Assignment – Vintage Futurism
Robot Leg Commercial
Inspiration and Process
After last week I am still in a remixing mood, and was inspired by a real life moment to create my Robot Leg Commercial. My in-laws came to town yesterday, and moments before they arrived I discovered that the floor I had just cleaned the day before was not clean anymore. So I grabbed one of the floor cloths, and not having time to get out the Swiffer, stuck it to the bottom of my foot and cleaned the spots. It worked surprisingly well, and when I looked down I laughed and thought, “wouldn’t it be nice to have one of these that’s autonomous and does the work without me?!” I had my son take a picture of my own robot leg in action and the concept for the Robot Leg Commercial was born.
The Robot Leg image was edited by me in Photoshop, with a prosthetic/robotic addition using layers, masks, and filters. Next I used the Timeline in Photoshop to animate the leg and other elements on top of an old Mr. Clean commercial I found on YouTube. Thanks to the Internet I was able to find a bounty of free and Fair Use materials to bring my crazy idea to life. To add the final touches, I imported the video file into iMovie and recorded the voiceovers with my son (does that count as dialogue?), and added some music for effect.
My Vintage Futuristic Robot Leg Commercial was a fun, creative project where I let go of my agenda to just create for my classes and made something for fun, for me, to make me (and hopefully others) laugh! I am reminded of Monty Python’s use of limbs in comical ways and hope I did their low-fi, cheeky animation style justice. And ironically, I will be able to use this as an example for my students after all. Funny how it all works. And I still laugh every single time I watch it. Enjoy and feel free to LOL too! 😀
And now, for something not completely different . . .