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Title: White Telephone
Song: Charlotte Gainsbourg - White Telephone
Source: Halloween / Halloween H20
Length: 03:29
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), violence, stalking.
Made for: [personal profile] terajk 

Summary: Portrait of a survivor.

Password: lauriestrode

 

 

Download HD MP4 (81MB) - highly recommended
Download SD MP4 (16MB)
 

Notes: Seriously, though, watch the HD version? So much of the vid happens in darkness and slivers of light that you really need a big, detailed picture to get it all.

There was a Halloween vid I'd had in my head for four or five years now. When I received my Festivids assignment, I sat down to make that other vid, which was a kind of disturbed, kind of winky exploration of Michael's relationship with Laurie and how it worked on two axes -- stalker/stalked and brother/sister, but filtered through a love song. There would've been a level of "oh my god you're terrible, vidder" (which I ended up fulfilling with my other Festivid).

Obviously, the vid shown here is not that vid. That vid will never exist.

There were multiple problems with the concept. One, the song was just wrong. I couldn't even find covers that worked. Second, dealing with the whole brother/sister angle would've required using footage from Halloween 2 and/or Halloween: Resurrection. I knew Resurrection was awful, but I'd forgotten that Halloween 2 was a complete letdown after the majesty of the first film.

Which brought us to our primary problem: Halloween is a work of genius. John Carpenter shows you exactly what you need to see, but more importantly, he doesn't show you what you don't need to see. There's very little in the way of filler. As a vidder, genius work like that can be frustrating, because we sometimes rely on directors hitting us over the head with visuals so we have something that reads well in quicker clips. Or I do, at least.

Of course, that's not a problem at all really, and neither is the other primary problem (I can have two) -- Laurie Strode demands to be taken seriously. She has this incredibly important arc that starts in Halloween and ends in Halloween H20 (and it does end there, fuck you Resurrection). She goes through this traumatic experience, understandably comes out the other side of it a very damaged individual, and when faced with the same trauma again, she defeats it. With an axe.

Let's take a moment to appreciate Halloween H20 for a minute, shall we? Here's a film that was written as a cheap, direct-to-video sequel for the Halloween series, with Michael Myers stalking a private school. At the same time, Jamie Lee Curtis is feeling nostalgic and tries to get a Halloween reunion movie going with John Carpenter at the helm. The end result is no Carpenter, but they do another pass on the script to insert Laurie Strode as the school's headmaster. The parts that are clearly from the earlier draft are pretty standard 90s slasher movie fare, no great shakes. The parts featuring Laurie are f**king amazing and Jamie Lee Curtis *nails* it.

Much love to [personal profile] sweetestdrain for pointing me to this song at a time when I was worried I would have to default. Once I knew this was the song, I knew that the vid would feature just Halloween and Halloween H20, that it would focus exclusively on Laurie's POV and that some elements would need to be excised or greatly reduced for clarity and conservation of storytelling (bye, Dr. Loomis, see ya later, Laurie's son John).

In a lot of ways, this vid parallels All the Rowboats, in that they are both internal POVs of characters who go from naive young people to hardened adults. Both vids end with the protagonist killing their brother. In Rowboats, it's a symbol of Michael Corleone's transformation into a monster. Here, it's an affirmation of who Laurie is and always has been -- a survivor.

 

Date: 2015-02-14 09:19 pm (UTC)
leanwellback: a black-backed jackal looking right, into the distance (Default)
From: [personal profile] leanwellback
I knew this was your work. Not least because you didn't leave a comment on it! But gah, seriously, I can't wait to read your notes. This vid is amazing, dude.

Date: 2015-02-16 02:16 am (UTC)
sol_se: (Kira with Dukat shadow)
From: [personal profile] sol_se
I love this so much. Fantastic and rich and weighty. I will download to watch over and over.

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