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Category: Mashterpiece Theater

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.

November 18 2016

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

October 18 2016

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

October 10 2016

This is a short film about the power of love and power itself, set in a galaxy far, far away. It is arguably one of the best stories in the entire Star Wars universe, and it only takes seven minutes to tell.

This is a “mashterpiece” of the cinematic trailer for the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic and the song “Illusions” by Thomas J. Bergersen. After a bit of tweaking, I realized that the two pieces just belonged together. It is currently my most popular video on YouTube with almost 1.5 million views as of this writing.

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

March 12 2016

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.

February 29 2016

But, a dog’s got personality. Personality goes a long way.

This is a short and charming vignette about a girl and her companion. Also, robots.

audio: “Reborn” by Thomas Bergersen
video: ReCore E3 Announcement Trailer

February 28 2016

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 video game, and “Flight of the Silverbird” by Two Steps from Hell feels like it was written for it. The slow opening allows for light dialogue to set the stage, then the music builds to match their flight, the battle, and their escape. Out of all the things I’ve edited, this is definitely one of my favorites, and it’s currently my most popular video on YouTube.

audio: “Flight of the Silverbird” by Two Steps From Hell
video: Halo 5: Guardians Opening Cinematic

February 22 2016

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.

audio: “Strength of a Thousand Men” by Two Steps from Hell
video: Asura Online Cinematic Trailer

February 5 2016

Animal whisperings intoxicate the night
Hypnotize the desperate, slow motion light
Wash away into the rain, blood, milk and sky
Hollow moons illuminate and beauty never dies

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

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