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Offline thesciphishow

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Funny Subtitles for a Riff/Chapters ?
« on: April 24, 2009, 05:26:37 AM »
Hi all,

This is an idea i've been musing with for a while.

Do you think a seperate subtitle track for a film would work for comedy value ?

Or even just to add the regular rifftrax chapter headings to the file so they are displayed (they are often good for a giggle).

As a proof of concept of the idea I made a .srt file for the Attack of the Clones riff that was done a while ago (I'm remixing it at the moment with the original and the new iRiff of the film). I created it with a simple python script (it is pretty ugly currently and needs work, but it does the job, at least for this one file).

Is this idea worth developing further and sharing with people ? I'll probably keep doing it to make the chapter subtitle files for my own use, but i'm happy to share if others are interested.

Hmm ... there appears to be no way to attach a file that I can find, so  i'll just append it to the end of this post. To use it, cut and paste to a file called <FileName>.srt (notepad will work fine) and then load the subtitle file along with the video with whatever movie player you use (I use VLC and it is easy enough to do)

Jason

1
00:00:15,000 --> 00:00:18,000
 

2
00:00:22,000 --> 00:00:25,000
Episode 2: Electric Bugaloo

3
00:01:45,000 --> 00:01:48,000
Yup, no danger here!

4
00:04:11,000 --> 00:04:14,000
The Committee for Plot Development having a talk.

5
00:06:44,000 --> 00:06:47,000
Enter Sam from "Life as a House"

6
00:10:03,000 --> 00:10:06,000
The smartest bed bugs you'll ever see.

7
00:13:44,000 --> 00:13:47,000
More speeder chase than you can shake a lightsaber at.

8
00:20:42,000 --> 00:20:45,000
Going clubbing, Jedi style

9
00:23:47,000 --> 00:23:50,000
Easy on the foreshadowing, movie.

10
00:28:33,000 --> 00:28:36,000
You can't leave, we have a franchise to destroy!

11
00:30:16,000 --> 00:30:19,000
Whatever you do, don't order the "chef's special."

12
00:32:25,000 --> 00:32:28,000
Staring at the life-size George Lucas bust.

13
00:33:25,000 --> 00:33:28,000
Awkward silences are great!

14
00:34:36,000 --> 00:34:39,000
Smarter than Jedi master, the younglings are.

15
00:36:51,000 --> 00:36:54,000
Let's make this another chapter, shall we?

16
00:37:48,000 --> 00:37:51,000
There's only room for ONE crazy hat in this film!

17
00:39:17,000 --> 00:39:20,000
Journey to the Wet Planet.

18
00:40:29,000 --> 00:40:32,000
Conference with Abe Sapien's distant relatives.

19
00:42:13,000 --> 00:42:16,000
An awkward, creepy romance develops.

20
00:43:58,000 --> 00:43:61,000
Would the real Jango Fett please stand up?

21
00:45:52,000 --> 00:45:55,000
Even the tension is artificial!

22
00:48:17,000 --> 00:48:20,000
Never threaten a man in front of his self-clone-son!

23
00:50:53,000 --> 00:50:56,000
Worst. Pillow talk. Ever.

24
00:54:25,000 --> 00:54:28,000
Revisiting the plot for those of you who fell asleep.

25
00:56:32,000 --> 00:56:35,000
What people are saying about the new Anakin.

26
00:58:43,000 --> 00:58:46,000
Return to Crummy Weather Planet.

27
01:01:03,000 --> 01:01:06,000
When in doubt, visit the fly-ridden sleazy guy.

28
01:03:41,000 --> 01:03:44,000
Finally, a chase sequence!

29
01:08:23,000 --> 01:08:26,000
C3PO meets his maker. Again.

30
01:10:59,000 --> 01:10:62,000
 for good?

31
01:12:18,000 --> 01:12:21,000
Just in time to hear the conspiracy details!

32
01:14:37,000 --> 01:14:40,000
A few minutes too late / "Noooooooo!"

33
01:18:19,000 --> 01:18:22,000
Out of gas, and out of time.

34
01:20:21,000 --> 01:20:24,000
Delusions of grandeur abound.

35
01:24:33,000 --> 01:24:36,000
Why start listening to orders now, Darth?

36
01:27:09,000 --> 01:27:12,000
Poor Dooku, always getting turned down.

37
01:29:49,000 --> 01:29:52,000
Someone put Jar-Jar in charge! Run!

38
01:31:33,000 --> 01:31:36,000
Mandatory Comic Relief Scene.

39
01:38:32,000 --> 01:38:35,000
A match made in prison.

40
01:40:55,000 --> 01:40:58,000
Lucas saw "Gladiator" and thought, "I can do that!"

41
01:45:23,000 --> 01:45:26,000
Yup, those robots are still worthless.

42
01:51:41,000 --> 01:51:44,000
Same scene, new objective!

43
01:52:58,000 --> 01:52:61,000
Star Wars: Galaxies come to life.

44
01:55:33,000 --> 01:55:36,000
More chasing, please. And squeeze the theme in if you can.

45
01:59:44,000 --> 01:59:47,000
Fighting an old man has never been harder.

46
02:02:28,000 --> 02:02:31,000
Wow, you mean Yoda can do more than sit around and cough?

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02:06:00,000 --> 02:06:03,000
 pretty much nothing.

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02:07:28,000 --> 02:07:31,000
Over, this movie, should be.

49
02:09:18,000 --> 02:09:21,000
The haunting Vader Love theme.

50
02:10:21,000 --> 02:10:24,000
The credits!


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Re: Funny Subtitles for a Riff/Chapters ?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2009, 10:19:45 AM »
Subtitles can work, to some extent.  Rebel Assault II had a gag where, when you put in a code, a little Shadowrama thing appeared at the bottom with R2-D2, C-3P0, and Darth Vader.  The audible speech shut off, and all the dialogue was replaced with nonsensical subtitle text.  I personally think those subtitles were more entertaining than the actual game.  And don't forget the classic bit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The only trouble, though, is how to attach it; you probably can't sell a subtitle file by itself (if you're thinking a Rifftrax or iRiff), because in order to view it, it needs the video.  If you plan on selling a subtitle track, it would best be attached to a VOD file.  As the video pretty much has to be public domain to do it that way in the first place, doing subtitles on a short of some kind would give you a chance to practice on something that wouldn't take too much time and energy.

What I would say is put together a VOD of some public domain short, put it up on the site for a small price, and see how it does.  At the very least, you'll get some feedback on what people liked and didn't like, and you can get a sense of how to improve (or continue, if it does well) on future projects.
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