- Member: Infinity Squared
- Studio: amvience studios
- Title: Stand Your Ground
- Premiered: 2005-04-08
- Within Temptation Stand My Ground
- Sakura-Con Anime Music Video / Orriginal Video Animation ontest, Sakura-Con Anime Music Video / Orriginal Video Animation ontest (2005-04-08)
- Inuyasha Dragon AMV Contest, Inuyasha Dragon AMV Contest (2005-04-29)
- anime.au.05, anime.au.05 (2005-05-14)
- Otafest 2005 AMV Contest, Otafest 2005 AMV Contest (2005-05-22)
- The Scoob Awards BR, The Scoob Awards BR (2005-08-08)
- Animania, Animania (2005-10-08)
WINNER: Action AMV Animania 2005
WINNER: Action AMV The Scoob Awards BR 2005
WINNER: anime.au AMV contest 2005
RUNNER-UP: Action AMV Sakura-Con Anime Music Video 2005
The main theme of this video revolves around the plight of Charlotte Elbourne, a young woman who has fallen in love with the vampire Meir, one of, if not the last vampire in the planet where his kind are being hunted by bounty hunters, one of which is D, a half breed. Throughout the video, I tried to capture the trials and action that surrounded her, and what it cost her in the end.
In terms of effects, I say the usage here are from moderate to heavy, and certainly has been one of the more labour intensive and long videos I've made in recent times. At the same time though, I made the usage of effects as subtle as I can because I wanted the focus to be more on the action and characters that the anime is so rich with. To an extent, I ran a little away from the actual story of Vampire Hunter D, making it a bit hazy in the middle of the AMV what exactly the story is about, but as it wraps up, you should be able to connect the dots finally at what it all means...
The music that I used is "Stand My Ground" by Within Temptation, a northeast European band that predates Evanescence. It was only the relative success and falling in love of the world with the orchestra-rock amalgamation that this band went worldwide. And though their music are nowhere near as popular as those of Evanescence, I still find them very much a favourite band to listen to. When I heard Stand My Ground in its original form (the form that I used in this AMV), I just thought to myself, "this is it, this is what I've been looking for".
I'd have to say that it took me longer to actually find the right music and plan everything together than the actual editing, and I didn't even do my usual, write-down-scene-by-scene-what-you-want method of planning. It just flowed eventually when I put the first click, but I suppose that should be expected from the heavy planning.
Stand Your Ground is one of two videos which I have dubbed as my "work horse" AMVs in 2005. What I mean by this is that in terms of competitions around the world, it will be one of two videos which I will most likely be sending off to compete.
This does not say that I don't think my other videos are not good enough to compete, but more I think is the fact that when I made this video early this year, my thoughts were usually focused on pleasing audiences and not entirely myself. This also does not mean that I will not be making other AMVs, but rather those other AMVs' focus will be very different from this one. The other video is still in production stages.
One other notable thing about this video is that it is the first AMV to come under the banner of "amvience studios". This is a new Australian based AMV studio which main aim is to unite and to enrich Australian AMVs and their creators. Officially, it's existance has not been announced yet (today is Saturday, April 9, 2005 AUS-EST). But when it finally goes public, I hope that this AMV will be one of its most celebrated creations.
Enjoy... tell me what you think!