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Dec. 8th, 2003 @ 05:15 pm AMV stuffs
And just because I'm a posting whore today, though this is probably extremely boring for most of you.



Currently out of the massively collaborative amv projects that I've seen(DDR Project, NES Project, Animix, etc) they all tend toward dance type music that focuses on a high energy level with its gratitutious techno remixes. I think that there's a lot of potential for such a project to exist that focuses on dramatic storytelling. After looking through various musicals(which seems to be a logical choice for such a cohesive piece), I think I settled on Les Miserables to be ideal canidate for this experiment(of course me having a solid concept for a one of the songs in Les Miserables lent that a bit of a bias).

So to wet people's appetites, I bought 2 different highlights CDs as potential audio versions of this. mp3s of them can be found at:
Original Broadway Cast
Symphonic International Cast

So what do people think about these two mixes? Also who all is interested in working on this project/do you have any particular tracks in mind?

My current idea is that this project will be done when it's done(none of this premiereing at AWA stuff that every other massively collaborative project does) and involve hopefully much more interaction among the editors. Lots of the DDR Project members seem to state that they don't actually get to see a substantial portion of the project before it's completely finalized(due to it being finished at the last minute every year), so I'd like to see a lot more interaction and feedback among the editors of the different tracks at even the conceptual stages. The individual DDR/NES project tracks thus look rather disjoint, though that's partially fulfilling the goal to provide a sampling of the styles of many different editors. Hopefully a cohesive product will be possible, but who knows...
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From:dwchang
Date:December 8th, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I have not listened to the Mp3s yet, but have an idea (having seen it). At the same time (BTW I don't expect you to know these things), although there is no expected deadline...I'm guessing there is a *preferred* deadline. Can you be any more specific? Probably not given what you wrote.

Basically the only reason I ask is because I currently have a lot of projects and con vids I need to make and would definitely not be able to work on a track for a good while. At the same time, I'm very interested since I like drama vids and think this is very unique.

Also since you want the project to be less disjoint, would that mean we would have required sources for specific songs and specific styles preferred?
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From:bogosort
Date:December 8th, 2003 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Well I'm expecting an expected deadline of something on the order of a year or so. Ideally, I think I'd like to have a long period where people discuss and solidify concepts before doing any editing. I think it might be neat to have everyone's concepts out in the open for everyone involved to see, and discussions based on each individual track is going to be done before actually sitting down and editing it. Actualy having everyone work out what their concepts are going to be, and how their concepts work with each other's concepts will hopefully result in a fair degree of cohesion.

I don't intend on placing any sort of restriction requires sources or styles. And actually the nature of Les Miserables leads nicely into having different animes for different segments, as it skips through a considerable amount of time.
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From:strawberrycocoa
Date:December 8th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'd be interested in working on a massive multi-editor drama project (currently downloading some of the songs to get a feel for what I might like), but like Daniel, I also have previous obligations to work through first (4 other MME projects of varying amounts of complexity, and anywhere from 2-4 personal projects in various stages of work). Any idea when we would need to start on it if we take a spot? Also, what kind of guidelines, if any, would there be for videos?
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From:bogosort
Date:December 8th, 2003 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Ideally, I'd like people to not begin any editing in the initial stages of the project, and have each editor contribute to a discussion about how each track should be done, and how the overaching storyline maintains consistency throughout all of the tracks. Hopefully it wouldn't require too much time out of the day, but having it incubating for a long time would help solidify concepts, I hope.

As I said to d-dubya I don't really expect to have any guidelines concerning sources/styles. Ideally, editors should be able to use a source that meshes with the anime well.
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From:strawberrycocoa
Date:December 12th, 2003 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Ok. I can take a spot. I think discussing it all beforehand would prove for some interesting brainstorming sessions.

I'm TEMPTED to take One Day More, but I'm afraid of subconsciously mimicking OtakuOutpost's video he made with it (me is paranoid about using songs that have been used really well before me). Not committing to a song, but right now, I am leaning strongest towards that one. I really like it. ^^
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From:bogosort
Date:December 15th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Cool beans. I think I need to sit down and get a web page done for this, and setup a mailing list before I expose the idea for the masses. But I'll let you know as details progress.
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Date:December 9th, 2003 09:21 am (UTC)
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We are doing a small amount of drama tracks for the Retro Video Game Project (The sequel to the NES Project) - http://www.nhmk.com/rvg/index.html since we also decided to cover the emotional and dramatic part of gaming as well.

But a full drama project sounds very interesting and good luck with the project!

-Castor Troy
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From:johnmeier1
Date:December 10th, 2003 01:32 pm (UTC)
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If you can get ahold of the London Cast recording, it is the best in my opinion. Of the two remaining I would suggest the International Cast (which features an Eponine from Japan, iirc). I will start to brainstorm some song/anime combinations.
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From:bogosort
Date:December 10th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm personally leaning towards the international cast myself, but I wanted to try to get other people's unbiased opinion on the matter. Doesn't look to be a single CD of the London cast, but it's not like it'd be that hard to just toss out sonds. Perhaps I'll have to look into getting a copy.

I've done a bit of though with regards to song/anime combinations, but I wanted to see what other people's thoughts were without tainting them with my own.

So are you interested in editing for this, or are you going for an idea man role?