- Member: ErMaC
- Studio: ErMaC Studios
- Title: Extraordinary World
- Premiered: 2004-05-29
- Character Profile
- Aurora Ordinary World (DJ ErMaC's Extraordinary World Mix)
- FanimeCon, FanimeCon (2004-05-28)
- Anime Expo 2004, Anime Expo 2004 (2004-07-02)
- Otakon (Summer '04), Otakon (Summer '04) (2004-07-30)
- Anime Weekend Atlanta EXPO AMV CONTEST, Anime Weekend Atlanta EXPO AMV CONTEST (2004-09-24)
AMVDX 6th Style: The Primary Vivid AMV
Project start date: September, 2002
Completion date: April 1st, 2004
Estimated hours to complete: 400+
The idea for this video had been gestating in my brain for a very long time, ever since I first heard Aurora's version of Ordinary World. Ever since the completion of Soul of an Angel, I've been wanting to get back to my experimental roots - the fusion of visual style and mood with music. I've done videos in a somewhat similar vein, but none that were as experimental and revolutionary, in my mind, as Soul was. The genre of Trance music, for me, has always been about a feeling that courses through your body, that shakes your very soul and then explodes in your brain when the climax hits. Soul was an attempt to capture that same kind of essence in video form, to add a visual component to that experience. Extraordinary World is that taken to the next level.
CG visualizations have always fascinated me, ever since I found Geiss and played with it while listening to Three Drive's Greece 2000. In fact for a long time I had a video planned using Geiss, live action silouette footage of ravers, and Lain footage, but I scrapped it due to its technical complexity. But that germ of an idea evolved into the concept of this video several years ago. I wanted to do something that could capture the visual enthrallment of Geiss, but mold it into my own creation, one with a story - with heart. And then I heard Ordinary World. Naimee Coleman's voice just grabbed me, and I knew what I had to do. It was doing it that was going to be the hard part.
The conceptual evolution of the video is far too long and complicated to get into in much further detail, but the story I wanted to tell, and the ground I wanted to break, required something that did not exist in Fushigi Yuugi. The song, the way I interpret it for this video, is about one of personal discovery and a search for inner strength - the ability to reach out for hope even when things appear bleak. In a very real way I wanted this to be represented in the video, and so I had one of my artist friends do a series of line drawings to represent, in a very Evangelion-inspired scene of self-reflection, Miaka's grasping of that hope.
It is the meshing of these two themes - of visual style and mood, and the search for hope - that are the core of Extraordinary World. I hope you enjoy it.
I would like to thank the following people for their help and input during the long, arduous production of this video: