SLJoints Final | “Get on the Bus” and “Malcolm X”

by Sarah, Jeanne (@leej), Matt (@mattbuon), and Tyler (@tzb2016)

Spike Lee’s opening credit sequences are a hallmark of a Spike Lee joint. These sequences are the first opportunity for Lee to get a point across, set the tone for the arch of the film, and “set the table for what the film is to be about” (Wickman n.p.). We chose to employ a commentary video style over the opening credits for Get On The Bus and Malcolm X with the goal of understanding how the visual, aural, and/or editing in these sequences contribute to Lee’s overall argument in each respective film.

Videos can be found at the following links (the password is spikelee):




Video Editing: Sarah, Audio Recording: Tyler

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