Your probably thinking, "Oh no, not another Top Gun/Danger
Zone video!" First of all, this is unlike other "Danger Zone" videos
you may have seen. In fact, this is unlike most any other AMV out there
for that matter. While The Need for Speed is essentially an
action video, it blurs the lines between action, drama, comedy, parody, and
It brings together two separate ideas I had been considering
over the years. One, was to make an AMV showcasing Macross valkyries – simple
enough. The second, was to create an animated version of the movie
Top Gun by replacing its live action footage with video
from Macross and Macross Plus, leaving the audio track unchanged.
This second idea would be an insane amount of work. So instead, I chose
to combine these ideas into a single project. The result is an action
oriented AMV with a cinematic feel.
The Need For Speed blends the Macross universe
into the Top Gun motion picture. It parodies the competition
between the Isamu and Gould characters from Macross Plus with the
competition between Mavrick and Ice Man from Top Gun. The focus
is on the reckless behaviour of the Isamu/Mavrick character. This
is enhanced by the use of "cut scenes" throughout the video where you see
characters from Macross Plus performing scenes from Top Gun.
This is meant to add some drama to the video, however, at first you
may find them humourous. For the rest, you'll have to see for yourself.
In terms of the technical aspects, this was the first time I used Adobe Premiere
with the AVIsynth frame serving method to create a video. Despite being
a memory hog, it worked very well. Then again, THE TOWER OF POWER is ready for any challenge.
The main challenge was getting the lip synching to look as natural
as possible. I used Adobe Photoshop for a few of the special effects,
mainly the masking and composites. All of the audio editing was done
within Premiere, such as the alterations to the music and voice acting. While
this video is encoded in Surround Sound, a 2-speaker set up is more
Do you have the need; the need for speed?
MPEG1 format (at "the org")
99.6MB 352x240 resolution (variable bit
- MPEG1 format 96.4MB zipped 352x240
resolution (variable bit rate)
on a file format to go to its download page.
- ©2002-2003 SKYFIRE ANIME MUSIC VIDEO