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September 2008 - Dead In Two Episodes *** NEW ***
Title: "Dead In Two Episodes"
Audio: "Escape"
Artist: Craig Armstrong
Length: 1:11
Size: 21.9 MB (XviD); 16.6 MB (H.264)
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible); H.264
Source: DragonBall Z
Editors: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: AWA 12 Professional AMV Contest
( NOMINATED: Best Trailer )
I had been working off-and-on with a character guide. After typing up and finishing a few for characters that appeared for a good part of the series, I wanted to do a couple for characters that only briefly appeared in the series (minor side characters, perhaps a few henchmen).

After looking through the manga for a while, I decided upon a character named "Appule". He is a minor henchman of Freeza's that is killed off just as quickly as he is introduced. Despite this, he's actually given a name (being a pun on "Apple"), so I could theoretically write up a short little guide for him.

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September 2008 - DQCF+P *** NEW ***
Title: "DQCF+P"
Audio: "Spring Thunder"
Artist: Yoko Shimamura, Isao Abe
Length: 4:53
Size: 71.3 MB (XviD); 86.1 MB (H.264)
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible); H.264
Source: Street Fighter (Various)
Editors: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie & Meri Cantoni
Participation: AWA 12 Professional AMV Contest
The title of this video is an extension of the video I made for the Retro Video Game Project back in 2004, QCF + P (being the standard fireball-motion in all Street Fighter games).

Needless to say, this is a Street Fighter video. The song is a megamix of the eight "Word Warriors" individual theme songs.

This is actually an idea I had for several years, and simply never got around to making come true. I went back and forth on turning it into a little multi-editor project (maybe with people picking anime characters that halfway resembled the Street Fighter counterparts; for example, Shampoo from Ranma 1/2 is Chinese, so she could be the Chun-Li portion of the song). That never really went anywhere, so I just kept the idea in the back of my head.

Many years later, I decided to simply turn it into a standard "tribute" video, and indeed make it a multi-editor project... the "multi" being Meri and myself. We would split the eight characters among the two of us, and stitch it together into one fun tribute video. We meant to do it for AWA Expo 2007, but didn't get around to it for nearly a year, and ended up making it for AWA Pro 2008.

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June 2008 - I'm Above The Age Of 10 And I Like Pokemon *** NEW ***
Title: "I'm Above The Age Of 10 And I Like Pokemon"
Audio: "Fall Back Down"
Artist: Rancid
Length: 3:46
Size: 60.2 MB (XviD); 60.0 MB (H.264)
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible); H.264
Source: Pokemon
Editors: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: Otakon 2008 AMV Contest
This was a video idea that had been floating around in my head for a few years, but just never got made. The recent domestic releases of the TV season boxsets were really the catalyst for its creation. At first, though, it didn't seem like it would be made until 2009, since the delay between sets was six months to a year. After the second set, however, they sped up to mere weeks / a couple months in between. In fact, the "Orange Islands" set came out very shortly before the actual deadline, but ended up giving just enough extra footage to really help finish out the video.

I have a really big thing for the concept of "friendship" in my anime. It doesn't matter what the genre is... as long as there's a solid bond between friends, I'm totally there. This is clearly most shown in my love of long-running shonen, but it's crossed over to other interests, as well. One of my favorite examples was actually from Otakon 2007's video made with Meri and Jeff, "Never Fall Apart".

That being said, this video is all about friendship (of course). It's a different type of friendship though... one between a boy and his Pokemon. At the end of the day, it's not all that different, really...

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September 2007 - Obligatory Matrix Trailer
Title: "Obligatory Matrix Trailer"
Audio: "The Matrix" Original Trailer Audio
Source: "The Matrix" (DVD)
Length: 2:14
Size: 46.6 MB (XviD); 41.6 MB (H.264)
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible); H.264
Source: Megazone 23 (Part 1)
Editors: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: AWA 13 Exposition
If you know the history between the Megazone 23 and The Matrix, the concept should be an absolute no-brainer... I was shocked to discover no-one had done it before. If you don't know the history between the two, watch this trailer, and it should become pretty apparent.

After hearing Gerald's review of Megazone 23 on Anime World Order (an anime podcast), I decided it was finally time to actually watch the damn thing. We watched it, we went on with our lives. The Monday before the AWA 2007 Exposition deadline, it randomly occurred to me that making a trailer to The Matrix with Megazone 23 was the easily idea that could ever be done. I checked around and did not see a single attempt at the idea, so I took it upon myself to do it. The video was edited over the next five days (Monday mostly being ripping and prepping the footage, Friday mostly being finalizing, exporting, encoding, and uploading the video). With one hour to spare after the upload, the video was complete.

