Video: You Don’t Know Poik

Lamest title ever, this was also part of the Summer 2002 Graduation video medley I put together so it was pretty rushed, even though this was the only one I went back to and finished later.. I honestly couldn’t come up with anything else :P

“You Don’t Know Jack” (YDKJ) is a PC quiz game. It’s a huge game series in America, spanning so many different topics with addon packs and the like. I’m not going to voice an opinion on the US games *coughcoughcrapcough* because this may provoke a war.

However the UK edition (little spoken about and sadly the only UK iteration) is a true work of art. Brilliant atmosphere, stylish, truly sharp humour and wit and it has had many grown men on their knees trying to catch their breath from laughter.

After a heavy session of proving how truly poor we are at such a satirical quiz game, and failing to get onto the high score board, again, the game (as always) played a set of joke adverts while the credits rolled. One of these adverts caught us off-guard, “John Target – The Movie”. It took us many hours playing the game before the advert popped up again and we were able to cunningly snatch it from the game. We are missing the first few seconds, however. Think any random Arnie film and you get the idea. The clip itself is a parody, obviously, but without visuals. I decided I should add some.

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Video: Particle Monkey

We liked the song, I strung a video along to it. That’s about as deep a story as there is.

Largely it involves Allan recieving beatings and humiliation, we have no problem with this.

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Video: The Frightened Fresher

Jeez, where to even begin explaining this one. This is like meta-meta-meta-injokes all upons.

One random uneventful day we randomly came into contact with a bizarre flash animation named “The Frightened Boy”. After the first viewing, we were shocked at how totally messed up it was (watch it and you’ll know what I mean). We said jokingly “This is the reason people should be banned from using Flash”, every time somebody visited the house, we would show them the animation, they would blink, twitch and usually run screaming. We quickly came to realise what a work of art it was and became die-hard fans of Joel Veitch (creator, and also the crab of ineffable wisdom).

Hot on the heels of “The Frightened Boy” came “Blode”. Again, strange, cheap, but contained buckets of style.

This video was created for our University Graduation day. It includes pictures most of the people we met over the years, horribly disfigured to fit into masks cut from the Blode animations. It was made as a big injoke as well as a bit of a general knowing shout to everyone we knew. However, while it is largely an injoke, it’s still kinda fun to watch. Careful for motion sickness though.

In the background of the video is a super fast walk around the entire UKC campus, in the corner is a funky map showing your current position. The music will be instantly familiar after watching the originals above.

If you don’t watch the original animations this video will make no sense whatsoever and will look like the work of a madman. (Not that being a madman is a bad thing, or that the video will make much sense either way..)

The Frightened Boy
Blode 2

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Video: The Monkeytrix

Sadly this piece still remains unfinished, and large gaps are pretty evident. This is a classic example of what befalls every music video creator.. “Great idea, but did you think further than the intro?” — Admittedly I actually did, I just thought I had more footage than I did.

It’s clear to see what this was intended to be, some of the effects and clips are only there as rough examples and things I was toying with before running out of time. This was intended to be part of the great Graduation presentation, but had to be dropped due to, well, running out of time juggling the other videos around.

At any rate, the introduction scenes are still entertaining which is why I still let it exist until I find more clips to fill it with. Who needs to dodge bullets when you can dodge watercannons?

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Video: The 42h Ninja

Required reading for the visitors to this site is the Official Ninja Homepage, which extols the virtues of ninjas and tells of how they are “totally sweet”. Part of the site relates tales of ninjas in action; one of these in particular caught our attention: “I heard there was this ninja eating in a diner. And when some dude dropped a spoon the ninja killed the whole town.”

We decided that in true monkey style, a re-enactment was in order. In the space of a few hours, we filmed the scenes and I edited the sequence together.

Our lack of planning is fairly evident in some scenes (including the most miserable-looking bunch of monkeys ever to get together and eat pizza), although this video features one of our few attempts at implementing non-digital special effects – mmm, tomatoes!

This is one of the few films we made with an actual plan in mind, but it’s easy to see how even such a short clip can take quite a bit of effort. In spite of this, we had a lot of fun making it, and feel that it shows in the finished article.

’42h’ relates to the household we lived in at the time, using the typical Canterburian geek-house naming scheme, in case you were wondering.

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Video: Nertcel Saga

An evening after watching some Excel Saga, and wanting to try out some masking effects and shiz, yields this sort of rubbish!

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AMV: Ordained From Above

This Video Makes No Sense

I think that’s my unofficial tagline for this video.

Okay, this was originally intended as an event-opener for AmeCon 2006, a UK Convention.. I just hadn’t told *them* this. By the time the AMV competition deadline had passed, I stopped speeding through getting it finished, and went back and tweaked things, changed bits, added silly references in, and messed around.

Despite being horribly late, they liked it enough to still show it during the event as a non-competitive entry, and it got a good reception, hurrah!

