- Member: JCD
- Studio: GAS
- Title: Bfly
- Premiered: 2004-10-25
- I Love You! Project Butterfly
Ok this might be the strangest video I've ever done. Originally being intended to be a completely legal AMV - Song and Video source completely self-created and copyrighted.
A couple of months ago I recieved a strange offer from a German music-artist. He created a 3-person group to create a little AMV with originally animated source: A girl draws the cels, another guy creates animations out of these cels and I should be the one to edit the video. This video should've been on a Music-CD as a little extra.
Well I agreed under the condition that I won't get payed and they won't make any profit of the video. I got some preview cels and what I saw there was quite interesting, I thought I would enjoy to work with these :)
From this moment on there was some silence, only some emails regarding how I want the source to be... then I recieved a CD with the song and a burned DVD with all cels, effects, animated scenes and background stills, all in goldy PNG-32 format so I could use the Alpha-channels.
Just when I finished rendering these to huffyuv I noticed that all together clock in at barely 2 minutes for a 4 minute video. On top of that the deadline for the CD was in one week....... funny.
After some clearance that I'm recieving no money for this because this is a fucking hobby, I got my time to work on it. All what I did till the end of the week got pressed onto the CD.
As I looked at the animated scenes I began to realize that editing is going to be a pain. With all love this was made, compared to a professional production the animation would likely recieve 4 letters: C R A P
I still tried to get the best out of the video. Due to the shortage of clips it was obvious that I had to create lots of animations myself. Anyone who works with Premiere knows it is impossible to get good-looking results out of this purposes, but I was pretty lucky that I obtained Sony Vegas Video shortly before I began to edit.
This great great program allowed me to create not only animations, but lots of compositions and effects I had in my mind. It's a great alternative to premiere worth to take a look. I still did most of the editing in Premiere because it's simple timing and previewing opporturnities are superior to vegas and simply because I have way more experience with it :)
Soo... in order to work around the lovely done but still very jerky animation the video got filled with lots and lots of effects. The ones I recieved with the cels were a great help here, thanks Boris :) Still, it was a huge pain to edit. I was even unable to use some scenes because they would've made the video even more ridicolous as it already is.
On top of that, 2 minutes of footage would never work out properly for the full length, so I asked for permission to cut the song down to 2:40 and gladly got it.
I ended up finishing it now and I'm sick and tired of it :P I hate the song to no end now.
I think in the term of the goal I try to apporach with AMV-editing which is my and other peoples enjoyment to say "THAT was cool", this is one of my worst videos because the reaction is rather like "WTF"
However, I think this is the first AMV using a completely original animated ANIME, and I'm kinda proud of that :)
Huge thanks to the following people for this:
Eddy, who got me to the whole thing and coordinated it.
Chie, for those lovely drawings.
and Boris for a load of GREAT effects and animations.
Programs used: Adobe Premiere 6.0 for ~60% and Sony Vegas Video for ~40% of the editing, Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for various image mattes and some Cel-editing.
I hope you enjoy it.