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Age of Serenity

Artist Statement

Age of Serenity is an animated music video (AMV) that I edited by myself in 2018-2019 to encapsulate the impact this superhero had as one of the biggest symbols of feminism and girl power for children of all generations. The video is made by using footage from both the anime in 1992 and the remake that came out in 2014. This is the work I would say shows what I learned about a consistent visual flow throughout a video. By sticking close to the story, the song, and the mood, it made the emotional impact that much more effective.

Masking

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Masking Screenshot [1]

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Masking Screenshot [2]

Above are some screenshots of the masking I worked on at 0:47 of the video. This method allowed me to remove the orange background from the original clip, and then increase the transparency of the image of Sailor Venus. This effect makes it so that it appears that Sailor Venus disappears gracefully and fades perfectly into moon, helping to transition to Sailor Moon's transformation in the next scene smoothly. For this particular scene, it took three clips to overlay each other to achieve the perfect transparency needed for this scene.

Visual Flow

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Transitional Flow Screenshots (0:42-0:44)

When editing a video, one of the most important things is to keep the flow of the video smooth. Therefore, a lot of detail was put in the transitions between each shot. From one scene to the next, the viewer is able to follow the video and not get lost, as each scene uses clever placement and timing of the light and motion in each shot to make that transition.

By using editing techniques of cutting on action, and then weaving the scenes together using crossfade transitions, it blended each scene together using the light effects from both scenes to blend out any possible overlays during the transitions. The images above and below this section are screenshots of good examples of the transitional flow used throughout the video.

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Transitional Flow Screenshots (0:55-0:57)

Reflection

Something that really resonates with me about this project was the fact that I was working with Sailor Moon as the primary source footage. I have seen a lot of anime up to this point, but Sailor Moon was the one I grew up watching as a child. She was the superhero that I and many other young girls looked up to because while she was weak and a crybaby, she was also strong and beautiful at the same time. Having her as a role model helped me through a lot of my younger years. 

 

As she is one the most recognized female superheroes, she is often associated with modern feminist movements and the focus of empowering its viewers with charismatic characters and unique styles. This project was intended to bring together audiences who enjoyed the series in the 90s and those who are just discovering the series 20 years later. I wanted to display the most beautiful scenes of Sailor Moon together in a video, and capture the essence of the lesson it teaches to all the young viewers: an encouragement for everyone to be their best selves.