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The Art of Voice Inflection - Educational Video Case Study

Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 10:08am

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I used this silly video in a workshop, for some high school and early college level students, to assist in teaching fundamental communication skills. This particular video focused on the importance of voice inflection in conversation.

This is NOT a serious submission, as I only had a few hours to shoot and less than 8 hours to edit.

A few LARGE film production mistakes worth noting and laughing at:
1) A few scenes I left the tripod in the shot. Ooops!
2) The lack of blood and bullet sfx shots. As it was for students, I had to be sure it wasn't an "R" rated type video.
3) The passage of time y looking at the clock on the wall. I guess you can see how long it took for us to shoot.
4) Our lack of ability as actors.
5) My first attempt at Chromanator in the beginning of the video.

The video was just supposed to be a fun and educational video case study that I used to help with my instruction. So don't take this seriously. I'm giving myself 1.5 stars (out of 5); and only because I used FXHome products.


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Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 1:12pm

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Man... That was funny as HELL!!! I just watched that right before i left for class and i'm sittin here rollin in my chair. The comedic acting was spot on, you did a really good job with that. I might as well throw that on my top 10. Haha, once again, FUNNY ass video!

Haha
-Chris
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 4:34pm

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Chris:

Thanks for your comments. Personally I thought your "Cuz He White" film was funnier, however.

If you don't take this video seriously at all (i.e. looking past the technical mistakes I made) it was a relatively light hearted and somewhat educational piece.

And for the record, the last scene was influenced by an old Sprite commercial making fun of other sports drinks. (I think they were making fun of a drink called Turbo Sports 7, and one of the dudes held the can upside down). My friend was concerned that people in the FXHome community would get the wrong idea and think we were making fun of foreign people. In fact we were trying to pay hommage in spirit of that commercial.

Thanks again for the comments Chris.
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 8:22pm

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OMG that was the funniest movie I've ever seen on fxhome. Great job.
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 8:29pm

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That was brilliant!

I don't get why you see it as a bad movie, it's awesome smile
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 8:42pm

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Are you saying that only british people eat honey? Or rather, only people who speak in British accents? I didn't understand that part. It would have been funnier if they didn't change their accents, that seemed like you just threw it in because you thought it'd be funny.

But the question is this! Did anyone learn the proper use of vocal inflection from this movie?
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 9:09pm

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haha, that was good, nice work boyz..
Posted: Thu, 21st Oct 2004, 11:23pm

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Aculag wrote:

Are you saying that only british people eat honey? Or rather, only people who speak in British accents? I didn't understand that part. It would have been funnier if they didn't change their accents, that seemed like you just threw it in because you thought it'd be funny.
Um yes, we threw it in because we thought it would be funny. As stated in a previous post, we were getting tired and wanted to change the scene up. We discussed an old Sprite Commercial:

In the commercial some "street ballers" were trying to act tough and narrating the need for a sports drink named "Turbo Sports 7." At the conclusion, one of the street ballers held up the can upside down. The director shouted cut and said something to the effect that they were idiots for screwing that up. Although the "street ballers" were trying to act tough, they were in fact "accomplished actors" and returned to their thesipan nature. One of these actors said "Don't talk to me like a child; I played Hamlet in Caimbridge!" They used a very proper accent and different linguistic style.

(You can see the ad at this link: http://www.commercialcloset.org/cgi-bin/iowa/portrayals.html?record=4)

Similar to this situation, all the versions made it seem like these guys in dark clothing were tough guys. By making them sound more educated, it changed the meaning of the entire scene.

I have no clue what specific accent we used. I used the word "honey" because it rhymed with "money" which would make it appear that it was a simple mistake of hearing.

I'm hoping you're judging the the scene on INtent rather than CONtent. But regardless, my apologies if that gave you the wrong impression.

Aculag wrote:

But the question is this! Did anyone learn the proper use of vocal inflection from this movie?
We followed up the presentation of this video with a student discussion in class. I didn't really have to say much, because many of my students shared their own experiences with the usage of voice inflection. One student mentioned that when writing e-mails, you shouldn't use capital letters because it seems like you were shouting. This demonstrates a form of learning transfer in the sense that he internalized what he saw on the video with his own experience.

