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: (Grouch Marx - Amused)
It's looking like I'm not going to finish off my robots vid before the year is up, so let's just do this now, shall we? As I normally do, I only count the vids I released in 2014, even if the majority of work was done in 2013.

February (Festivids reveals)
Battle Without Honor or Humanity (Danger 5)
Radio (Hey Ash Whatcha Playin')
Raise Your Glass (Space Cases)
The Ballad of Wesley Crusher (Star Trek: TNG)

August (Vividcon)
Dracula Has Risen from the Dance Floor (Hammer Dracula)
Carries On (Jim Henson)

Rest of the meme behind the cut! )
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
From[personal profile] violace and[personal profile] killabeez 
1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.

I absolutely adore making multisource vids centered around a particular theme or film series. Drawing out meta-narratives and tropes is totally my jam. It's not just the vidding process, though. It's the research. The deep delve into film/television history, looking for those rare sources, finding new favorite sources (or suffering through sources that Should Not Be). Example vids: 

From[personal profile] violace and[personal profile] killabeez and[ profile] kiki_miserychic :

2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?

I am trying my hand at comics vidding right now and I really really really want to make a video game vid at some point. Mass Effect, probably, but I had a terrible idea for a Mario Kart vid (or, well, [personal profile] jmtorres had it and I stole it)

jetpack_monkey: (Default)
[personal profile] rhoboat requested:

7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.

The first four seconds of Slippery Slope were huge for me. I wanted to give the audience the foreknowledge that things were going to go badly without giving away the ending. I also wanted to do it before the lyrics kicked in. Ending that little pre-amble just a frame or two after Sgt. Howie's look of indignant horror fully forms ended up being exactly the thing that worked. It's something in a vid where the editing choices and the effects of those editing choices feel entirely mine.

16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?

It depends entirely on the vid. For multi-source vids that aren't for a limited canon (for instance "all black and white space movies made before July 1969"), I keep spreadsheets that track potential source, whether I've acquired it, and whether I've clipped it. I also make a lot of clip notes (either in text documents or actual physical notebooks) for projects with more than, like, four movies worth of source (or source I'm not familiar with). For complex character vids, I've been known to outline the vid on paper -- I did that with All the Rowboats to track the general rise and fall of Michael Corleone against the lyrics.

jetpack_monkey: (Mass Effect - Mordin and Wrex)
[personal profile] shati wants to know:

5. Share one of your strengths.

I have a strong sense of film/media history that informs my vidding. It's a bit like having an Intersect for movies in my brain (what? I've been watching a lot of Chuck lately).

Also, I'm apparently crazy fast when I want to be.

6. Share one of your weaknesses.

My sense of montage is very weak. I'm laser-focused on individual clips, but I have difficulty parsing the interactions between a group of adjacent clips in terms of primary and secondary visual attractors, movement, lighting, and color.

Also, I don't know if this is a weakness, but I strongly emphasize the literary (especially in terms of narrative) in my perception and vidding of visual media. This means my vids tend to emphasize important Narrative or Thematic visuals and I don't spend a lot of time with aesthetics beyond what's provided for me. My vids have a lot of medium-to-close shots and very few landscapes or inanimate objects.

More answers to come!
jetpack_monkey: (Number 6 - Color Me Crazy)
So, here's a list of questions about vidding. Toss some numbers at me in the comments and I'll answer them in posts. Probably. Until I see a butterfly.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
10. Is vidding your passion or just a fun hobby?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
17. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
29. How do you feel about smut?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
I just finished up notes for my Dracula and Jim Henson vids and I realize that I'm probably not covering the bits that people find interesting. If you have any questions about *any* of my vids (source, editing process, tips and tricks, etc), leave them here and I'll answer them whenever possible. If I like my answers, I'll append them to the notes for the appropriate vid.

Vid list
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
From [personal profile] heresluck and a bunch of others:  Everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you).

