Discussion: What’s so special about PMV’s?
In 2012, I received a message on YouTube.
It was short and concise, and I very nearly skimmed over it. It took me a few readings for the true meaning to sink in. Back then, I had a few hundred people subscribed to me. I can only remember some fragments of the comments. But the message that I received… it felt different. It felt special. On the fast paced nature of the internet, it can be hard to capture a stranger’s attention. Even more so with only five words. But this message has stuck with me, clear as crystal.
“Your PMV saved a life.”
So many things ran through my head. Shock, disbelief, curiosity… I quickly messaged back asking how that was the case. How could a montage of My Little Pony clips set to S Club 7 save someone’s life? It felt like a stretch, to say the least.
“My friend is suicidal. He was on the verge but I sent him that out of last minute desperation. I think he’s reconsidering.”
Those words struck deep. I never spoke to that person again – they went their own way and so did I. But I never forgot about it.
My old PMV’s are almost sickening in nature. They’re oversaturated with happiness and positivity. For all the war, poverty and famine surrounding our planet, sometimes that can be a curse. We’re happily distracting ourselves with cartoons about friendship, which can blind us from an age where things need to be taken seriously. But at the same time, maybe it’s what we truly need.
On the scale of humanity, this fandom’s contribution to the world is worth nothing. It’ll blow away with the wind. But as an editor, a creative, a storyteller, you just want to make people feel emotion. Often knowing that at least one person finds value in what you do is enough. Popularity shouldn’t define your motivation to create. You’ve got to get something out of it yourself.
I found a certain passion in editing music videos. Since 2007, I’ve always had this attachment to the audiovisual medium. Pulling together two different sources to create a stronger meaning. Yeah, those are fancy words to mask the fact I made Shadow The Hedgehog/Linkin Park AMV’s. But ultimately, I was really enjoying it. As a child, I felt that art was my true calling, and even though some things have changed that still holds true. I’ve always felt something special about editing. As if it can sweep me away, my desire to create blocking out the rest of the world. I love it to bits.
When MLP came around, I sensed something special there too. A show that touches so many people’s hearts. It ignites the spark inside us, the warm fuzzy feeling of happiness. From my perspective, I only wanted to build upon foundations that were sealed in diamond. I wanted to celebrate and emphasize the messages of the show. From a technical standpoint, there’s far too many amateur mistakes and editing mishaps to count. It was like trying to draw the Mona Lisa with a teabag, and so often the love that goes into these videos can be lost.
But sometimes, the emotion gets through to someone. And that – that right there – is why PMV’s are so special to me. The anonymous stranger who I gave hope to. The soft-spoken old woman who thanked me at the contest for inspiring her. The best friend who expressed his heartfelt gratitude and brought me to tears. It’s no doubt that other forms of art will resonate more with others. The surface level can be deceivingly simple. But for what it’s worth, this one is beautiful in it’s own right.
What do PMV’s mean to you? Let me know in the comment section. I’d love to hear your thoughts.