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May 7th, 2007

fswku @ 06:43 pm: Updates And Future Plans
So to update the post I made about a month ago, I have SEVERAL projects that I eventually want to get done. A few are in the works or will be soon, but most are not much more than audio tracks that I have ready to go as soon as I find suitable source. In addition to the ones listed in the previous post, I have the following to add.

Current Project - Mononoke Hime Trailer
  • Audio
    • Maki Kimura - Beyond the Bounds (Intro song for Zone of the Enders 2: The Second Runner)
    • Klaus Badelt - He's A Pirate (Jack Sparrow's theme from Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Video
    • Mononoke Hime
This project initially started out as just throwing a few things into the timeline so I was editing SOMETHING. I needed something to focus on to get me out of the incredible funk I was in. Once I got into it, I decided to flesh things out a bit more. To give a little background on the film, when Miramax initially licensed it for distribution in the US, Miyazaki gave them STRICT instructions that they were to make NO edits to the film whatsoever. This was because when an earlier work (Nausicaa) was brought over years back, the distribution company bastardized it to hell and back, and it was barely even the same story. This trailer, when finished, will show what we could probably have expected had Miramax been allowed free reign to "Americanize" the film.


Upcoming Near-Future Projects

I'm working with several other people from AnimeMusicVideos.org on a Multi-Editor Project using nothing but Dragonforce solos. My bit in this is a short :30 clip, but it will be the opening track that sets the stage for the entire video. Haven't decided on an anime as of yet, but betas aren't even due until at least July. More on this as it develops.


Projects With No Specific Schedule

These are the ones that are not more than audio tracks ready to go. No decision on video tracks for the most part, but if I have an idea, I'll mention it next to the song title.
  • George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
  • The Juliana Theory - Is Patience Still Waiting?
  • Michael Wong - Tong Hua
  • Poets of the Fall - Someone Special
  • Rhapsody - Unholy Warcry (perhaps NGE, FMP, and a few other action-oriented titles?)
  • Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
  • Stabbing Westward - Nothing (NGE, more than likely)
  • The Calling - Things Don't Always Turn Out That Way


April 8th, 2007

fswku @ 12:21 pm: Looking Ahead
So the Incubus/Phantom project was completed, yet I have no idea if it was viewed or not. At this juncture, it's quite moot anyways (if you really want the details, just ask me).

For what it's worth, the finished project can be found HERE.

Looking ahead to future projects, I've already got a few picked out to work on. One is an idea I've been kicking around since I began working on this last project, and another is an idea that was given to me by person who inspired said project. Both projects will have to wait until I can get a decent editing system put together, since I don't want to thrash my laptop's hard drive with more editing. That, and the one project would require more space than I currently have on the laptop. Anyways, here are my concrete ideas:

Future Project 1

Video: Battlestar Galactica (clips from the 2003 miniseries, and the resulting regular series)

Audio: Dragonforce - Trail of Broken Hearts; a nice ballad from an incredible band, and if you know the lyrics, it fits BSG quite well.



Future Project 2
Note: this is the project who's idea comes from a third party. Might be a while before I'm able to work on this one (for reasons that have nothing to do with the technical aspects of production), but it will get done at some point. Kesshite yosurimasu!

Video: Moon Child; excellent film starring Camui Gackt, Hideto Takarai (i.e Gackt and Hyde), and Lee Hom Wong

Audio: E Nomine - Mitternacht; what better audio to accompany a vampire action film than a song who's title translates to "Midnight"?

Current Mood: determineddetermined

March 10th, 2007

fswku @ 12:43 pm: The project I've been working feverishly for the past couple of months is finally finished. I now have Phantom Echo in it's complete form, sitting on my desktop. I've already encoded an XviD version of the project, and later today I will encode 2 seperate MPEG2 versions. One for exporting to DVD, and another which I will save as a high-quality archive for local playback.

Just for grins, here's some stats on the project:

Software
  • Adobe Audition 1.0
  • Adobe Premiere 6.0
  • AVISynth 2.5
    • Decomb Plugin
    • MPEG2Source Plugin
  • DVD2AVI 1.77.3
  • DVD Decrypter 3.5.4.0
  • MS Paint
  • TMPG DVD Creator
  • TMPG Ecnoder
  • VirtualDub 1.5.10
  • VirtualDub MP3/Freeze

Total Length - 3:34

Number of Source Clips - 54

Total Working Project Size - 9.23 GB

Final XviD File Size - 92.5 MB

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Incubus - Echo

February 28th, 2007

fswku @ 08:49 pm: Another Small Update
Due to time constraints, I'm only using Echo and The Phantom of the Opera. I'll split the George Harrison song into another video for a later date (especially if this current video works as planned...hehehe). Probably going to use stuff from Pirates of the Caribbean (both of them) for that, and focus on the whole Will/Elizabeth thing (or maybe Jack/Elizabeth, to give it a twist, perhaps).

