[list]"How has the hobby made a difference in your life?" Anything big/small, feel free share your story, as I have just shared mine.
"AMV's (and the Hobby as a whole) use the above concept on so many levels. How?"
"If AMV's are a form of Communication. What do they Communicate?"
K, real attempt this time after reading the whole passage and not just following someone else's post.
1) The difference it made I guess was small. Never really a huge thing like anyone else's, it's just a hobby that I wanted to get better at. One thing that it definitely has taught me was how to handle criticism and, if someone's angry at me, I tell them to go take an Anger Management class. The other difference, which I find fairly negative, is what I agreed with above. Though, I don't have a fat booty (fairly skinny actually), I'm beginning to adopt unhealthy life-styles which I find myself constantly in need of changing. Reason why is because I'm just my own constant critic like that. In my life, I've never won awards, I've never really stood out in a crowd much and, any friends I've ever made were by coincidence or by the help of my family. I guess I've never really thought about how AMV's have helped me gain some friends (even though they're online friends), how AMV's and my brother inspire me to want to push myself to want to communicate more with others and how much more esteem it has given me to be confident in myself because, honestly, even though some of you guys think that making AMVs is nothing, some people just can't do what we can do and make it look as awesome as we can. xD Call me cocky but, you know, some of the AMVs I've seen on youtube just proves me right.
2) Concept on so many levels?? Umm. . . If you want to make a music video look good, you need to take a lot of time out of your busy schedule to make it look good?? Be harsh but don't flame. Know you can do better than what your doing now. Realize that My Bitches was the best AMV to hit when it came out?? xD Realize the fact that your not getting paid?? Realize you don't care?? Realize that the shit you make is for the purpose of getting better at something you truly believe in?? Those kinds of levels?? xD
3) "If AMVs are a form of communication, what do they communicate??" Hmm. . . I actually like this question! To me, they communicate emotions, effort and stories. Atmosphere and beauty is the best thing I can use to describe what they communicate because that's all I care to see in AMVs. If there ain't no emotion, then it better be pretty as hell because I ain't going to listen to it for more than a minute until I press the pause button then forget about it. However. . . The one thing I don't see with editors' AMVs is the willingness to take risks. I mean, I think everyone, deep down, wants to be complimented so they stay in the safe zone of their editing style. . . But I don't really see editors just be like: "You know. . . Even though I don't normally do this, I'm going to see how it looks because its something I want to try." You know, like obvious rules that you usually follow to make AMVs look good but then decide "You know, lets break that rule and see what happens." I guess I don't see people breaking their own rules just because they want to see what'll happen. Idk, anyway, atmosphere is usually what draws me in because I love silence but I love emotion as well so both of them make a great combination.
Anyway, those are my serious answers and, after reading what you were saying, I get it and I agree. . . but I'd prefer a method which doesn't include a feeling of "lashing out" at others.