My post today for the "Let's Get Active"
campaign in General AMV! Grading Scale under spoiler.Concept/Originality:
I don't have much to go off of the video information, so I'll take a stab and assume the concept was to make an action/drama video, regarding the song's about putting on war paint. I don't think the fact that this is a "war" or some sort of battle was brought up strong enough. The first minute or so of the video somewhat alludes to it, but then we've also got really odd scenes that don't make much sense (like the kids running around the hallway or picking up lunch or some girl getting a pat on the head in the past?). I felt like you could have put more of the reason why these kids are fighting to make a better buildup into the really action oriented bits. Although when you did get to the action part, it was fairly obvious by that point. Points for using an underused source, but the overall video was a fairly non-unique action video. all of that being said, I still "got" the video and understood what you were going for, so that's better than some completely random videos. 5/10Editing/Sync:
This was a good combination. The song/anime could have worked extremely well together, and you did have some really solid scene selection at times. 1:00-end had some really cool scenes/movements in sync with the music and it was fun to watch! I also thought you built up the AMV nicely and had a semblence of pacing (like how it was slower at the start and the action picks up after the song picks up).
However, there were some issues too.
Why was there a sudden black screen with text in the middle of the video? The rest of the video only had text one other time in the entirety of the video, so it felt like a tacked- on thing. It was really noticable since it was one of the first things I saw after the song really picked up! The text in general could have been removed for a better effect, or it should have been really polished up and made an integral part of the video.
Some of the lyric sync was just a bit too obvious. Like the scene at :22 with the fire after the "strike a match". It comes out of nowhere (especially during a slower part of the song) and goes back to the original slow moving scene. It just felt really out of place and put there to match a word without much thought into it.
the opening, while I liked how it was slow and had a nice buildup, had some really wonky scene selection. I mean, the first fifteen seconds was the same kid running. Could have introduced some other characters here and made the buildup much more effective.
Some of the scenery was also way too long of clips. The scene at :38 (the courtyard scene) felt far too long without much happening. 1:11 also felt a bit long, although it did have something interesting happening, so I won't say much there.
The song cut into a fade was a bit obvious, and I wish the video had been a bit longer.
Overall though, the editing had some good aspects about it, it just needed some fine picking and polish and it would have been great! 5.5/10Visuals/Audio:
Watermark in the top right was fairly distracting, and the quality felt sub-part, especially with this source (I've seen gorgeous work with this source). Blocky and interlaced. 5.25/10Re-View:
Not something I'll watch frequently, but I will add this to a youtube playlist. It had a lot of stuff in it that I thought was pretty cool. 6/10Overall:
Needed some polishing in editing and visual quality, but it had some neat things about it. Shows promise! 5.25/10