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  • CrackTheSky
  • User Name: CrackTheSky
  • Member Since: Monday, August 28, 2006, 12:01 AM
  • Donation Level: Participant
  • Name: Ben S
  • Location: Chicago suburbs, USA
  • Homepage: http://crakthesky.wordpress.com/
  • Last Login: 2015-07-01 09:43:19
  • Forum Info: Profile        Posts (3721)
  • Worthy Banners: 1 worthy banners
  • Journal: Last entry made on 2014-09-23 14:14:15
  • Usefulness: 873.1 with 123 opinions
    [average 119.8 of 231028 opinions; standard deviation 432.8 ]
  • Profile:
    UPDATED 1/2015

    Hello...if you're reading this, welcome to my .org profile, it's a pleasure, I'm sure. My name is Ben, I like AMVs. I got into the hobby back in 2006, on a whim, days after I started my first year of college, and I never looked back. AMVs have changed my life in numerous and awesome ways, primarily through the people I've met on this site and at cons. I'm indebted to this website for that, and for giving me a creative outlet that I enjoy. AMVs are a huge part of my life. I cannot overstate that simple fact.

    As such, I've become more and more interested over the years about the more "meta" aspects of the community, as well as its history and development. To this end, I am currently working on a huge project to essentially categorize as many AMVs as I can to allow large-scale data analysis to take place. Basically, I want to create a giant spreadsheet that can be mined for almost any piece of data you could want on a given video. When enough videos are entered, ideally, meaningful analytics can be run to learn something about the measurable ways that AMVs have developed over the years. This is called the AMV Genome Project, and more details regarding my goals and methodology can be found in this thread (note: thread may be locked by the time you read this). If any of this seems interesting to you, you can always find the up-to-date project files in this FTP directory. And feel free to PM me with questions.

    Other than the Genome Project, I also maintain a blog that I update fairly regularly with observations, recommendations, and general thoughts relating to AMVs (and occasionally other interests of mine).

    As for my own videos, they're okay, I guess. In the interest of not setting expectations, I'll let you discover them on your own, if you feel so inclined. Just stay away from like the first year's worth of videos that I released and you should be good to go. Mostly. I'm much more interested in shining the light on other, more capable and less known editors than myself. So here are some:

    -Anicsi
    -blabbler
    -Douggie
    -fallout161
    -Kwasek
    -Lostboy
    -Malificus
    -Megamom
    -Quu
    -Scott A Melzer
    -Unlimited Rice
    -UnluckyArtist

    This is not an exhaustive list, there are hundreds of incredible under-the-radar or forgotten old-school editors out there, possibly thousands. Go explore, there's so much on this website, why are you wasting time reading this profile?

    However, in case you're interested in other stuff of mine, here it is:

    MyAnimeList
    My AniDB profile
    Last.fm
    RateYourMusic

    Other basic stuff about myself:
    -I was born in 1988, so you can do the math to figure out my approximate age.
    -I studied physics in college, got my Bachelor's of Science, never want to do physics again.
    -I am a Christian. Go Jesus.
    -I collect CDs, and have been for almost 15 years. As of this writing, I have around 900 of them.
    -I don't care for movies, unless they're anime movies. I dunno. Just not my thing.
    -My screen name is not a Mastodon reference, it is a Brand New reference.
    -My all-time favorite album is good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar.
    -My all-time favorite anime is FLCL, or Usagi Drop. Depends on the day.
    -My all-time favorite AMV is Two Hearts by aerialesque. (My "Favorite AMVs" list below is pretty out-of-date, but it's too much trouble to update. Still lots of good videos on there, though.)

    ===
    Keeping this for posterity...plus Jibril said it's adorable. Circa 2008.

    Hey...I s'pose I should update this, since I haven't for almost a year...

