Zarxrax wrote:I think its more the fact that a few people made some amvs early on, and then people saw them at conventions or wherever, and then just copied it. "Hey, why don't I make something like that?"
I mean, why are AMVs even a *thing*? When people watch anime, is their natural inclination to imagine the scenes playing along to a song? Most people would only have such thoughts if they had seen it done before.
I mean how did almost all of us get into AMVs to begin with? We saw other AMVs.
"Almost all of us" is the key here, I think. And the further we go back from today, how does the percentage change?
It isn't my inclination to imagine scenes playing along to a song when I watch anime... but it *is* my inclination to imagine scenes playing along to a song, when I hear a song. I may not edit to live action, but I have plenty of live action ideas. And I've been doing this since I was a small child. When I started editing in the late 90s, I made what I call now proto-AMVs, my thought process came from a type of fanfiction called songfics, and they were independent of anything I had seen... Until I met Quu. And found that this was an actual thing, and there was an entire hobby for it. Prior to that point, it was merely me fussing around with footage and songs based on this concept of "what if I could actually take the animation and create a visual songfic?" While the idea of AMVs had certainly been around for years and years at this point, when I was 13, I had no idea anyone else had thought of it, because I was so steeped in another and admittedly non-visual hobby, that of fanfiction. Encountering Quu, and later Phade and Waldo, etc, in #fanfic on Nabiki, pretty much changed everything.