For the second assignment of our Creative Media Production module we were tasked to produce a remix artefact on any subject of our choice. I decided to put together a mashup video of the Logan film trailer together with scenes of The Office, Super and X-Men: First Class, to create the official trailer of the new “film” Logan & Dwight: The Last Heroes. If you are a fan of The Office and the Marvel franchise then I’m sure you will enjoy this!
The concept of the video originated from my love of both the TV show, The Office, as well as the Marvel superhero films. I was recently impressed with the trailer for new film, Logan, and I wanted to recreate a parody version of this for the assignment using mashup techniques.
The message that I wanted to come across for this video was to make it seem like the character Dwight Schrute was living out his dream as a superhero whilst helping Logan in the hard times of being a mutant.
I began the pre-production stage by researching different video sources that would allow me to make this trailer. I knew initially that I would be using the Logan trailer as a main bed for this video project and I was going to edit the other sources onto this. I then chose to use a scene from The Office where Dwight himself talks about what it takes to be a hero which I thought worked well to introduce him in the trailer. Clips from the film Super were used as this shows Rainn Wilson, the actor who plays Dwight Schrute, in a different role where he plays as a superhero in a film which I feel fits perfectly with the narrative for this trailer. Whilst watching the Super trailer I noticed that the main villain in the film is played by Kevin Bacon, coincidentally the same actor who plays the villain Sebastian Shaw in X-Men First Class. This is why I decided to add clips of him from those sources, to form him as the main villain in my trailer which I believe also suits the story.
All editing techniques used in this video were to suit the Logan trailer, this was because I wanted it to come across like Dwight Schrute is present in the X-Men universe. I did this by matching all visuals to the Logan style, including colour grading The Office and Super clips to a more cold, serious appearance as well as adding black cinematic bars to the top and bottom of the screen. I did my best to edit the video to the soundtrack as well as edit the source clips in a way that would fit with what was occurring in the Logan trailer too. For example, at 0:53 when Charles Xavier says, “someone has come along,” and then it fades to Dwight suiting up in his superhero costume, etc. Finally, I created elements and added them to this mashup video which enhances The Office theme, this includes the Dunder Mifflin Productions intro to go along with Marvel, as well as the logo at the end of the trailer.
– Joe Pye
Sources – 20th Century Fox. (2017). Logan | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Div0iP65aZo. Last accessed March 2017.
The Office Clips. (2015). The Office – Dwight Defines a Hero. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3nlTVstZQQ. Last accessed March 2017.
Movieclips. (2011). Super Official Trailer #1 – (2010) HD. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLj_Bzw8n90&t=32s. Last accessed March 2017.
MovieclipsPROMO. (2011). X-Men: First Class #9 Movie CLIP – Shaw Attacks (2011) HD. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU0d2oZh5JY&t=5s. Last accessed March 2017.