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July 2007 - Adolescent Mayhem
Title: "Adolescent Mayhem"
Audio: "Teenagers"
Artist: My Chemical Romance
Length: 2:47
Size: 47.4 MB (XviD); 32.4 MB (H.264)
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible); H.264
Source: Death Note
Editors: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: AWA 12 Professional AMV Contest

This is a dark comedy, somewhat childish at times, putting a fun twist on Light simply going along killing whomever he chooses. There really is not much of a traditional "narrative" to this video, which is quite different for me. Beyond getting the notebook at the beginning, it's just death... death... and more death. At the end of the day, it's a hard job... but somebody's gotta do it.

The video is (obviously) split up into individual segments. The first and second verse are timed differently (due both to story-necessity and different emphasized musical elements), but both act as the same type of mood-setters; the choruses pick up the pace with that shit-eating-grin; the breakdown and bridge are totally different, showcasing a little bit more of the in-depth actions of Light.

The first thing that came to mind in the video was the "drop" section of the bridge, which is about the only thing that remained the same from the original vision. The breakdown section was originally going to be some floating, feathered, cropped boxes of Light writing names while the names flew by both in front of and behind said boxes of video. Unfortunately, all of the scenes were too short to leave up floating around for any extended period that I could appropriately time to, so the hard cuts in the background (with a grainy film quality) came to be with the names floating around in the front. I think I actually prefer this implementation, anyway, so I'm glad that worked out.

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May 2007 - Never Fall Apart
Title: "Never Fall Apart"
Audio: "Will You Know?"
Artist: Echo Image
Length: 3:48
Size: 57.6 MB (XviD); 38.8 MB (H.264)
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible); H.264
Source: Honey & Clover, Honey & Clover II
Editors: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie, Meri Cantoni, & Jeff "gambitt" Heller
Participation: Otakon 2007 AMV Contest
AWA 13 Exposition
( WINNER: Best Sentimental )
This video is about friendship, plain and simple. True friends may go through problems from time to time, but in the end they will never fall apart.

This video was intended to be primarily a "mood" or "feeling" video, followed directly by the story it tells to set up that mood. The beginning shots simply set up the atmosphere and locations for the story, and moves in to the character introductions (a staple of Meri videos going back years and years and years; see Liberation Of Memories Past for an example). Throughout the intro and the character introductions, you will see lots of comparison shots with characters moving their heads in similar ways, looking up at the moon, etc. These motions will even be re-created in the middle transition of the song where the characters are all shown looking longingly through windows.

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September 2006 - Succession
Title: "Succession"
Audio: "Holy Roman"
Artist: The Get Up Kids
Length: 2:59
Size: 61.2 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Source: DragonBall Z
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie & Meri Cantoni
Participation: AWA 12 Professional AMV Contest
( NOMINATED: Best Sentimental )
( NOMINATED: Best Character Profile )
The basic premise for the video is pretty simple in that Gohan takes on his proper role as the successor to the title of Earth's protector. Originally, there was going to be a lot more of the "relaxing days" material in the first half of the video, but it simply couldn't build itself up to the necessary climax without introducing the full-on Cell Game right in the first verse. Thankfully, showcasing things from the past via the instrumental choruses worked out well, and allowed us to show a wide variety of times and locations in Gohan's past. Since the video was very specific to a point in Gohan's life, though, we chose not to incorporate things like the Vegeta or Freeza fights.

All in all, it's a Gohan character profile video with a very melodic and dark song that still manages to keep a powerful, upbeat, and optimistic tone to it.

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August 2006 - Otakon 2006 Iron Editor: Mortal Kombat
Title: "Otakon 2006 Iron Editor - Mortal Kombat"
Audio: Mortal Kombat
Source: Theatrical Trailer
Length: 1:16
Size: 11.0 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Source: Chrono Crusade, Kiddy Grade, Loveless, Wolf's Rain, FFVII: Advent Children, Pryde of the X-Men
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie & Meri Cantoni
Participation: Otakon 2006 Iron Editor Battle Royale

As the winners from AWA 2005, we participated in 2006's "Battle Royale" Iron Editor tournament of champions at Otakon. The theme for this particular tournament was "action movie trailer". Two winners would be chosen to advance forward to the finals at AWA later that year.

We chose the Mortal Kombat trailer for several reasons: (01) it's comparatively well-known among the geek/nerd/anime/etc. crowd, (02) it has an ensamble cast we could exploit for the variety of sources, (03) Kadaj + Shang Tsung = gold, (04) etc.

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August 2006 - My Fist Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon
Title: "My Fist Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon"
Song: "Belt"
Artist: Say Anything
Length: 3:47
Size: 70.0 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Source: Hajime no Ippo
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: Otakon 2006 AMV Contest
AWA 12 Exposition

It's really amazing what sitting and watching a new show (for a change) will do for your AMV inspiration.

