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May. 22nd, 2008 | 12:25 am
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Fandom: The Matrix Trilogy
Music: “This Is Your Life” by The Dust Brothers feat. Tyler Durden
Downloadlink: www.4shared.com/video/UOe0AF30/Matrix_Trilogy_This_Is_Matrix_.html

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: After more than a year, the spiritual sequel to The Burly Man is finally done. It’s taken this long not because its more effects heavy than my usual offerings, but because of system reformats, general laziness, gaming distractions and some real life issues thrown in for good measure.

But one good thing about it taking so long is that I’m 100% happy with every single shot & edit which rarely ever happens. I can watch this one over & over without getting bored. Apart from the tedium of having to rebuild 80% of what I had from scratch, it was a whole lot of fun to edit. If I had to describe “T.I.M.L.” it would be action-sarcasm - but if you’ve got a more apt summation of it, I’d love to hear it.

I’ve been wanting to make another Matrix vid for a while now (esp. seeing as it’s been 4 years since Burly Man) & when I heard this song I knew instantly it would be perfect for what I wanted to do. Agent Smith gets the lip-sync-love this time around towards the end of the vid, and it’s actually my favourite part of the video. There are also a lot of shots you don’t normally see in a matrix vid, so that kind of gives it its own identity & sets it apart from the norm.
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Milly

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from: milly
date: May. 21st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
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This is *stunning*. It really, really is. It's just perfect in every single way (and the ending made me scream 'Genius!' and clap!).

I love how much it shows your awareness of every single detail of the music. You really have a gift for that, and in a song where the words are so dominant over the music, it would have been easy to let it slip by moment in favor of illustrating what's being said, but you never ever this.

Again, I really love it.

Edited at 2008-05-21 03:02 pm (UTC)

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
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First cab off the rank! Thanks for watching & commenting, Millz. :)

I must have listened to this track for a few months before I actually edited any footage. So yeah, I knew it by heart when I started ripping footage!

I dunno about genius, but I am pleased the ending made you clap! I wonder how many people actually predicted what the ending might have been after my spoiler thing...

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Zohar

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from: bunnythenavia
date: May. 21st, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Wow! This is perfect!

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
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Hey thanks, Zohar! Hope it put a smile on your dial. :)

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Luminosity

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from: sockkpuppett
date: May. 21st, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Excellent! I felt physically *pulled* along by the imagery. I love how you skirted literalism throughout the vid (because that's what I like to do, and I know how thin that tightrope is). The effects were noticeable to me because I'm an effect junkie, but they dovetailed seamlessly into the images/narrative. I especially liked your waterdrops, an old favorite of mine. Also, the end. Being as cryptic as possible *g*, considering the music, it was *perfect*. BRAVO

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Thanks Lum & here I was thinking I was stepping on the throat of literalism with this vid! But I know what you mean though, the vids that can skirt that fine line are often the most captivating for me personally as well. The water ripple effect just screamed "Use Me!" at that particular point & was both relevant to Neo's character & the texture' of the sound it accompanies.

Im not a big effect user - and I use them sparingly, they should always serve the storytelling & not the other way round. Everything I need for a vid is usually within the frame itself, Im not one to shout "Behold my effects-penis! Marvel in all its glory!". Plus they can be time-consuming & thats the last thing I want from something that I want for a hobby. That said, I am actually planning to go fairly heavy on effects for the Dexter vid Ive been planning. Talk about hypocrisy!

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Phil

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from: vchrusch
date: May. 21st, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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That was simply stunning. Brilliant work!

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
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Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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kiki_miserychic

I want you to hit me as hard as you can

from: kiki_miserychic
date: May. 21st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Great concept and realization. The mood is so odd, yet you struck it right on. The somewhat literal interpretations of the lyrics were quirky in a good way and there's still another layer underneath what the lyrics proclaim. The music cues are used so well with the effects and timing. The jumpcuts and added effects are amazing. The pacing is jittery and off in a perfect way. I can't get over your editing choices, like Smith's face in the kitchen.

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mranderson71

Re: I want you to hit me as hard as you can

from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
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Thanks for leaving a comment on your thoughts, Kiki! I do often don the Captain Obvious cape when it comes to lyrics in my songs. :)

The pacing is jittery and off in a perfect way.

I do like that you picked this up - a prime example is the "unique snowflake" bit. I was tempted to jump cut or move that shot of Smith, but it just seemed better to leave the static shot it as it was.

