This AMV has been premiered at Japan Expo AMV Contest 2011 and got 6th place. It’s part I of the Russ Chimes Project. The idea was to use the album Midnight Club EP by Russ Chimes which contains 3 tracks to make a 3 part AMV with Snowcrash, Reznic and me. We were planning on sending the 3 parts to Japan Expo AMV contest but Reznic couldn’t complete his part in time.
The 3 parts don’t have much in common besides the music artist and presentation style (intro/outro/credits). If you watch carefully, you should also see some scenes from other parts showing up at some point. My part doesn’t have a really complex editing nor special effects (besides 60fps), it’s just a cool action AMV.
I was looking for an anime that would fit Russ Chimes and Snowcrash reminded me about Freedom : one of the best anime series I’ve seen in the past 5 years. It’s from Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and although it’s only 7 episodes, the story is interesting, original and it’s visually impressive. It’s sad that they didn’t go for full 30 fps (or even 60) since it’s 3D CG. Instead, the animation is similar to the usual anime series : between 8 and 12 fps so in the end, it was about as hard to make 60 fps with it as it is with a regular 2D anime. I really like this graphic style though and I hope to see more anime like this in the future. I tried to be careful and not reveal too much of the story so if you haven’t seen Freedom yet, you should still be able to watch this AMV without major spoilers.
One fun part when I edited this AMV was synchronizing the count down. Indeed, I noticed that it was just like any other movie-type count down : it only counts down when the camera is on it! Meaning that if something is gonna happen in 10 seconds according to count down, it actually takes from 20 to 30 seconds real time. So I had to photo edit it digit by digit to make it count down in real time. That was for the middle section count down. The one at the beginning was a lot harder to work with cause it’s only displayed for like 2 seconds starting from H- 3 hours and there are pieces of glass flying over all it : see for yourself.
(thumbs up for ticking digital clock…)
Russ Chimes – Never Look Back (Midnight Club EP Part I)
I discovered this song with the Midnight Club EP music video trilogy. It’s a 3 part short movie made to promote the album. The first part might be a bit disturbing to watch the first time because of the editing but it all makes sense when you watch part 2 and 3. It’s original, full of great ideas and worth watching in loop.
About the song itself, I’ve been thinking of doing something with it for a while and this 3 part project was the perfect opportunity. I did a bit of editing to make it shorter by 2 minutes and 20 seconds. I had to make new transitions, new ending and I also added a few sound effects.
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