Frankenstein (1931)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Third Man (1949)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Psycho (1960)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Harold and Maude (1973)
Lisa and the Devil (1973)
Re-Animator (1985)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

I am not sure how I feel about this list, honestly... They are the films that feel like they answer the call of the meme best, but how do they really come together to explain me? 
jetpack_monkey: (SLJ - One Badass Mofo)
I highly doubt I'll have any vids I'm releasing between now and December 31st, so here we go:

Vids premiered in 2013

February (Festivids reveals)
All the Rowboats (The Godfather series)
The Angelic Look (Charlie's Angels)
Back to Avalon (A League of Their Own)
Feel Dead Inc. (Cabin in the Woods)
I Don't Speak Hungarian (A koppányi aga testamentuma)
Wolfsbane (The Wolf Man series)
Burn Brighter (Firestarter)

Wonderful World (multi)
Blow (The Prisoner, VidUKon)

August (Vividcon)
crushcrushcrush (Star Trek: DS9)
Let's Go to the Mall (Dawn of the Dead 1978)
A Quite Serious Thematic Analysis of the Works of David Cronenberg (David Cronenberg)
Slippery Slope (The Wicker Man - 1973)
Starships! (Monochromatic Remix) (multi)
Va Va Voom (I Love Lucy)
Vividcon 2013 Premieres Intro (Werewolf multi)

My favorite video this year (of my own):
It's a tie between All the Rowboats -- where I really challenged myself -- and Starships! Monochromatic Remix, which was fun to make, fun to watch, and was an overall educational experience.

My least favorite video this year:
I'm still not completely comfortable making vids about interpersonal relationships, so I feel like The Angelic Look could have come out so much better than it did.

Most successful video:
My instinct here is to say Starships! remix, but that one is such a gimme based on how great and loved the original by [ profile] bironic is. So I'm going to go with Blow, because it was a labor of love for me and it had an unexpected, nigh-overwhelming response.

Video most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Wolfsbane. Hands down. Some of my most emotional, angsty work there.

Most fun video:
It's probably a tie between Starships! remix and Feel Dead Inc. The latter was just a blast to make and I still have fun watching it.

Video with single sexiest moment:
David Cronenberg has a whole spate of them. I worked really hard to make that vid both sexy and uncomfortable at the same time.

Biggest vid fail:
I still owe [personal profile] nakedbee a vid for making my amazing Prisoner jacket for Club Vivid. It's going to happen, I promise!

Hardest video to make:
Different levels of hard. Va Va Voom was the most difficult in terms of work-to-enjoyment. It was really kind of a slog, because while I was theoretically a fan of I Love Lucy, in practice, I wasn't feeling it. All the Rowboats represented a challenge I gave myself to bring my vidding to the next level and really be more than just the guy who makes fun vids or horror vids.

Most unintentionally telling video:
This is always such a weird category, so I'm going to go with the vid that told me the most about myself in the making -- Starships! (Monochromatic Remix). I have always been a film history buff, but I was astounded at how much easier it was to make that vid (which encompassed 77 different sources) simply because I was learning while I was doing it. I've always known that my external reason for vidding is to curry the respect and admiration of my peers. Making the Starships remix clarified my internal, personal reasons for vidding -- I do it to learn. I gain an intimate insight into editing, cinematography, and film history with this one hobby. The more I vid, the more I understand how film works and the more I understand I have more to learn yet.

Other vidding miscellany:

So I wanted to repost one of my responses from last year's iteration of this meme, where I talk about my expectations for 2013:

I honestly think 2013 is going to be a big year for me. I have some really interesting vids planned (or already made in terms of two Festivids vids). I plan on hitting Vividcon with all rockets firing and really pushing myself in terms of technique, musicality, and narrative. I don't think I could have come to this point as a vidder without the amazing community and I plan on doing more in terms of volunteering at Vividcon, running panels, and putting together vidshows.
I just got really emotional re-reading that because I am not a goal-setter and when I do set goals, I usually disappoint myself. But I feel like I accomplished all of the above. I'm a more assured vidder now. I've made vids that would've seemed impossible to me 18 months ago. It's been a good year.

For 2014:

I released 16 vids in 2013 -- I think I'm going to take a step back. I'm going to hunker down and focus on a smaller set of vids that are really important to me. And a couple of silly ones, too, because I'm me. And I'd like to make a video game vid this year. That would be cool.

jetpack_monkey: (NPH on a Unicorn)
Ahem. Sorry. Throwing my hat into the ring of "posting on topics provided by friends". It's an abbreviated schedule because I missed the first few days.

