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  • Deus Ex + “Blood, Milk, and Sky” by White Zombie

    Music Videos

    video Deus Ex: Human Revolution audio "Blood, Milk, and Sky" by White Zombie

  • Asura Online + “Strength of a Thousand Men” by Two Steps from Hell

    Mashterpieces

    This is (among other things) an attempt to use musical themes to represent certain factions, a la John Williams. The heroic main theme represents the humans, and it makes multiple appearances each time they come on screen. But if you listen closely you can hear that not all is well with this particular group of humans. Very early in the video, for example, you'll hear the change in the melody that coincides with the revelation that the beasts they are subduing are actually a family. The humans clearly see them as sub-human, which sets the stage for the rest of the story.

  • Assassin’s Creed + Rob Zombie + Tony Moore + White Zombie + Charlie Clouser

    Music Videos

    This video was based on a short film that Rob Zombie created for Assassin's Creed Unity, a video game that focuses on the French revolution. I combined it with a White Zombie remix by Charlie Clouser for obvious reasons. audio: "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama" by White Zombie video: Rob Zombie & Tony Moore

  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt + “Real Solution No. 9 (Mambo Mania Mix)” by White Zombie

    Music Videos

    Warning: This video has blood, violence, partial nudity, a redhead, and an evil witch. 'Tis not for the faint of heart. audio "Real Solution No. 9 (Mambo Mania Mix)" by White Zombie video The Witcher III: Wild Hunt from CD Projekt Red

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls + “Starvation” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    "No one can stop death." audio: "Starvation" by Thomas Bergersen video: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity + “None Shall Live” by Two Steps from Hell

    Mashterpieces

    A story like Romeo and Juliet, except they kill anyone standing in their way. I've been a fan of the Assassin's Creed series for a long time, though I didn't actually play them until the third or fourth had been released. After hearing Patrice Desiléts (the original creator of the series) give his account of the franchise's birth, I love the series even more.

  • RWBY + “Fearless” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    In anticipation of the next installment of Rooster Teeth's RWBY, I started playing with different songs to see if I could make anything work. Not surprisingly, it's rife with powerful visuals that can tell a story and get a point across in as few frames as possible. So it all works great together. I used footage from the original four trailers (one for each main character) and blended them into a single video.

  • Knights of the Eternal Throne + “Illusions” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    An instant-classic short film about the power of love and power itself. I started with the cinematic trailer for the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's arguably one of the best stories in the entire Star Wars universe, and it only takes seven minutes to tell it. For this mashterpiece, I set it to Thomas Bergersen's "Illusions" because they had similar peaks and valleys, themes, and basically just seemed to belong together. Source Audio: https://youtu.be/Y1qzm3UUTrg Source Video: https://youtu.be/LbpDxrew4A0

  • Recore + “Reborn” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    This is a vignette about a girl and her companion. Also, robots. Audio: https://youtu.be/sHDQAHOAAwY Video: https://youtu.be/D2xgu4QnYA0

  • Halo 5 Guardians + “Flight of the Silverbird” by Two Steps from Hell

    Mashterpieces

    Prepare to fall out of the sky. The opening cinematic to Halo 5 Guardians is one of the most intense beginnings I've seen in videogame, and "Flight of the Silverbird" seems made for it. The slow opening build allows for light dialogue to set the stage, then the music builds to match their flight, the battle, and their escape. Like many of these mashterpieces, Two Steps from Hell's music that was created for things like this. It's easily one of my favorites, and it's currently the most popular on YouTube.

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls + “Before Time” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    "Even in the heart of Heaven, angels can still feel fear." video: opening cinematic from Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls audio: "Before Time" by Thomas Bergersen

  • Dishonored 2 + “The Outsider” by A Perfect Circle

    Music Videos

    This is just a first draft. It needs a lot of improvement, but it works for now. audio: "The Outsider" by A Perfect Circle video: Dishonored 2 from Bethesda Softworks

  • Knights of the Fallen Empire + “Rada” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    The original version of this video is incredibly powerful. Set to layered imagery and well-crafted voiceover, this is the kind of Star Wars story everyone wants to see. I wanted to try setting it to music for a few reasons: it has visual themes that both imitate and contradict with Star Wars canon, it's a relatively obscure franchise, and there is no spoken dialogue to work around. The ending of the song and the video both have a sustained ending that is usually one of my pet peeves: the mindless fade out. I've always held the obnoxious opinion that if you can write a beginning then you can write an ending. In this case, the fade out is intended to build anticipation and leave the viewers with questions. audio "Rada" by Thomas Bergersen video Star Wars: Knights of the Fallen Empire