    Anyway, I don't have much to say about myself. I'm 20, in college, studying physics (astronomy is my area of interest), and love to make and watch AMVs. When it comes to how I edit, I tend to spend little time on my videos (as in, less than 15 hours) and my videos are usually very simple in terms of effects. Just because I don't put a lot of time into my videos doesn't mean they lack effort...there's usually lots of thought and meaning behind their arrangement, so...yeah.

    Besides editing, like I said, I of course love to watch videos. I also really like to pimp out videos and editors I think deserve it, whether they get their due attention from others or not. So allow me this opportunity to plug my "homepage", which is nothing more than a Freewebs page that contains the video information for all my videos as well as a blog which I use to make recommendations for videos or editors that I think deserve it. If you ever need a suggestion for a good video to watch, might I suggest looking there first ;)

    Also, for those of you in need of some cool free programs to aid you with your editing, or just some sites where you can download neat stuff, might I direct you to the following pages:
    Blender - Free 3D compositing program; can also be used for editing video
    Paint.NET - Free image and photo editing program
    The GIMP - Another free image editing program
    Audacity - Powerful open source audio editing program
    Freesound Project - Archive of thousands of recorded sounds, all available for free download
    ccMixter - Archive of thousands of remixes, all available for free download
    Wax - Relatively powerful free effects-based program/plugin; includes such things as 3D tracking and a particle generator

global average

  • Count231028
  • Originality8.47
  • Visual Quality8.37
  • Audio9.00
  • Action Sync8.45
  • Lip Sync8.24
  • Special Effects8.49
  • Effort8.60
  • Re-view-ability7.92
  • Overall8.43

average given

  • Count123
  • Originality7.99
  • Visual Quality7.90
  • Audio9.54
  • Action Sync7.95
  • Lip Sync7.13
  • Special Effects8.58
  • Effort8.58
  • Re-view-ability7.04
  • Overall7.81

average received

  • Count185
  • Originality8.63
  • Visual Quality9.05
  • Audio9.55
  • Action Sync8.88
  • Lip Sync9.00
  • Special Effects8.78
  • Effort8.89
  • Re-view-ability8.12
  • Overall8.72

10 FAVORITE ANIME

1.
FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
2.
5 Centimeters per Second (Movie)
3.
Kino's Journey (The Beautiful World)
4.
Eureka Seven
5.
Beyond the Clouds
6.
Serial Experiments Lain
7.
REC (TV)
8.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
9.
Jin-Roh
10.
Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi No Koe)

My Videos (48/52) (Show all)

