DIY Frankenbiting

In the book Reality Bites Back: the Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner, I came across frankenbiting. Widely used in reality TV, frankenbiting is the deceptive practice of editing and splicing footage to create a completely new storyline.

Video remix artists, however, have bitten back using the same technique to create their own media and craft their own messages. In addition to citing Video Remix Artist Jonathan McIntosh, Pozner also refers to the work of Pop Culture Pirate Elisa Kreisinger who remixed reality TV series the Real Housewives of New York City to create The Queer Housewives of NYC. By splicing and editing out-of-context conversations, Kreisinger has one of the characters come out of the closet and fall in love with another housewife. If you would like to see the video or obtain further details on how to remix your own material, check out the Pop Culture Pirate’s blog here.

One of Jonathan McIntosh’s recent projects was to remix Disney’s 1945 “Cured Duck” with audio footage from Glen Beck to create “Donald Duck Meets Glen Beck in Right Wing Radio Duck.” Beck saw this footage and responded to it on air, which McIntosh diced and spliced to create “Mickey Mouse Discovers the Government Cartoon Conspiracy Against Glenn Beck.”


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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011. Filed under: 2D animation Collage Short Film

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