avatar Featured Friday – Cenit – Double-U

Unless you’re actively looking for videos made by AMV creators or you hang around the German AMV sites you most likely never heard of today’s video. I’m generally very fond of quirky videos and those that use source that isn’t the normal fare you’d see in an AMV. So Cenit’s video Double-U hits that point quite nicely.

Having never seen the show used, I’m not too sure what is going on in this video. But the combination of on the 80s music and the video source I think just fits really well. There is some great pacing and the simple editing really helps keep this video interesting. There isn’t really much else to say about this one, you’ll need to give this one a look to really see what I mean. That is one fast moving pig.

avatar Featured Friday – Driftroot – ‘Bustin

One video from recent years that has passed through the con scene that I have grown to love is Driftroot’s video ‘Bustin. As absurd as the idea seems, using Ray Parker Jr’s Gostbusters theme song with Final Fantasy 7, the final product is actually really good. I think the fact that it doesn’t take itself seriously really adds to the humor and ultimate enjoyment of the video.

The video often breaks into news paper clippings and cheezy news cast type graphics which add to the final product. The video itself plays a number of different angles actually. It acts like an advertisement but also live footage and pre-recorded footage and as I already talked about, magazine and news paper clippings. At times you really have to pay attention to multiple parts of the screen, pause the video, or watch it multiple times in order to get or even see all of the jokes.

In the end, this is just a really silly video that I love for it’s cheesy humor and simple editing. Even amongst great and terrifying odds and situations this video finds the humor in it all and that’s what I really love. Give it a watch and beware of side effects of it’s viewing such as dogs and cats living together. You know, real fire and brimstone type stuff.

Video: ‘Bustin
Category: Comedy, Other, Parody, etc. (+1)
Anime: Final Fantasy 7 (VII): Dirge of Cerberus (PS2), Final Fantasy 7 (VII): Advent Children (OVA), Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
Song: Ghostbusters
Artist: Ray Parker Jr.
Creator: DriftRoot

avatar Featured Friday – Khameleon808 – The Apple Tree Feat. The Glitch Mob

Thinking back on videos I’ve seen in the past few years one video comes to mind over and over again for just being a visual romp. Khamerleon808 has always been of the editors I follow fairly religiously. His live action work sets the bar as far as I’m concerned, even taking into account AMVs. So naturally I found great enjoyment in his 15 min epic The Apple Tree.

What really grabs me about this video is just the attention to detail. It’s a romp of sync. Using music from The Glitch Mob really lends itself to heavy and sometimes jarring sync. But it all melds into an eye candy masterpiece. I just love the use of jump cuts in this video, but it is one of my favorite editing techniques.

In the end, despite using sources that I would consider sub par, the end product as a collection of the whole makes the final product transcend it’s parts to make something new and interesting. What more can I say, I really like this video. Give it a watch if you haven’t already. Sure it takes a quarter of an hour commitment, but these 15 mins you will not want back.

avatar Featured Friday – Glitzer – Glorificus Bellum

When going through recent videos that I had enjoyed in the past few years one video does stand out as one of my favorites that I’ve seen from being part of AMV contests. I saw Glitzer’s Glorificus Bellum when it was entered into Anime Central’s AMV contest in 2010.

What makes this video really stand out for me is the attention to certain details that help add to the emotional impact. First, the use of the sepia tone as a color correction for the majority of the video except for specific people at specific times and only specific colors being allowed to come through. This attention to color detail really helps to enhance the mood and allow the video to mesh further with the epic music and create a feeling of the dark and often colorless truth of war.

This is one of those videos that deserves some time in the light. At least IMHO.

Video: Glorificus Bellum
Category: Action, Drama, Serious
Anime: Utawarerumono, Fate/stay night (TV), Tears to Tiara (TV), etc. (+3)
Song: The Unsung War
Artist: Keiki Kobayashi
Creator: Glitzer

avatar Featured Friday – DrDinosaur – It’s all About the Washingtons

In honor of this ever more commercialized holiday season I figured it was time to talk about the love of a man, the lack of his money, and the woman he spent it all on. Yes, I’m talking about a video that single highhandedly makes any event you show it to at a con go over the 3 F*bomb limit of pg-13. That is none other then Fall_Child42’s (or Dr Dinosaur or whatever he’s going by now) It’s All About the Washingtons.

This video is just a fun video. There is just something funny about watching a guy spend 4 mins singing a song in place of using the middle finger. It’s got some pretty good lip sync going on in it too.

In the end, this is really just a lighthearted video that makes for a pleasant use of 4 mins of your day. The giggle factor of the singer actually using the F word doesn’t hurt either.

 

Video: It’s All About The Washingtons.
Category: Comedy, Drama, Fun, etc. (+1)
Anime: Nerima Daikon Brothers (TV)
Song: Fuck You
Artist: Cee Lo Green
Creator: Fall_Child42 (Corndog Vidvids)