For my political remix, I initially started with an idea to do a more modernized take on the “CNN leaves it there” piece done by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2009, but I struggled with finding clips to support a similar format. This is not necessarily because of a lack of actual clips that contain the same material, but rather because such clips are buried in whole episodes of TV segments on politics and other issues, and I have no good way to rapidly find such segments.
This led me to viewing a large portion
of political comedy pieces online, and so I found myself eventually just watching short segments of President Donald Trump flip-flopping on one issue or another, and so I decided I would try to compile these flip-flops into a larger video, simply juxtaposing a statement he made one way and then him contradicting himself.
This remix was intended to showcase the repeated, incredibly blatant inconsistencies in his statements that the President struggles with on a daily basis because everything he says is recorded. Due to the cuts shifting between opposites, a funnier juxtaposition also occurs because of the obvious nature of the inconsistencies and because the President is so obviously uptight about being made fun of in this manner, it plays even better.
My intended audience is somewhat of a mix. Due to how a portion of the clips I used were cut from comedy segments, I would imagine some of the viewers of those clips would watch my remix. My remix definitely will not appeal to Trump voters, but it may still appeal to those who distrust the mainstream media because it is simply Trump speaking, without any other commentary from journalists or hosts.
To create my remix, I edited and cut down clips from a variety of sources, including a comedy segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a question and answer segment from CNN during the 2016 campaign. I not only juxtaposed one statement next to another to highlight the contradiction, but I also repeated the original statement immediately after the contradiction in some cases to highlight it even more.
What was most difficult in creating my remix was not only avoiding using anything that attempted to draw my point for me, such as the broader context of the Colbert segment which was that it was a “Trump vs Trump debate,” which would have had Colbert making my point for me, but also avoiding using the same policy area contradiction again, because so many of the contradictions that I point out are very broad in their scope, but not very varied in some cases.
The other problem for me was that some of the best clips I found were ones where the juxtaposition had already been presented, but in a way that did not work with my remix, nor were they easily editable to put into my remix.
The actual editing process went fine for me, as I have experience with several different video editing options, and simply cutting together video with some transitions is not too difficult a task in terms of video editing. What was more difficult was equalizing some of the video clips be
cause, again taking the Colbert example, he has a live studio audience that reacts to the show, leading to some large spikes of applause and cheering noises, as well as laughter, making a consistent sound level in those clips more difficult to match to the rest of the remix.
In my initial process, I viewed many of the clips I would later use simply by browsing around YouTube, but this didn’t fully lend itself to the story I wanted to follow with my remix. I started off the remix with
Ted Cruz and I end it on guns in schools. Essentially I wanted to progress from the past to today with regard to the contradictions that Trump has made with his own past.
This led to me creating a draft storyboard with pieces of notepaper with each clip summarized that I slid around to reorder before I did so in my video editor, allowing me to play with more combinations of the contradiction of the juxtapositions. This portion felt somewhat similar to creating an outline for a paper, as it helped me to structure the flow of my work.
Of course, the actual video editing process was different from writing a paper, though revising it seemed similar to the process of editing a paper that you’ve already written, because you spot the points where you wanted to change and try something else.
Works Mixed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMba_… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWe_g… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6azO… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJfH9… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThXmJ… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG1Lq… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo-hq…