“New World Order” by Two Steps from Hell + Prototype

I’m the reason for all of this. They call me a killer, a monster, a terrorist. I’m all of these things.

This was an exercise in immediacy. Some videos take me several hours, some take many days, and some take weeks. This one only took a few hours. Two Steps from Hell uploaded this song to their channel today, so I wanted to ride the wave. And though there are obviously things I want to change, the challenge was putting together a video I could feel comfortable releasing before the day was over. (more…)

Wait and Bleed + Project Overdrive

Is it a dream
or a memory?

This has been my go-to Slipknot song for the past 17 years, so I really wanted to find a video for it. After testing out a few random others, I stumbled upon this one from Riot Games. Though the song wasn’t written with this concept in mind, some of the lyrics are serendipitously perfect. The whole video is about the protagonist dealing with the illusions in its mind, so the line “is it a dream or a memory” takes on an almost literal meaning. And let’s not forget the fact that the animation is computer generated while he’s saying, “Everything is 3D blasphemy.” But what really seals this video for me is the action at the end, when the song shifts into its final form (so to speak). Makes me wish this video was twice as long. (more…)

Promise: The Last Day of War

The only unbreakable promise of war is that one day it will end.

I truly love this one. The music is uplifting and hopeful even though the video doesn’t appear to be. But this isn’t a celebration of the death of humanity as much as the rebirth of the old world, fulfilling the promise that war will one day end. Our machines will continue to plod along until there’s no one around to maintain them, and nature will move on as though we never existed. Admittedly, this could be viewed as a depressing reality, but it’s no more depressing than the cost of war. (more…)

Swiftknot (“Duality” by Slipknot + “Out of the Woods” by Taylor Swift)

This is only a proof of concept, not a finished video. It needs a lot of additional editing and effects.

I’m not sure what inspired this, but once the idea was in my head, I had to try it out. After a couple of hours of editing, it suddenly became apparent that the concept could work. I keep coming back to it, tweaking it, then quietly replacing the older versions online. (Like I do with all of my videos.) The trick now is to hide the fact that she’s singing without completely destroying the edit. (more…)

Vegas X Story

Every aspect of human technology has a dark side, including the bow and arrow.

I mixed this together last night. Some videos and songs seem like they were meant for each other, and these two definitely fall into that category. The story mostly takes place outside of a city that resembles a futuristic Las Vegas, so visually it’s very tied to the name of the song. And thematically, it has a somber melody that suits the protagonist’s journey, which unravels itself a little at a time. The video itself even takes center stage during an unusually repetitive and otherwise boring moment in the song. It’s as if they composed it for this video, though they clearly didn’t. (more…)

“Inferni” by Two Steps from Hell + Hellblade

Two Steps from Hell recently released another album, and it continues the tradition of truly magnificent scores of the past several years. Though the album landed in the final month of 2016, I’d say that “High C’s” is probably the lead contender for song of the year. But more on that later. For now, take a couple minutes to experience one woman’s struggle to fight back her almost literal demons. I set this short trailer from Ninja Theory’s Hellblade to Two Steps from Hell’s “Inferni” from their new album, Vanquish.

Uki Uki Food Fight

This is probably the most epic food fight you’ll ever see. I love this video for multiple reasons. First, it’s satisfying how the beats and overall flow of the song match the action on the screen. Second, the sheer ridiculousness of this fight goes great with the sheer intensity and playfulness of Babymetal. And perhaps most of all, it’s a Japanese band performing an American-inspired musical genre set to an American show mimicking a Japanese-inspired television genre. (more…)