My post today for the "Let's Get Active"
campaign in General AMV! Grading Scale under spoiler.Concept/Originality:
Conceptually, it's actually kind of hard to get a read on what this video is specifically. Upon reading the video info, it seems like it was just an attempt at making a good combination between this audio and video, since you seemed to enjoy them both so much. In that light, the concept was to meld the audio and video together to make them match as best as you could. If that was the goal, I feel like you did a good job of it. It may not be the most specific concept, but I felt like the audio and video really did a great job together. I loved the transitions where the characters would zoom in/out in sync with how the singer was eccentuating a specific word. Just little stuff like that really made it all come together. In terms of originality though, Escaflowne drama isn't anything new, but I will give you credit for utilizing an artist to make your own scene, and using scenes that weren't totally overused. 7.5/10Editing/Sync:
Overall, it was a hit and miss with me. Like I mentioned in concept/originality, I loved where some scenes would transition in tone with how the singer was holding a note. I also thought the scene selection was well done, and the whole AMV felt like it solidly captured the mood of the song and its atmosphere never wavered. I also compliment the use of an artist and utilizing so well. The scene looked natural and having never seen Escaflowne, I would have never guessed it was fanart. Major compliments to yourself and Mr. Viper.
That being said, there were some editing/sync choices I wasn't a fan of. I felt like the video was oddly paced. It felt like after the minute or so buildup (and Niwa alluded to this), the video was in "LETS GO" mode and was really focusing on action elements and doesn't have the solid focus the first bit of the video had. There was a break somewhere round the 2:10 mark, but that was the buildup for the climax, so I was expecting that. I also felt like there were some time-paradox issues. By that, I mean that there might be a scene with the main male character bloody and in rags, and in the VERY next scene, he's up and fighting. I know it's action/drama and it doesn't matter in the long run, but I felt like there were some bits that could have been highlighted better to keep with pacing/time.
The lyric sync was a bit silly at times, but I was on the edge of loving it for its quirkyness in such a serious video or thinking it was out of place. "Raise it up!" with the sword pull ups or about the "knight" always referring to the main male protagonist.
Overall though, this was solid work in editing. My few complaints are usually the same complaints I have with a majority of action/drama videos, so it may just be a personal issue. 7.5/10Visuals/Audio:
Did this get a blu-ray release? Because it's really pretty. 9/10Re-View:
I really liked it. My issues with the editing aside, it's actually an entertaining watch that I very much enjoyed and will likely continue to enjoy for quite a while. 8/10Effects:
Solid work. It felt natural and well integrated when it was used. Again, I compliment the fanart utilization and the masking was also very well done. 9/10Overall:
A few issues I had personally with the editing/concept is generally overpowered by the fact that this video has an amazing atmosphere/mood and is a really great tribute to Escaflowne and this band. I'm totally checking out this band too. 8/10