LETHE – Video and Sound Final

So here’s a post that I guess I never got around to putting up – my team’s video and sound final from the first half of fall semester! That seems like such a long time ago….

We decided that we wanted to do a film noir-styled short film. When we starting throwing around plot ideas and Adam wrote most of the story, we realized that we had way too much content for a < 5 minute film. So we decided to film it as a trailer to our movie that doesn’t exist – yet. Anyway, here it is:


LETHE The Trailer Web from Adam Quinn on Vimeo.

Video and sound catch-up

This was one of our first projects in Video and Sound class. We were asked to create a soundscape recording. Our group had the idea of everyday sounds which eventually morphed into just breakfast sounds. I recorded all the sounds in my apartment with a Zoom H4N recorder and a small shotgun mic. Everyone in our group edited portions in Garageband. I really had a good time with this project and was really surprised by the quality of audio this recorder produces!

Check it out:


For our first assignment in Video and Sound, We were asked to read a few articles and watch a couple videos on the topic of original creativity and copyright.

I really enjoyed the TED talk by Kirby. I had previously seen his series “Everything is a Remix” and found myself surprised by the many influences music artist in particular drew from. In the TED talk he references patents held by Apple Computer. I find it very interesting and timely that the court case of Apple Vs Samsung over these referenced patents has recently taken place. The Jury found Samsung guilty and placed a value of one Billion dollars on the infringement. Link

This isn’t an easy issue to understand and solve. subsequent media interviews of the Jury foreman show that they didn’t fully comprehend the law or the implications of sustaining these patents.

I sit somewhere between both extremes in my opinion on copyright law and patents. I do feel that they’ve been abused by corporations and are used to stifle innovation and restrict competition. I can also understand the position of content creators that look to earn an income from their work. Software patents in particular are very interesting. I think there needs to be serious patent reform such as limiting the term of the patent to a much shorter timeframe, but I’m not sure about abolishing patents completely as some have suggested.

As for appropriation of media samples to remix or otherwise combine and create new work, I think those uses should be allowed. They won’t be confusing end consumers because the product is decidedly different, and the user benefits from the new creation where they might otherwise not be served by the copyright holder.