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Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by Dext3r » Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:48 am

Has it really been 20 years already? I cannot believe how quickly time passes when you're stuck at home and have nothing to do but watch BioticAMVs' amazing videos over and over again. But those of us who entered Pro are going to have at least a few videos to review to stave off that addicting hobby at least until c0ck 2 shows up again in our recommended videos. Anywho, to those new, this is the obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews! Here we give our opinions of the pro videos and have a little fun in the days leading up to the announcement of the winners.

The rules are simple:

1. Do not out someone/yourself if you know who made the video (Some of us want to stay in the dark on who made what)
2. Write a review for each video.
3. It can be serious or satire, it doesn't matter.
4. Don't take the reviews seriously, the person who reviewed the video is probably trolling (except for me because I take everything seriously)

Also, The PRO contest requires that videos have to premiere at their contest first before another con or being released online. A lot of people spend time making sure that all the videos haven't been released to other cons or on the internet first. Reporting videos like that does not belong here. That kind of outing is not what this thread is about. If you find one, just e-mail Mr. Pilkington with the video info and where you found it online. It'll get handled by them. The point of these reviews is to share our thoughts, let others see what people said about their video. (good or bad, and believe me I've wanted to cry because of some reviewers :P ) Try and be creative with your reviews to win the coveted "self-proclaimed winner of the thread" award. But most of all, have fun with your review.

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Post by Rider4Z » Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:04 am

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Post by The Lazy Daze » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:56 pm

Awa Pro 2020 Reviews: Did it make Daze cry edition (Cause apparently y’all are trying to kill me)


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A Christmas Carol

Cry: You made me watch a Christmas video in November….What do you think glares

I gotta say I thought that the ending was really good (especially the money bits and the grave stone zoom), and I liked how it was starting but the speed ups and middle didn’t hit quite as much as I would’ve liked. But man if I didn’t “OOOOOOH FUCK” when the song shifted to a more rock version while it showed the ghosts! So really...you won by making me partake in Christmas before Thanksgiving XD HOWEVER THAT BEING SAID I really loved that it kept with the story of the Christmas carol and wasn’t just “THIS IS SNOW AND PRESENTS!!” (not that I dislike those amvs but this made for a nice change).

A Servants Fate

Cry: IF YOU CRY THEN THERE WILL BE TEARS

YUUUUUUUUSSS!!!! The cuts felt a little rough sometimes but DAMN IF I DIDN’T THINK THIS WAS COOL!!! Just my kind of jam. LOVED it when the weapons hitting each other would sync up with the music! Loved the action in it and the overall style of how it was edited!

Awaken

Cry: Shit. That was good.

That was hella moving. I’m not over how PERFECT the syncing was for…..everything. The emotions were high. The action was high. The song choice and the movie was an awesome combination. I just...wow….I had my mouth open by the end of it and my hand clenching my chest. That was phenomenal. Just wow. Damn. I need to rewatch the movie now….and this video….geez.

Bad Guy

Cry: Thank fucking finally not!

Now this is what I call a feel good pumping action video! My major complaint is that the pov seemed to suddenly shift part way. But even though I haven’t seen this movie I felt like I could still follow along with what was happening and felt invested in the chase! Well done! (but also I needed a nice fun reprieve from crying city so thank yoooooou~)

Bad Piece

Cry: XD YES OMG OUT OF FUCKING DELIGHT

I…..I wasn’t….I wasn’t ready...I…..wow….I literally clapped….I can’t...I can’t breathe…..wow….you even used the fake crew…..omg…..ok…..yah….beautiful. The ending….I….can’t…..XD I need to absorb this….or maybe expel it….I’m genuinely not sure which. If this doesn’t get an occult following or something I’ll be so sad….to (bad) pieces.

Battlefield

Cry: I cry cause nightcore

I don’t even know with this one LOL. I’ll get the big things out of the way: I’m a bit sad that the video quality seemed to be a bit low, the sync was off in places, but the real atrocity of it all is that….you used a nightcore remix of the song sobs. My thought process while watching this was “OH! A Gmv!!….Destiny 2? LMAO…..OOOOOH MEET ME ON THE BATTLEFIELD…..wtf……”. AND YET EVEN WITH THAT HORROR YOU STILL SOMEHOW MADE ME FEEL (anger). It was fun to see such an unexpected source though and watching a battle take place with this song was definitely satisfying! It got my adrenaline going too so that’s a win?

BIG WIN

Cry: There can be no tears if your face was replaced by smiles. There are no eyes. Only smiles and laughter now.

OMG THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS. BIG WIN IN MY HEART!! (I’m still laughing from this several minutes after watching it I’ll have you know). Damn that was fun.

Bitter Lamentations

Cry: Just let me sit here in my misery. Damn.

“Mmmm love me some Gmvs” was my first thought going in. “I hate country” was my second…..my last thought was that I low-key hated you for doing this to me. I’ve never played this game, and I don’t really know much about it but this video pulled me in, sucked up my heart, and threw me out. It started off incredibly heartwarming….like sure there was rough times they had but for the most part there was fun and love and happiness….which made the ending hurt so much worse….and to rub salt into the wound you showed echoes of the past happiness while showing how much she changed cause of the hurt and trauma she experienced. Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you. T^T


Boy vs. Brain

Cry: I was gonna say that I was too distracted by the high quality to cry….but then I did cry.

Fuck. Damn. Shit. Wow. I….I’ve never seen Steven Universe but wow….that made me feel...the scene selection...the sync...the theme….just...wow….all of it was so spot on and incredibly moving. I went into it thinking “Oooh, the thumbnail is a fun pink!” and I left it grasping my chest while saying “fuck”. I don’t think I remember how to breathe, but then again who needs air when this exists?

Can Anybody Hear Me

Cry: He just wanted to make a real friend ok T^T

I wasn’t expecting to see a simple plan mv in 2020 and I wasn’t expecting a sonic mv in pro (though really I should’ve) but I really wasn’t expecting a simple plan sonic mv. Either way though it sucked me in pretty quickly (gotta go fast and all that). I thought it had a nice mix of action and emotional pull. The times you chose to show sonic “powering up” of sorts and how it synced with the music was stellar and I found myself looking forward to it each time it popped up! The sonic movie surprised me and this mv surprised me too! Good work :)

Dance

Cry: Do goosebumps and feet tapping count as tears?

That beginning is such a mood. I adored this. I absolutely loved that you didn’t go the usual route of anime j-pop dancing for this but had more of a focus on ballroom dancing. I had so much fun watching this and wondering “What’s going to come next?” and “How on earth did you find so many not commonly used dancing scenes?”. It was refreshing to say the least. I wanna dance now.

Dissociate

Cry: I have no more emotions left for tears now

This broke me. I thought this was a really powerful and intense amv. I really appreciated the warning at the beginning and thought it was incorporated well without ruining the amv. But damn….the image at the end and the length of it was…...perfect. I just can’t. I felt this amv down to my core and I hate it while loving it at the same time. I had to just sit in silence for an hour after watching it to process things…….just wow.

Do you know what’s going on

Cry: too soon

Omg, this needs to be broadcasted to the whole world…..maybe then people will actually pay attention. This was such a clever way to work with this source though….and very befitting. I’m definitely impressed!! Way to be sassy and unique! It told a story while also sending out a message for sure!

Dysphoria

Cry: No but fuck if it didn’t give me chills and make me giddy

Damn, I’m not over how creative this is and how much work must’ve taken to get all that writing done like that. This is one of those amvs were you sit back and think “Damn, I wish I could be the one to say I made that”. I absolutely love that there’s a hidden message that can be found in this. Excellent way to not only make a trippy amv but to also have it mean something too!!! Bravo!! But still...the part where the girl is in the bed is UUGGGHHHNNN. I can’t...I just love all of it. There isn’t a single wasted scene and everything works together to make the next scene better.

Esoterra

Cry:….maybe…… >.> I might’ve….

IT WAS REALLY PRETTY, OK?! I WAS MOVED, OK?! This amv was like a nice pretty hug that wraps you up and makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger and then sad when you realize you aren’t LOL. But seriously, if portals to other dimensions existed it would be this amv.

F Society

Cry: Oh gosh….the cement/dirt bit….crying and nauseous yo. Yikes. Not emotionally ready for that bit.

This video was jarring but in the good kind of way. Definitely felt the “f society” vibes coming from this one. I thought that the cuts and style of how you edited it was pretty creative and worked well with the feelings and atmosphere you seemed to be trying to get across. Well done with a cool take! (Even if I am forever scarred by the cement scene or whatever it was).

Fever Dream

Cry: Does “OOOOOOH”ing count?

YES! LOVE IT!! I thought this was a lot of fun and creative and beautiful! There are a couple instances where I’m not sure if something was out of sync or not but it pulled me in regardless! I just love. I thought that the music and visuals matched up nicely, and it warmed my heart. Also….that ending though LMAO. It was trippy and wonderful and I definitely rewatched it a bunch. It made me feel very inspired!

Four-Footed Family

Cry: Too cute to compute!!! quickly mops up the tear puddle I’M NOT CRYING! YOU’RE CRYING!

Omg, that was too wholesome! I loved that it was instrumental…..and I wanted to pet that cat so bad that I reached over and pet my own cat. You got a single snort out of me too (Were they vacuuming the cat??). If someone wanted to know why I love cats so much I would show them this.

friend.exe

Cry: Why need tears when you can have fears?

LOVED the second half of this especially!! I’ll admit I was a bit lost in the beginning but I think that added to the pull of the second half. Not to mention that I feel like that was kind of the point. But holy moly this was atmospheric and dark! Big fan of that! The visuals matched with the feeling of the song really well too!

Going Home

Cry: Man…..I don’t know who cried more….me or the characters in this amv….

Shit I wish I saved this one for last to watch instead of second to last….that would’ve been a perfect ending. I have no words….that’s a lie. I have too many words, I just don’t know how to say them. Fuck. I have never seen this show before but this amv made me feel like I had. Every aspect oozed feeling out of it. Some fun, some happy, sad, bittersweet, loving, anger, defeat, confidence, struggling, accomplishment. It had all of it without feeling crammed in or like they were competing with one another. This was just….it was a lonely hug that left me empty and full at the same time. Damn.

Heartdance

Cry: I feel water on my cheek but I’m not admitting to anything

Whelp. Yep. Suitable name…...My heart...is definitely dancing (on a puddle of sadness and bittersweet tears...did I say tears? I plead the 5th). Shiiiit. That moved me. Loved the scene selection and the emotions captured pulled me in. Gosh, I need to go watch all the movies now…..excuse me…...

Hellsing Eternal

Cry: The wonderful sync did me in (don’t judge me)

HOLY FUCK!!! If I didn’t know any better I would’ve thought that was the actual trailer!!! Those explosion syncs were just FIRE (heh get it?) But also the scene selection helped a TON with keeping up the dramatic energy! Excellent work!

Hurricane

Cry: Omg

First off: FUCK YAH AN MMV!!!! (sort of)
Second off: I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NAME OF THIS SINCE FOREVER SO THANK YOU!!!!! omg
I...I’m at a loss for words…..this was so beautiful and sad and wow. Gosh, especially the part where her hand started to change and you showed the parallel between that and the monster’s hand and the sugar soaking the tea up like how the hand was being absorbed…...damn that was….that was lovely and just...I can’t. I absolutely love how seamlessly the manga and animation are used interchangeably without subtracting from the emotions at all too. There was a part in the middle when I thought it was ending and I thought “Oh no, don’t end yet. You can’t end yet.” AND BOY WAS I HAPPY THAT IT DIDN’T END THERE. It was just….too beautiful and moving for words.

I’m (Not) Myself

Cry: There was dead pet fish :(

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Perfect Blue amv that didn’t look “smart” but this one took the cake. I was gonna list the parts that made me feel “Oh shit, yes! This is good editing!” but there were too many…..but the smile as she was running down the stairwell and the photo shoot bit where she smiles at the end were some favorites. Also loved the call back flickers to her dancing throughout the amv! I’m pretty sure I had a permanently distressed face while watching it though cause my spouse came over to make sure I was ok and to take a peak at what I was watching LOL

Infinite Youth

Cry: crying intensifies

SLEEPING AT LAST!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!! Damn you for making something so cute and moving. Fuck. The audio quality felt a little tinny to me, but I was so captivated by the story and emotions of the amv that I didn’t even notice half the time. I was swept away with this one and unconsciously started cheering for Charlie Brown (The part with the kite made me fall apart I swear). I also like how you incorporated the different perspectives of Snoopy and Charlie! My mouth was left hanging open at the end of it (throughout all of it, let’s be real).

Iron Bond

Cry: I thought it was gonna be a dog amv cause of the thumbnail and I was so glad it wasn’t.

Gosh, the part where Al was staring at the mirror and then when he sacrificed himself during the “kept me alive” hurt me deeply. It had a nice dash of fun mixed in with the dramatic moments...and although the action bits seemed to be a little random at times, the more emotionally intense parts really hit me.

Iron Resolve

Cry: Zuko’s character growth is overwhelmingly good. It’s impossible not to.

Zuko is best boi (right after Iroh that is). Mmmm, love me some good voice overlays! Very excellent character profile! And I thought that the color corrections added were a nice touch. The part where you had his unscarred face fade into the scarred one really stood out to me. Fucking loved that.

Language

Cry: If you count the wet goops coming out of my nose while I snorted in laughter tears then….fuck yah

Me while watching this: “omg…….omg…….omg…...omg…...omg…...omg…..omg…..omg….omg….” Wow. It was an experience that’s for sure. There were some occasions when the sync felt a little off but for the most part it was so spot on that I got a giddy shiver. Also the explosions at the end were CHOICE! I love this. I love that you thought of this. I love that I watched this.

Legends Never Die

Cry: If smiles were tears then I’d have an ocean

GOSH THIS WAS SUCH A MOOD. This spoke to my soul. It was a lot of fun while also being really chill and I didn’t know how much I needed this amv until I saw it. Thank you for giving me an emotional restart <3

Million Miles Away

Cry: I can’t decide if these are happy, sad, or bittersweet tears

My only complaint is that sometimes the scenes seemed to skip across while panning in a jagged way. However, looking past that was a very heartfelt, cute, and a bit sad amv. The atmosphere was spot on for the lonely and longing feelings the characters seemed to have for each other. It didn’t just show them being lonely it made me feel the loneliness. So excellent work there!!

MöbiusTrip

Cry: My brain did...and I might’ve cried when the planet did…..>.>

The subtle sync in this blows my mind as does the psychedelic nature of it. But also the overall lyric sync was a lot of fun. I couldn’t help but start rooting for the character as he went on his strange adventure! But yah, some parts that I absolutely loved were when the horse whipped its tail around, the bit with the giant mushroom, and the water droplet falling on the rose. I ended up watching this twice, and I loved it even more the second time around :)

My Crew

Cry: Fuck you

I can’t. This was beautiful. You had no right. The bit where it shows the butt took me out a bit but it’s ok cause I needed the laugh to help me feel again after this destroyed me. Very sentimental!!! I was angry that it made me feel. I didn’t consent to these emotions.

one trick pony

Cry: yes….BUT FROM LAUGHTER!!

About half of the jokes went over my head but the ones that I got sent me roaring! So much sass. Love it. I needed this after ALL THE OTHER AMVS HURT ME AND MY HEART!!!

