Watch as the fearless robot ARTR-27 takes on vicious hordes of aliens and battles his own terrible fate. In the final battle between good and evil, the only real certainty is death.
A few of my friends and I made this in response to the following prompt from our English teacher: make a music video based on a story of Arthurian legend. We chose "The Passing of Arthur," the final chapter of Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Idylls of the King," as the story on which we would base our video.
Our final creation, shown here, is the result of many hours spent using Lionhead Studios' "The Movies" PC game and Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0. It features Clint Mansell's "Lux Aeterna" (which was featured in the movie "Requiem for a Dream") and the "Requiem for a Tower" remixes of that piece.
All related photos listed were made using artsy filters in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0. Pictures included are those in the end credits, as well as a few made specifically for the menu of the project's DVD.
The source file is 135 MB and is an iPod/iPhone compatible .mp4 file. Feel free to download it for your own personal, mobile pleasure.
Finally I'd like to show you all one final thing; something very few of you will probably care enough to read. It's a small explanation we wrote and included with the project when we turned it in. It delves specifically into the video's symbolism.
THE PASSING OF ARTR-27: EXPLANATION AND SYMBOLS
• Arthur and all of his knights are robots because robots are considered perfect people, as the knights of Arthurian legend were considered.
• ARTR-27 is a different, authentic-looking model of robot because Arthur truly is a knight. Also, ARTR-27 is red because red is symbolic for passion and bravery. His armor is somewhat scratched and dented to show that he has been through many battles, and to show that even he is not as pure as he once was.
• ARTR-27’s men look much more like people wearing costumes, merely retaining the appearance of knights. Furthermore, they are covered in a layer of dirt (which is admittedly difficult to discern in the final product) to show that they are not pure knights.
• Bediverion is the C-3PO/ “I Am Robot”-esque robot to show that he’s a servant of Arthur. Also, he’s green because green symbolizes land and in Arthurian legend, Bedivere is unwilling to let Excalibur leave the land. He’s also green to show his greed and envy when wanting to keep Excalibur.
• “Modrozon” and his cronies are aliens to show their taint and corruption. Modrozon is completely black to show that he is entirely turned to evil. Furthermore, his use of a knife in his fist fight with ARTR-27 shows his willingness to use dirty tactics.
• Gawain’s an angel/ghost to show that he’s dead, and he’s also slightly tinged in red to tell us that he was brave (and comparable to Arthur) when he was alive.
• The darker contrast of the video (we intentionally set saturation to 50%) is meant to suggest that this is the darkest part of Arthurian legend.
• The burning sky in the beginning forecasts the impending doom about to occur, and the rain is the sadness in the kingdom.
• The burning church and the charred cross in the beginning scene were to symbolize the loss of faith among Arthur’s kingdom, and Arthur’s personal conflict in the existence of God.
• The fog during the battle scene is to show the confusion descending onto Arthur’s kingdom, where people can no longer trust the knights to follow the code of chivalry. Also, it shows that the difference between good and evil is obscured as Arthur and his knights descend further from the old ways of knighthood.
• The damaged buildings and overall war torn background (particularly in the final shot, with the buildings) is to show how Arthur’s kingdom has fallen from its past glory.
• The absence of ARTR-27’s body in the very last picture (at the end of the credits) is meant to symbolize that he has been taken away, as if to the afterlife.
• The painted look of the images shown during the credits (it’s actually just thanks to a Photoshop filter) and the much more vibrant color are intended to suggest both the beautiful sadness of the Passing of Arthur and the joyous, mystical hope that he will some day return.
• When Bediverion says “Oh God no,” the intention is to actually suggest that the death of ARTR-27 leads him to question his faith in God.
• ARTR-27’s words, “I… will… return,” are meant to symbolize Arthur’s promise to return after healing. Also, the promised resurrection is obviously meant to draw similarities to the divinity of Jesus Christ.
• We used the number 27 after ARTR since 27 is three to the third power, a trinity, and three itself is a trinity as well, since it’s one plus one plus one.