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"Dakara sa, kimi mo 'Anime Music Videos' to ka?"

 ("So i'm telling you, why don't you get into anime music videos too?")

Loy, our public relations point man, speaks about his first step into the pool that is Anime Music Video creation.

Watch that first step. It's a doozy.

Having attended conventions for years now, the Anime Music Video (AMV) contest at each con is always an event I enjoy attending. We get to see the creative minds as well as editing skills of our fellow otaku.

A few years back, my cousin had made an AMV for the contest at Anime Expo. The Mahou Shounen, Jeff-kun, had also created anime music videos for several contests at Anime Expo. They were creative and completely original. My favorite video is still Jeff's "It's A Chibi World". Who would've ever thought to use Disney's "It's A Small World" and mate it with Rayearth's SD scenes.

After I saw those two videos, I was hooked. I started downloading AMVs by the truckload. Countless megabytes of hard drive space and cd-r's are now dedicated to the sole purpose of collecting them. For the most part, I downloaded them for fun. However, I also downloaded them to get ideas of what I felt was good and what was I thought was just slapped together with no thought whatsoever.

I downloaded many of Kevin Caldwell's videos. He has been revered as one of the greatest of all AMV makers. One notable video took awards at Anime Expo 2000. The video was entitled "Caffeine Encomium", which features William Tell's Overture combined with footage from Kodomo No Omocha. This was a magnificent video. A masterpiece in my eyes. The cuts were just right and unfolded the story of the song just right. Sadly, though, Caldwell had left the AMV realm. "Caffeine Encomium" would be his swan song in terms of entering them into contests. Jeff-kun will never get his chance to beat Caldwell now.

After watching many hours of music videos, many ideas started to form in my head. One kept coming back to me, but I just couldn't justify making the video. The idea was to combine footage from X with the theme song from Fancy Lala. It seemed too silly, even for me. Though, maybe, just for kicks, this vision will become reality.

More and more ideas kept coming to my head. Each time I had an idea, I checked at http://www.animemusicvideos.org to see if someone has already made it. Sadly, most of my ideas were already taken. This is because my ideas were obvious choices.

Since I was unable to come up with original ideas, I had set the plan to make anime music videos aside for quite some time. However, out of nowhere, while playing "Castlevania : Harmony of Dissonance" on my Game Boy Advance, I was inspired to create a video right then and there. I thought of an obvious idea, but it wasn't anywhere to be found on the AMV site. My idea was to use a song from Castlevania and mate it with Vampire Hunter D.

So I phoned my cousin and went directly to his house. I was now armed with a G4 and the latest version of Final Cut Pro. I had at first one vision in mind: to tell the entire story of Vampire Hunter D in 2 minutes, 10 seconds. That was the length of the song so that's all the time I had. ^___^;;

It came out nice. All that mattered was that I was satisfied with it, and indeed I was. For a first attempt, I was pleased.

After that one was made, I still felt the urge to create another music video. This time it was still the same idea: Castlevania song with Vampire Hunter D footage. However, this time around I wanted to create more of an opening sequence type video.

I felt that this video came out better than the first. Mainly, this was because I now had some experience under my belt.

With all that being said, I was happy. I showed my video to a couple of my friends. They said it was really good. In fact, it inspired one to create their own. ^___^;;

I guess in short, when making a video, be prepared. Don't do impromptu video making. These things take time to make. There is so much that goes into music video making that I knew about but disregarded. I tend to do that. ^__^;; It's a bad habit, I should quit sometime.

A few things to note are:

  1. Know what footage you want to use. It helps to know your anime. ^___^;;
  2. Know what song you want to combine with it. For the song, figure out when the phrase changes and what story it's trying to tell.
  3. Patience. Be aware that you are about to embark on a mission. This is no easy task. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Do not rush.
  4. As long as you're happy with your video, that is all that matters.
  5. Keep in mind, we are not all Caldwells. He has many videos under his belt. Masterpieces usually won't come at the first try. The old cliché comes to mind: "If at first you don't succeed, try try again." ^__^;;

Perhaps, maybe, one day an Anime MTV will be around. If that day shall ever come, I will be armed with tons of blank vhs tapes. >^___^<

Hmm... Well I think I babbled enough already. The world shall view my music videos one day. Remember, X with Fancy Lala's theme is MY idea. ^____^;;

See you space cowboy.