On the 5th episode of Looking Back, we will be looking back at a rare gem amongst a huge variety of collabs circa 2009: Retrovision
Retrovision's topic could pose a small doubt for the viewer. The description is very brief, and the only words that stand out are 'leftover collab'. Leftover collabs were a usual thing those days even, and as today, most of them were made by people who didn't really understand the word and thought of it as a place to throw off crappy stunts. Well, rest assured, this video sure is a leftover collab. A large portion of stunts really were leftovers, combined with a few oldies. However, unlike 99% of leftover collabs, this one had a really good mix stuntwise. To a objective viewer it would easily seem like a regular collab, very good even, stunt-wise.
The line-up is great, there's no doubt about that. And there are certainly stunts that can be singled out as the best here. For me those would be all of Daffy's stunts (which have been previously used in SASL), and the finisher also had some sort of a great feel to it. But, every single stunt worked great and contributed to the video, which could be easily attributed to the amazing feel created by the editing. More about that in the next paragraph.
Morbidxxx was always known around GTAS as a great editor, who knew how to put the right effect at just the right moment, never getting too excessive with unneeded stuff. This video is a perfect example of his style. There isn't an abundance of effects, yet again the feeling you can't get in most overedited videos shows up here. The effects appear right where you want them to, and nowhere else. Perfect utilization of the music used (which might be disliked by some, but I love Portishead personally), with every effect staying true to its purpose and not being flashy, was what made this video stand out editing-wise. Another amazing aspect of the editing are the camera angles, which were truly great, and by that I mean mostly the freeplay work. All of the stuck angles are great and somehow help out the feeling (just to note a few examples I'll mention the epic spinning VROCK sign at Dani0's taxi stunt, the transition between Dani0's and Daffy's stunt at the same point, and the great first person blimps over a nice side view, at my stunt).
This video has been nominated for the best collaboration of 2009. It won no votes, but just by appearing there it showed how, regardless of the purpose of the video: real, leftover, or even time-limited, if enough effort and heart is taken into a video, it's going to produce results. I congratulate morbid once again for this masterpiece and I'm really happy that I got a chance to participate.
You know what to do: sit back and enjoy Retrovision.
KillaMarci - The editing was the best part of teh vid =D... and the stunts
Cola - Truely breath-taking video guy's, one of my favorite's of the year
Ghost - The whole vibe of this video was awesome
WaRoW - This was for sure, my favourite SA video ever.
Daffy - Can't wait for a .mkv which will be safely stored in the folder where i keep keepers