Archive for the ‘Music Video’ Category

29
Oct

Last of the Horror Videos

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Last of the Horror Videos

“Late again.  Bud, can’t you tell time?”

Well, I might not be able to keep track of the time, but I bring you the last of this month’s horror music videos, anyway!  This week’s video is Silence by Evil Spider (Russian language.  I have not checked the links on this site, so peruse at your own risk).

Why is this video awesome?

Silent Hill is my favorite video game series (that doesn’t involve jumping on people’s heads or giving A to B in order to get C to give to D, anyway), but there is a surprising dearth of good music videos for it.  This is definitely the best.  The editing is well done and follows the music.  This Marilyn Manson song from Resident Evil lends itself very well to Silent Hill.  And I love the part in the middle, when the song cuts out and is replaced by sound effects from the Silent Hill games.

What could have been done better?

The scene choices are all very creepy, but even the shortest scenes were obviously chosen for their symbolic meanings in the games’ plotlines.  While fans of the games will appreciate the invoked emotions of these scenes, to someone who is unfamiliar with the games, while it is vaguely creepy (and some of the imagery is downright disturbing, even without knowing the story), most of this will make absolutely no sense.   Normally, I’d say an approach closer to storytelling would be preferable, but I’m such a devotee to the games, instead I’m gonna say that if you’re unfamiliar with this one, search “Let’s Play Silent Hill” on Youtube.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!  Download it.

21
Oct

Because the Asians know scary…

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Because the Asians know scary...

Welcome to Friday!  I’m actually sending this to you from the past, because I will be busy at Yaoi-Con on Friday… and the hotel doesn’t have free Wi-Fi.  Boo!  But I’ve got a great music video for you this week, so hopefully you’ll forgive the internet time traveling.  This week’s video is Asian Scary Movies MV (how’s that for naming originality?) by Mai.

Why is this video awesome?

Asian horror movies scare the crap out of me…  After watching Ju-On, I slept with the light on for a whole week.  But although they do have a music video-creating audience, the MVs don’t tend to be very well edited, on the whole.  This video is the exception.  The scenes follow the flow of the music and the “dirty” effect over the whole thing works well.  And the song, along with the scenes, is creepy as hell.

What could have been done better?

This could be a minus, but this music video doesn’t use scenes from either Ringu or Ju-On, probably the most well-known Japanese horror movies.  However, although they are possibly the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, they also tend to be far overused.  And you can only see the bit where she climbs out of that well so many times before you get bored with it.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!

14
Oct

Feel Like a Monster

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Feel Like a Monster

Welcome to Friday!  This week’s music video features one of my favorite horror animes: Hellsing.  So for your viewing pleasure, here is Monsters of Hellsing by Steel.

http://youtu.be/xbCxCwvHqy0

Why is this video awesome?

In my search for horror music videos this month, I’ve come across this song A LOT.  However, this is the first video that not only followed the beat and energy of the song, but also picked scenes that matched the lyrics.  There’s a lot of really neat editing for some of these scenes, as well.  The scene at 2:13 particularly impressed me.

What could have been done better?

While the editing kept up with the pace of the song, after a while it starts to feel a little too manic.  And the flashes of white matching the beat are a bit seizure-inducing.  For my preference, the video could have done without the white flashes.

Hope you enjoyed the music video!

8
Oct

It’s a cruel world…

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It's a cruel world...

Okay, I’m a little late, but I say it’s still Friday until I go to bed for the night!  This week’s video is Disney Villains – Cruel World by Crunchy Cookie!

Why is this video awesome?

Since I did an anime video last week, I really wanted to feature a Disney music video today.  And while there are better edited videos out there, this was the only one I could find that was genuinely creepy.  Most “scary” Disney music videos simply use the villains without picking scenes that are actually scary, as if just having a bad guy on screen is enough (and there are lots of disturbing images in Disney, so I have NO idea why this is).  Crunchy Cookie picked the perfect song and matched it up well with villain scenes.

What could have been done better?

By the vid author’s own account this was a quick video and it shows.  The editing is a little sloppy.  There are several places where the aspect ratio of the image changes.  That’s a pet peeve of mine…  And I hate the image effects on the word “free” starting at 0:21.  If just a little bit more time had been taken to clean it up, this could have been one of the best Disney Villain music videos out there.

I hope you enjoyed the video!

30
Sep

Sweet dreams…

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Sweet dreams...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, kiddies!  No, I’m not talking about Friday (although that IS pretty wonderful).  Tomorrow is October, which is my favorite month because it houses my favorite holiday – Halloween!  So, to celebrate, I’m going to feature horror music videos all month.  And I’m taking notes from Christmas, because I’m starting early!

This week’s video is Yuuki’s Horror Lullaby by Maya.

http://youtu.be/DfrC7mGrkag

Why is this video awesome?

Song choice and the special effects of this video work wonderfully together to make it creepy as hell, morphing suddenly into straight horror when the speed of the song picks up.  A great example of how the song and the special effects truly enhance the video is at 0:32.  From the source material, this would have been a relatively boring scene – just a girl sitting there.  But the added “old movie” effects with the slow lullaby done in a minor key turn the boring image into a fantastic one.  And the shakiness of the camera throughout throws the viewer off-balance, heightening both the creepy and the straight horror parts of the video.

What could have been done better?

There’s more than half a minute of dead space after the song has ended.  Maya has commented that she’s too lazy to edit it out, which is a HUGE downside, in my opinion.  It’s your amv, you should want to present your best.  If the video itself hadn’t been so wonderful, that alone would have eliminated it from being featured here.  But, it was, so here it is.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!

