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Knowname (Aimaime Creations) - Sovereign Lords

 

This video is made as a 'tribute' of sorts to my origins. I come from a tribal culture, and like most tribal cultures my history is wrought with humane indecencies and I made this to show a common one. You may want to take this video as a sort of a long public service announcement cuz that's all it is really.

A summary of my video: The word sovereignty means "rightful status, independence, or prerogative (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sovereignty)" added to the word lords shows a deal of ownership. This video paints a picture of their soveriegn lords and just what they took. I admit it may come off a little rash :x. long story short, the song, Pepper by Butthole Surfers (possibly their only serious song EVER made...), says 'you never know just how you look through other ppl's eyes'. This is the center of my concept, I would like to show BOTH worlds, the world that was taken (as seen through the eyes of the new sovereign lords) and the world that was taken away (as shown through the eyes of the old sovereign lords). Possibly the best example of this is found in the illusions shown when it says 'they were drinking from a fountain that was falling like an 
avalanche coming down a mountain' Each time this is said I had tried to show a form of technology that will transform the world as everybody knows it, I believe this is the 'avalanche' aluded too. The new lords enjoy their technology as told, the old lords spurn this change. As the story is told the new lords 'displace' (not by force, this just innevitably happens) the old lords and finally in the end old ways are done away with. I will say this, I claim very little originality *_* this is very basicaly ONE of the storylines taking place in Macross Zero but to the pace dictated by the song.... but I guess such are amvs huh?? lol

An in-depth look into my video: Now since some ppl seem to enjoy seeing the lyrics I will include them in my summary, they will be in parenthesis while the commentary follows:

(Intro (00 - .28))

First you see the female chief listening as if to signal a change and her eye is shown to go with the overtone of the video. Next you see a number of scenes depicting a bombing raid of sorts as if that is what is coming, not the bombs themselves, but technology (along with the bombs ^_^). Following the animated scenes you see some still scenes (slightly zoomed in) these just show the threat of technology and the fight it brings.

(Marky got with Sharon
And Sharon got Cherese
She was sharing Sharon's outlook
On the topic of disease
Mikey had a facial scar
And Bobby was a racist
They were all in love with dyin'
They were doing it in Texas)

I rather enjoyed making the verses (more than all the rest) as it really had no bearing on the entire concept lol but here goes, Marky (and Tommy) are the main character fighter jock, he gets with Sharon (the doctor) THUS he must be Marky lol the 'disease' referred to actually makes alot of sense as she does refer them to technology. Anyway, Mikey's a TOTALLY fictitional bystandard, but BOBBY she is the cheif and as a 'racist' that means she doesn't want change ^_^ brilliant move on my part -_- 'they were all in love with dyin' la-de-da...

(Tommy played piano
Like a kid out in the rain
Then he lost his leg in Dallas
He was dancing with a train
They were all in love with dyin'
They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain)

Tommy played with his toy and stuff (pretty self explanitory)... drinkin from a fountain comin down the mountain... here the train refers to, yet again, the onslaught of technology

(I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes)

This first chorus is rather uninspiring, and ESPECIALLY bad on A-M-V.org's preview so be aware ^_^. Here I tried to portray that the lowest voice you hear is the elder, male chief. There are short scenes of the crowd but mostly I wanted the elder lip-synched I didn't do the best job, but it'll do I think. The one scene where he is overlaid and zoomed in over another picture (will get to these later) was ESPECIALLY hard. I had to first lip it, render that WITHOUT SOUND so I ended up taking like 20 takes :| because THAN I had to zoom it in, and my lipping mechanism wouldn't let me zoom in with my custom lips at the EXACT rate as the clip. Well yeah I don't want to complain, at least it's not masking, but it was kind of challenging. Not to mention lip-synching is success-fail in itself I still didn't get the actual zoomed in parts right though... another 300 takes would have done it. Not done yet, this all had to be in a SEPPERATE process as it had a degree of transparency, and like the zoom, I just couldn't get the lips to jive exactly as the main pic. Last, since it is three HIGHLY dependent processes, to do it over meant doing all 3 over!! I suggest doing this if you're board.
ANYWAY there are drawings on the cave wall, too dark to see on the preview, but you clearly see it on the download especially fullscreen (than GOD for HD!!). These are OBVIOUSLY old and foretell a 'giant human-bird' coming down and... well changing alot of things.

(The Short Bridge: 1:14-~1:30)

I took this moment to introduce how tech mimics nature first off the fighter first just to go with the wind sound :P but in the end goes face up to the camera just like the pelican beforehand not much time, you get a glymps of writing foretelling the man-bird again and the next part starts

(Some will die in hot pursuit
And fiery auto crashes
Some will die in hot pursuit
While sifting through my ashes
Some will fall in love with life
And drink it from a fountain
That is pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain)

The rest of the chorus is a little more intense, this shows the cave wall drawings in a more animated form, note the 'bird-man' what does it look like? The next scene shows the techology equivalent and finaly just goes along with the song. These scenes were short so to give me some time I used fade to blacks and black bars to TRY to make them fit :| Didn't quit keep it in sync but... it's close 'enough' lol. 'pouring like an avalanche' shows technology making it's way onto nature.

(I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes)

Pretty much just goes with the song and the artistic elemants I pointed out (tech mimicing nature) I told about before. I liked the softly spoken lies part lol... not to be preachy but there IS a 'lie' in technology, I mean there's the good and that's great but a long comes the bad too and IF YOUR NOT READY FOR IT it can feel like you've been lied to. The 5 seconds or so of instrumental is just me being artsy :) I synced the movement to the beat a bit... I hope you like :)

(In Reverse: 
I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes)

This is a funny little thing the Surfers put in. It sounds like chanting, but it's not. it's actually parts of the chorus in reverse. In my video it's chanting. At one point I spice it up a little with glimpses of technology but that's just cuz the beat significantly changed there :) and ppl don't like static clips... I find, so I basically just did something

(Another Mikey took a knife
While arguing in traffic
Flipper died a natural death
He caught a nasty virus
Then there was the ever-present
Football player rapist
They were all in love with dyin'
They were doing it in Texas
Pauly caught a bullet
But it only hit his leg
Well it should have been a better shot
He got him in the head
They were all in love with dyin'
They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain)

Verse, TOTALLY off base, don't know what to say. Pretty literal in it's translation. However the avalanche part is sort of a climax for the song. The effect I use is totally custom, I tried to make it look like an avalanche ><

(I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes)

Coming to the end you start to see the toll technology takes on these simple vilagers you also see some of the chaos ensue

(outro: 3:18-3:54 or so)

Chaos chaos more chaos. It's really chaotic. In the anime there are 3 factions, 1 is the villagers and the elder/ female chiefs, 2 is a tech driven defender, 3 is ppl who just want to take over with tech. Now the defender doesn't necessarily want to take all the villager's 'peace' away and replace it with tech... but with another tech faction 
sneaking up on them they kind of HAVE to. So you see the villagers evacuated by one tech faction, this is the good guys. The focus remains, however, on the final words of the song and you see, amidst the destruction, the female chief's dismay on all of this. Her world is no more.

Many thanks to my Beta testers and those who had made this 'epic' happen :D I owe you BIG time.