Review - The Wasteland - Otohiko

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Review - The Wasteland - Otohiko

Post by McDirty » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:46 am

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There are very few AMVs that can impact me and this video is certainly one of the few that does that. It's just my personal opinion that's all, but this video is a good experimental vid. It's also a good example of a video that doesn't use complex editing techniques, and instead focuses on the emotional element.

A good element in this vid too is the music. The music has a lot of imagery to it. When put together with footage from Evangelion, the end result is not bad. The first half of the video is pretty haunting. The scenes of destruction in the first half really captures the emotion that's portrayed in the original End of Evangelion film. The second half is very emotional. I don't know what it is about Evangelion, but I remember first watching the series and feeling in some way very connected to the characters. I remember watching this AMV right after watching the movie The End of Evangelion and personally felt that the video captured a lot of the emotion the characters had in the story. It's just my personal opinion, but I think this video has some very good film-editing techniques.

A con in this vid is the length. The AMV is at least 7 mins long. It requires you to be prepared to sit through a long video and you do have watch it in the right environment too. I would say this video is best watched alone and when your in the mood to watch something that's experimental.

I don't know if this video would fair well at the cons and I don't know if it has a good re-watch value. It's certainly not a vid that I watch over and over again. But it is a vid that certainly engages me after a while when I decide to open it up.


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Re: Review - The Wasteland - Otohiko

Post by pink haze » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:25 pm

I enjoyed the mood and internal sync in the first of the three sections of the amv. However, keep in mind that I was reading the comments and the TS Elliot poem and watching the vid at the same time. I would have been fairly bored otherwise. So I think it really helps if you're pondering something while watching this. Perhaps you're expected to be thinking deeply about Eva--I haven't watched much of it, so I'm not able to.

So, this amv poetry reading was an interesting experience; I don't regret doing it. I won't be watching this again, but if someone made a slow, 7-minute amv that legibly incorporated the text of a poem (one they'd written, perhaps? O=), I'd watch that.

1:07 <-- favorite part. I like being surprised.

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Re: Review - The Wasteland - Otohiko

Post by godix » Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:23 pm

Ah, I remember this video. I think it was the first time I ever noted the name 'otohiko'. He's made better videos since this, but when I first saw Wasteland I knew Oto would be one of my favorite editors, and years later he's still one of my favorites for the very things shown in Wasteland. Enough so that years later I actively tried to emulate his style when I tried doing a mood video.

The thing that impressed me the most about this video was that for seven minutes he made me stare at the most godawful boring footage that he could find in Eva, and he kept my interest the entire time. Oto can build up a mood far better than almost anyone else I've seen. His vids just feel like he's telling you a story, even though most of the time he isn't. There's a lot more sync in it than is obvious at first, he rarely went for the in your face shit. The audio as well as the editing style are very different and unique, without being an artistic fag about it.

There were spots in it that made me go "Really? You used that cheap ass effect?" I never did like the stupid boxes floating around for example. There are several other things about it that just kinda scream 'fucking noob' as well, like the god damned moronic transition around 2:00. But those are easily ignored considering the strength of the mood sync.

And that's probably enough oto dicksucking, so I'll shut up now.

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Re: Review - The Wasteland - Otohiko

Post by Knowname » Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:42 pm

ok I don't see that and all I see is the 'fucking noob' part lol. But oh well :P

I am SO sick of thinking about Eva that... I just don't heh. Quite possibly those who have been exposed to Eva since the 20th century might think in the same direction... but than again I'm deffinitely not typical :P
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