Painful

Cry: Out of confusion XD

That was painful to watch…..heh. But in all seriousness, I thought that was a really unique take on an amv….like stop motion but not quite. The fly bit at the end got me laughing though XD
Edit: Sooooooooo, I watched a corrupt version the first time......and uh....it wasn't a slideshow LMAO....SO THE REAL REVIEW BEGINS HERE!!! I thought that it had a lot of fun internal sync. The momentum never dropped and kept my attention the entire way through and I appreciated the variety of action scenes instead of the "use the same fight scene for the whole amv" that I've been seeing a lot of lately. Very well edited action amv! I still love the fly part at the end though lol

Rallyy

Cry: No cause I was too busy being enraptured

Maaaaaaaaan, that sync though!!! It was perfect! Especially the gun parts! I also loved the split scene look you had going on in the beginning! My only complaint was because the lip sync was so spot on it felt a bit odd when you had some scenes at the end of them talking when there wasn’t a voice over. But overall I thought this was great, and I was really impressed.

The Great Gatsby

Cry: I finally smiled T^T We’re talking hands under chin smiled

This combination was perfection. The lip sync was spot on except for maybe 1 or 2 places and the choices of voice to character was FIRE!!!! I love Baccano and I felt that this captured the over all atmosphere very nicely. Also the bit towards the end when Firo backhanded the guy…..that sync was beautiful (insert heart eyes here LOL). Great job!

This is Trash

Cry: This is Trash

This is Trash

Too Many Editors

Cry: Too many tears

TOHRU!!!!! Loved this shout out for editors!!! Great picks for the editors with a…..dash of fun (heh). It brought a smile to my face with how spot on it all was :) I’m still not over the nosebleed and sniffle part though LMAO. This was such a fun idea!

totally a legit video

Cry: XD

I have no words. (This is totally a legit review, right?)
Edit: I had a dream about it so you've won this time.....

Two For Tragedy

Cry: Fuck. Good thing I can type without looking cause I ain’t seeing past these tears anytime soon

I SHIP THEM. I DON’T CARE. I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS SHOW. I’VE NEVER HAD AN INTEREST IN IT BEFORE. BUT FUCK ME I DO NOW. THEY HAVE WON MY HEART AND MADE ME CRY. I just…..I need to process this. I feel like I’ve won something and lost something from this amv. How dare you get me invested and then rip my heart out like that??? YOU HAD NO RIGHT!!!! SOB (BUT ALSO NIGHTWISH!!!!!!!)

Unbound

Cry: It was so beautiful that I fainted….literally (for reals) No joke.

That beginning was hook line and sinker with the fish being my heart. I loved the chaos of battle portrayed in this as well as the emotional repercussions of war being shown in-between it all. The ocean scenes and the syncing of weapons hitting each other...the use of the scenery….just all of it was amazing. I’ve never seen Vinland before but damn I’m more inclined to now!

Une Prière

Cry: Yes! And snorted too…..

Oh man, I might be a little biased since Fruits Basket is my favorite anime…..but I loved this combination!! I thought it had a nice mix of humor and feels which honestly is fruits basket in a nutshell. I lost it when Shigure and Ayame showed up for their “solo’s”, and I absolutely loved what you did when a bunch of people were singing at once. I thought that having all the zodiacs up in boxes was a creative take on it! There were a couple instances of lip flap but it’s ok cause it’s not like I could see them beyond my tears much anyways LOL. BUT ALSO I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO FIND AN OLD AMV I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL YEAR CAUSE OF THIS SO THANK YOU!!!! <3

Utena Vu

Cry: No tears here only foot bops

I snorted so hard once the music started XD I don’t know what it is about these kinds of amvs that make me love them, but I do. It was an almost 5 min long amv about a car race and I wasn’t bored for even a moment. I thought that you did a good job with keeping an almost experimental atmosphere about it that I loved. Honestly the song gave me whiplash that warmed my heart…..or maybe you could say it gave me…..deja vu….heh (sorry). My only complaint is that the ending felt a bit sudden and I literally said out loud “Aw, it ended just like that?”. But otherwise it was a bop of an amv ;)

Watch the Sky

Cry: YOUR JOKE AMV ABOUT BIRDS MADE ME CRY I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY (don’t ask if it was cause I was moved or thought it was funny….cause it was both)

Omg, I loved that more than I should. It was weird and cute and cool and unique and catchy and fun and addictive and chill and funny…….how the actual fuck. Why the actual fuck. What the actual fuck. Ok but also I loved what you did as an effect to make all the sources have the same look!!! It was really really pretty!! Gosh, what a video.

What We Mean When We Say We'd Give Up Everything

Cry: I was happy and then I was sad

This was a ton of fun to watch! It had a lighthearted feel to it while still having its fair share of tension. The flow was wonderful, the sync was so satisfying, and the scene selection couldn’t have been better in my opinion! I might’ve watched this last but it certainly isn’t least!

Yes I know I’m a Wolf

Cry: My heart cried since my eyes were too focused on the amv

Man, the ending especially stood out to me in this one. Loved what you did with the hands and then how it faded away. The whole thing was super emotionally driven, and I love how you matched the energy of the song with the anime. It emotionally meshed amazingly the whole way through. I got so wrapped up in it that it took me a while to realize it was over and then I started it over again LOL. There was a subtle intensity about it that I really appreciated! Loved it!!

Your Hand in Mine

Cry: THE SONG TOLD ME NOT TO WEEP AND I’M TRYING MAN. I’M TRYING.

My goodness that was so precious!!! It was really festive in a way and heartfelt! And I am absolutely in LOVE with how you transitioned between the scenes!! Gosh, it was so fucking seamless….also all the subtle internal sync in it was just mmmmm chef’s kiss. I want to cry so bad…..but I can’t…..gotta hold it in for the song…..It did something to me and I don’t know how I feel about being so happy and sad and satisfied at the same time. It was just so wonderful <3


Excuse me while I go mend my broken heart after y’all destroyed it...
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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by BleachShippu5678 » Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:22 pm

So here's my reviews! They're really short and to the point because I'm bad at explaining myself. This year's entries were really good and I'm happy I could be involved!
Spoiler :
AWA Pro 2020 Reviews:
Regular Videos:

A Christmas Eve Carol: Felt a bit odd to watch a Christmas video in November, but it’s not bad. I think it’s a good idea that was executed well.
A Servant’s Fate: You really need to have those hard zooms stop a little softer. It makes the flow choppy and takes you out of the moment for a second. Other wise a really good video. 1:50 to 2:22 was especially good
Awaken: This is a good video. I liked the buildup.
Bad Guy: Not really my type of song, but a good video nonetheless. It flows well and works for what it is.
Bad Piece: You won this competition by a lot. Amazing video.
Battlefield: I really don’t know what to feel about this one. The nightcore, looped clips, and trailer credits really took me out of it.
BIG WIN: This video is a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it
Bitter Lamentations: Was not expecting a country song, but I enjoyed the video a lot.
Boy Vs. Brain: I loved the lyric sync and flow of this video. It’s really nice
Can Anybody Hear Me: The most emotional video I’ve ever seen. A true 10/10
Dance: This video is really simple but it’s fun and nice. I think it’s what we need right now in 2020.
Do You Know What’s Going On?: I tend to forget that TWD exists. It’s a really well put together video. I really like the idea of it.
Dysphoria: Did you mean “Existential dread the video”? This was really damn good. And it got to me in the best way.
Esoterra: This video is great. It flows well and really brings everything to life
F Society: This video feels too familiar thanks to 2020 lmao. Good job though. Really well done
Fever Dream: Excellent flow and use of source material. I loved this video.
Four-Footed Family: This was just nice and feel good. I absolutely adored it.
Friend.exe: This is the first serial Experiments Lain video I’ve seen, and it’s really good. Good job with this.
Going Home: I feel like I should probably watch Steven Universe now. I really enjoyed this video. The flow was nice and it just feels nice to watch.
Heartdance: I really loved this one. It’s beautiful and I was smiling the whole time.
Hellsing Eternal: I didn’t expect this to fit that well with the trailer. Good job
Hurricane: This is really nice. I need to read this cause it looks really good.
Infinite Youth: Oh this just made me so happy. This is just really feel good and I loved it a lot.
Iron Bond: I feel like you could improve on the flow, but I really like the idea. I think it’s really clever and has a whole lot of potential.
Iron Resolve: This video is really good and I loved what you did with the colors. I think you did Zuko justice in this.
Language: This was gorgeous. I absolutely loved this.
Legends Never Die: I haven’t a clue what’s going on here, but I’ll act like I do.
Million Miles Away: I feel like the video quality could be better, but it’s a nice video.
Mobius Trip: I feel like I’m having an acid trip, but I’m pretty sure that was the idea. So uh… Good job?
My Crew: Solid video. It was nice to watch and I like the idea.
One Trick Pony: The idea of this really made me laugh. And the collage of everyone asking about deadline made me lose it. Good shit
Painful: This video is just a fun time
Rally: Really good trailer
The Great Gatsby: This was really great. Makes me wanna go watch Baccano
This is Trash: And so am I
Too many editors: I’m just glad I was invited to the party
Totally a Legit Video: 10/10 Song choice
Unbound: An absolutely fantastic video
Une Priere: I don’t really know enough about Fruits Basket to really understand it, but it’s a really nice video.
Utena Vu: Oh this is a VIBE right here
Watch The Sky: All I really have to say is that this was pretty
What We Mean When We Say We’d Give Up Everything: This is really nice. The flow is great and the visuals compliment it an insane amount.
Yes, I Know I’m A Wolf: Could stand to be shorter, but it’s a really good idea that’s executed really well
Your Hand In Mine: This was super fun and feel good and I loved the look of it.

Mature Videos:

Dissociate: The FX used are really good and this was really well done. Amazing job.
I’m (Not) Myself: This was well put together and a joy to watch. Good job
Two For Tragedy: Really well done, and I love the focus you put on Griffith. Though I do think it can be shorter and still just as impactful.

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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by MinetChan » Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:50 pm

Here are my reviews!

I decided to be silly and use kaomojis (Japanese emoticons) to depict each of the videos and my impressions of them. Some of these kaomojis depict my feelings watching the videos and others simply reflect the video and it's concept/mood. If any of you would like further clarification on what your kaomoji means, feel free to DM me!

Lastly, thank you all for your hard work. I had such a blast watching these entries! <3
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For those of you having a hard time reading the spreadsheet, here they are written out!

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A Christmas Eve Carol ( ゚∀゚)っ由

A Servant's Fate ╰༼.◕ヮ◕.༽つ¤=[]—— —–[]=¤ԅ༼ ・ 〜 ・ ༽╯

Awaken ✧*。٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*。

Bad Guy ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿̿’̿\̵͇̿̿\З=( ͠° ͟ʖ ͡°)=Ε/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿ ̿

Bad Piece ༼ ༎ຶ ෴ ༎ຶ༽

Battlefield ( ´-ω・)︻┻┳══━一

BIG WIN (ᗒᗜᗕ)

Bitter Lamentations ˚‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥᷄⌓˂̣̣̥᷅ )‧º·˚

Boy vs. Brain (。•́︿•̀。)

Can Anybody Hear Me? ੯”ړ ও=͟͟͞͞=͟͟͞͞=͟͟͞͞=͟͟͞͞=͟͟͞͞=͟͟͞͞

Dance ♪┏(・o・)┛♪

Dissociate ( ⚆ _ ⚆ )

Do You Know What's Going On? ‿︵‿︵‿︵‿︵‿︵‿︵‿ヽ(゜□゜ )ノ︵‿︵‿︵‿︵‿︵‿

Dysphoria (:3 っ)3≡・◦∴*+◦º.+*.•。[][▓▓]

Esoterra(✿ ͡◕ ᴗ◕)つ━━✫・*。

F Society Σ (  Д )ﻌﻌﻌﻌ⊙ ⊙

Fever Dream \(≧▽≦)/

Four-Footed Family ˓˓ก₍⸍⸌̣ʷ̣̫⸍̣⸌₎ค˒˒

friend.exe Σ(・o・;)

Going Home (⁄ ⁄^⁄ᗨ⁄^⁄ ⁄)

Heartdance ♡(*´・ω・)(・ω・`*)♡

Hellsing Eternal Ψ(`▽´)Ψ

Hurricane Σ>―(〃°ω°〃)♡→

I'm (Not) Myself ┗( ●-﹏ `。)づ

Infinite Youth (っ≧ω≦)っ

Iron Bond (⋆◗̑◡◗̑)⸝♡⸜(◖̑◡◖̑⋆)

Iron Resolve ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ

Language ─=≡Σ(([ ⊐•̀⌂•́]⊐

Legends Never Die (´・ω・`)?

Million Miles Away (*´ω`*)

MöbiusTrip (╭ರ_•́)

My Crew 。゚( ゚இ‸இ゚+)゚。

one trick pony ლ(¯ロ¯"ლ)

Painful (o ̄∇ ̄)=◯)`ν゜)・

Rallyy ┌(▀Ĺ̯ ▀-͠ )┐

The Great Gatsby (ᵒ̤̑ ₀̑ ᵒ̤̑)

This is Trash (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Too Many Editors ヾ(゚∀゚○)ツ三ヾ(●゚∀゚)ノ ヾ(゚∀゚○)ツ三ヾ(●゚∀゚)ノ ヾ(゚∀゚○)ツ三ヾ(●゚∀゚)ノ ヾ(゚∀゚○)ツ三ヾ(●゚∀゚)ノ ヾ(゚∀゚○)ツ三ヾ(●゚∀゚)ノ

totally a legit video ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Two For Tragedy ಥ益ಥ

Unbound ( ✧Д✧)

Une Prière ଘ(੭ˊᵕˋ)੭* ੈ✩‧₊˚

Utena Vu ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Watch the Sky ⸜₍๑•⌔•๑ ₎⸝

What We Mean When We Say We'd Give Up Everything w(°o°)w

Yes I Know I'm a Wolf ૮(༎ິཅ༎ິ)ა

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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by Dext3r » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:19 am

Hello all, this is my first attempt at doing this, if my review of yours is short it just means that I didn't connect with it as well as some of the other videos, nothing against your video specifically. This is a mix of timestamp criticism, stream of consciousness thoughts and a few moments where I lost my shit.

Happy face with a knife means I liked it a lot.

Without further ado...
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A Christmas Eve Carol: Like the mood of this one in the beginning. Nice different old-school source. Timing of the hand movement at 1:06 feels off. Cut at 1:18 feels off. The jump cut at 1:48 feels weird - maybe try a cross dissolve instead. I like sense of dread this video gives. Definitely not a video you see every day. Timing on the lightning strike on the grave feels off. Maybe the name needs to come earlier on in the cut there because that feels late. Nice attempt overall.

A Servant's Fate: Reminds me of Demon's Souls. Some of these cuts at the beginning feel off. This is a nice transition technique but it's used a lot throughout the video. I would cut it down a bit to make those cuts more impactful. Around 0:40 in the cuts get slower and that feels off to me. The cut at 0:47 feels off. Same with the zoom out cuts at 0:50. I vibe with this song. I like the way the pacing changes at 1:50 - the video gets better here. I've never seen Fate so I can't connect with this video as much as some people but it works well for action videos.

