My post today for the "Let's Get Active"
campaign in General AMV! Grading Scale under spoiler.Concept/Originality:
In lieu of a story, the video seems to focus more on a more dramatic/serious theme, and utilizing scenes to that effect. The theme of the video is kept throughout the entirety of the video, so kudos on keeping the video consistent. The problem, however, being that some of the scenes utilized were scenes that are some of the most often repeated scenes in every AMV ever made. We've got the EF dramatic scenes, 5 CM train drama and of course the most dramatic scenes from. Therefore, originality takes a hit in this regard. It's not really anything on your fault, it's just how the trend of AMVs go. I will, however, grant you a bonus for using some really interesting scenes from stuff like Deadman Wonderland and the other new anime. I actually hadn't seen all of that before. Overall though, the originality of the piece wasn't anything out there, and the concept (while well executed and consistent) didn't bring much to the realm of AMVs. [7/10]Editing/Sync:
In general, you hit the mood of the song spot-on. The scenes chosen really did well melding with the melancholy feeling of the music. Cuts and editing were fairly on par, just missing a few key beats or having the odd cut/fade here and there. However, the odd cut/fade here and there were consistent throughout the video, which piled up at the end to a pretty sizable amount. Not like they are blatantly obvious, but I feel like the video could have used another once-over or two and maybe a beta test to catch these few bits. I also have to say that I was disappointed with the ending. It just could have been so much more and really been something over the top dramatic instead of the simple airplane folding. [6.75/10] Visuals/Audio:
The video as a whole was actually really blurry. I think it might have to do with the effects layover, or perhaps the general compression of the video. Nothing horrendous mind you, but I feel like you could have accomplished more in this regard, especially since a majority of the sources you chose have gorgeous quality anime. Also, the watermark in the bottom right was distracting and just not in good taste. 6/10 Effects:
The color overlay? I likely will get disagreements about it from more effects-savvy individuals, but I actually liked it. It really made all of the anime feel like they fit together better and I thought it was pretty to look at. Then again, I like rainbows.
Still, I have to unbiasedly admit I think it could have been executed better. I see the oval circle where it was edged to, and it was plain to see pretty consistently throughout the video. [7/10]Re-View:
These kind of videos are fairly popular. Overly dramatic multi-source AMVs with interesting scenery and not much else. It's not something I see myself watching on repeated loop, but I still liked it and will likely keep it in a folder to watch alongside other stuff on replay. Also, the TV looped blur round the middle was really cheesy. [6/10]Overall:
The key thing I think I could say about the video is that it just really needs polishing. It's not BAD by any means, and I enjoyed watching it (thanks for making it!). It has a lot of really gorgeous scenery and great scene selection that really captured the mood of the song well. The editing wasn't bad, and just needed a good once-over. The concept, while not original, was still consistent and thought out well. The overall problem with the video is that it has bugs here and there that could be removed and its score moving from a 6/10 to something like a 8/10 or higher. 6/10