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With the permission of my Seminar in Composition students, I am happy to share several examples of the Remix Project with you here. Of course, the videos are merely the final product. Students also wrote in-depth analyses of their own work and evaluated the work of their peers throughout the assignment sequence. The point of the project was to help students gain a more complex understanding of revision as a re-seeing—a re-thinking—of original ideas or arguments (as opposed to simply fixing grammar or working on transitions). During the process of selecting and arranging material, students had to consider how their revisions would alter the meaning of the texts they were manipulating. Practicing this kind of radical revision in a digital media context ultimately invited students to consider how such revision (as re-seeing, re-thinking) could be applied to more traditional writing assignments.
You might also notice that these videos are not as polished as they could be. For instance, the volume of the audio is unbalanced at times, and some of the videos and images are a bit unfocused. This assignment was completed in less than six weeks, including the time it took to teach students how to use audio and video editing software. Considering the short turnaround time, the less-than-professional software that was available to students, and the fact that most of the students were only in their first or second semester at Pitt, I think this work is pretty outstanding.
In this first example, Matt Simson shows off his compositional skills by piecing together striking video footage from a range of sources into a provocative remix about the environment. Matt's use of music as a means to enhance the meaning of the images is especially impressive.
Tim Bradley composed this remix shortly after his friend was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Tim's remix demonstrates the power of juxtaposition by using a number of sharply contrasting images and sound bites as a way to critique the American government's response to the war.
Finally, Erin Gray constructs her remix around the definition of "crime" as a way to get her audience to think about the tenuous logic behind the illegal status of gay marriage in most states. Erin uses statistics to give her remix credibility and authority while simultaneously arguing for the absurdity of viewing gay marriage as a "criminal" act.
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