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Category: Mashterpiece Theater

October 10 2016

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

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

January 13 2016

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. You almost forget the two weren’t made for each other.

audio: “El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama” by White Zombie
video: Assassin’s Creed Unity Presents: Rob Zombie’s French Revolution

January 6 2016

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

December 24 2015

This is just a first draft. It was mostly just a test, a learning experience. It was one of the first videos I edited, and it was also the first time I tried using a rock/metal song.

audio: “The Outsider” by A Perfect Circle
video: Dishonored 2 – Official E3 2015 Announce Trailer

December 9 2015

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: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire – “Sacrifice” Trailer

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