Monday, February 7, 2011

Fan Video 101

Are by chance familiar with taking previously unrelated audio and video clips and putting them together? If you've been checking out my song title link posts that I've been doing for a while then you have at least seen them. Well I don't think I've ever taken the time to actually talk about them.

You see when people do these videos they are putting a lot of hard work, time, and effort into making videos for themselves and for their fans. Let's look at an example:

Boards of Canada vs. North Korea

The video you see is one that was done by a person who took a recording of the song "Left Side Drive" by Boards of Canada and set it with video clips of (what appears to be) Korean children doing some sort of dance or exercise (my guess is its exercise meant to be like a dance in order to keep the kids from getting bored with monotonous motions). Oh and as you can see the person named it "Boards of Canada vs. North Korea". You will often see the use of vs. whenever someone takes two things and put them together. People who do musical mashups (we'll get to that in a bit) tend to use that but as you can see it applies here as well.

Now bear in mind that there are lots of creative people in this world and with all those minds at work chances are people will get similar ideas. Take a look at this video.

Boards of Canada - The Left Side Eye of Night

It would seem that someone else decided to use "Left Side Drive" by Boards of Canada for their own idea. Now if you look closely instead of "Left Side Drive" the user made up the name "The Left Side Eye of Night". No this isn't the name of a Boards of Canada song this is that person taking the name of the original ballet clip "The Very Eye of Night" (by Maya Deren) and mixing it with the title of the song "Left Side Drive" in order to get "The Left Side Eye of Night". Sounds pretty cool right?

In fact there are lots of songs that are really popular that a lot of different people choose to use to make their own fan videos. If you were to start making videos yourself chances are you may decide to use a song that lots of other people have used already but don't let that stop you.

Let's go back the use of vs. that I mentioned earlier.

Most of the time when you see vs. in music its the result of someone taking two songs that may have some sort of similarities (or music from two artist who have some similarities) and mashing them together. This may also sometimes be called a mashup. Look at this example (which by the way was done by a friend of mine and I just made up a slide show to go with the song).

Daft Punk vs. Kanye West

Now for those of you who do not know know years ago Daft Punk did a song called "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and Kanye West sampled (as in took a sample of the beat and made a different but similar song out of it) and did a song called "Stronger". Well a buddy of mine decided he wanted to mash the two of them up and see what he could come up with. In order to have something other than just a single image for 7 minutes I threw some images of the two and set them to change when the beat changed. What do you think?

Sometimes this concept is taken to such levels that sub genres develop. One such sub genre is the anime music video aka AMV (which if you've been looking at my song title link list posts that I've been doing you've actually seen a few of). When talking about AMVs you're talking about videos in which people take either video clips of existing anime and lay audio clips from something else (from music, to other shows/movies, commercials, to other pop culture references) or take audio clips of existing anime and lay video clips from something else. (Although you're more likely to see the first.) Here's an example:

Drowning Pool's "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" laid over video clips of an anime called Higurashi.

You see this fits will considering that Higurashi is series in which a lot of violence and death occur. People use all sorts of music and clips for these things so don't be scared to go looking for some. Oh one thing. There is a series of AMVs knows as "AMV Hell". Rather than just using music the makers of these videos use all sort of references ranging from Red vs Blue to Tootsie Pop commercials to Kill Bill. While serving as an excellent example of what I'm talking about I can almost guarantee that there is something in those videos that will offend you.

So there you have it. A basic look at what fan videos are and a few examples to boot. However I've always wanted to make my own. I have an idea but my pc is not the greatest at handling video. But I am in the final stages of building a new pc so hopefully that will change soon.

Have you got any fan videos you would like to share? Maybe some tips and idea? Or perhaps software recommendations? Feel free to chime in.