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Welcome to the Lip Flapper! Each week, we delve deep into the community and get a look into both individual members as well as group discussions on various issues that surround our hobby.
This week, we speak with ReggieSmalls, a unique and interesting editor all around, and a member of DZ Studios. Known more recently for Boondock Saints, but also for the enthralling Epic of Griffith.
Q: Thank you for joining me today. Why don't we start off and have you introduce yourself to the audience? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well my name is Reggie I'm from Garysburg , NC. I'm 25 years old, I been editing for 3 years
Q: Thanks again for joining me today Reggie. Let me start off and ask what got you involved in editing AMVs?
I started out just being a fan of AMV's and watching old DBZ Linkin Park videos in middle school. Around 2008 I got cool with some youtube editors. At the time I was in the graphics community fucking around with photoshop and shit. So I was making anime backgrounds for my favorite editors. They were not that well known and being rap editors made it worse since the rap/hip hop community on youtube, at least the one I'm apart of, is really small. So we would bullshit around, talk about good ideas for videos, and oddly some people would come and ask me for ideas and shit. One day somebody asked me “how come you don't edit videos with all these ideas?” So I was like fuck it why not? And that's how I got started.
Q: Care to let us know how exactly you set out to work on AMVs? How you get started, how you like to edit and whatnot?
Nothing special I just come up with a random ideas from songs I happen to be listening to or shows I'm watching. After a while I'll keep thinking about the combination until I open Vegas and have my song and source laid out and work it out from their, I rarely plan anything else ahead of time as I'm working on it because I end up changing my mind of the middle of it anyway. Anybody that's seen any of my videos know I make a lot of cuts and that's mainly because I hate the feeling of under editing. Which makes things a bit hard at times since I blow through scenes easily.
Q: Observing from your prior works, you have a very unique style of editing all your own. Works like Boondock Saints and Ground Zero feel like they're rap/hiphop videos and flow extremely well with the unique music. Care to let us know a little bit about how you set out to stylize your video?
I owe my style to a lot of people, I really have to thank my studio, my boy Khameleon808 and close friends in CDVV. My whole thing is when I edit I don't like wasting people's time with a whole lot of build up, that's why I use my best scenes early. As for the way I edit it's nothing special , all I do is vocal internal sync because I'd rather keep up with the flow of the artist, which is where I get the flow in my videos. The flow in my videos is very important to me, so if things are not flowing right I'll keep digging for scenes until I'm happy. It can be a pain in the ass since I love to lyric sync, and trying to keep a good flow going and have lyric sync can be a bitch.
Q: One of your older works (The Epic of Griffith) was nearly a 10 minute AMV that was quite literally (in a literary sense of the word), an epic tale! Care to share how it was to create such a long AMV and yet tell such an interesting story with it?
You know what it was just good timing, around that time I just got into Baba Brinkman and I was listening to a lot of his songs at the time. Around that same time I just got done watching Berserk for the first time. Baba Brinkman's Gilgamesh song seemed to match up so well with Berserk. I kept thinking about doing the video but didn't want to, I knew it was gonna take a lot of planning out and more work that I would want to do, but mainly I was like “who the fuck is gonna sit and watch my shitty 10min video I ain't Beowulf, who's gonna give a shit about this video.”But after awhile my friends talked me into it. With the song being as long as it is I just wanted to make sure I kept things moving so people wouldn't get bored watching it. Now as for the video itself I made sure to plan out who was gonna be who this whole video. Griffith as Gilgamesh, Guts as Enkidu and so on and so forth. Took that and ran with it.
Q: Recently, you worked on "The Scientifically Worst MEP of all Time". How was it like setting out to purposefully make a bad AMV?
Fun as hell and you don't even have to try, if your working hard your doing it wrong.
Q: Speaking of AMVs, is there anything we can expect from you in the coming months?
Yea I got at least 3-4 videos I wanna get done this year but my main one is my Hunter x Hunter video that I wanna do with Big K.R.I.T's - Boobie Miles but I don't plan to do it until I get a bigger hard drive to hold that damn show.
Q: You're a member of DZ studios! Care to let us know a little bit about DZ and your experiences with them?
I couldn't be more happy being apart of DZ I gotta thank Reda for putting me on to them. A friend of mine on youtube put me on to Reda and we fucked around on AIM and he would give me editing advice, and what I mean by editing advice is I mean he would shit on my videos and tell me how much I sucked at it. At the time I couldn't even be that mad at the guy because the nigga was right. Plus already knowing he was a good editor I just took it and listened and learned. One day he invited me into a skype call with all the DZ members at the time and a few friends. Off the bat me and Joey (PennyRoyalty) became cool and that was also the same day I got my DZ name ReggieSmalls. Because my name on Youtube is MonkeyKingGhost but to everyone in that call I sounded like Biggie Smalls to them. Being apart of DZ I got to meet some great people who I love talking to, Fall_Child42, macchinainterna, meleechampion, Cannonaire etc.
Q: As a member of the a-m-v.org community, are there things that you think could be improved around here?
Not really I don't really think about it as much, as long as I can shit post every now and then with my nigga Chuck I'm good.
Q: Well thanks for joining me today Reggie. Any advice for future AMVers or AMVers just starting out?
Thanks for having me homie! For people starting out all the advice I have is just focus on the basics.