Awaken: Don't think I've seen a Wonder Woman video before. Nice change from all the Marvel stuff. Cutting is pretty good throughout this one - not much to complain about there. I like the mood of this song. It feels like the pace should pick up more at 2:22 than it does. It's probably a creative choice to stay at this speed of cuts but I personally would've gone for more intensity in the editing. Nice final shot.

Bad Guy:
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BLACK SUPERMAN! Great cutting here. I like the speed ups in the footage to match the song. I haven't seen this movie yet but this video gets me psyched to finally catch up on this series. I'm literally rocking in my chair to the beat of this right now. This feels like it could be shorter though, a bit too long for what I'm getting out of it. Cuts at 2:49 feel like they get too slow. speed of the moving the wire cut is faster than the slow mo cuts and that feels wrong. These are small nitpicks though. This is by far one of my favorite videos so far.

Bad Piece: Is this a parody of Sad Piece? Yup. Yup it definitely is. Oh god what am I listening to. What the fuck is that face? This is not a drama this is a comedy have to re-categorize. WHY IS THAT DOG EATING THAT WOMAN'S FACE? I am uncomfortable right now. Stop looking at me. WHAT IS HAPPENING? I have no technical critique for this video. I'm so lost. What the fuck was that? I'm moving onto the next video.

Battlefield: Quality here is sketchy. Use of the bungie logo is meh. I haven't played Destiny FYI. Not a fan of the cuts using the text from the trailer either. 3:04 jump cuts feel wrong. This feels like a beginner's effort. Cut at 3:10 feels off. Not a huge fan of this one overall.

BIG WIN: 60fps vid? This is a very clean source. Lots of lip sync. Lip sync timing seems hit or miss. A lot of work went into this. I could never make a video with this much tech. Great timing throughout generally. Definitely an anti-trump video. Curious if this was originally a song or if someone remixed a podcast or something. Hopefully he doesn't stay president somehow.

Bitter Lamentations: Hey it's a Last of Us video! I just finished the 2nd game two days before the videos came out so I can watch this. This video spoils the 2nd game though so that limits who I would advise should watch this. I'm glad this video exists. I don't have as much tech criticism for this video but I might be biased. I need to talk to whoever made this, I was gonna make a video to Death Stranding and I couldn't find a source without a watermark. Did they capture this on their own? Need to know. TLOU1 is old so footage of that around makes sense but TLOU2 is new so who knows. I would not recommend anyone watch this who wants to play these games and hasn't already. That being said it's well made. I like it.

Boy vs. Brain: I have a general distaste for this art style but this song makes it play better for me. The vibe in the first half of the video of existential dread works for me too. I'm not as big of a fan of the 2nd half of the video though. Good effort here but doesn't strike me in the same way some of the other videos do.

Can Anybody hear me: Not the song choice I expected. Harsh single frame cut at 0:49. Random lip flap throughout that seems out of place. There's a lot of it. Seems like the video could be faster paced at certain points. Pacing gets a little better around 2:10. Timing of the cut around 2:14 feels off. The vibe of the video starting around 2:30 works better for me. But man that lip flap really kills it for me.

Dance: Lmao what the fuck is this. Nice intro. Can already tell this is a tech nominee. I like that jump cut zoom out effect. Unique, haven't seen that before. A bit of aspect ratio differentiation here, I would've matched the ratios for continuity (but that's personal choice I guess). Pacing here is really well done. Definitely imagine this took a while to gather all these sources - good effort here. pacing on this scene at 4:00 feels faster than it should be (like the footage is too fast or something). I like this one a lot, though it kinda drags as it goes on. For a video with this type of concept I would cut it in half. especially for a song this repetitive it seems like that'd be pretty easy. Nice ending.

Do you know what's going on:
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Now this is an interesting choice. Didn't expect all these old VHS style effects. Nice bit with the date there at the start to line up with the shutdown. This is clearly about the virus, which is interesting. woah that transition at 0:42? Nice. Masking could be a little better throughout, it's clear that the footage isn't part of the original material there. Interestingly I don't see a single zombie yet. Lol these baseball bat hits. I dig it. This has a really solid thoroughline - easy to follow. Cuts get a little too fast during the climax - that could've been tightened up a bit. I like the dread near the end though. Cool idea overall.

Dysphoria: This reminds me of Control. Cool text effects. I feel like I'm being hypnotized. This is unsettling. Aspects of it feel wrong in a way that works. Big play for tech here. I'd have no idea how to pace a video like this but this person knows exactly what they're doing. Good length too - I'm a fan.

Esoterra:
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Another trippy video! Two in a row, don't see that often. Looks like this is the Ghibli edition. Again, another big play at tech here. There's a lot going on here. This feels like this took a really long time. I am in awe. Ok this definitely isn't just Ghibli but it mostly seems to be Princess Mononoke. That felt like one of the best videos I've seen so far.

F Society: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE! Very fast paced video here. Nice effects around the 45 second mark. I'm into this vibe. It's not quite so literal but it definitely parallels aspects of the Black Lives Matter riots from earlier this year (the death at the beginning, the guy getting a knee pushed into his neck later on). Interesting with the mix of real life footage here and stuff from the original source. This last chunk is pretty intense. Nice final shot. It can be hard to follow at times, you really gotta pay attention to keep up with this one. A lot of lyrical matches throughout that I noticed though, especially the 2nd time around.

Fever Dream: Interesting art style here. Very colorful - definitely stands out. This is well made, not a lot to critique here. Ends suddenly though (like a dream?)

Four-Footed Family:
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This video is SAD. If my dog wasn't asleep in the other room with my fiance I'd be showing this to her right now. Nice and short, didn't drag at all. Tigrin don't watch this video right now. This is a very emotional kitty. Mad kitty. Happy kitty. Confused kitty. Playful kitty. Thirsty kitty. Birthday kitty. Sleepy kitty. Ok I'd better stop.

friend.exe:
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LAIN!!! BILLIE EILISH!!!! You've already won me over. I vibe with this. Nice unsettling bit at 0:54. This is a perfect source/song match. This is one of my favorite videos by far. The last shot throws me off a bit though - not sure if that's the original shot or what's happening there but the face/hair feels weird for some reason.

Going Home: Not a fan of this one as much as the other Steven Universe vid. Pulls some feels and it's well edited. This just isn't my style of video though. I think people that have seen Steven Universe would like this a lot more, though it is a generalized enough theme that anyone could conceivably enjoy it. Just not what I go for. Good job.

Heartdance: Nice mood here. Never seen these movies but I can connect with this. Getting goosebumps. Not seeing a lot to critique here. Well made and works.

Hellsing Eternal: DOOM LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol this werewolf thing at 0:25. This is great. Perfect synching here. 1:20 feels like it should have faster cuts. Love it though. I was gonna make a video like this, fuck you lol. So good.

Hurricane:
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Love the style of this. Nice variation between manga and animation. Is this anime? Doesn't look like it at all but those look like manga panels. Great storytelling here. Love the mood of this - very melancholy. One of my favorite videos.

Infinite Youth: Sad video is sad. Never saw this but the animation looks great. I wasn't into the Steven Universe one that had a similar song but this one vibes with me more. Probably because it leans more towards sadness and nostalgia and I live off that shit. Feelings of disappointment creeping in while watching this. Lots of fades and cross dissolves here, maybe don't try to do that so much - let regular cuts stand as is and the fades and dissolves can be more effective in shorter doses. Nice final shot.

Iron Bond: I can't tell is this going to be a dog video? lol. Nice internal sync at 0:16. Ok not a dog video lol. But there's a sheep! I think this is a more beginner effort, but it's not bad! Melancholic in the right ways. Cutting throughout could be a bit tighter, but it works. Good job.

Iron Resolve: Sorry have to skip this one, not finished with the show yet.

Language: Lol well there've been a lot of Marvel videos over the years but not with this kind of attitude. I'm a fan of this one more for the focus it has. The 80's techno and unapologetic nature makes it work. Wtf lol that explosion montage at 1:35 is perfect. Nice incorporation of real commercials too (if I'm realizing that correctly). There's even a Stan Lee cameo. Rider did you make this?

Legends Never Die: Lmao what is this. I'd say nice lip sync but it's the same phrase every time! XD

Million Miles Away: Art style is throwing me off here. Faces seem disproportinate to the bodies, but it's different at least. Quality issues throughout this. Seems like some heavy visual stutter (ans occasional audio stutter). For the video itself it's alright. Beginner effort?

MöbiusTrip: This is uh...ok this is horrifying! There's a definite mood to this video. This is trippy. Am I on drugs right now? Why is the moon smiling? This isn't majora's mask. oh god did that puppy just get slaughtered. This is very gory. WHY IS THE PLANET DYING??? Weird cuts at 3:20. There's too many eyes. Why is there a fish in that man's head? I am confused.

My Crew: At first I thought this was c0ck 3. But it's not. Seems like we get this song every year now. How is One Piece still going? And why is everyone always crying? Sorry doesn't do it for me.

one trick pony: Hey it's that song from the vine vid last year. Lol this is great. Without pro this video would never exist. Oh man they really went there. Lot of in-jokes here. Nice final bit lol.

Painful: High octane action here. Putting this on full blast. THAT'S RIGHT YOU PUNCH THAT MOTHERFUCKER IN THE FACE BALD MAN! DO IT AGAIN! DODGE ALL THE BULLETS! OK HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wait now we're Mr. Miyagi. He got the fly...or did he?

Rallyy: Oh we're going full noir here. Like the old school feel here. Stands out from the crowd. I didn't even realize this was a trailer - you forget about the way those have changed over the years. Nice lip synching. Almost feel like this could work in black and white. Interesting split screening near the end. NICE POSTER. Zoom in afterwards feels a little odd but the piece as a whole works.

The Great Gatsby: Traditional trailer here. 0:08 harsh jump cut. Nice lip sync. Is this the original trailer or a mix of the film and the trailer? Seems to have a slower pace than I expected. Nice source match. My mind kind of wanders as it went on, I feel like there's gotta be a better trailer out there for this you could've used (that being said I do not recall the trailer or the film so I could be off there). Something faster paced. But with what you had this was pretty good.

This is Trash: Now Editor, look. I know that you have convinced yourself that your work is meaningless and you deserve nothing, but let's look closer. The girl standing over the pile of sorrow before her has a look of deep contemplation that can only be seen as the pain and suffering she's had to feel watching these AMVs in 2020. I mean look at her! SHE ONLY HAS ONE EYELASH LEFT PER EYE! And the trash she stands with is clearly a metaphor for the decline of western civilization at the hands of fascism. Not only that the lip sync is perfect and LISTEN TO THAT LINE DELIVERY! I think we're all discounting the value of brevity in the packed landscape of our current culture and this wastes absolutely NONE OF YOUR TIME! She says what we're all thinking at every given moment of every day we wake up, and I for one applaud her sincerity in giving us the true message that we need to hear in today's world which is truly, undeniably: "This is Trash". Bravo compadre.

Too Many Editors: And here we are. Another video that would never exist without the community that made this contest what it is. I applaud the editor for finding such a high quality clip of my namesake and the perfect moment as well. He truly must be an avid watcher of America's favorite serial killer drama. There's so many people in this video! I don't know everyone well enough to know how accurate everyone's portrayal is in this epic but I can say that he is at least getting the matching avatars for my studio's representation (including Twiggly Figgly && SasukeChanX). I personally expected our benefactor Jingoro to be at the end but I'm sure the editor has their reasons. And it also shows an acute understanding of the community to depict some of the interpersonal relationships (such as Keiichiface && Troubleclef). Wow there's a lot of people in this video. I would not have had the patience to put this together, that is a lot of different sources. I don't even recognize half of these people. Hey look another live action representative, I'm not the only one. Hey where's L33tmeatwad?

totally a legit video: is it though? Sure you got lip sync and high octane action but I'm not so sure I agree with your diagnosis that this video is totally legit. Profanity isn't gonna win you any points and while yes brevity is a valued property here at Dexter's review session, an abrupt stop is not. No friends I'm afraid this here is a quality example of a sh!tpost and no I didn't just make myself a hypocrite look at that exclamation point you monsters.

Unbound:
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Beautiful atmosphere right from the start. This is some Game of Thrones shit right here. Look at that heartbreaking death. Look at that map traversal. THIS IS DRAMA Oh my god is that woman on fire? WHAT IS THAT OWL EATING??? Hey look an apple is that a christian metaphor? Scary demon face. oh god that spear just went through that man's head. THAT CHILD IS KILLING PEOPLE I THOUGHT THIS WAS A FAMILY EVENT! This is a lot of dismemberment, I'm surprised this isn't in mature. Cool sword overlay at the end, is that from the source? Great job. A+, top video here.

Une Priere: Interesting source combination. I'm usually against Disney songs (look at the hypocrite here who edited to a Disney song last year), but I haven't seen this one that often so I'm intrigued. You don't see that much Hunchback of Notre Dame these days. This is a good character profile video. Cool splitscreen at 1:36 with the borders. the zoom out and overlay make it chef's kiss (I am assuming this not from the source).

Utena Vu: That was an abrupt start. Well ok this is an interesting beginning...I like the TV overlay. Lip flap at 0:50. This feels like I'm just watching the source. There's not a lot of cuts here. Why does that car have no one in it and why are the seats pink? Wow is this seriously five minutes long? I'm sorry man, you gotta try harder than this. Next time try to make more cuts. Also cut down the song, it's repetitive. The ending is again abrupt.

Watch the Sky: Ok this song is different. The audio cuts out at 0:21, not sure if that is the source or a mistake. I can't recall the last time I saw a video literally about BIRDS. Is it a metaphor? Does she want to be free like the birds? Is she trapped in a cage? We did see a cage in the beginning. Not sure if there's effects work going on here but there's some interesting texturing to the footage. Interesting effect at 1:49. This is definitely a mood video. More birds. oh - real birds now. Final shot was a bird. CAW!

What We Mean When We Say We'd Give Up Everything: Another Utena vid here we go. Interesting effects with the painting and the lights. Hey Utena Vu editor take a look at this - here's what you should be aiming for. Tight editing here. Unclear how much of this is the source or the editor doing effects with some of these shots but looks great either way. This might be the first Utena video I'm actually into. This is the first time I've felt intrigued to watch Utena. Good job editor I never thought I'd say that (I am not a fan of this art style, but the video is changing my mind here).

Yes I know I'm a Wolf:
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Nice creep mood here. Never seen Beastars but it's got an interesting look. I'm being drawn into this. Protect the bunny woman wolf man, you know you love her. Fight for her. That's right, bare those teeth. Wait is he a vegetarian? Oh shit just got dark. Look at those eyes. THOSE EYES! Eyes are everywhere. Oh fuck what is happening. Why is the wolf attacking the bunny. Oh god this is not where I thought this was going. BAD WOLF! Is that wolf in drag? Oh god that's a lot of blood. Wait now he's hugging the bunny girl again? Maybe this is a Jekkyl and Hyde thing. Oh yup now he's standing over the bunny. No Wolf control yourself WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Oh his arm faded away. Very sad. Don't cry wolf. Great video, love it.

Your Hand in Mine: Looks like a straight up Miyazaki vid here - all Howl's Moving Castle this time. Pretty straightforward here, feel like this fits in Upbeat. Not bad, didn't grab me necessarily but this is a fine effort. Good job editor, was relatively easy to follow.