So here's how it works -- at the bottom of the post are the days of December. If you want to read my witty, scintillating thoughts on a subject, claim a day in the comments.

I'll talk about anything, but here's some general areas where I might have more thoughts than others: running a website, vidding, horror movies, movies in general, comic books, atheism/agnosticism, video games, and anything listed in my user interests.

So here's the list of dates. Multiple topics encouraged. Leave a comment!

December 3 -- This.
December 4 -- Tell us about your vidding process. In general, or of one specific vid you've made if you prefer. ([personal profile] thirdblindmouse )
December 5 -- Ramble on about your favorite Universal monster. ([personal profile] elipie )
December 6 -- How does it feel to be (such an awesome) dude in the so heavily female dominated vidding world? Do you see something gendered in vidding, or is it just the sort of thing that more dudes would like if they'd--IDK, let go and embrace their feels more?? :D ([personal profile] cesperanza )
December 7 -- please explain gregory peck's left eyebrow ([ profile] kiki_miserychic )
December 8 -- what do you think was the main message behind Wonderfalls? ([ profile] kiki_miserychic )
December 9 -- are there any movies that you wanted to like, but didn't? meaning, a movie people loved, but you didn't ([ profile] kiki_miserychic )
December 10 -- What's your earliest memory of gaming? ([ profile] elipie )
December 11 -- Favorite haunted house film? Or what makes for a good haunted house film? ([personal profile] greenet )
December 12 -- Favorite ongoing comics not from the big two? ([personal profile] greenet )
December 13 -- Is there a genre or style of music that you think should be vidded more often, either by yourself or by others? ([personal profile] seekingferret )
December 14 --
December 15 --How did you find fandom, and how long have you been involved? What about fandom appealed to you, and what place does it have in your life? ([ profile] vagabondage )
December 16 -- Continuity errors and you: a rant ([personal profile] cesperanza )
December 17 -- the invention of film in the 1990s ([personal profile] shati )
December 18 --
December 19 -- What is the One True Vid (or more, if you want) of your heart that you don't think you'll ever make? ([personal profile] grammarwoman )
December 20 -- if someone were going on vacation to where you live, what would you suggest they do while there? ([personal profile] kiki_miserychic )
December 21 --
December 22 --
December 23 --
December 24 --
December 25 -- I think it would be very edgy to talk about agnosticism/atheism on December 25. ([ profile] qkellie )
December 26 --
December 27 --
December 28 --
December 29 -- tell me about the time you laughed the hardest ([personal profile] kiki_miserychic )
December 30 --
December 31 --

jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Borrowed from everybody:

If there is any question you would like to ask me about any one of my vids, then go ahead! What I meant by a particular clip or sequence, why I chose to highlight that characterization, why I chose that song, what crack I was taking and where you can get some...anything. Anything you might like to know about how I made a vid, I shall do my best to answer.

Convenient list of my vids broken up into four arbitrary categories.
jetpack_monkey: (Cary Grant - Crazy Moment)
Yes, I should be working on my Festivid. Shush.

This year's vids:
  1. Invincible - Tank Girl (with [personal profile] echan )  [available only on the Apocalypse West 2011 DVD]
  2. Invincible - James Bond [Vividcon 2011]
  3. The Gremlin Show - Gremlins [Vividcon 2011]
  4. A Sophisticated Song - Classic Hollywood (Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn) [Vividcon 2011]
Wow, I only made four? What is that? *checks vidding history* Oh, I guess that's about average for years that aren't 2008.

Meme answers behind the cut )
jetpack_monkey: (Clark Kent - Man of Tweed)
*Think back to ten years ago on this month.
*Write truthful answers and ELABORATE. This makes it more interesting!
*It's about personal changes. Have fun with it!

Meme under cut )
jetpack_monkey: (JD - Mr. Funtimes)
Not that I don't have a lot to do, but it's not exactly taking up a load of brainspace.

So, I give you the opportunity to know more about the weirdness that is me. Ask any question about me or my opinions (fannish, silly, personal) in the comments and I will answer.

Icon Meme

Jan. 12th, 2009 12:50 am
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Icon Meme!

fave shipfave fandomfave animated
best quotebest textlessbest stolen idea
use the mostfavorite

DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: That I am a giant dork, yes.
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Doctor Who -- nearly one-quarter of them.
AND THE SECOND MOST: Alias, by a hair.
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: I think it's a tie between all of them. I don't really go in for ship icons.
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: Mostly by me. I usually feel weird using somebody else's icon.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Yes, though not as frequently as I once did.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: I like them.

