YOU BELONG TO THE BREAKFAST CLUB

♪ Still don’t know where you’re going
Your still just a face in the crowd
You belong to the breakfast club
You belong to the goonies
Living in a river of darkness beneath the neon light
You were born in the club ♪

Glenn “Melody” Frey

It’s mashup week at Ds106, and for my first assignment, I chose to do This Doesn’t Belong Here! Details for this assignment are as follows:

“For this assignment you need to mash up two different iconic movie scenes. However, you should aim to be as subtle as possible. Perhaps a famous prop that simply doesn’t belong or a character that looks a little out of place.”

Starting out, I knew that I wanted to take something I’ve already done before and use it for this mashup. I just did mashup videos of ‘The Goonies’ and ‘The Breakfast Club,’ so naturally the next step would be to mashup the two movies directly. I chose ‘The Breakfast Club’ as my base and ‘The Goonies’ for props, because I felt that I could more easily place an object within the open environment of ‘The Breakfast Club,’ and also because ‘The Goonies’ has more unique props. ‘The Breakfast Club’ is mostly a character driven story; there aren’t many unique items that would be recognizable as having come from ‘The Breakfast Club’ that the characters aren’t wearing.

I scrubbed through my scenes and picked out a few options, but ultimately decided on a still of Allison. I liked the fact that there was a lot of desk surface showing on which to place objects, and I also liked the placement of the characters. This frame is a painting. It just looks nicely balanced because this frame is utilizing the rule of thirds.

Going back to ‘The Goonies,’ I similarly scrubbed through my scenes to find objects that weren’t too blurry or obscured by the characters. I decided on a lantern, a bowl of marbles, and the ship at the end credits. Once I had screenshots of everything, I headed on over to Photoshop.

In Ps, I cut and paste my objects onto my base layer and erased extraneous background image from my objects. I played with scale and placement (the bowl and lantern are easy to pick out, but I made the ship very small/subtle on the background desk). Next, I used the warp tool on the bowl of marbles, since it was sitting at a different angle in ‘The Goonies.’ Finally, I did some gaussian blurs on my objects and changed the hue and light values to better match the ‘The Breakfast Club’ environment of florescent lighting.

My final mashup:

Surprisingly, the addition of these objects-that-don’t-belong completely change the tone of this frame. Before, Allison appeared as a background character (since our attention was being drawn to what’s happening behind her), but now Allison truly feels like she’s in the foreground. The objects block out John, and as a result, our attention becomes focused on Allison. She looks deep in thought rather than someone who is avoiding confrontation. She looks like she belongs in the frame.

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