DriftRoot (Lauren C.)
Very true, and thus my plotting rapidly evolved into a "HA HA, made you think it was good!" trap almost immediately. But a good trap, the kind that says "See? This could have been a cool movie, but no...this AMV is the coolest thing you're going to get out of CGI Harlock."
*dusts off Premiere* I don't want to do this, but I sort of feel like I need to prove a point. And trick people. We'll see. This will probably be a "meh" AMV, but gosh darnit, I should be able to slack off and just play it straight once in a while. Haven't done that since... uh...hrm...never. Well! Never to late to start, I guess. Although in this case, it's more like I have to beat people to the punch, and I suspect I'm going to be late to the party.
AM I still doing that? No....
Video quality was too poor and the content was not there. Seems to be my curse, every kick-ass dramatic AMV concept I've ever pursued is crippled by one or both of these things. I think it's because I really like "deep" anime and "deep" concepts, which are very challenging to work with because there's often a lot of subtlety and exposition in them, which doesn't always translate well to AMVs.
So what now? Well, until massive inspiration and a meteor of luck strikes, I suspect I'm officially retired from AMVs. Didn't go to Anime Boston this year, not really interested. Don't watch much anime anymore, largely because I'm not interested in most of what's being churned out. *shrug* Looks like last year was my 10-year amv.org anniversary, though technically I've been poking around here under one account or another since 2000 or so. That's a good long run, right?
Oh yes, and I watched Space Pirate Captain Harlock (the CG movie) twice yesterday. It's definitely gorgeous, but otherwise a really unfortunate mess. I watched it twice because - after the first time through - I was supremely aggravated by how BAD and stupid it was, and wanted to give it another shot in hopes that it would be better the second time. NOPE. What ticked me off the most was the ending and the whole eye patch business, although right now as I think back over it, that was more like the last straw.
The main question the Harlock movie left me with was this fondness for skintight leather. We saw it in Advent Children, and it's back again here. Also joining this fashion puzzle in Harlock are shoes which wouldn't work because people would trip in them, knobs on the back of clothing which would make it impossible to sit comfortably, and an excess of skulls and crossbones as accessories. All I could think about all of that accessorizing was that scene from Expendables 2 where someone jokingly asks Stallone if everything he owns has a skull on it, and he says YES as if there's nothing wrong with that (I think that's how the scene plays out, anyways...).
It's really too bad, I'd probably make an AMV using Harlock if the whole thing didn't seem ridiculous to me. It just would feel WRONG to try and make an AMV that shows the movie off in a good light. :( Hrm, on the other hand...no saying I can't screw around with it with impunity! *begins to plot*
Am I still doing this? Yeah...
Pre-edit: 12 hours
The Good: I've got all my footage sorted out. Only took me about two or three months, yeesh. Between bad quality, messed up ARs, stealth PAL formats and bizarre encoding issues (well, bizarre to me anyways), this video is absolutely par for the course so far and I haven't even started editing! One big stroke of luck was finding a very old (think 90's) DVD for $6 at Newbury Comics, which even if the footage is of horrific quality, is at least "the real thing."
The Bad: I haven't actually opened this footage in Premiere, yet, so for all I know it's as bad as all that stuff I made a month or so ago.
The Ugly: This AMV business is currently my only creative outlet, which is a sad state of affairs for someone who would prefer to identify themselves as a graphic designer. Even sadder considering I don't like making AMVs and have a very hard time at it.
/me deletes unnecessary further whining.
I'm about to wander
This is not something I just noticed, but it IS the first time (I think) I've commented upon it. I am most inclined to edit AMVs when I am about to travel far from home. Seriously. Here I am, preparing for a week away, and I'm researching AMV effects and plotting like some mad scientist how to embark upon my latest experiment.
Of course, the best way to debunk this would be to pack up my computer and bring it with me. I highly doubt I'd actually set it up and get work done, but still, for some reason it's always been a highly attractive option. I'm sure my family would be less-than-thrilled if I showed up with my PC and spent my entire vacation editing, though. hehe
So yeah, haven't gotten anything done. Major problems obtaining footage, despite help from helpful folks. The quandry I'm in now is: do I give up b/c I can't get good footage, or do I plow ahead anyways and crash and burn? Wait, that's failure either way...damn it....
I wonder as I wander
Pre-edit: 8 hours
Long (not really, actually) story short, I am taking the cheap way out of this and not expending tons of money on imported discs until I am sure this AMV is going to happen. Seems reasonable, no?
The catch is (there is always a catch) that the footage out there is old and ugly and I've got nothing but DSL to get me by. Took a week and a half to get the footage, then another week to clean it up and convert it into usable formats (this was about a month or so ago). I was understandably miffed when - for some reason - the files cooperated just fine with everything EXCEPT Premiere. It imported them all right, but insisted they were only 30-40 seconds long. After troubleshooting this for about an hour or two, I (apparently) deleted everything - including the "source files" in a fit of rage.
I say apparently because I don't really remember doing that, and I should know better by now. Still, I can't find them anywhere, so now I have to get the files and clean up/convert them all over again, with no guarantee these new ones will work either.
And people wonder why I don't make many videos. THIS is what I have to deal with just about every single time, one way or another. I think my last AMV was the only one not plagued by severe, bizarre technical difficulties, though it certainly had its moments.
The Good: This AMV concept is still a pretty good one that inspires and motivates me. That's really the bottom line, in terms of getting it done. Technical difficulties have NEVER prevented me from making an AMV, they've just contributed to my extreme dislike of this hobby.
The Bad: Not sure AMVs are still a hobby of mine. I'm not really actively practicing it, I don't like it (well, I never did...but that's a discussion for another time), I can't remember the last time I watched an AMV for fun and overall the whole thing is really off my radar. We'll see if this AMV survives, what happens next.
The Ugly: I finally picked up Red Dead Redemption and am having a good amount of fun with it. Since I used to ride (horses), I'm getting lots of jollies "riding" around the old West. I also am replaying my beloved Thief franchise, enjoying the hell out of fan missions and whatnot to boot that I haven't touched in a couple years. Gearing up for the new Thief, which *shudder* I will play, but with extreme trepidation. All this means there's some significant digital fun beckoning me from various corners at all times, tempting me away from AMVing. At least when I prefer to wash the kitchen floor than edit, I'm getting something useful done. :|
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