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Homesick Blues
Joe Purdy 

“I got my baby by my side, we are lonesome for the Ozark mountains. We’ll be be nestled in tall grass with the falls changin’ colors all around us. And it seems like forever since the last time that we dipped ourselves in water. We think about it often, but the thinking ‘bout it often only makes it farther. I want to go back.”


Bob Dylan’s 1965 ’Homesick Blues’ is considered “modern” promotional film clips, which now has turned into as what we know as a music video.

We were put into groups and we got handed a sheet of A3 piece of paper and told to make our own version of the video. But instead of using the lyrics from the song, we were told to write down our feelings about studying the course or how you were feeling at that time. There were a variety of words and short sentences ranging from happy to i want sleep. Mine were: “I feel free” & “FOOD!” All are cue cards put together can show how are whole group were feeling on their first day of the course.

We walked around the college, selecting various locations to film each cue card, we roughly filmed each cue card for about 15 seconds. Only thing we struggled with is that we had no control over the scene, for example the lighting kept popping up as an issue as the subject would be very dark with the background well lit.

After filming all our cue cards, we went back to the room and started to edit them in Premier Pro CC. I have very rarely used Premier Pro but I was used to editing in Sony Vegas Pro. So it gave me an eye opener into other editing software.

Meeting new people was fun, but it was also nervous, the first 5 minutes where near silence, but after a while where we had to communicate, everyone started to slowly talk to each other. I was also extremely surprised that on the first day we actually recorded and did some editing, something that I wasn’t expecting!


Good. Very Good. 


Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues - A HAND LETTERING EXPERIENCE


I´ve been thinking for a lot of time on doing a personal project where I could get out of the computer for a little bit, and have pleasure doing something handmade. Getting back to the basics.

Inspired by Bob Dylan´s Subterranean Homesick Blues video, where he flips cards with the lyrics as the song plays, I decided to recreate those cards with handmade type. I ended up doing all the lyrics, and not just some of the words, as Dylan did.

There are 66 cards done in one month during my spare time using only pencil, black tint pens and brushes. The challenge was not to use the computer, no retouching was allowed. Getting a letter wrong meant starting the page over.

I had a lot of fun doing this project, researching, practicing and getting deeper on typography.

There are some intentional misspellings and puns on the original song video, so I tried to keep that in a certain way.

You can watch the original movie here

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