Mature videos:
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Dissociate:
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60fps video? Sad video here. Oh uh - are we really going for rape here? Uh...ok that's a real fan - is this a real person having sex? That's a belt...ok this is uncomfortable. That's a scary image at the end. I didn't like that. That's gonna be a no from me man. You could argue that the first part of the video is sexualizing it and the latter part is showing it for the disgusting act it is. It has artistic value in that respect. But ugh.
I'm (Not) Myself: Nice mood. I'm into this. Nice bit at 1:00, that section works well, dark in the right ways. The doppleganger here looks like a ghost. Love that shot at 1:55 in the tub. I like the first half of this more than the second half but it works as a whole. Looks like she kills the doppleganger, but then she survives so there's more creep factor. Overall pretty good, I'm a fan.

Two for Tragedy: Weird aspect ratio here. Double boxing, this could have been set up better. This video is very tasteful. This is actually pretty good storytelling here. And another argument for the romance category. What are those creepy ass things on the ground ok this video is going places. This feels longer than necessary, just realized this is 6 minutes long. Need to cut out maybe two minutes here. Is that Batman? Oh there goes the arm! OH THERE GOES THE EYE! Well ok then I guess that's it. Nice attempt, too long, cut it down.

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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by SQ » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:41 pm

PRO VIDEO REVIEWS - REVERSE ALPHABETICAL ORDER

These are mostly first impressions / live reviews.


It started in reverse alphabetical order but once it reaches "Dysphoria" it gets ordered kind of weirdly. I'm not sure why; that's just how the VLC playlist went so I didn't bother changing it. Sorry in advance.
Spoiler :
Yes I know I'm a Wolf
Well I'm biased because I also wanted to do this vid. And my idea had somewhat different concept.
So that disclaimer aside, I think this is overall a great vid, but the desire to match the lyrics literally in many parts held it back. Because of that I think it relies on having already seen Beastars, leaving people who haven't seen it behind. The last verse really shows how powerful a message the whole video could've been. There you don't care too much for what the lyrics are actually saying and instead you focus on the full message you wanted to convey. So it has an extremely powerful, emotional ending.
Not to say the rest of it isn't powerful, just that I felt it could've been more powerful if they lyrics weren't taken quite so literally.
As an aside: I really liked all the parallells you showed between the conflicting scenes, e.g. holding haru when he was hunting her vs in bed with her.


Painful
This was fun. lol at that fly.
My favorite part was 1:21 - 1:29

Totally a legit video
lol
Hope you finish this someday

The Great Gatsby
I haven't seen the anime, but this was a nice trailer. Seemed consistent, good casting. Thumbs up.

Unbound
Some of the sync felt a bit rushed, like maybe this needed another pass. Especially the ending. But aside from that, I greatly enjoyed this and it's one of my faves for reasons I can't quite bring words to. Feels a lot like a video from last year's Pro, so I wonder if this is made by who I think :)
Disclaimer: I haven't seen the anime.

Million Miles Away
Is this the original resolution? I haven't seen this anime but I know how old it is. Otherwise, this was cute? I mean, sad, obviously, but cute. I liked its simplicity.

Utena Vu
I like the idea but I think it could've benefitted from more cuts and tighter sync.

Your Hand in Mine
Strong feelings of magic, life, whimsy. This is like the feel good version of "Unbound." I liked it a lot in a way I can't really explain.

Watch The Sky
wut lol
I like your texture/overlay

One Trick Pony
Do you ever not submit one of these to pro? lmao
OH
OMG
WHAT A TWIST
I LOVE IT LOL

The only thing I can say is maybe deinterlace the interlaced stuff but idk maybe you kept it that way on purpose?? Who can tell anymore
:100:

What We Mean When We Say We'd Give Everything
Oh I love this. I will put it right next to Revolutionized as my new fave utena vid(s).
I love the distortion/blur vfx used for transitions and just in general.
Love that car wash sync

This is Trash
This is trash lol

Legends Never Die
delightfully awkward

Rallyy
Oooo, ok this is creative.
There's a weird line in the mask for the lip sync at 1:00 scene at the payphone.

My Crew
It doesn't count if it's not a cockroach-type creature
Oh but it looks like luffy counted in order
I really hope this is a parody or else I'm gonna feel like a real shithead later
I'm still going to post this because I'm committed

I haven't seen One Piece so I'm really not emotionally invested at all but it was a well-edited video regardless if it's parody or not

Une Priere except imagine an accent where it belongs in the title
I'm confused by this video so I think I'll just comment that I'm probably not the intended audience at all
I've seen the first/old anime but I'm still not quite sure what's going on here. Sorry :(

MobiusTrip except imagine the umulat where it belongs
well this is trippy as hell
Is this a coming of age character profile??
I hope you edit Infinity Train at some point

Too Many Editors
I'm just happy I and some other lesser known editors were included lmao

Iron Resolve
YES ATLA
OH NO You used the original DVD/Bluray D:
If you can get your hands on the new bluray, the one they released recently, there's no more of that weird mirror/doubling issue.
I love your use of color.
The subtle audio add was A+
Oh when you get to them actually talking, maybe lower the volume of the music a bit, because I find the dialogue a bit hard to follow.
oh the second set of dialogue about the honor part is much better
overall I love this video, thank you

Language
1. lol. 2. fuck yeah to that internal sync

Iron Bond
I really appreciate that you spent a lot more time on developing Al. Not many people do in vids like this.
I think you have a stray frame at 2:35
I had some doubts in the beginning of this vid but by the 2nd half you got me. This is such a great brother vid and I especially love the focus on Al.
Thank you

A Christmas Eve Carol
Some parts look interlaced, bnut with how old this is who knows how it was originally pressed, so congrats on getting it to look as good as you did.
I'm not really a christmas person at all, but it's an interesting video.

Infinite Youth
Another vid where I am very much not the intended audience, but it's really well edited.

Hellsing Eternal
Now I know what everyone was talking about with gun sync.
This is an amazing trailer. Love it.

Hurricane
I saw this before and I got a little lost in it. Ultimately I think it's beautiful. And he can't touch her but he really wants to. This has some raw emotional narrative, and I like it a lot. I just get a little confused because she does touch him and nothing seems to happen? Or was he wearing gloves at those points? I can't tell.
I had to rewatch this. She holds his hand at 2:11 and then gets hugged near the end. The hug seems like fantasy but 2:11 seems like it actually happened to me? So that really broke my entire immersion there, because you did an amazing job showing how the spirit is cursed or can't touch her or whatever. Then in the second half when you show her touching him (in a dream?) and she gets corrupted, it lost the emotional significance because of the shot at 2:11 -- to me.
Other than that I greatly loved this video. It is brilliant otherwise, great storytelling besides that one thing. I'd consider it a father/daughter story. Very sad but ultimately beautiful and emotionally strong.

Going Home
Live laugh love the amv
(I mean that in a good way)

Heartdance
Normally I don't really "get" romance AMVs but this is one of the few that I really connected with and it was done really well and uh idk thank you

friend.exe
Creative sync, made this fuyn to watch despite having seen a lot of good AMVs to this already.
Visually interesting and really good use of Lain
Frankly I'm just happy to see an AMV using this anime again but the fact that it's super well done is also nice
Thank you for making this

Four-Footed Family
I'm just a lonely asshole who doesn't appreciate videos like this
It's cute though

Fever Dream
This is interesting
I'm pretty sure this is a metaphor or has a deeper meaning and I'm just too dumb to understand it
But I liked this video, if that means anything lol

F Society
This is well done. Wish I had the full context (I haven't seen this show).

Do You Know What's Going On?
I wouldn't have connected this to covid probably if someone else hadn't mentioned it first.
Unfortunately I have some bias because I watched the trailer for songbird like literally a week ago:
https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/ind ... /songbird/
But anyway
Your vid is super well edited, and on point, and thank you for using "In the House, In a Heartbeat".
Can't imagine how much effort it took to go through the TWD series and pick out all that dialogue to make a good, coherent story.
You also have the perfect amount of repetition for dramatic effect
My only complaint is I wish the white flashes weren't 100% full white.

Dysphoria
slow start but waaaaaat
There is so much going on I don't know where to look but something tells me that is the point
that ego death typography is my fave wow

Bitter Lamentations
Ooo good to see a country song in a vid.
another father/daughter vid? :)
Wow, ok.
Father/child stories have a special place in my heart. This made me feel things. I'm a little confused why there was so much killing in this vid, but iirc that's because TLOU is about zombies. I haven't played either game but this was a sad vid, oof, thanks for making it. ;_;

Can Anybody Hear Me
Well this is an unexpected pairing
I think you have a stray frame at 0:48 before he looks at the map
that was cute. I liked it.

Dance
lol AMV DVDs this brings me back already
oooooo
Needed a fun vid in between all these emotional ones


Esoterra
There's a lot going on here but I really like how the wolf and girl seem to match up a lot in the narrative.
After all the Demon Slayer vids last pro, I actually went and watched Demon Slayer. And I'm glad I did because now I can appreciate how much work you put into those scenes, wow.
Makes me wonder how many layers/different the other shots from other anime are.
Were those the moon fish from avatar???
lol yeah it always does come back to evangelion in vids like this, doesn't it lol
Nice video

Boy vs Brain
I have never seen Steven Universe and it never really appealed to me but I 100% FEEL THIS VIDEO
This feels like its profiling mental illness?
Definitely had a lot of relatable feels with this vid as someone with clinical depression

BIG WIN
good, I needed a pick up after the last vid lol
lol that election map, nice
love that street light sync

Bad Piece
lmao

Bad Guy
love that gun overlay thing sync
all the overlays during that surgery scene were also great
oh its the part of the video with the xplosion sync
yes plz
definitely an amazing action video, thanks

Battlefield
Video quality on this isn't the best, also not feeling the chipmunk voice but otherwise this looks great so far.
I thought the titles and bungie splash took away from the flow a bit but otherwise this was a neat video.
I think the video cuts out a little early though? Maybe a fade to black would've looked a bit better there.

Awaken
This was nicely done.

A Servant's Fate
I appreciate this well done external sync
MATURE VIDEOS
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I'm (Not) Myself
More well done external sync.
love the glitch effects/overlays
This is a really well done character profile and I'm glad I've seen Perfect Blue so I can fully appreciate it.

Two For Tragedy
A little long for my taste, but still well done.

Dissociate
Oh I thought this was called disassociate, whoops.
I liked the artistic-ness of the beginning. Not very twixtor-looking even though it was used for this.
I liked the overlays in the shadows.
The audio with the ceiling fan is definitely what made it more horrific to me tbh. It's what you don't see that scares people the most.
idk the last tv screen of what I assume is the aftermath is on screen long enough to really hammer home what this is about.

I mean "Good video" probably isn't the best word choice, but, this was really well done.
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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by ngsilver » Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:26 am

Pro reviews, animated GIF edition (cuz' nothing else would be quite as on-brand for me)
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A Christmas Eve Carol
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A Servants Fate
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Awaken
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Bad Guy
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Bad Piece
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Battlefield
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Big Win
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Bitter Lamentations
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Boy vs. Brain
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Can Anybody Hear Me
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Dance
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Dissociate
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Do you know what's going on
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Dysphoria
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Esoterra
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F Society
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Fever Dream
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Four Footed Family
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Friend.exe
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Going home
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Heartdance
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Hellsing Eternal
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Hurricane
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I'm Not Myself
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Infinite Youth
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Iron Bond
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Iron Resolve
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Language
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Legends Never Die
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Million Miles Away
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My Crew
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One Trick Pony
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Painful
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Rally
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The Great Gatsby
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This is Trash
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Too Many Editors
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Totally a legit video
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Two for tragedy
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Unbound
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Une Priere
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Utena Vu
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Watch the Sky
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What We Mean when we say we'd give up everything
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Yes I Know I'm a Wolf
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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by renacava » Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:41 pm

Just to put things into context, I'm a very effect heavy editor and I'm also completely new to the AMV community.
Preface:
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I made a radar graph for each of the edits since I felt it was a better way to review and grade them.
Here are the explanations for each of the points in the graphs:
flow - I'm not even going to try to define this.
active sync - I define sync as the combination of internal and external since especially with fx heavy videos they can blur together.
tonal sync - To me, tonal sync is how well the overall feeling of the edit matches the overall feeling of the song and visuals at any and all given
times.
initial impact - How different, moved, excited, sad, happy, confused, angry, etc, I felt directly after watching your video.
quality - This is a mix of polish, for videos with little/no fx, and general quality of any effects used, for fx heavy videos.
originality - Completely subjective to me, how original and unique of a concept, idea or overall feeling this video portrays.
personal enjoyment - Did I like the video

0 = None/Not Applicable
1 = This specific aspect of the video caught my attention in a bad way, it subtracted from the video, disrupts it, "low"
2 = This aspect of the video didn't catch my attention, it didn't add or subtract from the video, "medium"
3 = This aspect of the video caught my attention in a good way, it added to the video, improved it, "high"

The scale of 0-3 is not an objective, comparable rating of how good or bad any given point is!
It is a relative grading specific to your video that can't and shouldn't be compared to other ratings.
It's all about what stood out and didn't stand out for your video.

Independent Replays = How much I rewatched the edit on my own, just for fun.
Reviews:
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A Christmas Eve Carol
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specific biases
Haven't seen the movie

independent replays
Low

commentary
I couldn't take the art style seriously at first but you fixed that by the end of the second minute. Same with the lip flaps, I was distracted
by them at first but I actually feel like they contributed in a good way, the message would be different if the characters weren't seen to
be conversing.
The ending was a bit confusing to me, I haven't seen the movie. Movie?
02:32ish was great
it could have ended on the tombstone scene. the leftover time after that just felt out of place.
some bits felt a bit off timing wise, for sync.

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A Servan't Fate
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specific biases
Never seen Fate, but I do know the general premise

independent replays
Low

commentary
I was wondering if the sudden zooms were intentional or not. Someone brought up that they actually like it, it's refreshing compared to
the more gentle zooms more common these days.
the buildup was a bit long, I felt. I don't know if you've already trimmed the audio some, but if there were an appropriate spot to do so
during the buildup to make it shorter, I think it would have helped the pacing of the video.
2:21, the impact in the song happened before the impact of the sword, and there was significant movement on screen that felt like it
should have synced to something but wasnt. Cutting to black sooner there would have been better, I feel.
a nice action video. even if it was long, the buildup really contributed a lot towards the actual release of combat.

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Awaken
Spoiler :

specific biases
I didn't enjoy the Wonder Woman movie, felt the writing and production quality were sub par.

independent replays
Low

commentary
tonally synced well.
relatively straightforward storytelling, but some intermingling of different scenes during the same section of the song felt out of place.
had some cool sync moments but at the same time some noticeably lacking moments in terms of sync.
the ending could have been cut just a few frames earlier, to better match the ending of the song. the idea that she put her arms together
in an impact would still be there and communicated, if a few frames were left out.

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Bad Guy
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specific biases
Haven't seen the movie

independent replays
Low

commentary
suffers a bit from over saturation of action, making the tonally slower parts of the song not match the footage, and it all sorta blends
together into one big fight scene without any breathing room.
none long enough that it felt intentional, at least.
except 2:09, that did feel like an intentional rest, but it went into heavy action before the build up finished. when the buildup did finish,
it had some nice matching footage, but it could have been better if you'd laid off the action just a bit longer first.

