Remix Roundup: Loki, Godzilla, Transformers

This is part of an ongoing series of posts in which I share some interesting revisionist/transformative video works that relate to fan editing.

Loki: Brother of Thor

First appearing in September 2014, this fan edit by Loki Odinson culled material from Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), and Thor: The Dark World (2013) to form a composite film centered on the character of Loki. The feature length edit appeared on Vimeo and after a flurry of glowing reviews on sites such as ComicBookMovie.com, io9, Wired, and the AV Club, it was taken offline.

In October 2014, Loki Odinson announced a re-release of this edit on his Twitter profile as a private video (password: “Loki”).

Literal Supercuts: “Godzilla” and “Transformers”

The Verge was among several sites in September 2014 that reported on a video made by YouTube user John Nemesis that compiles all eight minutes of Godzilla’s screen time from Godzilla (2014). Looking at this remarkable sequence of Godzilla footage, it suggests that a coherent, beast-centric short film version could be made if a fan editor were to judiciously add a little more non-Godzilla content to fill in the narrative gaps.

John Nemesis has created similar videos in the past, including a compilation of all the transformation instances in the first three Transformers films. Much like the literal Godzilla assembly that focuses on Godzilla’s screen time and excludes nearly all of the characters that aren’t mentioned in the film title, the Transformers compilation treats its supernatural characters as literally as possible: we get to see Transformers transforming, with all their intricate animation on full display yet stripped of all plot or context, performing their own hypnotic rendition of a ballet mécanique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkvHRNzzls

Update 2015/09/19: This and other videos by John Nemesis are often removed from YouTube on copyright grounds. John Nemesis’s YouTube channel may contain a re-uploaded version as well as other projects.