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Charmax

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from: charmax
date: May. 21st, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
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*Jaw floor* Fraking brilliant.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
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*hands back Charmax her jaw after dusting it off*

Thanks sweetie! So pleased you enjoyed it! I love the icon you used in your comment too. ;)

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buffyann

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from: buffyann
date: May. 21st, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
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man, you are GOOD. I mean *so* good. The work you put into this really shows in every clip. it's fantastically edited ! Every detail here and there takes you along for the ride, every movement, cut seems just...perfect. I was totally absorbed. It's so well structured as well, the ending is great. Really, just awesome dude. I was gonna vid tonight. not so sure about it right now.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
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Hey Buffyann, thanks for those kind words! Im just happy that it was entertaining. :)

And Im glad that my somewhat uncommon shot choices worked well for you.

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pixielady

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from: kuwdora
date: May. 21st, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm fucking smitten by the jump cuts. Wowza. Just.. wow.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
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Jump cuts are an old friend of mine, we go waaaaay back. Hence the Neo "upwards scissor" avatar. ;)

Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them!

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Nicky

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from: obsessive24
date: May. 21st, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
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This is fantastic work. I love the mood of it, Tyler's sardonic drawl throughout. The editing is flawless as always. And the ending shot? Genus. Love it. :D

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
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Don't you just love the song? I couldn't picture anything else more appropriate than the Matrix for it. I was hoping the end shot would get the great reaction its gotten so far. Did you pick it? See it coming?

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Talitha

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from: talitha78
date: May. 22nd, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
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Very, very cool!

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
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Thanks talitha! :)

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selinde2

Sorry, I'd love to watch it

from: selinde2
date: May. 22nd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
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But on dialup this is unwatchable. Tried to download, to watch locally,, but option is disabled. Pity, because just the opening looked fantastic, and the comments made me want to see your surprise ending. Good on you for sharing anyway.

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mranderson71

Re: Sorry, I'd love to watch it

from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks for commenting Selinde.

The option for download is disabled you say? I checked the option page for it & it says people can download the source video. The link is in the bottom right hand corner of the Vimeo page, if you click on the hyperlink above the embeded video on this page it should take you straight there.

Could you have another look and let me know if it is available to you?

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Leviathan

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from: leviathan101
date: May. 22nd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
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That was brilliant! Great song for the movies, and I loved the editing. I especially loved the morph at 2:16. I didn't
'get' the end due to lack of exposure, but my husband thought it was great. :)

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
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Thanks for stopping by Leviathan! Happy to hear you enjoyed it. :)

I did the morph with an NLE at work, just a simple transition that Liquid (the NLE I used didn't have) doesn't have. I could have used a dissolve but the morph looked far better. Your husband explained the end shot to you I take it? ;)

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giandujakiss

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from: giandujakiss
date: May. 22nd, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
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That was gorgeous - and I did indeed love the ending.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
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Thanks for commenting! Great to hear people are getting a kick out of the ending. Makes the 3 hours I spent on that 1.5 second shot worth it!

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Ender

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from: enderwiggin24
date: May. 22nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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what a fabulous vid!
the effects, the song, the clips!
wow, and the end!!!!!!!
damn, that was, like a punch XD

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
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Cheers ender! It was a lot of fun to make & one that Ive had planned for a long, long time.

Pleased it was a pleasant experience. :)

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bradcpu

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from: bradcpu
date: May. 22nd, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
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U R my hero.

That is all.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
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No, Im Ando (well my last name shortens to that), so YOU must be Hiro!

Glad you enjoyed it bud!

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Dess

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from: dessert_first
date: May. 23rd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
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Fantastic vid! It really spoke to me. I love the pacing, the matching of clips to lyrics, and the general feel of it. Gorgeous, and makes me want to watch it over and over to keep picking up new things.

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Dess

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from: dessert_first
date: May. 23rd, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
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Oh, dear. I don't know if I'm being a bit slow about this, but while I watched the streaming vid with no trouble, I can't seem to DL it. I just get a link saying the vid is private and offering me other vids instead. Am I missing something obvious?

