I actually had the below film at the end of this post, and then I thought, no it should be watched first as it’s an amazing new Minecraft movie and one of my favourite films. (also far better than my ramblings), it’s from Paradisedecay:
During watching, ‘Everything is a Remix,’ it occurred to me that everything we do in life is a remix of everything that has come before, this is something I have never really consciously thought about before, just something I have accepted and maybe even conceived at the back of my mind.
Whether it’s music, film or even teaching our children, we always try to strive to copy and improve on what has been done before? I however cannot really say improved or better as there are many things from the creative past that are brilliant and always will be, maybe the term should be evolved? The ability to evolve and remix in these creative fields gives us new genres and inspiration, new ways of looking into things so that they are constantly changing and exciting to us. The re-telling of an old story/song in a contemporary format is nothing new, and so history has shown us we are fascinated by stories from the past whether fact or fiction and many modern stories/films are taken from ideas from the past eg, the film, My Own Private Idaho takes ideas from Shakespeare‘s Henry IV. I particularly enjoyed the part of, ‘Everything is a Remix,’ where it depicted George Lucas’s inspirations for Star Wars, it just shows how much historical observation and prior film knowledge from so many disparate sources can create a remixed story into a great film, (well it always will be a great film to me, others can decide for themselves). Also there have been through the 20th and 21st Century, remakes/remixes of films eg King Kong, Dracula, Dawn of the Dead etc. These are enjoyed/not enjoyed, compared and discussed by the generations who watched them first and generations who have never seen them before. It reminds me of the way stories were told in ancient times and passed through the generations, (by mouth and by books), are we not just passing these stories through history the same way we always have, but through modern technology and remixing, so those in the future can also enjoy them, change them and be inspired by them also?
“Copy, transform and combine”: That is the analogy of this short film, it makes the claim that this is what we have fundamentally done since a single cellular organism, our natural order as it were. However the the final part of, ‘Everything is a Remix,’ challenges the alleged natural order and targets the problems between stealing ideas and then suppressing creativity through the law and focuses on Copyright and Plagarism. The film talks about the theory that, we are quite happy to copy things, but unhappy when things are being copied/taken from us. Which is very true, however it seems to be when they are within our own lifetime! Which brings me to Led Zeppellin, it seems now that only through modern technology and communications people have begun to see what they may or may not have done. So should we be thinking, (which is probably biased as they are one of my favourite bands), how many music lovers, musicians and otherwise would have missed out on Led Zeppelin’s musical inspirations, observations and influences if this band had not copied, transformed and combined their music?
To carry on the Minecraft story, the theory is this move to open source meant that it made the game hugely more popular, Alex Leavitt a PHD Student has an excellent video on his website that discusses this much better than I ever could, Alex Leavitt/Minecraft. It also talks about the way the huge Minecraft community has developed because also there were no instructions to play the game. So people made videos to help one another, joined forums and discussed the game etc. I have found so far it’s a huge friendly community. And the more I find out about this game and it’s community the more I like, you don’t have to buy anything to further yourself in it, everyone shares everything freely with one another. My next move is to make my own personalised, ‘Skin.’ For non Mincrafters, you literally can make your own skin and be whoever you want to be eg, Darth Vader, Kermit the Frog it’s up to your imagination. I really like going onto websites and finding out what skins have already been made!
Anyway following the theme of everything is a remix I have recently found some really interesting Minecraft movies. Here is a remix of one of my all time favourite movies, I think the attention to detail and the organisation to be able to get this working in Minecraft is amazing, it comes from Paradisedecay who also has a brilliant YouTube channel.