done and freedom of speech has really been used. The purpose of this video does not go outside of simply for comical reasons and not for commercial or profit use so it is. Even though this video is seemingly harmless, it doesn’t seem to be used for any educational reasons. This could be interfering with the idea of fair use and the purpose behind it. I could see myself using this as an example for an assignment in class. Though, I would probably have my own student have their own “I do not own” segment before the actual start of the clip. This clip does not do this and therefore could invade on fair use.

Mean Disney Girls:

Remix-Diamond In the Back

The song entitled “Diamond In the Back” was originally created by musician William Devaughn. Years later the song was remixed into a song entitled ” Diamond In the Back” as well created by rapper Ludacris. Only the sound and main hook was used for Ludacris’s song. There is a slight difference in sound but the majority of it is based off of the original. Music is a perfect example of remixing within pop culture. I dont think there were any controversy over this song. A lot of people including myself didnt even know that this song was based from an original song beforehand. Ludacris’s version of this song did not “copy” the orginal word for word, and credits were due to the original source. In regards to transformative, Ludacris’s version of the song used a small portion of the original song to use for his version of the song which then weigh’s in favor of  proper fair use for his song,” A use is usually more in favor of fair use if it uses a smaller amount  of the source work..”.

Link for William Devaughn’s version:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myCDlel_Ek8&feature=share&list=LLTBBjPLT0ZuETOie5mhNtSg 

Link for Ludacris’s version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmju9gIomrI&feature=share&list=LLTBBjPLT0ZuETOie5mhNtSg