These are the three entries I made for the AMV Hell: Championship Edition competition. Because I either had no ideas for a song (most of the early rounds) or because I was busy with projects for classes (some of the later rounds), I only created videos for rounds 8, 10, and 13. None of them ended up in the final compilation.
Round 8 – The Money Song
This was the first round that I had any idea for the song picked, since I’ve heard the song more times than I can count. The two lines that jumped out at me were “forty thousand French francs in my fridge,” which made me think of the C4 packages in Rally’s fridge in Gunsmith Cats, and “my dollar bills could buy the Brooklyn Bridge,” where I remembered that US dollars are the currency of choice in Area 88. The hardest part of the video was overlaying all the British Pound notes over the love letters in Shiro’s jacket for the opening lines. I eventually took the first and last frames of the original pan, aligned and pasted them together in Photoshop, overlaid the notes, and panned the frame across the large image in Final Cut.
One of the judges sent me a PM after the round saying how much they liked it, but the other judges disagreed and Fall_Child42’s (I admit, very funny) entry won.
Round 10 – Wild Card
I’m really not sure where this one sprung from, except that I had just hunted down a copy of the music video of One Billion is Big from the old edutainment PBS show Square One TV, which I watched religiously as a kid. The song by the Fat Boys felt like a perfect AMV Hell song, so I went looking for shows with huge numbers of things. The first thing I thought of was the rats behind Yuki in the first episode of Fruits Basket, which reminded me of the explosion of rats in a first-season episode of Sailor Moon. The rat population of Chibi Goddesses rounded it out.
This was a quick one-gag joke, and I’m not surprised that it lost badly.
Round 13 – I Like to Move It
Blame this one on having watched blaidd’s Battle Chess video at Katsucon 8. The first thing I thought of with “moving” was chess, and I hunted down what I had in my collection of people playing chess, which ended up including Miyuki-chan in Wonderland‘s live chess game as well as a second-season episode of Sailor Moon in addition to the Cowboy Bebop that blaidd used so well.
Not particularly funny, so I’m not surprised that the Azumanga pigtail-moving video entered by AmPsy won.