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Talking to Myself

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Video magic time!

The Assignment

This was one of our required assignments. It is called “Have a Conversation with Yourself!” and it is worth 5 stars. Here are the exact instructions:”Have a conversation with yourself! Film yourself talking, then change clothes, hair styles, etc and then film the other half of the convo. Edit this in any movie editor program (I used Pinnacle movie maker) To overlap the two scenes so that you are talking to yourself! Play around, to figure out the most efficient way! Also, timing is everything in this! Make sure when talking to leave breaks for your other self to respond!”

The Story

When I was younger, my Russian grandma and my mother always told me to put more effort into my looks. My grandma especially loved to tell me about how she dressed when she was a young beauty in the Soviet Union. I felt guilty about it when I was really young and then I kind of stopped caring because I was busy working and going to school and I just didn’t have the energy to do my hair every day and paint my nails. Now, I still can’t find the time to do some of these things but I am genuinely trying! I do believe that it is important to put time and effort into your looks. I feel so much more confident and ready to take on the world if I wear something nice and do my hair and maybe even put on a little make-up.  My sister is like that and I envy her discipline. She always looks gorgeous to me and I can tell he carries herself with pride. I know that it is standard in modern american culture to say “oh you’re beautiful no matter what sweetie!” but in Russian culture, if you look like you haven’t brushed your hair in a week, somebody will point it out (like your grandmother). So, in this video, I brought in my “twin” who is fabulous and who is not afraid to tell me I look horrible. I secretly wish we all had a little fairy who floated about our ear and reminded us to put some time and effort into our looks before we leave the house. I will never, ever go out in public with my pajama pants on. It’s crazy how many people i’ve seen doing it.

The Product

The Process

This was A NIGHTMARE!!! iMovie does not actually allow you to just superimpose two videos. It’s ridiculous. There is no great way of going about this. I did the best I could based on some tutorials that I have seen. First, I picked out a few simple outfits. Maryna 1 had to look like she just rolled out of bed (which I did) and Maryna 2 needed to look obnoxious, but fancy… obviously a wig and glasses had to happen. I had the wig lying around from a previous Halloween. Then I set up my iPhone in the living room on a tripod. First, I taped me sitting on one side and talking as one character. Then I taped me on the other side. The timing was definitely an issue I ran into multiple times and there are instances where I just didn’t get it 100% right. I could try to explain in words how I pieced this whole thing together in iMovie but it would make more sense to see it. I can say however, that I had to throw in some filters and some brightness adjustments because the whole thing looks HORRID in color. Not really sure why iMovie didn’t have an easier option. Maybe it does and I just didn’t find it.

 

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