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Title: Right Round
Song: Right Round by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha
Additional music: Flash Gordon Main Title by Clifford Vaughan
Source: Classic Hollywood Cliffhanger Serials
Length: 3:23
Warnings: Physical triggers

Summary: Spend the Saturday matinee with your favorite heroes (and a few unfamiliar ones) as they run, jump, struggle, fight, and drive through the latest thrilling chapter of a cliffhanger serial.

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Premiered at the Vividcon Premieres Show in 2015.

If you're wondering WTF all of these sources are, they're all from classic movie serials that played as part of matinee movie showings in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. They were basically like Saturday morning television before there was Saturday morning television. Each week, Our Hero fought The Villain and each week, Our Hero ended up in some peril that would certainly spell his doom. At the beginning of the next chapter, Our Hero would escape, often through very cleverly having *already* escaped, either through judicious usage of time compression in the previous episode or straight-up cheating.

This is one of those vids that happened because of other vids. Specifically, I ended up using a lot of movie serials footage in both my Starships remix and Electric Avenue. I became fascinated with their construction and their sheer trope-tastic-ness. At the same time, I was looking for a good source to pair with Flo Rida's Right Round after multiple viewings of Pitch Perfect earwormed me on that song. About three weeks before the Premieres deadline, there was a clicking sound in my head and away we went.

Many thanks to my betas/cheerleaders [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, [personal profile] echan, [personal profile] kuwdora, [personal profile] elipie, [personal profile] jmtorres, [ profile] diannelamerc, and [ profile] lizbetann


When I'm working on a concentrated area like this, I like to divide my sources into primary and secondary. The primary sources contain the bulk of the elements I want to pull from and the secondary sources provide additional context or examples. Serials marked with a * are recommended (with the caveat that almost all of these contain rampant sexism, racism, and other similar bullshit).

Primary Sources:

Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) 
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)*
Batman (1943)
Batman and Robin (1949)
Captain America (1944)
Flash Gordon (1936)*
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
The Green Hornet (1940)
The Green Hornet Strikes Again (1941)
The Perils of Nyoka (1942)*
Radar Men from the Moon (1951)*
Spy Smasher (1942)*********
Superman (1948)
The Tiger Woman (1944)*
Zorro's Black Whip (1944)*

Secondary Sources:

Buck Rogers (1939)*
The Crimson Ghost (1945)*
Dick Tracy Returns (1938)
The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938)
Jack Armstrong (1947)
The Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945)
Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940)*
Secret Agent X-9 (1945)
The Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)*
The Shadow (1940)

By the way, the multiple asterisks by Spy Smasher are not the result of a typing error. That serial contained more awesomeness in its first chapter than some of the serials I clipped had in all of their chapters combined -- and somehow it managed not to run itself into the ground. It took a huge amount of effort on my part not to make the vid an all-Spy Smasher all the time affair.

Conversely, if it wasn't for the recognizable lead characters, I would've tossed the 1943 Batman serial in a trash bin, put that trash bin in a dumpster, fired that dumpster into space, then launched ground-to-cosmos missiles at the dumpster. The rampant, unapologetic racism was rage-inducing.

Date: 2015-08-10 12:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kass
I love this vid a lot. I love the sense that the things we love are not new -- I love the sense that as fans and as fandom we've come right round again to fall in love with the same things in new forms -- I love how this vid swings, which impresses me given how static a lot of B&W-era footage can feel -- I just love this vid.

Date: 2015-08-10 11:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] valoise
This vid - shit, man, I love this vid! I didn't know most of these sources even existed! In my mind media superheroes kinds of started with the 50s Superman series but he was seriously late to the party. All kinds of supershit had been happening before he ever showed up!

Date: 2015-08-15 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] isweedan
This was a superfun watch! <33

Date: 2015-08-17 05:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gorgeousnerd
Fantastic! I love how you captured the kinetic energy of the sources (those stunts were seriously impressive!). You did a wonderful job.

Date: 2015-08-17 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
*APPLAUSE* This vid reminds us that everything old is new again, or everything new is old again. Or both!

Date: 2015-09-11 02:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fahrbotdrusilla
that was really fun!

Date: 2017-06-03 03:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] minim_calibre
This was utterly glorious.

Date: 2017-07-12 11:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aurumcalendula
I love this!

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