- Member: Lostboy
- Title: Man's Road
- Premiered: 2000-10-06
- America Man's Road
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- Anime Weekend Atlanta 6, 2000
.... Professional Awards: Best Director
- Mac G4
- JVC HR-S3600U SVHS VCR
- Sony Media Converter
Final Cut Pro 1.2
Tsunami MPEG Encoder (TMPGEnc)
The inspiration for this one was strange. I'd never seen Grave of the Fireflies. I was struggling for weeks trying to come up with an original video idea, and the radio was playing the same top-40 garbage every day. Finally, in desperation, I stopped listening to music and turned inward instead. I would drive home in silence. humming old tunes to myself from old movies and stuff I hadn't seen or heard in a long time. It didn't take long for me to hit upon The Last Unicorn. When I thought of Man's Road, it immediately brought to mind scenes I had seen in other Grave of the Fireflies music videos. Knowing it was about starving WWII orphans, with lyrics like 'it waits in silence for the sky to explode' and 'I'm hungry, weary, but I cannot lay me down', I knew I had something. I picked up the video at Blockbuster on the way home, and 3 hours later my decision was made.
This was the first video my sister had input into, by the way. It contains one shot which was her idea: when the lyrics say "the stars fade," you see a shot of a firefly's light fading. She suggested that shot to me. She was so proud of seeing her idea on the big screen at the con, she's been making more and more suggestions in the last year. Now she wants to make her own video. It's an addictive drug, this video-making thing.
I'm particularly proud of the opening titles by the way. Those red fireflies were made with Photoshop. I just dotted the canvas with some red airbrush dots, then used keyframes in FCP to animate them around the titles.
This is my most sad and serious video. And yes, I shed a few tears making it. If I hadn't, then I wouldn't have really been doing my job right, would I?