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Dualbunny

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from: dualbunny
date: May. 23rd, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
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This is an absolute blast! :D Loved all of the action, Smith's lip syncing, and of course the end. *G*

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
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Thanks DB! Very chuffed to hear it was fun to watch. Gotta love Smith, he asked for it! :)

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Aislynn

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from: ageless_aislynn
date: May. 24th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
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Wow. That was just stunning! Just an amazing connection of images to music to story to mood and atmosphere and it all just rolls along into one absolutely mind-blowing creation. *applause* Gorgeous, gorgeous work! ♥!

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
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Wow, thank you for that very flattering comment! Awesome to hear that it can have that effect on someone! Cheers. :)

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DC

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from: bananainpyjamas
date: May. 25th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Dude, that was amazing!! The editing and musicality were off the hook. The text effects in the beginning were so cool and totally Matrix. The song itself was really unique. Not the type of thing I'd expect to see vidded, but you handled it like a pro (of course ;) ). I can see what you mean about using shots that aren't typically included in Matrix vids. Like the clock, and Morpheus holding up the battery, and other less "actiony" stuff. It worked really well with the music and made the vid feel all the more distinctive.

The jump cuts were of course awesome. Also, SO much love for the repeated clips and reverse footage around 1:03. Really an incredible amount of synesthesia there. The super-speed on the baby clips also looked great.

A lot of the lyric matches made me giggle. Like "You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake." And, "You are not the contents of your wallet." Literal without being cringe-inducing.

Hee, I love that Neo's fight with Smith was playing on his computer screen. Oddly enough I was able to predict the ending even though I've never *mumble mumble* This is definitely my favorite vid from you, I'm going to be watching it over and over again. :D

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 25th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Im so glad you liked it DC! I was hoping it might have appealed to your sense of humor. :)

The text stuff was all pretty easy - the hardest one would have been bottom line of text in the opening credits, but I found a cool AE template that just begged to be used for it.

I don't think I have any vids without jump cuts in them & I certainly couldn't ignore them with the beat of this song! My wife is already sick of the song, so I have to play it when shes out of earshot now. :(

Really an incredible amount of synesthesia there.

Synesthesia - my new favourite word!

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theanonsisters

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from: theanonsisters
date: May. 26th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
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Possibly the finest thing I've seen - seriously!! I loved everything about it, my favourite part was possibly the jump cutting down to Morpheus near the beginning. I'm just having a little look now to see what else you've done..

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 26th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks jeannie! Glad you liked it. :)

All my vids are passworded on Vimeo, but the passwords should be contained in each posting. Let me know if you have any dramas.

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N

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from: amber_protocol
date: May. 26th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
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Wow, that was amazing! I really liked the song you used, very different. Loved the ending too.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 26th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Always happy to hear from new people entertained by my shizzle. :)

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zellie

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from: leucocrystal
date: May. 29th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
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Absolutely stunning work; this gave me chills. You've mixed two things I love -- The Matrix and Fight Club -- seamlessly. And that ending shot -- killer! Also, you should know that I did not like the 2nd film in the Matrix trilogy, and didn't even bother to watch the third, but it doesn't matter here; I still find this vid to be entirely kickass.

This may be the best fanvid I've ever seen (and I've seen many) simply because it goes beyond great editing and sense of rhythm between the clips, cuts and music; you experiment with the video screens and Neo's computer screen, lip syncing and just about everything else. This is the kind of work that looks professional. Keep it up!

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 29th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
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Awesome to hear it gets a big stamp of approval, leucorystal - thanks for the great feedback!

Also glad to hear that you could still follow what was going on without having seen the 3rd film - but then again I do tend to be quite literal with my shot selection. :)

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fangirl!Devi!

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from: devidarkwolf
date: May. 29th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
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That is truly some fantastic stuff. Your editing is tight and there's not one time I ever had to shake my head because of a jump cut or some other jarring transition. There are some great effects, too, which don't take away from the rest of the video. Just wonderful, kudos.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 29th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks for swinging by to show your appreciation, devidarkwolf! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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Katharina

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from: subtle__sarcasm
date: May. 29th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
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that was incredible! the

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: May. 29th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Thanks SS! Though it looks like some of your comment was cut off somehow...

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Sue

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from: suechosethis
date: Jun. 7th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I followed the link from your recent post - so glad I did.
This is superb - truly awe inspiring. I love the humour of it too - and yes the end is genius, I wanna see what happens next!

Your editing skills are truly inspiring. Excellent job.

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mranderson71

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from: mranderson71
date: Jun. 8th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
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Thanks Sue! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

I'd also line up just to see what would happen next after the end...

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