An unsanctioned thrash metal music video created using footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey
2012: An Editing Odyssey
It's January 2012, a month before the seeds of [escape] were to be planted in my brain. I had been looking for something to sink my teeth into, and after a few script ideas just sorta came and went, I decided to do an editing project. Specifically, a music video. I've had some ideas for music videos in the past, but nothing that wouldn't require a full blown production along with the editing.
That's where Outer Isolation came in. Outer Isolation is the title track off of Vektor's 2011 sophomore album. It's an 8 1/2 minute thrash odyssey that spins a complex sci-fi yarn while also brutally melting your face off with their insane technical skills.
Whenever I'd listen to it, the story would coalesce in my head as random flashes of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. What to do next was pretty obvious. I was drawn to the idea both because it would be fun love letter to two of my favorite forms of entertainment (Kubrick films and metal), but also because of some of the challenges that popped up. Namely, how do you cut a music video for a fast thrash metal song using footage from one of the slowest-moving films ever made?
And also, whose story do I tell? Do I tell Outer Isolation's story or 2001's? So I thought, why not try both? I set some rules. First: I can't cut anything out of the song and shorten it. Second: I have to cut 2001 linearly, so I can't reorder any scenes or shots. I took a few liberties with putting a few shots out of order, but nothing drastic, and mostly during the Stargate sequence. You'll see what I mean.
I started this project by cutting in the Stargate sequence, which was the thing I was most excited to put together. As the days passed, I eventually finished the end and began the beginning, starting at the Dawn of Man. I found myself having trouble cutting this in a linear fashion the way I usually cut things, and instead kept shuffling back and forth, working my way toward the middle from both ends. The middle portion of the song would always give me the most trouble, and I would find myself giving up and not revisiting it for months at a time. I only mention this because upon reflection, I found it interesting that I edited it in such a non-linear way after deciding to keep the linear progression of the film and song intact.
The last time I tinkered with it was December of 2012. I still had 3 minutes right smack in the middle that were empty. I couldn't figure out what to do for that section for the entire time this project has been floating around in my head. I knew exactly what content I had to fill it with, but I couldn't figure out a way to make it flow. This weekend I went to a metal-themed birthday party and started thinking about the video again. And then the next day, in one sitting, I completed the missing three minutes.
It's been a long trek to the finish line, and it feels good to finally cross it. And now, it's yours to enjoy! Hopefully. Admittedly, the target audience for this piece is pretty narrow. You have to be a fan of thrash metal or at least open to the idea of it to enjoy this. I also wouldn't recommend watching this if you haven't seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, as it pretty much shows you the whole film in 8 1/2 minutes.
But, if you fit that demographic, I hope you check out and enjoy this thing that I've spent well over a year crafting. I think it contains some of my best editing, and I'm really happy with how it turned out in many ways.