The "REmix Theatre" collaboration began on January 18, 2011 and, after nearly three months of hard work by the contributing community, the 'Pilot Episode' is officially on the air.
I had no idea if making a quasi late night television show was even going to be possible. But I figured it was worth a try.
As outlandish a concept as it was at times, the community was remarkably supportive and immensely helpful in contributing the essential pieces to the project. And I wanted us to aim high, making the show as close to real television as possible: commercials, credits, bumpers, and network IDs had to be created just for this.
With the pilot in the can, my hope now is that this Pilot Episode will help inspire future installments. The idea behind "REmix Theatre" was always to establish some kind of structure and then have other hitRECorders pick and choose which parts they would like to carry over into new episodes. And with new episodes would come new Featured RECords, new fictional host characters, and new formats.
I did my best to cite every REsource involved with the project but I did want to highlight a few key contributors to this production, without whom none of this end product would have been possible:
* thesherbethead: I'm forever indebted to this creaive spirit. His theme music contribution really kickstarted the whole thing when it was in a lull and helped me figure out the direction it truly needed to go in. And Vincent McSuperfly is a character I really enjoy. Did you know that #McSuperfly has been trending since 1976? I thought it was since '77, but wikipedia was incorrect.
* Melanne: Heavily involved from the get-go, Melanne's ideas and passion motivated me day in and day out to keep going and stick with it.
* themetafictionist: Every single RECord on the site has the ability to inspire. When themetafictionist uploaded "How To Wear Your hitRECord Button" I remember thinking for a while what her RECord reminded me of. Then it came to me. It was like an infomercial from the '50s. I had already REmixed a Public Domain ad for "Free TV" and I had decided that was to be the lone commercial for the show. But then I decided to work on the "Retro RECord Store Ad" collaboration and that was one of the most fun things I've worked on (plus I think it adds a nice light-hearted touch to the show.)
* Dolphin170: There were so many excellent logos uploaded to the initial "REmix Theatre" collaboration, but Dolphin170's "Hitrecord Network Logo" was the one that I found myself really connecting with. Her logo was so uniquely retro and simple, and it hit on all the points I was looking for. That one design became so integral in the crucial "Network IDs" that bookend the episode.
The following Public Domain clips were used:
* "Shock Waves" - http://www.archive.org/details/ShockWaves-Trailer
* "The House That Dripped Blood" - http://www.archive.org/details/TheHouseThatDrippedBlood-Trailer
* "Madman - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/Madman-Trailer
* "Ruby - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/Ruby-Trailer
* "Corruption - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/Corruption-Trailer
* "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/DraculaHasRisenFromTheGrave-Trailer
* "The Virgin of Nuremberg - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/TheVirginOfNuremberg-Trailer
* "Maniac - trailer#1" - http://www.archive.org/details/Maniac-Trailer1
* "The Wicker Man - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/TheWickerMan-Trailer
* "Taste the Blood of Dracula" - http://www.archive.org/details/TasteTheBloodOfDracula-Trailer
* "Don't Open the Door - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/DontOpenTheDoor-Trailer
* "Horror of Dracula - trailer" - http://www.archive.org/details/HorrorOfDracula-Trailer
* "One Dark Night" - http://www.archive.org/details/OneDarkNight-Trailer
* "Our Feature Presentation HD Clean & Dirty" - http://www.archive.org/details/PublicDomain-OurFeaturePresentationHdCleanDirty
* "Drive-in: Save Free TV" - http://www.archive.org/details/Drive-inSaveFreeTv
Here's a new version of the intro video for the "hitRECord on Halloween" show in New York City.
In this version there's a movie theatre introduction assembled to coincide with new voice over samples as well as additional horror movie cuts, more red hues throughout, and logos and inserts created by 12:42.
With this v3 intro for "hitRECord on Halloween" I integrated a remixed version of RyThoJo's "Halloween Music" to increase the musical energy a bit at the end, while still maintaining a Halloween vibe for the horror clip montage.
Basically just a really rough test version of an introduction to the "hitRECord on Halloween" show. Just wanted to get the ball rolling on compiling and cutting together some creepy visuals.
Day Glo's voice over was used for the announcement (intercut with Richie et al.)
I'll give it another go once the official copy for the voice over announcement gets released and there are more graphics to play around with for titles, graphics, etc.
The uncertainty of the intro voice over leaves a lot of room to expand the opening, so - for now - I focused mostly on the end montage of horrific (and rather campy) Halloween imagery.
Here is some atmospheric Halloween stock footage for anyone that's in need of some cutaways or generic b-roll.
Nobody seems to put jack-o'lanterns on their stoops anymore so the shots are limited to the following:
* Ghost and bat decorative lights at night
* Eerie window view out onto the street
* Pans of dark curtains with silhouettes of swaying branches
Here is some additional atmospheric Halloween stock footage for anyone that's in need of some cutaways or generic b-roll. The first part of this stock footage is resourced below.
Experimenting with ( f a c e s ) shot by fleurmegs on a Bolex camera.
The first two attempts at uploading this video failed to encode (and I had to correct a minor visual error) so I RE/REmixed it for all of those that missed out on seeing what Marielv contributed to the original footage I shot with my pal Dan Chandler as a blood seeking vampire.
Here's a REcap of this project:
This was a big collaborative effort that took almost five months to completely come together. wirrow wrote the Tiny Story "seeking bloods" in early June and I shot the vampire footage with my friend Dan Chandler a few weeks later. But the footage needed some key animation to move forward.
This past week the project was resurrected by hitRECorder Marielv, whose wonderful bat animation and titling added just what the video needed to move to the next phase; the next phase being narration.
