Modern Times

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I was impressed by Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times mostly because it conveys such a strong narrative with minimum quantity of filmic effects. No one talks except the machines, and Chaplin sings a theme song at the end of the film. I thought this is an interesting part to experiment. Then I chose Transformers to work with, because it might contrast with the Modern Times in many aspects. Transformers also illustrates humans dominated by machines. Over 70 years had passed after Modern Times, and fabulous filmic technologies have developed impressively. Transformers is a series of films that integrates all these modern filmic technologies, especially CGs and effects. Since Transformers doesn’t really have strong themes and narratives, I thought it would be effective if I eliminate some of the effects like Modern Times and see how it changes. I chose one of the battle scenes that has overwhelming visual effects and sounds. Then, I divided scenes by either it has more visual or sound effects than other scenes. I eliminated colors from the scene that had more colors. I muted sounds from the scene that sound effects play major roles. Also, I added a music that sounds to go along with Modern Times to see how robots in Transformers become silly with music. I tried to random the eliminating procedure to avoid boringness and expecting what will happen next.


I first tried to upload 1280×720 movie via vimeo, but file uploading declined because the file was huge. I changed the size to 960×540 m4v file, please email me if there is any problem.

{ 12/16/2012    4 Assignment 9   

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