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Here is  Jeff880928’s Lego Stop Motion Video

Jacqueline Pagels

December 9, 2011

Third Analytic Paper

Critique of Jeff880928’s Lego Stop Motion Video

            Throughout this paper I am going to critique Jeff880928’s Lego stop motion video.  The actual content of his project as well as the way he went about displaying it exemplifies some main topics discussed in class.  It is through new media concepts, participatory culture, contextualization, and remediation that his project closely relates to the course.

Baym’s new media concepts play a major role in Jeff’s project.  Storage, replicability, and reach are three of her seven concepts that I want to specifically address in relation to Jeff’s stop motion video.  Storage is the ability to save something.  Replicability means having the means to send storage.  Lastly, reach refers to the amount of people who will be able to watch the video.  Jeff does a wonderful job with all three of these concepts.  Jeff uploaded his project to YouTube which allows him to have the greatest reach possible.  Here it will be stored, made easy to send to friends, and be in the one spot where the greatest amount of people can watch it.  Baym comes up with a good point when she states, “storage, and, relatedly, replicability, are highly consequential” meaning that the two terms are interconnected, one affecting the other (Baym, 10).  If something is stored, then it can be sent.  On the opposite side of that coin, if something is not stored, then it cannot be exactly replicated.  I might even go as far as saying that reach could potentially be related to storage and replicability as well.  The more places something is stored and sent, the more people it can reach; versus something not being stored and irreplicable and having it only reach those who were present at that specific point in time.

Participatory culture enables the creation of new media.  Jeff’s idea about a Lego stop motion video is very unique; I have never seen anything done like this before.  There are so many different angles that he could have shot his video from and I like how he chose to do an aerial view.  I especially like how he had the Lego men and the Lego horse included in the video.  It brought a sense of reality to the video.  Having uploaded it to YouTube.com Jeff made it accessible to anyone with an internet connection.  Here he can influence the most amounts of people.  His video may inspire others to create videos similar to this, or become inspired to create their own brand new type of media.

Legos were created in the 1940s and it can still be found on shelves today.  The significance of this project lies within the adults and young adults who played with it as a child.  For most it will bring back fond childhood memories.  As Clarke states, “because all artefacts are products of specific conditions, social, economic, technical, cultural, both the character of the object and how it was understood at the time are determined by these factors” (Clarke, 2007).  Jeff’s video can be perceived as playful and creative based on the perceptions that people have tied to Legos.  The social connection and memories of childhood that Legos has created allows for Jeff’s video to have a stronger influence than just being a video about stacking blocks.

The last point I want to touch on is remediation.  Remediation is a combination of replacement and borrowing.  Multiple technologies can be borrowed and combined to create a new type of media.  This will then challenge the user to “consider why one medium might offer a more appropriate representation than another” (Bolter and Grusin 44).  Jeff’s project specifically focuses on hypermediacy remediation.  Hypermediacy remediation is the act of combining media while still marketing the presence of the older media and therefore maintaining a sense of multiplicity (Bolter and Grusin 46).  This type of remediation plays a role with Jeff’s audience.  The audience is constantly switching back and forth from Legos to a stop motion video.  This allows the audience to like the video for two different reasons.  The first being that it allowed the audience to reminisce about their childhood for the time it was playing.  The second being the overall content that was produced in the video.  People will be able to appreciate his video for the building blocks it is composed of and the overall end product the video created.

Throughout Jeff’s project and the way it was dispersed to society forms of new media concepts, participatory culture, contextualization, and remediation can be seen.  His idea of creating a stop-motion video from Legos was a uniquely creative idea.  It is from new forms of media like this that he can inspire others to create their own new types of media.

 

 

Works Cited

Baym, Nancy K. Personal Connections In The Digital Age. Polity Pr, 2012. 6-13.

Bolter, J. David, and Richard Grusin. Remediation, Understanding New Media. The MIT Press, 2002. 44-50.

Clarke, M. (2007). Verbalising the visual: Translating art and design into words. Ava Publishing.

 

Final Project- Stop Motion Video-jpagels

http://cdn.vitomy.com/cdn/videoEmbed/Te9icKpKB32s2SD74RpU

I-310 Project Reflection

For my project I did a stop motion video of Gym Class Heroes “Stereo Hearts” using a Lite Brite.  Basically, I made a music video to go along with their song.  This was one of my favorite songs until I had to listen to it over and over and over and over and over again.  I like the lyrics and the metaphor they use to compare music and records to a relationship.

The Kindle stop motion commercials were what first inspired me to create a stop motion video.  I then wanted to make a stop motion video using a specific type of media.  I was visiting my cousins one day and they were playing with their Lite Brite and from that day I decided to use the Lite Brite as my easel.  I struggled with what I was actually going to make on the Lite Brite.

At first, I just put two hours into it every week creating random designs.  I didn’t like that after all because it had no direction and was boring.  I then had this cool idea to recreate a version of Pong but after attempting for a couple weeks, it didn’t really work out.  One day I was searching “Lite Brite Stop Motion Video” and this video for Maldroid “Heck No” came up.  This inspired me to create a video for “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes.

It was a very intricate process consisting of moving small tiny pegs on a Lite Brite one at a time.  My video consists of 556 pictures.  I used Windows Live Movie Maker to edit the video.  I enjoyed using the editing tool I picked up some tricks used to speed up and slow down the frames.  I have never done anything like this before.   I then posted this to vitomy.com.

I don’t have any next steps for this project.

Final Project: Lego Castle Stop Motion Video

My project is about a Lego castle stop motion video. I find stop motion video very interesting, especially it seems like a filmed video but actually it’s composed by pictures. And it’s a great experience to work with stop motion video. It’s been a very fun project and I really enjoy it.

The reason I chose Lego to be my subject is because when I was little I played with Lego a lot. When there’s an opportunity where I can work with anything I want I decided to be Legos, plus I want to experience what was it like when I was little, playing with Legos. I find Legos very magical, with each little piece it can build a huge castle. That’s when I decide I want to make a Lego stop motion video where it appears to be a self-building castle.

The process was no doubt very time consuming but at the same time very fun. I didn’t expect it would take this long. I took over 800 pictures on a 900-piece Lego castle and the video is 2:45 minutes long. I had to take pictures for every piece I put on. I realized the planning process is very important because it determines where my project is headed.

For my next step I would like to make an introduction at the beginning of the video to make a more professional like. And I also want to choose a better, more suitable music for my project.