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VID: "Make Something Good" (Merlin)

in the charred darkness a little green
Appeared in this year's Also Premiering show at VividCon.

Song: "Make Something Good" by Laura Veirs
Source: Merlin

The course stays true.

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Make Something Good from sweetestdrain on Vimeo.



Notes: I once spent about two months trying to write an epic Merlin fic in which Gwen is awesome and there is a lot of yearning and maybe a bit of threesome and I got precisely nowhere. Then I heard this song on a preview copy of July Flame and realized I could just make a vid. Thanks to the usual suspects!


I wanted to make something sweet
The blood inside the maple tree
The sunlight trapped inside the wood
Make something good

I wanted to make something strong
An organ pipe in a cathedral
That stays in tune through a thousand blooms
Make something good

It's gonna take a long, long time
But we're gonna make something so fine

I wanted to make something pure
An emerald field from steer manure
A wild-eyed child in a moonlit room
Make something good

I wanted to make something built to last
A bottled ship with a golden mast
And through the squall the course stays true
Make something good
Make something good

It's gonna take a long, long time
But we're gonna make something so fine


This entry is also posted at http://sweetestdrain.dreamwidth.org/239827.html (comment count unavailable replies).

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storm_of_roses
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
I can't play it on my computer? Download or in Safari. Am I doing it wrong?
sweetestdrain
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Whoops! Typo in the download URL, sorry. It should work now!
storm_of_roses
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks. It's really good! I <3 Gwen.
counteragent
Aug. 9th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
I almost didn't click on this because I was pretty sure Merlin fandom didn't have much left to tell me.(there have just been so many great vids!) I was so wrong!!! This is different and quietly lovely and really makes me believe it. Love the premise of the servants behind the King. Since I usually overlay their destinies onto my view of the characters, it's easy to forget that Gwen and Merlin are no ones equals in the castle but each others. At least not yet.
minnow1212
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
I really liked this vid--the pacing of it struck me as thoughtful and deliberate and considered in a way that really suited Gwen herself.
bathsweaver
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Oh, amazing. Downloading, thanks so much!
elemgi
Aug. 10th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Here from Astolat's LJ. Wonderful vid, love the OT3 balance.
darlulu
Aug. 10th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
I am so in love with this vid. I can't stop watching it. The OT3 is perfectly drawn and by the end of the vid you can just feel the hope that is what Camelot will be embodied in the fusion of the trio.
selenak
Aug. 11th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, Gwen! And oh, OT3. I love the way you handle their relationships to each other, showcasing all of them, and Gwen growing. It's just beautiful.
zahrawithaz
Aug. 11th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Love this!

I love your focus on Gwen, and the way present her as one of the architects of Camelot-to-come--this is all in the source, but fandom often downplays it. Also love the parallel you make between her relationships with Lancelot and Morgana--it would never have occurred to me, but oh so true!

I will rec this, if you don't mind.
heather
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think this could be more perfect. Gwen, OT3, you just lay it out exactly how it is and it's beautiful. I think I'm going to just watch it about ten more times, and then rec it on my LJ.

Edited at 2010-08-11 02:45 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Beautiful vid, very well edited and excellent song choice. Thanks. I really enjoyed watching this.

K

(here via zahrawithaz)
meri_contrary
Aug. 11th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
I am literally flailing with joy. I am so happy that there is an OT3 vid out there for my OT3 and that it's Gwen centric. ♥ ♥ ♥
sophinisba
Aug. 11th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Here on several recs from my f-list, this is just perfect, what a wonderful picture of Gwen, her loves and her strength. Thank you for making this!
themadlurker
Aug. 12th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Absolutely lovely ♥
glitterdemon
Aug. 12th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
oh, I felt so much longing watching this. it is so beautiful. I think canon has been a little unfair to Gwen, and this is how I wish it would treat her. just lovely.
bobrhyn
Aug. 12th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh, holy shit, this is so good. So good.

I'm not sure what else to say about it: there's so much here, and it'll take a lot of rewatches for me to find half of it. There's heartbreak and hope and such deep love, and oh, Gwen, oh, their future, together. I had more babbling, but it didn't make much sense, so just: really, really amazing job. <3
bobrhyn
Aug. 12th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
okay, the first time I watched it, I knew it was really, really good.

the second time it actually brought me to tears.
woldy
Aug. 13th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh Gwen <3
myfloralbonnet
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
♥ Gorgeous! I really love the editing.
hmsharmony
Aug. 16th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Absolutely breathtaking! I love the concept and your editing really brought the story line to life. Gorgeous. &hearts
starry_laa
Aug. 16th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
That was such a wonderful vid! <3
bofoddity
Aug. 20th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful, and does so much justice to Gwen, and Arthur and Merlin.
concinnity
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. The pacing is perfect.
obsessive24
Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
I loved this so much. You perfectly showcased Gwen's quiet strength, and how she supplements both Arthur and Merlin and, how, despite everything that's happened and we know is yet to happen, they're so hopeful about it, so well-meaning, and it breaks my heart a little bit. How you use the male vocals weaving in and out is a real thing of beauty.
faith_girl222
Sep. 15th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
this was so lovely!
arobynsung
Sep. 20th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!
Gorgeous! [insert more synonyms here]
tardis_stowaway
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
This is beautiful! Gwen is going to make a damn fine queen some day, and this vid really lets her shine.
redbrunja
Oct. 4th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Great vid. I love the sense of Arthur being something/someone that Gwen and Merlin are constructing.
oneechan19
Oct. 5th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh. This gave me chills. The good kind. So so gorgeous. I absolutely love this.
misslucyjane
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
So sweet and sad.
elanorelle
Oct. 12th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
What a completely gorgeous video. The interrelationships between all three of them (with Morgana and Lancelot on the periphery) was so perfect, and the fact you had Gwen as the centre of it all rather than Arthur or Merlin was the best thing about it. So much hope, looking forward to the good days that are to come, but a bittersweet air to remind us of what comes later, as well. Just stunning.
tearful_eye
Oct. 17th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
oh, how absolutely gorgeous <3
i probably never will able to really ship gwen/arthur, but this was still all kinds of beautiful and lovely & heartbreaking, somehow. love it so much!
2bluaeryn
Jan. 26th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
*What the icon says*

This was a rec and glad I had the opportunity to watch. It was well done.
suechosethis
Apr. 17th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
This is a beautiful vid! I love the song and your editing and the message. I'm downloading this for sure :) Thank you for this x
valika56
Sep. 30th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Very beautiful. More love for Gwen. Thank you!
destina
Jan. 6th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
I saw this vid when you reposted it to Tumblr a little bit ago, and I cried, because - when I think about how things ended, and how this friendship remained true on all sides until the end, and how each of them lifted the others up in so many ways, it just kills me. I love this vid. It's beautiful. Thanks for putting it back out there, because I would have missed it, otherwise.
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