Fortunate Villainess

Video: I Was Reincarnated as the Villainess in an Otome Game But the Boys Love Me Anyway!
Audio: Babypaul – Fortunate Virtue
Premiere Date: 2021
Status: Downloadable, Streamable
Genre(s): Drama, Other
Cons/Awards: Online Event: MMV Contest
Outside Links: n/a
Categories: Music videos, Trailers, Shorts, Time Challenges & Prompts, Educational

Made for contest
First Place: $250 USD
Second Place: $100 USD
Third Place: $50 USD

Manga: I Was Reincarnated as the Villainess in an Otome Game But the Boys Love Me Anyway!
Story by Sou Inaida Art by Ataka Mystia

Audio: babypaul – Fortunate Virtue

Started: 18 Sep 2021
Finished: 19 Sep 2021
Work time: Approx. 6 hours.

I didn’t win, but I am pretty sure I got 4th place?
This was my first MMV. I never did upload the actual video to youtube (only the comparison) but you can download it here.

Description of the comparison video:

Sometimes people ask me how I can figure out what scenes look good together when I use so many video tracks/layers.
For me it mostly works from a “guess and check” system, but once you have an eye for this, there can still be difficulty in trying to keep track of your plans, especially if your project will take a long time to complete.

I recently found myself in a position of creating my first real MMV, which consists of overlays and masking that will take time to complete before you can even begin to see a semblance of what the end product might look like. I don’t know about you, but my memory is really bad! And I can forget my plans for the rest of the video if I am stuck on a particular scene for a while.

This MMV turned out to be a very good visual example of how pre-staging (or storyboarding, as many editors call it) can be helpful. It places all the scenes/ideas you want to use in the general spot they’re going to be in, to remind you what you were shooting for.

The key is to not spend much time on it – much like creating thumbnails for a comic or an outline for an essay, you want to use the least amount of effort and shortest amount of time possible to get your intent across. If you’re not certain you will be able to remember everything you had planned (or where certain scenes are located), spending the time to pre-stage/storyboard is extremely helpful. It can also serve as a “proof of concept” should you need to produce one for certain situations.

The MMV I think is the best example to illustrate this concept, since the beginning and end can look so different, but the concept video can still be understood. I took the time to create an entirely separate sequence for my proof of concept because this was my very first MMV.

With AMVs, the storyboard usually becomes a part of the final project as it is all in the same sequence. The staging part for an AMV comes from just putting potential scenes down and filling up the timeline. If you have planned overlays/effects, you do really quick jobs of them- maybe 2 scenes witht he top one at 50% opacity instead of an actual mask, for example. Then this gets polished up later.

Anyway, I am definitely not an authority on this. I just thought this video/comparison and explanation might be helpful to some.

Video is from the manga: I Was Reincarnated as the Villainess in an Otome Game But the Boys Love Me Anyway!