I cannot say that by watching this EVERYONE now knows how to use proper voice inflection. However, I'd like to say that my students are more aware of its potential. The video was merly used as a light-hearted method of teaching this concept to them.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Oct 2004, 2:47am

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That was class.

The best terrible British accent I've heard for a while wink

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Oct 2004, 3:09pm

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I'm afraid i didn't enjoy this as much as everyone else has clearly did. There were moments of greatness, it has to be said - just walking into someone's flat and gunning them down is, in the context of this, highly amusing for some reason - but one particular point killed it for me.

The opening bit of dialogue was good, but this is where my interest waned. Its always amusing to see the "homeboy using multisyllabic words" gag being used, but as with any joke - using it 8 or 9 times in a row makes it exponentially more and more irritating with each use.

By the end of the first word of inflection examples, i'd already begun skipping through the movie. Having had my patience tested to breaking by the repeating joke, i decided it would be fun to see how you inflected "the" differently, but was disappointed to find you skipped that word and moved straight on to "money"....which, in the light of my irritation a minute or two before, irritated me even more! I know it was meant to be a joke n all, but being already baited; the poor english accents just ended up annoying me further.

Use of AlamDV was good, but obviously wasn't meant to be that important in the movie, so my score - 3 - reflects what i felt to be tedious dialogue.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Oct 2004, 3:13pm

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Best moment was easily when you go to fire the gun and jump randomly in the air, while flailing your legs. I loved that bit, for reasons I can't possibly explain. smile
Posted: Sat, 23rd Oct 2004, 6:35am

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I found it more interesting that comedic, but thats just because i hadnt really thought much about inflection..
Posted: Sat, 23rd Oct 2004, 10:31am

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Iv'e seen better speciel effects at fxhome, but this was the best story so far! biggrin Congratulations!
Posted: Sat, 23rd Oct 2004, 5:53pm

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FUNNY AS HELL.

btw, wat is the song u used for the last 10 second credits?
Posted: Sat, 23rd Oct 2004, 8:41pm

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Xcession wrote:

but as with any joke - using it 8 or 9 times in a row makes it exponentially more and more irritating with each use. By the end of the first word of inflection examples, i'd already begun skipping through the movie.....the poor english accents just ended up annoying me further.
I totally agree on both counts. During my instructor evaluation, my advisor suggested that next time I should present it as a DVD to make it more interactive. The user would be able to click on whichever voice inflection example and see the result. We agreed that this way, it would give people who wanted to see everything that opportunity to do so. In contrast, those who understand the concept would only have to sift through 1 or 2 examples and be done with it.

I'll be sure to make that change, which both you and my advisor suggested.

As far as the british accent, quite frankly I don't know what to say. As stated in a previous post, it was supposed to be a joke inspired by a 90s Sprite commercial, which I thought was funny. And I needed to change something up during shooting just make it different from the rest. It wasn't meant to be a knock on someone's accent. Oh well, can't blame a person for trying to be creative.

Thanks for the constructive comment, Xcession. I totally agree with your reasoning behind the rating. If I have to make another video case study, I'll try to keep your comments in mind.

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btw, wat is the song u used for the last 10 second credits?
The song was created by my friend Joe Palk (the unfortunate person who got shot in the movie). You can go to my web-page and go to the Special Projects section. Better yet, allow me to send you the link to the particular page:

http://www.rudypicardo.com/music/JosephPalk/

The track is called "The Rapture". Feel free to download any of these songs for use in your projects. I know that many of his tracks are based on samples, so I wouldn't advise using them professionally however

In addition, any tracks that I created are made from royalty free loops. You can click here to listen and download them in any way you wish:
http://www.rudypicardo.com/music/

Let me know if you have any more questions, and I welcome any more constructive comments.
Posted: Sun, 24th Oct 2004, 1:33am

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Xcession. yo man, thanks alot of the link. This music is EXACTLY the stuff i have been looking for. Perfect blend of dramatic music with a hot beat.

