For my video remix I will seek to highlight the issue of climate change. Worldwide we are facing natural disasters that have effected millions of people on massive scales, bigger than ever before. Every week we hear about another hurricane, monsoon, tsunami, ice storm, snow storm or rain storm during a time of the year when there usually would not be one. Climate change is a real and present danger, one that can no longer be ignored by certain groups on the political spectrum.
My political remix video will begin on a more lighthearted note by highlighting comical aspects of natural disasters. The comical aspects of natural disasters will be reporters and storm chasers who get stuck in the midst of a natural storm/disaster. The remix will quickly cut from incident to incident showing people getting soaked by a waves, their umbrellas flying out of their hands or getting hit by non-lethal objects.
The remix will then cut to more serious notes showing newscasters behind their desks and politicians reporting about climate change and unprecedented storms. This section of the video remix will utilize scary events and reports within the last decade; some of the biggest storms including Hurricane Katrina and Sandy will be featured during this segment to drive home the point of just how devastating these natural disasters have had on human life.
The third sequence in the remix video will be actual footage of the natural disasters. In comparison with the first sequence, this part will show the goriness of the storms and natural disasters. The more amateur footage will create a real-feel and will move slower than the previous two sequences to give the viewer time to let the images sink in.
The fourth and final sequence of the remix video will once again be quick clips, showing politicians who deny climate change. This piece of the remix will show the ridiculousness of politicians and people in power who do not believe in climate change even though the previous three sequences have shown the effects of climate change on the world.
President Reagan was one of the most outspoken presidents when it came to drugs. He and the First Lady, Nancy Reagan practically created the war on drugs by demonizing every drug under the sun. As we know it today President Reagan’s war on drugs was a failure, people still do drugs and now they are more potent and prevalent than before. It’s no wonder that President Reagan and his wife Nancy would be the perfect candidates for a political remix video.
In 1988 Cliff Roth created this political remix video by combining two pre-recorded speeches’ that the President and First Lady gave for the purposes of the war on drugs. Roth reworked the speech to make it seem as though the President and First Lady were giving a pro-drug speech. This political remix video makes the war on drugs seem even more absurd than it was. It begins by talking about Nancy Reagan’s marijuana usage and how there is a shortage of drugs which is also a problem. This political remix video takes a very serious topic and completely twists it so that the Reagan’s are saying the exact opposite of what they wanted. The comedy aspect of this political remix video is pure genius and takes an audience who would usually disregard the words of the Reagans and make them pay closer attention than ever before.
This political remix video is an extremely effective means of poking fun at the Reagans and showing that their war on drugs was not necessarily the correct decision. Considering that this political remix video was created in 1988 its film techniques were well done. There was actually difficult to tell that the film had been put together using two different tapes, the speech seemed coherent the entirety of the video. One way that the film maker could have made the video more enticing to viewers was by cutting down on its length. The total video was seven minutes long and the purpose was made clear well before the video ended. By the conclusion of the video that point had been reiterated one too many time in my opinion and it is possible that some viewers would lose interest.
Overall the video was creative, funny and well done!