- Member: Kai Stromler
- Studio: Shin Hatsubai/Kuroi Kenshi
- Title: kill me ce noir
- Premiered: 2001-09-11
- Iron Maiden Kill Me Ce Soir (cover)
In theory, this (Shin Hatsubai video #17) was an excellent idea, and when I could get my goddamn gear to work, it was actually fun. However, due to the need of working from converted Rat Bastard Lossy Diseased DivX Files (TM), the actual clip-chopping and assembly of the video was like pulling teeth with nail clippers. Due to long TMPEG render times, this is the most time-intensive video I had ever done. Some of the pixellation and picture damage actually turns into some neat effects, but most of it just makes the picture look bad. Still, there is a good video in this trying desperately to escape; I should have waited for a real release instead of trying to get first by using digisubs. As far as I know, this is the first AMV made to Noir, though someone certainly may have gotten in before me. In terms of source volume this was ridiculous, even with as damaged as the source files were. Hails and thanks to my bro Jake for capturing the song for me using his trailing-edge mastery hack.
I can't believe I was actually able to make this video, let alone make it as good as it turned out to be. If I was doing this over, I'd letterbox-resize all the video with Virtual Dub, strip out the audio to avoid the pixellation crap, and use the rough-draft technique. A good vid held back by technical inexperience.
Shin Hats Self-Grade: B-. This video came out too long, I got lost midway through (as seen from two re-used clips -- complete accident), and coordinating source was an absolute nightmare (see above). It's a miracle that it's as good as it is.
Stats: #clips: 114. avg. length: 3.25 sec. total time: 65 hours.
About the music: "Kill Me (Ce Soir)" is originally by Golden Earring, but was covered by Iron Maiden as a double-B-side to "Holy Smoke", the first single from their 1990 album No Prayer For The Dying. It is included on the first run of Maiden reissues put out by Castle Media, and for this video was captured from cassette tape.
This video was finally released for general online consumption as part of the SH Remasters Project; the video itself doesn't improve via the remastering process, and there is still a lot of bad artifacting as a result of the lack of technical skill at the time of its production, but I was finally able to achieve a good balance of "reasonable screen size", "accurate audio", "normal filesize", and "picture isn't more fucked up than necessary". Any quality or lack thereof is inherent in the video as edited rather than in the choices made producing the distribution copy. There are some more notes about the production process as relating to SH chronology here.