March 09, 2013

Some AMVs

It's been a while since I've coughed up an AMV post, mostly because I've sorta dropped out of the AMV scene.  However, earlier today I stumbled across a post over at Ben's place that reminded me of how fun they can be... and how good they can be when they're done right.  The "Forever" video sent me browsing for others. 

First I stumbled across Nostromo's Running Man.

For a long while, I believed that Nostromo was the greatest technical video editor AMVs would ever see.  That doesn't mean he makes the best videos, just the most impressive as accomplishments, if that makes sense.  I mean, Thrust SSC is a great technical success, but you're not gonna go to the grocery store in it. 

From there, I wound up with this on my screen:

Ileia might be the best editor at "internal sync" you'll find.  EVERYthing is to the beat, even if it's not obvious.  Her work feels more "right" than Nostromo's, more fun.  From there, though, I discovered that she had done a zombie version of the greatest AMV of all time, which lead me back to track down that very classic:

That was made in 2002.  If someone asked me what the point of AMVs were, I'd show 'em Odorikuruu.  It's 100% distilled fun in a four-minute viddy.

But then I found an AMV that literally made me cry weep manly tears.

I've made an AMV.  I know it was pretty decent, particularly for a first try.  I also know that, no matter how hard I try, I could never come up with something as good as this.  It's very subtle, but there's something surprisingly awesome to this one.  I can't put my finger on it, but it's there.

Which is why I put this post together tonight... because I wanted to share that awesomeness.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:20 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 I have the first three on my hard drive already, but that last one is a treat. Thanks for sharing!
And hooray for my Nexus phone being able to play "Gratuitous" without so much as a stutter. Heh.

Posted by: GreyDuck at March 10, 2013 10:24 AM (xbP2x)

2 Man, I remember when AMV's were made with two VCR's and the pause button....  ("Mr. Roboto" done with Gundam...).

Posted by: Mauser at March 10, 2013 05:44 PM (cZPoz)

3 Oh, and in the first one, I thought the black and white footage was kind of interesting.  But mostly I was noticing the use of Kate Bush in the song...

Posted by: Mauser at March 10, 2013 05:44 PM (cZPoz)

4 Funny to remember when Kevin Caldwell was the acme of technical video editing (not that his work is no longer worth the time).
It's certainly worth highlighting good amvs from time to time.
Thanks.

Posted by: HC at March 10, 2013 08:08 PM (Yyzy6)

5 Caldwell's Engel is still on my short list of best AMVs ever.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 10, 2013 09:35 PM (1BL+a)

6 Nice.  Very nice!  Excellent work, Wonderduck!

Posted by: Ben at March 10, 2013 09:48 PM (/Mdmg)

7 What, "...Angel."?  Thanks!  It's been a long time, but I still like hearing it praised.

Or are you talking about the rest of the post?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 10, 2013 11:16 PM (1BL+a)

8 1)  Your AMV, which is excellent.  I remember you mentioning making an AMV, but never saw it.
2)  Your post, which had several good AMVs
and 3)  You linked my blog, and being a polite Texan, I complimented your consideration and your taste!

Posted by: Ben at March 11, 2013 07:39 PM (/Mdmg)

9 (yay fellow Texans!)

I love very well done AMVs.  I didn't think I was the only person who knew about Odorikuruu, but it felt like it..  Still one of my favorites.  Another was Tenacious D's Wonderboy set to Big O.  The paper bag puppets of the Bigs sell the whole video.

And I fail on links tonight... *sigh* Wonderboy Big O will get you the right vid on youtube.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at March 11, 2013 09:14 PM (k3SCe)

10 Wow, that's high praise. Thank you! And you'd be surprised at how many kids-these-days didn't know about Odorikuruu! I did Zomboleo as part of a contest in which the competitors needed to parody a well-known AMV and I had to supply the judges with the source so that they'd get the reference. Shame on them!

Posted by: Ileia at March 13, 2013 05:39 PM (55BDN)

11 Holy frijoles, Ileia herownbadself walks amongst us... I'm stunned.  Seriously.

Oh, and Zomboleo was probably the most wrong video I've ever seen.  I love it, but it's so not right.  I'm amazed that the judges weren't familiar with the reference... but then, when I saw first saw Odorikuruu, it was only a couple of years old. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 13, 2013 10:04 PM (1BL+a)

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