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Bad Piece
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specific biases
I love South Park
I can't take One Piece very seriously, which adds to the edit

independent replays
Medium

commentary
the shoddy editing really adds to the comedy. the characters look janky, the song is janky, and the editing is janky. In this way it's really
congruent!
I don't know if this is a reference to something from a previous year, but I really enjoyed it either way.

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Battlefield
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specific biases
I have a thing against Destiny.

independent replays
Low

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I don't know where or how you got the footage, but the quality really detracted from the video, I really couldn't tell what was going on in
a lot of scenes. It distracted me the whole time.
I'm sure you know it's not good to repeat footage without it being very intentional.
reminds me a lot of when I first started GMVs, I know how hard it is to get a good length of trailer footage.
keep editing. I'm guessing, I could be wrong, that you're new to editing GMVs. Keep at it. I'd really like to see how much you improve in
your next edit.

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BIG WIN
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specific biases
I don't like political things
I do like monogatari things

independent replays
Low

commentary
I think the lip sync was good. the transitions and flow matched the overall tone of the video.

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Bitter Lamentations
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specific biases
Like most people, I despise country music.
I haven't played TLOU1 or 2, but I know the plots of both.

independent replays
Low

commentary
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sad. very sad. makes me worry about the people close to me.
the tone and mood of the edit comes across well, even though the traditional markers for edits are missing like intense syncing. This is
fine though, good even, this video's purpose wasn't to be a tightly edited video, it was to evoke specific feelings, and it did
that.

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Boy vs Brain
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specific biases
Tried to watch SU but just couldn't get past the first episode. (Does the show get better, further in?)

independent replays
Low

commentary
I can't relate to SU, but the feelings the song and visuals communicate feel a lot more universal and common than just what happens to
Steven. His name is Steven right?
This gives off a very different feel from Going Home, and I feel Going Home describes the base feelings of SU too, so this is a good
showing of what I believe is the other half of SU, the more serious side.

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Can Anybody Hear Me
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specific biases
I just can't take Sonic seriously. I tried, I really did, but I just can't do it.

independent replays
Low

commentary
the scene selection has some weird gaps in it. I know it's an IRL but the lip flaps still get to me, along with inter scene colour/lighting
changes being pretty drastic.
it'd hit harder if I were a fan of Sonic, definitely.
most of my gripes with the video could be fixed, it's not flawed on a fundamental level, except for my bias towards Sonic itself. I think
with some more time and/or beta testing, this video would have been a lot better.

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Dance
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specific biases
N/A

independent replays
High

commentary
makes me wanna dance~
lots of scenes I've never seen, avoiding commonly used more pop style dance footage to give a new feeling to the old idea of a dance
video.
the aspect ratio change at the end of the intro is a bit irksome.
really like the persona part, the gliding really matches the sounds of the song there, as does the following spanish dancing.
the sped up, at least I think it's sped up since I haven't actually seen the source material, footage towards the end of the video just really
reduces the perceived quality and polish of the video.

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Do You Know What's Going On
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specific biases
I've seen/enjoyed most of The Walking Dead
I know and like to use the VHS effect you're using
I've listened to and liked this song for a long time

independent replays
Low

commentary
hits hard. some scenes are a bit strangely timed, the pauses and lack thereof between dialogue doesn't feel quite natural.
sound effects were mixed in well though.
the scenes shown to be on a camera's preview screen just don't look right.
very creative work, creating a new tertiary meaning as a product of the source footage and audio mixed with your editing. None of the
source material expressed the idea you wanted to, purely through your editing have you created this new meaning. Very cool.

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Dysphoria
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specific biases
I'm a fan of a lot of the source footages
I think I know the author

independent replays
High

commentary
very spooky. also very unique. it's almost like a condensed, much more intense, faster version of Satoshi Kon's style.
with a bit of Inception.
the jarring effect is pronounced, it's doing what it set out to do. also the typography is good.
1:25 is really cool, you somehow managed to really find some visuals that fit that weird sound perfectly.
the idea being executed in an amv is original, in that I've never seen one that does this, though the impact of the idea expressed isn't as
strong as it would be a few years ago for me since I've been exploring what I think is the theme of this video a lot in the past
few years.

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Esoterra
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specific biases
I know the author
I like spiritual kinda videos

independent replays
High

commentary
really can't see any obvious flaws, it's 3am so I'm not going to overanalyze this.
the masking at 1:32ish is a bit strange though. the outline thickness.
really nice overlays, I like the subject matter
though some moments could have... less movement, so the moments meant to by synced are more easily recognised, higher contrast
between amount of motion in synced and non synced moments.
really love 0:59
2 for originality since it does feel like the usual concept of nature/spirit/life cycle, common in psychedelic category.
soft 2.
it just doesn't feel right giving everything a 3, and the one thing that doesn't stand out as much as the others is the actual concept for the
video, the theme.
like just to clear this up, a 3 in sync or quality or flow doesn't mean it's objectively the same amount of sync/quality/flow as another vid
with a 3 in that category. a 3 just means it stood out in a good way, a 1 that it stood out in a bad way, a 2 that it didn't stand
out. It does not measure scale.
I should really put that in the general preface come to think of it.

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F Society
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specific biases
I don't like politics or political videos.
Haven't seen Mr. Robot

independent replays
Low

commentary
has some cool moments.
sync can be inconsistent.

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Fever Dream
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specific biases
I like this kinda anime style

independent replays
Medium

commentary
feels like a weird mix of tkmiz and made in abyss.
the editing itself doesn't really stand out, compared to the source footage.

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Four Footed Family
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specific biases
I can't quite relate to the footage, personally

independent replays
Low

commentary
wholesome, simple, does what it sets out to do (judging by others' reactions).

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Friend.exe
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specific biases
Big fan of lain

independent replays
High

commentary
really well done. really really well done. might just be because I'm biased, but this had... a really comfy feeling, and the music matched
the visuals so well it seems like an independent animation/song made specifically for this video with each other in mind.
the lain at the start though, is that you scaling her or from the footage? she's kinda floating and not scaling right.
probably my favourite edit here.
the actual video quality is very crisp and well defined, though I use quality more as an effects and polish category. as far as i can tell you
didn't really use many effects, so it doesn't stand out, and the polish doesn't necessarily stand out either, which is what a 3 is.
something standing out, you actively notice it, how good the effects are or how polished the video is. consider it a soft 2.

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Going Home
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specific biases
Tried to watch SU but just couldn't get past the first episode. (Does it get better?)

independent replays
Low

commentary
this really doesn't land with me, I just can't relate. It does make me want to retry SU though.
great sync.

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Heartdance
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specific biases
Haven't seen HTTYD, I'm in a relationship.

independent replays
Low

commentary
hohoh boy. very effective at what it sets out to do. I was going to put in "perceived purpose" and "efficacy at purpose" in the charts, but
some were just too difficult to define purposes for.
this though, this made me stop reviewing and go spend time with my boyfriend. Almost made me watch HTTYD.
I can't really think of any flaws. Too busy getting the urge to go hug.
damn it I wanna start a family now. look what you've done.
GAH

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Hellsing Eternal
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specific biases
I like the newer DOOM OST's

independent replays
Medium

commentary
it's a well done trailer. the audio fits completely, really well integrated, theme too.

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Hurricane
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specific biases
I love stories like these.

independent replays
Low

commentary
very sharp, tonal, clean.
some of the transforms feel a bit stiff, compared to the constant smoother motion of panels and some zooms.
a bit long for a mostly monotone video.

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Infinite Youth
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specific biases
Never seen/read Peanuts.

independent replays
Low

commentary
reminds me a lot of The Creationist.
very wholesome, dramatic, flows well. makes me nostalgic for some reason.

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Iron Bond
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specific biases
Haven't seen FMA.

independent replays
Low

commentary
there's some scenes that just really don't match the pacing and tone of the song and the rest of the edit.

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Iron Resolve
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specific biases
ATLA is one of my favourite shows. I like Woodkid.

independent replays
Low

commentary
the inconsistencies between usage of cc is jarring. maybe it is consistent, I just can't figure out the pattern.
also the leavecolour at times could be cleaned up. an effect done badly or confusingly can be worse than no effect at all. think of it as
cooking a meal, rather have no chicken than slightly off chicken.
lyrics are really well matched.

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Language
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specific biases
Fan of the song and marvel movies

independent replays
Medium

commentary
the nudity at times is a bit spicy, would have preferred it to be in mature just because i watched this in a semi public place
good song and theme match.

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Legends Never Die
Spoiler :

specific biases
N/A

independent replays
Low

commentary
fun

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Million Miles Away
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specific biases
I like music and art like this.

independent replays
Medium

commentary
fills it's niche well. does what it sets out to do.

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MobiusTrip
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specific biases
Psychedelics changed my life. Seen the first ep of Midnight Gospel.

independent replays
High

commentary
you really get it. I don't like that "psychedelic" is a category largely defined and populated by people who don't know what psychedelics
are like.
this is an actual psychedelic video. I'd love to talk to you about whatever.

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My Crew
Spoiler :

specific biases
I've seen one episode of One Piece. I can't take the art seriously.

independent replays
Low

commentary
I bet this hits OP fans in the heart, but as someone whose never seen it, it just does nothing for me.

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One Trick Pony
Spoiler :

specific biases
I'm completely new to The Vat, PRO and the entire amv editing community
I love this song.

independent replays
Medium

commentary
I had no idea what was going on, didn't even realise it was a reference video first viewing, but still ended up laughing.

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Painful
Spoiler :

specific biases
I love OPM and this genre of music

independent replays
Low

commentary
really good matchup between the video and audio, this song feels like it was made for OPM.

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Rallyy
Spoiler :

specific biases
I like older anime, early 1900's America and detective shows

independent replays
Low

commentary
really makes me want to watch Gunsmith Cats.
that phone mouth mask was just too noticeable.
the sound effects near the end are just a bit... too different while being too similar.
I mean they're much more crisp compared to earlier and I really felt like I heard them from some game before, taking out the immersion.
The letter zoom in was also too pixelated, took me out of it.
these are all just polish issues though that can be fixed, overall this edit has a solid base with well matching video and audio.
I also really like the uh, main girl's expression when she asks "who else knew where he was?". it is just a perfect match to the voice acting.

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The Great Gatsby
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specific biases
I love Baccano

independent replays
Low

commentary
great matchup.
I feel like you were a bit strapped for footage since it had to be so specific, though you could have removed some lip flaps with some
masks.

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This is trash
Spoiler :

specific biases
N/A

independent replays
No

commentary
I was going to write a long over analyzed essay here but Vars beat me to it

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Too Many Editors
Spoiler :

specific biases
I'm completely new to The Vat, PRO and the entire amv editing community

independent replays
Low

commentary
it's a wholesome video

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totally a legit video
Spoiler :

specific biases
I like Eraserhead

independent replays
Medium

commentary
Beyond the intro its just an action video. but I like action videos. I want more. Please make a full length action video.

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Unbound
Spoiler :

specific biases
I love Vinland Saga

independent replays
Medium

commentary
you used a lot of scenes from the OPs, except you continued them on where they ended. It shows you weren't lazy about getting clips, I
appreciate that.

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Une Priere
Spoiler :

specific biases
I don't know any of these characters or their relationships

independent replays
Low

commentary
the cuts are a bit fast at times while the song is slower, it gets very noticeable later on.
I've never seen an amv with this sort of... song? ballot? its nice.

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Utena Vu
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specific biases
N/A

independent replays
Low

commentary
really really like the opening, but the later scenes are just too similar for too long and I lose interest.

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Watch The Sky
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specific biases
I can't stop seeing the kazoo kid in my head when I watch this

independent replays
Low

commentary
There wasn't.. much of an impact. It was a nice video but ultimately I didn't feel different from before I watched it.
The mixing of disney, anime and irl took me out of the experience a bit.

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What We Mean When We Say We'd Give Up Everything
Spoiler :

specific biases
N/A

independent replays
High

commentary
the amount of sync is enough where you notice the moments where it doesn't noticeably sync. you're in that weird spot there.
really enjoy the opening

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Yes I Know I'm A Wolf
Spoiler :

specific biases
Haven't seen Beastars
I'm into these kinda relationships

independent replays
Low

commentary
there's just too many inconsistencies between scenes to get me into it.
inter scene continuity really detracts from the experience, mostly differences in colour and lighting

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Your Hand In Mine
Spoiler :

specific biases
I love Howl's Moving Castle

independent replays
High

commentary
absolutely love some of the floaty scenes, especially the floaty feeling ones.

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Mature Reviews:
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I'm (Not) Myself
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specific biases
I like Perfect Blue and this genre of music.

independent replays
High

commentary
really can't find anything noteworthy wrong with the video. it's good. I really like the bassy dance/violence parts.
one of my favourites.
though I mean, if there's anywhere to go from here, it'd be towards creating a product instead of a sum in a video. Instead of an anime
with theme X, song also about theme X, thus an edit that greatly intensifies the original concepts and meanings of the source
materials, you could make a product. source anime has theme X, song theme Y, combining the into an edit produces theme Z, a
new unique theme, concept, experience, a product and not a sum of the source materials.

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Dissociate
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specific biases
I know the author
I love Ancient Magus Bride
I'm familiar with twixtor and spotting artifacts for 2D motion interpolation

independent replays
Medium

commentary
there's some stutter at times and noticeable twixtor artifacting near center screen, also some banding where you use shine.
the actual purpose of the video... I mean, the video is effective. It definitely does what it sets out to do, and it definitely makes me
uncomfortable, want to "dissociate."
the warning seemed ineffective for a lot of people, try to look into communications studies to learn how to make it more effective.

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Two For Tragedy
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specific biases
I can't help but see Guts as my one ex

independent replays
Low

commentary
You did well in recapping a lot of story in a relatively short time

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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by MiraKayla » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:41 pm

Hi! I think I should start this with some notes to keep in mind. Even though I’ve been making AMVs for a (relatively) long time, I know nothing about the technical parts of editing, and I don’t have much of an eye for it either. I’m unfamiliar with the vast majority of the sources and parodies here, so any jokes were lost on me. I’ve also never reviewed videos before this, so if anyone has some critiques on my critiques, please PM me (I want to learn how to word my thoughts constructively). Writing reviews was a lot harder than I thought it would be because I don’t usually think about the reasons why I like/dislike the videos I watch.
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A Christmas Eve Carol
- I’m happy to see a holiday themed entry, which thankfully reminds me that 2020 is almost over. This video felt thematically unsure of itself. The audio is dramatic, but some of the visuals are a bit lackluster (2:04 for example. It’s Tiny Tim walking down some stairs to some booming drums?) Also, the sped up video looked a little awkward to me. I liked the finale of the video (from 2:51 onwards), but I don’t understand why Scrooge’s eerie tombstone was shown at the end, since we saw his redemption right before. Maybe cut the song so that the scenes are more impactful?

A Servant’s Fate
- Your style is very clean and works well with action sequences. This is the second Fate video I’ve ever seen, and I’m inching a little closer to wanting to check out the series.

Awaken
- I loved this video. Focusing on Diana’s growth and awakening as Wonder Woman was the right way to go with this song.

Bad Guy
- I loved the beginning, but the latter half dragged a bit.

Bad Piece
- I know nothing about One Piece, so I didn’t understand what was happening with this one...

Battlefield
- The repeated clips distracted me. The video and the audio were disconnected to me. I also thought the random text was confusing. As someone unfamiliar with this game, they have no significance to me and they stood out in a bad way. I understand what you wanted to do with “Battlefield” and an action game, but this didn’t work for me.

