jetpack_monkey: (Nic & Danny - Action Movie Classic)

Title: Uptown Funk
Song: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Source: Wuxia cinema from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, 1966-present
Length: 3:06
Warnings: Violence. Gore. Potentially some physical triggers (flashing lights, exceptionally quick cutting)
Made for: Club Vivid 2017 at Vividcon

Summary: Flying swordspeople. Don't believe me? Just watch.

Password: wuxia


47.9MB MP4 Download (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

Notes and vaguely remembered source list behind the cut )
jetpack_monkey: (Weiss - Partay!)
Hello fellow Vividcon attendees! Would you like to fight monsters, dodge traps, and solve puzzles? Of course you would! I can help! I'll be running a one-shot Dungeons and Dragons adventure at least one night of the con for 4-6 players. No experience required! I'll provide the dungeon mastering, rules knowledge and some pre-generated characters for you to pick from. You provide imagination! The whole thing should take a few hours at most.

The current plan is to run a session after Premieres on Friday. If there's enough interest, I may also run a game Sunday night with a different module.

Let me know if you're interested in the comments (and let me know your general level of experience with D&D or roleplaying games -- experienced players may get roped into helping less experienced ones sort out the system).
jetpack_monkey: (Martha & 10 - HUGZ!)
Vividcon was amazing. Just amazing. It was the best time I've ever had there. I didn't have a social meltdown or need to hide or anything.

Tech stuff went well. It was all very low stress and everybody was super helpful. The vidshows were all fantastic (I saw nearly all of them by the end of the weekend). I wish I had been able to attend more panels, but it wasn't happening.

Club Vivid was a grand old time. I cosplayed as Joel Hodgson from MST3K and brought along a Tom Servo I bought off of Etsy. He was a big hit!

There were so many excellent vids! So many. I feel like I should make a list but it's so haaaaaard. Maybe later? Probably not. Maybe?

It was so great to see so many amazing people again, like the entire concom team, as well as [personal profile] settiai[personal profile] bironic[personal profile] bradcpu, [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, [personal profile] shati, and the lady who jumped into my arms after Premieres, [personal profile] fan_eunice . I also got to connect better with [personal profile] lola[twitter.com profile] ghosttownexit00, and [personal profile] dira, who are awesome people and I really enjoyed the conversations. There's a bunch of other people who were significant and awesome from the weekend that aren't named above. You can assume one of the following regarding any omissions:

1. It slipped my mind just now because it's been nearly a month and I'm terrible.
2. I remembered the experience but the fannish name is escaping me at this late hour.
3. We vowed never to speak of it again. We take it to our grave.

Something that became clear soon after Vividcon, though, is that I don't get to see my out-of-town friends enough. It's hard to reconnect with dozens of people over a single weekend. And I really want to stay closer to my Vividcon people and it's so easy for me to just sort of drift off. I want to be more connected. I want to write emails and beta vids and offer advice and go visit and maybe a bunch of us meet up in a non-Vividcon setting and hang out or go to a theme park or museum or something.

I have a therapist friend who says I'm an introvert masquerading as an extrovert. I think I'm just an enthusiastic introvert who loves people. I just need to be able to run away or do quiet-together time. Or I need to be like, the most caffeinated. That is also an option.

Short version: I love you guys and I miss you guys.
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


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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

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Various vid notes )
jetpack_monkey: (JD & Turk - Happy Flail)
Hey, look, it's that thing people do where they talk about con experiences.

Mine was a mix of amazing times and nerve-wracking glitches and surprisingly consistent sleep.

It was my first year as Official Vividcon Staff, working with [personal profile] heresluck (my rock in times of stress) on the on-site tech, with able assistance from folks like [personal profile] elipie, [personal profile] bradcpu, [personal profile] echan, [personal profile] thefourthvine, [livejournal.com profile] dsudis, [personal profile] jackiekjono and more that I don't actually remember right now. Believe me, I wish I'd written it down, because they were all superstars. I did a few panic-related memory dumps over the weekend, as you can imagine.

