- Member: Heero_Yuy84
- Title: La Federation - Mk-II edition
- Premiered: 2004-04-01
- South Park Movie OST La Resistance
This is one of those ideas that has, and yet, has not been kicking around for a while.
On one hand, I've been wanting to do a Mobile Suit Gundam AMV for quite some time because, honestly, it's kind if disappointing to see that it's as underused as it is. On the other, the song itself didn't click until later Novermber of 2002.
When I was first aiming for this (the parody vid concept) I was originally shooting to set Amuro to DVDA's 'Now You're A Man.' Over time, the concept just lost some of its spark (well, that and I realized how much better that one would work for Kou from Gundam 0083, but that's a vid for later on.) So the concept of doing an MSG video was shelved for a while.
Then, one day, while flipping through mp3s on Winamp, it came up on the song 'La Resistance' from South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut. A humorous enough song on its own, this piece somehow ended up integrating itself into the Universal Century in my mind.
So the first part of La Federation was born.
Initially it was going to be a multi-series project, using character casting:
Bright Noa (MSG) - Gregory
Amuro Rey (MSG) - Stan
Kai Shiden (MSG) - Kyle
Hayato Kobayashi (MSG) - Cartman
Cima Garahau (0083) - Sheila Broflofski
Korozo 'Iron Mask' Ronah (F91) - Satan
Zeonic Forces (asst. series) - US Military
Michel Ninorich (08th MS Team) - Terrence
Eledore Massis (08th MS Team) - Phillip
The project then kicked off under this. But, somewhere along the way, for reasons I'm a bit hazy on myself, things began to become more centered around Mobile Suit Gundam than any of the follow-up series (perhaps the subconscious catching up.)
It was thus entering form 2:
Bright Noah - Gregory
Amuro Rey - Stan
Kai Shiden - Kyle
Hayato Kobayashi - Cartman
Kishiria Zabi - Sheila Brofolofski
Gihren Zabi - Satan
Zeon forces - US Military
Marker - Terrence
Oscar - Phillip
So, with this idea in mind, this began to develop. Then over time, some characters got changed around, partially for more fitting characters, partly for the convenience of more screen time to work with. On this note, the video itself also became a bit more event-centric. Originally just focusing on the One Year War, the video then narrowed its scope down to the final battle at A Baoa Qu.
Here, more casting changes occured, resulting in a final cast of:
General Revil* - Gregory
Bright Noah - Stan
Kai Shiden - Kyle
Amuro Ray - Cartman
Kishiria Zabi - Sheila Broflofski
Gihren Zabi - Satan
Zeon Forces - US Military
Slegger Lawe* - Terrence
Hayato Kobayashi - Phillip
(*Yes, I am aware that technically neither Slegger nor Revil lived to see A Baoa Qu, but it still felt right to cast them in these parts. After all, part of the vid is still buildup to the battle.)
So, out of this insanity, came La Federation: A disturbingly musical twist on the violent climax of the One Year War.
...zoom ahead approximately a year or so...
I was kind of tapped out on vid ideas at the time, starting projects, then suspending them. It wasn't entirely a creative slump, so much as a lack of drive.
Then I got linked to Otaku Outpost's AMV featuring Macross to the song 'One Day More' from Les Miserables. Strangely, this vid seemed to flip a mental switch for me...two thoughts hit at once:
1. I keep talking about remaking 'La Federation'...I know where to get the footage, might as well go for it
2. I think I've found the original LF's good twin.
So, rather than employing the VHS rip of Movie III I used to make the first version, this time around, I harvested my clips from the original series. As such, there was the added challenge of still trying to keep things canon (the movies apparently offically over rule the series as canon goes)
As such, I had to use new footage to cover up things such as:
-Hayato piloting the Guntank instead of getting his own Guncannon
-Slegger piloting the G-Fighter instead of the Corebooster
Also, many scenes were re-done for the sake of lip-syncing (the Zeon soldier's mouths are actually moving in this cut, and the scene with Gihren and Kishiria singing at the same time has greatly improved)
Along with this, I decided to add a new opening...it occured to me, from some of the reviews, and just some people I've talked to in general, that given MSG's minimal popularity in the US, there's still some uncertainty on the background of the events. So, given I had the Japanese language versions of the episodes, I took from the intros for some and, with some added subtitles, compiled an intro both explaining the One Year War, and a joking intro to the vid itself.
So here, at last, is the remade edition of La Federation (or, the Mk-II version):
-Better video quality
-New choice scenes
-an arseload of new spoilers
Enjoy...and for the love of God, don't sue...
p.s. Special thanks to BishounenStalker and Sporky for allowing themselves to be exposed to the earlier prototype versions of this...we salute your suffering...for science!
(...yes...that should stick...)
Got this comment about it in chat...one of the best feedbacks I've had to date:
Private Caboose: neo
Private Caboose: i watched part of La Federation MK - II ver
Private Caboose: and uh
Private Caboose: i'm scared
That's what they pay me for (...I think)