A couple discs into Hajime no Ippo, we were pretty convinced we were going to do a video to it. Meri had a very loose idea for a video to Panic! At The Disco's "Camisado", but that was the problem... it was a very loose idea. My concept for Say Anything's "Belt" was also based on a loose idea, but that one just led into a few other loose ideas that ended up coming together in a more solid beginning-to-end idea, so we ended up going with that one. It was somewhat of a challenge in that the song did not tell such a literal-and-obvious story that we are so used to correlating (see 2005's Fake as an example), but it was a FUN challenge to force ourselves to match the story in a coherent fashion.

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September 2005 - AWA 2005 Iron Editor - Mission: Impossible
Title: "AWA 2005 Iron Editor - Mission: Impossible"
Song: Theme from "Mission: Impossible"
Artist: Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen
Length: 1:27
Size: 25.2 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Sources: Blue Submarine No. 6
Cowboy Bebop - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Fushigi Yuugi
My Neighbor Totoro
Adolescence Of Utena
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: AWA 11 Iron Editor Competition

This is our video that was made during Anime Weekend Atlanta XI (2005)'s "Iron Editor" contest. The theme for this year's competition was "exploration," so we picked the "Mission: Impossible" remix. Our competitor was Hsien Lee (Kusoyaro Productions), who has been the Iron Editor champion for many, many years. Somehow, we managed to dethrone him, which was quite a shock, considering how awesome his video was!

This video is pretty simple (didn't really have much choice, having to make the video in two hours, and all) with elements of action and a little light-heartedness. Having the "secret ingredient" helped spice things up a bit, and we thought it was fun to work with. Despite how short and simple the video is, we're both actually very proud of it. There is one massive mistake in the video, though. We accidentally used a shot from "Blue Sub No. 6" twice. Ooops!

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September 2005 - Fake
Title: "Fake"
Song: "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most"
Artist: Dashboard Confessional
Length: 3:02
Size: 25.1 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Source: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyo
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: AWA 11 Professional AMV Contest
( NOMINATED: Best Sentimental )
( NOMINATED: Best Drama )
( NOMINATED: Best Character Profile )
( NOMINATED: Best Overall )
Onna!Fest 2005 AMV Contest

This video was actually my original idea for AWA Pro X (2004), but for some reason or another, we just didn't go through with it. Instead, we decided to work on Meri's idea for Pro that year (Sex, Lies, & Roses). This idea remained in the back of my head for the entire year, though. I definitely wanted to get around to it, but just didn't.

We were undecided on an idea for AWA Pro XI (2005) until very late into the year. We had a few ideas kicking around, but either didn't have the right source footage, didn't have the right audio, or both. Taking a look back on the video ideas, this one stuck out, so we went with it! Since the idea was comparatively old, I don't quite remember how it came to me. It was either in a car or on the way to class (back when I had not yet graduated). The lyrics in Dashboard songs tell such fantastic and relatively literal stories, that coming up with two anime characters to fit the male/female characters in the song was almost no work at all.

Hopefully, the story in this video is extremely straight-forward and obvious. As mentioned, the song does a great job of being extremely clear with its presentation of two characters and their own internal faults and insecurities. In essence, that somewhat makes us extremely lazy... the video nearly edited itself! Arima and Miyazawa were just such perfect fits, especially considering the gender-opposites the song speaks of.

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September 2005 - "DragonBall GT" Commercial Parody
Title: "DragonBall GT" Commercial Parody
Songs: FUNimation DBGT Dub Opening; "DAN DAN Kokoro Hikarete 'ku"
Artists: FUNimation; Field of View
Length: 0:56
Size: 14.7 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Sources: DragonBall GT
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: n/a
FUNimation is a funny company. They're absolutely amazing and do a great job with shows... unless it's somehow related to the DragonBall franchise. With the end of DBZ, FUNimation began including a certain commercial on DVDs to hype up their forthcoming release of DragonBall GT. The commercial featured their new rap-style opening theme for the show, an extremely "ghetto" mood consisting of lots of ki-blasts and fighting, and much more. To really kick that poor, dead horse, the commercial begins with text that asks, "Think You Know GT?" and proceeds to play very terrible, fansub-quality, almost entirely desaturated footage of the original Japanese opening theme to the show. The footage cuts out, even more shiny, ghetto text appears on-screen that states, "You Don't Know GT!"... and the rest of that utterly ridiculous commercial begins to play (as described above).

So... FUNimation thinks DB is all about having trendy music, fighting, and lame special effects?

Hrm... I always thought DB was all about wacky comedy, friendship, and overcoming impossible obstacles.

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September 2005 - Iron Editor Practice Video (2005)
Title: Iron Editor Practice Video (2005)
Song: "Pieces of Me"
Artist: Almost Better
Length: 1:19
Size: 15.1 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (100% quality; 2500 kbps max)
Source: Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyo, Fushigi Yuugi, Fruits Basket, Super GALS!, Kodomo no Omocha
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: n/a
In order to practice for Iron Editor, Meri and I decided we both needed to try making videos in two hours each. However, if we were to both make videos, we wouldn't be able to individually give ourselves a secret video ingredient. In order to still have some element of surprise, we decided that we would prepare audio for each other, and the editor would not know what this audio was until they actually sat down to edit for the two hours.

