The last task of the project was to create a spectacle object to be pitched to a prospective client (in this case, AUB). Since we enjoyed and did well on our first film, Alex and I were told it would be okay if we worked together again for our final outcome.
Collaborating on a film where we used mainly archival footage, Alex and I used a private Facebook group to constantly post ideas and new clips we had come across. Working this way worked successfully because it allowed us to be as nearby each other as we needed to be. We could be next to each other in the living room, sat across from each other in a cafe, both wearing headphones, or one of us could work independently while keeping the other in the loop. Using this method, we were able to convey information with as much extra input we wanted, we could note timestamps of interest, and quickly shut down information the other deemed unnecessary. Everything came with its own annotation, date, and original source, and was documented on the spot.
The only way I’d amend our work style would probably be to use something other than Facebook because it is immensely distracting. If we were to work this way in the future I would probably switch our digital work board to Google Hangouts or some other boring place.
We chose the song “General Patton” from Big Boi’s debut solo album. The song is a perfect choice because it is a perfect melding of past and present. Big Boi and producer J Beatz sampled the 1962 recording of Vieni, o guerriero vindice," from Act II of Aida, rapping modern beats on the top. Melding classical and Southern Hip Hop isn’t the first juxtaposition you’d think of, but it is an obvious product of the modern age.