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Messing with the MacGuffin

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Wikipedia defines the MacGuffin as "a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction." For this assignment forever change the plot of a movie, tv show, etc. by changing a single line of dialogue. Put this new line of dialogue below a screen-cap of the moment in the movie you're changing. Credit to Tom Woodward for posting an example of this idea in the #ds106 Twitter stream.

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Another New Timeline

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For my last assignment, I decided to change the events of a whole movie with one little change of dialogue. I watched the first of the Star Trek reboots earlier this week, so I decided to mess with that movie. Specifically, the scene where Captain Pike dares Jim Kirk …

Dead Ripley

I’m a huge film enthusiast, so I loved the assignment idea of messing with central plot points of movies. What if major events had never happened?  How would this impact the rest of the movie?  I find such questions inherently fascinating, so I had to try my hand at these …

Less Trouble When You Do Not Eat Alone (Messing with the MacGuffin)

Playing more with the #ds106zone for the Twilight Zone episode of the Invaders. All of the screaming, banging, and destruction might is averted if Alien Lady checks her iPhone.

Instead of getting zapped by laser guns and whopping spaceships with her axe, instead, Alien Lady and Jim Groom laugh …

Rewriting Film

The purpose of this assignment was to pick a pivotal point in a film and rewrite the dialogue of that moment so that it changes the outcome of the movie. After browsing through a bunch of webpages, I found one that lists 40 iconic screenshots from 40 famous movies. …

Jack, You’ve been Working Too Hard

One of my first two contributions to the #ds106radio community (likely back around February, 2011, uploaded to the dropbox) was this little audio story clip from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, starring Micheal Keaton in the title role, and Jack Nicholson as The Joker. Also highlighted in the film was Jack…

2 Stars- MacGuffin-ing it up

This was for the “Messing with MacGuffin assignment that said to change an important moment in a movie.  I can think of no more crucial moment in a movie than the choice Neo, I’m sorry, Mr. Anderson makes in the Matrix.  What would happen if Mr. Anderson didn’t go down…

Messing With The MacGuffing but in here is messing with the meat ball

messging with the meat ball. In this Desing Assignment i change the whole setting in a funny way…

Messing With The MacGuffin

 
In the assignment Messing With The MacGuffin, I took images from both movies, Spider-man and The Mask and opened them both up with the program paint. I extended the window frame of the picture and filled the rest in with black. I then selected the text tool and  used…

Week 5: Busy Little Gergy

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I should have posted this…

Chicken Farming

Inspired by Ben’s Video Game Remix show, I found a Zelda Replay Value/MacGuffin visual assignment. (Ben says it’s totally worth double points)

What if Link never made it to the end of the game because he became so enamored of the chickens? I know I like those crazy chickens.
Played…

Hangover MacGuffin

After browsing the Design Assignments, I noticed that 70 people had completed the “Messing with MacGuffin Assignment”. This, by far, out numbers all the other number of completed assignments. Why is this? Probably because it is an easy assignment to complete, it doesn’t take much time, and man it is…

Bond MacGuffin

The Messing with the MacGuffin assignment through ds106 was a lot of fun.  Short and simple.  I used a list of 50 top movie one-liners to help get my memory going.  This could easily be applied to a K-12 classroom … Continue reading →…

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WHAT THE HECK IS THIS CRAP !?

THIS IS MORE LIKE THE GOOD CRAP !! COOKIEEE…

Kurtz MacSpubbleMuffin

The idea for this one popped into my head on the way to the media center to do some work on a Windows machine. It consists of a hybrid between two of my favorite visual assignments: Messing with the MacGuffin and the Spubble.
Speaking of Spubble’s, Mr. Dangerfist might have…

So what happens when wizards use muggle spells?

  

I’ve always had that question to myself.  We muggles have our own so called “spells” such as abracadra, hocus pocus, and what not.  So I wondered what it would look like if someone from Harry Potter’s world to use this spell for the Messing with the MacGuffin assignment.  Now…

Repoman MacGuffin

It seemed appropriate to submit a Messing with the MacGuffin assignment using Otto Paertz’s favorite film: Repoman. Those who watch this classic film closely and repeatedly will understand the origin of our task master’s name. Anyhow, here’s the stuff:

My process involved:

grabbing the image from the Film Babble Blog…

I choose you

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Pokemon. Serious business.
UPDATE: Gonna talk a bit on my process here. So I was looking around ds106 for interesting assignments and I was attracted to this particular one because of a very interesting earlier submission.

