- Member: AbsoluteDestiny
- Studio: Zettai Unmei Anime
- Title: Noir #7 Omake - North
- Premiered: 2003-10-28
- Akino Arai Kirei na Kanjou (Pure Emotions - Noir End Theme)
This is the first commerical music video I have produced and it is available as a hidden Easter Egg/Omake on A.D. Vision's DVD release of Noir - Volume 7.
I was contracted by A.D. Vision to produce a music video using footage from the released footage of Noir (which was the first 5 discs, although I only had access to the first 4) for the final volume of the DVD. Three other editors were also contracted. So far this is confirmed to be on the Region 1 release but may also feature on the region 2 and 4 ADV releases of this volume.
Commercial videos are very different to regular amv work. First of all, due to complicated copyright issues, I could only use cuts and fades. Digital manipulations of various kinds are prohibited by the western license. Also, the choice of music was very limited... I could do a video to the opening theme or the end theme. I knew there were some other people doing the opening theme so I went for the gentle, melodic end theme.
Now, in truth, I hadn't seen much of Noir before making this video - so I sorta binge watched the show... actually watching discs 3 and 4 at 3x speed. I wanted this video to be a character profile of Kirika but it ended up reflecting on both characters. I did consider the meaning of the japanese lyrics when I made the video, but in a purely metaphorical way. I think the video works as a character profile partly because it is open to interpretation as are the lyrics.
The main difficulty of this track was that it took a long time to get to the more interesting chorus. I tried to keep the pace up a little by having a quickly forming narrative looking at Kirika's early realisations through to Mireille's involvement , both of their recollections and a point of critical realisation etc etc. As it happens the extra work on the start of the video paid off as it's stronger than the conclusion. Limited footage was an issue too, but not too bad. I had to borrow one section from an episode preview on disc 5 (which I didnt have) for one part but otherwise finding footage wasn't all that bad.
The video didn't take very long to produce, partly due to the simplicity and partly due to the sheer amount of other responsibilities I had when making it (it was in the middle of making my epic DDR video).
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to do this video and I hope if you buy this dvd that you will like it. I'd like to also like to thank Dave Williams and all the staff at A.D. Vision for giving me this chance.
Accessing the video:
Play episode 25
Skip to chapter 4 (a mid-action chapter)
(pressing the other directions will show you videos by the other editors)