Do u mind if i use some of em for my movies??
thanks alot man smile
Posted: Sun, 24th Oct 2004, 1:52am

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baseer wrote:

Xcession. yo man, thanks alot of the link. This music is EXACTLY the stuff i have been looking for. Perfect blend of dramatic music with a hot beat.

Do u mind if i use some of em for my movies??
thanks alot man smile
I assume you mean me (user RudyPicardo), instead of Xcession. Althought I'm not sure if Xcession sent you a link to music via PM.

Any music which I produced is FREE for you to use in any way you wish; they are Royalty free and won't have any problems.

As far as my friends music, you can use them as long as you don't plan to be making money off of them. If its for entertainment or educational purposes you should be ok. Otherwise we may have to look into finding out where he got the samples in case you need to ask for permission from the appropriate authorties.

If you have any questions about this, please send me a PM

Enjoy!
Posted: Sun, 24th Oct 2004, 2:52am

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I found that to be very entertaining. It was funny, but only at some parts.

Aculag wrote:

But the question is this! Did anyone learn the proper use of vocal inflection from this movie?
I learned to listen before I shoot someone.



3/5
Posted: Sun, 24th Oct 2004, 2:30pm

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and i would also like to note that this was actually VERY educational, in that it took apart the entire sentance. I didnt get it at first, but i thought that it was veryyy creative. RudyPicardo, the Rapture beat is freaking awsome. Yeah, i just make em for fun. I dont have a film class or anything. Just a hobby
Posted: Sun, 24th Oct 2004, 7:15pm

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Thank you for the lesson. It was entertaining too. Verrrrry realistic English accents! smile

4/5
Posted: Mon, 8th Nov 2004, 4:51pm

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This is great Rudy. Funny stuff - I love the underleg nonsense lol. Its obvious you had fun on this. 5 for the simplicity of it and the choice delivery - not too much/not too little. What I like about this in particular s that this film had a clear, concise goal that was within reach of possibility. You pulled it off cleanly (even if the tripod was in the shot - big deal. the movie was effective). Keep 'em comin'.
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2005, 2:42pm

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hehe pooh bear honey.....i loved it, very funny. I gave it a 5 just for the sheer entertainment value
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2005, 4:58pm

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Lol...

That was hilarious. A great ingenius idea. One of the funniest movies on here. Good work.
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2005, 7:04pm

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wat an exquisit piece of filmmaking not since winnie the pooh in the 100acre forest hav i seen such an artwork...... anyway that was really funny, and educational, which is kinda good in a way sorta. 5/5 from me
Anyway please could I use the Electricalfire music on your website for my latest project, that'd be really cool,
Thanks
TVM
Posted: Sat, 5th Feb 2005, 10:53pm

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FXHomers:

Thanks to everyone for their comments. I am a bit embarassed because I know I'm capable of better work. But hey when you have a quick deadline, and are trying to keep it laughably rated PG-13, you do what you can.

In the DVD that I turned in for my final presentation, the user saw the first scene then was allowed to choose the different voice inflections. This was suggested at the direction of my teacher and some fellow FXHome members. It proved to be a good decision as many people didn't want to see the whole thing, and understood what I was trying to do after 3 examples.

I did get an A in the final project. So I guess I can't complain!

The video machine wrote:


Anyway please could I use the Electricalfire music on your website for my latest project, that'd be really cool,
TVM
Absolutely yes, TVM! You can go to the main site and download my song if you wish. If you wish, please feel free to go to the site and listen to the other tracks made by my friends Joseph and Jimmy Palk, as I feel they have a good feel for music too. I know that some of them use samples, so send me a PM if you want to use any of the tracks made by them.

HOWEVER, If you need a direct link for the Electical Fire song, or any other of my royalty free MP3s, feel free to go here: http://www.rudypicardo.com/music/

You should be able to right-click and download them. If you need higher quality *.wav or *.aiff files, please let me know.

In return, I only ask that you return the favor by continuing to be supportive of the fellow FXHome members. Try to help someone out with some suggestions to a post, posting a plug-in, submitting a movie, etc.

Respectfully yours: