- Member: dj_ultima_the_great
- Title: Evolution or Mutation?
- Premiered: 2005-03-04
- Deftones Change (studio acoustic)
My seventh music video.
About the inspiration...currently, my favorite set of games is the Silent Hill series. It just enraptures me in a way that no other story ever has before. The characters, though strange, are just ordinary people thrown into extraordinary situations. The ambience and sound effects create a lasting sense of impending doom rather than a cheap scare, like the Resident Evil series (much as I may adore it) is known for. The music, particularly in the second and fourth (though the fourth is not in my video because it wasn't in America at the time) games, is haunting and lovely and tells the story so well that not a single word would have to be uttered to explain further. However, the best parts of the games by far are the visuals. In the first game, they were creepy and dark, with a "I wonder what's around that corner?" feeling to them. The second game redefined depression, with guilt and possible suicide shadowing every character's action constantly - this was reflected largely in the final location: a near-abyss of rain. The third game gave American censors a reason to really revolt with its heavy emphasis on blood and death. It was this that made me positive that I had to make a Silent Hill video. Though, since I didn't possess the fourth game at the time, this left me a bit short on appropriate footage. Therefore, I decided to incorporate Parasite Eve, since the song is ideal for that as well. I'm not sure what made me want to use Chrono Cross; I've never actually played the game, but the scenes are so lovely that they just lend themselves to a music video. So, that was my line-up - my inspiration. I was determined to best my fifth music video, a personal failure, at all costs.
About the song..."Change" is a piece that I've wanted to make a music video to for a long time now. I've just been waiting for the perfect game or anime to present itself. Originally, I was planning to use Resident Evil, but it just didn't 'feel' right to me. I wanted something that could really tell a dark, malevolent story - not just mindless violence. So, I waited some more, but eventually forgot the idea as time passed. Finally, Silent Hill 3 presented itself, and it's plotline reminded me of an age-old idea. I wondered if this was really the story I was looking for, and it came as a surprise that I didn't have a doubt in my mind that this would work. However, I wasn't sure that it would be enough, so I decided to add Parasite Eve and Chrono Cross into the mix gauge the result. It was perfect. The song was absolutely perfect for the games. So started the project. Oh, I forgot to mention. I used the studio acoustic version of this song simply because it is creepier than the original and the beats are stronger, I think.
About the video...this was one of my biggest ambitions so far, and as it was coming hot off of the heels of my personally enjoyable Video Game Compilation Project, I was expecting a lot out of this.
- A mysterious opening was key, and I knew precisely which clip would do for that. However, alone, the scene wasn't set quite right. It needed...something. I wasn't sure what, so I started playing around with Movie Maker's effects, corny as some of them may be, to see if I liked anything. Finally, I stumbled across blurs - it did that "something" that I wanted. Keeping that effect in mind, I also used it later in similar, calm, instrumental intervals of the song.
- Also, you'll notice that there's a lot of black space in the video. It's not that I didn't know what to put in those spaces - they just felt appropriate. It's better for the dark, mysterious feeling I was trying to achieve.
- Another point about my editing is that many of the clips have been slowed down - again, some of them just felt far too fast for the mood I was trying to create.
- "like you never had wings" - I had to do some creative thinking here, as the only instance of a character with wings is in Parasite Eve. So, I improvised.
- "I... x90" - at the halfway mark, there is an instance where the singer repeats the word "I" over and over. I used a particular editing pattern here - it happens later in the video, so watch for it!
- Just past the halfway point, my effect from the opening returns again and stays until the line "blow me away..." So, no, that's not just really horrid video quality - it's supposed to look that way.
Three-quarters of the way through was the fun part - I stopped editing for four months. Honestly, I had no clue what to do at this point. I rendered the unfinished version and showed it to my friends and family, hoping for some suggestions on how to complete the video. The problem was that I knew how I wanted to video to end...I just didn't know how to get there. The words "you feel so alive" keep repeating in this section, but those are vague words to put images to, and that is where the root of my problem laid. My brother suggested that I use more Parasite Eve, as he felt is was being dominated by Silent Hill footage. My online friend pinky said to come up with a message and try to convey that message in the section. In the end, I think I ended up taking my brother's suggestion and building around that. Finally, I broke my inactiveness and plugged forward. The result was better than I had hoped for.
- I feel as if my editing changed after my four-month lapse. I used quicker cuts, and edited some clips in a way that might have confused some people.
- at .......... I realize that it looks like I didn't catch the frame-long shots just before some clips. HOWEVER, if you look closely, I purposely put them there. It is the transformation of one of the monsters in Parasite Eve. I used those flashes to break the clip they're over because the way I had it originally, with just the building clip, seemed long and pointless. However, with the transformations interposed, it actually links the two clips together content-wise. PE fans might understand what I mean - the general viewer probably won't.
- ....... there it is again! That editing pattern that I told you to watch for makes its reappearance.
- ....... my favorite part. It gives the video a more climatic ending in my eyes. Also, this is my practice with fast cuts.
- Finally, the end. A very calm shot of Heather walking away. Seemed right to me.
- Credits: just me poking fun at the many many "Bring Me to Life" videos and the overplaying of that song. I still heart that song, but the joke was too ironic not to tell.
This is one of my best music videos, and I think I did the idea justice. Of course, if I ever were to redo one of my videos, THIS would be the one. I would probably shuck Chrono Cross, possibly Parasite Eve, and add Silent Hill 4. Since it's Silent Hill that originally captured my interest, I think just having this video be an SH tribute would be best.
Program Used: Windows Movie Maker II
Hours Spent: 20+
Date Completed: 11/26/04
Scores I would give in a review...
Capture/Output Quality: 7/10
Sound Quality: 8/10
Action/Editing Sync: 8/10
As always, Farewell, Good Luck, and Happy AMV-ing!
PS: *props to pinky* ^_^