To those of you who know me, thank you for the time we spent sharing Halo together. To those of you who are newer, I have been a member here since 2005 and I probably have less posts than you so you may not be too familiar with me as I stay fairly quiet on the forum these days. My name is VA BlackHawk, you may also know my from some of the projects I have edited under Zentz Productions (Kraynium's One, Ruzted's Montage, Silent Tactix 1v1 montage, and a few Lost in Time projects from last year). I present to you another project I have been secretly working on for the past few months: Momento (or Memento, for those of you who like to spell things correctly or if your name is KBlocker; yes,I realize he used this title in one of his videos a while back). I am going to write more about the project and about my future plans below for those interested, for those who are not, please check out the video and comment below with your feedback, thoughts, comments or concerns.
A Perfect Circle - Weak and Powerless (Tilling My Grave remix)
A Perfect Circle - 3 Libras (Feel My Ice Dub Remix)
Nothing More - If I were
Bleeker - Highway
Struts - Kiss This
Momento is more than likely going to be my last Halo project. I say more than likely because I said the same thing in 2009 and then MCC pulled me back in, so if I release something 5 years from now, don't hold it against me. Although MCC wasn't what I expected it would be, it brought me back into the community and gave me the opportunity to reconnect with old friend and make a few more along the way. It also allowed me to brush off the old editing software and start making montages again and for that I am grateful.
This was the type of video I had in mind for myself when I first started playing and learned how to edit. After watching montage after montage back in the mid to late 00's, I wanted to make a video like Halzred's and Zola's and all the other editors in the community who were pumping out amazing video after amazing video. Unfortunately, I didn't have the equipment or the experience to make the videos I felt I could make. So you could say this video has been 10+ years in the making, it took me that long to finally be able to peace everything together and produce another solo montage I was proud of.
When I started this project back a few months ago, unsure if I would actually finish. I didn't think I had the gameplay to keep up with a lot of other videos and there was hesitation on my side to continue the project. But because I had missed the deadline for every montage contest back in the golden days; I wanted to make sure I was able to enter something into this one. It was something I wish I had gotten a chance to be apart of back in the golden days. During my initial render of the video, my external hard drive crashed and I lost all of my clips and the ability to alter my timeline and remove any effects already added, so if you run across any issues with syncing or sound errors, just know I would have liked to fix it but due to the circumstances around the project, I am unable to. As I said, this video is a representation of having to move forward; not only did I lose all the clips from this project, I lost all of my 2007-2009 clips as well as all of my montages.
So in a sense, this video is a jumping off point for me, a chance to close a chapter in my book and begin a new one (dramatic right?). I have been playing Halo since 2001 and I probably will never actually stop playing, but my drive and desire to grind for clips or record every game isn't there anymore. This doesn't mean I will stop editing, but as far as my solo projects go this may very well be my last big one. I recently got engaged to my best friend and love of my life and plan on starting my life with her; I am also in the process of relocating out to the west coast to take a new job. This just feels like the right time to take a step back from gaming and start putting more focus on more important things in my life. But before I do that, I would like to thank everyone who has collaborated with me, played with me, let me bounce ideas off of them or anyone else who has taken time to critique my videos ad give me feedback. I cant name everyone because it would take to long but there a few special shout outs I do have. Steffan, Alex, Kyle and Steve - Y'all have made playing Halo fun again, through Lost in Time and the Pleasure Squad, it has probably (maybe but probably not) been the most fun 2 years I have played on the game. Shout out to Ball3s as well, you were one of the old heads that I always wished I had gotten a chance to play with more and getting the chance to do so as well as collab on some editing projects has been a blast. Hustla I hate you (jk), but it has been months and I am still bitter about the night we played and you got 4 Killtac's in back to back games. To everyone else, thank you for being along for the ride.
TL:DR - Just watch the damn thing and let me know what you think.
Thank you for your time and enjoy.
AKA VA BlackHawk