hazelk: (wallace)
Wire vids are sadly few and far between and Wire vids that don’t spoil for seasons I haven’t seen yet even more so but Pursuit of happiness, a Season One D’Angelo study by [livejournal.com profile] cappylicious is a fabulous exception to the rule Read more... )

Afterthought with literary pretensions )
hazelk: (vidding)
I finished my festivid! It's the first vid I've ever made specifically for a challenge, which was a deeply scary concept at first (what if I can't think of anything, what if it sucks) but it worked out fine. Much like ordinary vidding except for actually getting made instead of floating around as a brain vid before gradually fading into virtual nothingness. Also the parts that were hard or hardly formed in the brain version just flowed easily onto the screen and the parts I thought I had nailed were as hard as. Lyrics are not your friend when vidding. I need this bludgeoned into me with a very blunt instrument and speaking of blunt instruments, a rec:

Ego by [livejournal.com profile] cappylicious In which Arthur Pendragon is totally worthy of Beyoncé Knowles.

Other, non-instrumental, vid recs:

Some Time Around Midnight by [livejournal.com profile] bop_radar When Lee met Kara and was doomed. For three minutes feel how that feels.

Black Velvet by [livejournal.com profile] wistful_fever Kurt brings the living colour.
hazelk: (bunnies)
It’s been so long. As ever there was much goodness these are just some I have something to say about.

The Addictive

Bad Romance by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet[livejournal.com profile] obsessive24’s Merlin vid Red does a thing where by drawing attention to the lyric a tragedy waiting to happen she infuses a thoroughly campy and largely cracktastic show with all the weight of Arthurian legend (which is pretty cracktastic in its own right). This does for DC comics what Red did for Mallory. Smallville’s Clark Kent becomes the once and future Superman at the mercy of Lex’s inner Gaga. Also monkey! And random cows.

Tightrope by [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain – I really want to love Janelle Monae but she has an ethereality that can be difficult to connect with. Putting her together with Adam Lambet like this is inspired. He gives her sex, she gives him class. Altogether it’s a marriage made in heaven (I’m in heaven).

The Infectious

Music Again by [livejournal.com profile] anoel - the show everyone loves to hate but I still love it and so does this vid.

Dance Across the Floor by [livejournal.com profile] littleheaven – so many dance vids rely on quick cuts to mash all the clips together and this just lets everyone do their thing and it’s amazing (although some are more amazing than others).

Mickey by [livejournal.com profile] redina – pure sparkly, slashy, gender-bending fun.

Take Me Home by [personal profile] such_heights - the vid to make anyone who’s ever thought they were gay “not so you’d notice,” sit up and take notice.

Hold on Tight by [livejournal.com profile] gwyn_r - Manifique. Seriously with the francais it reaches a whole other level of awesome.

The Reflective

Wading Deep Water by [livejournal.com profile] barkley - still runs deep. I love this woman. I’ve never met her but I know her. The mother, the daughter, the lover and the worker of her.

Straight to Hell by [personal profile] mlyn - in Westerns the landscape is a character. I read that somewhere but in this vid I really can see it. I can feel it. Harsh and inhospitable - while men break themselves, the outback endures. It was there when they came, it will still be there when they’re gone. There’s a great stillness to the vid, it feels like a painting but too raw to be painterly.

Light of Day by [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth – the light at the end of the tunnel is a bomb. Biased, as I helped beta, but still beautiful, still heavy with meaning. The show I know but didn’t know I knew.
hazelk: (vidding)
So Vividcon has happened. I haven’t watched ALL THE VIDS or even downloaded them but there is one I’d like to talk about.

On the Prowl by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet and [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain

Peeping Tara or this vid has ALL THE PAIN )

Vid rec

Jun. 1st, 2010 11:05 am
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Triceratops by [personal profile] quinara

A vid based on the 2009 RSC film of Hamlet (the David Tennant one). Powerful and visually striking use of the theatricality inherent in the source with jump cuts, repeats and ghosting effects all driven by the rhythm of the incessant jabber. Hamlet just won’t stop talking but it’s Ophelia’s story to tell.
hazelk: (buffies)
Damn comics. I may have inadvertently written my very own Buffy/Angel manifesto. I think I need to go and exfoliate until it bleeds. Or watch Spuffy vids as a penance, although most of them are really Spike vids in disguise. The unholy combination of the camera’s male gaze and the creator’s object of desire. There are some honourable exceptions. This one in particular is Buffy through and through:

One Last Time by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny
Turbulent and self-excoriating but with occasional moments of grace and not a flaming hand in sight. It ends with the “Does it have to mean anything?” scene, which is pretty much my philosophy on love. I feel better now.
hazelk: (gilda)
Starting off with some vid recs. First a film noir tribute gakked from [personal profile] laurashapiro, which doesn’t stand back and touch its forelock respectfully but throws you right into the path of the source, so much so you can almost feel the headlights bearing down on you.

The song is Angel by Massive Attack and feels so absolutely right for the subject matter, it’s as if all these movies had just been spending the interim decades waiting for it to be written. The official video for the song is also extremely nifty, the ending in particular kills me.

