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Some Festivids recs!

This was the first year since Festivids began that I didn't participate -- a very weird feeling, but I just had to admit to myself that I couldn't take on any more responsibilities this winter. Regardless, there were still a bunch of vids this year that felt like they were made for me! (Even though half of them are for sources I've never seen.)

Behind Blue Eyes (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Get Better (Hawkeye)
English Summer Rain (How I Live Now)
Civilian (London Spy)
Stronger (Re-Animator series)
Welcome to the Jungle (Singin' in the Rain)
Little Wheel Spin and Spin (Strange Empire)

They're so good. That's just a starting point, but I've been so busy rewatching these that I haven't finished all the other vids. I'm sure there are many more terrific ones. Go investigate!

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VID: "Guts" (Agent Carter)

Song: "Guts" by Alex Winston (live recording)
Source: Agent Carter

Someone's daughter. Whitney Frost, Dottie Underwood, and Peggy Carter.

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Notes: Premiered in the VividCon 2016 Premieres show in Chicago this past August, and is finally being posted here! Thanks so much to those who talked with me about this vid at the con, and to the folks at In-Depth Vid Review who had such smart and insightful comments. I'm really relieved and glad that this vid resonated with so many people. I love Agent Carter (the show and the character both), but these are some things I think about.

All comments and feedback are welcomed.

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Hello, social media platforms!

I'm currently browsing the Dreamwidth Friending Meme, and given my inability to post more than once a year, I'll probably subscribe to a few folks but mostly lurk. I'll be continuing to lurk at Livejournal, too, but the recent developments there have definitely made me more inspired to build up my DW presence, such as it is.

I also just realized I never posted my last...five? six?...vids here -- so stay tuned for those. They do seem to be mostly up on AO3 and Youtube, so if you'd like, you can keep track of my fannish output in one of those spots. I've also got a list of Merlin vid recs from the fandom panel I ran at VividCon last year that I need to share with y'all. So maybe I WILL be posting more than once a year. Who knows?

Other updates: Vidding is still my primary fandom. I like TV shows. My inner eleven-year-old is super psyched because Star Wars is BACK. Also very excited about American Gods. And I am getting married in the fall. (Whaaat.)

P.S. I ALMOST FORGOT. I am on Twitter as @sweetestdrain. That might actually be where to find my social media presence. I tweet every two months!

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Call for Merlin vid recs!

Hi all! In August, I'll be modding a 2-hour panel at VividCon about Merlin vidding -- blurb as follows:

How Do I Get You Alone: Making Magic out of BBC's Merlin
The story of King Arthur of Camelot, filled with chivalry, sorcery, and tragedy, has inspired transformative works for hundreds of years. How did vidders react to BBC's Merlin and its sometimes magical, sometimes troublesome take on this classic narrative? We'll watch and discuss a curated assortment of vids made over the course of Merlin's five seasons, specifically those with an emphasis on "transformative": vids which reimagine, reinvent, or even transgress against the show's established narrative, and which either celebrate or rebel against the omnipresent specter of established Arthurian "canon." Also: singing dragons. (The first hour of this panel will be in vidshow format, and the second will be heavily discussion-based with additional example vids and clips.)


I'm really excited to get to revisit some of the excellent fanworks that came about because of this show, and already have quite the folder of vids that I'd like to use, but I would welcome ANY recs of Merlin vids y'all remember being interesting, formative, or off-the-beaten-path. If you happen to rec me something I've already found, that'll just cement that vid as being important to other people, too!

That said, I do have a few specific types of vids for which I'd especially welcome more examples. Please hit me up if you know any vids matching one or more of the following tropes: Mordred-centric, Gwen-centric, focused on seasons 4 & 5 (especially pre-finale), focused on side characters (Tristan & Isolde, the knights, etc.), reincarnation or modern AUs (especially post-finale), 5x13 fix-it vids, and general show and/or fandom critiques. Self-recs are welcome!

I'll be sure to post the finalized playlist (and probably some commentary + additional vid links) sometime in August after the panel, for anyone who's interested.

Also, VividCon is still looking for a few more panel submissions/volunteers -- more information here!

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Festivids letter!

Hi Festivids vidder! I'm so excited you're making a vid for me. (And anyone else who stumbles across this letter and gets inspired -- thanks and I hope you have fun! I love vid treats!)

You'll find that this is basically the same as my sign-up letter, but if you feel the need for more direction -- or at least, more of an idea of what I like -- I'm including some general likes and dislikes. (I've copied these from last year's letter, as my tastes haven't changed that much!)

General likes and dislikes!Collapse )

Details on sources! Includes, alphabetically: Long Way Round, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2014), The Mighty Boosh, Over the Garden Wall, The Pretender, Tracker (2001), and What We Do in the Shadows.Collapse )

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VID: "Big Bright World" (Luther, etc.)

Song: "Big Bright World" by Garbage
Source: Luther (with additional source from Jane Eyre, Small Island, and The Lone Ranger)

Rage against the dying. Or: Reader, I buried him.

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Notes: Premiered in the VividCon 2015 Challenge show for the theme of "Memory." I've been wanting to make a vid kind of like this for a while, however, I'm not sure how entirely successful this one is, as during the vidding process it very much turned into part id vid, part ode to Ruth Wilson's face. All interpretations are welcome, but if you want to know what I had in mind, it's behind here.Collapse )

All comments and feedback welcomed!

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Song: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
Source: 2001: A Space Odyssey

A bicycle built for two.

Download: right-click and save, please. [mp4, watch with VLC player]
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Notes: Premiered in Club Vivid 2015 at VividCon. I... have nothing else to say.

All comments and feedback welcomed!

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Song: "Zero" by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Source: MCU (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Who do you want me to be?

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Notes: Premiered in the VividCon 2015 Premieres show. I had some mixed feelings about Age of Ultron's portrayal of Natasha, so I decided to make a vid to reconcile that movie's Natasha with the other Natasha(s) I'd seen. This is the vid that resulted! And I think what also resulted for me was a lot more love for her character in general, so I'm pretty happy with how my project turned out. Natasha Romanoff, y'all.

All comments and feedback welcomed!

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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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