- Member: yoshi1013
- Studio: Studio 606
- Title: Cowboy Salsa
- Premiered: 2003-07-11
- Juno Reactor Pistolero
For the longest time I've wanted to make a really kickass Cowboy Bebop music video one that really gets the blood pumping and one I could just have a lot of fun with. So I finally sat down and decided to do it and really try to give it my 100%. I used the song Pistolero which is used in the Once Upon a Time in Mexico trailer.
The original song clocks in about 6:30 or so minutes so I cut it down to around 2:41, hopefully the music cuts aren't too obvious, though if you're really diligent you might be able to find them. The type of song it is though lends itself to cutting which helped me along.
I didn't have much of a plan going into this but I spent hours and hours digitizing action clips of gun fights, hand to hand combat and all space dogfighting in the series. Though I ended up only using the dogfighting scenes when it was all finished.
For this video my approach was to take the dogfighting scenes and match the actual movements of the ships to the rhythm of the music. So if the song went up and down the ship would go up and down in the same shot etc. I did best I could to do this with long shots instead of cheating by cutting one movement of the ship going up and one of it going down and the result I think is a lot more effective.
To take myself a step further I also created a title sequence for this duplicating the episode title card motion graphics that accompany each episode of Cowboy Bebop. The motion for this one was modeled after the episode "Waltz for Venus" and I'm really pleased how it turned out. Elements were created and animated in Photoshop and After Effects.
When I was most of the way through the video I was racking my brain thinking of how to end it since this is very much a tribute but I was starting to think that I was running low on dogfight material. I briefly considered using some gunplay and hand to hand combat but thought that would seem out of place after having so much dogfighting. I also desperately wanted to avoid this becoming "The Spike Spiegal" story which so many Cowboy Bebop videos end up doing and then ending with a shot of Spike and Vicious killing each other.
As it is a lot of things do revolve around Spike but I think I managed to tie things up rather nicely in the end. Though it's only natural to have more stuff about Spike since he takes up the most screen time.
I'm not trying to change the world with this video because we all know Cowboy Bebop has been out for a while and there are a million and a half action videos devoted to it. But as I was saying before I just wanted to have fun with this video and if it gets you excited and maybe you find your feet tapping to the beat as you watch it then I think I'll have succeeded.
I edited this video on Final Cut Pro 2 using my Blue/White Power Macintosh G3 which has 350 Mhz, 320 MB of RAM, I only had about 20 GB of hard drive space to work with and I damn near filled my computer to the brim. Footage was captured from DVDs using an Aurora Fuse card.
Final video was encoded into DivX using FFMPEG for Mac OS X.
If you like it or hated it please leave me a review, because like all creators I love feedback!