Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gundam 00 AMV beta

Here's the updated beta for my Gundam 00 AMV. Still making lots of changes to parts already done, but still making some progress and will hopefully have this AMV close to done soon. There's lots of footage for me to go through, and I keep changing my mind on parts/finding better footage for parts. So once I've gone through enough of the footage I'll be closer to finishing it. Here are the links.

Wait a few seconds for the links on that page to appear, the file is hosted on multiple sites, megaupload, rapidshare, etc. Download by clicking the "Click Here" buttons next to the preferred hosting site.

(Beta has been removed, to see the full AMV view this post or click the link in the "Latest AMVs" section to the right.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gundam 00 AMV Progress

I've uploaded the latest beta of my Gundam 00 AMV, which is about 1:00 of the 3:19 song.

Pretty much all of the editing so far is set to stay, unless I find some better footage later on to replace some parts. I haven't really gotten into the Season 2 footage yet, and may make some changes once I've gone through all that footage.

(Beta has been removed, to see the full AMV view this post or click the link in the "Latest AMVs" section to the right.)

I'm not going to upload any betas to YouTube or any streaming site (unless the megavideo becomes available).

More progress and betas coming soon (on both my AMVs.) I've started working more on them, and hopefully will get them done soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Game Design

So I've recently been on Twitter a lot, using it especially to follow the Ignition page, which brought me into contact with Ryan Thompson a social media strategist at Ignition USA. Ryan asked me recently if I'd do an interview on his blog (which will be sometime this week). So in the mean time, I decided to dig up a Game Design document I did 3 years ago in my Game Design course at FSC. I'm not sure if this is the final version, or a preliminary one, as its the only copy I have left (one that was saved in my email). I have no idea if I'll ever get to make this game (although I'll probably revise it heavily if I ever decide to).

These 20 pages outline the mechanics, controls, interface, items, attacks, ai, statistics, story and progression of the game. Although the story and progression needed to be expanded much more, but what I have here is just a start. Anyways, this game I came up with when I was really into anime with the Shinsengumi (still am) such as Rurouni Kenshin, Peacemaker Kurogane, and Shura no Toki. The setting of this game most closely resembles the Shinsengumi depicted in Peacemaker Kurogane. If I were to rewrite this document today it would probably be a lot different, and I'd spend more time on it. But its interesting to go back and look at this and think, would this make a sweet video game? Will I ever get to make something like this? As my main skills are in web design/development, drawing and video editing, I'm still a long way from being able to make a video game myself. However, in the future I could see myself getting into the gaming industry and learn how to design games myself, and maybe possibly create this game or one similar. Feel free to look through the document below, but don't steal my idea!

Download the Game Design Document

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No AMV Progress, but I am drawing more!

So I haven't gotten more work done on any of my AMVs, but the last few weeks have been very busy. Not only did my gf's car break down TWICE (requiring me to drive out to where she was and call AAA to tow it to a shop... the cars fixed now.) but I've gone to THREE concerts. Mastodon/Dethklok, Gwar, and then Heathenfest featuring Eluveitie.

And in my free time I've been watching anime such as Kenichi and practicing drawing using my Wacom bamboo tablet. This being one of the more successful results, also my new banner =)

Also I've been playing more video games, and actually won ANOTHER game from Ignition (I initally won Muramasa: the Demon Blade for Wii from a facebook givaway), Nostalgia for DS from the contest held by Ryan Thompson of Ignition USA. Thanks Ryan!

I will get cracking on my AMV's again soon. I really want to get these ones done as I'm starting to have more AMV ideas and I don't want to build up too many ideas, then I lose interest in some and its hard to focus.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Windows 7

So I bought the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade today (3 pack, so I can put it on 3 computers) and installed it tonight, and so far, I'm loving it!

What I'm loving even more is the fact that all the programs, codecs, files, and settings involving my video editing and my AMVs were not messed up at all, and still work flawlessly! (Also that my AMV projects don't show up as black clips in the timeline, which has happened many times before from a switch to a new computer or an upgrade). The entire upgrade from Vista to 7 was incredibly smooth, and I didn't lose anything or have to reinstall anything! The only downside was how long it took to install. But it was well worth it. Its speed and efficiency far surpass Vista, and it will be a pleasure to edit AMVs on this computer now that it has Windows 7.

Now I just need to stop staring at the wonderful features of Windows 7 and get more done on my AMVs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Still active, just lazy.

