Nicely done. I agree so much with all of this. It is probably the most accurate perspective one can adopt.Emong wrote:Pwolf wrote:I learned early on that you can't assume people will understand or get what you're trying to do.
That's only one side of the coin. The other one is that even you don't really understand or get what you're trying to do. You try to do one thing, then suddenly notice you're doing something else, and when you're finally finished with your product, thinking that it's a unique deep piece of art, somebody informs you about all the cliched tricks and storyline patterns you had used. And this is when you realize: "oh...you're actually right". Sometimes there's more truth in what you actually do than what you think you're doing.
And this, I think, opens up a space for critique that avoids both deadlocks, the snobbish one and the relativistic one. On the one side we have people who claim to possess knowledge of some kind of a universal standard to which all amvs can be compared, and on the other side we fall into this trap of subjective relativism ("Everything is just personal preference and we can't ever understand each other's visions and preferences"). Both options are wrong. Ofcourse, I can't fully adopt your perspective but neither can you so we're ultimately on the same boat here. Therefore, let me make my own judgement of your work. Perhaps I'll even succeed in pointing out things that you "objectively" did without you even noticing, perhaps you'll find my opinions boring and stupid and biased. Either way, we both probably learned something, even if only in tiny amount, in the process.
Totallyaokakesu wrote:It opened my eyes to skilled deception.
It expanded my mind to encompass the breadth of the media.
It exposed my ears to criticism.
It humbled my ego.
It built callouses to protect my sanity.
Most of all...it opened my heart to new friends around the world.
Not and easy path, but such is Way of Art.
Yeah, you know that's one thing I find to be really neat about this hobby. I has the ability to connect you together with other people that share similar interests as you; which often doesn't happen with local people that simply share the same geographic location as you.JaddziaDax wrote:"How has the hobby made a difference in your life?"
So many friends and experiences I wouldn't have had otherwise. Well many of us can claim that, but for me it is still the truth. I wouldn't have had a social life without you guys. Because, yes, I am a homebody that has no local friends. All of my friends are on the computer. I really don't care if that means "I have no life" because I like the friends I have.
Totally I wouldn't have seen half the anime's I have seen; let alone be familiar with any of them if it wasn't for AMVs.JaddziaDax wrote:I do believe that if an AMV can make me want to see a show then it's not only a good amv but the show might be interesting as well.
Castor Troy wrote:LittleAtari wrote:I went into college as a computer science major. Ended up not liking it. One day I was at a career fair talking to someone from microsoft who said, it had to be something that you completely love to do. AMVs popped into my head the time and I smiled. I spent the next couple of years in school finding something that would give me a similar fix. I did game design, then Cinema (thinking I would edit), and then finally, I landed on Animation.
That sounds like my situation. My parents told me to "major in computers" so I chose computer science and wanted to shoot myself in the head after 1 quarter of it.
I could write an entire novel on how amvs changed my life for the better, but I'll just leave it at that.
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