- Member: MysteriousRyder
- Title: Falling Dreams - Kingdom Hearts
- Premiered: 2008-03-22
- Within Temptation See Who I Am
- Anime Boston 2008, AB 2008 AMV Contest (2008-03-21)
- Sakura-Con 2008, Sakura-Con AMV/OVA Contest (2008-03-28)
- Anime Central 2008, Anime Central 2008 AMV Contest (2008-05-16)
- Fanime Con 2008, Fanime Music Video Contest 2008 (2008-05-23)
- Anime Expo 2008, Anime Expo 2008 - Anime Music Video Contest (2008-07-03)
- Nan Desu Kan, NDK Anime Music Video Contest (2008-09-12)
- Anime Weekend Atlanta 14, AWA 14 Exposition Contest (2008-09-19)
Yaoi-Con 2008 - Best Action
Anime Weekend Atlanta 14 (AWA 14) - Best Videogame
Anime Expo 2008 - Drama Finalist
Fanime Con 2008 FMV contest - Best Action
Anime Boston 2008 AMV contest - Best of Show
Sakura-Con 2008 AMV contest - Best Drama/Romance
I have been wanting to make this Kingdom Hearts AMV for a year and a half. I had the idea and song down already, and was really itching to make this video. Last year, before AX, I was deciding if I should make the Yami No Matsuei AMV first or the KH one. I finally settled for YnM since it involved using special effects, which would force me to really understand Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 (I had upgraded from Elements).
Now, I finally got to make the KH AMV I've been wanting to do.
I knew that the tone and lyrics of the song "See Who I Am" fit Kingdom Hearts, because the images flowed so naturally in my head whenever I listened to it—the blending of reality and dreams, which fit the Kingdom Hearts storyline.
It took me about 2 months to create this video. I like to create action videos, but I wanted to also make a video that is considered beautiful. Kingdom Hearts has a lot of adrenaline pumping and beautiful/dreamlike scenes, and I like how the two seem to somehow contrast with each other.
The video is about the blurring of reality and dreams, and how the past, present, and future all clash together. In the AMV, Sora has a weird dream, and the dream blends in with reality—he sees his friends, Kairi and Riku, but he also sees the dark robed figure and the unknown warriors in a keyblade battle. Various scenes show Sora falling to represent his going in and out of reality—is this a dream, or is this all real? The past, present, and future all clash together as you see the younger and older Kairi/Riku/Sora, the dark robed figures, and the 3 armored warriors—are they all related to one another?
We see Sora confronting Riku, desperately searching for Kairi, running into Namine, facing his other self--We see the 3 keyblades representing Sora and his friends, and Sora and the warriors standing at a crossroads--everything blends in with the falling and water themes that run throughout the story.
I want to thank surfinpika for answering my questions on using game footage from KH (it was my first time editing game footage). She has been so helpful!!!
Enjoy the video, and if you haven't already, play Kingdom Hearts! It's an awesome game!
IMPORTANT NOTE: You need the H264 codec to play the video!