Coding can be found here

jetpack_monkey: (The Doctor (10)/Donna - Team Awesome)
Ganked from [ profile] empressvesica -- post the first line of your first post from each month of the year.

January: As very special presents for our shiny new 2008, [ profile] midnightfae and I were both given nasty cases of viral gastroenteritis.

February: Previous part is here. (referring to my SPN/Doctor Who crossover fic)

March: So, Mario Bava Retrospective at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

April: Much as this might seem like an April Fool's joke to those "in the know", it's not.

May: For those who might not know, I have an icon journal at [ profile] jetpackvampire, which I share with [ profile] qkellie.

June: My speculation? (talking about "Silence in the Library")

July: I was watching Father's Day to get clips for my vid, specifically the scene where Pete and Rose are talking in the car on the way to the wedding.

August: This is why I love Neil Patrick Harris.

September: Using Google's Chrome browser, which is kind of awesome.

October: Zombie Scavenger Hunt went well.

November: I picked up Boa vs. Python at the grocery story for no discernible reason other than it was $10, has David Hewlett as the leading man, and its the film that gave rise to the equally large boa meme.

December: See icon. (the icon was 10 saying, "I'm off my meds!")
jetpack_monkey: (Darla - Little Did He Know)
Ganked from [ profile] ladybug218 and then (mostly) gender-modified to fit with my particular chromosomes.

As I am off my ADD meds at the moment, these may not be entirely accurate )
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
01. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the [Flickr] search engine.
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos [here].
04. Then share with the world.

Large image under cut )

Icon Meme!

Nov. 11th, 2008 11:12 am
jetpack_monkey: (Karen - Terribly Amused)
Reply to this post and I will pick six of your icons.
Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

[ profile] spleeny wanted to know about these:

1. 2. 3.
4. 5. 6.

1. Xander (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) -- "All Alone in My White Boy Pain"
This is the slightly revamped version of one of my very first icons. I think I made it for an icon contest waaaay back in the day. Anyway, the look on Xander's face just called for a little Ben Folds. Trufax: the first version of this icon used Comic Sans MS.

2. Jayne (Firefly) -- "Pretty Cunning Dontcha Think?"
A couple (my, has it been that long?) years ago there was an icon tutorial running around about how to convert screencaps into comic-book versions. I made a few modifications of my own (mainly to get a better sense of color in) and did takes on Jayne, Darla, Puppet!Angel, and Andrew. This one is still my very favorite (although the Darla runs a close second for capturing that EC Comics spirit). Everybody needs an icon of Jayne in the hat.

3. JD / Elliott (Scrubs) -- "Just Friends"
I Netflixed the first season of Scrubs, but after watching it, I immediately turned around and bought the rest. I also made icons. I just love this one because the caption isn't related to what they're talking about (she's, I believe, describing her family life at a mile-a-minute) but it sums up perfectly their relationship. They're never going to be uncomplicated and they're never going to be able to state their relationship in simple terms without qualifications or air quotes. Also, the look on her face is priceless.

4. Tchotkes (Wonderfalls) -- "Inappropriate Touching"
This one's pretty much verbatim from the series, which is a delightful and whimsical look at one slacker's rise to grudging responsibility -- all caused by talking animal avatars. It's awesome. In this scene, Jaye (said slacker) is listening to her friend Mahondra tease her about a boy using the two figurines as visual guides. Unfortunately, the figurines take umbrage to this.

5. The Calimari Wrestler (movie of the same name) - "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know"
Okay, forget the icon for a second, because really, I only have it to sell the movie. Imagine a straight-faced parody of the Rocky movies, except instead of Sylvester Stallone, you have a giant squid. And it's live-action. It's available at, so really, you have no excuse not to see it.

6. Nic & Danny (Hot Fuzz) -- "Now That's What I'm Talkin' About"
I saw this movie twice in its opening weekend and I've probably watched it another six or seven times since then. In HD. It really is what I'm talkin' about. Plus firing two guns whilst jumping through the air is awesome.

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