Remix or Rip-Off? Deconstructing 'The Matrix'

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Making the case that nothing, not even The Matrix, is totally original, Everything Is a Remix is back with a stunning shot-by-shot breakdown of the dozens of references and influences that shaped the Hollywood blockbuster.

This video was edited by Rob Wilson and co-produced by Kirby Ferguson, the creator of the series, and written by Cynthia Closkey. In an interview with The Atlantic, Ferguson makes the case for rethinking our definitions of creativity and ownership:

I wanted to address the hypocrisy of property-centric views of creativity. Corporations -- and even many authors -- want monopoly rights that are as broad and enduring as possible, but the gaping hole in that approach is that all creations contain chunks of other creations. It's a blurry boundary between where one work ends and another begins. We all copy, we all transform, we all combine. And initially it seemed like a good side-project while I was working a day job. It didn't require me to shoot footage so I thought it'd be relatively easy, but it turned out to be outrageously time-consuming.

The interview is continued here, and previous episodes of Everything Is a Remix can be found on the Video channel. Part 2 is an amazing takedown of Hollywood cinema, with similarly eye-opening shot-by-shot analyses of Star Wars and Kill Bill. Everything is a Remix is self-funded, and welcomes donations from viewers via their website.

For more work by Rob Wilson, visit http://robgwilson.com/. 

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