The good news is, the Incubus vid is coming along nicely. I finished tweaking my AVISynth script and encoded my source file over the weekend, and have been pulling clips here and there. So far I have about :20 done, but that still leaves another 3:00 to go. All in good time, I guess. Fortunately, I'm fairly pleased with the way what little I've finished has turned out. More updates as they come...

-Mike

January 24th, 2007

fswku @ 02:14 am: Random moment of inspiration...
Still working on the Incubus/George Harrison video for her birthday, but I just got a random strike of inspiration for a long-term project. BT - Satellite mixed in with the Zone of the Enders anime. I really need to work on my crossfades for that one, but if done right, could be EXTREMELY awesome.

January 18th, 2007

fswku @ 04:23 pm: Murphy's Law Strikes Again
So I'm going to be using The Phantom of the Opera for part of my project. I had this DVD sitting on my computer for the longest time, but deleted it due to space issues. Now that I need to rip it again, I either have to go all the way home, or find a copy locally. Major pain in the ass.

As an aside, my friend's girlfriend let me borrow her copy of Cats as another possible source. I didn't even know they had filmed the show for a video release, but I must say that it's a LOT more interesting to watch when you can see the facial expressions. This is one I think is better on video than sitting in the audience at a theater. I've seen it live twice, and even being a mere 10 rows back the second time, it's hard to catch everything. Now the tricky part is, since its a filmed stage performance, is there anything in there that I would be able to use? Maybe a few scenes where we see some interaction between Munkustrap and Demeter, but other than that I'm not sure at the moment.

Well, that concludes this "update" of sorts. I'm out.

January 17th, 2007

moose_of_drknss @ 10:21 am: Documentation...
Well, I downloaded the Direct X 10 SDK last night and I discovered something fascinatingly familiar. The documentation for it absolutely sucks. I'll slog through what I can, but I'm going to have to find some tutorials or something...

January 16th, 2007

moose_of_drknss @ 02:43 pm: Project DX10
Well, it looks like I've come back from the ashses along with Kurokito. After a year of being opressed by work I hate, I finally have a somewhat management position where I can pick what I want to work on. I have two things on my plate right now: DirectX 10 and Windows Workflow. I'm going to learn DirectX 10 first. I'll try to post daily updates on what I'm learning, so, until tomorrow....

fswku @ 02:18 pm: What's this? An update????
Wow. It's definitely been a LONG time since I've posted here. To be honest, we've all forgotten we even started this thing to begin with. Not to worry, however. Kurokito is about to rise from the ashes of neglect and hopefully we can get things rolling and get a lot of projects posted that people may find interesting. With that out of the way, on to the actual update.

First of all, Shadow Zone is now up on YouTube, and can be found HERE.

Second, and the actual point of this post, I have a new project that I'm starting. All of the other ones mentioned here have fallen by the wayside. While I may resurrect them at some point as well, I'm not going to worry about it. For now, however, I have a project that should be finished by the beginning of March.

-Project Type: Music Video
-Music: Incubus - Echo, George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
-Video: The Phantom of the Opera, and several other sources I have yet to determine.
-Utilities: Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, AVISynth, TMPGEnc, VirtualDub

Unlike other, unfinished projects, this one WILL be completed by March. I've found the motivation to do this, now I just need to track down some more source footage to use. However, due to the nature of this project, don't look for it to be released anytime before this summer. I'm working on this project for a friend's birthday (hence the early March deadline) and I'm mainly using this page as a sort of progress meter to keep me on track. I may eventually release it, I may not. I honestly don't know at this moment.

Anyways, that's all for now. I promise it won't be another 2 years between updates!

-FS

August 30th, 2004

fswku @ 06:59 pm: And so it begins...
Upgrades are in, Windows transferred to the new drive, and I now have a metric ton of space to play around with. New video card works like a charm, and now I just need time to work. Had to RMA the RAM, but that doesn't keep me from working (still got my old stuff). Anyways, once things settle down here in a week or so, I should be able to start working on Won't Back Down, so more updates should be on the way in the very near future...

Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Gackt - Luna
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