Also, [personal profile] absolutedestiny debuted a new system for running vidshows that was amazing. Yes, there were a few glitches, but you know what? Every vid was played. Every vid. Someone told me that in past years, if there was an issue with a vid on the DVD, we'd just have to apologize to the vidder and move on. Long story short, it's an absolute (heh) dream to move forward technologically like this.

This year, as in past years, [personal profile] echan and I roomed with [personal profile] thirdblindmouse and [personal profile] shati -- kind of a headquarters for the IRC folk. They're great roommates and fun to hang around and they only mock out of love. I'm pretty sure it's love.

Since I was using up a ton of energy doing on-site tech, I didn't get a chance to do a lot of stuff outside of the con, but [personal profile] echan and I did get to have our traditional Saturday lunch with [livejournal.com profile] vagabondage, her husband, and [personal profile] fan_eunice. That's always a lot of fun and one of the highlights of my con experience.

I also had lunch and/or dinner with some cool people like [personal profile] par_avion, [personal profile] renenet, [personal profile] trelkez, [personal profile] sweetestdrain, [personal profile] thefourthvine, [livejournal.com profile] dsudis, and [personal profile] bironic.

By the way, it was *so* nice to finally get a chance to talk with bironic in person since releasing my monochromatic remix of Starships. She's one of the coolest people I know and she helped me get my multifandom panel into shape ahead of time.

I got a good response out of my multifandom panel, but ultimately, I don't feel like I actually communicated anything useful. I'm not really a presenter. Maybe I should write up vidding meta posts instead. The room was full of useful voices though, and they added a lot that I couldn't.

Club Vivid rocked, as usual. Alas, I screwed up my left hip prior to the con and my dancing only exacerbated the problem. Oops. I cosplayed this year as a random surgical intern from Grey's Anatomy (complete with sparkle pager and a scrub cap made by [personal profile] jmtorres), because my life is all Grey's Anatomy now, apparently. I may put up pictures in a separate locked post later on.

More later, including other panels/vidshows and stuff.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Title: Madhouse
Song: Madhouse by Little Mix
Source: Psychonauts
Length: 3:49
Warnings: Physical triggers
Made for: [personal profile] absolutedestiny 

Summary: A mind is a terrible thing to face.

Password: razputin


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Notes: Premiered at Vividcon Challenge 2015 (Memory). This is my first video game vid ever. I started it a couple of years ago for Festivids in response to a request from [personal profile] absolutedestiny . I kept tinkering with it even after I missed that deadline. Eventually, I finished it. Obviously. So here we are.

While some of the video used here was captured on my Mac, most of it was sourced from Denny Ayard's Youtube channel. Additional sources include Jetup, Story Gamer, and [a deleted video that is no longer online].
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Title: Electric Avenue
Song: Electric Avenue (Dubstep Remix) by Transbot
Source: Robots!
Length: 3:22
Warnings: Physical triggers, violence.
Made for: [personal profile] nakedbee 

Summary:
 Robots Rock!

(this version differs slightly from the version that played at Vividcon -- an additional clip was added and there were a few tweaks to the editing)

Password: rur1921


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Notes: There's a long and labored version of making this vid that I won't really bother you with too much. Basically I made the vid once (for [personal profile] nakedbee  in exchange for my sweet Number 6 jacket for Club Vivid two years ago). I had no intention of having a point of any kind. Except I did accidentallyhave a point and I stuck a dance break in the middle of it. So I recut the song, reordered my clips, and offered it up for [personal profile] thirdblindmouse to use in her Artificial Life show at Vividcon.

Much thanks to elipie, kuwdora, echan, shati, and thirdblindmouse for their encouragement and beta work.

List of sources... )

No Fiasco?

Jul. 27th, 2015 07:50 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Batman - Model of Mental Health)
I'm not making any hard and fast Fiasco plans for Vividcon this year, since I have no idea how busy I'm going to be or how drained I'll end up.

