- Member: inthesto
- Studio: Video Game Music Freaks
- Title: Tomorrow Takes Me Away
- Premiered: 2004-11-19
- Eagle Eye Cherry Save Tonight
I'm actually restoring the comments on this video because I have a shred of respect for it:
Remember how I said I couldn't do romance videos worth shit? Yeah, neither do I. But I think this video proves that point yet again.
In all honesty, I've had this idea bubbling in my head for a while. We all know that Sasuke is a lamehead buttface for doing what he did, but I couldn't help but feel ever-so-slightly moved at Sakura's confession scene. One night I had a random flashback to sixth grade, back when a certain song called "Save Tonight" by a certain one-hit wonder named "Eagle Eye Cherry" was popular. I was much younger back then and had no ear for music. I still have no ear for music, but that's not the point. Point is, my memories of the song - which I hadn't heard in several years - were very nice. Sure, the song was probably simplistic much like any song that ever got frequent play on radio airwaves, but it had a sentimental feel to it.
You have no idea how disappointed I was when I found out that about two minutes of the song's four were simply repeating the same damn two words over and over and over and over and OVER.
Regardless, I was going to do this video. I don't sit on a video idea for several months only for it to...not happen. Actually, I do that all the time, and it's probably a good thing. Whatever.
When I was making this video, I really wanted to re-tell the story, but with my own slightly original spin on it. As far as we know, Sasuke doesn't even know who Sakura is, but in this video I tried to say otherwise. The basic premise is that Sasuke is faced with a difficult choice: Stay with the friends for whom he truly cares, or persue his brother who haunts his nightmares. In the end, Sasuke chooses the latter, but not without his regrets. The feelings he is forced to cut off are what I really tried to get at in this video.
Naturally, I failed. Like there was any alternative.
I tried playing with some lyrical symbolism in the video. The Sound Four (those goons constantly appearing in black and white) represented "tomorrow." No matter how hard Sasuke fought tomorrow, it was his fate to be taken away. Yes, I realize the idea of fate here contradicts what I said earlier about Sasuke making a choice. But you know what? This isn't a piece of pseudo-philosophical literature, so screw it.
I normally don't do this, but I think a few timeline notes might be necessary:
0:00 - 0:08 : I wasn't too sure about the face sequence here. I questioned whether Sasuke should go from angry to sad or vice versa. In the end, I started angry and went sad. I don't really think it matters, though.
0:47 - 0:49 : This is probably the world's worst split-screen effect. Don't ask me how I did it, because it really does not need to be duplicated.
1:05 - 1:12 : The burning log is Orochimaru, apparently. I'm sure I had some sort of reasoning behind this at one point. I think it was something along the lines of the log being "burning passion" in the lyrical context, and Orochimaru really has some burning passion for getting his hands on those sharingan eyes. But that's not obvious from the video alone, so it was kind of a bad cut.
1:41 - 1:52 : I felt like the sudden cut-ins for the new clips were kind of intrusive, given the slow, sentimental pace of the song. While the real truth is that I was too lazy to rubber band the fades, my excuse is that the cuts are representative of the fact that EAGLE EYE CHERRY CAN'T SING FOR HIS DAMN LIFE. Seriously, listen to the abruptness with which he introduces new lines of lyrics.
1:52 - 2:08 : Yeah, uh. Sasuke fights tomorrow. But tomorrow comes anyway. Man, sure sucks to be him.
2:17 - 2:23 : My purpose in this series of clips was to try and fool you into thinking it was Sasuke who was crying. I think I failed, though. Sasuke wears dorky socks.
2:33 - 3:17 : I kind of stopped caring at this point. The actual song is a few milliseconds short of four minutes, with the rest of the time being filled in with EEC just repeating "save tonight." Needless to say, I wasn't going to edit repetitions like that, so I decided to truncate the song a little early. The result? The music bleeds into my credits, which makes me feel awkward. Also, notice how gimpy the credits text looks.
I think those are all my thoughts on this video.
Oh, and don't try to figure out if the B&W stuff means anything. I know I had some kind of symbolic purpose for it originally, but somewhere over the weeks I forgot that purpose, and now the greyscale filters are mostly just random. You're free to make up something, though.