Category: Iron Chef

Dare Mighty Things (CDVV Iron Chef)

This was my entry for Otohiko's group in the CDVV Iron Chef competition. After hearing the various songs, this was the one that stuck in my head, and I was thinking of Space as a possible theme. 

Thinking about the idea for a while, I remembered the Saturn V launch from Battle Athletes and came up with the idea of incorporating NASA archive footage as a contrast, paired up with scenes from anime that were inspired by the shot, and I was actually surprised at how well it worked. Finding the lunar surface shots from Rocket Girls was a lucky thing, I'll admit, as I hadn't watched the series yet. 

I'm not entirely happy with the "future" segment, since that was the last one I did and was running out of time to submit, but it still works fairly well.

Anime - Banner Of The Stars, Battle Athletes, Bubblegum Crisis 2032, Crest Of The Stars, Gunbuster, Millennium Actress, Moonlight Mile, Project A-Ko, Rocket Girls, Starship Operators, Voices Of A Distant Star, NASA Footage
Music - Explosions in the Sky - So Long, Lonesome
Completed February 2013 Link
YouTube Link

Bakuretsu Con 2012 Analog Iron Editor

At Bakuretsu Con 2012, I participated in a three-way Iron Chef competition, with the additional complication that all of us had to edit our videos using analog equipment - no computers. We were provided several large tubs of commercial VHS tapes as our source material, and three hours to do our work in.

I borrowed most of my equipment from the public access TV station I was working at and got lucky that I didn’t have major technical issues pop up during the editing (one of the others had a very hard time getting his Macrovision breaker to work correctly, and fought with that for almost half the editing time).

My rig included:

Panasonic AG-DS545 SVHS Player
Panasonic AG-DS555 SVHS Recorder (with a scratch on the record head that left a line in everything it recorded)
Panasonic AG-A850 Editing Controller
Panasonic WJ-MX50 Video Mixer

The tapes in the tubs were a mix of subtitled and dubbed releases, and included movies, short OVAs, and a few tapes of a series - usually the first few but not always, so I decided on using Moldiver, which was one of the few complete unsubtitled series available. At six episodes long, it also offered a decent amount of footage without being too long to conveniently scrub and cue.

My final video ended up winning the vote, and it was a fun experience, but I’m very glad we don’t have to edit AMVs like that any more.

Anime - Moldiver
Music - Motoaki F. - Burning Heat! (3 Option Mix)
Completed October 2012 Link
YouTube Link

IC: Another Anime Con 2011 EXTREME Iron Editor

Anime - Various Song - the HIATUS - Betelgeuse no Akari Completed October 2011 Premiered October 15, 2011 Link YouTube Link This was the runner-up video in the AAC '11 Extreme Iron Editor contest. I can't remember all of the challenges that were thrown at us; the one that sticks out was having to roll a d20 and add that many lens flares to the video. We rolled a 15, and there are 17 in the video.

IC: Demo Workshop Speedrun

Anime - Various Song - Two Steps From Hell - Dragon Rider Completed October 2011 Premiered October 14, 2011 Link YouTube Link At Another Anime Convention 2011, OtakuForLife ran a workshop on AMVs and asked for people to bring betas for critique. Having nothing in progress at the time, and fearing that no one would be bringing anything, I spent about an hour and 45 minutes throwing together a short video with the sources I had on my hard drive for an Iron Chef match the next week. There's a lot of problems with it, given the short period it was put together in, but I kind of like it. It got a decent reaction at the workshop, too. I like the idea, and may revisit it as a whole video someday, using the rest of the series that I didn't have available at the time.

IC: Online Iron Chef 4.0 Round 2 – Experimentation

Anime - Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st Song - Richard Cheese - Fell In Love With a Girl Completed May 2011 Premiered May 14, 2011 Link YouTube Link This was my video for the second round of Brad's Online Iron Chef Tournament 4, from my match against Ileia. This was a very different song from what I expected, but I think I managed a decent silly romance video out of it, focusing on the only male character in the movie with significant screen time. I unfortunately lost this match to Ileia's spectacular video.

IC: Iron Chef Idol 4 – The X-Files

Anime - Ghost in the Shell Song - macchinainterna - X-Files Theme Completed November 2010 Premiered April 10, 2011 link This was the segment I edited for the fourth edition of Iron Chef Idol. Thankfully, the song I got given by FC was both very editable and immediately suggested a video concept: parodying the original video. In accordance with the ICI rules, this was edited in two hours, and still works pretty nicely as a video.

IC: Online Iron Chef 4.0 Round 1 – Save the Girl

Anime - Project A-Ko Song - The Postmarks - No One Said This Would Be Easy Completed April 2011 Premiered April 9, 2011 Link YouTube Link This was my video for the first round of Brad's Online Iron Chef tournament in the match against jade_eyed_angel. Brad handed us an interesting song that I know I'd never heard before, but immediately made me think of an adventure story, which managed to work pretty nicely with the source that came up in the roll, Project A-Ko. I won this match by a narrow 3-2 margin.

IC: Another Anime Con 2009 EXTREME Iron Editor

Anime - Demonbane, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, The Hobbit, School Days Songs - DJ Mei Lwun - Nelly vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Country Grammar, Skye Sweetnam - Part Of Your World Completed November 2009 Premiered November 21, 2009 link The resulting videos from the EXTREME Iron Editor competition at Another Anime Con 2009. It was a tag-team match between the Green Team (LantisEscudo & inthesto) and the Blue Team (Kiarrens & OtakuForLife). The full details of the competition, including the tortures visited upon the editors by dokool and BasharOfTheAges: *Extreme Challenge Summary* First Source Revealed: Demonbane Steady Hands - Alts are forced to play Operation with an eye-patch on until someone gets 3 pieces. (arm weights were, sadly, missing) Winner - inthesto Hypothermia Challenge - Both alts plunge their hands into ice water and keep them there. First to remove a hand loses. (this lasted 20 minutes, and resulted in 4 emptied cans of silly string as well as possible nerve damage. We forced them to switch off with their partners and immediately start editing.) Winner - tie. Second Source Revealed: Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight On The Hunt - Alts are given a camera and a scavenger hunt list of cosplayers, staffers, and Guests and 20 min to take as many pictures as they can. Winner - Kiarrens (but points were awarded per picture anyways) Nice Boat Balloon Pop - Alts are presented with a pile of balloons - each of which has a piece of paper in it. All have phrases on them the alt has to call out after reading, until they find the correct one - Nice Boat! - The first one done wins. Winner - Otaku4Life Third Source Revealed: "Nice Boat" episode of School Days One Ring To Bind Them - A) Alts must find the hidden box with their color on it (on Bashar's Car) and return it to main stage. *Lantis docked 20pts for unsportsmanlike conduct in taking both boxes, leaving otaku4life confused in the parking lot for 20 min. B) Inside this box is a hello kitty lip-gloss ring locked by a pad lock. The keys to the padlocks are at the bottom of a vat of shaving cream. First to Unlock their box, wins part B. Winner - Otaku4life Final Source Revealed: The Hobbit (Rankin-Bass's 1979 version) A Little Trivia While We Render - A Little Retrospect is played. All editors name the AMVs used - 2 pts a piece. *no real winner - just awarded points until we were done*