- Member: Quiet Cannon
- Studio: Loose Cannon Productions
- Title: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Substance
- Premiered: 2004-02-22
- Metal Gear Solid 2 Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance trailer
After a few months of setbacks and delays, I finally finished this video. This is the third video I’ve done, and my second Evangelion trailer video. I first got the idea for this when I remembered the VR simulation training from one of the episodes of Evangelion. I then started to see some other connections with Metal Gear Solid 2 and Evangelion, especially with the characters. Some of the characters I cast into the video seemed to be a perfect match with the MGS 2 characters. Others were put in there just for convenience since their appearance matched the voice.
Solid Snake - Ryoji Kaji
Raiden – Shinji Ikari
Colonel Campbell – Gendo Ikari
Rose – Misato Katsuragi
As for the absence of Asuka and Rei, I wanted to make this video seem as similar to MGS as I could. Thus, I presented Shinji as a lone operative against the enemy. There were plenty of good action scenes including Asuka and Rei that could have worked with the audio, but in order to keep consistency, I couldn’t use any of them (or Units 00 and 02 were just edited out).
As for the enemy in this video, I tried to blend it with the Angels and the soldier attack from the movie. I did this to show different kinds of threats attacking NERV, but actually it was mostly for sound effects issues.
You can check out the actual Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance trailer at
And in my shameless promotion for the VCAs, I made these images representing the game box cover.
Also if you care to see it, here is an image of the final Premiere timeline for the video.
(Creator’s mindless rambling. Skip this if you like and watch the video.)
I had originally planned to have an actual anime music video for my next project, but I just started getting a lot of ideas for this video, and put my other one on hold. This video is the hardest one I’ve worked on, but I really like how it came out. Here are some of the problems I had while working on this video.
Sound effects. This video has some strange sound effects that were very difficult to work with. It was very restricting trying to find the right scene to match the sound with limited options. I just wish the soldiers in the game wouldn’t shout like that when they die.
Obsolete computer. I have a fairly decent computer, but it’s not really meant for doing a big job like video editing. I tried editing with AVISynth files, but I quickly ran out of memory, and after a system malfunction, it was obvious that I wouldn’t be able to continue like that. I had to switch to making individual clips. That was a pretty big setback, but it the end, it worked out.
I also tried an amateur attempt at adding effects to the video. It was a mess trying to figure out how to get some things to work the way I wanted, and I’m sure that I may have complicated thing more than they needed to be.
Anyway, now that this video is out of the way, I can move on to working on my next project. This time it will be an actual AMV with an anime other than Evangelion.