frayadjacent: Buffy swinging a sword, text says "Big damn hero" (BtVS: Big damn hero)
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Title: Never Look Away
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Song: Never Look Away by Vienna Teng
Summary: "you are made of nebulas and novas and night sky" (AKA a love letter to Buffy Summers by fray-adjacent, age 33 2/3)
Premiered at VidUKon 2015

Content Notes: Fast cuts and flashing lights, speed changes. Depression and vague references to suicide. Show-typical violence. Feel free to ask specific questions about content.

Download: 133 MB mp4 with subtitles | 56 MB mp4 with subtitles

are included in the download .zip files. You can delete the .srt file if you don't want subtitles. They are also available in the youtube streaming versions.

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on 16/6/15 06:17 am (UTC)
calvinahobbes: The Scooby Gang (btvs-scoobies)
Posted by [personal profile] calvinahobbes
Okay but this is such a well-structured argument??? I mean, providing I'm reading it right... I mean it's about what makes Buffy Buffy, right? How she is so much more than a Slayer, and that's why we love her? And the most important part of that is her connections to this world, the Scoobies, Dawn, the other Slayers. Her Slayer heritage is what makes her such a cold killing machine (~1:00). What saves her is that she has people who support her. But she has to CHOOSE them as well; what makes her strong is each time she re-commits to them, reconciles with them. That's her connection to the whole world, that's how we can go from Scoobie moments to Graduation to all the Slayers. Buffy is Buffy because she has friends and family to witness her, something besides slaying that she can commit to. In conclusion: FEEELS!!!

on 16/6/15 12:15 pm (UTC)
lynnenne: (river by crazchica)
Posted by [personal profile] lynnenne

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on 16/6/15 07:34 am (UTC)
selenak: (Buffy by Kathyh)
Posted by [personal profile] selenak
What a beautiful vid! And oh, I share the Buffy love. Must download!

on 16/6/15 11:17 am (UTC)
grimorie: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] grimorie
Thank you for this love letter to Buffy, and I love that her greatest strength has always been reaching out and connecting to people, its not just being a slayer.

on 16/6/15 12:16 pm (UTC)
lynnenne: (river by crazchica)
Posted by [personal profile] lynnenne
This is so beautiful. Lovely work.

on 16/6/15 01:23 pm (UTC)
blueswan: (btvs Buffy)
Posted by [personal profile] blueswan
Buffy! <3<3<3 Fabulous vid!

on 16/6/15 02:15 pm (UTC)
kouredios: That's the kind of wooly-headed liberal thinking that leads to getting *eaten* (bvts!wooly-headed)
Posted by [personal profile] kouredios
I have hardly any words for how gorgeous this is and how much I love it. Except for this: the way the vid centers Buffy yet frames her with all the other Slayers? Yes.

on 16/6/15 03:32 pm (UTC)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (btvs: buffy)
Posted by [personal profile] such_heights
SOB. Cried watching this at the con, having full body shivers rewatching now. So beautiful. Such an intense, emotional look at how hard Buffy fights, how much she's suffered, and how much love she has in her heart. AUGHHH SO MANY FEELINGS AUGH.

on 16/6/15 04:43 pm (UTC)
yohjideranged: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] yohjideranged
Great song for this really! Awesome transitions. Good vid! :)

on 16/6/15 06:12 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: BtVS: Buffy, "We saved the world. I say we party." (BtVS I say we party)
Posted by [personal profile] goodbyebird
Goosebumps. Extreme case of goosebumps.

You've done such a stunning job on the footage here, and how it all blends together. Amazing motion! Will be watching this one over and over.

on 16/6/15 06:51 pm (UTC)
silverhare: drawing of a grey hare (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] silverhare
Aaaaaaaaah. I started bawling about two minutes in, and couldn't stop. What a fantastic love letter to Buffy. <3

on 16/6/15 07:33 pm (UTC)
gwyn: (buffy monanotlisa)
Posted by [personal profile] gwyn
Oh, this gave me goosebumps! This is all the things about Buffy I love wrapped up in a gorgeously edited vid package. Thank you so much!

on 16/6/15 10:03 pm (UTC)
endeni: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] endeni
OMG, that was terrific! Have to watch it again! ;)

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on 16/6/15 11:51 pm (UTC)
tigerlily: Buffy with scythe intent on battle (Buffy with scythe intent on battle)
Posted by [personal profile] tigerlily
I love that you started with the other Slayers. I don't know how to start picking it apart to say what else I love about each bit. How you edited the fight scenes in the instrumental part between "continental divides" and "I want to uncover the silver in your dark hair" stanza with Kendra and Buffy crashing. The scenes you set to 'look away,' first with Buffy's swan dive and the end montage. I'm teary and rejuvenated, like my heart broke and healed simultaneously. This is fulfilling.

