- Member: E-Ko
- Studio: Manic Expressions
- Title: Tainted Donuts
- Premiered: 2001-07-06
- Shakkazombie Siroi Yami No Naka (Kimidori Break Version)
- Anime Expo 2001, Anime Expo 2001 (2001-07-05)
Tainted Donuts (TD) appeared in the comedy catagory at AX 2001.
TD attepts to create a crossover between Cowboy Bebop and Trigun. Needless to say, this one was a joyful pain to edit. For better or worse, I ended up using quite a few digital effects to bridge gaps. Tools used included Adobe premier (for editing), Adobe photoshop 5.1 LE (for adding and removing objects/people from scenes using alpha channel), and Adobe After Effects (for constructing computer displays, crude animations, and adding and removing objects/people from scenes using masking).
The video is essentially a Cowboy Bebop video featuring Trigun characters - the cast of Cowboy Bebop attentps to catch Vash the Stampede for the 60,000,000,000 double dollar/woulong/? reward.
The idea for the video materialized after watching a friend cosplay as Wolfwood (the priest from Trigun). For his act, he did a lip synch of Jules' Ezekial 25:17 dialog from Pulp Fiction. While watching the cosplay, I thought that the song Misirlou (by Dick Dale and his Del-tones, featured in Pulp Fiction) would go well with Trigun footage. Then I thought that it would also go well with Cowboy Bebop footage. Then I thought that it would go well with both Trigun and Cowboy Bebop footage together. The idea of a Cowboy Bebop/Trigun crossover video bounced around in my head for about a year before I began working on it. During that time, I decided that Misirlou was too short and fast for the video.
I chose to use the song Siroi Yami No Naka by Shakkazombie for several reasons. First, it's in Japanese. Since I don't speak Japanese, it gave me an excuse to ignore the lyrics and make up my own story. The song also features two male vocalists, which allowed me to create a dialog between Spike and Jet. By casting one vocalist as Jet and the other as Spike, the video tells the story from their point of view. Unfortunately, I don't follow these conventions for the duration of the video (had to include some action). The video may suffer from this inconsistancy.
After watching it at AX, I decided that it still needs a bit of work -some of the special effects (or defects, were a bit sloppy) were a bit sloppy (especially where a series of photoshop images were used in place of video - different pixel aspect ratios?), the continuity is a bit off (white coat Vash, Vash not using his gun arm after losing his hand gun), and the timing could be tighter. Placing masks around interlaced footage also lead to some technical flaws (especially obvious at the end of the 320 X 240 version).
I plan working on it more in the future (maybe in a year or two or three or four or when I'm 60 years old, retired, and have nothing else to do aside from pissing myself). For now, I'm leaving it alone and doing new stuff and obligations (more obligations than new stuff).
At the request of several people, I uploaded the video onto the org. There's nothing new in it.