Time for some video making magic.
The assignment is called “Favorite Actor/Actress Reel” and it is worth 4.5 stars. The exact instructions are:”Create a 30 to 60 second highlight reel of your most enjoyable movie scenes from your favorite Actor/Actress.”
Okay, there are memes about Leonardo DiCaprio and how it is seriously time to give him an Oscar. It’s a funny running joke but it’s also not very funny at all. 90% of the movies that he has starred in I absolutely loved. I don’t know if he’s just been lucky with directors or movies but I feel that he always brings a fantastic leading character. What is going on in the industry?! Titanic, Inception, BLOOD DIAMOND! His Wikipedia page shows all of the awards he has been nominated for and some of the ones he has won and I am surprised and disappointed that his major roles won small awards like MTV Movie Awards. He is an extraordinary actor. When I watch him, I feel the character and their emotions and their life. This makes me think the awards industry is just like any other now: all about who knows who. Maybe Leo made somebody important mad, or maybe he stepped on the wrong toe and now they will forever torture him. This brings me to the point that it’s hard to tell these days if awards and recognition are actually given to a person because of their achievements or because of some backdoor deal and negotiation. I am never surprised anymore when a news story breaks about secret emails or meetings or lies. It’s just how the world is now. The message here is: One, Leonardo DiCaprio is amazing, and two, fact check and recheck everything you hear.
The Process *click on 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.
Next, choose your videos! I searched YouTube for some of my favorite Leo movies and grabbed some clips. Also, the snapshots below are just an example of how iMovie works. After I finish a project, I have a tendency to delete all unnecessary files and then i go back and do a write up of what I did. I didn’t use any music for this assignment because I wanted to leave the clips with the sound. 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.
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 or sound alterations. Titles, transitions, backgrounds and etc can now be found right above your imported clips. I used transitions between every clip. You can play around with all of them and see how they look. Below is an image of two clips with a transition. The transition is the two white arrows facing each other and you can change the duration by double clicking on it.
Titles are also a great way to add some sense to a video. I used them to make a title of what movie the clip was from. Just click on the title that you want and then it will show up only our screen. Type what you want and press enter. The title bar right above your clip can be extended or shortened if you want the title to last longer or shorter. It can also be dragged to different positions in the clip in case you want the title to appear at a certain point in the clip. When I was done stringing everything together, I clicked on “file”,”share” and “file” to export my movie. Below is a clip of what that looks like.