  • Angel Stone + “Age of Gods” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    One woman's fearless dance with the devil by the pale moonlight. audio: http://youtu.be/wxtnFs7lpA4 video: http://youtu.be/NYOLqIqgvnY

  • Detroit: Become Human + “Cry” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    Today, my muse was an android. This video was created using the song "Cry" by Thomas Bergersen and the teaser trailer for Detroit: Become Human by Quantic Dream. The following videos include the original teaser, the short film that inspired the trailer (but mostly the game), and a behind-the-scenes look at how the original concept came into being. https://youtu.be/Pelrr__9qx8 https://youtu.be/sQ4BB7vpJgo https://youtu.be/kvnt0yCwvYg

  • Ender’s Game + “Our Destiny” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    One thing I've learned from obsession is that there's a fine line between a blessing and a curse. In this video, Ender and his team plunge headlong into battle to win the ultimate game. audio: "Our Destiny" by Thomas Bergersen from the album Sun video: Ender's Game (2013)

  • Destiny: The Taken King + “Dragonland” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    This is an epic song about a land of dragons set to an epic cinematic about a world of destiny. It's the fourth music video I've created using this one album. I think I might be obsessed. audio: "Dragonland" by Thomas Bergersen from the album Sun video: opening cinematics from the video game Destiny: The Taken King

  • Samsara + “In Paradisum” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    This is what happens when I can't sleep because a gorgeous song and mesmerizing video are floating around in my mind. I have been obsessed with Thomas Bergersen's album Sun, which came out exactly one year before I discovered it. And I have always considered Ron Fricke's Baraka as one of my all-time favorite films. This video was edited together using "In Paradisum" by Thomas Bergersen and excerpts from Ron Fricke's film Samsara, which was a follow-up to Baraka. Witness the mesmerizing Tibetan Buddhist tradition of creating and destroying mandalas made from colored sand.

  • League of Legends: We Are the Warriors + “Worlds Collide” by Riot Games

    Music Videos

    I mashed up a little something in anticipation of the League of Legends World Championship. Enjoy!

  • Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn + “Starchild” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    I stayed up way too late last night creating this music video, but it was so epic that I just couldn't stop myself. This is a music video I edited using Thomas Bergersen's "Starchild" and the cinematic trailer for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

  • League of Legends: Shurima + “Final Frontier” by Thomas Bergersen

    Mashterpieces

    "The tragic fall of Shurima was nothing compared to the tragedy of its rise from the grave." The video is a mix of "Shurima: Descent into the Tomb" and "Shurima: Rise of the Ascended" from the League of Legends, which is the property of Riot Games. The music is "Final Frontier" by Thomas Bergersen from the album Sun.

  • Total War: Warhammer + “New World Order” by Two Steps from Hell

    Demos, Mashterpieces

  • Tomb Raider + “His Brightest Star Was You” by Two Steps from Hell

    Demos, Mashterpieces

  • Neverwinter + “High C’s” by Two Steps from Hell

    Demos, Mashterpieces

  • Hellblade + “Inferni” by Two Steps from Hell

    Demos, Mashterpieces

  • Symphoniacal

    Music

Photography

I’ve owned a digital camera since July of 1999, long before camera phones were a viable option. It was a Polaroid PDC640, and it stored tiny pictures on a tiny memory chip. I’ve gone through multiple cameras and (like most people) moved onto camera phones. Since that time I’ve deleted all but about 25,000. These are some of my favorites.

Blog

2016
15 Dec

I was born into a family that owned an arcade, so some of my first memories were playing Ms. Pac Man and Track and Field. I was 7 when the Nintendo Entertainment System was released. So I’ve been an active gamer for longer than Millennials have existed. Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed is a project I was fortunate to have been a part of, one we’ve been working on for the past two years. I’m so glad everyone finally gets to see it.

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4 Dec

Two Steps from Hell recently released another album, and it continues the tradition of truly magnificent scores of the past several years. Though the album landed in the final month of 2016, I’d say that “High C’s” is probably the lead contender for song of the year. But more on that later. For now, let’s take a trip down the path of one woman’s struggle to fight back her almost literal demons. I set this short trailer from Ninja Theory’s Hellblade to Two Steps from Hell’s “Inferni” from their new album, Vanquish.

18 Nov

“Even in the heart of Heaven, angels can still feel fear.”


video: opening cinematic from Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
audio: “Before Time” by Thomas Bergersen

18 Oct

In anticipation of the next installment of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY, I started playing with different songs to see if I could make anything work. Not surprisingly, it’s rife with powerful visuals that can tell a story and get a point across in as few frames as possible. So it all works great together. I used footage from the original four trailers (one for each main character) and blended them into a single video.

12 Oct

I’m grateful to have been a part of such a fun project. Mediajuice Studios conceptualized and pitched the idea to Gearbox Software, and they hired us to bring it to life.

