AMV – Running Man

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Premiered: 2008-11-19

Running man was made for the Akross 2008 AMV contest (2nd best video). I didn’t have much time to work on it and I used leftover footage prepared for Auriga. Yeah it’s random but even though it took me 3 months to complete it, I must say it was fun to edit this one. The name Running Man comes from the original music video. Running man is a dance move that looks both weird and awesome.


In 2017, the economy has collapsed and society has become a police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these shows is The Running Man. (yeah, I was watching this movie when I started the project)

It’s not supposed to have any storyline but I got some interesting comments from people trying to find the hidden meaning of the video. I also read comments qualifying the video as a tribute to Russian director Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera. It wasn’t made on purpose but people seem to think it was a brilliant idea. Since this is a multi anime AMV (18), I made a making of video that you can watch to put a name on the footage I used and also to get some hints on how I made some effects and see what original footage look like. Small interesting detail : the font I used in the making of video is a font I made with my real handwriting (originally created to copy/paste stuff from the internet and print as homework, got caught only once).







Appleseed: Ex Machina (Movie)
Ef – A Tale Of Memories (TV)
Ergo Proxy (TV)
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Gunbuster 2 (Aim For The Top! 2)
Kiddy Grade (2nd Season Promo)
Macross Frontier (TV)
Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, The (TV)
Mobile Suit GundamNight Wizard (TV)
Beyond The Clouds
Ray (TV)
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (TV)
Shakugan No Shana (TV)
True Tears
Yogurting (Promo)


As I said, this is leftovers from Auriga so you might recognize some stuff. Check out the ‘Making Of’ video for more information on the editing and footage name.




Utah Saints – Something Good (Van She 08 Radio Edit)




BEST FUN / DANCE at Akross 2008
VIEWERS CHOICE at Akross 2008
2nd BEST VIDEO at Akross 2008
2nd BEST TECHNICAL WORK at Akross 2008




Running Man 60fps Running Man 30fps Making Of
1280*720 : 149 MB (divx)
768*432 : 100 MB (h264)
Ketsuryu (Mirror)
768*432 : 41 MB (h264)
1280*720 : 150 MB (60fps divx)
Youtube (30fps)
Vimeo (30fps)



– About 1280*720@60fps version, if you notice audio/video delay, try to play with VLC
– See Auriga for more information about the 60fps process
– Made using Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 + Twixtor plugin and Paintshop Pro 8
– Song title is “Utah Saints – Something Good (Van She 08 Radio Edit)”
– Video footage : 18 anime, watch the “Making Of” for details


  1. Mechataku says:

    First comment woohooo ! xD well even though you used leftovers… I really liked it :) it has that ‘nostromo’ spark in it 😀 big fan of your AMV’s ^_^

  2. Adam (Zageron) says:

    Didn’t know there was a ‘making of’ video for this. Looking forward to watching it!

  3. DRAKYLA says:

    This moment is one of the coolest in my opinion you did it frame by frame?

  4. maumastoks says:

    Could you please make a post about creation of Magic Pad?
    I would really love to hear the story behind it, since it was the first AMV that I really loved.

  5. Khyron says:

    Which of the anime sources is the little guy cranking the cinematographe from?

    • Nostromo says:

      Well, this effect is easy, I can explain it with a few words :
      You have to resize your scene and place it over a screen inside an other scene, then you have to apply a lumakey effect to blend both scenes together. Finally, it the screen you’re placing your scene on is moving, you have to follow this movement by manually moving it frame by frame.

      This is a basic effect that you can practice on your own, it just takes time and you have to select your footage carefully for a good result.

      • Hades says:

        Thanks i really aprisciate it and i was reading in the post that you made a font of your handwriting to “cheat” for your homeworks , and being cought only once , * This means you are some kind of interspacial genious :) *
        Anyway thanks a lot and keep up the good work

  6. RogerThat says:

    I used to watch AMVs but lost the habit about six years ago. I picked it up again by chance a little while ago on youtube and was struck by how far the best on the AMV scene had come in quality and technical prowess. I was also watching the first season of Sayonary Zetsubou Sensei at the time and The ‘Running man’ video blew me away! :-)

    From the youtube comments I see I’m not the only one who formed a story around the AMV. Mine was that it was an advertisement for an AMV festival. Like Burning Man, but with AMVs instead of pyrotechnics :-)

  7. Hadess says:

    Sorry to ask this but in the second 0:28 how did you inserted your name in that card ? Can you explain me that , thanks

  8. VincentDirge says:

    This is probably one of the best AMVs I’ve ever seen (then again, watching at the rest that you’ve created, it’s hard to pin down the best – they’re all great!). It’s the first AMV of yours that I’ve watched thanks to a friend of mine who’s a huge fan of yours.

    Honestly, I’d love to make AMVs like these, but I discovered I have no talent for them. xD

    WIsh you good luck in your future projects and to keep up the good work!

  9. Nintendo Maniac 64 says:

    Question – there’s a 720p 60fps h.264/MP4 version of this AMV on the Ketsuryu mirror, but it isn’t linked on here. Is that just a re-encoding from your 720p 60fps DivX version?

    • Nostromo says:

      The 720p60 mp4 was encoded by Mirkosp using a lossless version of the AMV. I know I should make it available here and I will update this post (and others) some day. My priority right now is creating new content.


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