What is “Brave New World”?
For those that weren’t directed here through the video, “Brave New World” is a music video I made with Fallout 4 Gameplay videos recorded by myself and the song “This is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars. This is an article about the origins of the idea, and the process of making it. If you haven’t checked the video out yet, please do so by clicking the image below.
Where it all began?
I had a few influences for making something like this. First, I’ve been editing funtage (combination of “fun” and “montage”, original ain’t it) videos of my playthrough of Fallout 4. Recently picking up the interest on them again, I made a new video already last night which mostly consisted from pieces of leftover from previous cuts. You can find them on youtube through my channel here. Originally, clips used in “Brave New World” were meant to form a similar video than my 7th one: a long video with a large battle. While on the editing board, cutting the good clips out of the whole recording, I found it very repetitive a thing to do. I wasn’t very keen on one serious battle, since the only thing that amused me while playing was that no one attacked me due to the fact that I hadn’t angered any of the factions at the time. So they all would only fight each other and everyone would think of me as an ally.
Few weeks earlier I had watched the brilliant “Sword Art Online Abridged” series by Something Witty Entertainment (to their youtube, you go) and I really enjoyed the opening theme they used in the beginning of every episode. Today of all days, it popped into my head and I pondered if I should re-watch the series just for the sake of it. “Uh no, I have videos to edit. Got to keep up the pace”, I told myself. Re-watching them would take few hours, and I can rather use them to progress on my material. Editing (and getting rid of) all the recorded material is my goal before playing the already released 2 DLC:s of Fallout 4. Since I plan to continue recording, after all. Can’t have them stacked up.
I had already ruined the day by oversleeping and had nothing else clever to do. Can’t recall the exact line of thought, but from 22:57 I saved a note with the text “Fallout 4 : Do video of attack on bunker hill with 30 seconds to mars – This War as BG music” on it. Apparently it wasn’t my original plan to do it today. As I already had a good call of what it could be, I started. To be honest, I’ve always dreamt of making an AMV (Animated Music Video) and I couldn’t get past the fact how well the song applied to certain scenes in the video. Right, so now I remember. With a tendency to listen music while anything I do (not while sleeping though) I put “This is War” on repeat as background music while editing.
“Through the rain, through the left…”
It’s actually “right”, not “rain”. The video’s name comes from a work name “AMV_BraveNewWorld” and “Brave New World” is a sentence often repeated in the song. So the name didn’t change. It was perfect. Making of the video took about 4 and half hours with a break of 5 minutes. You can’t stop the flow. I’m very proud of this whole thing.
With no plan, working was pretty tough but extremely satisfying. The idea of how different sequences would fill on the song created itself. At first it was quite hard to get moving, but just cutting the whole thing into few pieces and throwing them into separate sequences worked really well. Not by random though, there were certain parts which worked perfectly with the song as I mentioned earlier, and those made to the first sequence.
The story of “Brave New World”
There is actually a story behind the video that I had no idea about while I was recording the gameplay. As the 2nd chorus part was kind of aggressive in the song, but the video didn’t comply to that much, I got a climpse of an idea I could hide messages into the video. Small flashes of words that would look cool and give a little sparkle of excite for the part. This evolved a little further, and included a text-based intro & ending in addition to “flashes”. Like when playing an instrument, pauses tend to be important. There were a few parts in the video that looked they could use pauses on them, and since a black screen out of nowhere would give the appearence of an unfinished product, I placed “flashes” to those parts as well.
The video evolves around machines and humans fighting for ruling the world. As through video, it eventually seems that machines will overpower dispirited humans and that they would form a “Brave New World”. However, the term “Brave New World” actually stands for humans standing up again, even after a hard beating. The machines don’t need to fight back as humans do. They can stand in middle of fiery lasers and keep it cool (1:26 in video). If human doesn’t repel against the punches he’s given, he’s nothing but a target (2:41). Like cows, humans can win if they keep standing on their feet (1:37). In the end, it is shown that humans still have prowess left in them (3:51).
This process was so interest-tingling and cool I’d be very happy to do it again! Though the chances for such recorded material for to happen are… well… unless you want a 10 hr sped up version of building a new settlement with some lengthy piece of music backing it up, it can be done! Just kidding ^^
Did you like the video? Should I make more videos similar to it? Should I keep doing the same ol’? Should I not make videos at all? Let me know in the comment section of the video or here.