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First some links:

One to [livejournal.com profile] chaila43’s two TSCC vidlets done for the Itty-Bitty Viddy Ficcy Thon challenge. Small is beautiful!

The other to [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth’s commentary on kiki-miserychick’s fabulous Sarah Connor vid Ding!Dong!

The latest challenge in vid commentary is for vidders and viewers to do paired commentaries on their own vids. I’m in two minds about this, at least the vidder part. I'll happily put myself forward to comment on other people’s vids but the prospect of signing up to do something in depth and illustrated on your own work feels much more presumptious. I mean I’ve babbled on at length about some of my vids but that was just text and text is cheap. Screencaps would be taking self-involvment to a whole new level. One alternative would be to do an audio commentary but that would involve listening to recordings of myself and again a world of not worthy. Sometimes it’s hard being raised English. There is one vid of mine that I think could bypass the self-screencapping issues. I could do a commentary on Babies illustrated mostly by Biology textbook scans. Yeah, that would work.
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Someone on [livejournal.com profile] metafandom made a post about finding it difficult toget vids and parts of the subsequent discussion turned to accounts of ‘why we vid’ or why vids make sense. This would have been my contribution except that it got too rambly and off-topic.

A while ago the ipod was playing an old Joni Michell song from her jazzy experimental era. Hejira to be precise, it’s the title song of the eponymous album with the picture of her dressed like a crow, the open road visible behind/through her on the front cover and a similarly, desaturated shot of a frozen river on the back. So I was doing the washing up and singing along when I caught myself making up pictures to match the music. Very literal ones, very tied to the lyrics – for the line “there’s a man and a woman sitting on the rock” for example, I’d zoom in to the far bank of the river from the back cover to reveal, yes, a man and a woman sitting on a rock. The thing is, it also reminded me that I do this all the time with music and always have. Joni and I go back a long way and I think that particular image has been coming to mind ever since I first heard the song back in the days before I’d ever seen a fanvid or for that matter a music video - it was pre-MTV. So OK there was the one Queen did for Bohemian Rhapsody but that was about the only precedent. Still, even without the MTV experience growing up the idea of music being associated with images or narratives was hardly foreign. Movies and music go together like two very mixy things and most of my favourite movies are musicals. Sure dance sequences aren’t just a visual response to music and they don’t all tell stories but the idea that they might would be intuitive to any ballet fan.

I think visually, I solve genetic problems by conjuring up pictures, I read books and run mini-movies as I process the words, I listen to music and it evokes serial images and words set to music have even more power. They get caught in the crevices of your mind, sometimes I finds myself thinking in song lyrics, like an adult-onset form of echolia. All of which is to say that vidding, both making vids and reading them, seems an intuitively natural process. It feels right even while I’m not very good at it.

The original post was in response to [livejournal.com profile] lim’s new Harry Potter vid In exchange for all your tomorrows to House of the Rising Sun so while in a tl;dr mood, for illustrative purposes here’s the thoughts I had on it after obsessively watching it for most of this afternoon.

Watch the vid first, it’s much better than the exegesis )

Shinies

Jul. 18th, 2007 03:00 pm
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An article in Tuesday’s Guardian talking about how the possibility of gene therapy for various forms of congenital blindness raises issues about ‘disability’ and identity.

Do I want my sight back?

From physical to political blindness a whole series of recent posts on colour blindness and racial stereotyping in the UK and other places outside the US springing off from debates over Martha’s storyline in the most recent season of Dr. Who.

helpful hint for the colorblind: BE LESS BLIND

Racism on an international scale

In which our heroine explains to Doctor Who fans about "Mammy" in Britain

I feel rather humbled by the net effect of reading all the discussions. I understand the arguments against colour blindness not being the ultimate ideal to strive for in a world where race does matter. Intellectually I agree with them but completely missed the racial implications of spoilers for DW S3/29 )

Meanwhile less contentious politically and having little to do with vision at any frequency [livejournal.com profile] peasant_’s Buffy metathon continues to generate some thought-provoking essays. Personal favourites include:

Through a glass darkly by [livejournal.com profile] 2maggie2 on Faith and Buffy mirroring each other.

You need to learn by [livejournal.com profile] peasant_ herself on Giles in season 7.

Vampires Amidst the Community by [livejournal.com profile] dlgood on the role of the state in dealing with the supernatural.

Are you ready to be strong? by [livejournal.com profile] icemink comparing Joyce and Darla as mother figures.

Three vids

Jul. 12th, 2007 07:03 pm
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Some old, some new, all Who.

Don’t stop me now by [livejournal.com profile] charmax. Let all other Master vids speak its name. Finger drummingly, reloadably, I love Lucy bad. So very, very bad.

