Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SH013 - A World Below

video: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
music: Stratovarius - "Mother Gaia"
link: depositfiles [43.6 MB]
editor: Dazzle MovieStar
production date: August 2001

The song on this is kind of crap and was difficult to work with, and this is all-around a pretty limited video. It hangs together a little better than SH004, which is a result of either maturation as an editor, or getting infected by .org ideas that AMVs need to do more than just look cool and Mickey-Mouse synch.

As noted in the original .org entry, this video owes its existence to that most precious quantity, free editor time, in that I didn't need to get cracking on demo 1 yet, and as observed in SH012, its source to the way that my source pool was limited at the time. While I still think the video is decent, I was unhappy at the time with both the way I kind of munged the ending down -- the video more just stops than comes to a conclusion -- and having to cut the song because the coda was so completely useless for videographic purposes. It was a long time before I cut a song again (for anything other than demo intros/outros), but more importantly, this forced me to learn more about alternative ways of gathering source and the technical methods required to do so. When a video goes under production mostly because it is the only idea under survey, it lays down a challenge to the editor to expand what they can do, technically or imaginatively, to bring more ideas into the realm of the possible. This in turn helped out greatly on the upcoming demo, and would be a lifesaver though large parts of 2002 after the capture card died and stayed dead.

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