vidding yourself – 20%

For this task, you are gonna vid yourself. Vidding, as one of my fav remix sites defines, “is the fan labor practice in media fandom of creating music videos from the footage of one or more visual media sources, thereby exploring the source itself in a new way.” Ok, maybe you won’t vid yourself exactly. Instead you are going to explore one of your fandoms be it a TV show or a movie. You are going to make a political and/or social statement about the show in your vid. In other words, you are going to highlight and/or expose an issue you think is overlooked and a problem audience members might overlook or not see as an issue. In other words, you’ll take one movie or show or even a topic of commercials and mix it with a song that’ll get your point across.

Here’s what you’ll get out of the task:

  • upping of digital savvy as photoshop and iMovie remixer
  • experience making political/social statements using multimodal means
  • a sweet vid

the remix – 10%

I’ll be looking at how well you convey the purpose of your argument how does the song work with the visual evidence and vice versa. I’ll be looking at the quality of the remix, the sound and video production value.

some musts – 

  • your should include a works cited in the credit for the song and any video or pics you use. use mla citation.
  • your remix should use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. it should be error free.
  • include a title page setting up the context of the remix.
  • use no more than 50 print words in your video (including title but not including works cited).
  • keep your remix between 1:30-3:00 minutes in length.

the rhetorical analysis – 10%

For this final part of the task, you will rhetorically analyze your remix and describe what you’ve done and why you’ve done it. You know, why did you remix this movie or tv show? What is your argument? What was the previous argument that you were challenging? Why was this so important? Why’d you decide on your design? How did our readings influence you? What would you change? What doesn’t work well and why?

Those questions are meant to guide you. You don’t have to answer them all.  The gist of this part of the assignment is for you to figure out how to write an essay that analyzes your remix and describes the communication moves made in it that contribute to its meaning, its purpose.

analysis expectations

  • Your analysis should be between 4-6 pages (1000-1500 words)
  • It should be free of grammar, punctuation, or spelling mistakes
  • It should maintain a formal tone, use critical thinking, and be organized (i.e., I expect a well organized essay with smooth transitions between topics).
  • Your analysis should use at least four different sources from our course readings to support the claims you make in your analysis.
  • Your citations must be done correctly in-text and end-text in MLA format.
  • It should include a works cited section.