BIG WIN
- I didn’t really understand this one... Is it a meme about the election? :?

Bitter Lamentations
- This one nearly made me cry. I know nothing about The Last of Us, but I got to know the relationship between the girl and her father. Keeping the guitar motif throughout was a good choice. From 3:45 to the end, though... you kind of lost me. I get that the game is violent, but it disrupts the emotional arc I was feeling. Overall, I still liked it.

Boy vs Brain
- I don’t know who you are, but who gave you the right?! Oh my goodness, this was so good. I almost feel like finishing the series now. This is one of my favorites.

Can Anybody Hear Me
- It was fine. I’m not a big fan of the song or source, and it was hard for me to form an emotional connection with what was going on. I liked the juxtaposition with the baseball games, though, to show Sonic’s need for a friend. (The action sequences near the end kind of pulled me away from that theme.)

Dance
- It was fine. It dragged on for a little too long, but that could be because I don’t like dance videos.

Dissociate
- I’m sorry, I didn’t watch this one because of the subject material.

Do you know what’s going on?
- I’ve never seen the Walking Dead, but this video is one that I’m definitely going to share with my friends when you make it public. It is so good. The election day timestamp nearly made me scream. All the voiceovers were perfect. I could tell that this required a lot of planning. The parallels with this year were spot on. This is one of my favorites.

Dysphoria
- I thought it was sufficiently disorienting. I liked the text throughout as well.

Esoterra
- I didn’t really like this one. Most of the scenes and cross-fades felt overwhelming. I liked the masking transitions. Those are a lot harder to do, I know, but they worked better for me.

F Society
- Dang. Wow, that was intense. I love it. I couldn’t get into the show, but this was a palatable bite for me :lol:

Fever Dream
- This was pretty good. I loved your dedication to syncing with the drums.

Four Footed Family
- This was really sweet and cute. The length was good.

Friend.exe
- Woah. This was deliciously creepy. I loved it. :up: This is also the only video that made me put the source on my watch list, so great job. Definitely a favorite.

Going Home
- After I watched it a couple of times, I noticed how you carefully synced touches, and I thought that was a good thing to focus on throughout the video. Overall, I liked it.

Heartdance
- This was cute. I liked how you highlighted the parallels as they aged.

Hellsing Eternal
- It’s hard to go wrong with a trailer. This was a fun romp. Good job.

Hurricane
- Overall, I liked it. By the end, though, I forgot that the beginning had manga pages (I might have a short attention span, idk). I’m not sure about the purpose of the sequence around 4:13, snice it doesn’t seem to have an effect on the girl’s relationship with her crow father.

I’m (Not) Myself
- Good sync throughout. I’m moderately familiar with the source, since the film traumatized my little sister when she was 12. I think you did a good job showing the conflict between the two personas, and I liked the bloody climax (I think it meshed well with the song.) I liked the static/distorted TV effects that you used to highlight her fracturing reality. This is one of my favorites.

Infinite Youth
- This was great. The song and video make a great pair. I had a smile on my face the entire video. Watching Charlie Brown and Snoopy work hard to gain their respective crushes’ love was illustrated here in an endearing way.

Iron Bond
- I don’t like the song very much, but it served the purpose of the video enough. This one felt a little generic to me. Maybe I’ve watched too many FMA videos.

Iron Resolve
- I liked the moodiness of it, but the limited colors thing seemed kind of random. Also, for some reason, the voiceovers startled me (because they start in the second half of the video). They were also kind of hard to hear? (Maybe that’s just me, lol.) I’m a sucker for Avatar videos, but there are dozens of Zuko videos out there not much different from this.

Language
- Clever title! I really liked this one. It was fun and action-packed. There were so many glorious syncs to the beat (1:02-1:10 in particular). The ending was the cherry on top. Definitely one of my favorites from this group.

Legends Never Die
- I don’t understand the title, but otherwise, it was a fine video.

Million Miles Away
- This is cute... hmm, that’s all I can say.

MobiusTrip
- During the first half, I thought the song was made for the visuals. I liked the subtle halo-transitions. However, it started to feel repetitive around 2:30 and it was harder to maintain my interest...

My Crew
- I’m getting tired of hearing this song in videos, to be honest. You did a good job overall. You managed the emotional parts with the action parts well, and I felt like the video maintained a consistent tone throughout.

One trick pony
- I don’t understand many of the references and in-jokes, but this was hilarious.

Painful
- OMG I loved this. The attention to flow and sync was excellent. I loved how the song and video maintained a high energy throughout. My favorite part was the sync with the four fists at 0:18. I can’t stop rewatching this. This is one of my favorites, but... this video felt too similar to the opening of the first season.

Rallyy
- This feels unfinished, for some reason. I liked the opening. It was strong and grabbed my attention. Near the middle, there was too much focus on static people talking, which doesn’t look very interesting. Also, the ending part might benefit from “actor” names, to make it look more like a trailer. I liked the poster at the end, though.

The Great Gatsby
- This was okay... it was difficult for me to tell what was happening most of the time. I’m not familiar with the anime, but the Gatsby character doesn’t look the part.

This is Trash
- Uh... that’s it?

Too Many Editors
- It brought a smile to my face to see the names of all those editors. Also, nice touch with the “to be continued” at the end, since this list was by no means exhaustive. I know it’s the joke, but it’s sooo long.

Totally a legit video
- Why is it so short? (I think I liked it?)

Two for Tragedy
- I didn’t realize this video was nearly six minutes long? (Good job keeping me interested the entire time.) I don’t know the source, but I think you showed an emotional story in a way that got me invested in it. The ending looked a little weird to me, though. Did the white-haired guy betray the dark-haired guy? (A lot of stuff was going on and I got confused, heh.)

Unbound
- I liked this one. I couldn’t really get into the video until the second half, but I loved the contrasts between childhood innocence and war’s brutality. The overlays were nice and subtle, working well with the music. The ending felt a little abrupt, though.

Un Priere
- Fruits Basket! I love the manga. I’m so happy to see the reboot make an appearance here. Beautiful song choice. I thought some of the zooms/pans were too quick (1:27-1:30 as an example.) 1:56-2:10 had a lot of cuts, which felt jarring since the song is so slow. Don’t be afraid to linger on scenes more. (I really like 2:16-2:30 because the images are allowed to linger and leave an impact.) The lyric match at 2:31 looks a bit awkward... and it doesn’t make sense to people unfamiliar with Fruits Basket.

Utena Vu
- I don’t understand the concept behind this one. The combinations of the audio and visuals was not interesting to me. This song demands high intensity scenes, but all of the scenes linger on screen for too long. I think more cuts would have helped connect the visuals to the music for me. I also don’t understand the intro sequence with the car rusting. (I had to look up the source after this because I was so confused :oops: )

Watch the Sky
- I didn’t really like the mood of the video (I can’t put my finger on why), and the song annoyed me. I liked the sequence at the end, and I loved the colors. This was a beautiful video, but I couldn't get into it...

What We Mean When We Say We’d Give Up Everything
- This... this was stunning. I loved the use of picture-in-picture throughout. It was beautiful, though bordering on sensual, lol. The song fit perfectly with the art style of the source. Definitely one of my favorites.

Yes I Know I’m a Wolf
- I thought this video was fine. The beginning dragged on for a bit, and the video felt forced to recap the entire season. For example, the scene in the theater doesn’t have anything to do with Legoshi and Haru’s relationship, which the rest of the video focuses on. I feel like focusing on their relationship alone would make the video more impactful. (I have a lot of issues with Beastars’ story pacing, so those complaints unfortunately came to mind when watching this.)

Your Hand in Mine
- I love Howl’s Moving Castle! And I love the Oh Hellos 😊. This was a cute video. I loved the way you cut to the beat (like from 1:15-1:30). This video was very energetic and sweet. Good job.

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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by neko kitkat » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:55 pm

Sorry for the delay. Here are my reviews. Sorry for any typos. Enjoy!
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Christmas Eve Carol-I must admit I have seen a ton of amvs to this song. But this is the first time I actually have seen a Christmas amv to the song itself XD. Wonderful job! I haven't seen this iteration of the Christmas carol but now I want too. Thats always a good sign in my book. You amv was engaging well edited and felt fresh to me. I loved the simplicity of it and I am excited to look this movie up later as the holiday rolls around.
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A Servants Fate- I admit I am not a huge fan of Fate amvs but this one was very well done. I loved the cuts to the beats and how you progressively show the turmoil the servants go throughout the amv and the build up to the action and emotional weight they go through. The last minute is really spectacularly edited and makes me jealous with how its so fluid with the movements to the beat. Great work!
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Awaken- Action amvs are extremely difficult to execute. You did a wonderful job here. I am so happy I finally saw this movie so I can say you did a great job with song choice and scene selection. I love the use of blur to "past scenes"around the 2 minute mark and the build up the final chorus. I also love how you edit the visuals to hit with the beats in certain areas, like the glass shattering. I love that. The last scene was just the cherry on top! Image

Bad Guy- I have said this before and I will say it again Live action is extremely hard to work with. You did so fantastically. The song while not my cup of tea I have to say you timed it really well. Especially the first few seconds really captured my attention right away and kept me engaged throughout the whole amv. I admit I did have turn down the audio down a bit. It's mostly that synthesizer that hurts my ears. But overall you have a extremely strong amv and while not my taste in music you defiantly hit this out of the park. Just great work all around.
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Bad Piece- Lol I am just at a loss for words. Great lip sync and a funny reiteration of Sad Piece. Its just perfect and hilariously fits One piece as well. This was just fun XD
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Battlefield- I really love the flow of this amv. Using games can be difficult and you did a fantastic job here. I liked how even though it was action heavy it was more somber in tone. It did feel a little more forced towards the end in some areas just a few scenes here and there but transitions and scene selection seemed pretty spot on. Good job! Also not sure but it sounds like the song was pitched? Not sure if that was intentional or not, didn't ruin my experience of the amv was just curious. Image

BIG WIN- Never seen this anime before but see a ton of amvs to it and I loving how versatile you are with the footage. I never knew it even went in so many different styles like chibi. So now I am just in awe that its so unique in compared to others I have seen to this anime. Timing and lip sync are great. Overall just a fun and silly vid XD Good job! Image

