This project took me a littmy AMVs. I used live action footage from the music video to the song and well I'm sure not everyone will like that (ele over 5 months to complete. I spent at least a good 160+ hours on it (I used up at least 40-45 of those hours messing with pan/crops).
This is by far the most time consuming and therein rewarding project I've ever attempted and I can finally say that I'm satisfied with one of specially considering the bad quality of the footage). I did it mainly because the song and the music video are both great in that they give off a positive message, it's hard not to smile or feel happy when watching/listening to them. I thought of it as my way of paying tribute to the music video.
I feel that the concept of looking for something beautiful reflects on the reason that many of us watch anime. In a sense, anime is giving us both fuel for thought and subtle glimpses of beauty (both aesthetic and sentimental).
I ran into a few things that were simply out of my control, like the quality of the music video for one. But it's to be expected since the music video was compiled from fan-submitted footage. One thing that particularly stands out is that the entire first part of the amv is in grayscale. This is gonna be one of those hit or miss situations but I felt it was necessary to match my editing with the music video (since most of it is in grayscale). Another thing that will be hit or miss is my use of pan/crops. I feel that I effectively used pan/crops throughout most of the video, but then again that's based on what I was trying to portray. I tried to replicate the "shaky-hand" effect that home footage usually has and I think I got it right at some parts and failed miserably at others.
Note: I used very few anime Op's and Ed's. I tried to be discrete with the ones I did use by selecting clips that are not easily identifiable (but there are exceptions to this of course, like the Air OP)
On a side note, this AMV literally killed my social life and probably took a few months off of my life from all the meals I skipped and the time I spent sitting down lol. But now that I'm finally done with it I can't help but feel that it was all worth it. I think that's all I have to say for now, hope you guys enjoy it!
Special thanks to Kristyn, Jon, Pete, SpringL, Ruby, Alex (Taite), Melissa, and everyone else who beta tested for me.
This amv is special to me because it not only has a feel-good vibe but because it also gives me the rare opportunity to make people smile (cheesy but bare with it). I know many of you will read this and think "what a loser", but I have a deeply-rooted desire to spread good will. So as long one person out there sees this and lets off a smile or two (real or implied) then it will have all been worth it. To those of you who bothered to read this and let off a smile, a snicker, or a grin (either at the video or at my lame-ness):
Anime: 5 Centimeters Per Second (Movie),A Certain Magical Index (TV), A Certain Scientific Railgun (TV), Ah! My Goddess: Fighting Wings (Special), Air Gear (TV), Air Gear -Break On The Sky- (OVA), Angel Beats (TV), Angelic Layer, Ani-Kuri 15, ARIA The OVA ~Arietta~, Basilisk - Kouga Ninpou Chou, BECK, Mongolian Chop Squad, Birdy The Mighty Decode (TV), Black Cat (TV), Black Rock Shooter (OVA), Mugen no Juunin (TV), Blood+ (TV), Bokura Ga Ita (TV), Brave Story (Movie), Break Blade (Movie), Bungaku Shoujo: Kyou No Oyatsu - Hatsukoi (OVA), Busou Renkin (TV), Casshern Sins (TV), Cencoroll (Movie), Clannad (TV), Clannad After Story (TV), Code Geass - Lelouch Of The Rebellion (TV), Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion R2 (TV), Cowboy Bebop - The Movie: Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Darker Than BLACK (TV), Darker Than Black - Kuro No Keiyakusha: Gaiden (OVA), Darker Than Black: Gemini Of The Meteor (TV), Diebuster (Aim For The Top 2!) (OAV), Digimon Movie 2: Our War Game, Digimon Movie 3: The Golden Digimentals, Dragon
Music: NeedToBreathe - Something Beautiful