Video Information


  • Member: Metro
  • Studio: metro productions
  • Title: true fiction
  • Premiered: 2005-09-23
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    • E Nomine Das Omen
    • E Nomine Lauf der Zeit
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  • Comments: This Video actually started off as a romantic comedy.

    Or so I believe, because honestly I have been working on this project for so long I don't exactly remember why I started it. I remember when I started it, but not why. How peculiar... Anyways, I started this project the day after I released my last video, which would have been late January 2004. It took me a while to gather the source footage and lay down a basic track. Although every frame went through After effects, the basis of the video was composed in vegas. I found this to be a lot more advantageous then composing the entire video in AE. I know other editors have done entire projects within after effects but i find it difficult to get my timing down within the program. Editing in Vegas also gave me the advantage of creating a good core video before I sent the project to AE.

    When I had thrown about one third of the project down on the Vegas timeline, I sent the first clips to AE. And then I spent a month just trying stuff out. Ugh, it was not fun. In fact it was very frustrating. I think i ended up with 10-12 versions of the first scene before I was satisfied. (and this didn't even make the final cut of) Roughly 3 out of 4 scenes that I made for this vid didn't work out. Which is one of the reasons the video took so long to make. But early on I had decided that the motto for my vid would be "no limits" If i needed to do something for the vid I did it. And so i slogged on through the video. I'd spend months just trying something out, and then in the space of a few days I would have a breakthrough and get a large chunk of the vid done only to spend several more weeks just trudging on.

    Ah yes, now I remember why i made this video. I wanted to make a fun video that the audience would enjoy. And I also wanted to amek a video that would help to push the bounds of "effects" in amvs. I was inspired by car adds and CNN promos =). Effects are fun to make. But I actually enjoyed the composting part of the video a hell of a lot more then the motion graphics/eye candy part. Its incredibly rewarding to actually create a scene from scratch. The scene with Chise looking over the ruined city with meteors falling around her (01:49) was exactly as I had imagined it! Which is amazing, because things NEVER turn out how i imagined them.

    So umm about the actual video

    -I enjoy movies/anime with strong female leads, so this became the theme for my video. " Little Girls with Big Mechs" and some little girls who are mechs and some big girls who I think are cool and have nice facial expressions that i can use a lot in my vid.

    -Particular is a really fun plugin

    -There are actually more keyframes then regularframes

    - The scene with the square appearing on the city wall was a bitch to track. The squares looked like they were bouncing off the walls in the first version.

    -I love the ending. In fact i believe the last 20 seconds are the strongest part of the video.

    -They actually make programs that can lipsynch for you. But i couldn't find a free one. So I used Magpie instead.

    - If you need a good book on AE check out "Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects" by Trish and Chris Meyer and for more advanced users try "After Effects 6.5 Studio Techniques" by Mark Christiansen. Most of the stock footage I used came from The Meyer's book.

    - I was originally going to use E Nomine's "Deine Welt" but i liked the soundfx at 02:48 in Das Omen so much i switched tracks.

    -I showed an unfinished version at AWA 11 and named it fiction. Since this is the finished or" true" version i'm calling it true fiction.

    I think that's enough for now, I'm sure I'll add more comments later.


    There is a "bad word" at the end of the video, so if you are sensitive about such things you might not want to watch.

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