Festivids! The vids I liked!

I've now watched a good-size chunk of the masterlist, although not everything -- however, I need to go ahead and post some recs before reveals are suddenly upon us.

First, I absolutely ADORED the vids made for me this year: two Snow White and the Huntsman vids, one focusing on Snow's fantastical journey and the other on Queen Ravenna and her delicious machinations, both gorgeous and arguably far better than the film itself: A Hazy Shade of Winter and Mirrors; and one Slings & Arrows vid which revels in the determination and multifacetedness of director Darren Nichols: Shake It Off. Thank you so much, anonymous vidders!

Some Other Festivids Recs (so far; in order by source):

Kinky Neighbors (Batman - Adam West) -- Adorable and fun. This is all canon, right?

Bad Girls (Bitch Slap) -- I could probably watch Bitch Slap vids all day long, in theory -- are there more than two now? -- but this one is particularly awesome and slyly funny.

Dynamite (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) -- I think this might've been the first vid I clicked on after watching my own Festivid gifts, and it was so worth it.

Glorious (The Eagle) -- Epic and beautiful. I've seen this movie like seven times and this vid makes it look new again.

Always a Good Time (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) -- My boyfriend and I were arguing over whether Hansel & Gretel was any good, and I showed him this vid. Not sure it convinced him, but he did agree that the vid was pretty great.

Through the Deep Dark Woods (How to Get Away with Murder) -- I've never seen this show, but I probably will never get around to it because I'll be too busy watching this over and over. Effective use of song choice, damn.

Spectrum (JLA/DC Trinity) -- Damnit, DC Comics, you still give me feelings. At least when a vid is this gorgeous and well-edited.

Can't Pretend and Take Me to Church (Luther) -- I want to wallow in the beautiful fucked-upness of these vids all day long and draw hearts around Luther and Alice.

Infinite (Perks of Being a Wallflower) -- In which I revisit being 14, the age when I read this book over and over and cried and cried at the beautiful imagery and emotional gutpunches, all of which are beautifully translated through this vid (and, I suppose, the movie, but I haven't seen it).

Moves Like Yahweh (Prince of Egypt) -- I shrieked the first time I watched this, and it's still excellent and hilarious when I know what's coming.

Grow Old with Me (Six Feet Under) -- Friend and fellow vidder [personal profile] trelkez watched me watch this vid, and she was all, "Wait, are you having feelings? Is this vid giving you feelings? Is that a tear?" YES. YES IT WAS.

Au Port (Triplets of Belleville) -- So absorbing and surreal, much like the film. So pretty!

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Song: "Young Men Dead" by Black Angels
Source: Lawrence of Arabia

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." -- T.E. Lawrence

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Notes: This was made for [personal profile] larissabernstein in Festivids 2014. Funny story: I was originally assigned to vid Barbarella (love!) from your list of requests, but I was completely stuck. I finally decided to make a Pleasantville vid instead, but as I was searching for a song, I stumbled over this one, and thought, "Hey, this kind of reminds me of Lawrence of Arabia. A movie which I have never seen." So I watched it. This vid is the result.

All comments and feedback welcomed!

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"Renaissance!" (Pleasantville)

Song: "Renaissance!" by San Fermin
Source: Pleasantville

Magnificent things.

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Notes: Made for [personal profile] larissabernstein in Festivids 2014! Thanks for giving me an opportunity to vid this film -- I've loved it for many years. Also, thanks to [personal profile] trelkez for helping me figure out the ending.

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Festivids letter! No longer a placeholder!

Thank you so much for vidding for me, Festivid vidder and/or treater! This letter is mostly what I included in my requests, but there might be the odd clarification or additional note. Most of all, I'd like you to have fun and not stress out too much about your assignment -- there's nothing on this list that I wouldn't enjoy seeing in vid form, any vid form.

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The Addams Family FilmsCollapse )
Belle (2013)Collapse )
Kings (2009)Collapse )
The PretenderCollapse )
Slings and ArrowsCollapse )
Snow White and the HuntsmanCollapse )

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the Vidding Questions list

GASP. I'm posting! I like these vidding questions that have been going around, so I'm going to join the crowd and try replying to some of them. Drop me a comment if there are any you'd like me to answer first. I'll come back and edit this post with links to the questions I tackle.

