VID LIST!

Sep. 13th, 2031 03:49 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Dorothy - Trippin' Balls)
All the vids! I kind of put this off because most of my vids are just available at Youtube, but that's not 100% true anymore. So here we are!

Behind the cut... )
jetpack_monkey: (Dungeon Master)
Yesterday's D&D game was a classic example of how the players really help form the world. One of my NPCs, Anton (the servant of a powerful lord), had gotten himself into a bad situation (after being goaded by [livejournal.com profile] diannelamerc 's dwarf cleric and failing a Wisdom check that I will sometimes make as a save against Stupidity). Instead of helping, [personal profile] brokenallbroken 's human fighter used his action to lean against a large rock to have a laugh. I hadn't put a rock on the map, but it amused me, so I dropped a D12 down to represent the rock.

Two trolls then dropped down, a delayed consequence of the bad situation. I had balanced this encounter with the idea that another NPC, Helmar, would be present, but earlier in the session the players engaged in some impolitic fighting with Anton over the terms of the job they were on. Helmar noped out at that point for character reasons and I didn't adjust my plans accordingly. Oops.

Anyway. This probably would have been a TPK (and/or I would've had to come up with some really weird justification for the trolls not to just kill everyone), except there was this rock smack dab in the middle of the map. The Trolls took up too much space to really maneuver around it on one side and it also limited their ability to get past each other. So basically they were having to constantly move in a C-shape around the map instead of just mowing through the players.

It was touch and go, but the party survived, largely because one player wanted a rock upon which to do a bit of character business (and also there was a Helm of Teleportation).
jetpack_monkey: (Tom Servo Lives!)
Title: Bad
Song: Bad by Michael Jackson
Source: Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and related media)
Length: 3:29
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Made for: Vividcon, a vidding convention that takes place every August in Chicago (this version differs slightly from the one shown there)

Summary: DEEP HURTING

Password: pushthebutton


Download 33.2MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

Notes: Yeah, this was going to happen eventually.

Thanks to [personal profile] laurashapiro for her insightful beta!

jetpack_monkey: (The Doctor (10)/Donna - Team Awesome)
Title: A Boy and His Dog
Song: Love Don't Die by The Fray
Source: Scooby-Doo
Length: 2:41
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)

We got some work to do now (mostly running and hiding)

Password: zoinks

Download 28.6MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

Various vid notes )

DTLA DND

Jul. 10th, 2016 02:21 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossow)
Yesterday was my first day back in the DM seat of our semi-monthly Dungeons and Dragons game and my first time running without a module to back me up. It was, frankly, terrifying. However, I had some benefits. For one thing, [livejournal.com profile] lizbetann gave me some excellent world-building and story hooks that I could take and twist to my own needs.

You never know what your players will respond to or how they'll respond to it. There were some pleasant surprises and at least one "Take the fourth option" moment. Adding in music for combat and borrowing some tricks from Matt Mercer on Critical Role (which, seriously you guys, it's like my only major fandom right now SO GOOD) really enhanced the experience, I think.

Now if the group would only give itself a name so that I could, you know, refer to them.

jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Ah Man)
I think my days of vidding with any regularity are narrowing to a close. And it's because I am very bad at listening to music. You'd think this is something that one couldn't actually suck at, but it is and I do.

I don't listen to music, really. I don't put on iTunes and listen to favorite tracks or check out a new artist. It never occurs to me to do so and even now, I'm blanking on a scenario where listening to music for funsies would be something I would do instead of anything else.

The only time I listen to music is when I'm actively trawling for vidding material. And frankly, over the years, it's become exactly as frustrating as clothes shopping. It even tenses up the same neck muscles. I find something that I like, but they don't have it in my size or worse, they have it in my size but it doesn't quite fit. It's just a shade wrong. And I could wear the shade wrong thing, but I would know all the ways it doesn't fit.

Same with songs. Even when I'm just generically listening to stuff for general "put it on the vidding list" music, I hear songs that are great in some ways, but either structurally or lyrically go to a place that make them ill-suited except in very narrow scenarios in which I have no interest. Listening to music with the knowledge that the songs could be used for vidding but aren't suitable for my needs makes the whole process awful. (And yes, I realize that the solution is "Stop looking at it that way" -- see above, re: I wouldn't listen to music otherwise).