23
Sep

Fever

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Fever

Welcome to fall, my friends!  And I already miss summer.

So, to keep you warm on the first Autumn Friday, this week’s video is “Fever” by Talitha78.

Why is this video awesome?

If you think finding good anime music videos is hard, you should try looking in smaller fandoms.  It’s not too surprising that the best videos feature the most mainstream popular incarnation – the 2009 Robert Downey Jr. version.  This video is cut fast enough to fit with the dance beat of the song and the author chose  interesting scenes that don’t necessarily require a knowledge of the source material (this is the major downfall of most Sherlock Holmes music videos, whatever the version).  A viewer not familiar with the movie would still catch the chemistry between Holmes and Watson that is highlighted here.

What could have been done better?

That being said, it was still pretty obvious that a lot of the scenes were chosen randomly to fill a time slot, rather than because they had any connection to the music.  The pillow scene at 1:39 is an illustration of this.  This scene is a fangirl-favorite, so it shows up all sorts of place with no reason or warning.  I would have liked a little more coherence to the scenes chosen between those illustrating the H/W relationship.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!

17
Sep

Not Friday, but close enough for government work…

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Not Friday, but close enough for government work...

“But wait,” you say, “didn’t you miss last Friday, too?”  Possibly you said that…  Or, more probably, nobody noticed but me.  But yes, I did, all on account of Snafu Con.  As a note to myself, if you ever find yourself thinking that a con hotel has WIFI, so you can update your blog during the con, DON’T BELIEVE IT.  You will be far too busy having fun.

Anyways, I lack any good excuse for missing Friday this week.  I was simply sleeping.  😛

So, inspired by my post-con depression, today’s music video is Live by Animated.

Why is this video awesome?

Drama music videos are probably my least favorite genre, mostly because they’re probably the hardest to pull off well.  Either they’re cut without enough story telling, so that they require a knowledge of the characters in order to understand the conflict, or the scenes are so slow that they get boring.  This video suffers from neither of those problems.  The scenes chosen evince just the right amount of emotion in small, quickly placed clips that never the less tell just enough of a story in order for the viewer to get the image without necessarily having seen the origin series.  I also love that after all the pathos, the video ends on just a touch of a positive note.

What could have been done better?

I don’t have any real criticism for this video, except that I was intrigued by the scene at 4:01, but it flashed by too quickly to really get a feel for it.  I would have liked for that scene to be just a touch longer.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!  Download it at AnimeMusicVideos.Org (membership required).

2
Sep

Fix You

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Fix You

Thank goodness it’s time for another music video!  This week I’m going to take it down a notch with a romance video of one of my favorite on-screen couples with TheBreakdownProcess’s video, “Fix You”.

http://youtu.be/R_XVTa8lWCA

Why is this video awesome?

A more perfect song for Wall-E and Eve doesn’t exist and this video uses wonderful scenes to illustrate this.  My favorite scene-choice is every instance of “Lights will guide you home”, especially the last with the clip of Hello Dolly! on Wall-E’s screen.  The song and the video highlight the dual hopelessness of both Wall-E and then Eve, reconciling their love at the end.

What could have been done better?

The first “Lights will guide you home” section is too long.  Adding Wall-E trying to escape from the landing spaceship at 1:20 takes away from the overall melancholy feeling of the video.  And I would have liked some kind of cutting after Wall-E’s rejection of Eve at 3:54 to create a dramatic pause, since that’s such a pivotal moment.  Especially since the rest of the sequence was cut so well.

Hope you enjoyed the music video!

26
Aug

Surrealism!

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Surrealism!

Welcome to Friday!  It’s time for a new music video!  This week, I’ve decided to post a video that just blew me away at this year’s Fanime AMV contest: A Prelude to Dreams by Techninjarox.

Why is this video awesome?

I just love surrealism.  This video blends several different animes together to a dance remix of one of my favorite songs – Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek.  The song doesn’t make any sense, so the very odd shots chosen actually work very well.  And the cutting speeds up and slows down with the music, which is something that a lot of editors miss when they do videos to dance remixes.  But most of all, this video wonderfully showcases ALL of the animes it uses.  The animation and colors and themes of all of them were so beautiful, I plan on tracking down and watching every one of the titles used here.

What could have been done better?

I’ve got nothing.  It’s easy to see how this won so many awards.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!  Download it at AMVNews (torrent only).

19
Aug

God’s Away on Business

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God's Away on Business

This week’s video was brought to my attention by Nuriko.  It is “Tom Waits/Cookie Monster Mashup – God’s Away on Business” by Cookiewaits.  The name is somewhat misleading, as it’s just a music video, not actually a mashup.  But anyways…

Why is this video awesome?

I have no idea why no one thought of doing a Cookie Monster video to Tom Waits before now, because the guy really sounds like Cookie Monster.  Plus, look at the editing on this thing!  The lipsynching is absolutely perfect.  Now, Muppets aren’t the hardest thing to lipsynch; they’re like anime characters.  Either the mouth is open or it’s closed.  You don’t have to do pro-level fine editing in order to get their mouths to match the words.  But even so, this lipsynching couldn’t get more perfect if it was actually Frank Oz singing.

What could have been done better?

It’s pretty obvious that the scenes were chosen for Cookie Monster’s mouth movements, rather than to illustrate the lyrics of the song.  But that’s okay, because you can’t understand a damn word that Tom Waits is saying.  For song choice, I think I would have gone with “Chocolate Jesus”, instead.  The food motif would have worked better with Cookie Monster.

I hope you enjoyed the music video!