10 Oct

An instant-classic short film about the power of love and power itself. I started with the cinematic trailer for the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s arguably one of the best stories in the entire Star Wars universe, and it only takes seven minutes to tell it. For this mashterpiece, I set it to Thomas Bergersen‘s “Illusions” because they had similar peaks and valleys, themes, and basically just seemed to belong together.

Source Audio:
https://youtu.be/Y1qzm3UUTrg
Source Video:
https://youtu.be/LbpDxrew4A0

6 Oct

Produced by Mediajuice Studios
Directed by Jeremy Snead
Editing and motion graphics by Eric P. Metze
Additional graphics by Kevin Clancy & Kenny Price

24 Jun

Capcom hired Mediajuice to edit and remix three great trailers for Umbrella Corps into a single epic trailer. This was the result. It was going to be shown in toy stores, so it had to be rated E. Making a trailer for a first-person zombie-slaying competitive shooter isn’t easy when you have to keep it kid-friendly. Still, I think it turned out great.

produced by Mediajuice Studios
directed by Jeremy Snead

About

I am a multimedia artist and video producer living in Texas. I was born in West Texas in 1978, raised in a town of 12,000 people, moved to a city of a quarter million in 2000, moved to a city of several million in 2013, this page went 8 years without an update, the number of planets went from 9 to 8, and many other things involving numbers happened during that time. I’ve done the school thing and the work thing, and now I’m doing the media production thing. I adopted the screen name Metzae because it was something I could use that didn’t need any special characters or numbers. That was in the mid-90’s when the “world wide web” was still mostly a playground for geeks. In 2000, I created Metzae.net and formed Metzae Media in 2006. If you find someone with the username Metzae in a video game, social network, or website, then it’s probably me.

Today
2016

Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed

Associate Producer

I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Mediajuice Studios team that brought Jeremy Snead‘s new documentary series to life. It took us two years and tens of thousand of miles, but it is finally available to the public. As a lifelong gamer, it was clearly a thrill to be a part of something like this. We met some fascinating people and documented some truly captivating conversations. My roles included organizing the shoots, planning the travel, researching the topics, booking the interviewees, recording on-location audio, running one of the cameras, video editing, graphic editing, sound editing, scripting explainer videos, building the website, and prepping the booze.

2015
My Work Goes Viral

My Work Goes Viral

2014
Joined Mediajuice Studios

Joined Mediajuice Studios

Producer and Editor

I did my first shoot with Mediajuice at Mouser Electronics, and Jeremy asked me to help him out with other projects after that. I divided my time between our upcoming television series and doing work for the studio itself. During that time I have become best friends with Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. But I have also been exploring the production side to multimedia, from organizing shoots to marketing the final products.

2006
Formed Metzae Media

Formed Metzae Media

freelance business

After toying with website design for years and landing a few paying gigs, I decided I would take advantage of my new hobby and make my business legal. But websites were just part of the job. I designed pamphlets, posters, fliers, logos, maintained social media, edited audio, mixed music, and several other digital services. I honed my Photoshop skills and learned (the hard way) how to manage dozens of websites simultaneously.

2003
Mixed Symphoniacal

Mixed Symphoniacal

Album-length Musical Mashup

This is an homage to powerful musical scores began more than a decade ago after I mixed a few of my favorite songs from movie soundtracks into a short compilation. I spent years working on it, applying my musical training with the program that eventually became Adobe Audition. It eventually took on a life of its own, and I have been working on it ever since. It’s a combination of dozens of songs, sound effects, and audio clips transformed into a single piece of music. It is a musical collage that is intended to be an experience just like watching a movie.

2000
Created Metzae.net

Created Metzae.net

This began as a learning experience, grew into a hobby, and laid the groundwork for my professional skill set. The current version is much less intricate but it is more in tune with modern web standards. I try to keep the legacy version site online because I coded the entire thing by hand, but it’s so dependent on decade-old web standards. It’s a nice reminder of the fact that I learned most of what I know about HTML, CSS, and web standards through this project.

1999
First Digital Camera

First Digital Camera

A Nice White Cloud

This picture is pretty unremarkable. It’s just a white cloud in a blue sky. But it is remarkable to me. That’s because it was the first picture I snapped with my first digital camera that felt like more than just a snapshot of my friends. I framed it up before I even knew what framing was, and I was struck by the starkness of it before I understood that was the reason the picture exists. After that, I started looking at the world from the perspective of a photographer. Tens of thousands of pictures later, making the transition to videographer was relatively painless.

1997
First Website: THE DRE/\M THE/\TER

First Website: THE DRE/\M THE/\TER

And it's still alive.

Birth