The Wizard of Oz Focused Insight

I remember watching the Victor Fleming directed film Wizard of Oz (1939) every year on television. It became a tradition much like watching Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story have become tradition to watch around Christmas. Nevertheless, the Wizard of Oz is listed as one of America’s 10 Greatest Films (and number one in the Fantasy genre) by the American Film Institute. It not only is a memorable film for me, but also one that includes many cinematic techniques.

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Love This Wedding Processional

You may not know that I have an alter ego, but I do. For the past 13 years, I have owned and operated a DJ company (DJs Entertainment), even being fortunate enough to have DJed a few weddings for teachers in our district. I love to personalize events and especially make the receptions memorable and enjoyable for everyone. This normally starts with how couples and their bridal parties are introduced. Well, I had a friend pass along this video of a FANTASTIC wedding processional (complete with choreography and set to Chris Brown’s “Forever”):

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Over 4 Million Served…Viewed

This highly viewed commercial is great not only to watch for its entertainment and special effects, but also with the Rule of Thirds in mind. See if you can count the number of babies in this one minute commercial. I can tell you it’s no where near the number of viewers and it’s between 75 and 100. Don’t worry, they all signed a release…

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Video Montage – Never Forget You

I changed my montage project today and abandoned a project I had been working on earlier in the week. While I was pleased with the outcome, I was having trouble finding the right song to fit the story I was trying to tell. Late last night, I discovered a box filled with some recordings from my college days. Finding this box took me down a completely different path for my montage (although I didn’t necessarily know it at that time).

For my project, I was able to choose a song in which I didn’t have to worry about copyright issues. In college, I became friends with a talented musician who would play the piano after our meals during our freshman year. With a crowd of mostly friends, we amused ourselves with various songs, even creating parodies about the lunch ladies or whatever came to mind. While my music background included middle and high school choir, I never played an instrument (I am an accomplished kazoo player though). Toward the end of our freshman year, the two of us collaborated on some songs I had written. I knew what they sounded like in my head and he masterfully added additional elements (like an oboe). The song “Never Forget You” was the second song we recorded together and was inspired by my decision to leave all my high school friends behind, essentially starting over at college without knowing anyone else. It also foreshadowed losses in my life – the death of my grandfather just three years later and, most recently, the tragic passing of a friend in a motorcycle accident just two months before he was to be married (and the inspiration for this tribute montage). The loss of loved ones has impacted my life significantly and is reflected in this song.

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One Minute Video Project

For the final project of my EdTec 550 graduate class, I created a one minute promotional video. If I were teaching, I would have students work on a web project in which they would design a site for a company and integrate at least one multimedia tool within it. As an example, I selected my DJ company’s site (http://www.djsentertainment.net/) and created a quick promotional video to help make prospective clients’ decision a little easier. The video highlights three recent receptions and incorporates images and testimonials from those events. There is also a special guest appearance by….my daughter. See if you think it serves as effective promotional media.

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