Dec. 31st, 2037 11:59 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
All the vids! I kind of put this off because most of my vids are just available at Youtube, but that's not 100% true anymore. So here we are!

Behind the cut... )
jetpack_monkey: (Sisko - Like a Boss)
Hey gang, this should be short, since I only made four this year:

Stronger (Re-Animator)
Fox on the Run (Doctor Who)
Under My Skin (Multi - aliens)
Uptown Funk (Multi - wuxia)

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.

Least Favorite
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.

Most Successful
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.
jetpack_monkey: (Plan 9 from Outer Space)
Hey! Looks like I can fess up to my Equinox vids now! I made two:

Fox on the Run - Doctor Who (2005), Doctor/River, for [personal profile] purplefringe 

Under My Skin - Multi-fandom, alien horror in space, for [personal profile] caramarie 

And I can now properly thank [personal profile] violace for Infinity, the fucking amazing No Man's Sky vid I received (will update link when signed version goes up). She ROCKS.

jetpack_monkey: (NPH on a Unicorn)
Here's a stripped-down, less micro-managey version of the spreadsheet that I use for all of my multifandom vids:

It's set to read-only, but you can "Make a copy" in the File menu to keep it for your very own.

The rows will auto-highlight based on whether you've clipped and/or acquired source and there's an automatically updating counter at the top.
jetpack_monkey: (Marshall Eriksen - Ah Man)
I think my days of vidding with any regularity are narrowing to a close. And it's because I am very bad at listening to music. You'd think this is something that one couldn't actually suck at, but it is and I do.

I don't listen to music, really. I don't put on iTunes and listen to favorite tracks or check out a new artist. It never occurs to me to do so and even now, I'm blanking on a scenario where listening to music for funsies would be something I would do instead of anything else.

The only time I listen to music is when I'm actively trawling for vidding material. And frankly, over the years, it's become exactly as frustrating as clothes shopping. It even tenses up the same neck muscles. I find something that I like, but they don't have it in my size or worse, they have it in my size but it doesn't quite fit. It's just a shade wrong. And I could wear the shade wrong thing, but I would know all the ways it doesn't fit.

Same with songs. Even when I'm just generically listening to stuff for general "put it on the vidding list" music, I hear songs that are great in some ways, but either structurally or lyrically go to a place that make them ill-suited except in very narrow scenarios in which I have no interest. Listening to music with the knowledge that the songs could be used for vidding but aren't suitable for my needs makes the whole process awful. (And yes, I realize that the solution is "Stop looking at it that way" -- see above, re: I wouldn't listen to music otherwise).

It gets worse when I run into the vidding scenario that's been plaguing me for the last year -- I find something that seems a perfect match for a fandom or a multi scenario, spend days or even weeks gathering source and clipping, and the *instant* I get more than one clip on the timeline, I see exactly how the two are a terrible match. And now I've wasted oodles of time clipping something. Trying to find a song that's like the one you were using but is different in key ways is nearly impossible.

It's even more frustrating because I don't tend to vid things I'm actively obsessively fannish about. I prefer to vid in weird niches that I have some technical or historical interest in. So all of that time I spent clipping was really wasted, because it was only to support that specific vid idea for that specific song. The clipping work can't be repurposed for another vid in the same fandom because I'm not attached enough to the fandom itself to explore another angle. So I either find a replacement song for that specific idea or I fail.

The short of this is, you are not getting my ultimate lulzy Run Boy Run vid at Vividcon Premieres this year. I'm not sure I have any more vids in me for this year's Vividcon at all.
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I made three vids this year:
I predicted that I would get guessed for the first two (so much that I ended up making a second vid for tbm so I would still have some secrets). However, I was a little surprised to see that [personal profile] bessyboo guessed me for both at the same time (in, like, the fifth comment to the Guess the Festividder post). I kinda wish I was still offering vids for guesses, because you would have earned it, Bessy.
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Festivids 2015 dropped a week ago, but I haven't had a chance to make a post. So here it is.

First of all, I received *FOUR* vids this year. Honestly, I'm absolutely flummoxed and gratified that these even exist. That they are all amazing in their own way is just f**king sweet.

What's especially awesome is that there are now THREE vids for the 1977 what-the-eff-did-I-just-watch masterpiece Hausu that didn't exist before, and they all come from different angles:

Great White Cat (unexpected instrumental music choice works amazingly well)
A Happy Song Where Everybody Dies (bulletproof music kink + dark humor = EEEE)
Rock Lobster (lyrical resonance makes everything MORE WTF, not less)

None of the vids are safe-for-work and they all contain copious amounts of blood (well, red water). Also your brain my never be the same again.

Last but under no circumstances least is a vid for The Mummy (1932);

Love Lockdown

Oh my heart. This is exactly the kind of vid I was hoping for when I requested the source, but it exceeded all of my expectations by using a Kanye West song that dug to the eternal soul of the material. Plus more Boris Karloff vids are never a bad.

I haven't had a chance to do as much viewing as I'd like, but here are some of the vids that I really dug this year:

For the sake of ongoing mystery, I am not reccing anything that I have been guessed for. We'll see how those guesses turn out in a week.
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: (Tom Servo Lives!)
I'm making super-multisource vid about robots that will show at Vividcon this year in the Artificial Life vidshow. I've gathered... quite the collection of sources, but I know there are some areas where I'm not particularly savvy -- like a lot of television, anime, and videogames.

Additionally, not all of the robots that I have source for will make the final vid, so I'm trying to prioritize as best I can.

Are there any robots that would give you great joy to see in such a vid? Leave me a comment!

To get even more specific, here are some areas where I need help:

Behind a cut in case anybody cares about vid spoilers )

For the purposes of my vid, robots are artificial, inorganic or partially inorganic beings with artificial intelligence (sentient or semi-sentient). No piloted mech suits, remote-controlled 'bots, or human brains in robot bodies. Human-form Cylons are just outside the scope of my vid, as are the nanobots from Big Hero 6. However, The Terminator counts, as do regular cylons, and Baymax. I may include cybermen just to contradict myself, but not Daleks.
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: (Tom Servo Lives!)
I'll try to keep the pre-amble short this year, because the requests themselves tell a story. This is a Festivids request list that is as much for my mom as it is for me, as we'll see in a second.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 )

Gamera (Shōwa series, 1965-1980) )

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger )

Ed Wood's Kelton Trilogy (Bride of the Monster / Plan 9 from Outer Space / Night of the Ghouls) )

Manos: The Hands of Fate )

Space Mutiny (1988) )

Danger: Diabolik (1968) )

As for music: go with your heart. Or your head. Or your spleen. Whatever you feel works best. Nothing is off limits.
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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)
Finding an Italian academic article on fan vids (link goes to Google's English translation)

They use works by [personal profile] luminosity[personal profile] thirdblindmouse[personal profile] tree[ profile] hollywoodgrrl and [ profile] ohvienna as examples (as well as a couple of mine). One of the sections is even called "The Self-Taught Cinéphile", after my old journal subtitle.

Plus loads of quotes from Francesca Coppa and [personal profile] tishaturk

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: (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!

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