Harold and Maude Video Essay Assignment

1 Apr

So I know little about movie making and cinematic theory and stuff. But I do know what I like and I love Harold and Maude. I waited till the very last moment to do this and that was lame. I tried to make smart comments about the movie but I think it ended more of an introspective sort of “why I like the movie” rather than “what it is a great movie.” I talked too much at the start without having a “hook” to quickly grab the viewer. I did better towards the end, a bit less commentary and more footage from film. I also failed to really recognize Hal Ashby and Colin Higgins. I should have. Not much on Wikipedia about Colin Higgins given some of the work he did. There is a foundation that does good work with wonderful and noble goals. Hal Ashby directed my two very favorite movie/books: Harold and Maude and Being There. Both powerful short books with huge implications for me. I loved this and I learned a few technical things along the way and I got to revisit my favorite film.

I used real player to download and convert the YouTube clips. I used Audacity to create the audio, rather than Camtasia as I was getting clicks from hard drive in Camtasia audio, I used Camtasia to create the video. I bumped right up against the 15 minutes and I pondered not using YouTube to share it as I wanted to make it longer. But then I was thinkin, “hey, 15 minutes is a long time to watch anything on a computer screen!” Good thing I thought that as I tell it to teachers all the time.

This was fun. Here you go, my favorite play/screenplay/book/movie of all time!


4 Responses to “Harold and Maude Video Essay Assignment”

  1. Jim April 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm #


    In that last scene I though maude was gonna say #ds1064life :0 I love this rundown, i have yet to see Harold nd Maude, and it is at the top of my list afters seeing this. What I really loved about your commentary is the parts you actually downplayed in your write-up. here your story through your experience of this film was awesome. You dad’s disco days, your own rebellion and relationship to your parents and your surrounding. For me that’s hat film is, a relationship to a tim, place and a state of mind, it is a capsule of our memories, and often the revisiting them gives us access to thoughts and memories that have crystallized around certain themes and scenes, which you nail beautifully here.

    I love what you did here, and i feel like I know you that much better now, which is very much in the spirit of storytelling through the culture that helped shape us, and that we in turn shape just as much, as this video is a testament to.

    • Todd Conaway April 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

      Thanks man. I love the movie and you will love it too when you see it.

      Our identity is so much of these things like a song lyric, a movie scene, or a few pages in a book. I think that this assignment brings that out in us when we get to visit it closely and tie it to ourselves is story.

      I also image that is part of why ds106radio is a hit, we are attached to these songs and want to share our connection to them. Good stuff.

  2. Jenna Kincaid April 4, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    I was so happy to see that you chose Harold and Maude for your video essay. I can say, hands down, that this is my absolute favorite movie. I loved how you related your own teenage rebellion to the film. Harold’s rebellion was the rebellion I always wanted growing up but never needed (at least not yet). One of my life goals is to be just as crazy and lovely as Maude. Thank you for sharing this story with everyone.

    • Todd Conaway April 4, 2011 at 1:21 am #

      You are welcome. It was fun. I love that darn book and movie.

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