Castor Troy wrote:I remember beta testing this and I'm glad it's finally finished.
I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the unique look you gave to the entire video.
Gonna try to give this video another shot at AX2013?
Thanks Sensei. Don't know if i'll submit to AX, thats quite a ways away so we'll see when the time comes.
Warlike Swans wrote:
Really glad this got cleaned up since the AWA Pro version. I really like the style you went with, and the narration is also well constructed.
After the feedback I got from AWA, I HAD to clean it up, I don't think I would have been able to live with myself if I released it before improving it just a bit more. Thanks for watching.
machina21 wrote:...its been a long trip to this point.
Now there's the understatement of the year!! How many times did you redo the effects in this AMV? Three? Four? Including that time when the video was the victim of massive HD failure? Thank you for persisting with this and continually giving it your best, it shows a huge amount of dedication to do an effect like this, nevermind 3/4 times over, and the results were absolutely worth it.
What I most love about this effect is that it's not really a gimmick, I think it actually adds a lot to the story you're telling and it really emphasizes your care with editing and the wonderful, expressive animation in Utena. This is a romance without facial expressions, there are no doe-eyed looks are supporting this story, it's all about body language and your choice of scenes. Even with the non-English lyrics on top of that, everything is still absolutely crystal clear. Not everyone can pull that off, so congrats!!
As promised, onto my favorites list it goes!! 5/5
Thanks so much Drifty, you were a huge help.
Thank you. It took a lot more effort than I thought (For better and for worse) Im just glad its finished.
Enjoyed this video quiet a bit. It's a constant reminder to have me speed up on my videos. Again though, I thoroughly enjoyed this. May sound a bit odd, but it does have a classy feel to it. I suck at opinions, but seriously great job.
Go home and be a family editor!
I remember this from AWA Pro. Very cool stuff you've got here. Shows some tremendous effort. Like DriftRoot said, it's impressive how one can convey such narration and dramatic content without facial expressions.
Ripping off the faces of the characters does have its ups and downs. You can edit certain scenes ( down to the very lineart of the character at times) to help fit in with other footage. But you do want to try and avoid "still" poses where the character isnt really doing anything (Which happens at lot in anime). Because Utena is such
a dramatic show It wasn't too hard to find good poses to use.
Great job on the visuals and the story telling... like Emong and Drifroot before me, you did a great job of showing emotion and narration without a lot of detail in the frame. That said, the video lacks rhythm. It's more or less just a story being told with seemingly
random cuts. Which is perfectly fine if that's all you wanted but I think I would've liked a bit more editing, some more cuts to a rhythm of some kind. Good job none-the-less
Very interesting comment. I'm going to have to do some self examination but I think the randomness of the cuts probably is because the song is in Japanese and I dont speak a single syllable, I just chose certain "sounds" to cut on more for scene timing than anything else. Perhaps I could have done more to incorporate the audio and the visuals just so both are more in concert with each other, but my number one priority was to tell a story that at least made some sense. However, your thought is something i'll definitely think about moving forward.