Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

A very interesting look at the world of films and just how powerful the role of influence is in Hollywood. I don’t know about you but I found some of those Star Wars comparison shots to be fascinating.

You can find a further look at this idea (along with more great videos like this one) over at everythingisaremix.info.

Thanks to Daring Fireball for the link.

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3 Responses to Everything Is a Remix

  1. tribrix says:

    Reminds me of some quotes:

    “WHEN you steal, steal from the masters, not from the moderns.” – Leonardo Da’Vinci.

    “Composers shouldn’t think to much, it interferes with their plagiarism.” – Howard Dietz

  2. Yoreel says:

    Check out Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig. He talks about how so many of the great works of film and music we have today were basically taken from other works, and how it relates to the Creative Commons project. Very similar ideas as Everything is a Remix.

  3. tribrix says:

    I can’t believe I forgot one of my favorite examples of this. Shakespeare, arguably the greatest writer the English language has ever know, yet, he never wrote a single original story. All of his works are adaptations of well known (at the time) tales and histories.

    I have lots of mixed feelings about all of this. Basically, I think when artist lift other people’s work in a way that violates the copyright, I’m against it. But I think copyright times need to be shortened, a lot. However, I think it’s better done in the Lucas/Tarantino vein, wherein you pay homage, even obviously, without actually violating the copyright. To me that’s the best case scenario.

    However, have you ever seen the documentary about the most famous drum loop in history and how it’s copyright has been violated more ways than a Broadway hooker. This is a must watch, only 20 mins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac It really hits this subject on the head and in a fascinating way.

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