Year End (Editing) Update

It may seem a little soon for an end of the year update, however after a long year of non-stop editing I’m taking a break for a while to relax. I had a very fun year attending anime conventions and participating in contests as well. As I have mentioned before, this year I focused on creating re-envisioned versions of older videos that weren’t exact remakes yet were the same core concept. Both Tough Love and Evangelion 0.33 – Shinji did (Not) Have Sex were well received and I am glad I worked on these projects to really show myself how I have developed as an editor since creating their previous counterparts. I did make some other projects as well, but around mid-year I started to doubt my ability to create new concepts since the re-envisioned videos ended up being the only successful ones based on contest results and ratings. After the last video I worked on, The Solution, premiered in the Anime Weekend Atlanta Professional contest and received a very mediocre reception I had very few expectations in terms of how it would perform in other contest. Surprisingly it did well and I am glad it didn’t end up becoming a huge flop like Anten Piece did in 2012.

Since getting back into editing in 2010 I’ve slowly increased the amount of output of videos each year. Between tutorials and editing, this year I was pretty much doing something AMV related all the time with little time for other hobbies. While I plan to continue working on tutorials and helping out those with software questions, editing is definitely taking a back seat for a short time while I kick back and enjoy a few videos games I’ve missed out on over the past few years.

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since my last post, which is apparently normal for me, haha. It has been a really busy year for me, I’ve updated the PixelBlended Studios website and created another website specifically for AviSynth scripts. A big focus of my year has been developing tutorials and AviSynth scripts to help out other editors that aren’t as technologically savvy to make handling footage easier for them. Since there are so many guides out there that explain things thoroughly, I’ve tried to make my tutorials as basic as possible so that they can be used as a simple reference. The purpose of this is so that those using them do not have to search through paragraphs of information every time they forget one detail. My main goal is to simplify the technical aspect so that users can easily understand how to better handle their footage and maintain quality so that their videos can look the best they possibly can.

My AMV development this year has been quite fruitful as well and I was very happy to finally win at Sakura-Con. A couple of the videos I worked on this year were similar to previous projects, and the main idea behind that was to revisit old projects with my current skills. The main goal behind those projects was to see how much better I have become as an editor without simply remaking the old videos, but rather making something new. I hope to continue improving my editing and also maintain the concept quality that has made other enjoy my videos over the past few years.

New Year, New Opportunities!

Well one year has ended and another has begun. I really look forward to this year and what it may bring for both me and my fellow studio members. For me personally, 2012 was a good year for AMV related matters, but not so much in other areas of my life. After finishing up the year strong in contests, I’m really feeling like I need to try new things with editing. My last video of 2012, Blackout Shooter, was really an experiment in the unknown for me editing wise. It was pretty well received and I hope to keep expanding as an editor. Last year was really great for PixelBlended Studios and it was really amazing to have three great editors join. With the VCAs coming up soon, I look forward to it and hope that PixelBlended Studios and my other editor friends on Skype do well. Here is hoping that 2013 is a great year!

As the World Turns

Wow, My life has been crazy since the last time I posted something, I completed my last semester of school, attended two anime conventions, and moved to South Carolina.  There were both great moments and ones that weren’t so great as well.  It kinda sucked to have my entry lost by Animazment AMV staff, completely preventing me from having the opportunity to possibly win comedy for a third year in a row.  I also got the chance to compete at some conventions I had not sent videos to or had not made finals at before.  Winning at Anime Next, Seishun-con, and ConnectiCon was an honor.  Making finals at Anime Expo and having two entries in comedy make finals was also really awesome, although neither were as strong joke wise compared to the winner of comedy.  Otakon this year was really fun and having a chance to hang out with so many editors was fun, but the stress from the entire month of July, with the move and other things going on, led to me getting sick right before and during the convention.  I was a bit disappointed at the sheer amount of non-anime content used for both videos in the contest and for Iron Editor as well, but I’m apparently in the minority when it comes to this matter so I won’t really go on about why I see that as a problem.  It was nice to win 1st in comedy again and that puts the pressure on me to try for a 3rd win in a row next year.  Another really awesome thing about Otakon this year was to see PixelBlended Studios take two 1st in category, three 2nd in category, and the win for Iron Editor.  It was also awesome to see all my friends that I got to know over Skype do well at the contest too.  Now that I’m recovered from this hectic summer, I hope to make it out to AWA so that I can hang out again with my fellow studio members and other awesome editors.  Here’s hoping that works out and also that next year’s convention season is just as awesome!

