Synthetic Heroine - Various - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj “Turn Me On”
Premiered online: April 11th, 2012
First, no, it’s not about drugs, it’s “heroine” not “heroin”. ;p
Anyway, for 2012, my AMV goal for the year is to send my videos to more conventions’ AMV contests, but to only send if I made that video specifically for that convention. A few friends of mine always attend Anime North and one suggested that I enter a video into their contest. Sounded like a good idea, so I started one.
I have a tendency to get AMV ideas while I’m listening to random music and this time was no different. Going to the grocery store, “Turn Me On” was on the radio and I immediately associated it with literally turning someone/something (as in, robots/android/etc.) on. At first it seemed like it could easily be a gag video, maybe a few seconds for a joke, but then I realized it could actually make for a really good full-length serious video.
From there it was just a matter of gathering source, which was harder than I thought it would be. The 80’s and 90’s were full of cyborg/android anime, but there wasn’t much in recent anime. The bulk of the video ended up being Ghost in the Shell, since I had three movies and two TV series to work with there. I didn’t want to use that many older anime, the visuals would just contrast too much and be more distracting than actually add to the video’s value. I asked around but most people either recommended older anime or anime that I already was using. I winged it with a few sources that didn’t actually have androids in them, but were believable enough, so it was fine.
The first editing I did, though, was “fixing” the audio. I love the song, but I’m not a fan of the rap near the end (It would’ve been around the 2:45 mark). I just think it sounds ridiculous and is incongruous with the rest of the song, so I simply edited it out. It seems that either people agree and they’re glad I took it out, or they’re upset because that was their favorite part of the song. I’ve heard people complain that you’re “destroying the artists’ work” when you edit the song, but I just don’t see it that way. To me it’s not any different than a remix or a radio edit.
With so many sources, the video doesn’t really have a story, but I did try to keep them all in a semblance of order and not just throw random scenes all over the timeline. The initial verse is the creation of the androids/cyborgs, the first chorus is their awakening. The next verse is just a bit of toned down mood/set-up, the following chorus is the ladies in full action, then quiet it down, show a softer side, before ramping it back up for the finale. The progression worked out well, and I think, really, that’s what made me want to use the song.
Anime North came and went, I didn’t win, but I was given an honorable mention, which is still awesome. Plus I was told the audience enjoyed the video, so what more can I ask for? The video is definitely the best I’ve made this year (so far…), I find myself going back and watching it more than my other videos. I don’t always do that, sometimes when I’ve finished a video, I’m done with it and don’t watch it again for months. Given that, I take it as a good sign that I keep getting drawn back to this one.
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- lussuriioso said: Ah yes, I’m editing with this song too and I hate the rap part. What I did was just replace that part with the instrumental.
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