Final Project Upload


This project was created to show the different types of friendly aliens and how they are depicted on screen.

Description (also on the YouTube page)

Films Used:

Aliens (1986)
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Man of Steel (2013)
Superman Returns (2006)
Men in Black (1997)
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Avatar (2009)
Transformers (2007)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Paul (2011)
Earth to Echo (2014)
The Host (2013)
Planet 51 (2009)
Chicken Little (2005)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
I Am Number Four (2011)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Green Lantern (2011)
Megamind (2010)
The Faculty (1998)
District 9 (2009)
Mars Needs Moms (2011)
The Blob (1958)
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
The Avengers (2012)
War of the Worlds (2005)


Bruno Mars-Count on Me (Karaoke Version)
Imagine Dragons-Radioactive (Karaoke Version)
Rihanna-Take a Bow (Karaoke Version)
Bastille-Laura Palmer (Karaoke Version)
Avicii-Wake Me Up (Karaoke Version)

I own nothing. No copyright infringement intended.


Final Project Update 4

Today has been a better day than the last two weeks.  I’ve almost finished editing another section and have figured out the recording of my screen with sound (which I probably should’ve done a while ago but here we are).  I will now be able to record my Star Wars movies and other movies that I can’t download, like Avatar (which surprisingly, given its popularity, is extremely difficult to find simple clips for on YouTube).  I don’t know what I will do about the sound though because the video recordings seem to pick up more of the sound from the microphone in my earphones than the clips I play on the computer but I’ll figure that out.  I finally have the clips I need from The Fifth Element which was really important for one section.  I am also in the process of figuring out what songs I want for each section and as I edit the video I am also editing the script.  I hopefully will have the voice recordings by the end of next week and most of my editing done as long as I buckle down and don’t get distracted.  Things seem to be looking up a lot since last week.

Project Update 3

Transformers seems to also have problems converting and Handbrake was closing down by itself a lot throughout the converting process. The video that I would get would be terrible quality so I’m going to have to record the screen when the movie is playing.  I’m almost done editing another section that I have only really been able to use Youtube clips for.  The characters I’m using for this section are well-known and main as far as their films go so finding clips for them hasn’t been too much of a challenge.  Wi-Fi has been an issue lately as well.  Also, MovieClips on Youtube won’t let me convert which stinks because there is a really good video for The Fifth Element that would be perfect but since it won’t work I’m going to need to find some other way to get it with reasonable quality.  One really good thing that I found is the entire film of I Am Number Four that I can convert and download which is amazing especially since I will be using this film twice and one of the characters I need isn’t that big or easy to find clips for.  The only thing is since it is the whole film, it takes a while to convert but I’m being patient.  Overall, things are looking up from last week even though I’m still having problems.

Final Project Update

I’ve figured out that movies really don’t want you converting their videos and it is very difficult to get around such issues.  My Star Wars DVDs won’t convert and the good clips for the Fifth Element that I found on YouTube won’t convert either.  I tried recording my screen by playing the movie on Netflix and using QuickTime but that wouldn’t work as well and the other app that I had to download to record a screen with sound I can’t figure out.  Also, I was having trouble with the Wifi and I can’t start editing other sections until I have all (or at least most) of the clips I need.  I’ve pretty much spent the whole class trying to get things to work and failing. Alas, even though I have encountered a whole bunch of problems today, I am looking forward to trying to convert other DVDs that I have back in my dorm room that may work and I will probably have to purchase the Fifth Element to get those clips and that (hopefully) won’t be an issue.

Project Update

I’ve figured out some scenes that I want to use in my video and narrowed down exactly the archetypes that I will be using.  I am going to focus of the archetypes of good aliens so I am not overwhelmed by ten different categories to find movies for. I am now on 6.  I have written the script and will continue to get scenes and begin editing so that I have something to show for my oral presentation next week.  I hope to have a lot more done soon and look forward to seeing what effects I can put in.  I still need to figure out how to get video from netflix.

