CrackTheSky wrote:Good God I hate this video, and I always have. I'll try to keep what I have to say from crossing the line from constructive criticism into flaming, but it may be difficult (it also may be a moot point, since ErMaC doesn't edit anymore and probably couldn't care less what anyone has to say about this).
This video just takes pretty much all the things I dislike about AMVs and smashes them together into almost six minutes of seizure-inducing, crappy editing. The translucent overlays, the scene repetition, the abundance of completely static scenes, the ridiculously in-your-face external beat sync...all these things are bad enough on their own, but in this video they come together in a rare orgy of bad taste. I'm sorry, that's harsh, but it's really how I feel - everything about this video just smacks of laziness on ErMaC's part. It's like he had this one idea that may have been cool for a part of the song, and then just decided to not only repeat the concept (flashing scenes to as many beats as he could), but repeat the actual scenes as well. This video's content could have been shown in half the video's actual time, but since the song is six minutes, we get an extra three minutes of the exact same stills we've been hurting our eyes over already.
Frankly, I don't get why this is a classic. Maybe because of the over-the-top sync, which I assume had never been done before to such an extent. Maybe it's because I started editing in 2006, well after the hobby was established, and I have trouble putting myself in the mindset of 2001, when pretty much every new video contained something that hadn't been done before. But to me this is just an annoying video, and a perfect example of how not to edit action, or any genre for that matter.
Castor Troy wrote:I feel the intent of this video was to really bring the audio to life through the use of video, so you're not just hearing the song, but also "viewing the song with your eyes". I don't think I really made any sense there, but after reading ErMaC's description, I think that was his intention.
Beowulf wrote:I've always really enjoyed Soul of an Angel. Its an exercise in listening to a song visually, and thats just fine by me.
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