The sources used were selected on the basis of Meri wanting to make a fun, shoujo video. I prepared the first closing theme of Kodomo no Omocha ("Panic!") for her to use. Once she was done, we both decided it would be really funny if I had to make a flat-out drama video using the exact same sources that she just used to make a silly, fun video.

So I did.

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August 2005 - I Walk Alone
Title: "I Walk Alone"
Song: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Artist: Green Day
Length: 4:29
Size: 80.0 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Sources: Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Rurouni Kenshin (OVA), Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, DragonBall Z
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni

Otakon 2005 AMV Contest
AWA 11 Exposition
( WINNER: Joseph Campbell Memorial Character Profile Award )

Driving back from Denino's (the super-mega-awesome pizza place on Staten Island) sometime in the Fall or Winter of 2004, we were listening to Green Day's American Idiot album, when the idea hit Meri -- grand scale shounen angst. The song in and of itself is pretty basic and straightforward -- it simply oozes angst. Wanting to slap some dramatic scenes of our favorite shounen heroes on top of this song was pretty much a given. The two of us love Green Day, love their new album, and also love the song. When Meri pitched the idea to Mike, it was more or less an easy sell.

Oddly enough, the one line that made Meri want to make the video specifically was "I'm walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind." In her head, Meri pictured some effects to go from this lyric, and there was no turning back from there.

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June 2005 - Early DBZ Extravaganza
Title: "Early DBZ Extravaganza"
Song: "The Entry of the Gladiators"
Artist: Julius Fucik
Length: 1:26
Size: 23.6 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (100% quality; 2500 kbps max)
Source: DragonBall Z
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: "The DBZ You've Never Seen" (AnimeNext '05)

This video actually has a purpose. I swear.

At AnimeNext 2005, myself and Julian Grybowski ran a panel entitled The DBZ You've Never Seen. Filled with things like Japanese vocal video game openings, clips from movies that haven't been released, the original Chinese live-action movie, etc... it was a fun time.

We also covered the subject of FUNimation's so-called Ultimate Uncut Edition releases that began in 2005. For those who don't know, FUNimation's English dub of DBZ began in 1995. It was distributed for syndicated television broadcast by Saban, and was played on early Saturday mornings... typical kid-cartoon time. Needless to say, DBZ was pretty heavily censored. Approximately 15 episodes worth of material was edited out of the first two seasons (approximately 67 episodes originally, in Japanese).

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March 2005 - Doomrider
Title: "Doomrider"
Song: "Sandstorm"
Artist: Darude
Length: 9:59
Size: 160 MB
Format: XviD (DivX-5 compatible)
Source: DragonBall Z
Editor: Multiple AMV Editors
Participation: n/a

If you still don't know about this video/project, check out this page. In short, it's a multi-editor AMV project that spans the entire length of the DBZ TV series, beginning to end. It's to a custom-mix of the song "Sandstorm" (which you no-doubt already know). Besides being the technical coordinator for the project, I also edited two individual tracks (01: Raditz; 16: Fusion), as well as collaborated on another track with Meri and gambitt (12: Cell Game).

Be sure to check it out!

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September 2004 - Enter the Dragon
Title: "Enter the Dragon"
Song: "THEME FROM 'Enter the Dragon'
~Revival 2001 Mix~
Artist: B3-PROJECT
Length: 1:36
Size: 26.8 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (100% quality; 2500 kbps max)
Source: DragonBall
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: DDR Project 4: 5th Mix, Track 11
AMVorg 2004 Viewer's Choice Awards
( NOMINATED: Best Dance )
( NOMINATED: Best Instrumental )
This video is the 11th track on the 4th DDR Project (5th Mix). It premiered at Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) 10, which took place in September of 2004. If you are unfamiliar with these "projects," here's how it works. There is one giant audio track which lasts approximately an hour (in this case, anyway). Individual editors (or teams) are given snippets of audio (in this case, a certain song) to edit to. Each song flows into the next song, and in turn, each video flows into the next video, creating one long collaborative effort!

We chose Enter the Dragon for a few reasons. For starters, we just really wanted to make a fun action video, and this song allowed us to do so. We also wanted to make a DragonBall video (specifically with footage from the 23rd Tenka-ichi Budokai), and it just seemed to fit very nicely. Contrary to what you may think (and what the opening may suggest), this is not a video about Shenlong ^_~

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September 2004 - QCF + P
Title: "QCF + P"
Song: "Ryu's Theme (Instrumental Mix)"
Artist: Alfh Lyra
Length: 2:42
Size: 41.2 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (100% quality; 2500 kbps max)
Source: Street Fighter II V + various SFII games
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: Retro Video Game Project (2004)
This is a video I've been wanting to make for at least two years now. Before I even start talking about it, I'd like to thank the "Retro Video Game Project" as a whole for existing as an outlet for me to create this video. It would look very silly as-is without being a part of such a neat project (but I still would have had fun making it :P). I'm glad I held off making it, too, because I've learned quite a bit in that time, and hopefully that shines through in the video.