I will bring the Fiasco "kit", so to speak, and I may throw together something impromptu should the opportunity arise in conjunction with appropriate amounts of energy.
jetpack_monkey: (Martha & 10 - HUGZ!)
This just went up on the Vividcon website, so I feel comfortable properly announcing it here: I was asked to join the staff at Vividcon on the technical team! I think it was mostly to increase the average height of the staff, but I accepted and I'm super-excited to be a part of one of my favorite cons.



jetpack_monkey: (Kermit & Fozzie - They Fight Crime)
Title: Carries On
Song: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Carries On
Source: Jim Henson (productions and behind the scenes)
Length: 4:29
Vidder: [personal profile] jetpack_monkey 
Mentor: [personal profile] fan_eunice 
Warnings: Feelings.

Summary: Take what you've got and fly with it!

Youtube embed:

Vimeo embed:
Password: lightthelights

 

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Notes: 

behind the cut )
jetpack_monkey: (Black Sunday - The Eyes That Paralyze)
Title: Dracula Has Risen from the Dance Floor
Song: Dragonette - Fixin to Thrill
Source: Hammer Dracula
Length: 4:00
Warnings: Metaphorical sexual violence. Violence. Blood.

Summary: If Drac is a DJ, death is a dance floor, blood is the rhythm, your screams are the music.

Password: vampires



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Notes: This vid uses at least one clip from every Hammer film that features either Christopher Lee's Dracula or Peter Cushing's Van Helsing. I've been meaning for years to do a companion piece to Don't Stop Me Now, my Hammer Frankenstein vid. One day in IRC, [personal profile] joyo raised the challenge: more vidders should be making vids to Dragonette songs. I popped into Rdio and the first song that came up started with this dark, minor key dirge that sounded similar to but distinct from James Bernard's score for 1958's Horror of Dracula. And thus, Fixin to Thrill became my vidsong.

My vidding process on this one was a bit different. I literally just pulled every clip I liked down onto the timeline. My hope was to create a visual melange based on the qualities of the footage divorced from the narrative context. My multi-source vids tend to collapse the narratives of multiple sources into one meta-narrative and I wanted to break away from that a bit. Unfortunately, my brain is just organized the way it's organized, and the end result is once again a meta-narrative. Sorry if you wanted something new from me, folks.

The one major issue I ran into while making this vid is that my fannish devotion to the source began decades before my personal social justice awakening. The dubcon/noncon subtext of the films turned me off a bit. Ultimately, I decided to turn into the skid and acknowledge the problematic nature (even if I was doing so in the midst of a vid that was supposed to be dancey fun).

I don't even remember everyone who looked at the vid ahead of time. I really must keep better notes. I know that [personal profile] thirdblindmouse took a gander, for which I am grateful.

jetpack_monkey: (Nic & Danny - Action Movie Classic)
Vividcon is in, like, a week and a half! *GLEE* Who else is going? Can I get a show of hands?

- Within the last few months, I've finished rewatches of Buffy, Angel, and Farscape. Now I'm pondering my next big pop culture move.

- [personal profile] jmtorres is our roommate now. It is awesome. She brought oh so many books.

- I really, really, really want to make an album-vid of Farscape a la Luminosity's Scooby Road, but finding good, consistent albums that are also salient to the subject matter throughout is *hard*. This is especially true since I only really discovered music in the era of MP3s, so I don't keep a lot of albums in my head.

- I'll have DVDs for sale at the orphan vids table at Vividcon again. Nothing new, just a repackaging of Volumes 1 and 2 from last year as a single unit. If you have one and not the other, let me know and I'll bring a few single-volume of each as well.

- Poking at a couple different vids here and there. Finished one vid, then decided it wasn't awesome enough, so I unfinished it.

- Went to see Puppet Up! on Friday. Puppet improv from the Jim Henson Company. Dirty, dirty dirty puppet improv. It was hilarious.

- Running Fiasco again at the con. Interest posts at Dreamwidth and Livejournal. There's still plenty of room on both Thursday and Sunday nights.

That's... pretty much everything I can think of right now.

jetpack_monkey: (Josie - No Words Now Only Notes)
So Festivids was eating my soul. It's not now. I have a few vids in and I'm contemplating one more (possibly two). I also have a Hannibal vid for Escapade I need to finish (listens as [personal profile] mresundance's ears perk up).

