AMV Spotlight: Hit the Floor

Welcome back to another AMV Spotlight! Today we’ll be talking about one of the more specific effects you can use: masking.

Masking is performed when one takes a physical object (a vector) and places it in the foreground, while having a separate object in the background. This gives the illusion of both objects interacting or being in the same place at the same time, among other things.

Using masking is a fairly basic tool that is easy to learn but difficult to master. Many AMVs use masking as part of their transitions as evidenced in this AMV, but others use it to enhance a pre-arranged story they’ve made.

So, why is this a good AMV? Let’s consult the list:
1) I used this as a good example of masking for a reason. Every single use of one is seamless, flawless and sometimes hard to discern from what is pure animation.
2) Taking visual cues for the music is the fast-track for success in AMVs, and this one delivers flawlessly. This tells a story, gives great animation and shows amazing editing prowess all at once.
3) Not gonna lie: probably the best Naruto AMV I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen a lot of those, but few (if any) come anywhere close to this level of seamlessness mixed with minimalism. Subtlety is a concept usually lost on AMVs, and yet this one manages to handle it quite well.

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