What is remix?
A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding removing or changing pieces of the item. All forms of media, from movies to music, qualify to be remixed. A good remix pulls together two seemingly unrelated materials, and creates a unique piece with a new meaning.
ADmented Reality – Google Glasses Remixed with Google Ads
This video is a good example of a remix that uses satire.
[satire: the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.]
Everybody who uses Google search engine knows that they bombard you with ads. Except they aren’t just ads, they are all ads based off of your searching history (Google owns YouTube too). In Google’s commercial for their new product they show the conveniences Google Glass have to offer.
This video shows an exaggerated, potential side to Google Glass that Google certainly never brought up in their commercial. Who know’s if your experience with Google Glass will actually include annoying pop ups, but its scary to think that Google will have information regarding the things you physically observe, including for how long and when.
THE LION KING RISES: (Original) Dark Knight Rises Trailer Parody
This example of a remix depicts the mixing of audio from one movie and the visual aspect of another. This video maker took the audio of The Dark Knight Rises trailer and added footage from the Disney classic, The Lion King. In this way, they are using only audio to change the plot of a well-known movie and to create something unexpected. Through proper editing and audio syncing you can take things that would normally never be associated with each other and remix it in a way that make sense. What makes this particular video effective is the excellent editing as well as the knowledge that by mixing two very well-known movies most of the people watching the video will know what is going on. It’s also interesting the roles they chose to mix for each character; Simba has the lines of Bruce Wayne, Nala the voice of Selena Kyle, and Scar the voice of Bane. They matched the male leads, female leads, and the main villains. One comment on the video noted the comparison to the story lines of both movies. It brings up the ideas that although they have completely different story lines, both have the same formula/elements that make it easy to see the connection when one creates a remix.
Mrs. Doubtfire Trailer Recut – Horror Film
Mrs. Doubtfire is a movie that would usually catch the attention of family’s. After watching this remix of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire it went from a family movie to a horror movie and it changed the whole aspect of it. If you have ever seen this movie before you would know that it wasn’t made to be a horror movie but this remix somehow makes it work, the way this person that made the remix changed the whole format of it made it something that no one ever could think of. I think the reason that this remix was successful is because no one would image it to turn out this way and it just shows how movies and or TV shows can really turn into anything you want them to with just a little imagination and thought.