AMV Critical Metatheory

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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby Emong » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:44 am

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Emong wrote:But, and I wonder if you would agree with me here, I also think there's another way to be pretentious as well. I'm thinking about the kind of attitude of "let's drop all this theory nonsense and just enjoy the hobby. It's all for fun and play!"


DJ_Izumi wrote:This thread makes me kinda miss the days when you could put Evangelion to the theme to Top Gun, and people would just shut up and enjoy it. :X


I'm thinking perhaps this is where it was directed at.

I've only been editing AMVs since 2007 so I couldn't really tell by my own experience how things were before that. Nonetheless, my wild guess is that this magical past Izumi is talking about didn't really exist. It's not as if people were tr00 in the past and the present is somehow corrupt. The corruption is there from the beginning.
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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:54 am

Nah, there totally was a time when practically nobody had standards. There also wasn't much in the way of widely available technology, so you had a handy excuse to point to for why something felt rather meh. Now you have to own up to not putting in a lot of effort.
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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby DJ_Izumi » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:36 pm

BasharOfTheAges wrote:Nah, there totally was a time when practically nobody had standards. There also wasn't much in the way of widely available technology, so you had a handy excuse to point to for why something felt rather meh. Now you have to own up to not putting in a lot of effort.


Yup. Because just being ABLE to put Evangelion to the Top Gun Anthem was a technological feat at the time.

AMVs were once nothing but cuts and fades done to VHS and sometimes DVD ripped footage. When I was getting into AMVs DVD ripping and digisubs was just becoming the standard. What got me into it though were these CDRs we'd trade at school with various 'neat stuff' on them, including some with AMVs. A lot of 'Classic' AMVs were on these CDs and they'd be boo'd by today's standards just for being so 'unremarkable'.
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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby Melanchthon » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:59 pm

Beowulf wrote:1. People improve at anything by doing it. Not talking about it.
3. Whenever someone else tells you something isn't working, they're almost always right. Whenever someone tells you EXACTLY what isn't working and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
I find that talking about theory and technical details helps me to clarify my thoughts, and that clarifies what action I need to take. If I do watch a video and something strikes me as not working, there's got to be a reason. Sometimes it's easy to spot, sometimes not. I tend to refrain from giving exact advice (or, opinion) about what to put in place of the offending clip or whatever. One, it's your video, and two, if I tell you that the left-to-right pan in the middle of a section with a lot of right-to-left movement is breaking the flow, then the criticism suggests one solution.

2. Destructive critism is helpful if you can listen to the message and ignore the messenger.
5. A perceptive person can find value in even the most idiotic of feedback.
True. "Your instrumental makes no sense" is a valid statement whether it's surrounded by a long critique, a bunch of abuse, or nothing at all.

4. Most people are so attached to their comfort zone that they won't do what it takes to make something truly great.
Those that have developed their skills enough to have a comfort zone, yes.
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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby Fall_Child42 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:06 pm

I'd like to compare the AMV community to the Copacabana.
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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby Athena » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:15 pm

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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby Fall_Child42 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:31 pm



Now who's not taking this seriously?
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Re: AMV Critical Metatheory

Postby Fall_Child42 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:36 pm

Usefullness always has an object, by definition, whereas uselessness has none. Now, might it not be essential to know what a thing might be useless for?
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