It gets worse when I run into the vidding scenario that's been plaguing me for the last year -- I find something that seems a perfect match for a fandom or a multi scenario, spend days or even weeks gathering source and clipping, and the *instant* I get more than one clip on the timeline, I see exactly how the two are a terrible match. And now I've wasted oodles of time clipping something. Trying to find a song that's like the one you were using but is different in key ways is nearly impossible.

It's even more frustrating because I don't tend to vid things I'm actively obsessively fannish about. I prefer to vid in weird niches that I have some technical or historical interest in. So all of that time I spent clipping was really wasted, because it was only to support that specific vid idea for that specific song. The clipping work can't be repurposed for another vid in the same fandom because I'm not attached enough to the fandom itself to explore another angle. So I either find a replacement song for that specific idea or I fail.

The short of this is, you are not getting my ultimate lulzy Run Boy Run vid at Vividcon Premieres this year. I'm not sure I have any more vids in me for this year's Vividcon at all.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
I don't actually *journal* here much anymore, which is silly. I like you all, I assume that you all like me (or are secretly plotting my doom, in which case, good luck with that, let me know how it turns out) and may have some interest in what's going on with me. The answer is, in terms of actual life things, not much. However, I have media that I've consumed. So I'll go over that.

So here's what I've been up to in bullet points: )

That's about everything, except anything I forgot or didn't feel was notable enough to bring up.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
I used to do an annual Easter post where I was kind of ridiculously sacrilegious. I don't anymore because I've mellowed out, but I did just re-read this post from 2008 and it made me chuckle, so I'm reposting it here for anybody who didn't know me then:

Cut for irreverence and sacrilege )

jetpack_monkey: (Clark Kent - Man of Tweed)
Please note that I am still recovering from the con plague, so anywhere that lacks coherency is probably due to that.

TGIF/F )
Then, we move on to Escapade:

I've never felt so competent in my life )
jetpack_monkey: (Syd - Smiley)
Title: The Bullpen
Song: The Bullpen by Dessa
Source: The Hazards of Helen (1914-17)
Length: 2:11
Made for: [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, Festivids 2015 

"An Action Girl is a female Badass who is just as tough and kicks just as much butt as the guys do. ... Expect regular appearances in action scenes, facing dangerous foes and deadly obstacles, and expect her to win." -- TV Tropes

Password: actionwoman


Download 42.4MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and Save File As...)
 

Yes, I have rambling notes and some brief discussion of film history )

jetpack_monkey: (Mac/Vic - Foreplay)
Title: Blank Space
Song: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Source: MacGyver
Length: 2:30
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Made for: [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, Festivids 2015

Flirter by assassination. (MacGyver/Murdoc)

Password: macgyver!



Download 25.8MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

Notes: I knew going into Festivids that [personal profile] thirdblindmouse was going to get a Hazards of Helen vid from me. I make her a vid every year (except last year). I also knew that she would immediately guess that I'd made said Helen vid. So, I decided to use this to my advantage, using the Helen vid to draw her attention away from a *second* vid. This one.

It's not exactly what she asked for, but I needed to come up with a concept that I could clip quickly with a limited number of episodes. Foeyay seemed the best way to go, so I whipped up this Murdoc vid (after a few false song starts). It is... much more ridiculous than I'd anticipated when I started.

Also, obviously, this owes a debt to the marvelous Doctor Who vid to the same song by [personal profile] such_heights  and [personal profile] purplefringe. I honestly tried to find a different song for a long time (options included Britney Spears and Nat "King" Cole), because I didn't want to step on their toes. However, ultimately this was the only song that really worked for what I wanted to do. I hope they don't mind.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
I made three vids this year:
I predicted that I would get guessed for the first two (so much that I ended up making a second vid for tbm so I would still have some secrets). However, I was a little surprised to see that [personal profile] bessyboo guessed me for both at the same time (in, like, the fifth comment to the Guess the Festividder post). I kinda wish I was still offering vids for guesses, because you would have earned it, Bessy.
jetpack_monkey: (Donna - Sad Hugs)
Title: Sound the Bells
Song: Sound the Bells by Dessa
Source: Gojira (1954)
Length: 4:27
Warnings: Urban destruction.
Made for: [personal profile] larissabernstein, Festivids 2015

The sun rose from the West today. I doubt we'll see it set.

