This morning I got sucked face-first in to the productivity-killing vortex that is the Vimeo Staff Picks Channel and found something pretty awesome. It’s a two-part (soon to be 4 part) video short on remix culture by Kirby Ferguson. With some smart, creative editing he explores remix techniques involved in producing films we all know and love. The message is that we all stand on the shoulders of giants, even giants themselves. The second video’s star wars montage that picks the movie’s sources apart is particularly interesting, because so many people consider it ground breaking, but that’s just one of the many great examples.
I’ve included Kirby’s videos below, along with a TED video of Lawrence Lessig, who is a champion of the movement for protecting remix culture. Lessig’s video is one of the best, easily-digestible talks on the web that provides good arguments for why, in the age of YouTube, we need to recognize that even the greats borrow, remix and re-purpose to produce great works, and that the right to do so should be protected by law.
Cheers to you, anonymous Vimeo curators!