This is the story of how a little yellow bird saved a big yellow robot.
Category: Mashterpiece Theater
“I watched them fight and die in the name of freedom. They speak of liberty and justice. But for who?”
This is my first video of the new year, but more significantly, it’s one of the first that used a heavy amount of sound effects from the original video. I prefer to let the music speak for itself in these videos, but sometimes the sound needs to be a part of it. Fortunately, this video made it easy.
Imagine a tiny empire in the palm of your hands, just like one in a video game. I set this award-winning short film from Digital Corridor to the epic music of Thomas Bergersen. Every other video I’ve ever edited has between a few dozen and several dozen cuts; this one has four. Serendipitous is the word that comes to mind.
This delightfully dark short was created by students, believe it or not. Because of this, I had to tweak a couple of things with the animation to make it flow a little better. But thankfully the rest of it is beautiful and well animated. I don’t point this out because I think they had sub-par animation, only that it’s one of the rare times when I actually fix something within the original edit.
Video: “Ouro” by Eva Jiahui Gao & Pierre-Jean le Moel
It’s hard to believe that such a powerful trailer is meant for a glorified mobile game, but who am I to complain? The song and the video have nearly identical rises and falls, so they fit together nicely here. My favorite aspect of it is watching the ending slip into slow motion right as the music reaches its peak.
Video: Shadow Fight 3 from Nekki
This haunting short film is a variation on another film by the same creator. It imagines the world after war has been completely automated for decades, and war machines are all that’s left of humanity. The soundtrack is equally haunting in its ethereal nature and almost lackadaisical meandering through what appears to be a melody trying to form and reform itself. Collectively, these two pieces come together beautifully.
Video: “Fortress” by Dimitriy Fedotov
I just love this one. The music is so powerful, and it fits the visuals so well. Sometimes I get the urge to watch this one just to get excited about something. Even though the music of the original is good, this version just works so much better.
Video: “The Light Within” from League of Legends
I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time, but none of the videos I found seemed to have the constant kinetic energy that this song requires. I had the first trailer for Smite in my queue for several months before I stumbled back upon late last night. Within minutes, it became clear that the two would work great together. A bit of tweaking later, this video was born. This is one of the only first drafts I’ve felt comfortable releasing.
audio: “Invincible” by Two Steps from Hell
video: SMITE Cinematic Trailer ‘Battleground of the Gods’ from Hi-Rez Studios
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