Title: Wrecking Ball
Song: Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Warnings: None that I can think of.
Made for: kuwdora / Vividcon Premieres 2018
Summary: Love Overpowering
Now on Youtube!
Vimeo Password: oldfriend
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Notes: I've been working on this on and off for four years as a gift for kuwdora (who is a good friend who deserves presents). I despaired that it would never been a complete vid but finally managed to get it finished withsol_se's encouragement.This might be my last vid? Like, I don't want to say I'm never making another vid, but I feel done. I feel like it's time to move on. Now I'm in that D&D life. Now watch, I'll make another seven in the next 18 months.
Sources are drawn from X-Men comics (616 continuity only), the 1990s X-Men animated series, and the 20th Century Fox X-Men films.
Song: I Don't Feel Like Dancin' by Scissor Sisters
Source: Jackie Chan films (Hong Kong/China)
Warnings: Some small amount of blood.
Made for: Club Vivid 2018
Summary: Jackie Chan and the Art of the Flailing Fight
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Notes: It occurred to me after making this vid that maybe I have a weird obsession with bodies in motion, between this, Gene Kelly, and wuxia. I was honestly contemplating a Busby Berkeley vid at one juncture if you need a fourth data point. Anyway. This is a vid that lived in my head for a while and with the Final Club Vivid upon us, now felt like the time to make it. So I did. Cool story, bro. All source is from Jackie Chan films produced in either Hong Kong or China (so no Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, or other American films). Cheerleading by sol_se.
Song: Rollercoaster by Bleachers
Source: Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Warnings: None that I can think of.
Made for: sol_se (Spring Equinox 2018)
Summary: Marvel at the Magic of HarryhausenPassword: harryhausen
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Notes: Obviously I had to make a vid for sol_se . I mean, obviously. I sneakily asked her for some music recs and then got down to work. The vid came together relatively quickly. Thanks tothirdblindmouse for cheerleading. Thanks to Ray Harryhausen for the memories!
I've been making some changes, trying out new things, and I fell into something really good unexpectedly.
* I started going to a gym, Nerdstrong, which has these geeky Crossfit workouts. I don't go every week, but when I don't go, I try to do a little mini workout at home and then go for a brief run. I've found when I don't work out at least a little, my brain turns to sludge. Brains and bodies work well together, apparently.
* Cooking! I'm doing it. Really basic stuff. Pasta, porkchops, grilled cheese. I have the ingredients for a chicken parmigiana for when I'm feeling a little bolder.
* Movie Nights. I'm having friends over for a monthly movie night where I show something weird from my collection while drinks are had. It's gone over really well I think.
* Something Good Unexpectedly. I don't want to get into any details on this because it's still very amorphous and unsure. But if it works out, I promise I will say more. I really want it to work out. I'll know for certain in August.
This is a really difficult choice, because each of these contains moments that delight me and moments that make me go "Make better choices." I think, however, that Under My Skin probably wins just based on sheer audacity of concept.
Also Under My Skin, because there's a whole 'nother section of the vid that never got made (after the current ending, the song actually fakes you out and launches into a drum fill and another round of the chorus, which I was going to use for aliens on earth). Deadlines can be a bummer.
I make most of my multifandom vids as a way to explore corners of cinema I might have otherwise bypassed. In that regard, Uptown Funk was most successful. I went from having seen one wuxia film to having seen... many. Many many many. Also, people danced at Club Vivid and I was able to share some wuxia love with Vividcon.
Most Underappreciated by the Universe
Each vid received its due in turn. The least popular one is probably Stronger, but I'm happy with the response it did get.
Most Fun to Make
It's a tie between Under My Skin, where I spent most of the time going "OMG I am a monster and I love it," and Uptown Funk, which contains some of my very favorite motion-to-music matches and clip transitions in my entire catalog.
Hardest Vid to Make
Stronger. I was convinced it wasn't going to work. It nearly never happened. I technically defaulted on Festivids!