One of the reasons I figured the…

It’s a Friday MacGuffin

Inspired by this MacGuffin, I couldn’t resist a Friday in which Chris Tucker was the responsible, worker bee Here is the “Messing with the MacGuffin” assignment if you are interested.…

Messing with the Mac Guffin

For this assignment forever change the plot of a movie, tv show, etc. by changing a single line of dialogue. Put this new line of dialogue below a screen-cap of the moment in the movie you’re changing.

Can we stop by a pharmacy? I need to get a Nasonex refill…

You’re a Veteran? We’ll Throw a Parade!

I am calling this one a Four Icon MacGuffin Challenge – mashing up the Four Icon Challenge with Messing with the MacGuffin…

Messing with the MacGuffin: Harry Potter

Well, that would’ve ended everything right there.…

Messing With the Macguffin

Funny how Prince Charming based his love on a shoe…Now what if?…

Harry Potter MacGuffin Assignment

I love harry potter.. so i did this macguffin in tribute to him.…

Design Assignment: A Brokeback MacGuffin

Messing with the MacGuffin: Wikipedia defines the MacGuffin as “a plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction.” For this assignment forever change the plot of a movie, tv show, etc. by changing a single line of dialogue. Put this new line…

Any Threes?

This seemed to be the best way I could find to comment on Alan Levine’s Animated MacGuffin which is now a “MacGIFfin”. And if you know this scene in The Sting, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) set’s up Harry Gondorf (Paul Newman) with a hand of four threes, which he is…

darth puts his foot down

i know what your thinking

One does not simply walk into Mordor. . .

Gandolf The Pushover.

Retitled thanks to Michael Branson…

No Fiction.

Lost and Found

This DS106 McGuffin was inspired by this post from Allen Liddell.…

Hooray!

Bugs Bunny gets all the love, but Woody Woodpecker was just as bad ass, so I’m dedicating my first GIF in a long while to the classic “Niagara Fools” episode, which this GIF is taken from. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you really, really should.

What’s more, I…

Psycho macguffin

Originally uploaded by rushaw.

First Hitchcock macguffin?…

Alternative Movie History: The Pogo Stick

You’ll jump your eye out, kid?…

No Trouble in Little China

Just Don’t Use It After Midnight.

Love Bites

Plastics

Apocalypse When?

Skinjob

What if the rug didn’t tie the room together?

Alternative Movie History: Not Ganas but….

If you are weak, here is the scene on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aD-hfcFt……

Alternative Movie History: Corporate Raiders of the Lost Ark

Alternative film histories as our contemporary realities?…

MacGuffin Fight Club

Fight Club…

Jim Groom’s Career MacGuffin

MacGuffins can happen in real life.
The world as we know it would be turned inside out. Countries overthrown. Entire cultural history tossed aside. Dogs and cats sleeping together. Cubs wining the Series. Stuff like that.…

The Indians Get a Better Deal

The Prematurely Ended Story: A DS106 MacGuffin

The Prematurely Ended Story

What would have happened had Bastian not developed a thirst for fantasy literature?…

I Can’t Stop It!

Jim Groom called it a “force of nature.” So I had to do this.…

Let’s Find Another Forest to Play In

Well, here is my dream from last night. Er, wait, I was not exactly one of the merry men, or at least not quite like depicted here in this assignment. But I was thinking of the possibilities of this assignment and I thought, “Hey, I am not going to just…

Bullit Macguffin

Bullit Macguffin
Originally uploaded by rushaw.

A contribution to DS106…

short circuited

the 80s was a confusing time to be a robot.…

? Math is hard

You know what’s cooler than a million dollars? Me neither.…

? Sorting Hat

The Messing with MacGuffin asks you to choose a pivotal point in a movie and alter the plot with a single line. It turns out to be a hell of a lot of fun!…

It’s a Girl!

Alternative Movie History: HAL

Inspired by CogDog, as usual…

Saving Private No One

Alternative Movie History: Some Brothers on the Wall

2011: A Mutual Collaborative

I got MacGuffin fever- it might be this ds106 semester’s animated gif?
We all know that collaboration is the way to go, right? We all hold hands, go off to northern canada, and sing tra-la-la-la?
It’s 2011, a ds106 Odyssey! BA….. DA….. DA DA…

A Night Not in the Box

Been thinking of movies to flip the McGuffin on for this week’s hot ds106 assignment, Messing with the McGuffin:
Wikipedia defines the MacGuffin as “a plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction.” For this assignment forever change the plot of a…

Shawshanked

Redemption?…

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I won’t be back!

Make not mistake about it, Todd Conaway is a force of nature when it comes to open courses. He made the Summer of Oblivion in so many ways, not to mention how awesome he was during the Spring version. And when I saw his latest post it led me to…

I’m Just Not Ready For This.

Very Inspired by new assignment and earlier post /tweet link to this.…

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