Caprica isn’t noir but visually it comes very close and, the way the storylines are heading, not just in a pastiche or appropriative way (can you appropriate your own cinematic past)? Another vid with the perfect, perfect song:

Brand new You’re Retro by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl
Distills the show’s premise and look right down to their essentials and makes them glitter like decadent rhinestones on the cusp of an apocalypse.

Like father, like daughter  )
hazelk: (Default)
January is the teachingest month, February isn’t much better and what fandom time I had has largely been funnelled into making the Summer Glau vid of ass-kicking (mostly mine). But now it’s done, so time to start savouring all those other-people productions, which have been piling up on the hard drive waiting to be fed back and recced.

Wicked Game by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 Third time is the charm Dee. You loved Billy and then Lee but falling for hope, for that dream of earth, was the real killer.

Mr Blue Sky by [livejournal.com profile] charmax who always makes the best robot vids. Robot hands, hands of love. Concentrate of WALL-E, one drop to save a world.

I Will Follow Savannah Weaver saves her world with duckies and happy feet.

Past in Present by [livejournal.com profile] sol_se makes me want to play hockey. Even though every time we did play (at school) it rained. Like Glastonbury without music, drugs or choreography. In this vid still the best days of your life.

Etheric Messages by [personal profile] thuviaptarth Alchemical beginnings A pale woman with mermaid hair. The dead sing. The drowned world speaks to her in patterns. What’s important is what’s missing.
hazelk: (darkhouse)
Riot Act by [personal profile] thuviaptarth is a character study of T:SCC’s Riley. It cuts at you with her fracturedness while also celebrating her courage and capacity for life. God, I miss that show. It ended so well I was almost happy about the cancellation at first but that feeling has passed and now it’s just gone. In its place we have Dollhouse. Which is very different.

Subtlety is for little men )
hazelk: (bunnies)
Disclaimer: I suppose these are more (entirely subjective) reactions than recs as such. But words are hard and a vid has to get under your skin for any to come. There is no bad. There is much good. Links to all vids and vid shows are here.

Non-attending Premieres (3 vids) )
Club Vivid (9 vids)  )
Premieres One (6 vids) )
Premieres Two (4 vids) )
hazelk: (john and sarah)
I’ve been on holiday all through Vividcon and its aftermath hence radio silence. I hardly know where to start but these are the two vids that stood out for me most during the first frenzy of downloading.

Land by [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain
Johnny Rotten is full of it )

Bachelorette by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24
I'm the branch that you break )
hazelk: (vidding)
Long time no post but some vid recs:

Fever by [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain
When you kiss me I want to die. Twilight.

I've been to a marvelous party by [livejournal.com profile] charmax
Like the periodic table of party.

DLZ by [livejournal.com profile] bop_radar
Like the show, this T:SCC vid is hard to condense down to a single phrase. It has density, it has layers. After multiple rewatches my abiding impression is of how inimical the state of perpetual war is to human life. Machines inhabit the drowned, post-Judgement Day world like fish, like eels, while the humans struggle for breath and lose everything they once held dear.

Order in the Sound by [livejournal.com profile] chaila43
Although this is based on Battlestar Redactica it works quite independently. It’s a beautiful, strange synthesis of women and architecture, bodies and buildings, music and mathematics in which Bob Dylan is not God.


Jul. 10th, 2009 08:22 am
hazelk: (bunnies)
I posted a commentary on [livejournal.com profile] jarrow and [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro’s wonderful Six Feet Under vid Half Acre at [community profile] vid_commentary.

Commentaries on other people’s vids are like vidding without the pain (and with better vids). Everyone should do them! And read them. [personal profile] charmax has one on [livejournal.com profile] greensilver’s Everything’s Not Lost (Dr Who). [livejournal.com profile] deathisyourart on [livejournal.com profile] lithium_doll’s Patterns (Life) and there’s 15 more people signed up to write them in July. Watch that space!
hazelk: (weaver)
In spite of its failings, or maybe because of them, I think the BSG ending rather lends itself to vidding. A vidder can work around all the darns and duct tape holding the original together and weave the good threads back into one small but perfect tapestry.

Follow Me into the Darkness by [livejournal.com profile] threezerotwo
To me, one of those small perfect things was the penultimate chapter of Kara’s story. Not the ultimate because Kara is no angel (and certainly not a bloody pigeon) but Kara as not quite Kara, who had her memories but hadn’t had to live through them. I liked the way it seemed to give her the distance to finally piece together the puzzle of herself. This vid’s subdued colouring and fragmented images express that Kara beautifully and gives her an ending that feels just right. With fire, not fade away.

Slow Down Gandhi by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24
The Cylons had a plan but there never did seem to be much of one for the civilians on the show. The two-part mutiny in S4.5 was one of the few times they got to play centre stage and even then the focus was on the leaders and the dice clearly weighted - Zarek’s murderous ambition was hammered home from his killing of Laird. It’s all there in this vid. Gold lit decadence aboard Colonial One while the masses lurk in the shadows. The egocentric anger driving the men who would be Ghandi. Throughout the people remain a blur, camera pans over hands and feet, only coming face to face with the viewer when the show’s over and still nothing has changed.