Been struggling with a depressive jag that's making working on any of the above difficult. Been spending a lot of time playing Borderlands 2 or this Marvel Comics-based gem matching game and feeling like a lump while doing so. Cheered myself up a bit with some Marx Brothers last night (Monkey Business), but still fighting.

Beyond that, starting to look forward to Vividcon season. Kind of lost on potential Club Vivid and Challenge vids. I may be taking "Gift" too literally... will have contemplate. I have way way way way way too many potential Premieres.

Informal poll -- would you prefer to see:
  • A multisource, slightly bitter vid about post-apocalypse?
  • A mournful, slashy Spartacus vid set to modern pop?
  • A dark, brooding femslash vid based on an Ingmar Bergman film?

No, there are no happy options. Comment and let me know!


jetpack_monkey: (Spinal Tap - Goes To 11)
Fiasco and vid recs!

Fiasco Game 2 )


Fiasco Game 3 )

After the games ended, I wandered the hotel a bit looking for people to say goodbye to and found... very few of them. It was eerily quiet for not even being midnight yet. Eventually I just gave up and went to bed.

The next morning I woke up, hugged some people at breakfast, then started the long, arduous journey back to Los Angeles via plane.

Overall, a very good con. I am in hug withdrawal right now. I was spoiled for hugs at the con and now there are very few hugs. I want more hugs! HUUUUGS.

Ahem.

It was lovely seeing all of the people that I saw. I am sad that there are a few people who I was really looking forward to hanging out with who I just didn't end up having the time to really connect with. Next year!

And now, have 20 vid recs... )
Just shy of twelve months until Vividcon 2014!

jetpack_monkey: (Weiss - Partay!)
Where was I? Oh yes. I went to bed on Friday night feeling like my legs were in revolt and not giving a crap.

However, I had to be up early on Saturday This is where we talk about Saturday )

Aaaand up again early on Sunday morning All about Sunday morning here... )

A moment of navel-gazing... )

Back to Sunday!Here we go... )

Next post will cover the last two Fiasco games, the end of the weekend, and vid recs.
jetpack_monkey: (The Doctor (9) - Funkadelic)
Holy crap, what an amazing time I had at Vividcon this year. I can't even begin to tell you. Arrived on Thursday (left my wallet on the plane and somebody had to retrieve it for me, oops). Hugged a bunch of people immediately upon entering the hotel, because that's just what you do. Dropped off my stuff at the hotel room, where I met up with echan and our con roomies Third Mouse and Shati. Hugged some more people, registered, then got my Fiasco on for the first of three games this weekend.

Fiasco Game 1 details )

After that I'm pretty sure that I crashed, because I didn't get a lot of sleep the previous night. Well, I didn't get a lot of sleep that night either, but who cares, because we move onto...

Vividcon Day 1 - Friday )

I'll leave off here and pick up again tomorrow with Saturday and Sunday, including both Sunday Fiasco games.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
A lot of different sources went into the making of my Starships! remix vid, partially out of a desire for a large range of sources, but also because I was working hard to match the clips from bironic's original vid as much as possible.

77 sources, give or take ) 

VividCon was amazing, but I'm not braining very well, so there may be another post later where I discuss the sources in more depth.

I will say this, though: this vid would not have been possible without Cinemageddon or Archive.org.
jetpack_monkey: (Yzma Kitty - Hers is an Evil Laugh)
Title: Vividcon 2013 Premieres Intro vid
Source: Multi (complete list in notes)
Music: Trevor Jones - Elk Hunt (Last of the Mohicans score) & Monty Python - Expensive Credits Music (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
Warnings: Body transformation horror.


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Notes below the cut... )

jetpack_monkey: (Sisko - Like a Boss)
Title: crushcrushcrush
Source: Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Pairing: Julian Bashir/Miles O'Brien
Song: Paramore - crushcrushcrush
Made for: [livejournal.com profile] destina (Vividcon Auction 2013)
Warnings: One bright flashing light.

Summary: "You're not an in-between kind of guy. People either love you or hate you. I mean, I hated you when we first met. And now... I don't. I really do... not hate you anymore."

Password: ilikeyoumore


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Notes to come when I'm am not completely conned out.

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