The issue is this: with all the changes and rehashes I made, I’m not entirely sure it still has any point or sense to it. It’s still just fun though. I also term it “Anime Characters Typing at Keyboards: The AMV”.

This is my fourth AMV, and my first multi-source video. It was a lot tricker working with so much more choice, yet a subject matter that still narrowed it down to scrabbling for footage. It’s also a far cry from the months I’ve spent on the last two; this video took me under a month to create.

So, yes, the concept? It’s loosely set in a bleak future, where for undescribed reasons, a black monolith decends to Earth bearing only the Org’s logo. Humanity discovers from this divine message that the only way to survive/evolve/reach higher understanding/etc is futher individual talents and creativity with one-man remixes, thus all original team-made content is banished and the editors of the world compete to win… er.. just. win. yeah.

That’s as much sense as it will make; it was meant to be an epic trailer-style AMV event opener, it’s not the same if the fate of the world isn’t at stake now, is it?

By the time I finished, there were over 35 different sources and little one-shot references involved here. That is, however, counting random shots that are totally unrecognisable to the series so guessing those would only be valid to people who know that series far too damned well.

I’ve gone nuts on the Org entry, listing even series I’ve used for little more than a few frames – but even so the non-anime stuff is missing, so the full list is as follows, and I’m ignoring the 2001 reference because it’s only implied. (Logo and website shot)
Arcade Gamer Fubuki (MegaDrive & MegaCD shot)
Battle Programmer Shirase (Lots)
Blue Screen of Death (Self explainatory ;)
Boogiepop Phantom (CD Drive shot)
Chibi-Sadako (2ch Meme, shown on a screen early on coming out of a Game Gear)
DaiCon IV (Earth explosions)
Dai Mahou Touge (Eva ‘AMV UNIT 01’ footage)
Death Note (‘Rotoscoping’ shot and final credit notice)
Dragon Half (Comedy Shot)
Elfen Lied (‘New Order of Remix’ shot)
Excel Saga (CG Explosion)
Flame of Recca (Equipment smashing)
Full Metal Panic (‘No Clue Whatsoever’)
Golden Boy (Lots)
Homestarrunner/Strongbad (Headbanging keyboard)
Honey & Clover (‘Drama’ shot, and random keyboard scene)
Ichigeki Sacchuu! Hoihoi-san (On Strongbad’s broken screen)
Law of Ueki (Eva MAGI transition scene)
Lemon Demon (CD in MegaCD drive)
Machinae Supremacy (CD in CD drive)
Still Seeing Breen (G-Man sequence)
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Lots.)
Midori no Hibi (On screen in Paranoia Agent clip)
My Dear Marie (Old-style computer monitor paired with Dragon Half)
Netrunmon (Exhausted computer users)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Lots.)
One Piece (On BPS’s screen, aerial explosion at start)
OS-Tan / Trouble Windows (On Haruhi’s screen early on)
Pale Cocoon (Random futuristic computer usage)
Paranoia Agent (Shocked digital artist shot, and mouse-flinging)
Read or Die OAV (Projector shot)
Samurai Girl Real Bout High School (‘Action’ shot)
Shuffle! (‘Suspense’ and ‘Lipsync’ shots)
To Heart – Heart Fighters (Apocalyptic crater scene)
Ultra Maniac (Random keyboard usage)
Witch Hunter Robin (Random laptop screen used for ‘Suspense’ shot)
Yakitate!! Japan (On Pale Coccoon screen)

A few random ones in there, the dark screens with the Half Life G-Man on? That’s cut from Still Seeing Breen, a music video edited by Paul Marino, and its presence is my little shout-out to the Machinima community.

Chibi-Sadako is indeed Sadako from The Ring films, only in cute chibi-form as a somewhat old 2ch/4chan meme. I still find the concept of taking the most forlorn undead horror film character and turning her into a cute girl coming out of mobile phones and Game Gears is oddly hilarious.

OS-tans – Similar, but turning different OS versions into cute mascots instead, in this case the girls representing Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98SE and Norton Antivirus in the background ;)

Machinae Supremacy and Lemon Demon, their appearances feel a little too obvious ;) Still, both are hewn from stones of pure awesome, very different stones, but hey. They are in no way a hint towards possible soundtracks of future videos, nope.

DaiCon IV – Well, if you don’t know about it, brush up on your anime history dammit.

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All that junk aside, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. Please check your brain in at the door, turn the lights off, bump the speakers up and please pretend to be awed.

Surprisingly for something only meant as a competition opener, it won more than anything else of mine!

** Anime Weekend Atlanta 12, Expo Contest — Best Parody Winner **
** Viewers Choice Awards 2007 — Best Fun Winner **
** Viewers Choice Awards 2007 — Best Trailer Winner **
** Viewers Choice Awards 2007 — Best Instrumental Winner **

I got the prize about two years later :P Though everything in the box was pink and girly XD

But I got an AMV badge so it’s all good.


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