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We & the Collaborative

Hi y’all, welcome back! Are you ready for another video? This one is a—gasp—group project.

You know how those can be. One person does nothing. Another person does all the work. When someone else is responsible for your grade, shit gets ugly. But not this time. I’m happy to report that my group was thoughtful and attentive, everyone not only contributed, but truly made this reproduction shine. But before we get into that, here’s the assignment:

90: We & The Collaborative

Remake something, anything, a music video, a speech, a scene from a filmbased on your word, and/or emotion.

CREW: 

Camera
Design (Lighting/Camera Assist) 
Talent
Sound (You decide the editor(s))

RULES: 

No more than 90 seconds 
Upload to Youtube or Vimeo
Title 
Must have Header & Footer
Credits

My group picked this SNL skit to copy featuring a caucasian family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. Aunt Kathy brings yams and racism to the table and even asks an African-American guest why his friends are antagonizing the police. The arguing only stops when someone puts on Adele. I like the concept and obviously get the joke. Probably most people are soothed by Adele. Not I, though. I’m just not into it. [Forgive me, Adele fans, it’s just that I typically go for more up-tempo music and a lot of the subject matter I’ve heard from her popular hits are about sad relationships. I don’t listen to the radio, so it hasn’t been thrust at me. It’s not a personal attack, Adele as a person is amazing. Just not a fan of the music. There’s only so much room for that on my daily playlist.] I know, it’s the same as my feelings on Starbucks coffee, mine is not the popular opinion and that’s okay.

So, we brainstormed what might bring together people in Seattle with such disparate views. Enter marijuana.
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Weed has the potential to aid a lot of people. Heck, it could be ending homelessness from taxes collected by its legal sale. I wanted our video to convey the different ways weed helps. Perhaps a cancer patient would find relief from the harsh treatments involved, a lady with heavy cramps associated with menstruation would benefit from a CBD strain, etc. Of course fitting all that meaning in 90 seconds is nearly impossible. It mostly reads as a recreational weed endorsement. That said, our classmates seemed to like it, especially the fact that all the characters are minorities and the white girl is the lone voice of reason. The harshest criticism is that the autofocus is distracting. Agreed. But in discussion Dan suggested we treat the autofocus as intentional and ponder its effect. In that sense it could be interpreted as moments of confusion in trying to grasp another person’s perspective and then builds to represent the haze of being high. Could be, if it was intentional. It wasn’t though.
Many thanks to Katie, Sharnelle and Adrian who kicked ass in front of and behind the camera. Adrian brought great tech, even the camera. Everyone contributed as best they could. Even when Sharnelle couldn’t be there for the editing because she had to work, she was with us via text offering great ideas. I also appreciate getting to know Katie and Adrian’s editing styles. Everyone’s workflow is different and as the only person there for the whole editing portion, I got a front row seat into different schools of thought.
Alright, here’s a Thanksgiving Miracle – Seattle.

And ours wasn’t the only success. Check out the rest of the class’ work, too.

What do you think? Who’s your favorite? I love love love Going to the Store 1 and And July conceptually. But Michala KILLED THE GAME on Gangnam Style.
So, what have we learned here? Group projects don’t suck, scheduling sucks. Having a crew work on a video increases accuracy and the richness of the end product. Recreation, homage, and appropriation are different ideas with blurred lines between. And that you should subscribe here and on the Wrays of Sunshine Channel for more outlandish creativity. Muah!
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