Unnatural Selection by [livejournal.com profile] charmax
Terminators and cylons are very different kinds of robots. But both were made to be perfect and in both cases their first free act was to destroy their maker. They enter the evolutionary process by trying to end it only to find that perfection is incompatible with survival. They adapt, they change, they die and in dying live. Who’d have thought classic Darwinism could be so visually striking or bust such a beat?

Lost at Sea by [livejournal.com profile] halcyon_shift
The tragedy of Jesse. The strong smooth movement through water that eventually draws her down, a strange counterpoint to the clatter of jagged images from life on land.


May. 16th, 2009 01:36 pm
hazelk: (vidding)
[personal profile] butterfly’s Star Trek 2009 vid Circus. I haven’t seen the movie but James T. Kirk=Britney Spears is one of those eternal truths that transcends series, reboots and adaptations.

It’s especially provoking to watch the vid having been initially introduced to the song through this analysis of what it says about the singer by Sigrid Ellis.
hazelk: (dollhouse)
[livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss’s new Dollhouse vid It depends on what you pay combines biting critique with a dark infectious wit perfectly matching that of the song. I particularly love what she does with the hand gestures.

I do part company with the argument made by the vid even though it's a strong argument and eloquently made. However, to me the show feels like it’s coming from the same place as the show tune. More or less Read more... )

ETA: The vid was linked on whedonesque to much defensiveness and being nothing if not counter-suggestible I wanted to add the major criticism I have of the show in its current form. Which is that since it’s found its feet it’s largely switched focus from the actives as victims/future heroes to their possible complicitness in their fate and to the people who work there. Why they do what they do, what keeps them there. If things stay that way the show will be essentially telling a “white man’s guilt/burden” story, which sits very uneasily with any claims to have things to say about human trafficking as the people being trafficked will have no voice.

Vid meme

Dec. 2nd, 2008 10:46 pm
hazelk: (Default)
That top five 2008 vids meme (not counting the ones in the New York Magazine article
which started this off).

Top 5
Hera has six mommies by [livejournal.com profile] tallulah71 for [livejournal.com profile] cyborganize
The vid above all others that I wish I could have made (but know I couldn’t). The big BSG obsessions with sex and death and reproductive imperatives. The mobius strip network of relationships between the women. Hera running through the still centre. The perfect, perfect choice of song.

Not quite the actress by [livejournal.com profile] the_pug
As the drama unfolds you feel every beat as if you’re right there in it. And at the end you weep.

Papa Don’t Preach by [livejournal.com profile] fan_eunice and [livejournal.com profile] greensilver
It’s Torchwood. It’s more canon than canon.

Your Honor by [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic
Vivid as a firecracker, jagged little pill. But I like the quiet.

Persona by [livejournal.com profile] shati
Conjures the Haitian from a mess of scraps and leavings, creating a living breathing man from the interstices of the source.

And because 5 doesn’t even begin to cover it
Never loved a man by [livejournal.com profile] fan_eunice
Vid to the mouth as Aretha climaxes and breaks. I can’t help thinking of this as the Doctor’s answer to [livejournal.com profile] charmax’s Don’t Stop Me Now.

Get Low by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet
If watched repeatedly familial resemblances to Women’s Work are very striking. Both the structure and occasional images (like the knife to the eye). Mostly, however. Guh.

Shut up and Drive by [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro
Martha as she was always meant to be.

The Horror by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny
Distills down the movie to the creeping claustrophobia of the book.

Starlight by [livejournal.com profile] buffyann
Every dance movie ever made in a microcosm. Like lightning in a bottle.

Somebody stop me now
One last link to the OTW videos about vidding that [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro made.
hazelk: (Default)
There’s a thing they do in musicals where it starts with some really staid event, often literally a square dance, then suddenly the band lets loose or the beer arrives and the next thing you know they’re Lindy Hopping like it’s 1999. That thing. I love that thing and this is the vid version:

Beverly Hills by [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss

Merlin itself is like the High School AU version of Arthurian legend or being British not so much high as more than usually eccentric public school. Also on the local TV front I had hopes that with the introductions out of the wayThe Devil’s Whore might evolve into something not necessarily better (because better can take many forms) but at least more coherent. But it remains a rollicking crack-history romp through the Civil War, bootstrapping itself over its scripted limitations through sheer force of acting and visual flair. Next week Cromwell and Ireland, yes feed the vid bunny why don’t you.

VVC talk

Aug. 24th, 2008 09:48 am
hazelk: (Default)
I was going to be organised and do show by show reviews of all the VVC vids but RL pretty much precludes that ever happening, so this is more of stream-of-consciousness approach scribbling down thoughts as they occur. First off reactions to three of the most pushing-the-meta-envelope vids of the con:-

How Much is that Geisha in the Window? by [livejournal.com profile] lierdumoa for the “Fuck You! Challenge show

White America anonymously for the same

Climbing up the Walls by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 for Premieres

Read more... )


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