- Member: .Skyfire
- Studio: Skyfire AMV Productions
- Title: Nine Lives
- Premiered: 2002-05-24
- Beastie Boys Sabotage
- Anime North 2002, Anime North 2002 (2002-05-24)
This is my first attempt at an AMV. It was inspired by the real Beastie Boys video, which has the rap group acting as cops on a series of police chases. While the combination of Gun Smith Cats with "Sabotage" has been tried before, this particular video tries to match the intensity of the Beastie Boys' music from the very beginning to very end.
It was edited with Ulead Video Studio 5.0 from ripped DVD footage. It is a fairly basic linear editor which edits MPEG2 files natively, thus no conversions to an AVI format were necessary. This saved much disk space while maintaining the highest visual quality possible since the source footage remained in its original file format. On the downside, Video Studio has no useful filters or special effects, outside of basic scene transitions.
This video is made up of around 120 clips most of which are under 3 seconds each in length. This was done in order to keep pace with the music. It requires repeated viewing to absorb all of the details. Technically, the goal was to synchronize the music as much as possible with action sequences from Gun Smith Cats. The explosions, the flying bullets, the swerving cars, and most any other physical movement corresponds to an element from the music. As well, every single mouth movement from any character in this video is synchronized to the lyrics.
On the surface, this is a shameless action video where the immediate themes are cars, guns, explosions, and more guns. At the same time, however, it should give the viewer a feeling of suspense or tension from the scenes of near relentless danger and motion.