I want to say today, in all seriousness, that AMV Hell is likely coming to an end soon. I don't like to speak in absolutes, because sometimes things change, and we never know what the future holds. Many will remember of course that AMV Hell 4 was intended to be the last one, but things somehow managed to keep going after that. I want to make it clear though, that I have no intention of making any further entries into the AMV Hell series, and no intention of creating other side projects like AMV Minis, or additional contests.
The Clip Compilation Contest will probably be the final thing that we see here, so I do strongly encourage everyone to contribute and to be a part of it. And with this contest, I really wanted to send a message to everyone who is a member of this community, and the newcomers as well. That is, AMV Hell is simply a concept, an idea, a genre. You don't need me here leading, directing, telling you what to do. You can stand on your own, and you can create great things. You can organize among yourselves and create your own projects. You can forge your own path forward.
I don't intend to hand over the reigns to anyone. AMV Hell, in the form that we know it, has run it's course. The internet is a completely different beast today than it was back in 2004 when I started all this. People have different expectations, and there is a lot more quality content out there competing for people's eyeballs. AMV Hell once filled an empty void, but that is no longer the case. There is now a lot of similar content out there for those who are looking to find it. The centralization of the internet and the oppressive nature of copyright also makes it hard to get this kind of content out there anymore. Back in the day, people would actually come to your website to look at stuff. But today, people expect everything to be consolidated into nice little walled gardens. You get your software from the app store, you get your videos from youtube, you talk to people on facebook and twitter. If it's not there, you don't have time for it. Youtube doesn't want your videos if they contain anyone else's copyrighted content. Doesn't matter if its fair use. Fair use is dead. I'm not really complaining about it or anything, but this is just the way things are.
I've not given this community the attention it needs for a long time now. And you all deserve better than that. Going forward, I would have even less time to dedicate to this... and that would simply be unacceptable. Back when I started this, I was just a loner college student with nothing but free time on my hands. But those days don't last forever. Now, I rarely ever have more than a couple of hours a week that I considered "free" time. I've always got something to do, something to be working on. A lot of things have been going on in my life--both good things and bad things, but mostly there are responsibilities and dreams that I have to place ahead of this site. I lost interest in anime years ago, and I've mostly even lost interest in editing and AMVs now as well. I'm neither the leader that you deserve, nor the one that you need right now.
I do plan to keep this website up for as long as possible, or as long as people hang around. Several months ago, I was able to move back to a much cheaper hosting plan due to continually decreasing site traffic, so financing the site is not really a problem anymore. I'll try to keep the torrents active so that all of the cool stuff that everyone has made over the years remains available.
But if you support the idea of AMV Hell--if its something important to you, it will still live on... through you.