Bitter Lamentations- Ok I know most people don't care for County but I have a huge soft spot for it. I never played this game but the song and tone worked wonders with the visuals. I am also a sucker for amvs focusing on familial relationships. You showed how much the characters have gone through with and for each other. Its emotional and engaging. There is a certain warmth to this amv where I can tell as a editor you really loved the source, it really shines through the the editing that this was something you were passionate about.
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Boy vs. Brain- I love how this showed the darker and more emotional and heart wrenching parts of the series. I love the focus on Steven's emotions. The editing is so fluid and spot on. Having edited to Steven universe before I think keeping consistent flow with the music and not make it look a bit clunky is hard. But not once was there any of tat in here. It was just so smooth with the transitions. Its just stunning how well you made this work.
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Can Anybody Hear me- I haven't seen this movie yet. But I will hopefully soon! But yeah I love the little blue hedgehog XD Sonic will always have a special place in my heart. Live action is always tricky to work with but I believe you did a great job. Timing was great and the scenes seemed to work with the scenes lyrically and emotionally. As a sonic fan this made me so happy!
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Dance- I love this! Reminds me of early 2010's amvs and now I just want to make a dance amv XD. I think some of the best amvs concepts inspire others. I love that you used so many different types of dancing styles too. even using more obscure or not as used sources for a dancing amv. I think my only criticism for the amv is that the animes felt to segmented away from each other? It feels a little bit like a MEP, which is by no means a bad thing. Just felt more separated and a little less integrated. But its more of a nitpick. I love the flow and transitions and the dancing the beats. It was really well constructed and I enjoyed this concept so much!
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Do You Know What's Going On- I love it when video use audio from the source over laying in a amv. Its just gives the amv a different vibe and feeling all together. I love the old footage take on this and the build up to the intensity of the situation and the audio in tandem. Its a bit surreal take considering whats going on right now but I think you did a fantastic job here.
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Dysphoria- Wow. just....WOW. Ok so this was just so beautifully executed and extremely well edited. The effects and text and overlays just blew my mind. I can tell a lot of hard work and effort was put into this amv. However, this did make me feel ill afterwards. Like my head was spinning and I felt both anxious and my chest felt tight. My stomach feels like it did a few back flips. I think its saying something when you can feel yourself be physically affected by video. Its THAT level of execution, but I probably won't be able to watch it much or at all again without being a bit more prepared. I'm still trying to adjust from the rush and feelings it washed over me.
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Esoterra- I love this amv. Its very surreal and i love the atmospheric feel of it. I love the use of overlays and composition of scenes and layers you chose to compliment each part. Everything flowed really well and you integrated so many different styles together effortlessly. Some parts looks a bit clunky? not sure if thats the right word, its more of a nitpick and I dunno how to describe it well. But some transitions the panning looked a little forced but Idk how to overlay like this and I don't know if it was just a really hard transition or not. But those were just very minor details on a technical level that I myself have no knowledge of. This was a beautiful piece and I found myself watching on a loop more than I can count XD. Wonderful work
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F Society- This one I had a hard time getting though. It was by no means a bad amv. In-fact it was impeccably timed and one of the best live action amvs I have seen. It was just hard as it stand this year has been a rough year. This pretty sums up what myself and others have been feeling. I haven't see the source butt he juxtaposition of real life events with it really hit hard. Which was what i feel was the point. I personally can't stand looking at Trump so just seeing him here and there in the video just made me feel a influx of emotions. Which I believe was kinda the point. You made a excellent video even though it made em uncomfortable. I use amvs as way to to escape, while others can use it as a way to voice. Good job.
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Fever Dream- I really love the animation and the visuals here. I think you combined the song with the source very well. Some timing issues here and there but overall worked fairly well. I love of monsters and men and This song is one of my favorites off their new album so this already got me happy XD.
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Four-footed Family- This was just adorable. Its also made me so happy and just so simple and cute. I feel like I am wrapped up fluffy blankets and drinking hot coco. Its that kinda warmth I feel here. Simple yet effective and so sweet and warm. great timing and loved it X3
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Friend.exe- I love how visually pleasing this amv is. I don't know anything about this anime but I am loving the visuals with the music. I can terll there was a lot of thought and effort put into this . There clearly was a lot of love for the source material. The timing and beats worked so well and I loved your use of effects and masks. Fantastic work!
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Going Home- This was tribute full of love and admiration. I am living for it! Just so much emotion and thought were put behind each scene choice and just the overwhelming amount of love and heart behind each edit definitely showed. I actually had to show my little brother whose a huge steven universe fan and said he just loved it and we had to watch it several times ina row. It was very impactful and you put a lot of effort into this. Thank you. Really loved it!One of my favorite entries this year.
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Heartdance- This was such a sweet and heartfelt tribute to HTTYD franchise. It was really sentimental and beautifully done. It definitely made my heart melt and want to rewatch all the movies. It felt very floaty, not just visually but the song itself was uplifting and felt like one would be on the clouds. Nothing much to say other than great timing and hitting the emotional beats. Wonderful work!
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Hellsing Eternal- I love me a good anime trailer! This was extremely well done and you matched the scenes with audio really well! Every beat and scene felt like it was made for the series! Great sync and timing too! Wonderful work!
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Hurricane- Mixing Manga with anime can be tricky But it think you did well here. There was some areas i felt could have had some effects or overlays. I do like the transitions from the manga to anime and worked out well. I really love familial relationships so thats always great in my book XD good work!
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Infinite Youth- I LOVED THIS. Just pure love. I am over the moon with this amv. It made me so happy and just filled me with nostalgia and joy and I loved how you paced things and your use of effects tastefully. This is definitely a favorite of mine. Thank you for creating such a heartwarming amv. It really made me happy.
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Iron Bond- I love me good family amvs XD I love seeing amvs focusing on Ed and Al's relationship. Great timing and I loved the build up. Scenes worked really well and this song worked so well for them! I love the subtle effects and the pacing was extremely well done. I really enjoyed this amv and you did a fantastic job!
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Iron Resolve- I love Avatar and Zuko XD It was great character tribute. I love the use of mute colors and slowly building to more color towards the end when the audio from the show kicks in. then back to the more gray color pallet as it leads off to the end. Audio can be very tricky to work with and can be a hit or miss. I think you did so fairly well. I think maybe adding some audio in beginning would have helped the transition into the audio later on. But it was by no means a deal breaker for me. Great job on scene selection as well. Keep up the good work!
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Language- LOL this just made me laugh. But yeah I think this show have been put into the mature category cause of language. Timing was great and worked well! the Disneyworld part had me cracking up. Great timing and scene section was on point.
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Legends Never Die- No idea what this show is but the timing was spot on XD and silly XD
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Milion Miles Away- I think visually this worked really well with the song. It was very simple but effective. The tone definitely gave a sense of solemn isolation. only issue I saw, which might be just from the source in general was the frame rate was a bit choppy in some areas. But that in no way ruined the amv as whole. Great work!
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Mobius Trip- Oh boy was this trippy. Timing was good and the scenes seemed to work. But yeah this was trip. I am very curious on the source but Idk if I will actually watch it XD. Loved the flow and transitions and everything worked seamlessly despite how odd visually the video was XD
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My Crew- I never thought this song working to One Piece and OMG is it perfect. I LOVE this amv. There was a lot of thought about the sentimental scenes to work with the crews past and who they have become and are becoming. The timing was great and I think you pulled together a wonderful tribute. My only nitpick is the use of the movie at the end cause it seemed a little tacked on but it was more of a minor thing for me as I have been reading the manga and would have liked to see more scenes that happen in the series rather than the films. But fantastic work!
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One Trick Pony- I love the chaos of this amv and I didn't realize towards the end you referenced amvs from previous years. This was fun and I enjoyed it quite a bit. had to rewatch it to understand all the references XD. Good work and timing was great!
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Painful- This was a pretty good action amv. I suck at action myself but I believe you did a good job here. The song isn't my cup of tea bit I think the song worked with the heavy action and intensity of the animation. Your timing towards the end was great too.
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Rallyy- I LOVE the intro into this amv. The cut out where so reminiscent of older crime shows and I just loved the recreation. Instant hook for me. I like the use of the older series with this audio. I love how you matched the car scenes with the audio and cars sounds.It worked really well and was a very unique amv for me. Only thing that could use a little touch up was the the transition from text to the last scene. Since the text was a little pixelated. But didn't really ruin the video. just more of a nitpick on my end. Over great work!
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The Great Gatsby- I still need to see Baccano. But man does this work with the audio so well! Your lip sync was great and the scenes matched the audio really well. Trailers are always difficult for me but I think you pulled this off perfectly. Everything was synced and timed with the audio wonderfully. Great job!
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This is Trash- But its cute trash XD
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Too Many Editors- This was such a fun and silly video I loved it. It's a nice shout out to so many editors! It was very sweet and kind of you!
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Totally a Legit Video- lol oh my XD good timing and lip sync though! Nice troll
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Unbound- I haven't seen this series but I love the build up. The music seems to work with the series visually. That drum beat in the beginning was Just perfect! It really seems like a period piece in a way. I also like the training of the kids juxtaposed with the adults fighting. really shows how this world works and how things are mostly about war and survival. I think you captured the drama and tragedy of it all as well. The timing was great and you did a good job here. I feel the ending could have been a bit different as the flashing faces on the sword felt a bit jarring. But that's more of nitpick and personal preference on my end to have a more slow end then rapid movement. Either way great work!
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Une Priere- I LOVE FRUITS BASKET! I thought this was extremely clever and worked both literally and figuratively with the series. Plus its a Disney song and That give you extra brownie points for me XD Regardless this was well edited and the scenes and timing where on point. I loved how each section ft with particular characters and their relation to Akito being god. I can tell you put a lot of thought and love into this video and it shows. Fantastic work you did here!
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Utena Vu- I haven't seen the Utena Movie, though I really should XD this seems like a fun edit. It was simple and seemed to focus on the car race scene I have seen in amvs before. I think if you have more cuts would be nice and maybe some pans. But overall was a nice vid.
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Watch The Sky- I liked the idea of this amv. It was unique and interesting. But the kazoo music was getting a bit annoying towards the ending. I am just not a fan of this kind of music. It was beautifully edited and worked well. and I liked the use of multiple sources, But yeah the kazoo was hard to get over for me. But seriously wonderful work!
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What We Mean when We Say We'd Give Up Everything- I love Utena, though I still haven't seen the movie. This was just amazing. The editing was so fluid and the sync was just top notch. Everything was just edited so perfectly it was just mesmerizing to witness. Clearly you have a love for the material and you did a fantastic tribute to the movie here. Really loved this entry. Keep up the great work!
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Yes I know I'm a Wolf- I really like the darker and more somber feel of this amv. I haven't seen this show but I think you showed the struggle of the wolf very well. I like the build up to the end and your scene selection was great. I feel you capture emotion and there was a lot of thought into your choice of scenes. I feel you could have used a few pans here and there but its more of personal preference to add more movement in the beginning. Other than that I think you have a solid amv here. Great work!
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Your Hand in Mine- This made me so happy and made me smile so much. Its such a beautiful tribute to the movie. I love the simplicity of this. There was a lot of love and warmth behind this and I could just feel it radiating in the edit. Fantastic work!
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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by Silent Hero Studios » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:48 pm

I'm not much of a critic cuz I'm still a bit of a novice myself.
This year's AWA turnout was pretty good! I'd be lying if I said I didn't know what to say, soooo:
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A Christmas Eve Carol: I love this song! Never saw this source though. But still, it was pretty good.

A Servant's Fate: I'm hooked on this entry! The zoom out scenes seemed a little slow, but everything else was FIRE!!! Perfect mix and theme for the Fate series!

Awaken: The would-be official anthem for Wonder Woman if considered. Good choice!

Bad Guy: Someone ACTUALLY freakin' used HOBBS & SHAW! I LOVE IT!!! Dope use of cuts and Brixton shots!

Bad Piece: I'm just wondering and picturing Sean's face right now, so I'll use these: :o :shock: :lol: :o :shock: :lol:

Battlefield: I get it. Honestly, I do, even if the song is Nightcore. But the repeated scenes, and lack of sync kinda threw me off.

BIG WIN: I just looked up the song and I finally get it! HAHA! :lol: :D Nice one!

Bitter Lamentations: Never played this, but overall, it's touchy-feely (yet very violent, obvi) video about a daughter and father relationship! Not bad.

Boy vs. Brain: Why didn't I think of matching Steven's voice w/ SU? This was so intense and so well done.

Can Anybody Hear Me: This was a solid video. Could definitely feel the feels here. Haven't seen it yet, but planning on it.

Dance: Nice effects and transitions at the beginning.

Dissociate [MATURE]: .................Umm...............

Do You Know What's Going On?: Yes, I do. And frankly, because I don't watch this show, this felt too real... but in a good way. Props on the VHS effects!

Dyshoria: The trippier, the more chances others will love disoriented videos. This was actually pretty well done! Nice masks and text effects, too.

Esoterra: I love the giant masks and crossfades in this. Also trippy. Dope.

F Society: Damn. This was pretty intense, but still well done. :up:

Fever Dream: Dope sync and gr8 use of source to fit the song. I love listening to OMAM!

Four-Footed Family: *clutching my chest* My heart.....!

Friend.exe: Honestly, this song kinda creeps me out, but that just means u used a good source for this. Not bad.

Going Home: Another good-feely SUMAV. Felt good to watch.

Heartdance: Dope tribute! This was heartwarming.

Hellsing Eternal: Nice trailer. Matches perfectly w/ the anime.

Hurricane: It's a pretty solid dram/sentimental amv/mmv. It's hard to move manga panels around, but this was pretty well done.

I'm (Not) Myself [MATURE]: As Perfect Blue AMVs go, this was pretty good. Not exactly a fan of psych-thriller stuff myself, but this itself well-edited.

Infinite Youth: I. Freakin'. Love. This. :D :lol: :) :up:

Iron Bond: An unexpected song choice for FMA, but nicely done altogether.

Iron Resolve: Solid zuko vid :up: . Solid.

Language: *tearing up at the beauty of this video*

Legends Never Die: Title kinda threw me off, but I get the concept. Nice.

Million Miles Away: I've been wanting to see this source for a while. Otherwise, nicely edited.

MobiusTrip: i have yet to actually watch this, but this looked really good. Trippin'.

My Crew: I love OP AMVs, and this was pretty well edited! Emotional w/ some cool action scenes, nice. A bit of lip flap in the middle, though, but even so, everything else was awesome!

one trick pony: funny AND realistic... not bad.

Painful: Action-packed w/ dope sync cuts, noice!

Rallyy: Not bad.

The Great Gatsby: I get the theme and point of it... just not the Gatsby part. Ah well.

This is Trash: Yes.... apparently it is. :|

Too Many Editors: What am I, chopped liver?? lol, seriously though, this was pretty funny.

Totally a legit video: Oh, for sure.

Two for Tragedy MATURE: Not bad for an instrumental epic.

Unbound: Pretty well done as far as viking AMVs go.

Un Priere: My favorite part of this was the checkerboard scene with all the characters. Altogether, I really liked this one!

Utena Vu: Song was a bit loud, but not bad.

Watch the Sky: I found the theme of this oddly interesting. Music to my eyes AND ears.

What We Mean When We Say We’d Give Up Everything: Rapid and solid, nice.

Yes I Know I’m a Wolf: A really top profile on Legoshi! I love his charater so much! :)

Your Hand in Mine: This was adorable! :)
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Re: Obligatory, annual, elitist AWA 2020 Pro reviews!

Post by Tigrin » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:10 pm

Here's my reviews... I tried to do a mix of constructive criticism and what I felt was working. I hope it's helpful even for people who don't plan on editing their videos any further.

Also I included cat gifs.

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A Christmas Eve Carol - The Stingiest Man in Town - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 1224)
I think it’s cool you chose an old school source that I’m not familiar with. But I’m not sure about the choice of song, it feels maybe too epic for this video source. The limited animation makes it hard to do any sort of internal sync, so it relies heavily on external sync, which can get a bit predictable. You also made some unusual editing choices, like cutting during a truck in/out or artificially inserting jumps in a zoom. I also wasn’t expecting for it to end on Scrooge’s grave. I think most people are familiar with Christmas Carol, but if you’re not, I’m not sure how much of the story comes across.

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A Servants Fate - Fate Series - Tommee Profitt - Noble Blood
I really liked the impact of the external sync in this one, though sometimes I think it’s a bit distracting and too much, so you’ll want to limit how you use it for the best moments… like reduce how often you do this type of fast zoom cut transition by a sixth or something. Otherwise I felt this was a decent video, it just felt kind of like your standard Fate video that’s just a compilation of cool shots, which I think makes it hard for it stand out. Since I’m not familiar with the source, any additional connection with the characters and the lyrics was lost on me.

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Awaken - Wonder Woman - Valerie Broussard, Pentakill, Ray Chen – Awaken
I thought this was a great profile and did such a good job matching the energy and the emotional flow of the song. This is one of the songs I ended up downloading from this year. The editing was clean and I don’t have any particular notes.

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Bad Guy - Hobbs _ Shaw - Apashe - Battle Royale (Feat. Panther)
This AMV got me excited to see the movie. I do think some of the sync needs work and that it could go a lot “harder” than this; by which I mean, much tighter and more impactful sync, a lot more action and motion to match the intense energy of the song. Especially with moments like the first beat drop, what happens there is just not enough to really connect you with the song. So this missed the mark for me a bit, which is a shame. I did enjoy the movie, and appreciate that this didn’t really spoil it, so thanks!

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Bad Piece - One Piece - Eric Cartman - Come sail away
This is kind of a funny parody, though since I’m not a One Piece fan, I wasn’t that big of a fan of the original to begin with. I think since your footage was limited of the ugly fake crew that it starts to wear out its welcome quickly and the joke gets kind of long in the tooth. Still, this combo works unexpectedly well, so kudos.

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Battlefield - Destiny 2 - SVRCINA - Meet Me On The Battlefield (Nightcore remix)
This remix of the song really threw me off. You reused a lot of footage and the quality of it is not great. If you’re facing a lack of footage you might need to cut down the song. I kind of wish you’d used more gameplay rather than recycle cutscene/trailer footage. The like 20 seconds of black at the end makes it feel unfinished. There’s a missed opportunity with the lyrics.

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BIG WIN - Monogatari series - Brent Black - Bye Donald
I appreciate that we don’t see the Orange Man anywhere in this video. This is a side of Monogatari I don’t usually see so I appreciated the zaniness of it. I think it’s pretty effective as it is and I think the silly wipe transitions and stuff just add to the derpiness of it. I also appreciated that it’s only over a minute long, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. This song sometimes get stuck in my head.

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Bitter Lamentations - The Last of Us - First Aid Kit – Emmylou
I thought this was a sad, but solid narrative about Ellie and Joel. Kinda spoils the games though. I think the beginning is a bit rough and could use more polish, but after about 1:30 it flows pretty well. I’m not much of a country fan but I like this song.

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Boy vs. Brain - Steven Universe - Zach Callison – Nightmare
I’m really not a fan of this type of music, but I thought this was a great character profile of Steven (not that I know, haven’t seen the show). I don’t usually see dramatic SU videos focused on Steven so I appreciated that part of it. I’m probably missing some of the connection with the lyrics since I don’t know the story, but I can still appreciate the impact of the visuals. My absolute favorite part is how you matched the visuals to the atmospheric part of the song at 2:46. It feels so perfect. I’m not really fan of fading to black twice at the end, it’s sort of an awkward fakeout.

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Can Anybody Hear Me - Sonic the Hedgehog - Simple Plan – Astronaut
The song choice was kind of unexpected, I didn’t really anticipate a sort-of emo song with Sonic, but I think you mostly pull it off. I think the technicals need just a bit of work, since there’s some stray frame pops and awkward sync in places. If you can limit some of the shots with distracting lip sync that’d be good, but I realize that’s tough with sources like this. I think you could probably fade to black sooner at the end to fit better with the music, like one long fade as soon as the music’s gone.