The goal of this video is very simple... to be a fun Ryu tribute. I've been a fan of Street Fighter for almost as long as I can remember, and Ryu's theme (composed by Alfh Lyra) from the Street Fighter II series of games is probably one of the most memorable themes to come from the series (in fact, so memorable and loved that it even showed up in many of the VS. games and the first two Zero/Alpha games). Ryu + Ryu's theme? Seems to work quite well! I went with Street Fighter II V, mostly because it contained far more raw footage than either the feature film or the Zero/Alpha OVA. And even with the 29 episode TV series I was running low on quality footage :P

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September 2004 - Sex, Lies, & Roses
Title: "Sex, Lies, & Roses"
Song: "Is it Me? Is it True?"
Artist: Midtown
Length: 3:17
Size: 48.3 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: AWA 10 Professional AMV Contest
( WINNER: Best Angst )
( NOMINATED: Best Drama )
( NOMINATED: Best Character Profile )
AMVorg 2004 Viewer's Choice Awards
( NOMINATED: Best Drama )
( NOMINATED: Best Character Profile )
Back in the spring of 2004, Meri was driving home from Mike's dorm (while he was still in school) listening to the new Midtown CD, Forget What You Know. Upon hearing the track "Is it Me? Is it True?" (which we had actually had for quite some time, by itself; the band put out the MP3 months earlier), Meri decided that the song very much fit the character of Akio from Shoujo Kakumei Utena. Having just recently rewatched the show with Mike, Meri put the idea past him (for some reason expecting a response of disinterest based on the proposed source footage). Much to the world's delight, Mike agreed.

And thus began the video.

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August 2004 - Three Outta Four Ain't Bad
Title: "Three Outta Four Ain't Bad"
Song: "Pink Dinosaur"
Artist: Papaya
Length: 1:50
Size: 28.0 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: DragonBall Z
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: Otakon 2004 AMV Contest
( HONORABLE MENTION: Upbeat/Rhythm )
AMVorg 2004 Viewer's Choice Awards
( NOMINATED: Best Dance )
He's pink, he likes candy, and he likes to play.
... OK, so he's not a dinosaur.
But three outta four ain't bad.

And thus sums up the concept of this video. It's nothing more than utterly absurd fun at the expense / with the help of my all-time favorite show, DragonBall Z. There is so much footage to work with in this show, and it seems like no-one wants to take advantage of it. Sure, DBZ has tons of amazing action and drama... but what about the dancing? Dear god, the DANCING! Perhaps I'll eventually go back and make an all-out, all-character DBZ dance video (*makes mental note*), but this could be seen as the trial version of that. Majin Buu (specifically, Fat "Mr." Buu) is all over the place dancing and playing around. He is also quite fond of candy (which includes innocently turning entire populations of humans into candy, but that's besides the matter). He also quite enjoys the playing of games.

Oh dear god.

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June 2004 - Kyôfu no Jinzôningen
Title: "Kyôfu no Jinzôningen"
Audio: The Day After Tomorrow
Source: Theatrical Trailer
Length: 1:50
Size: 21.1 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: DragonBall Z & DragonBall GT
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: AnimeNext 2004 AMV Contest Opening
AMVorg 2004 Viewer's Choice Awards
( NOMINATED: Best Trailer )
This is just a little something I threw together one day. It really only contains footage from two episodes (the episode from DBZ where Nappa & Vegeta land, and the second-to-last episode of DBGT). I was watching the last DBGT disc, and episode 63 was just FILLED with over-the-top explosions and earthly destruction. Having recently downloaded the trailer for The Day After Tomorrow, it was in my mind, so I decided to go for it.

So this trailer is my attempt to show what it would be like for the rest of the human population when the Jinzôningen arrive / land / surface / whatever. If you're not Goku and friends, you probably have absolutely no idea why there's all this death and destruction going on. This is the cycle of events through THEIR eyes.

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June 2004 - AnimeNext 2004 AMV Panel Video
Title: "AnimeNext 2004 AMV Panel Video"
Song: "A Decade Under the Influence"
Band: Taking Back Sunday
Length: 1:54
Size: 28.4 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: DragonBall Z, SFIIV, Rurouni Kenshin (OVA)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: AnimeNext 2004 AMV Panel (Special Video)

I made this video specifically for the AMV panel at AnimeNext 2004, which took place Friday evening at 10 pm (June 18th). This video went with our "Fine Tuning and Easy Things to Avoid" section. After discussing all the various artistic elements that go into making an anime music video, we shifted over into the technical aspects. First, we showed a blank version of this video, with no text on-screen. After the video finished playing, we asked those in the audience to raise their hands and each mention one thing they found in the video that they would do differently. Once we got through everything (that is, everything they could pick out... which I believe was everything and then some!), I played back the version that you can find for download, which contains some on-screen, explanitory text.

