|Date:||June 29, 2006|
|Music:||"No Bravery" by James Blunt|
|Fandom:||Lord of the Rings|
|Footage:||original source material|
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Overall impression: A sad video about the loss of hope in Middle Earth. This video has a wonderful concept, some good high points and was nice to watch but the execution of it really needed a bit more work to make it a really great, enjoyable vid that you want to watch over again.
- Please note that I may misspell some character name in this review, if you see them and can provide me with the correct spelling please comment and let me know so that I can make the correction in the main post. Thanks.*
Titles: Simple front title at the beginning, it looked nice and had a good choice of positioning but it really hung there too long. The End credits were simple, well place, well timed and well done.
Music choice: I may be a little bias here as I adore all things James Blunt but I think the musical choice was excellent.
Narration, Tone and Movement: The vidder seems to have a nice grasp on the story that they are wanting to tell as well as the basic idea that they are trying to present, even if it seems to get lost from time to time. The overall pacing was fairly well done as well but could do with some extra clip trims.
Cuts, Transitions, Effects & Colouring/Coloring: I really like and appreciate that the vidder went with subtle transition effects. For a vid like this anything more flashy would overwhelm the vid and take away from it.
Specific vid & music notes: The sound quality of this vid is excellent.
- Please let it be noted that because this vid was submitted with a putfile link it was very hard to make precise time notations on the cuts and other such things that I will be commenting on here. All time markers are approximations as close to exact as I could be.*
The opening clip of Frodo seems out of place once you’ve seen the rest of the vid as it makes you think for a moment that it’s going to a differnt way than it does.
The clip at :45 of Gandalf/Theoden/Sarumon while fitting nicely with the musical transition itself doesn’t seen to fit the overall tone of the vid or the lyrics of the song and it is a little too long as well.
The cut from 1:19 - 1:20 and then the lyrical matching at 1:21 is great! The contrast of going from the pure white flower to the burning of the Shire is very well done. This is also the point where I think the video and the lyrical matching begin to flow much more evenly with each other and really start to convey the point of the vid.
The cut at approx 1:38 with Haldeir and the Elves doesn’t really seem to fit either the lyrics or the story being told and seems very random in it’s placement.
The scenes at 1:57 with Farimir and Denethor also seem out of place with the flow of the story in the vid and the cuts seem a little long and jumpy.
I love the scene choices at 2:26 - 2:31 for the lyrics "Old men kneel to accept their fates, wives and daughters cut and raped" the choice to go with something that gives a sense of what will be instead of going with a literal visual interruption was a nice choice.
The Sequencing from 2:56 - 3:12 is beautiful but it is a shame that it was followed up with a Legolas clip that seems out of place and breaks up the scenes of 3:12 and the scene start on 3:16 of Eomer in a way the makes them disjointed.
The choice of end clip was very nice and seemed to say that even in despair there can be hope.
Final notes: I would start by trying to remove and replace the disjointing clips, such as the Legolas at 3:13 and the Haldeir at 1:38, to make the overall story flow more smoothly.
This vid might be the better for making it all about the men of Middle Earth (Gondor & Rohan) as it is already slanted heavily in that direction.
Another thing to consider would be a few well place Sauron Clips since it is clear that he is meant to the "he" the lyrics are referring to.
This vid has a wonderful concept and I would love to see a redux version addressing the few clip and pacing issues."