The Things I Learned This Year / Planning for Next Year
I think my time as a capital-V Vidder are coming to a close. June 2018 will mark my 10th anniversary as a vidder and it's not a bad time to go out. I'm going to do some last hurrahs for Vividcon Finale (and probably Vid Roulette, but the movies I was given are difficult at best), but after that, I think I'm going to turn my focus to my Dungeons and Dragons obsession and maybe my social life.
Title: Uptown Funk
Song: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Source: Wuxia cinema from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, 1966-present
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.
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( Notes and vaguely remembered source list behind the cut )
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).
Fox on the Run - Doctor Who (2005), Doctor/River, for purplefringe
Under My Skin - Multi-fandom, alien horror in space, for caramarie
And I can now properly thank violace for Infinity, the fucking amazing No Man's Sky vid I received (will update link when signed version goes up). She ROCKS.
Title: Under My Skin
Song: I've Got You Under My Skin by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
For: genusshrike, Spring Equinox 2017: Vids in Space!
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), graphic violence, sexual violence, gore, all the tentacles.
Note: This version differs slightly from the one posted during the anonymous period of the exchange.
Summary: You Never Can Win
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Notes: This vid is sort of a dark mirror to Fly Me to the Moon by thirdblindmouse (with her full approval). I knew that this vid was the right call when I told settiai the concept and she responded with the textual version of facepalming. I made the whole thing in about nine days, I want to say. Also, I am very grateful that the trailers for Alien: Covenant have contained so much stuff, because I'm not sure the vid would be nearly as good without those contributions.
( Full List of Sources )
Title: Fox on the Run
Song: Fox on the Run by The Sweet
Source: Doctor Who (2005)
For: purplefringe, Spring Equinox 2017: Vids in Space
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Note: This vid has minor differences from the one posted during the exchange.
Summary: Who are you and when are you who you are?
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Notes: The last time I made a Doctor Who vid, Catherine Tate had just ended her run as Donna Noble. It's been that long. However, in a lot of ways, it's a bit like visiting an old friend (with a new face, obviously). Purplefringe wanted a River Song vid that encompassed all of the Doctors she tangoed with and I did my best to accommodate. Oddly enough, the song didn't come from the Guardians of the Galaxy trailers, but a Youtube trawl I was making for unrelated reasons.
I made one vid for Festivids this year -- Stronger (Re-Animator series)
I am participating in Equinox Vid Exchange: Vids in Space! Here's my letter.
I'm requesting Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965), Star Trek: DS9, No Man's Sky, Flash Gordon serials, Rocky Jones Space Ranger, Vorkosigan Saga, and a multi-fandom vid about hope and optimism in space (because I want to believe we're going to survive and do better).
Hope that your fannish endeavors are going well!
Thank you for participating in Equinox: Vids in Space! I only have one overall request: have fun. Otherwise, music and mood are up to you! Make the vid of your heart or the vid that seems like ridiculous fun or the vid that trolls everyone who watches it. I will love any and all.
( Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) [safety] )
( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine )
( No Man's Sky (Video Game) )
( Rocky Jones Space Ranger )
( Flash Gordon serials )
( Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold )
( Multi-Fandom: A Better Tomorrow )
I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Vienna (The Third Man) -- This was made for me this year. Not just like, somebody made a vid and said it was for me. This was MADE FOR ME. It is everything I love about the movie at a breakneck pace, up to and including the use of setting to increase tension and suspense. You rock my world, Festividder.
Default (Drunk History US) - I've seen a couple of episodes of this show in passing, but this is kind of a brilliant take on the whole thing.
Get Better (Hawkeye v4) - Okay, this looks... damn good. Clint! Kate! Pizza Dog! Music choice that's freakin' on point. FEEEELINGS.
500 Miles (Pokemon GO) - Loooooooool.
A Better Son/Daughter (Carrie and Gary Fisher RPF) - I'm not crying. You're crying. Maybe we're both crying. I miss her.