Professional 666 wrote:Avatar_3k's "Smoke" by Natalie Imbruglia done to Eva.
The most underrated and forgotten awesome creator ever!
I first talked to Farrell (Avatar_3k) years ago and still keep in contact with him. I didn't see his videos until after I had done a few, but his really motivated and inspired me. I felt really pushed artistically by him and you can see his influence in some of my videos (the flashing/filter effects in Venus in a Bottle were inspired by his Battle Angel video.) Also I came up with the picture-in-picture effect for Dreams of Red because I loved how he used multiple non-transparent video tracks in his Smoke and Bebop-Porcelain videos.
The first videos I remember are probably some of Duane Johnsons, Cko's, and even Scott Melzers at the Otakon AMV contests years ago (I started going to Otakon in like 1995.)
I still like and watch many of these old videos. I'll break out my Duane Johnson or Avatar CDs from time to time when I need a little inspiration of my own. I always loved the theme and emotion that Duane was able to put into his videos. Anyone trying to study other AMVs to see what makes them good definitly needs to see Duane's old vids.