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November 2003 - Pretentious DBZ Action Video
Title: "Pretentious DBZ Action Video"
Song: "Tikal"
Band: E.S. Posthumus
Length: 0:36
Size: 21.3 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: DragonBall Z (Movie # 5)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: n/a
This video is somewhat of a joke, and somewhat of a personal challenge. It was done in one day, over a single 24 hour period. This is the entire process of ripping, converting, editing, and final encoding... all of it in one 24 hour period. I had been seeing a short trend of "action" DBZ videos set to E.S. Posthumus songs (as well as lots of other random anime videos with the same kind of music), so I both wanted to parody what was going on with all those videos, and jump on the bandwagon at the same time.

Meri was working on her "Slugfest Can Can" remake back in August, and I was having too much fun helping to do some editing on it and working with DBZ footage, that I had to do some little project, myself. I just love DBZ footage and working with that footage so much, I couldn't help myself.

What's better is that I didn't tell Meri I was doing it.

I talked back and forth with Andrew (whom you might recognize from the "All-Purpose" video) about what music to use. I really wanted to use some pretentious (see: title), over-the-top music. He recommended some songs, but I ended up checking out the E.S. Posthumus CD, because it really seemed like the most obvious choice. Everyone's using them, these days, and it just fit so well (as mentioned above).

I decided to use DBZ movie 5 ("Tobikkiri no Saikyô tai Saikyô") because it was only one disc (little hard drive space to spare at the time), and it looked pretty.

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September 2003 - 30-Seconds Funny
Title: "30-Seconds Funny"
Song: "Superman"
Band: Goldfinger
Length: 0:36
Size: 8.39 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Kimagure Orange Road
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: n/a
This video is basically the result of a terrible, terrible idea sitting in the back of my head for far too long while working on our AWA 9 (2003) video, and about half-an-hour's worth of editing.

It's really, really stupid, and probably isn't even funny for the full thirty seconds. Regardless, my head was going to overflow unless I amused myself for a little bit by putting it together.

There's an episode of "Kimagure Orange Road" where Madoka needs to skateboard to avenge a friend of hers from an old gang.

Yeah, it's stupid. Which is why I made this video.

The video is basically the entire scene of Madoka skateboarding, with the other girl she's competing with edited out. Add in some sound effects, an obvious music choice... boom, you've got yourself a really lame video.

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September 2003 - One Two (Little Bitch)
Title: "One Two (Little Bitch)"
Song: "One Two (Little Bitch)"
Band: Bus Stop
Length: 1:48
Size: 26.8 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Goldenboy
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: DDR Project 3: 4th Mix (Track 13)
I didn't even want this song. Meri thought it would be a great idea, and threw it up on the list. Whatever. Didn't expect us both to get our number one choices! My next bet would have been "Pink Dinosaur" (a video I want to do on my own, now!), but I ended up with this one.

Shit. Eric Kobet's "Little Bitch" video was absolutely amazing last year. How was I going to top that?

Well, I wouldn't. So I did my own thing. The video has its own in dependant story (about a guy who sees last year's DDR Project and does his own track, a girl who can't seem to make a good DDR track, etc.). I've got tons of throw-backs to last year's videos, including Eric Kobet's (had to pay my respects to the guy who ACTUALLY did the song justice!).

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September 2003 - Let Me Save You
Title: "Let Me Save You"
Song: "I Want to Save You"
Band: Something Corporate
Length: 4:23
Size: 66.8 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Kimagure Orange Road
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: AWA 9 Professional AMV Contest
( WINNER: Best Romance )
KOR fans, rejoice! There is not a single frame of Hikaru in this video! With that said...

As usual, the quickie description comes first: hardened, jaded girl hates boys, boy falls in love with tough girl, girl rejects boy, boy keeps trying and gets through to girl, girl eventually falls for boy... yeah love! In a way, this follows the main relationship in Kimagure Orange Road, but at the same time, we somewhat tinker with Madoka's character and motivations in our video, as you will read later on in the video description.

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August 2003 - What it is to Burn
Title: "What it is to Burn"
Song: "What it is to Burn" (Trombino Version)
Band: Finch
Length: 4:20
Size: 56.7 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Grave of the Fireflies
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: Otakon 2003 (Screener Tape 6, Video # 8)
AWA 9 Exposition

I had the idea for this video for quite a long period of time, especially before the actual music video for the song came out. "What it is to Burn" has been their defining song ever since it first appeared, in a raw demo form, on Drive-Thru's "Welcome to the Family" compilation CD.