The Lonely People by [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro Rose as Eleanor Rigby drifting through life. He comes but it’s all too much, no one was saved. Father Mackenzie burys her in blue, Wendy abandoned by Pan. A vid that pulls you in on a rush of emotion and dazzles you with its intelligence in retrospect.

My Hit Song by [livejournal.com profile] butterfly Happier times. Rose’s awfully big adventure. She just lights up the screen.
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I’ve had a vid recs post in mind ever since reading [livejournal.com profile] narahttbbs’s post on the appeal of vids being about being able to experience what other people see. As brain posts tend to, it grew and grew but here at least is the beginnings of a list.

Vids of vicarious love.


Don’t Panic by [livejournal.com profile] cherryice I’m not able to watch Heroes but have enjoyed reading about it in other people’s journals. Then yesterday I downloaded this and was instantly blown away by the Claire love. It’s a beautifully constructed vid that pulls the eye into it with constant motion mixed with contrasting scenes of visceral horror and human connection. By the climatic sequence it feels as if you’ve gone through so much with the character I dare anyone not to weep from pride.

You can call me Al by [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup. Due South is a show I saw relatively little of back in the day (damn you BBC and your snooker shaped scheduling obsessions) but always remember with affection. This vid shows me why.

This is how it was by [livejournal.com profile] lim.
This is an early SGA vid from the maker of Us also to a Regina Spektor track. Us is technically more accomplished but this one speaks to me more. Mostly because of what it has to say. It’s a vid about memory and loss and regret and I love it because it manages to actually look like memories look to me inside my head. Little flashes of disconnected images with weird colour distortions, some almost photographic others mere sketches and words. And numbers because music is made of numbers and Rodney is a physicist so he knows that.

Loggerheads by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24. Based on an indie movie that may never get a release outside of festivals this is another vid about regret. Third person weaving multiple stories together where TIHIW was first person and singular it uses dissolves quite beautifully to convey memories being triggered and linked and airy, rarefied colours that give a feeling of being simultaneously caught up in events and yet distant from them. Most of all though, to bring things back to the original theme of this post, is a sense of the deep impression the movie made on the vidder in turn creating a longing to see what they did.
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Watched the Royale Family swansong last night , sniggered a little and wept buckets over Nana’s death. K says it’s all too much like experimental theatre for him, there’s no real plot just excerpts, each ending in a song. It’s really a musical. But we both loved that Terence Davies film Distant Voices, Still Lives, which was similar in subject and the use of music (at least that’s how I remember it and the aerial shot of all those umbrellas) but with a far more cynical view of the former. So maybe it’s more that what it depicts is a generation distant for me, not unfamiliar but not a direct experience. Not too close for nostalgia.

Happiness is a mashed gun  )

One of the tracks is a blend of Yellow Submarine and That’s All, which reminds me to rec [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24’s Lois and Clark vid to the Genesis song. Deceptively simple, cleanly edited vid but it really captures the heart of the first season of the show when the UST was jumpin’ and the chemistry between the actors was high.

Vid recs

Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:50 pm
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It’s been a little serious round these parts lately so time to bring the fun in:

The Female of the Species by [livejournal.com profile] gywn_r

The Buffyverse. A place where the women are scary and the men should be so lucky.


Whatever it takes by [livejournal.com profile] just_eunice

It’s my long standing theory that all sports movies really want to be musicals. Bend it like Beckham is obviously the Bollywood Dirty Dancing


Tiny Dancer by [livejournal.com profile] river_boat

on the other hand is an actual and equally excellent Dirty Dancing vid


Enjoy and tell the vidders how much you did.
hazelk: (bsg)
Have now seen up to Downloaded in S2 of BSG and it was so good I’m taking a breather. Thoughts to come but first a vid rec:

A Day Like Today by [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro

Lee Adama was a character I never particularly cared for in the first season but he’s slowly grown on me and this vid pushes that evolving appreciation to a new level. I mean I wouldn’t say I loved him but I feel for him now. Laura’s site is password protected because it’s worth it.

And when you’ve watched the vid here are some ridiculously detailed notes I was inspired to write about it  )
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Vids what I have downloaded and loved

Premieres
Subterranean homesick blues
by [livejournal.com profile] sockkpuppett and [livejournal.com profile] tzikeh
There’s a track on OK Computer that’s always seemed X-files inspired and now I realise where the title “Subterranean Homesick Alien” comes from. This is one of those vids where even if you know you don’t know, you know that everything to know is in there. Brilliant right to the end (more so than the source).

Fix you
by [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup
How do I love this vid? Let me count the ways. But to say anything about it might spoil the first viewing. Ruthlessly pared down and all the more powerful for it.

Too much light in this bar:
by [livejournal.com profile] absolut3destiny
Brutally funny. And sexy. Disturbingly. Sam the bewildered protagonist, no innocent, subject to incestuous fanatasies. Fancies his mother and sundry other wanton women, then gets royally fucked by his faux father figure. And my god the naked. I don’t remember all the naked. Didn’t the show go out at eight? After watching this vid every Fotofit picture looks like a penis and Watney’s Red Barrel equals heroin. Yeah.