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Dance - various - David Bowie - Let’s Dance
The AWA Pro bits at the beginning and the end are very cute but I am guessing you’ll leave those out of the final upload. 😊 I really liked that you mostly used ballroom dancing and some unusual sources instead of the pop dancing you usually see in dance AMVs. However, there were a number of technical issues that diminished my enjoyment of the video. The sync is pretty slow in comparison to the music, and just mostly plays through a scene in a single source, and goes from one source to another. The mixed aspect ratios were also kind of distracting and sometimes skewed. I think possibly the sources could have been edited to mesh together better and mixed up to add more interest, especially since the run time is pushing 5 minutes. You have a lot of similar types of dances, so it would have been easy to do things like match cuts. Overall I think it’s a cool and original concept, just needs a better execution. My fiancé wants to know some of your sources used so he can watch the anime, haha.

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Do you know what_s going on - The Walking Dead - In The House - In A Heartbeat
As a lapsed Walking Dead fan, I can’t really express how impressed I am with this video and the work it must have taken to put together. I think the technical all work well and the fake VHS footage and altered audio are convincing. You put together your own narrative that is relevant to where we are this year and it’s impressive. I think it is worth noting that I watched this with my fiancé (who is not at all a Walking Dead fan) and he got so distracted keeping up with the images and audio that the COVID reference went over his head. I took a moment to explain it to him but I wonder if he’d had a chance to watch the whole thing if he would have gotten it.

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Dysphoria - various - JT Bruce - Hypnic Jerk
This kind of reminds me of an old AMV that I can’t recall. It has a very clear psychological concept to it… I think it’s designed to be a very uncomfortable and jarring watch with the visuals and audio, and it kind of turned me off the video. I have a tendency to find this sort of preachiness to the audience (“are you awake?”) to be sort of pretentious and annoying. This sort of video is just not for me.

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Esoterra- various - AURORA - Apple Tree
I really loved the concept of this and the way you blended so many different sources together using overlays. I do think some of the technical could use a bit of cleanup, like some of the masks or color keys that are a bit jagged or have black edges. But for the most part it’s well done. It does feel more like a fancy visualization of the song than anything, since the connections with the lyrics are few and far between. I’ve been listening to this song a lot since seeing this video and I have to wonder why you started the video so abruptly? Were the original ten seconds of the song too much? It might feel better leading into such a visual-heavy AMV to have some breathing room at the beginning. Just something to consider!

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F Society - Mr. Robot - Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up
I found this hard to watch and am not really a fan of this type of music. I think maybe some of the cuts, particularly in the beginning, are too fast to really get much of a sense of what’s going on. Being unfamiliar with the source, I had to have someone explain it to me. The narrative isn’t particularly clear since it just cuts between a lot of characters and scenes seemingly at random. Sorry, this was just a miss for me.

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Fever Dream - We’re Still Underground - Of Monsters and Men – Alligator
I feel like maybe you could bring some visuals in sooner, like around 00:03? The source video looks really fascinating, I haven’t seen it but I’d like to. The whole video has such a strong and interesting mood to it, I think the song was well-chosen though I’m not sure if the lyrics are related. I have kind of a pet peeve against using white or black flashes for sync in the middle of clips and think they could be reduced or eliminated here, especially around 1:40. I’ve been listening to this song a lot since I saw this video. Good job cutting the audio at the end, it’s seamless.

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Four-Footed Family - Chi’s Sweet Home _ New Address - Magome Togoshi – Kaisouroku
I’m sorry, I’ve been avoiding this video because me and my fiancé’s cat (a gray tabby Siamese) unexpectedly passed away right around when I got these videos, so it was a bit too soon. Now that I’ve had some time I finally got to watch this. It’s a very cute, simple video. I think it does what it sets out to do for the most part, which is to show a cute story about a family getting a kitten. I do feel like the music is fairly “flat” in the sense it has no real ups or downs that allow the narrative to change. Like it would have been interesting to see moments from later in the season when the family is being forced to abandon Chi because their apartment doesn’t allow cats, and they choose to move to another apartment and keep Chi instead. It would give the story more of an emotional arc if that makes sense. But it’s still cute for what it is!

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friend.exe - Serial Experiments Lain - Billie Eilish - Bury A Friend
It’s tough because Billie Eilish is popular right now (my neighbor blasts her music like half the day) so there’s already been a number of AMVs with this song. That being said I like what you did with it and how you kept it simpler with an older source. I do feel like it sometimes misses some opportunities with the sync. I like that it emphasizes the character’s relationship with herself. It has a great, subtle creepy vibe.

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Going Home - Steven Universe - The Score - Going Home
There’s a pure joy in this video. I’m not a SU fan but you can feel the love for the characters and their affection for each other in this video. I think the song was well chosen for the sentimental feel of the video. If I had to critique the video I’d say that it could probably flow and sync a bit better. It has a lot of fairly static shots for the high energy of the song.

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Heartdance - How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy - Woodlock - Forever Ago
It was really nice to see a romantic video about Hiccup and Astrid rather than another video about the dragons. I feel like for the most part, this was edited well and had a great mood with the music. Sometimes I feel like the narrative is a bit muddled (“our love is stronger when we are apart”, but it’s shots of Hiccup building and then Astrid is right there with him). We don’t see the progression of their relationship or anything, instead it’s very mixed together. I think I’m fine with it like that, it’s just more focused on their feelings for each other than telling their story.

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Hellsing Eternal - Hellsing Ultimate - Doom Eternal - Launch Trailer
I feel like for the most part this is a strong trailer and a good source combo. The sync with the sounds works really well and I know how difficult that can be! I like how you used the titles over the anime footage at the end, but it’s straight out of the original trailer, and I think it’d be better and more unique to create your own, similar titles that are more relevant to the Hellsing footage.

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Hurricane - The Girl From the Other Side - Fleurie – Hurricane
I thought this nailed the bittersweet mood of the original manga. The mix of manga and anime is interesting, though I wonder if you only used the manga because the anime doesn’t progress as far in the story. It’d be interesting some aspects of the manga panels more but it’s not super necessary. I think the narrative does end up a bit muddled about the relationship between the girl and Teacher; like you get that he has a longing to form a relationship with her, but is being held back, but the other aspects of the story (like the curse) are confusingly communicated (we see the girl hold his hand without any apparent repercussions for instance). As usual I also have to nitpick the use of black flashes for syncing purposes. Otherwise I feel like this was still a solid sentimental entry.

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Infinite Youth - The Peanuts Movie - Sleeping At Last – Sun
Growing up I was a big fan of the Peanuts and I’m surprised I still haven’t seen this movie?? I should probably get on that. This is generally the kind of video I like to make and I had someone ask if I made this, lol. I do think that some of the black fades used as transitions get too dark and may not be necessary to use… like it flows pretty well on its own without a lot of transitions. I’m not super sure about the narrative here other than Charlie Brown has a crush on the Little Redheaded Girl and is trying to find an opportunity to impress her or return her pencil? I’m not sure. It’s a lot of mixed footage. The B plot involving Snoopy also feels odd but I get that it mirrors Charlie Brown’s romantic struggles. But I think the video as a whole does capture the sentimental mood of the source so it mostly works.

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Iron Bond - Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Illenium - Only One
I have some trouble getting past the literal interpretation of the lyrics, haha. But I like this focus on Ed and Al, especially setting it mostly from Al’s perspective. It feels like a good fit. Sometimes the energy levels feel mismatched because of the nature of the music (fast-paced and highly electronic, versus slow and sentimental visuals).

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Iron Resolve - Avatar The Last Airbender - Woodkid – Iron
I think this is a great Zuko character profile. I like how you used the color tints to set a certain mood to the visuals and how you included the show audio. Not sure the audio at :56 is necessary though, and sometimes the audio gets a bit drowned out by the music.

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Language - various - Team America - America, F Yeah
This was way better than I was expecting and I don’t think I’ve ever heard the full song, lol. Some of the sync could be tightened up I think (such as punching out Hitler, or the explosions at :26). But then parts feel good that are synced to the rapid drum beats. Overall a really strong entry. Love the end card.

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Legends Never Die - Chio’s School Road - Sneaks - No Problem
Thought it was funny and the lip sync was good and it was well edited, but I’m not familiar with the source and not sure why this combo was chosen. The ending is really abrupt, is it unfinished?

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Million Miles Away - Voices of a Distant Star - Karen O - The Moon Song
The mood of this is really interesting and melancholy. The art style of the source is really distracting (I can’t get past how poorly drawn the characters are) but that’s no fault of this video. It does look like there’s a visual issue where the lines are blurry or something, I don’t know if that’s in the original. The pans also feel unusually choppy. I’d check and make sure your sequence settings match your footage.

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MöbiusTrip - The Midnight Gospel - Dan Deacon - When I Was Done Dying
I personally don’t like this aesthetic and have been avoiding this cartoon, but I don’t hold that against the video, haha. I liked the lyric sync (though it took several viewings to understand it all), and the psychedelic mood of this is spot on. I don’t have much in the way of constructive criticism; like it’s a good video, just not something I personally enjoy.

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My Crew - One Piece - Keala Settle - This Is Me
I’m sorry, when I first saw this I assumed it was meant to be funny. This song is so overused, and in the context of this contest especially has entered the realm of parody, that it caught me off guard that this video seems to be playing it straight. I find it tough sometimes to take One Piece seriously because of the nature of the visuals. But I don’t hold any of that against the video. I think you did a pretty good job with your audio cuts, and the mood of it works well as an ensemble piece. I do think some of the technical need cleaning up in places where the sync is awkward or the visuals are muddled (like around 1:30). You might be overusing fade to black transitions. I’d reduce how many of them you use, or not go as dark with them.

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one trick pony - various - My Chemical Romance - Na Na Na
I’M A GIRAFFE

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Painful - One Punch Man - Judas Priest – Painkiller
I’m not really a fan of this kind of music, but it works well for this footage and this is a solid action edit. The length feels just right to use some of the best footage and not be too long. The fly thing at the end is kinda funny.

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Rallyy - Gunsmith Cats - Bullitt – Trailer
It’s just okay to me. The sync is pretty good, but there is stray lip sync that definitely has to be edited out of there’s no source audio to sync to (I’m told this is in keeping with the spirit of the original so maybe ignore this). It’s risky to swap the genders in trailers, because it can make it harder to keep track of the characters. There are a lot of characters in this, which made it harder for me to follow the story. A parody trailer should be edited in a way that still allows the viewer to follow what the plot of the film is about. Choosing an old school trailer audio is tough because trailers were edited in a very meandering way back then.

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The Great Gatsby - Baccano! - The Great Gatsby – Trailer
Another just okay trailer. The intro is mentioning specific things about the setting, New York, and buildings, but we’re not seeing a lot of set dressing (shots of the city). Even if the anime city is not New York just seeing long shots to set up the setting would work. I couldn’t really keep track of the characters or what their relationships were with each other. I’d recreate the titles or make your own; AMV contests may not allow you to enter with titles taken from the original trailer. Plus it’s more fun!

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This is Trash - Kiniro Mosaic - Generated voice
I mean, it has good lip sync, it is indeed a trash can, it even says so on the wall. Is it an AMV without music though? I say nay.

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Too Many Editors - various - Adult Swim - Too Many Cooks
Good choice for me, no notes, I laughed the whole way through and question how I am spending my time and my social life.

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totally a legit video - various - Lo Key - Suck my
Aw, I was just starting to get into it. ☹ The intro is a tad annoying and needs better lip sync, but I can tell this is totally unfinished. Keep going?

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Unbound - Vinland Saga - Wardruna – Wunjo
I really like the concept of this video and the way it’s structured. I really like the juxtaposition of the adults and children in this, considering the vocals. There are moments of great sync, but some of it might need to be tightened up. The ending seems to be a bit rough and might need to be cleaned up.

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Une Prière - Fruits Basket - Ciara Renée - God Help The Outcasts
I really love this as an ensemble piece, it captures the emotions of the characters well and has that epic, Broadway feel. I’ve been watching the show and there’s something a little oof about comparing Akito to a benevolent god. Don’t change it, it was just a gut punch haha. These poor guys need a new god. This is nitpicky but the part around 1:45, is that meant to feel like a window? There seems to be a bit of a white border around some of the footage and I can’t tell if that was intentional or a footage issue.

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Utena Vu - Revolutionary Girl Utena - Dave Rodgers - Déjà vu
The beginning is interesting, but this seems to be mostly an unedited sequence from the film set to different music. You’ll want to use more of a variety of footage. I’d also be careful about normalizing your audio, there’s a huge difference between the movie audio and the song.

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Watch the Sky - various - MIA - Bird Song
This is so quirky and interesting. I’m not really sure what it’s going for other than being a bit bizarre. I liked the texture overlays that made it feel like a watercolor painting, it helped all the different sources feel cohesive. It starts really abruptly, maybe put a second or two lead on the beginning.

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What We Mean When We Say We_d Give Up Everything - Adolescence of Utena - Adam Neely, Kate Steinberg - Run Away With Me
Really love this type of music for Utena. I liked some of the unusual internal sync and transitions. I think the energy of this is a great match with the song. The rollers smashing shut around 3:24 is one of my favorite bits, haha. My only critique is I’m not sure about the frequent blurring, but I get that it’s kind of part of the mood of the footage.

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Yes I Know I_m a Wolf - Beastars - Courbe - I Know I_m a Wolf
Um, was this song made for this anime?? It works so well, it gave me chills. For the most part I dug the editing and the mood of this AMV, my only criticism is that sometimes the energy level of the clips dropped a little for the intensity of the song, especially after the beat drops around 2:45. Pick up the pace and intensity even more.

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Your Hand in Mine - Howl’s Moving Castle - The Oh Hellos - Thus Always to Tyrants
This video convinced my fiancé he needs to give this movie another shot. It just has such a fun energy and plays well with its visuals. I don’t really think the story comes across so it’s not spoilers or anything, just a fun romp with the song.
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Dissociate - various - The Delgados - The Drowning Years
To get the technical stuff out of the way, the masks and Twixtor do need some cleaning up, but for the most part I think this is a technically very solid video, and I appreciated some beforehand warning (I have PTSD and getting caught off guard is difficult for me).
I spoke about this video at length on the Discord server and the call. To sum up what I said, this is a controversial video to me. I think it relies heavily on shock value, especially with the live action (where is that from by the way?) section at the end. It catapults it into the realm of “way too real”. The music choice to me is an odd one, because it’s written from a third person perspective about the woman, rather than from the woman’s perspective. I think this lends to the sense that there’s some objectifying or sensationalizing of the victims in the video. Perhaps this is the connection with the title “dissociate”; observing yourself from a third-person perspective… in that case I can kind of maybe excuse it. The message here is also incredibly dark; the lyrics tell of death being the only real release, and we see a (poorly attempted) suicide with the slit wrists. After watching this several times and discussing it, I find myself still questioning what the purpose of the video is. If it’s meant purely to communicate pain, then it’s effective. But I’d argue to a certain extent that traumatizing the viewer and making them complicit, helpless observers in acts of sexual violence is not the right way to elicit empathy.

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I_m (Not) Myself - Perfect Blue - Rezz, Grabbitz - Someone Else
I haven’t seen this film but I felt like this video was really effective as a character profile. To me, the narrative seemed pretty clear. The transitions and stuff are good for the sound of the song (such as around 1:00). Not much else to say, just thought it was a solid video.

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Two For Tragedy - Berserk - Nightwish - Ghost Love Score
I thought the epic feel of the song worked well with the source, though it’s on the long side (apparently the original song is like 10 minutes long??). This really isn’t my thing, but I still think this was well done and cleanly edited with a clear narrative.

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