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Category: Mashterpiece Theater

March 25 2017

I suppose it was inevitable that I’d mix two of my favorite things together. This brilliant animated short film by Paul “Otaking” Johnson features an animation style reminiscent of cartoons from the 80’s and 90’s. It’s an homage to the TIE Fighter video game from 1994. I set it to Dream Theater because their music seems perfectly suited for animation, particularly from that era.

audio: “Enigma Machine” by Dream Theater
video: “TIE Fighter” by Otaking

March 22 2017

The only unbreakable promise of war is that one day it will end.

I truly love this one. The music is uplifting and hopeful even though the video doesn’t appear to be. But this isn’t a celebration of the death of humanity as much as the rebirth of the old world, fulfilling the promise that war will one day end. Our machines will continue to plod along until there’s no one around to maintain them, and nature will move on as though we never existed. Admittedly, this could be viewed as a depressing reality, but it’s no more depressing than the cost of war.

audio: “Promise” by Thomas Bergersen
video: Last Day of War by Dima Fedotov

March 17 2017

I’ve already used this video before, but the music was distinctly different. After I found this Celldweller track, I couldn’t resist. The sudden changes in speed and perspective beg for a song that changes so drastically, which is one of the strengths of dubstep-style music. Plus, this kind of song seems pretty appropriate to highlight a badass woman destroying a building-sized demon.

audio: “ShutEmDown” by Celldweller
video: Angel Stone Official Cinematic Trailer

March 12 2017

This is only a proof of concept, not a finished video. It needs a lot of additional editing and effects.

I’m not sure what inspired this, but once the idea was in my head, I had to try it out. After a couple of hours of editing, it suddenly became apparent that the concept could work. I keep coming back to it, tweaking it, then quietly replacing the older versions online. (Like I do with all of my videos.) The trick now is to hide the fact that she’s singing without completely destroying the edit.

audio: Duality – Slipknot
video: Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift

March 9 2017

Every aspect of human technology has a dark side, including the bow and arrow.

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

February 21 2017

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

February 19 2017

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

December 8 2016

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

December 6 2016

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.

December 4 2016

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.

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