When their CD was released, the same non-Mark Trombino-mastered version of the song was included as a "bonus track." Mark Trombino, many fans will know, has produced some of the most well known bands in recent punk history (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, The Starting Line, etc.). The band later went back and re-recorded the song, this time produced by Trombino, and included it as an extra bonus track on the UK release of their album (by the same title, "What it is to Burn").

Even before the new version of the song was released, I knew I had to make a video to it.

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August 2003 - Obligatory EVA Trailer
Title: "Obligatory EVA Trailer"
Audio: "Tinfins" Original Trailer Audio
Source: "Sealab 2021" Season 2 Episode 5 ("Tinfins")
Length: 1:48
Size: 22.9 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni

PortCon Maine 2003
( WINNER: Best Parody / Short Film )
Otakon 2003 Short Fan Parodies / Trailers
AWA 9 Exposition
( WINNER: Grand Prize )
AMVorg 2003 Viewer's Choice
( NONIMATED: Best Parody )
( NONIMATED: Best Trailer )
( NONIMATED: Best Lip-Synch )

Like many of our music video ideas, this one came to us when we least expected it. Mike and Meri had not made a trailer since "The Professional," made less than a year earlier, and hoped to make a new one at some point this year. Several ideas floated between the two for many months, and, as usual, nothing really clicked.

Then, one lazy Sunday evening, Mike, Meri and Andrew "Deluxe" (Mike roommate and star of Meri's "All-Purpose DBZ Music Video") were enjoying some nice "Adult Swim" on Cartoon Network. One of the trio's favorite shows, "Sealab 2021," came on. It was an episode no one in the group had seen before: an "Entertainment Tonight"-type episode, hyping up the summer release of a movie starring the Sealab crew. At the end of the episode, a trailer for the fake movie "Tinfins" finally appeared. We were hooked by the first line: "would you put your brain in a robot body?" Not only was this a tribute to an older "Sealab 2021" episode from the first season, but Meri and Mike seemingly read each other's mind the instant the trailer began: this has to be done to "Evangelion."

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May 2003 - Despondency
Title: "Despondency"
Song: "Frayed Ends"
Band: Midtown
Length: 1:51
Size: 25.8 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Neon Genesis Evangelion (TV)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: PortCon Maine 2003
Anime Central 2003

n. Depression of spirits from loss of hope, confidence, or courage; dejection.

If there was ever a video that I did just for me, this is it.

This video is also pretty much a fluke. Meri and I had her computer over at my house over spring break 2003 to work on a special project (for which all of EVA was ripped in its entirety). I had this video idea picking at me for well over a year (which takes me long before I was even haflway adept at editing AMVs), and just hadn't had a chance to do it. When were we ever going to do an EVA video? We didn't ever have room for it. Meri had actually just purchased a new 120 GB hard drive, so with multiple series ripped on the hard drive, we had plenty of opportunities to go in different directions with projects.

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March 2003 - Humming the Bassline
Title: "Humming the Bassline"
Song: "Humming the Bassline"
Artist: Hideki Naganuma
Length: 0:47
Size: 11.6 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Urusei Yatsura (TV)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: "Jet Set Radio" AMV Project

This video is the third track in a series of anime music videos entitled the "Jet Set Radio" Anime Music Video Project. Similar to other multi-editor projects, various songs in this megamix have been spliced together and transition from one another into different videos by different editors. This is why the video has such an abrupt beginning and end.

The main reason I originally signed up for the "Jet Set Radio" AMV Project was simply to procrastinate doing a full-length video. In fact, I hadn't even really considered signing up for the project, because I wasn't sure if it would ever be complete.

However, one night I found myself in the chatroom, and NME was talking with some folks about the project. I thought to myself, "What the Hell... I'll go for it" and checked out the two remaining songs: "Humming the Bassline" and (I think) "Rock it On." I disliked both songs, but "Humming the Bassline" was clearly the lesser of two evils! I actually found it to be interesting, as it was almost a hip-hop kind of sound, which is something I never dreamed I would be working with for a music video. I put in my request for the song, and away I went.

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February 2003 - Redemption
Title: "Redemption"
Song: "Angel" Main Title Theme
Band: Darling Violetta
Length: 1:00
Size: 15.2 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Rurouni Kenshin (TV)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: Katsucon 9 (2003)

Fans of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (and "Angel," obviously) will know how tortured of a soul Angel is. Back in his days of Angelus, he ruthlessly murdered without any consideration for anyone other than himself, leaving a trail of death and destruction behind. When he killed the wrong person (namely, a gypsy), he had a curse placed upon him: his soul was restored. From that day forth, he remained a vampire with a soul, now conscious of everything he had done, feeling such an incredible deal of remorse. At first he nearly gave up on himself, but in time, he began to walk down the path of redemption; by saving others, he would atone for the deaths he had caused in his past.

