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Category: Mashterpiece Theater

2017
9 Mar

I mixed this together last night. Some videos and songs seem like they were meant for each other, and these two definitely fall into that category. The story mostly takes place outside of a city that resembles a futuristic Las Vegas, so visually it’s very tied to the name of the song. And thematically, it has a somber melody that suits the protagonist’s journey, which unravels itself a little at a time. The video itself even takes center stage during an unusually repetitive and otherwise boring moment in the song. It’s as if they composed it for this video, though they clearly didn’t.

audio: “Lost in Las Vegas” by Two Steps from Hell
video: “X-Story” by Vitaliy Shushko

21 Feb

This is probably the most epic food fight you’ll ever see. I love this video for multiple reasons. First, it’s satisfying how the beats and overall flow of the song match the action on the screen. Second, the sheer ridiculousness of this fight goes great with the sheer intensity and playfulness of Babymetal. And perhaps most of all, it’s a Japanese band performing an American-inspired musical genre set to an American show mimicking a Japanese-inspired television genre.

audio: Uki Uki Midnight by Babymetal
video: RWBY by Rooster Teeth

19 Feb

Sometimes even a first draft is worth sharing. The challenge now is to figure out how to make it look like Blake Belladonna is singing the lyrics sung by Alexis Krauss.

audio: “Comeback Kid” by Sleigh Bells
video: RWBY “Black” Trailer

2016
8 Dec

Before she became a tomb raider, Lara Croft had to learn how to survive. This short but compelling vignette is based on the trailer for 2013 game Tomb Raider and features music by Two Steps from Hell.

This version is the first draft, so it’s not quite perfect yet. I need to finish putting the musical credits into the scene and remove the artifacts from the optical flow filter.

Audio: “His Brightest Star Was You” by Two Steps from Hell from the album Vanquish

6 Dec

Please note: This is an incomplete rough draft.

First of all, I officially nominate Two Steps from Hell‘s “High C’s” from the album Vanquish for song of the year. Words like “epic” get thrown around far too often, but artistic works like this one truly define the concept. From the roaring horns to the soaring choir, the music and the musicianship are absolutely perfect.

The current version of this video is based on the “The Siege of Neverwinter” viral campaign that preceded the Neverwinter video game. The vast majority of the video is in place, but it is far from complete. I’m still trying to find a couple clips to fill in the gaps. Plus, I don’t have an ending yet. That’s because the original video ends on a cliffhanger. This magnificent song, however, has a final section that is sweeping and grand. I’m still looking for something.

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, take a couple minutes to experience 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.

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

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.

audio: “Fearless” by Thomas Bergersen
video: RWBY from Rooster Teeth

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.

audio: “Illusions” by Thomas Bergersen
video: Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Eternal Throne – “Betrayed” Trailer

12 Mar

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 give his account of the franchise’s birth, I love the series even more.