AlternatorAnime: Dead LeavesCategories: Action
Song: "Red Dress (The Glitch Mob Remix)" by TV On The Radio
There's little interesting to tell of this video's origins so this writeup may be uncharacteristically short. I heard this song on a '9' movie trailer on TV and I saw Dead Leaves, and I liked the idea of the combo. Although I have done action before with Subsonic, that never really FELT like an action video to me. There were too few cuts and it was generally too slow-paced to really get one's adrenaline pumping (as good action videos are supposed to do), despite having mainly action-oriented scene selection. So I wanted to see if I actually COULD do action right. This is the result...dunno if I got it completely right, but it feels much closer than I've ever been before.
I really, REALLY wanted to home in on internal sync because, especially in action videos, lots of internal sync makes a video flow so much better than cutting and other editing "techniques" can. So while there are a lot of cuts, there's probably just as much internal sync to even it out. In that sense, I think this is one of my smoothest videos and I'm relatively proud of it for that reason.
That said, it should be duly noted that using Dead Leaves to brush up on internal sync is like bringing all your notes to your final exam. A good amount (maybe half) of the internal sync in this video was completely accidental, in that I would lay a clip down on the track and the footage would match up with the music perfectly or almost perfectly. It wasn't very often "planned out" so to speak, so it didn't take a whole lot of effort on my part. But, as I've come to realize, it's the end result that counts, not necessarily how much work went into the making.
That said, the video came out pretty much exactly as I wanted, especially the short AE portion in the break (if you keep up with my videos, you'll notice that I've taken quite a liking to 2.5D and camera motion; deal with it), so I'm satisfied. I hope the rest of you like it as well and please leave any sort of feedback, it's always appreciated :)
I spent collectively probably around 25-30 hours on this video. It started in October '09 and then I went a couple months without touching it and finished it in January '10. I used Sony Vegas 8.0, Adobe After Effects 7.0, and Photoshop 6.0 and CS to do all the editing stuff.
Arashinome and Reigna for beta testing. Rock on buddies.