Also. You have set my most beloved character to my most beloved song. Which wouldn't be enough if you weren't as good as you are (and I knew that already, having been a silent watcher of your videos for some time), but!

on 17/6/15 12:09 am (UTC)
tigerlily: Buffy gazing at the viewer lying down (Buffy gazing at the viewer lying down)
Posted by [personal profile] tigerlily
P.S. Can I rec it on Tumblr? As a link in a text post? I see you have one but you haven't posted it and I'm not sure what your policy is on that.

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on 17/6/15 01:24 am (UTC)
psocoptera: ink drawing of celtic knot (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] psocoptera
A love letter to Buffy indeed. Full of feels now. What a great song for her.

on 17/6/15 02:02 am (UTC)
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (hunger games - katniss)
Posted by [personal profile] chaila
I am missing a lot of context, but this is really beautiful and moving anyway! The editing of the motion is so smooth and visually engaging and the importance of all her connections to other people, to allowing them to help and support her, is so clear. Your Buffy feelings are brimming over, and it's lovely. :)

on 17/6/15 09:33 am (UTC)
beccatoria: (Aeryn is a bad ass mother fucker)
Posted by [personal profile] beccatoria
This vid is so wonderful. It captures like...the epic chosen nature of her existence at the same time as it so firmly sets her in the context of a wider world of interpersonal connection and choice. Like all the ways being the chosen one affects her as Buffy rather than the more traditional narrative of how the person in question approaches their role as a chosen hero. The end result is just gorgeous - I don't think you can watch this vid and not feel so much for her.

I was just so thrilled when I got a chance to see it before the show and I'm so grateful you agreed to let it air as part of the Superheroes show.

on 18/6/15 03:29 am (UTC)
deird1: Anya and Willow gazing after RJ, with text "if you'll excuse me I'm having a fangirl moment" (Anya Willow fangirl)
Posted by [personal profile] deird1
I can't stop watching this...
Edited on 18/6/15 03:29 am (UTC)

on 18/6/15 10:34 pm (UTC)
switterbeet: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] switterbeet

on 18/6/15 11:12 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Chosen ax swing (BUF-Chosen-andemaiar)
Posted by [personal profile] yourlibrarian
I liked those scene juxtapositions around 2 minutes in and the way you closed with the scenes where she empowers others. I really love that idea of it being her legacy.
Edited on 18/6/15 11:12 pm (UTC)

on 20/6/15 03:31 am (UTC)
metonymy: Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, smiling. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] metonymy
Oh, this is spectacular. She can't look away from the past, from the legacy she carries - but she can't look away from the friendships and relationships and the family and love she shares, either. Wonderful wonderful job.

on 20/6/15 02:53 pm (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] laurashapiro
Oh my god, the FEELS. Buffy! She is my one true character for sure, and this vid perfectly sums up why. ::hugs her:: ::hugs you::

on 20/6/15 05:05 pm (UTC)
cosmic_llin: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Oh my god, I love this so much, I love how you emphasise Buffy's connection with the history of the other slayers but also show that she's more than just the slayer, and how hard she works and fights to have this other side to her life even if that's not how it's supposed to work. And also how important her friendships are to her being the slayer, how much that support network makes her better at what she does, how much they give her their strength and she gives them hers as well, and how you can't separate slayer!Buffy and regular!Buffy because it's all mixed up in who she is. FEELS, basically.
Edited on 20/6/15 05:06 pm (UTC)

on 20/6/15 06:10 pm (UTC)
tardis_stowaway: (buffy with stake)
Posted by [personal profile] tardis_stowaway
I've got chills from watching this amazing vid. You really capture Buffy, with her Slayer destiny and individual power but also the connections to friends and family that are so vital to who she is and how she can achieve so much. The editing is so well done. Also, I just adore this song.

In summary, ♥

on 21/6/15 12:52 am (UTC)
lokifan: Close-up of Buffy standing up in "Chosen", text "HBIC" (Buffy: HBIC)
Posted by [personal profile] lokifan
This is so so gorgeous and amazing. I love the stuff about her Slayer heritage (and its continuation in the Potentials) and her friends/family connections.
Edited on 21/6/15 12:53 am (UTC)
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