Princess Diaries Remixed

For this assignment (worth 3 stars), we were asked to use a quote from a movie and remix it to create a completely new story line.

When I was looking at assignments to do, I came across this one and it caught my eye immediately.  I saw the image of Buddy the Elf as the cover for the assignment and I knew it was going to be fun.  Elf is one of the most iconic movies of our generation and I was excited about this assignment before even knowing what it was going to ask us to do.

To be honest, I thought this assignment was going to be easy but I was quickly mistaken.  I went back and forth debating on what movie I should use.  I googled “most quoted movies” and a lot of good movies came up.  I wanted to do a movie that everyone was familiar with and had good quotes, so I chose Forrest Gump.  I created a remixed version of “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”  However, I looked back at the instructions and my recording didn’t follow the prompt.  I decided to scratch that recording and start fresh.  I couldn’t think of anything clever with Forrest Gump, so I decided to look for a new movie to quote.  I went back to google and searched for “teen movies from 2000” – those were the movies that I knew best.  I scrolled through a list from Buzzfeed and found the perfect movie – The Princess Diaries.  I don’t know how I didn’t think about using this one because it is one of my favorite movies of all time!  I went back to google and searched “princess diaries quotes” and found this site.  I scrolled through until I found a quote that stood out to me.  I wrote down the quote and thought, “what if I change it to make it seem like Mia was a bad person?”  Then a light bulb went off in my head, “Mia is going to dethrone the queen!”  I got really excited because I knew this was going to work.

To do this, I used SoundCloud to record my altered quote.  I selected the upload button and it gave me the option of choosing a file to upload or starting a new recording; and I chose to start a new recording.  I gave SoundCloud permission to use the microphone on my computer and pressed the record button to start recording my quote.  When I finished the recording, a pop up appeared and asked me what I wanted to name the file as well as if I wanted to add an image.  I then googled a picture of The Princess Diaries and uploaded it as the image for my recording.  I clicked on one of the main tabs on the pop up, called Permission, where I clicked the third button which allowed people to download my recording.  I was then able to download my own recording and upload it to Audacity, to get rid of the background noise.

In Audacity, I imported my recording under the file, import button.  I selected the part of the recording that I wanted to get rid of – the background noise; went to effect, and selected Noise Reduction.  A pop up appeared and with steps.  The first step was to select the noise that I wanted to get rid of.  Next, select the entire recording and go back to the Noise Reduction button and press okay.

Here is the original quote:

“Dear Diary, today is my first official day as Princess of Genovia. We’ll land in a few hours, and I’ll meet Parliament and the people before beginning my royal duties.”

-Mia Thermopolis

Original recording:

Improved recording:

My version:

“Dear Diary, today is my first official day as Princess of Genovia. We’ll land in a few hours, and I’ll meet Parliament and the people before I begin creating my plan to dethrone the queen.”

-Victoria Le

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3 thoughts on “Princess Diaries Remixed

  1. Give us some step by step on how you recorded this on soundcloud. I didn’t even know you could record on soundcloud. I just upload to soundcloud. I learned from you I could do it but it would be cool if you show me the steps of how I could actually record it. That would change this from an Developing blog post http://ds106.jenpolack.com/blog-post-rubric/ to accomplished or Exemplary.

  2. Your version of the Princess Diaries remixed would definitely be interesting to see, I enjoyed it! Good job!

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