  • [hits: 1291][opinions: 2]
    • Boy Sets Fire Last Year's Nest
    • Final Fantasy 7 (VII)
    • Action
    • Other
  • [hits: 1049][opinions: 1]
    • Hoobastank Crawling In The Dark
    • Final Fantasy 7 (VII)
    • Action
    • Other
  • FFVII - Downfall (2004-07-22)
    [hits: 1031][opinions: 0]
    • Trust Company Downfall
    • Final Fantasy 7 (VII)
    • Action
    • Other
  • FFVII - Tourniquet (2004-08-15)
    [hits: 1083][opinions: 0]
    • Evanescence Tourniquet
    • Final Fantasy 7 (VII)
    • Action
    • Drama
  • [hits: 1116][opinions: 0]
    • Linkin Park One Step Closer
    • FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
    • Action
  • [hits: 2814][opinions: 6]
    • Story of the Year Razorblades
    • FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Serious
  • [hits: 4661][opinions: 13]
    • Toad the Wet Sprocket Amnesia
    • RahXephon (TV)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Serious
  • (2) Vice-Versa (2006-10-06)
    [hits: 3108][opinions: 11]
    • Matchbook Romance My Mannequin Can Dance
    • RahXephon (TV)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Serious
  • World Taken Apart (2006-10-25)
    [hits: 3785][opinions: 15]
    • Jars of Clay Worlds Apart
    • RahXephon (TV)
    • Drama
    • Sentimental
    • Serious
  • [hits: 3242][opinions: 16]
    • Boy Sets Fire High Wire Escape Artist
    • RahXephon (TV)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Serious
  • Figured Out (2006-12-01)
    [hits: 3741][opinions: 13]
    • Glen Phillips Finally Fading
    • REC (TV)
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
  • Lain's Lullaby (2007-01-02)
    [hits: 3631][opinions: 13]
    • Toad the Wet Sprocket Silo Lullaby
    • Serial Experiments Lain
    • Character Profile
    • Horror
    • Serious
  • Monotone (2007-01-30)
    [hits: 2611][opinions: 9]
    • GaMeBoX Ice Cap 4 Life
    • Pale Cocoon (OAV)
    • Drama
    • Instrumental
    • Other
    • Sentimental
  • Blossom (2007-02-11)
    [hits: 2336][opinions: 6]
    • NIRGILIS Sakura
    • Place Promised in Our Early Days, The (Beyond the Clouds)
    • Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi No Koe)
    • Action
    • Drama
    • Fun
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
  • [hits: 812][opinions: 0]
    • Freshfabrik Drive My Hand
    • FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
    • Action
  • Nur Geträumt MEP (2007-03-29) (10 collaborators)
    [hits: 9822][opinions: 13]
    • Blümchen Nur Geträumt
    • ...There are 19 anime...
    • (click title for full list)
    • Dance
    • Fun
  • [hits: 860][opinions: 0]
    • Crystal Method Busy Child
    • Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi No Koe)
    • Action
    • Fun
  • Say It's True (2007-04-27)
    [hits: 2157][opinions: 2]
    • Motion City Soundtrack Attractive Today
    • Love Hina - Again (OVA)
    • Fun
    • Romance
  • Wings To Heaven (2007-05-11)
    [hits: 3122][opinions: 4]
    • Terrence Lee Aftermath
    • Haibane Renmei (Charcoal Feathers Federation)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Instrumental
    • Serious
  • Ascend (2007-05-18)
    [hits: 1799][opinions: 2]
    • Peter Gabriel The Drop
    • Stratos 4
    • Character Profile
    • Sentimental
  • Drift. (2007-06-20)
    [hits: 2182][opinions: 4]
    • The Goo Goo Dolls Acoustic #3
    • Kino's Journey (The Beautiful World)
    • Drama
    • Serious
  • Washed by the Sun (2007-08-07)
    [hits: 1914][opinions: 6]
    • Newsboys Always
    • Place Promised in Our Early Days, The (Beyond the Clouds)
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
    • Serious
  • Only the Ordinary (2007-08-28)
    [hits: 1868][opinions: 5]
    • The Pillows Hybrid Rainbow
    • FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
    • Drama
    • Other
    • Serious
  • d!gital me (2007-09-22)
    [hits: 8978][opinions: 8]
    • Finch Ender
    • Original Live Action
    • Serial Experiments Lain
    • Character Profile
    • Horror
    • Instrumental
    • Serious
  • [hits: 1416][opinions: 0]
    • Beck Hell Yes
    • Kino's Journey (The Beautiful World)
    • Action
    • Other
  • Subsonic (2007-10-19)
    [hits: 3463][opinions: 5]
    • Infected Mushroom Artillery
    • Animatrix, The
    • Action
    • Other
  • Safe and Sound (2007-11-13)
    [hits: 2317][opinions: 3]
    • Snow Patrol Somewhere a Clock is Ticking
    • Jin-Roh
    • Action
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Serious
