- Member: Infinity Squared
- Studio: amvience studios
- Title: Look To The Stars
- Premiered: 2005-05-21
- Train When I Look To The Sky
- Animethon 2005, Animethon 2005 (2005-08-06)
- Anime Weekend Atlanta 11, AWA 2005 AMV *EXPOSITION* (2005-09-23)
Ok, I know this is going to be one of the first thing people will want to know after having seen this video so I’ll answer it here now. The hiragana that appears in the end, 「ここにいるよ」 means “I am here”. It’s the final line in the anime, Voices of a Distant Star, from which of course this video was made. I just thought it was fitting to end it here just like the anime because the music themes and the anime, I believe, have very similar feel to them.
This video is one of the more powerful videos that I have made, and one which I personally keep close to heart no matter anyone’s opinion. It’s the second of two “work horse” AMVs that I have planned for this year. Basically, they are my showpieces that I will use in terms of AMV competitions and screenings throughout this year. Of course I’ll still continue making AMVs and invest just as much effort on them, but those other video ideas I have are going to be made just for the sake of me needing to make them.
Now for a description on the AMV itself; this video relies heavily on expressing the final line and indeed the main theme of Voices of a Distant Star. It’s a journey of two lovers travelling different paths with their hearts always linked together. Their only way to ensure that the other still exists is by phone text messaging and you will see throughout the video that I have used this extensively.
The music is “When I look at the sky” by Train. My usual method of choosing what to make next in terms of videos has always been pick the music and then see what anime fits that. But this time, I found myself needing to make a Voices of a Distant Star video but it wasn’t till a moment of random luck that I stumbled upon this music and realised that it just clicked.
There’s plenty of effects to speak about here, but just like my other video, Stand Your Ground, I wanted them to be subtle enough to not stifle the actual feel of the video from the start. The biggest difference between this video and Stand Your Ground though is that the effects were more extravagant and the beat syncing wasn’t always going to be delivered when you expected them. This also led to it taking longer to complete and also because of production delays due to unforseen events in my life at that time.
Anyway, I love this video to bits and always leaves me with a tingly feeling in the inside afterwards. I hope it has the same effect for you, and please leave an opinion if you like.