Final Project Script (Draft 1)

Types of Aliens in Film: The Good Ones

*This script may change depending on sound and editing of clips*

Coming from a time when we know nothing about lifeforms beyond Earth, it can be hard to imagine what it would be like if we were to encounter aliens.  What they would look like or how they would act or how they would treat humans.  Most of the time in film, extraterrestrials are depicted as evil or anti-human.  They want to eat us, become us, or take over our planet.  When we think about aliens we usually picture them to look like this (clip from War of the Worlds), this (clip from Mars Attacks) , or this (clip from Alien).  I would like to take the time to focus on the good aliens in film and the roles that play.

The Bestie (Title Card)

The Bestie can be considered like a partner in crime.  They are the type of alien you, as an audience member, would want as a friend whether it be because they are cute (E.T. and Echo), or cool (Bumblebee and Groot), or someone you could grab a beer with (Paul).  They are kind, reliable, caring, and brave.  They are endearing and appeal to our softer sides.  They make you think “When aliens are this awesome, how can they be awful?”

The Renegade (Title Card) *have to work and find more examples of this*

The Renegade is the type of alien that goes against what they grew up with.  They are trained and raised in an environment that they realize isn’t for them and they team up with others.  They tend to form an alliance with humans and those they leave behind will most likely not change their opinions (Jamarcus).  They give the audience hope that not all aliens are evil or destructive (Wanda).  They also realize that humans aren’t as terrible or scary as they thought (Sparks).

The Furry Companion (Title Card)

Similar to the Bestie, The Furry Companion is friend through thick and thin.  The main difference between the two types is the amount of body hair on the alien.  These aliens are meant to be cute and endearing (Kirby), even if they can speak english (Chewbacca) or are particularly polite to everyone (Rocket).  They could be described as someone you want to give a hug to (Stitch).  And if they can fight off an entire army of villains too, that sure is a plus (Chewbacca, Rocket, Ewoks).

The Wise Leader (Title Card)

These aliens are on top of the hierarchy.  They are smart, strong, brave, and always put their people first (Henri, Eytukan).  They will fight for what is right and will lead their armies to battle even if they are protecting humans (Optimus Prime). They provide wisdom and usually will have an inspiring and/or famous quote of sorts (Yoda “Do or do not, there is no try, Optimus Prime at end of Transformers, others).

The One You Fall in Love With (Title Card)

This is the type of alien that you wouldn’t mind dating.  They are not only attractive their human or humanoid counterparts but they are also appealing to the film’s audience.  They are sexual yet also innocent (Leeloo).  They are strong but also vulnerable (John).  They are the types that you fight along with but would also risk your life to save (Leia).  They also usually attract a cocky, attractive jerk-like character (Han Solo “I know”). And they are always an impressive fighter as well (compilation of fight scenes including characters).

The Superhero (Title Card)

This alien is usually equipped with normal-earthing-superhero skills and features like capes (Superman), masks (Green Lantern), gadgets (Megamind, Buzz Lightyear).  They tend to do things that are so important that they “Save the planet” or “The Galaxy”.  They will also save whoever is pure of heart.  They will save humans (Superman), aliens (Guardians of the Galaxy), toys (Buzz), whoever is truly good regardless of what planet they come from.  They care about the wellbeing of others and are willing to risk their lives to help those in need.

Final Project Proposal

I will be doing a video essay on the different archetypes of extraterrestrials in films.  I will have a bunch of roles that aliens can play in a film and explain what they are while showing clips from movies that feature aliens that fit those types.  These archetypes will range from “the best friend alien” to “the ‘what the heck is that’ alien”.  I want to be able to show how even though aliens in films can all look different, they can still be similar in personality.  Some films I would like to use are Alien, Star Wars, Transformers, Avatar, etc.  I will be using iMovie to edit and Audacity to do voiceovers both of which I have on my computer already.  I would like to learn a little more about iMovie so that when I get to the actual editing of my video I can make it look as professional as possible.


Outline of entire project to be done by March 26th

By April 2nd finish pulling clips from films and begin editing

April 9th: oral presentation

Continue editing and write script for the voiceover (probably will record voiceover on April 16th)

By April 23rd: finishing touches, add music where needed and finish editing the voiceover into the video

April 30th: present final project