After I finished "Soul of a Lotus Eater" and after Anime Boston, I got really pumped to do the two AMVs I'm working on now, which are:

1. Anime: Gundam 00
Theme: Setsuna and Marina (Drama or Romance, haven't really decided yet, but still lots of Action too)
Song: Evil Morning - Crazy About You

I'm hoping to obtain a perfect mix of Action and Concept with this AMV (As most of the feedback on Soul Of A Lotus Eater was that it was ALL action and NO concept), and since the lyrics are Japanese I won't rely on lyric matching (which is sometimes my downfall) and will come up with something original.

2. Anime: Black Heaven
Theme: Comedy
Song: Paul Gilbert - Older Guy

In an attempt to come up with a perfect AMV concept I stumbled upon this song which matches this Anime perfectly. The song was literally written for the main character of Black Heaven and it is utterly hilarious. I hope to win big concept points with this one.

I have all the footage I need for both these AMVs, DVD rips of both seasons of Gundam 00 and decent rips of Black Heaven (not quite DVD, but good enough). I just need to buckle down and get them done. I just started my first full time job (Jr. Web Developer at an Ad Agency) in July and have been working hard, and in my free time I have video games to get through, Anime to catch up on, and have just been lazy with the AMVs. I already have a bit of progress with the Gundam 00 one, and the Black Heaven one shouldn't take long to make. So look forward for some updates on the progress, some previews, and then the finished AMVs!

I have added the songs in my current AMVs to the sidebar.
Check them out!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Anime Boston '09 AMV Action Finalist!

Adam sent out the finalist emails today, and I made it! Totally psyched to be in the finals at AB for a second year, and looking forward to the contest. I'm glad I buckled down and finished my AMV in time, it was worth it!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Soul of a Lotus Eater

New AMV Soul of a Lotus Eater is complete! Here is the megaupload link for now. Description, Thumbnail, and link to come. Sadly, no YouTube link because of the song copyright. Also, the quality seems to be lower than it should, and full HD version came out pixelated. Probably Adobe Premiere CS4s fault, I'll have to look into it. Fortunately, the 720X480 mpeg looks great and is ready to be entered into the AB AMV contest. Also, this 720X480 mp4 isn't bad.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Almost Finished!!!

So the deadline for Anime Boston is less than a week away, and my AMV is about finished!

All I have left is the lead-out ending, which is just about 20 seconds left to do.

Here is the updated beta:

Megaupload download:

Megavideo stream:

The major difference between this and the old beta, is the addition of the intro (which is the real intro to the song, I had just cut it out before). And there are more minor differences like editing fixes, and scene changes here and there. And of course, the addition of part two (the awesome keyboard instrumental part).

Hopefully I'll get the rest done this weekend, and get it on the AB FTP ASAP!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ok, so I'll definitely have an AMV in time for AB this year!

Editing is now going very smoothly on my Soul Eater AMV, and I even have an extension of the AB AMV deadline from April 1st to April 9th THANKS AGAIN ADAM!!! Although I probably won't even end up needing that time anyways, its good to have it.

check out the beta here:

Just click that link, and "save-link-as" the beta-pt1.mp4 from that directory.

Or grab it on Megaupload

Or check out the Megavideo (Low quality)

This is essentially just the first part of the AMV, the second part is a little over a minute long of a later part in the song, where I'm going to use awesome footage from the second Maka Vs. Crona fight. Gonna do some really sweet editing in that part. Total length of the finished vid should be around 4:30.

Comments please!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Will I have an AMV for Anime Boston this year???

It seems doubtfull...

I have less that two weeks to finish at least one of the two AMVs I'm currently working on. Problem is, I can't seem to get anywhere in either one. I seem to have lost my AMV editing groove...

I was hoping to upload a beta of my Opeth/Soul Eater AMV to YouTube for some quick feedback to give me more incentive, but NO! Opeth is licenced and YouTube won't allow it! Figures!!

Anyways, the two AMVs that are going nowhere are:
1. Anime: Soul Eater, Song: "The Lotus Eater" by Opeth - Maka and Soul themed vid, plenty of action, and main focus on the Maka/Soul Vs. Crona/Ragnarok fights. The HD raws make this AMV top quality.

2. Anime: Gundam 00 (Both seasons, probably) Song: "Toys" by Frost* - This is starting out to be a fun one... too bad I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA where to go with it. DVD footage for the first season and a few HD raws of second season. Sadly all the first season footage I have isn't in HD, forcing me to reduce the quality of the final vid to only 480 instead of 720...

And I also got inspiration to recreate my old "Banishment of Shishio" AMV, which I hope will go smoother than my recent failed attempt at remastering "Soujiro's Lost Soul." Then again, I'll be lucky to complete any AMV these days...

But i'm gonna keep trying, and HOPEFULLY have my Soul Eater vid done in time for AB...

Anyways, heres a LINK to the beta I tried to upload to YouTube.

just right click and save-link-as, this link: