serDouglass wrote:I can't believe I'm remembered at _all_ much less being categorized as malingering amongst the 'influential,' much less within light years of anyone called 'best.'
Well, this is only my list. And it might just mean "influential" to me. The reason I consider it "influential," is because of the width of distribution it had at the time (it was quite easily obtained on WinMX, Kazaa, Limewire, etc), and because it really was an early example of the shift from "random clips of anime to music" to something which was clearly concerned with lyric sync and emotional manipulation in order to issue commentary about the characters. Primarily, Utena, although you have some excellent communication about Dios, young Anthy, and others as well.
Does it betray your own inexperience? Yes. Much as my own work of the same time period does, but clearly, your early work is better than mine. Ohtori Blues has an inconsistency in flow and a problematic amount of lip flap. But again, that is because it is clearly emblematic of the transition I mentioned above, from a much less structured concept of AMVs to our modern sense of character sketches/storytelling. Were you clearly limited by technology and source material? Again, yes. But that's hardly your fault.
Ohtori Blues is a snapshot of where AMVs were at that time, much like others on this list. And that's why I include it. Its historical value, to me at least, is undeniable.
I'd always planned to go back and redo it once the entire Utena TV series was available on DVD, and I acquired and learned the ins and outs of Premiere... well, we've seen how that worked out! If you're interested enough to check out the Rose And Release videos, it's an interesting examination in how much difference a more capable editing suite can make. Like being able to see the audio wave forms to sync up action and audio instead of winging it by ear.
It's long been on my own list of "one day, I'd love to remaster this" since there are now remastered sources for Utena. Given the high quality of the remasters, you might well consider remastering most of the shots, but addressing the "tightening" needs for a director's cut of sorts.
It's certainly been a trip down memory lane, and I'm both flattered and immensely _humbled_ to even be mentioned in the same thread, much less post as luminaries like Caldwell, Kusoyaro, VicBond007, Quu... it makes me want to say, 'oh, you're thinking of that OTHER Itinerant Press... y'know, the GOOD one.'
You're much too modest.