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Category: Music Videos

June 7 2017

“Perhaps we had a chance for peace, but desperation and trust are seldom allies.”

I’ll have more to say about this video later, but it’s worth noting that this is my first video in 4k.

May 3 2017

“It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity.”

~Philip K. Dick

Imagine waking up to find yourself in a body that isn’t yours, a body that isn’t a body at all. You wake to find yourself inside the shell of a powerful machine. It’s a weapon, and it has a controllable trigger. This is what happens when someone pulls that trigger.

The source video is a captivating trailer from Riot Games for League of Legends set (not coincidentally) to “Machine Dreams” by Two Steps from Hell. The glitchy nature of the original video allowed me to do some things I normally can’t, which doesn’t distract from the original and helps further the story. The song is unusually electronic for TSfH, but it’s just as powerful and epic.

This is one of those rare videos that was put together in a single evening. I’d already done another mashterpiece with this video before, but the themes were strangely perfect. After a few failed attempts to merge the two, I had a breakthrough when I realized that Premiere Pro’s optical flow setting totally worked in my favor this time. The video itself is already filled with glitches because of the storyline, so my digital meddling mostly goes unnoticed.

audio: “Machine Dreams” by Two Steps from Hell
video: PROJECT: OVERDRIVE | Skins Trailer – League of Legends

April 9 2017

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

March 29 2017

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

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 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

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

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