- Member: Kutani
- Studio: Project Kutani
- Title: Iwakura Lain V2
- Premiered: 2001-11-01
- Beatles Eleanor Rigby
This is the second version of this video. Here are the comments from the first version:
This was a 24 hour project. I started it at around midnight one night, finished by midnight of the next. Most of the time was spent capturing and converting video into a usable format.
I'm very proud of this video. It's not perfect, but I'm quite happy with it. There are actually quite a few manipulations of the video, some more noticable than others.
Lain walking down the stairs, her father's computers reflecting in his glasses, were both sped up and slowed down (respectively) in order to fit the tempo of the music. Other than that, there were a number of speed changes in video in order to fit things better, and two instances of reversals (i.e. playing backwards), both of which happen together, near the end.
The majority of the "effects" involve simple crossfades, composites, and Gaussian blurs. There wasn't much fancy stuff used. A few instances required that I capture a single still frame, to get the effect I wanted. Only one of these is noticable.
That's enough of the technical stuff.
I got the idea for this one night when I was just going through my MP3s, thinking of video ideas. I put on Eleanor Rigby, suddenly Lain came to mind. I think they go great together.
One thing that surprised me after I had finished was how original it was. Both the video and the audio complement each other. That is, the audio gives the Lain footage a feel completely different from the original show, and the video gives Eleanor Rigby it's own special Lain magic. IMO, anyway.
The concept of this video is something that really came to me as I was making it.
The idea is that Lain is always looking at the people of the world, seeing how lonely they are, wondering where they are going. But she herself is just as lonely as the people she is watching. So the video is really about Lain, almost through her mind.
It's very poignant, I think.
As a side note, I love Yellow Submarine. It's one of my all-time favorite films, and I absolutely adore the Eleanor Rigby sequence in it. It was a serious decision on my part to not try and imitate it by attempting to match the tempo of the music to the video, like the Yellow Submarine version does. I instead opted to only match a few moments, but then just let the video and music do their thing. And I think it worked out pretty well.
And here are my added comments, after revisions:
This is a list of revisions I made to the original video, with technical details.
"Waits at the Window":
Reverted to my original idea for this shot.
Originally I had trouble removing the laser lights,
so I went with the sub-par cut that is in the first
Just as I was considering replacing the release
version cut, I suddenly figured out HOW to get rid
of those laser lights. Basically all I had to do
was put a layer behind the main one that is the same
color as Lain's skin, then chroma key to the color
of the laser lights. So simple!
-Shot of Kid playing game w/ Lain composite:
Just generally cleaned this up with cropping and
chroma keying. Still not perfect, but it at least
no longer has the stairs in the background; it's just
a ghostly Lain.
"No One Comes Near":
Added .05% animated noise, to try to get rid
of the still-frame look. Worked somewhat.
"Where do they all belong / Father McKenzie, writing":
Did a gaussian blur between these two, just to
add a little bit more to it, and to match the
later McKenzie sequence which fades from white
into the shot.
"Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was..."
"...Walks from the grave...":
Went in and did a horizontal mirror on these shots.
I didn't like the orientation of them before.
Lain shot, looking up at us:
Replaced the previous (looking up at crow) with this,
added .04 or so noise.
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