Video Information


  • Member: downwithpants
  • Studio: (amateur)
  • Title: Cowboy Jazz
  • Premiered: 2003-07-25
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  • Song:
    • Duke Ellington Sophisticated Lady
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    Tagline: Get ready to dance.

    Editing Notes:
    This is my 6th AMV, and the 5th one to debut. I was surprised how fast I got this one done. On the other hand, this video only uses video from six action scenes, the Cowboy Bebop intro, and a saxophone scene, unlike my other AMVs, in which I use scenes all across a series or movie.

    This one was pretty fun to edit - some of the scenes literally fit to the song as I placed them down. I encountered a few editing snags too. The last scene between Spike and Vicious took a while and quite some patience to synch all the hits to the percussion crashes. I also couldn't figure out how to transition the Spike vs. Appeldelhi scene to the Spike vs. Andy scene, and it still might be confusing to people who haven't seen CB.

    Which brings up another point. I tried to make this AMV watchable for people who haven't seen CB. For the most part, it should be, because it's simple fighting scenes. But there are a few scenes that people who haven't seen CB might not get, so if you're one of these people, tell me your opinion. Of course, even if you have seen CB, I'd like your opinion too.

    A couple of friends have noted that they like the music to Cowboy Bebop. The opening theme song, "Tank" by Yoko Kanno, is a jazz (I'm assuming it's bebop jazz, but I don't really know for sure) song, and it kinda set the tone for the anime- at least it did for me when I watched it. So, I decided I'd try a jazz song for the AMV. Another reason I wanted to do a jazz song was that there are no jazz AMVs on, and there should be.

    I've also wanted to do a song by a local group, as a sort of tribute to my roots, or something. Since I had a CD from my high school jazz band, I went through that CD to see if I could use any of those songs. There were a few songs that I felt I could make a CB AMV to, but I thought "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington (a big band jazz composer) was pretty fun and snazzy, so I chose that.

    So, yes, this song was performed by my high school jazz band. I'll give you some background information on the band. I grew up in West Hartford, a rich suburban Jewish town in Connecticut, formerly the state with the highest income per capita in the U.S. Well, West Hartford is known for good education, and it spends buttloads of money on arts programs for its two public high schools, one of which is Hall High. Since it has a well-financed music department coupled with rich parents sending their children to band camps and private instrumental tutors, the Hall High School Concert Jazz Band has collected awards from regional and national competitions, has performed at the White House, travels to perform across Europe every other year, and hosts a increasingly popular show called & "Pops N' Jazz"; every year.

    There were many influences on this video. Let's start with BigBigTruck's Failed Experiments in Video Editing. I really liked the segment to Filter's "Hey Man, Nice Shot". During this segment, EK matched up a scene from the intro (Spike slipping) to the jazzy beat of the song. And that's how I came up with the introduction segment to my AMV.

    Next, there's BogoSort's Stress. The scene where Spike fights Appeldelhi (Ed's father) taught me that an instrumental part could be matched with fighting. This is what basically inspired me to make the whole video fighting matched to jazz.

    Then there's What the World Needs Now by Akimbo of More Than Toast Productions. That video was pretty much a recycling of overused CB scenes, and it wasn't even finished, but I did like how he synched the percussion crashes with the hits in the fight scene between Spike and Vicious. So that's how I came up with my final scene.

    Finally, there's the 'rapid cut to a different scene on drum hits' effect (I don't know how else to describe it), which I saw done real well in a Kevin Caldwell's Believe, and Taskmasta's It's Over, and that showed the 'rapid cut to a different scene on drum hits' effect better, and I figured out how to do it better, though it still isn't perfect.

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