  • [hits: 2133][opinions: 5]
    • Splender Yeah, Whatever
    • Neon Genesis Evangelion
    • Neon Genesis Evangelion (End of Evangelion)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Serious
  • Incinerate (2008-02-12)
    [hits: 1947][opinions: 2]
    • AFI Miseria Cantare - The Beginning
    • Fruits Basket
    • Drama
    • Horror
    • Serious
  • [hits: 1421][opinions: 1]
    • m1dy Crash
    • FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
    • Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The (TV)
    • Action
    • Comedy
    • Fun
    • Other
  • The Improv Project (2008-04-24) (23 collaborators)
    [hits: 6466][opinions: 2]
    • ...There are 23 songs... (click title for full list)
    • ...There are 23 anime...
    • (click title for full list)
    • Action
    • Character Profile
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • Fun
    • Horror
    • Instrumental
    • Other
    • Sentimental
    • Serious
  • Learning To... (2008-05-20)
    [hits: 2261][opinions: 2]
    • Switchfoot Learning To Breathe
    • ...There are 11 anime...
    • (click title for full list)
    • Drama
    • Other
    • Sentimental
  • Hold On (2008-09-20)
    [hits: 6779][opinions: 6]
    • The sounds Seven Days A Week
    • 5 Centimeters per Second (Movie)
    • Place Promised in Our Early Days, The (Beyond the Clouds)
    • Fun
    • Other
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
  • Phobia (2008-10-24)
    [hits: 7662][opinions: 13]
    • Blue October X Amount of Words
    • Paranoia Agent
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Horror
    • Serious
  • Shoop Da Koop! (2008-10-25) (12 collaborators)
    [hits: 6531][opinions: 0]
    • ...There are 13 songs... (click title for full list)
    • ...There are 17 anime...
    • (click title for full list)
    • Action
    • Character Profile
    • Comedy
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Fun
    • Parody
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
    • Serious
  • Unscripted (2009-05-09)
    [hits: 2541][opinions: 4]
    • Collective Soul Heavy
    • Ef - a tale of memories (TV)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Serious
  • Alternator (2010-02-03)
    [hits: 1364][opinions: 0]
    • TV On The Radio Red Dress (The Glitch Mob Remix)
    • Dead Leaves (OVA)
    • Action
  • Overmind (2013-09-27)
    [hits: 323][opinions: 0]
    • The Graduate For The Missing
    • FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
    • Action
    • Drama
    • Other
    • Serious
  • [hits: 344][opinions: 1]
    • Victims of Science The Device has been modified
    • Serial Experiments Lain
    • Character Profile
    • Horror
    • Other
    • Serious
  • Hold Me Up (2014-06-08)
    [hits: 403][opinions: 1]
    • Goo Goo Dolls Just The Way You Are
    • His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Fun
    • Romance
  • [hits: 377][opinions: 0]
    • CrackTheSky NOSTROMO DANCE PARTY
    • Naruto
    • Action
    • Comedy
    • Dance
    • Fun
    • Parody
  • [hits: 271][opinions: 0]
    • Tal Bachman She's So High
    • Please Teacher (TV)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Fun
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
  • My Town (2014-09-13)
    [hits: 977][opinions: 2]
    • Paper Route Glass Heart Hymn
    • Tekkonkinkreet (movie)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Serious
  • [hits: 298][opinions: 0]
    • Black Era Martyr (Soul)
    • Attack on Titan (TV)
    • Kimagure Orange Road (TV)
    • Drama
    • Horror
    • Instrumental
    • Other
    • Serious
  • [hits: 310][opinions: 0]
    • Walk the Moon Shut Up And Dance
    • Kimagure Orange Road (TV)
    • Dance
    • Fun
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
  • I Was Happy (2015-02-08)
    [hits: 206][opinions: 0]
    • Everything But The Girl Tears All Over Town
    • Kimagure Orange Road - I Want To Return To That Day (Movie)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
    • Serious
  • Convergence (2015-02-27)
    [hits: 151][opinions: 0]
    • Beach House Silver Soul
    • Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning (movie)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Romance
    • Sentimental
    • Serious
  • My Favorite Days (2015-03-31)
    [hits: 385][opinions: 1]
    • lights Running With The Boys
    • Kids on the Slope (TV)
    • Character Profile
    • Drama
    • Sentimental
    • Serious