Sound Effects Story [Remixed]: Pollack Style

Remix Assignment

For this assignment, I will be telling a short story, using only sound effects. In addition, the remix assignment suggests to use elements from a Jackson Pollack painting. We must also use some elements from another students assignment and incorporate them into our story somehow. 

The art piece I chose contains mostly black splatter effects on a white canvas. There were some red splatter effects here and there, and it reminded me of blood splatter. I also viewed a post from Jeremy, where he used sound effects to depict a break-in/murder scene. That’s when I got the idea to compile sound effects that would involve a hitman, heading to his targets residence and ending his life. I wanted it to sound as real as possible, so I gathered up at least ten clips from FreeSound to tell my story.

All of my sound effects were loaded into Logic, and were put in the correct order, followed by a final mix. I already ran through the order of each sound effect in my head, so it was a breeze to arrange each one. The total run time was  a minute and ten seconds, just under the 90 seconds preference. Next step was to export this audio file in mp3 format.

Tracks in Logic

Tracks in Logic

Now it was time to launch iMovie, so I could combine the audio and the image of the painting. I added two title clips to introduce a story feel, followed by the still image  (continuing) of the art piece. Finally, I exported the file into mp4 format and uploaded it to my youtube account.

iMovie project window

iMovie project window

I found this remix assignment rather interesting and fun to create. Taking elements from other sources, and then using your imagination to create something original can be challenging. But in my case, the ideas arose quite quickly, and I had everything mapped out in my head before I even started gathering/editing the media. Check out the final version of “The Life Of A Hitman” below.