The voice over contributions were fantastic as always. After playing around with a few options, I decided to use pamagotchi's reading. I REmixed a few takes together and found she captured the campy b-movie vibe I ended up going with on the production.
Thanks again to everyone who was involved in this one. It was really a fun experience to have all of these components come together in order to REmix wirrow's mysterious Tiny Story. I had a blast!
Additional sound effects are from www.sounddogs.com
Inspired by the vibes of sample-heavy '90s rap beats, here's an experimental cinematic dream sequence about revenge.
This is the "lower"-res version. The high-res version, for REmixing purposes, can be downloaded here: http://hitrecord.org/records/324350
The following Public Domain videos were used:
* "Arch of the Triumph"
* "Public Domain - Our Feature Presentation HD Clean & Dirty"
1. Night (CopperGiraffe)
2. CAL ARTS EX3 FOOTAGE (LifeIsGood)
3. Mice Treats (jenyffer.maria)
4. Manhattan Time Lapse (mattdavella)
5. 1.1 Dans Un Bois Solitaire (Haus_of_Glitch)
6. HITRECORD AT AMOEBA (filmpunk)
7. Unicorn reading (milesn005)
8. [template] femalian (far-eviler)
9. Niece and fireworks (vigitter)
10. -Wolf Rock- (petitechou)
Note: Sound effects and horror instrumentals courtesy of sounddogs.com.
An illustration for Ericar's Tiny Story "Zombie Gentlemen."
Zombie Gentlemen by Ericar
Zombies are such gentlemen. They love you for your brain.
An illustration for MadisenMusic's "Tiny Story: Hursery."
Tiny Story: Hursery
Ok I'll admit, I have a few skeletons in my closet; but they weren't skeletons when I put them there.
Updated the previous version of this, "Invincibility: Tiny Story," with new artwork (based on work by The MOCKery) and replaced the stock broker character with a lawyer. Slight text revision as well.
Another idea for text would be: "In the courtroom the lawyer was invincible... but dead inside."
Thought I'd do something a bit diabolical for Dee's diabolical "Clowns" Tiny Story. zeogle had some wonderful illustrations to remix in his "Circus Sketches" RECord.
Note: I left the text at the bottom so that the main imagery at the top would be easily remixable.
I'm working on a hip-hop theme to the fictionally insane Vincent McSuperfly, the rambunctious host of hitRECord's "REmix Theatre."
This is v1 of the beat. theboxset's "Buddy" has been heavily REmixed and I made room for several breaks where additional vocal samples will be added (including a "radio station identification" announcement.)
In the meantime, be on the lookout for the two McSuperfly "Haaaaaaa" samples. Those were fun to throw in to the mix.
Lyrics for the next stage of this track are in the works. I'll post what I have so far for verses.
All radio station samples are from www.sounddogs.com
Here are some links to some pretty sweet horror film resources within the Public Domain. The trailers are especially great for cheesy voice over samples like "You can't escape the terror!" and t...
Here is a mix of the live performance of "Patterns & Prayers" at the "Hit RECord on Halloween" show in New York City.
The spoken word audio on this version was taken directly from the Dr. Gory file. I just added a little reverb to it. There are some parts where the sound maxes out slightly and creates slight distortion. Once the ProTools files come out I can work them into this cut and upload an alternative sound version.
Some additional color correcting needs to be done as well as some mastering on the grain effects, so this is still very much a work-in-progress. Some video clips differ too much in overall quality so I may switch a few shots here and there to keep the look more consistent.
Removing the "cut the music" part during the walk to the podium is a possibility as well. I think it disrupts the flow and mood slightly (even if it was a part of the live performance in a sense.)
Also, this is the LOW-RES version. The high-resolution version exceeds 400mb.
A second cut of RegularJOE's live performance of "Patterns & Prayers" from the "Hit RECord on Halloween" show in New York City. This is the Low-Res version (at about 45% max quality.) Also, I have a slew of bullet point notes to accompany the new version (see below.)
* The walk to the podium introduction was changed quite a bit:
- Incorporated a snippet of the organ from the original video to blend into the ambient soundtrack
- Removed the rhythmic score elements of "Dreams of Another" and left the more moodier portions and blended them with the similar tones of "Circles of Latitude."
- Re-cut some of the entry shots and did away with the "cut the music" moments altogether.
* The crowd audio was remixed quite a bit to reduce conversations during the podium intro.
* Corrected the grayscale on several shots throughout the performance segment. There's still one rogue shot that will probably need to be replaced, for it seems to stand out in graininess and brightness a bit.
* There is no longer any music during the monologue. Music returns during the bow at the end and rolls into the brief shot of the spotlight and the empty stage, and the credits.
* Added the paper rip sample from the end of the original video as the logo quickly fades at the end.
* I liked RegularJOE's suggestion of adding the organ sample from the original version. While I did use it for a few seconds, the original audio includes background noise (footsteps, paper crinkling, etc.) so perhaps a composer could duplicate the organ note and upload it?
* The walk to the podium seems a bit hit-and-miss. In the first version I liked the rhythmic pieces of "Dreams of Another," for they were moody and dark, and I think they ccompanied the physicality of the walk. In this version there is primarily just ambience.
* Matbe we could get some composers to create some kind of brief score to coincide with the opening section leading up to the podium? Joe suggested this earlier, that any kind of music should probably be written specifically for the live performance.
* Regarding music in general, I personaly feel there needs to be some kind of bookended theme. Starting off dark and gloomy while ending with the piano notes (and a sense of optimism) are what I personally associate with the piece musically. It goes from dark to light, just as the text reminds us that what we send out from our hearts creates the world around us (that's how I interpret it at least.)
* What do you guys think of v2? I'd love to hear what everyone's thoughts are on this and how we can make it better. :)