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VID: "Empty Hearts" (Merlin BBC)

Like many, when I watch Merlin I am reminded of the rich variety of Arthurian legends, the grandeur of the mythical Camelot, and of the inevitable nature of destiny. I remember the many great stories birthed from these legends, and how, in the tradition of storytelling, a few aspects will remain consistent across many different tales--and that the one thing most can agree on is that tragedy and misfortune will eventually befall these characters' lives.

And then, I choose to ignore it all completely.

Song: "Empty Hearts" by Josh Ritter
Source: Merlin BBC

"Is this a kissing book?"

Download: from mediafire or right-click and save. [03:51, ~46mb, xvid codec]
OR watch on vimeo: streaming version here, password ot4dude.

Notes: Spoilers through the first season. Warnings for complete fluff and total lack of depth. Also, foursomes. Thanks to trelkez for nudging me to finish this and listening to me whine, and to fan_eunice for being awesome.

Feedback and comments are appreciated. And, um, sorry. Thanks for watching!




Empty Hearts from sweetestdrain on Vimeo.

(Password: ot4dude)

So save all of your light
For those who can't sleep at night
And who can't even sing to their shadows
Oh they ride into town
And they throw the shots down
And they save the last round for the windows

Singing don't let me into this year with an empty heart
With an empty heart
Don't let me into this year with an empty heart

I'm inside with my friends
We build fires and pretend
That the night could just bend on forever
While outside in the frost
Are the wolves and the lost
And we sing to the dogs or whoever

Singing don't let me into this year with an empty heart
With an empty heart
Don't let me into this year with an empty heart

Singing don't let me into this year with an empty heart
With an empty heart
Don't let me into this year with an empty heart

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charmax
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
What a wonderful all encompassing, uplifting vid. Perfect ending shot too.
sweetestdrain
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you liked it! And yeah -- I knew from the get-go that HAD to be my final shot. Oh, kids.
renenet
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hi! Awesome vid! I'd try to have more to say, but I can't because I just keep re-watching it. :D
sweetestdrain
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs!* Thank you!
giandujakiss
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was awesome - I feel like you've pulled off an Olympic feat - I've seen people go for the triple before, but I've never even seen anyone attempt the quadruple! But you did it so beautifully.
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Hee! Luckily, the source kind of handed me all the material I needed in 1x10, aka, "The Moment of -- OMG They're All So Totally Doing It." I'm glad you liked the vid!
deathisyourart
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Awww that was sweet! It's like a cornucopia of visual parallels. \o/
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was fun to piece everything together. (I like your icon!)
astolat
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
*flails at you in complete incoherent glee*

The foursome of my heart! This makes me RIDICULOUS amounts of happy. You so nailed the visual parallels, and wow, just heaps and heaps of pretty and love. <3

*puts on endless loop repeat while writing*

sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! Happy-making was totally my goal for this vid, heh. They are all so so so in love and I cannot be convinced otherwise. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
jarrow
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
MORGAN. *flails*

That made me SO HAPPY. OT4 FTW, dude. Holy CRAP. *flails more* They are so into each other! And you made the show look shiny and fresh! And you made me ACHE with wanting to vid again. *shakes fist at you*
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Aww! *hugs* Thank you! I'm glad it seemed shiny and fresh -- after a month of staring at these clips, I can't even tell anymore. (And yay, you wanting to vid again! I will take all the credit, mwuahaha.)
tearful_eye
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
aww, that's so wonderful! both sweet & melancholic... very beautiful.
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, a bit melancholy, but... what can beat destiny if not True Love? (I is good at denial!)
oltha_heri
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful, and they are definitely the most awesome ot4.
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I heart my OT4. (And I love your icon!)
belenustenebrae
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
That was beautiful. I loved how at one point they were all turning away from each other and the music reflected it perfectly. And there couldn't 've been a better ending. :D
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! I loved vidding that section -- so many misunderstandings and arguments, aww. (And it's entirely possible this vid would not have existed but for that ending shot. Thanks, show, for giving me the OT4 source I needed!)
fan_eunice
Feb. 8th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
THIS! This is how this show stole my heart, and you captured it perfectly. I love you so much right now, you don't even know. *clutches vid and hugs it and squeezes it and watches it on repeat forever*

(I only have one Merlin icon as of yet, but I think even Uther would have to put away his crankypants for this)
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
*tacklehugs you* YAY. SHOW. Thank you!

I agree that Uther would shelve the crankypants for the power of OT4. However, he needs to put them back on in time for YOUR vid. Cause, dude, if I am vidding heartwarming, you definitely owe me some creepy-wrong obsession vids. That's just the way it is.
woldy
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Love it! And I'm so with you on the OT4. *glances at half-written fic*
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And ooooh, fic. *cheers you on*
gweneiriol
Feb. 8th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
this is lovely!
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
brokenbacktango
Feb. 8th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
And then, I choose to ignore it all completely.

Bless you :D I absolutely adore this video. I've never before seen an OT4 video; this was very impressive for that alone! But it was a wonderful song and the editing would have made a believer if I wasn't already ;)
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! I should really get some sort of Denial Award for my work in this fandom. I am like la la la destiny what? (Also, yay your icon!)

I'm glad you liked the vid! The song is great, isn't it? The moment I heard it, I knew it was exactly the right thing on which to build my heartwarming OT4 vid of warmheartedness.
redbrickrose
Feb. 8th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
OT4!!

This is fantastic. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Warm and fuzzy? My mission is done. I'm glad you liked the vid!
lexandros
Feb. 8th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
This is wonderful. Your vid captures so well what captivated me in the show from the beginning. <3
sweetestdrain
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that is lovely to hear. I was attempting to show the characters and interactions that drew me into Merlin, so I'm glad that my own fannishness translates well to that of others!
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