I wanted to do something special for Episode Number 10, and I also had been wanting to begin exploring new ways to put together a VATAS episode that broke the mold of what we had seen. So I decided that this would be my experimental episode, and that I would use the previous ten episodes as a building block and experiment further with Final Cut to create something that could function both as an episode of VATAS and an experimental tribute to it (Also, despite the success of VATAS as a whole, these episodes did help me become more comfortable with editing and really forced me to understand and utilize the software I had). This is also the last of the “Big Three” episodes of VATAS (which, for clarification, they’re named the “Big Three” because they’re not only some the most seen episodes, but I feel they also capture the series at its best), so let’s enjoy it, shall we?
This isn’t my best experimental work. In fact, I’d put it pretty low on the list. But, I think we hit a nice fever pitch by the end of the episode, and it’s a nice way of looking back at VATAS. But looking back at this episode now, I’d say that I didn’t go far enough. The episode still follows the same formula as most of the episodes, and although that’s an interesting choice I feel like 10 could have benefited greatly from being complete visual chaos. I feel like if I took more risks (like I did closer to the end of the episode with the frame-by-frame cuts and the overlaying of “Hello”) then this episode would have been a stellar installment in my experimental line, but as it stands it’s merely one of the better episodes of my unsuccessful video blog series. Although, it’s also important to note that this was really my first venture into purely experimental territory, with the closest thing prior to this being “Hallway Is“, which is terrible and no one should watch it.