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1.) The song must be by Three Days Grace, Evanescence, or Mindless Self Indulgence. If it is not by one of these artists, it must sound very similar.

2.) Include at least 7 run cycles. The fewer frames, the better.

3.) Make sure to have one of each of the following: A closeup of the protagonist's eyes, gritted teeth, 3 red claw marks slashing across the screen, and bloody claws. (Bonus points for a single tear rolling down cheek)

4.) At least one character design must be slightly different than how it is described in the book series, so people have something to complain about.

5.) The AMV must focus on Scourge, Tigerstar, Bluestar, Ashfur, or Hollyleaf. (If not these characters, then the character in question MUST have a tragic / angsty past.)

6.) Trace every frame of your AMV from someone else's AMV, but never admit you did it. (If you get called out, claim that THEY copied YOU.)

7.) Character designs must be anime inspired. Characters can't be angsty if they don't have bangs and giant eyes.

8.) Never finish your AMVs. Cut out at least 3/4 of the song; it's easier that way and nobody has the attention span to listen to a full song anyway.

9.) Make sure your characters sing along with the music. This adds much needed dramatic effect.

10.) Use as many Windows Movie Maker transitions as possible. This makes the AMV look very professional.


Do all of these things and you will have the perfect Warrior Cats AMV, one that you'll never look back on as an adult and quietly sob.
(´・ω・`)
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puppyhowler Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist
and don't forget, if it's about ashfur make it as angsty as humanly possible! and don't forget to make squirellflight look like a total bitch, because that's how the fandom makes her out to be, so step in on the bandwagon! 
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SparkytheWingedCat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
11. The AMV MUST include the story of LeafxCrow and how they are now, and/or the story of CinderxFire
12. If about Swiftpaw and Brightpaw, Swiftpaw must look horribly gory when his sprit is shown or after he dies.
13. If about LeafxCrow, the song has to be Listen to Your Heart.
14. You can also have the song be Monsters (male or female doesn't matter) or This is War with the exception on The Lonely
15. Make sure that if you make AMV's often that half of them are 30 second previews of stuff you said was coming up but never did, or an AMV you quit on.
16. Draw only about a 1/3 of the AMV and then reuse those frames for the rest of the time.
17. If you believe that no one will be able to figure out who the cats are in your AMV, just add annotations saying who is who, or make a long list of it in your description

A few of these are far fetched, yes, but the sad thing is I've seen them all at least once.
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SparkytheWingedCat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
18. And also, instead of just animating the whole thing yourself, open a MAP so you don't have to. (But seriously, I'm sick of all the MAPs)
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puppyhowler Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist
if i try to apply to my fireheart and bluestar amv it would fail
1. none of those
2. no run cycle
3. zooms in on fireheart's eye, does that count? (i'll put in a check anyway)
4. bluestar's fur is bluegrey and not grey (check)
5. it's a bluestar AND firehart amv (check)
6. i didn't trace 
7. i only give my characters big eyes and bangs (even if there not moody) (half check)
8. i only cut out the ending (it was mostly instrumental anyway) (check)
9. LOL bluestar sings XD (check)
10. i didn't use that many transitions

5.5 out of 10
don't know if that's good or bad...
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Kykyru Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm crying at the idiots who think this is real.
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BrokenRecord-Skip Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
XD yup. pretty much every AMV is like that XD now time to make a fucking brilliant AMV *fluttershy whisper* yay~
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XXGrimtigerXX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
THIS IS TRUE OMFG
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AlliKatN Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
I decided to apply this to my Graystripe AMV

#1) Evanescence. Check
#2) 6 run cycles (close 'nuff)
#3) Closeup of eye, check. Gritted teeth, check. No claw marks in this one, but I get the bonus point for single tear.
#4) Fireheart
#5) Doesn't focus on those characters, but Graystripe DOES have a tragic and angsty past!
#6) I referenced one of the run cycles and the shot where Graystripe falls into water from Kimba the White Lion
#7) Check and check and check
#8) I cut out a verse of the song
#9) I actually didn't pull this one!
#10) Used a ripple transition twice

So.... 9/10? As expected
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ToonyTheFirst Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely perfect <3
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LordMoonBiscuit Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you for this helpful guide! now i will shove my poorly amazingly made amv in the faces of everyone and then yell at them for saying it's bad!
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