- Member: VicBond007
- Studio: VicBond007 Productions
- Title: Dance Dance Evangelion
- Premiered: 2002-02-15
- tiger YAMATO Luv to Me
Sometimes I wonder whether or not I'm really mentally stable. I have plenty of DVDs, and there are plenty of good AMVs left to make, so why the hell did I do this?!
Why? Because I could. AMVs are too much of the same. There's only so much one can do with source footage and music. I wanted to do something that, while not being too good, will still grab the attention of the masses by being so outrageously different. And so, to make the most impact possible, I turned to 3d animation.
Just because I do it doesn't mean I love it. I bitched and moaned throughout the whole project just to keep my mind off just how painfully difficult I was making this. I started by taking Evangelion models that were modelled by my best friend, Arrghman, 3 years ago for the Live action Evangelion project. They were pretty gruesome, and had a ton of modelling flaws. I then remastered the models making them look more like their anime counterparts. They looked a lot better, but were impossible to animate properly, so items like the shoulder blades had to vanish. I didn't want the audience to think I was a halfwit animator who didn't know an Evangelion from my arse, so I came up with the idea for the Evas to start off completely built, and then convert to "dance mode". So if you were wondering why that scene is there, it wasn't for fun, it was to cover up the fact that EVAS CAN'T DANCE.
I then began animating and it took months. The Evas, being both human-like by non-human at the same time, presented me with a lot of problems. The largest problem is that being a faulty IK setup, and so I had to animate the entire video as if I were making a claymation video, one frame at a time moving the models by "hand". I hope the audience can see through the glaring faults and recognize it as a stepping stone, rather than a finished product.
Originally I was going to do this video to "Boom Boom Dollar" of Dance Dance Revolution fame, but opted against it due to lack of mirrorable refrence footage. Iserlohn then stepped in and sent me the worlds crappiest DivX file of a scene from another bemani game, Parapara Paradise. I was in love. This was the answer to my source footage woes.
Given my time constraints, I didn't get to do everything that I wanted to do for this video, but hopefully I'll be able to re-work it. EDIT: I never did re-edit it. I never want to see Lightwave again.