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January 2003 - Nobody Blink!
Title: "Nobody Blink!"
Song: "Nobody Blink" (Street Fighter Alpha 3 Op.)
Artist: Takayuki Iwai
Length: 0:35
Size: 9.16 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie
Participation: AWA 9 Exposition

There's been a lot of "Final Fantasy" videos. More specifically, there's been a lot of "Final Fantasy VII" videos. More specifically than that, there's been a lot of real crappy "Final Fantasy VII" videos. It all started back in September of 1997, probably, when the game was released. It was a brand-new "Final Fantasy" game, and the first one to get a whole slew of pre-made CG video cut scenes to enhance the story being told.

Otakon 1998 saw a buttload (OK, three) of music videos produced to footage from the game. Over the years, there's been many more videos produced using the game's footage. Many of them try to tell a story; most end up telling the story of the game. This is all fine and dandy, and quite a few of them ended up being very watchable (check out SephirothJenova's "To The Limit" for one).

The problem is that while it seems like there's a lot of footage... there really isn't. A lot of the footage on the discs is pre-rendered background scenes that your characters are placed on top of, or are very short scenes. Sure, there are the long ones like the opening, major death scenes, and the endings, but honestly, it's VERY hard to have a normal-length music video and not run low on footage.

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September 2002 - Alone in the World
Title: "Alone in the World"
Song: "I'm Just a Kid"
Band: Simple Plan
Length: 3:21
Size: 52.1 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Trigun
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: AWA 8 Professional AMV Contest
( WINNER: Best Character Profile )
AnimeNEXT 2002
( WINNER: Best Drama )
AMVorg 2002 Viewer's Choice
( NONIMATED: Best Character Profile )

This video is one big fluke. Why is it that every video has to have such a strange back-story to it? Anyway, 4th of July weekend during the summer of 2002 gave us a great opportunity to slap together (at least the beginnings) of a new music video we had somewhat planned out. We had the four days off from work, so we brought Meri's computer to Mike's house, plopped it in the dining room, and left it there for four straight days as we edited, talked to cats, edited, ate, edited, drank, and edited some more.

Both of us had ideas for this song / anime at the same time. Meri was considering a "Neon Genesis Evangelion" video, while Mike was pretty set on using "Trigun" for it. In the end, it was "Trigun" we went with, as it would prove to be a greater challenge (metaphorical connections are much more rewarding than literal ones, when it comes to song lyrics), and the EVA idea was too similar to something else Meri had in mind.

Four days later, the preliminary version of the video was done. A full three minute and some-odd seconds video was DONE after only FOUR DAYS. That's INSANE.

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September 2002 - Smoke
Title: "Smoke"
Song: "Smoke"
Artist: Mr. Ed Jumps the Gun
Length: 3:22
Size: 53.0 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Rurouni Kenshin (TV)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: DDR Project 2: 2nd Mix (Track 7)
AMVorg 2002 Viewer's Choice
( NONIMATED: Best Dance Video )

Our getting a DDR track is a relatively short and amusing story. One night we found ourselves at Scott Melzer's doing the usual talk / hangout -ing. We were pretty familiar with his DDR video at this point, since he'd had it done for a little bit (this is early July 2002). Conversations concerning the 2nd DDR project came about, and we found ourselves with quite a question: would we like a track? While still early on, a few people unfortunately had to back out of the project due to whatever reasons. Scott had a conversation with Hsien the night before (or so we're told), and the track had been temporarily put on "hold" for Scott to ask us about. We were, of course, rather excited; to be a part of this kind of project is something we've dreamed of for a while, and since we were moderately- to very- disappointed with lots of videos in the 1st DDR Project (3rd Mix), we really hoped that we could do something special and enjoyable.

Then we found out what song we had.

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May 2002 - The Professional
Title: "The Professional"
Audio: Leon / The Professional
Source: International Trailer
Length: 2:28
Size: 34.3 MB
Format: MPEG-1 (2-pass variable; 2000 kbps average)
Source: Cowboy Bebop (TV)
Editor: Michael "VegettoEX" LaBrie &
Meredith "Meri" Cantoni
Participation: Otakon 2002 Short Fan Parodies / Trailers
AMVorg 2002 Viewer's Choice
( NONIMATED: Best Anime Trailer & Best Parody )

Meri and Mike had been thinking long and hard about a new trailer to do. It had been a full year since the weekend-creation of the "X-Men" / DBZ trailer. Dozens of ideas had been passed back and forth, but none seemed to have the "uumph" that they should.

Until one day when Mike and his roommate, Andrew "Deluxe," were simply talking about movies, and "Leon (The Professional)" came up. It was perfect. "Cowboy Bebop" would precisely fit the idea of this trailer. It took three days to remember to have Meri bring home the DVD to rip the trailer, but eventually, it was done.

Work began at Meri's house one evening, with the basic plopping of a few scenes into the first few seconds of the trailer. It seemed that it was going pretty slowly, but was looking rather decent to us. We were pleased with how it was proceeding, and took a break for the night.

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