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Belly Dancing in the Hall of the Mountain King

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Week 11 & 12 is all about making movies. Literally, making movies and producing video clips is all we need to do.

The Assignment

This assignment was a really cool idea! It is called “Classical-Modern Mashup” and it is worth 4.5 stars. The exact instructions are: Ingredients: 1 piece of classical music 1 modern music video How to make: First, strip or mute the music out of the modern music video. Then layer the classic music on top.Voila! Some hopefully hilarious, weirdly sexual classical-modern mashup.”

The Story

So, Beyonce is like the queen of the world now and Shakira is pretty amazing as well. Their song “Beautiful Liar” popped into my head because I remembered they dance a lot and even have a pretty cool, synchronized belly dance scene. Considering how back in the days of classical music, women were more modest, I thought it would be a great juxtaposition to use this video where they are moving in sensual ways. The music I chose is one of my favorite personal pieces titled “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg. I believe that many of you have actually heard this music many times. The question of modern/classical is a pretty good one to ask. Some people say it’s disgraceful how sexually open our society is today. Others say it’s liberating. Personally, I wouldn’t mind wearing a beautiful dress everyday but I also wouldn’t mind an attempt at belly dancing. There are good and bad things about both sides of the coin. I think this video turned out a winner. I watched it multiple times because I thought it was so funny how they dance to this piece of music and I didn’t just let the whole clip play as it would have originally, I actually clipped parts of the music video to make it fit more with the music.

The Result

 The Process (click pictures to enlarge)

First, you may want to download a great application such as ClipGrab. This allows you to very easily find any clip on YouTube, copy the URL of that clip and paste it into ClipGrab. Then click “download” or “Grab this clip” and the clip should appear as a file in your chosen location. Then you can edit that file in which ever way you want! Below is a picture of what ClipGrab looks like.

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Next, choose your videos! I searched YouTube for a good clip with dancing and decided on Shakira/Beyonce. iMovie is my movie making software of choice (because it came free with my computer, hah!). iMovie recently had an update that changed a few things around. Below is a picture of what the iMovie interface looks like.

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First, import your videos by clicking the little down arrow on the very top left. Once you have imported your videos they will all show up like the one I have of my dog. You can selects parts of them or double click to select the whole clip and then drag it down to the boxes below in the gray area. This is how you will “piece” your movie together. For this tutorial, I did not use any filters but I did mute all the video clips. To do this, look at the top right above where a preview of your clips is. Click on the loudspeaker icon and it will give you the option to mute that clip. Titles, transitions, backgrounds and etc can now be found right above your imported clips. I used transitions between every clip. Below is an image of muted scenes and transtions. As you can see, now there is a little icon with two white arrow facing each other (transition) and there is no sound right below the clips. In the above image, you can tell that there is music because there are sound waves below the clip.

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Finally, I added music.  Click on “audio” above your imported clips and it will take you to your iTunes where you can “search” a specific song. Select the part of the song you want and drag into the space where you see a little music icon at the very bottom of the screen, below your movie clip stream. You are done! Go to “file” “share” and “file” and export your product.

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