Alternative Music Video for “I Move On” song (Sintel’s Song)

On October 20th, 2010 the “Durian” team of the Blender Institute had released the official music video for “I Move On” song (Sintel’s Song) togerter with Jan Morgenstern’s mini-album of the Sintel film score.

While I watched the video I felt strongly, that the visual material doesn’t correspond much with the music oftentimes. So I went to criticise it on BlenderNation and I decided right away to try to put together my own version. I wanted to prove to myself, that I can really do some better fitting version if I can criticise in the first place.

So finally I did my own version (although lighter in resolution):

The music in this version is published with kind permission from Jan Morgenstern. Here you can check it on VIMEO in slightly better quality.

And here is the original version of the music video for comparison:

The overall feedback from the Blender community was none. But I guess it’s mainly because I put my comments just into two news threads, which usually become almost unread the other day from posting and not many people read all the comments anyway. Furthermore there was no other criticism except for mine (to my big surprise), all the other people just applauded, so maybe I’m really too picky. So I decided just to put the subject matter here on my blog for record, as I don’t wanna be too annoying to the community I like.

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About Software Used

I decided to do all the editing work in Blender, so I compiled a build of newest Blender 2.54.0 from a freshly updated SVN, but I was disappointed by its poor performance on my laptop. I really don’t know why, while I have read some notes about considerable speeding up of the sequencer in 2.5 (e.g. “Improved sequencer core: it’s faster and needs less memory“).

I also realised soon that a “Frame Blending” feature of “Speed Control” effect strip had disappeared from new version. So I stuck with my old Blender 2.49.2 build, which proved to be fine.

For final encoding job I used VirtualDub software.

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About The Procedure

First off I created a TGA sequence of the whole movie, then I organized all shots into a separated folders for better lucidity. Then I started to arrange shots into a sequencer. Finally I have found that task particularly interesting and enjoyable, so I ended up with my almost finished version at 7 o’clock AM Friday morning (OMG!).

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4 Responses to “Alternative Music Video for “I Move On” song (Sintel’s Song)”

  1. Hi 4Museman,

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your edit of the Sintel Music Video.

    I think the reason you may not have had much (any!) feedback on the Blender forums is that the supportive and encouraging members of the blender community are wary of further undermining the already heavily criticised Sintel brand. Any attempt to do so may not be good for the future of blender and its community.

    However, this is not a blender community forum and since your criticism was fully demonstrated with your effort in producing a wonderfull edit, I would like to congratulate you on an excellent re-imagining of the promo.

    Cheers,

    Ian.

    • 4museman Says:

      Thanks Ian! I’m glad you like it, especially after I watched your showreel. ;)

      And you’re right about the unnecessary spoiling of Blender’s name or official Blender projects. I still don’t feel, that my criticism was wrong, but I should be more careful about what I write to those public forums, because that is a truth, that I tend to criticize oftentimes. It is because I like that software and its community and I want it to be better, but sometimes it can be misunderstood.

  2. Rocket Dog (Ergo Proxy) Says:

    Yup. I like yours better. Really, yours is 9% better than the original, and i guess that’s saying both of them are on par, although the ending of the original had a tad bit more emotion because the dragon died, and that was the end of the song. Other than that, yours is better. Can you put it up for download?

    • 4museman Says:

      Hi Rocket Dog!
      Thanks for your comment! I must admit that I didn’t regard this music video for the film narrative, but more like for a teaser. But your view is probably more common, because I have been told the same opinion by more people already. ;)

      Regarding downloading of the video – if you have an account on Vimeo, you can download the video directly from its page (http://vimeo.com/16110264). If you don’t want to make an account there, I can upload the video to some file hosting service for you, because I like that someone likes it. :)

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