Lord King Bad Vids

Lover’s cross
by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny
An LKBV from the point of view of some completely insane Buffy hating fanboy who roots for Angelus and whose Daddy probably wrote this song. Brain-scrubbingly funny. Plus weirdly Neo.

Speaking of whom, another masterpiece of true love and inappropriate literalism is:
Man in motion by [livejournal.com profile] renenet

More to come.
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[livejournal.com profile] butterfly’s new Gunn vid set to ‘Sunset Boulevard’ from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical sung by John Barrowman is a remarkable character study that weaves elements from the show, the movie and the series to make one exhilarating whole.

Download link

Commentary )
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Briefly surfacing because it’s my posting day at [livejournal.com profile] buffy_love. Which got me thinking about the dearth of Buffy character vids being a shame because the few that exist are all remarkable and in very different ways. So here are some recommendations from the past year or so:

Walk the Walk by Nicole Annell is almost the perfect Buffy song. Although she doesn’t so much talk about being an iconoclast as just go out and be one. Plenty of beautifully edited action with a dip into the horror of it for the bridge followed by the ultimate come back.

Scooby Road by luminosity. Do I need to rec this? It is, as sisabet pointed out in her review, called Scooby and not Slayer road but every track has a Buffy to it according to Lum. Even when she’s only momentarily present as in Something. Seven seasons in 40 minutes. Go. Download. Or if you have it already you know you want to play it again. Go on. It’s just one little click.

Polaroid Millennium by gywnneth. Snapshots of a death foretold. Strictly this is a Buffy-Giles vid but cladistics be dammed it’s a beautiful, elegiac piece of work showing the sadder wiser Buffy of the later years. Maybe it’s the Giles of it but the whole vid has an almost English feel throughout, very Brief Encounter out of For Whom We Serve that acts in poignant counterpoint to the daylight candy colouring of much of the action/inaction.

Without a Sound by Butterfly This one really expresses the resilience of the girl. You knock her down but she gets up again and the ending blending her first return from death with the not quite final shot of Chosen, as she faces her open road, is both inspired and inspiring.

Suburbia by Dualbunny A short Buffy vidlet beautifully edited and again drawing out the links between her beginnings and her end but here focussing heartbreakingly on her darkest before dawn moments. This is my beaten down, existentialist, season seven Buffy who feels every killing of every potential Slayer because it happened to her, she was that girl, she died that death, she knows.
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Lately I've been broadening my horizons, downloading vids about shows I hardly know or only vaguely remember. It's a little like watching football - turn the sound down and it's just a bunch of men with strange hair running around on a field. But with a good commentator the seemingly random action magically gels into a pattern and it's suddenly more important than anything in the world that Man U are about to score (apologies to supporters of other teams).

Due South
I loved this show back in the day but that day is long over. Coupled with the Beeb’s annoying habit of pulling episodes to show random snooker tournaments, I feel like I know the characters but not what they did.

Icebound Stream by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet:
Little Miss Pretentious wrote a wacked out analysis of this truly amazing vid over at Tea at the Ford. But it (the analysis) does include numerous screenshots so even if the words make no sense the pictures can speak for themselves.

Zebra by [livejournal.com profile] astolat:
This one I originally downloaded after reading it provided a great example of internal jump cuts. Which remain inimitable but the vid is so much more. It's Ray K the human jump cut, the song is perfect and the whole thing simply enormous fun to watch.

Lord I have made you a place by [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro:
Where the previous vid was all jittering staccato movement in this one the focus is on stillness and control. It's a Frasier character study, never quite connecting until the final verse. That verse begins with a beautiful moment as Ray K arrives on the scene, open armed. Ironically the context is duplicitous he's an undercover agent trying to get Frasier to accept him as a replacement for the previous Ray. But it works out in the end. Sometimes you can be saved by a lie.


Battlestar Galactica
More human than human by luminosity:
I’d been interested in BSG from reading people's reviews, but watching this vid precipitated the actual purchase of S1 discs. It’s a study of a universe rather than a character, a universe engaged in a war that seems to be focussed on the right to reproduce. Sex and violence in equal measure. Star fighter hordes twist through space like spermatozoa heat-seeking the egg. What makes us human, what machine?

The Perfect Drug by[livejournal.com profile] dualbunny:
Having watched the first episodes the character that fascinates but doesn't quite add up is the scientist/magician Gaius Baltar. he's supposed to have betrayed the human race but why and how does he live with that knowledge. This short vid gives me some understanding of Baltar and the perversely symbiotic relationship he has with Six.
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I blew my January download allowance on luminosity's Scooby Road and it was worth every millibyte.

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