My Favorite Videos: Woman at the End of the World

YOHAN

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Loving the discussion going on in the boards as it pertains to video editing in our community. Shoutout to @Midnight Jazz for starting it off.

Wanna start a new series where we talk about our favorite videos, not your own, in our community and explain why you love it or why it inspires you. Hence "My Favorite Videos"!


Lets start with Leelee's Woman at the End of the World.
Released August 10th 2018
Videomania 8
I actually faced this video and lost along with Durty530 who was also in the video's corresponding match. I couldn't be more happy I lost to this video. LOL. I digress.

Firstly, this video came at the perfect time, right in the middle of Asuka's title reign, which sat as the longest single's title run in the modern era before Brock Lesnar broke that streak. It seemed like Asuka literally couldn't be beat by anyone, which she wasn't, vacating the title before being called up to the main roster.

The song choice here was very out of left field, being a Brazilian song that most people wouldn't even think to dig up. It totally fit Asuka's persona since she was vicious but you still couldn't really understand her if you're native tongue is English. The song is gritty and feels violent with the song's actual content, when translated, actually being violent in it's subject matter.

Another aspect in it's audio is the use of voiceovers. All of the voiceovers serve a purpose. The starting 3 voiceovers, a crowd chanting for Asuka, using the audio of Asuka screaming then kicking, and Corey Graves' commentary, played a pivotal role in setting up the thesis of the video; Asuka's brutality. He sets the tone early and efficiently. Voiceovers are then used throughout the video to push the story around which adds to the video's appeal. Some thunder effects to add to a spot and you have a seamless audio cut.

The structure of the video feels very free. Like the previously mentioned thesis of the video, Lee sets up her brutality so that you KNOW and SEE what you're about to get into. I actually had no visual reference for Asuka's hype since I didn't frequent non-wwe wrestling as much at the time. Very smart choice on Lee's part. Frequent call backs to Asuka's brutality serve a purpose. My favorite bit is when Dana Brooke and Emma are looking at a laptop watching and reacting to Asuka's brutality. Within this structure tho, Lee gets his message across in 3 acts basically. Asuka is underestimated then proves herself, her brutality and element of instilling fear is challenged via the title then she proves herself, and then her will is tested in the form of Nia Jax.

Lee's tempo is mega crisp and varied. If the story and music calls for him to slow his clips down, he slows down. However, throughout the video, he executes these quick succession clip switches in order to increase the momentum of the video as the sonic crescendo approaches. 1:11-1:17 is a perfect example of this. The forward momentum never really stops. This definitely goes back to our discussion about rhythm and tempo. The usual clip pacing for fast parts is relegated to a 2 beat clip or 1 beat clip pacing. This type of pacing fit the subject matter perfectly since he was able to create an atmosphere of fear by Asuka. Flashing quick clips of her absolutely downing her opponents quickly or giving her opponents pain in a short amount of time. It's the little choices like that, for me, that adds a ton of depth to a video's feeling.

The visual effects are very minimal which is an added plus to any video on this community. Leaving the clips bare, minimal flicker effects, and sporadic black and white color changes. So yea, this is why this is one of my favorite videos.

What's yours?
 
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Midnight Jazz

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I thought the video was fine for what it was. I watched it much later after it came out so the video may not have been as topical for me then.

My nitpicks/personal take: It wasn't just a complete retrospective edit as Lee highlighted and emphasized a lot of key pivotal points in her run. Song was chaotic and very different. It was maybe too out there. I would've liked to have seen a more exaggerated edit from Lee than this raw style because it was leaning way too hard into the highlights side. I think Lee can easily up the tempo and be capable of such but it looks like he chooses to edit around the content and put that as the forefront (which is absolutely fine).