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[VID] When I Ruled The World

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My vid from Vividcon 2013! In small and giant versions to suit your screen. Download links, lyrics, and notes on technique below!

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Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WljUlEHkDm0

Download: 22MB mp4, 56MB mp4 (right-click save please! should play in VLC, Quicktime, and ipods)

Created with Adobe Premiere CS6 and Adobe After Effects CS6 on a 2012 Mac Mini and a 2010 iMac.

The credits and the sequence in the middle were created with After Effects using 3D space -- I put the server room in the far background, scaled up huge to fill the screen, and then arranged the various clips in 3D space and animated a camera flying straight back through them. I drew the lines using Trapcode 3D Stroke.

I edited the original song to rearrange the lyrics -- here are the lyrics for my version. Original lyrics, Original video and song by Coldplay.


I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh, who would ever wanna be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field

For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world