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Category: Music Videos

2017
9 Apr

A start, an end, a rise and fall
No system eternal and no one immortal
Creation all must end in destruction
We cannot change the fate of civilization

audio: “End of an Empire” by Celldweller
video: “Flames of Truth” from Final Fantasy XIV

29 Mar

Is it a dream
or a memory?

This has been my go-to Slipknot song for the past 17 years, so I really wanted to find a video for it. After testing out a few random others, I stumbled upon this one from Riot Games. Though the song wasn’t written with this concept in mind, some of the lyrics are serendipitously perfect. The whole video is about the protagonist dealing with the illusions in its mind, so the line “is it a dream or a memory” takes on an almost literal meaning. And let’s not forget the fact that the animation is computer generated while he’s saying, “Everything is 3D blasphemy.” But what really seals this video for me is the action at the end, when the song shifts into its final form (so to speak). Makes me wish this video was twice as long.

audio: “Wait and Bleed” by Slipknot
video: Project: Overdrive | Skins Trailer – League of Legends

25 Mar

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

17 Mar

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

12 Mar

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

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
5 Feb

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

13 Jan

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

6 Jan

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