If you haven’t heard or watched by now, abridging has become a hit trend to the YouTube/Viral community, popular names such as TeamFourStar, LittleKuriboh and 1KidsEntertainment have risen to internet fame for their work and contribution to the art of abridging. But what is abridging?
Abridging or the creation of an abridged series (however you’d like to put it.) Is simply defined as a shortened parody of a popular anime series, either to make fun of the anime, or to tell the story in a completely different comical sense. Many fans are drawn into abridged parodies just to watch their favorite anime characters say what you wished they would say in their original series or just to see how twisted the abridger can make the characters while still some what following the original story line.
An abridger can be defined as someone who has or is in the process of creating an abridged series or even just an episode. Since the process of creating a series/episode has different roles such as writing/scripting, voice acting, and editing(Anywhere from voices/audio to the original clips.). The term “Abridger” can be broadly defined as anyone participating in such roles. Because of the long process of creating a great quality abridged series some abridgers have teamed up like TeamFourStar for example. A group consisted of big names such as Takahata101, Lanipator, KaiserNeko, MasakoX and many more even LittleKuriboh who cameos in various episodes of their famous Dragonball Z Abridged.
Tools of the Trade
Anyone can become an abridger. It’s as simple as that. The only thing truly required is tools to help the quality of your series and of course creativity. That way you’ll be able to capture viewers, who then turn into fans, who then in a way motivate you to continue abridging. But don’t begin abridging just for the fan base, do it for the fun of it, for entertaining others that way you’ll actually enjoy the hard work.
Programs used to create abridged parodies range from what you are exactly attempting to do, such as editing clips from the original anime, which can be done with video editing software such as Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Videopad, Pinnacle Studio, Windows Movie Maker etc. Special effects can be done in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Aftereffects, GIMP or any such program. Audio production can be done by programs such as Audacity, Adobe Audition, FL Studio. And lastly scripting can be done in any word processor or even the old school pencil and paper.
Having access to any of the programs listed above doesn’t completely mean you can go off and make your abridged series since you’re missing one important element, the footage.
Now I’m not promoting any illegal activity but however you gather your footage is your own business. Just don’t forget to credit the original owners of the anime you choose and include that what you are doing is for the sole purpose of entertainment.
Being first and doing it right is what in my eyes sparked the internet fame of LittleKuriboh. By cutting clips from popular anime series Yu-gi-oh, creative scripting, voice acting and editing a child was born, and that child is named Yu-gi-oh The Abridged Series. One of the most popular and well known abridged series out there. LittleKuriboh was the first to create such a series and had sparked a trend that fellow abridgers/ abridging teams now take part of.
Being first and doing it right can now also put you ahead in the now coined Abridging War. An Abridging War is where two or more abridged series based off the same anime fight for views and fan base. Look at it as two similar comedians fighting to be on top and recognized.
So think you would enjoy watching or even creating an Abridged Series? Then start now this trend is only getting bigger, plus you wouldn’t want to be caught in those silly Abridging Wars.
Appropriate credit to all names mentioned above Photorack and freedigitalphotos.net for the images including (Renjith Krishnan and Digitalart)