The Jukebox: A Halo Reach Video by Ham & Swanky

Definitely worth the watch

That was an amazing watch.  I absolutely loved the "Stepping Stones Technique".  I have never seen anything like that before.

 Fantastic job Ham and Swanky.

So good. The editing was so light handed, but so many beautiful touches (syncing the melee celly to the song and other tiny syncs like that), but the effects that were put in were mostly nice (the predator missile and the Hyena homage). Just excellent editing and the gameplay was obviously insane. Some of the clips I can't speak on because I didn't play enough Reach to know some of the spots, but I love clever plays like that, especially ones where an opponent is lured into doing something. I don't want to comment on any of the clips specifically just in case someone is dumb enough to read this first as I don't want to spoil the clips, but I will say the Hemorrhage launch clip (I think that's the map) and the stepping stones clip straight gave me chills. The whole second song actually was pretty goosebump inducing, which is extremely rare for a non H3 video for me. 

Shame about using that "wasted" thing, though, since Eamonn just did that in the film comp. ;)

So good. The editing was so light handed, but so many beautiful touches (syncing the melee celly to the song and other tiny syncs like that), but the effects that were put in were mostly nice (the predator missile and the Hyena homage). Just excellent editing and the gameplay was obviously insane. Some of the clips I can't speak on because I didn't play enough Reach to know some of the spots, but I love clever plays like that, especially ones where an opponent is lured into doing something. I don't want to comment on any of the clips specifically just in case someone is dumb enough to read this first as I don't want to spoil the clips, but I will say the Hemorrhage launch clip (I think that's the map) and the stepping stones clip straight gave me chills. The whole second song actually was pretty goosebump inducing, which is extremely rare for a non H3 video for me. 

Shame about using that "wasted" thing, though, since Eamonn just did that in the film comp. ;)

Did he? I haven't seen that. I actually took that effect from my submission to the montage comp here, but it's definitely not something one editor can have a monopoly on. It makes me glad to hear you enjoyed the minimalist style, it was only natural given Ham's clips necessitated more 'storytelling' and 'setup' through the cinematics than most multi-kills. In a way this project was actually a culmination of everything that I've taken a liking to in editing, seeing as part 2 used the same artist as an H2 tage I edited called Prodigy, which also included a Hyena nod. Also the slowmo pistol transition in part 1 is pretty much a direct copy from one that I did in my H4M4, I already spoke on the 'wasted' effect. 

And if you never got into Reach very much you might not know, but nearly all these spots are completely unheard of outside the small HLG community. A few of the spots like the asylum one were found by Ham himself. Dude has game knowledge that's absolutely unparalleled on Reach, and rivals the best on H3. As for the stepping stones, I spent many hours last year in customs with Ham and some other friends just practicing the timing and position of the jump (it's insanely hard, even with someone as consistent as Hambxne as the jumper). I wasn't involved on the attempt that actually made it into the tage, but seeing it finally line up and lead into a kill like that made all the work worth it.

Anyways, will post more detailed 'making-of' thoughts later on when I get the chance. Thanks for the comments

BRAVO! Master edit, Swanky. You showcased these insane clips in a really beautiful way. Editing, effects, theater work and angles executed in a flawless manner. The gameplay was, as expected, off the charts. The launches, the knowledge and the precision. Every clip was super entertaining and it all flowed so well. And the rico buzzer beater for the over was a perfect ending! 
Would love to see the whole Pinnacle rocket clip in full. It's a launch?!

I dig your minimalist style in editing. Was awesome to see all those tricks pulled off, some of which I never knew of. In general it's great to see a video that makes Reach look fun, only a handful of people can do that. Great job guys!

Man those clips were really awesome! I especially loved the little touches in the edititing like the killstreak and the Hyena reference. This was definitely one of the most fun montages I've watched! 
LOL I read "HARAMBE M1"

Just posted an effects commentary, basically a breakdown of the four major effects:

  • pistol twitch transition
  • predator missile
  • the clock is ticking
  • "wasted"

If you enjoyed the tage you should consider watching :) Love to hear your feedback