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Challenged by & For jascarly123
This vid & pairing was actually a request by Jasmine for a Germancest -- PrussiaxGermany- vid. 'Cept I sort of twisted it around, so it's now a tribute to the two German brothers (no incest involved, sorry everyone!)
To be honest, I wasn't a big fan of Germany & Prussia as a duo, let alone an actual 'pairing' ... But when I heard this song while searching for pictures to fill this request, it just dawned on me that this was a challenge I just. COULDN'T. turn my back on.
I'm going to admit that I hardly know anything about German history, but when I saw the pics, and felt the emotion behind the song that oh-so-coincidentally, I realised that BAM. It was staring me in the face. The song, the story behind Germany's past, the pictures, EVERYTHING fit together like it was meant to be.
Piecing this whole thing together was extremely tough. Sony Vegas was so incredibly laggy I had to keep editing 10 seconds of the vid per hour, at a time. I had trouble finding pictures that created the 'right' atmosphere. I kept experimenting with effects to see how it would turn out. And Vegas kept crashing on me so many times I actually had to re-install the program twice.
About 100+ layers, and 20 renders later ... this came out. Not trying to sound boastful or anything, but I'm really proud of this video. I think I've come a long way since my early days using WMM, and getting this challenge and actually COMPLETING it is like a miracle in itself.
Rather than seeing Germany and Prussia as a pair, like I think Jas was expecting, I put a twist to the challenge to turn it more into an acknowledgement or tribute to the two. To their friendship, their bond, and overwhelming courage to get through the tough times. Like I said, I don't know much about German history, but I think I can now better understand the hardships and turmoil the country has had to pull through.
This is a reflection on Germany's history - where he was first raised by Prussia in the early days, went through the chaos and turmoil during WWII, Prussia being dissolved, the reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall ... I don't know if it's just me, but I really started to tear up when I saw the fanart for this. The emotion, oh gawd. *passes tissue box around*
I can't really do angst. I can absorb it, but unfortunately, I cannot create that heartwrenching effect that more talented people can achieve. Jasmine, you have made a marvelous challenge for me since you pushed me to the limits of making something as emotional as this pairing, NOT angsty, but still tear-worthy. Because my motto is to make anything and everything pretty *A*
It's only just over a minute and a half long, but I hope that I did the overall meaning justice and I'm truly sorry if I offend anyone / get any bits of the history wrong / or translated the German incorrectly. --cheated with google translate-
Just a very quick last note for my subs, I probably won't be active until the end of the coming term as it's going to get extremely busy with school once again. So no more vids until around Christmas. There's the surprise STILL coming, sorry for the long wait, BUT it is very nearly completed! So please don't give up hope just yet! :] Thank you.
Wir kämpften zusammen. Wir lebten zusammen. Wir werden immer zusammen sein. Vielen Dank für alles, mein Bruder.
- We fought together. We lived together. We will always be together. Thank you for everything, my brother.
// Info //
Song; May I
Artist; Trading Yesterday
Series; Axis Powers Hetalia
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