I chose to do my remix on a video done by a Youtube channel’s, Screenjunkie’s, parody on the horror movie franchise, Halloween. This remix takes the voice of Mike Myers and plays it during various scenes of Halloween as Micheal Myers, who are two completely different people. Mike Myers is a Canadian comic actor and Micheal Myers is a fictitious mass murderer. It’s humorous because lines from Mike Myers’ movies (Austin Powers, ect.) are being applied to the rather mute, very serious Micheal Myers. I decided to this particular clip because of its funny content and the fact that I’m obsessed with horror films.
We turn to the media education document to find out if this remix is of fair use and an example of transformative use. The first of the four statutory factors questions the purpose and character of the remix. Since the video is not for commercial or profitable purposes, the Screenjunkie clip passes as fair use for this section. The second factor centers around the nature of the work. Both Halloween and the Austin Powers movies are obviously published, another nod to being fair use. Factor two also makes us decide if the remix is more factual or more creative. Since this a comedic piece, I’d like to think that this video is more creative than factual, credible, or educational. This makes the remix less likely to be fair use. The third area concerns proportions and substantiality. The remix video shows a montage of Halloween clips from a variety of movies and the audio features snippets of dialogue from the Austin Powers movies. The remix video takes small fractions from both movies. The smaller the proportion being used, the more likely it is fair use. To determine a remix’s substantiality level is a confusing task; it requires one to predispose if the remix is using the “heart” of the source material. I would say that this video does not take the heart of anything because the remix does not directly take material from the original source. This also leans the remix towards fair. The final statutory asks whether or not the use has a potential market. I do not think that this particular video will harm either the Halloween’s or Austin Power’s video franchise. Both movies have been out for at least a decade; fans have already been made. Again, this makes video fair. Based on the four statutory factors of determining fair use, I would have to say that my remix is most likely in game of fair use. Lastly, we must decide if this remix is a form of transformative use. Since the article states that parodies are a form of transformative use, I conclude that this video is indeed an example. This use criticizes and comments on the original source and puts the source into a new, creative light.