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?

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VID: "Empty Nest" (Kings)

Song: "Empty Nest" by Wild Beasts
Source: Kings (NBC)

Let none of his words fall to the ground.

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Notes: Premiered in the VividCon 2014 Challenge show for "Gift." I've been wanting to make this vid for forever, and this year's theme provided a great opportunity! Thanks to [personal profile] kuwdora for cheering me on. How would I even make vids if you weren't around to toss drafts at?

All comments and feedback welcomed!

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VID: "Frontier" (Snowpiercer)

Song: "Frontier" by Dead Can Dance
Source: Snowpiercer

Know your place.

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Notes: Premiered in the VividCon 2014 premieres show. Thanks to [personal profile] what_alchemy for the fantastic vidsong, and to the usual folks for watching my draft and liking the vid despite having no clue what was happening. Y'all are awesome.

All feedback and vid reactions are welcome!

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VID: "Celebration" (multi: pop divas!)

Song: "Celebration" by Madonna (Benny Benassi remix)
Source: 100+ music videos! *collapses*

If it makes you feel good.

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Notes: Premiered in Club Vivid for VividCon 2014. Complete source list is forthcoming -- I didn't have time to finish compiling it before lots of con happened, and it is HUGE. Some thoughts on the concept and making of the vid might be included. I have complicated pop diva feelings! Thanks to [personal profile] kuwdora for everything.

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Some Festivids recs!

It's Festivids time -- a major vidder holiday! -- and this year there were a whopping 205 vids posted for the exchange. I've only watched through maybe half, and in no particular order -- I'm kind of clicking around at random -- so my recs will be entirely subjective and probably leave off tons of awesome vids. Go check them all out!

This year I received two amazing Sleepy Hollow vids, The Way Things Are and Helpless. The first is a fantastic, insightful character study of Jenny Mills (and is officially Orlando-Jones-approved and Lyndie-Greenwood-retweeted! Oh, fourth wall, we will miss you), and the second is a gorgeous look at Ichabod Crane and the connections he's forged with Katrina and Abbie (omg Abbie!) in the face of all manner of evil and coffeemakers. Season finale spoilers contained in both, so make sure you're caught up or don't care! There were several other Sleepy Hollow vids in Festivids this year, too, and they're all great though these two are obviously the best because they're for ME.

Some other vids that have randomly caught my eye (and my 'replay' button):

All We Got (The Great Gatsby) -- This might be one of those "the vid is so awesome that you don't have to see the movie because it wouldn't be as good" kind of vids. Unless the movie is just a two-hour version of the vid, cause I'd definitely be down for that. So bright and sparkly and DOOM.

Find My Way (Carnivàle) -- Such a cool integration of character study (Jonesy!) with general show mythos and imagery.

Finished Symphony (Blue Planet) -- I was lucky enough to watch this vid for the first time on a TV screen and I'd love to see it even bigger... everyone in the room kept going "ooh!" at all the swirling fish and beautiful musicality.

Oh No (Purple Rain) -- Okay, yes, this vid is awesome, and not only do I now understand why folks find Prince attractive, suddenly I'm all emotionally invested in the story taking place off-stage.

Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down (Top of the Lake) -- I haven't seen this source, but the vid is super eerie and tells a mesmerizing story all on its own.

Teardrop (Hard Candy) -- YES. The vid I have always wanted for this movie. Chilling and gorgeous, with a fantastic build.

Toxic (The Red Shoes) -- This is so awesomely-edited and PRETTY. Also, I never want to be a ballerina.

We are Having a Hootenany Now (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) -- Lovely warm feelings and sitcom hijinks!

Wherever You Will Go (Wallace & Gromit) -- The love of a good dog. I am having a whole ton of claymation emotions.

(That's all for now, but I reserve the right to make a second recs post later, after I've watched more of the vids! VIDS. ALL THE VIDS.)

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