This is a collection of videos that were mixed in a specific way. I spent a lot of time and effort to edit, blend, reshape, retime, and recontextualize the sights and sounds so they would feel like they were meant for each other. Sometimes the source audio comes through, sometimes the source video drives the song, and sometimes the combination gives new meaning to both. The goal of these videos was to create something entirely new, not just set old videos to new music.
I tend to keep the original songs and visuals intact without too much remixing. That's because the original versions were well thought out and meticulously planned. I'm sure the writers, editors, and fans of the original works will notice the changes, and I’d like to extend my sincerest apologies and genuine appreciation to all the amazing artists who brought this fantastic source material to life.
You might think these two things wouldn’t go well together, but you’d be wrong.
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 […]
This is a remix of the original music video set to a remix of the original song. I tried to remain faithful to the previous version while moving things around to fit the new song. The first step was to synchronize Sarah Barthel’s shots where she is singing and then move the other clips around […]
This podcast is a dramatized science fiction serial in the style of classic radio dramas that utilizes voice acting, sound effects, and music to create an immersive experience.
This is the story of how a little yellow bird saved a big yellow robot.
“I watched them fight and die in the name of freedom. They speak of liberty and justice. But for who?”
“This is a story of an ordinary mortal who, against all odds, clashes with devilish demons and the ancient celestials in order to find his own path to immortality.”
“We must continue to fight and defend the free will of the people. And no matter how small, our brotherhood is the only hope.”
“Where one story ends, another begins.”
This is the Wilhelm scream of movie trailers. I was commissioned to put this little piece together for a talk that composer Mark Petrie gave recently. He wanted to highlight the ubiquitous BRAAAM sound that was popularized by the trailer for Inception and has since gone on to appear in dozens of trailers. It started […]
This one isn’t finished just yet. There is a lot of subtle timing that needs to be done before I consider it finished.
Imagine a tiny empire in the palm of your hands, just like one in a video game. I set this award-winning short film from Digital Corridor to the epic music of Thomas Bergersen. Every other video I’ve ever edited has between a few dozen and several dozen cuts; this one has four. Serendipitous is the […]
This delightfully dark short was created by students, believe it or not. Because of this, I had to tweak a couple of things with the animation to make it flow a little better. But thankfully the rest of it is beautiful and well animated. I don’t point this out because I think they had sub-par […]
It’s hard to believe that such a powerful trailer is meant for a glorified mobile game, but who am I to complain? The song and the video have nearly identical rises and falls, so they fit together nicely here. My favorite aspect of it is watching the ending slip into slow motion right as the […]
This haunting short film is a variation on another film by the same creator. It imagines the world after warfare has been completely automated for decades, and war machines are all that’s left of humanity. The soundtrack is equally haunting in its ethereal nature and almost lackadaisical meandering through what appears to be a melody […]
I just love this one. The music is so powerful, and it fits the visuals so well. Sometimes I get the urge to watch this one just to get excited about something. Even though the music of the original is good, this version just works so much better.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time, but none of the videos I found seemed to have the constant kinetic energy that this song requires. I had the first trailer for Smite in my queue for several months before I stumbled back upon it late last night. Within minutes, it became […]
“Perhaps we had a chance for peace, but desperation and trust are seldom allies.” This is my first video in 4k, which is interesting because I think they overdid it. It was hard to find a still shot that summarized the whole video because so much of it only looks good on a big screen. […]
I’ve already used this video for another song, but it fit so well I couldn’t resist. Though the title is misleading because it implies this song is about love, the music itself is thematically appropriate. This video is about finding the strength in yourself. Someone saves her from certain death, but it is ultimately up […]
“It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity.” ~Philip K. Dick
I’d been looking for a video to set to this song for more than a year, but I was finally able to find the right one. “Victory” is currently the most popular song on YouTube by Two Steps from Hell. It has over 12 million views on the official video, and countless re-uploads and remixes […]
This fight sequence from the movie Sucker Punch is perfectly over the top. Three twelve-foot-tall samurai battle against one young woman. Spoiler alert: she wins. If you’re not familiar with the premise of the movie, this fantasy world is a mental construct of the main character’s mind. She’s able to deal with seemingly insurmountable odds […]
“Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design.”
A start, an end, a rise and fall No system eternal and no one immortal Creation all must end in destruction We cannot change the fate of civilization
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 […]
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 […]
I suppose it was inevitable that I’d mix two of my favorite things together. This brilliant animated short film by Paul “Otaking” Johnson features an animation style reminiscent of cartoons from the 80’s and 90’s. It’s an homage to the TIE Fighter video game from 1994. I set it to Dream Theater because their music […]
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 […]
I’ve already used this video before, but the music was distinctly different. After I found this Celldweller track, I couldn’t resist. The sudden changes in speed and perspective beg for a song that changes so drastically, which is one of the strengths of dubstep-style music. Plus, this kind of song seems pretty appropriate to highlight […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Sometimes even a first draft is worth sharing. The challenge now is to figure out how to make it look like Blake Belladonna is singing the lyrics sung by Alexis Krauss.
Animal whisperings intoxicate the night Hypnotize the desperate, slow motion light Wash away into the rain, blood, milk and sky Hollow moons illuminate and beauty never dies
Even in the heart of heaven,angels can still feel fear.
In anticipation of the next installment of Rooster Teeth’s RWBY, I started playing with different songs to see if I could make anything work. Not surprisingly, it’s rife with powerful visuals that can tell a story and get a point across in as few frames as possible. So it all works great together. I used […]
A short film about the power of love and power itself, set in a galaxy far, far away. This is arguably one of the best stories in the entire Star Wars universe, and it only takes seven minutes to tell.