avatar Youmacon 2013 Music Video Exposition

That’s right folks, I’m running Youma’s contest again this year. Entries have just been opened up so if you plan on submitting, or are not sure give the rules a look through and consider it. We want as many videos as we can get!

More actual TWIAMVs updates will be coming soon now that I’ve gotten the YT bug fixed.

Rules and Guidelines: http://contests.ngsilver.com/youmacon/

avatar Another Hiatus? Explaining myself and a possitive outlook on the future of the podcast.

The short of it:

1. Personal Life got in the way the past few months. Leading to less free time to work on episodes.2. AMV.org livestreams for the VCAs took all my free time last month.
3. Encoding errors and general crud on my PC ruined my workflow, making episodes take days rather then hours to produce.
4. I plan to take the next few weeks off to re-install windows and upgrade my system as well as get to know Adobe CS6 and update and streamline my workflow.
5. More content is still coming to the website while the podcast hiatus is going on, such as Shutocon report, Blooper Reel, Older Audio Podcast Eps, more blog posts.
6. I thank every one of my followers for their paitience as I work through and resolve the issues I have with the podcast. Without ya’ll thered be no point in doing this!
7. Please comment on what you would like to see in the future for TWIAMVs. Any suggestion, any comment, good or bad, I wanna hear it!

avatar Retro Thursday – Aluminum Studios – Dreams of Red

One of the videos I think back on that really captivated me in my early days of AMV and anime fandom was Dreams of Red by Aluminum Studios. Aluminum was one of the early editors that I followed and help shape me as an editor myself as their videos were part of the list that I tried to emulate the style from for my own AMVs. Not to mention that this was a video dealing with Sailor Moon, my first anime love, and made for a great character profile for Sailor Mars. These two items were both very interesting to see as at the time and even today it is rare to see a video using this source that is of such high quality.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this video is that it used a song by Sting that I really enjoyed. The music drew me in and then the video overlays and simple effects blew me away. Sure, the effects in this video aren’t anything too complicated and are fairly commonplace today, but back in the early days of digital editing it was quite impressive. The story of the video is quite powerful, however if you haven’t seen Sailor Moon (really? go fix that now!) it does contain quite a few spoilers.

This is just another video that I feel every AMV fan and Sailor Moon fan should see. Despite it’s age it still holds up against today’s crop. Give it a look and let me know what you think.

Video: Dreams of Red
Category: Drama, Character Profile, Serious
Anime: Sailor Moon
Song: Desert Rose
Artist: Sting
Creator: aluminumstudios (Aluminum Studios)

avatar Review Monday – 04-01-2013

Today’s review video is:

Video: It’s Raining Bleach men!
Category: Comedy, Fun
Anime: Bleach, Bleach – Memories in the Rain (OAV)
Song: It`s Raining Men
Artist: Weather Girls
Creator: BakaViking

Video: AMV Wars 2010 – Why is Twilight So Popular
Category: Action, Comedy, Fun
Anime: Hellsing, Detective Conan (Case Closed)
Song: It’s Raining Men
Artist: The Weather Girls
Creator: SailorDeath (Sailor Death Productions)

avatar Retro Thursday – Brad Demoss – Iris

Considering that today is the day of love, it’s only right to talk about a romance video. When I think back upon my early days of watching AMVs one romance video stands out amongst all the rest as being one of my favorite goto’s from back when I followed editors and videos via file share programs such as Morpheus and Kazaa. This would be none other then Brad Demoss’ video Iris. To this day this is still one of my favorite Ah! My Goddess videos as it brings back so many fond memories of watching the OVA, reading the manga, and even reading the episode picture book manga version of the OVA episodes.

Considering the year this video was made it, I think it still holds up quite well quality wise today. Sure it may not be in HD, but the video still looks great. The style of this video is one that I really love. Rather then using tons of cross fades, Demoss used hard cuts between the scenes, which in turn goes really well with the song choice. Sure, the scene selection does seem random from time to time, but the overarching collection and story makes for some powerful imagery.

If you haven’t seen this one before, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. If you have seen it, welp, no better day to remind yourself of how enjoyable this video is then the present!

Video: Iris
Category: Drama, Serious
Anime: Ah! My Goddess (OVA)
Song: Iris
Artist: Goo Goo Dolls
Creator: MisterFurious (Future Boy Digital Productions)