- Member: WalterScott
- Studio: Graven Image
- Title: The Lost Children
- Premiered: 2000-08-04
- Van Morrison Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
- Otakon 2000, Otakon 2000 (2000-08-10)
This was my first video, shown at Otakon 2K. It's a very personal and emotional piece, based on my feelings at the time around becoming a foster parent. I took clips from various anime in which the characters have lost a parent through death or abandonment, struggle with their loss, and then find completeness either through reunification or via a surrogate parent, or by taking on a parental
role themselves (e.g. Nadia & Jean w/ Marie).
I listened to half a dozen recordings of the Motherless Child spiritual in a number of genres before settling on the Van Morrison version, primarily because it has a quiet but consistent bass line that keeps the momentum going and is easy to synch to, and because his sequence of lyrics allowed for more thematic and emotional progression.
People seem to either love or hate this video. Looking back, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm amazed at how ambitious it was for a first video and also the rawness of the emotion. I guess for some people it may seem over the top or too sentimental. Your mileage may vary.
The most obscure video sources out of the eight or so used, are two versions of Haha wo tazunete sanzen ri, which has been translated variously as 3000 Leagues in search of Mother, 12000 miles etc., from the Appenines to the Andes, or simply after the title character Marco. The original version was a 1976 World Masterpiece Theater 52 episode TV series directed by Isao TAKAHATA
and with scene design by Miyazaki. My clips are actually from a Pony Canyon video of a 1979 movie that was assembled from the TV series. I am hoping to eventually have DVD source to all of the original series to create a Marco specific video with. I also used a few scenes from a DVD of the 1999 remake of the Marco movie. The remake uses a more modern animation style which enhanced some of the big 'location shots' such as the trek through the Andes and the blizzard, but (not surprisingly) the Takahata/Miyazaki original is still a lot more effective for the character oriented scenes, so I ended up using some of both versions.
I edited the video back in 2000 with a Studio DC10+ on a very flaky PC which drove me absolutely crazy with numerous technical problems. The sources vary widely in quality, from fansubbed Kodocha episodes, to Kare Kano VCDs, to Ghibli collection tapes of Nausicaa and Laputa, to ripped DVD source (the Marco 99 movie sequences, which took quite a bit of trial and error to get inverse telecined). My only real technical regrets are that I didn't just crop and resize the one Kodocha clip that required a distracting subtitle blackout, and that I sent Matt Pyson Otakon an SVHS-ET tape that he had to downmix to VHS, which made my credits bumper illegible. I should have dropped the bumper for the con version anyway.
Of course four years is eons in amv time and both the computer and the DC10 have long since bitten the dust. My old system was so flaky that I never got a clean file xport of the whole video, so no digital version was available. Last year VicBond007 kindly captured the video from the Otakon contest tape and Fungie1/2 put it up on the BakaDeshi website for some time. I finally got a new D/A converter this year and recaptured my original SVHS master. The video available here is a reconstruction from the original partial output and this capture.
If I ever redid this video I would use all digital source and tighten up the timings and such, but I'd otherwise leave it alone. I think the storytelling and emotion still hold up. Hope you enjoy it.