Spring Cleaning

It’s been a while since my last update, and I have to say this spring has been a fun one for AMV contests.  I’ve had the chance this year to submit to a few conventions that I wanted to submit to in the past, but did not due to not having a video ready.  After getting started in this hobby in 2010 and looking through conventions to submit to on the A-M-V.org forum, Kawaii-Kon was one of the smaller conventions I wanted to submit to due to their awesome wood plaques.  I was really excited to win best in showcase at Kawaii-Kon and receiving a phone call from them during the convention was really cool.  I also decided this year that I would send to more small conventions to get more exposure for my videos and to help them out with their entry numbers.  March was a good month and I ended up winning at quite a few contests, but that has also put pressure on me to make more videos so that I can continue to submit now that certain videos must be retired from the convention circuit.  I am really looking forward to this summer and actually attending some conventions.  Hopefully, I can pull some repeat wins at the conventions I am attending, and to anyone attending Animazement, Otakon, or Anime Weekend Atlanta, I hope to see you there!

VCA Finals

Well that was exciting, I was very thrilled to make it to the finals on the first year I’ve participated in the VCAs. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t disappointed to find out I didn’t win, but I couldn’t have lost to better videos. Congratulations to all the winners! Y’all watch out though, I’ll be editing full force this year to get back to the VCA finals again!

My First VCAs

Well, I never really paid attention to the VCAs before, so it’s quite a new experience to me seeing what the community views as the best videos of the year. I’m pretty thrilled that my joint project with snapxynith has made it to the finals, was not expecting this when I came up with the concept last spring. Good luck to everyone in the finals! It’s going to be a LONG week, haha…

What a Year

Wow, it’s hard to believe the year is almost over, it was my first very active year in the AMV community and it has been a blast. It’s interesting to look and see how I’ve developed and changed as an editor this year. Starting off with Rough Love, looking back I feel disappointed in my lack of effort that I put into that project and how much better that AMV could have been. Finishing up the year releasing Requiem of the Endless Eight and Clubbin’ with Lupin, I feel they are two of my finest videos and I’m glad to see how much my editing has improved this year. I am looking forward to the new year and I am very excited to see how much more I can improve next year as well.

Woah…slow down there…

I’m not one to send one video to a ton of conventions, but after having Evangelion 0.22 – Shinji does (not) Mean Business rejected for content at Anime Mid-Atlantic, I decided to submit to a few extra, expecting the ones that said videos must be “family friendly” to reject the video. Very happy that people have enjoyed the video so far and I hope to come up with more videos that people enjoy just as much. My first two videos were only sent to spring conventions, so this was my first year to send to summer and fall conventions and I have to say that I’m happy that people enjoyed the videos. Hopefully one of these days I can attend more conventions that I submit videos to.

AWA 2011

Well, finally “recovering” from AWA after getting sick when arriving home. Was a great time and I had fun meeting all the editors there. Was great to get another chance to hear the crowd reaction to “Shinji does (not) Mean Business” and as it was at Otakon, some fans of Flight of the Conchords were singing along. Was a bit disappointed my Masters video had to get cut in the awards ceremony for time, but at the same time I got to see a lot of amazing videos. While the reception isn’t great for my newest video, glad to get some feedback so I can improve after breaking it all down.