Video: Allangelion SE

It’s what appears to be a random collection of bits and peices salvaged from the depths of my camcorder archives and mixed together into a strange digitial video synced to theme music from an anime series and generally representing a year’s worth of living with the person we know as Allan.

The footage itself comes from a failed attempt at making our own spoof movie, amongst other things. A few scribbled ideas in the back of a drawing pad during a particularly boring recap lecture formed themselves into a wonderful idea in our weak little minds, and we decided to do it.

Without storyboards or anything

Without any dialogue planned.

It was painful.

At any rate the garbage we did randomly collect on my stack of 8mm camcorder tapes piled up, and we ended up capturing it all to a buggy MPEG4v3 codec (this was before DivX ;-) was around) which made things pink and green at random times and the noisy analogue tapes really made it look awful.. Colours bled all over the place. Even so we stuck it on some cdrs and tried to forget it ever happened.

Random boredom struck and 7 Hours later, with breaks, Allangelion was complete, beatmatched, synced and with some fancy transparent overlay effects. First premiered at a LAN party held by a friend of Allan’s, he’s both hated and treasured it since.

Later I tried to find the source files for it to recompile it as high a quality as I could, but found it’d been corrupted.. grr.. a huge MJPEG compiled copy was the best we had, so that’s what was used when remaking Allangelion with the all new rotoscoped shiny lightsaber effects. As a side effect, somehow scenes with lightsabers in seem blurry compared to the original, a major annoyance.. In the end I finally managed to get as best as I could by mixing the MJPEG copy with as much of the source as possible while overlaying the blurry version using a couple of filters to basically only overlay the bright areas (the lightsabers) so it kept the original sharpness. Now with a couple of extra touches it looks just that little bit better

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