Password: gojira



Download 55.7MB SD MP4
Download 250.7MB HD MP4

Notes: This vid has been living in my head in one form or another since I made my goofier Club Vivid Godzilla vid over three years ago. I knew that, at some point, I would need to go back to basics and make a vid that really respected the weight and the horror of the original film from 1954. I'm very happy that [personal profile] larissabernstein requested this, giving me the chance to do just that. I'm really proud of the final result.

Special thanks to [personal profile] chaila, who made a Pacific Rim vid to this song in 2013. I'm not sure it would have found me otherwise.

jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Festivids 2015 dropped a week ago, but I haven't had a chance to make a post. So here it is.

First of all, I received *FOUR* vids this year. Honestly, I'm absolutely flummoxed and gratified that these even exist. That they are all amazing in their own way is just f**king sweet.

What's especially awesome is that there are now THREE vids for the 1977 what-the-eff-did-I-just-watch masterpiece Hausu that didn't exist before, and they all come from different angles:

Great White Cat (unexpected instrumental music choice works amazingly well)
A Happy Song Where Everybody Dies (bulletproof music kink + dark humor = EEEE)
Rock Lobster (lyrical resonance makes everything MORE WTF, not less)

None of the vids are safe-for-work and they all contain copious amounts of blood (well, red water). Also your brain my never be the same again.

Last but under no circumstances least is a vid for The Mummy (1932);

Love Lockdown

Oh my heart. This is exactly the kind of vid I was hoping for when I requested the source, but it exceeded all of my expectations by using a Kanye West song that dug to the eternal soul of the material. Plus more Boris Karloff vids are never a bad.

I haven't had a chance to do as much viewing as I'd like, but here are some of the vids that I really dug this year:

For the sake of ongoing mystery, I am not reccing anything that I have been guessed for. We'll see how those guesses turn out in a week.
jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Ah Man)
The Tall Man. Actor Angus Scrimm died at age 89. He was best known as the primary antagonist in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm movies. He was also a beloved guest on the horror convention circuit and an all-around decent fellow by all accounts.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Critical Role - sure it's just an archived livestream of a D&D game with too many players. Sure each episode runs between 2 and 5 hours. BUT -- all of the players are accomplished voice actors and the DM is absolutely committed to every NPC and every monster. I never thought I would fistpump so hard at a static tableau of people sitting at a table.


I'm on episode 4 right now and it's amazing! And it makes for good work background.

jetpack_monkey: (Cary Grant - Crazy Moment)
As usual, I go off of release date rather than when I made/finished it:

February (Festivids reveals):
White Telephone (Halloween / Halloween H20)
Moves Like Yaweh (Prince of Egypt)

August (Vividcon):
Electric Avenue (Robots)
Right Round (Classic Hollywood Serials)
Madhouse (Psychonauts)

Misc Related Works:
Leonard Nimoy Tribute (Escapade/KiSCon)
End of the World remaster

Depending on how you count it, that's either five or seven works. In either case, it's my least productive year since 2011. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

What do I have to say for myself? )
jetpack_monkey: (Xander - All Alone In His White Boy Pain)
I should probably post this before the year is out. Back when [personal profile] franzeska and I were putting together the Escapade Friday Night Dance Party, we talked about using [personal profile] luminosity and Kamil's classic Buffy vid, It's the End of the World as We Know It. However, the vid was made from VHS and off-air rips and when truly ugly video compression reigned. With Lum's kind permission and no idea of what I was getting into, I set about remastering the vid from DVD/iTunes sources, the results of which you can view/download below:

Password: luminosity


Download 124MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

At first glance, the vid *seemed* like it was just going to be a massive clip hunt, which is in my wheelhouse. Otherwise, lots of cross-fades and not much else to worry about, right? Wrong. Lum is a mad genius, playing with overlaid clips and speed ramping and all that other glorious stuff that you really makes you bang your head against your monitor during a remaster. In the end, I think I got it *mostly* right and the vid plays nearly-identically on top of the original.
jetpack_monkey: (Tom Servo Lives!)
Is for you to back MST3K on Kickstarter for whatever amount works for you. Here's the pitch:


I need this, guys! NEED IT.

Also, never has this icon been more appropriate and more hopeful.



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