I love supercuts (a.k.a pop culture megamixes). They are great ways to ingest large amounts of data in a short space of time. Like, seriously, I think they can be beautiful.
A supercut is a compilation of short video clips of the same type of action, and the purpose is usually to create a comic effect. The word was apparently coined by Andy Baio, in a blog entry in April 2008. He defined it there as a “genre of video meme, where some obsessive-compulsive superfan collects every phrase/action/cliche from an episode (or entire series) of their favorite show/film/game into a single massive video montage.”
Supercuts have transcended; in the last 10 years they can come out of the dank belly of the internet and meme culture and are now recognised as a media format of their own.
But why do we love supercuts so much? I think there are a couple of reasons for this, for one it buys in to our love of lists (and we all know the internet loves lists – here’s looking at you BuzzFeed) secondly it allows us to relive the best bits of something again without having to watch the whole product from start to finish. Wanna see a selection of all the best cuts in Strangers Things? There is a supercut for that; wanna see a selection of the best examples of the Heroes Journey? There is a supercut for that; wanna see Tom Cruise run from every film he has ever been in – guess what? There is a super cut for that too!
Looking at supercuts in more detail has spurred me on to make my own supercuts, not just as my 3rd artefact but as a thing that I do beyond this module. So to that end- below is my first SuperCut Showdown dedicated to the late and great Leonard Cohen.
Interesting side note, Ian saw my video and that spurred him on to make his Remix Artefact.
Since making the supercut above I have made another based on the Oxford Dictionaries Word Of the Year list.