Apr 232011
 

Anime – Sexfriend
Song – Chubby Checker – The Twist
Completed March 2011
Premiered April 23, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

The only reason this is exists is that I lost a bet.

In a mood of sleep deprivation, another editor and I were tossing terrible HAMV ideas back and forth, and this is one that I put forward. A week or so later, I lost a bet against that editor, and the stakes were that the loser had to make one of the ideas that were tossed out in that session. And this was the result.

Apr 222011
 

Anime – Gundam Wing
Audio – Tangled “Grounded For Life” Web Promo
Completed March 2011
Premiered April 22, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was made specifically to troll a prescreener at the Anime Boston contest, who loves Gundam but hates Gundam Wing with a passion, and has been known to rant on the subject at length. I made my regular two submissions, and the coordinator allowed me to submit this as a third under a fake name to hide my participation.

Finding the audio was a little bit difficult, but once I saw Tangled in the theater and then checked out some of the web advertisements for the movie, this one jumped out at me as something that could be quite funny.

When I was planning it out, I’d have sworn there was at least one shot of Relena actually brushing her hair that I wanted to use for the repeating line, but my memory was apparently faulty, so I had to use the very silly hair toss shot, just multi-flipped in a minor homage to dwchang’s I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.

It got the desired rant, and enough of a laugh that it got included in the contest showing as a non-competing video.

Apr 102011
 

Anime – Ghost in the Shell
Song – macchinainterna – X-Files Theme
Completed November 2010
Premiered April 10, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org 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.

Apr 092011
 

Anime – Project A-Ko
Song – The Postmarks – No One Said This Would Be Easy
Completed April 2011
Premiered April 9, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org 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.

Apr 032011
 

Anime – You’re Under Arrest
Song – Tracey Ullman – They Don’t Know
Completed March 2011
Premiered April 3, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was a fun little experiment with bringing a show’s subtext into full text, in this case, taking the friendship between Natsuki and Miyuki into a full lesbian relationship.

I’ve wanted to use the song for a while, ever since I heard it on the radio several years ago, but always pictured it as a “girl loves bad boy” song, like the original music video showed. When I went looking for a song to do the video to, it suddenly struck me that the gender of the singer’s significant other is never specified, so it could also be interpreted as a girl taking pride in a lesbian partnership over other people’s objections.

I’d also been looking for an excuse to make myself sit down and watch YUA for a while, since I owned all four box sets of season 1, but had only watched the first one before getting distracted with some other show. Now I need to watch the other two seasons (which I also own), which I didn’t include here because of the major art shift.

This video was entered at Tekkoshocon IX and Anime Boston 2011, but didn’t make the finals at either.

Mar 032011
 

Anime – Magic Knight Rayearth
Song – Tokuyama Hidenori – FOR REAL
Completed March 2011
Premiered March 8, 2011
Animemusicvideos.org link

Ten years ago, I started making AMVs. At the time, I figured I’d make one just to try it out, and that’d be it. Imagine my surprise that I’m still here, more than 50 videos later.

I’ve been meaning to remake my first video, a parody opening, for a while now, and doing it for my 10-year anniversary seemed appropriate.

And, as an additional personal bonus, I used this project to learn something new: some of the more in-depth features of After Effects. I’ve used some of the basic motion functions in the past, but this is the first time I’ve used any of the tracking, masking, or animation features.

Ten years have gone by in a blur; here’s to another ten!

Comparison with 2001 version and original Saiyuki opening:

Nov 162010
 

Anime – Various
Song – Debbie Allen – The Fight Song
Completed November 2010
Premiered November 16, 2010
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was my video from AAC’s EXTREME Iron Editor 2010 comptition, winning a three-way battle with Kiarrens and OtakuForLife.

I can’t remember the tortures the coordinators put us through this time around, and it’s probably for the better.

Sep 162010
 

Anime – Sleeping With Hinako
Song – Joe Raposo – Everybody Sleeps
Completed June 2010
Premiered September 16, 2010
Animemusicvideos.org link

This one popped out of a silly conversation in #AMV. Kitsuner and inthesto were talking about how bad a source Sleeping With Hinako was, and how everyone should make a SWH video for AWA Pro. I was about to toss out “Isn’t there an old rock ballad that goes something like ‘Everybody Sleeps’ or something like that?” but decided to look it up first to avoid looking silly.

Then I found the old Sesame Street song by the same title (and never did find the rock ballad, so I must have misremembered). I immediately started tossing the video together, and planned to send it to Expo, since I was working on two other ideas for Pro. Unfortunately, some of my Pro ideas fell through in the editing stage, so this one ended up going to Pro as well. I think it was pretty badly hurt by being the last of four SWH videos in Pro, but someone had to be.

All in all, silly and without a real point, but fun to do.

This video won Best Fun/Upbeat/Other at Bakuretsucon 2010.

Aug 192010
 

Anime – Various
Song – Neil Norman – Amazing Stories Main Theme
Completed August 2010
Premiered August 19, 2010
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was my entry in the Project NeoEditor bonus round, and finished first among the three entries submitted.

Space Opera has been one of my favorite genres for a long time, and I wanted to pull in several different sources. Since the theme was to go from “slice of life” to “adventure,” I decided on using Haruhi as a framing device, especially the Day of Saggitarius episode. The other sources were pretty much determined by “what do I have that’s both space opera with BIG FLEETS that’s also widescreen?”

The music was inspired by a rather old Kusoyaro/RYS collaboration Amazing Stories, which I saw and loved the music to, since I never saw the series it was the theme to. The version I used is a slightly slower-paced version (1:10 from originally 1:03) from a collection of Sci-Fi theme songs.

I had fun with this one, and I want to combine several great fleets in combat against each other again sometime.

Aug 072010
 

Anime: Fafner
Song: Les Miserables London Cast – Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Completed August 2010
Premiered August 7, 2010
Animemusicvideos.org link

This was my entry for the Project NeoEditor Final round. The round’s theme was “Know Your Enemy.” Code’s instructions to us were: Create an AMV with a source and audio that you’ve always wanted to edit with. Show me who you are as an editor, and show me you can follow your editing dreams. Most importantly, show me your style!

This video finished as Runner-Up to Ileia’s incredible RAH HEY!