Do you remember Galaxy Bounce from 2006? It was good, it won some awards but I always thought it could be improved. Well here is Galaxy Bounce 2012, remake of my 6 years old AMV with improved editing, effects, 720p, 60fps and an exclusive remix of the original song Lifelight by Andy Hunter.
I got the idea of doing this remake 2 years ago when I was chatting with Overdrive who already helped me with video encoding. I was telling him that I was looking for a bluray version of Pale Cocoon (which doesn’t exist) and he proposed to upscale the DVD version for me and filter it to improve quality. The result was really impressive, just what I needed for a HD remake.
The improved video quality was nice but I figured that a simple remake with the same song wouldn’t make a good impact. I needed something to freshen the AMV, like a new version of the song, remix maybe. Since I recently worked with Andrei Basirov from Sugar Jesus for my Binary Overdrive AMV and I knew that he was very good at remixing songs, I thought I’d ask him if he would be interested in taking part in this project. He immediately accepted and told me that he needed the vocal track of Andy Hunter’s song as well as some other elements like SFX and chorus tracks in order to start working on the remix.
I managed to contact Andy and tell him about the project. He already saw the first Galaxy Bounce AMV few years ago and loved it. He agreed to help and sent me the audio tracks that Andrei needed. It took a while for Andrei to come up with the first version of the remix as he’s been very busy with his job but it was worth waiting. This first version was already high quality but Andrei is a perfectionist and he kept getting back to me with improved versions every time I gave him feedback.
I put my summer AMV project on standby (Quantum Ripples) and started editing as soon as I got the first version of the remix. Although I basically just had to replicate the editing from the 2006 AMV, it took me a while to remember and redo some effects. I also realized that I already had a good level back then and there are even some quick transitions that I didn’t manage to redo very well so I just took them directly from the old Galaxy Bounce, hopefully you won’t notice it.
Once again it was a pleasure to work with Sugar Jesus and having Andy Hunter on the project kinda put some pressure and motivated me to do things well. I spent about 5 months working on this remake (including lazy-time playing Deus Ex). There are a lot of new effects, most of them are about details that you might miss but if you compare with the old Galaxy Bounce, you should notice them (check out making of). This remake is about 1 minute longer and the final part has a whole new editing with new stuff.
Pale Cocoon is a 22-minutes long OVA by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. The intro of the AMV is my 2010 AMV Binary Overdrive and I also used other old AMVs on screen tracking and you’ll notice captures of Quantum Ripples (that I was editing at that time) on the main screen.
Some comments about the old Galaxy Bounce were saying that it looked like the story was about a guy editing AMV and suddenly discovered some footage that made him want to explore reality or something like that. I thought it was a very cool idea and I could develop it using screen tracking to insert my previous AMVs everywhere.
It required a lot of time and effort; I had to spend about 1 hour for each screen tracking. I did try to simplify the work using some tracking plugins but the result was disappointing. I guess I shouldn’t expect much in this situation where screens are mostly blurry in the background and they also move from and to the outside of the frame. So I just had to do them using Premiere’s basic corner pin effect and manually track frame by frame each corners of each screens on every scenes. I think the final render is satisfying and my tracking is accurate enough.
Andy Hunter – Lifelight (Sugar Jesus Remix)
Lifelight from Andy Hunter’s 2005 album “Life”. Andrei did amazing stuff with ambient sounds like for the intro and other computer sounds in the beginning of the video.
This Remix was never officially released due to the lack of response from Andy’s old label which still holds the rights to this song. The download link bellow contains the AMV Edit, Original Mix and Instrumental version.