frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (vid all the things?)
I only made two vids in 2015. Oops? Some of these questions will be a bit silly to answer but I still wanna do the meme, so here it is.

Past memes:
2012 | 2013 | 2014

Vids I made in 2015

Milkshake & Honey (Orphan Black, premiered in March for Escapade)
Never Look Away (BtVS, premiered in June for VidUKon's Superheros vidshow)

Favorite

Well, Never Look Away, because it is all the Buffy feels I could generate. But at the same time, it left me feeling like it wasn't feelsy enough, like all the reasons Buffy is the character of my heart somehow still didn't get though. I dunno. I like it more now than I did when I posted it, which is common anyway. But still. I wanted even more feels.

(This doesn't stop me from rewatching this vid A LOT, though. For the feels.)

Least Favorite

Heh, I guess that leaves Milkshake & Honey, and it's true the vid doesn't move like I wanted it to, isn't quite as sexy as I'd hoped. But it was kind of a big step for me in terms of vidding kink, so I'm still proud of it even if it's one of my least-rewatched vids.

Most Successful

Never Look Away. If there were some sort of "vid success" metric that assigned different weights to DW comments, youtube views, yt comments, tumblr reblogs, and recs, that metric would probably say Never Look Away is my most successful vid ever. So at least I did that this year.

Most Underappreciated by the Universe

Lol, again by default it's Milkshake & Honey. But truthfully I was a bit surprised at the lack of comments/reactions. I guess I thought Orphan Black kink would be a bit more popular than that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Most Fun to Make

I think Milkshake & Honey had some fun moments, and it felt really easy to make after What's Mine is Yours, which was the vid I made before and which was *hard*.

Hardest Vid to Make

I don't know that Never Look Away was *hard* -- I let myself use more well-known clips than I have with past Buffy vids, I didn't have to learn new tech skills -- but it was draining and not as much fun as I'd hoped. That's part of why I haven't made another vid since. Like I said, I wanted a vid that showed my Buffy feels and it just didn't, not like I'd hoped. I dunno. Maybe part of the problem is that I love Buffy for so many different reasons, and I just couldn't fit them all in one vid. Luminosity's Scooby Road, and especially Golden Slumbers/Carry that Weight, still does that best for me.

The Things I Learned This Year

My short period of vidding might be coming to a close, and I think I'm OK with that. I still have a few vids I really want to make, and I hope I do. But between my vidding exhaustion post-Never Look Away and the various injuries that have made sitting at a computer a minor health risk, I can't be the prolific vidder I once hoped to be. And I'm fine with that.

Planning for Next Year

I have a bunch of vids I've started: an epic Xena/Gabrielle vid, and Gabrielle comedy vid, and an Aeryn Sun vid. I also have very solid, well thought out ideas for a Willow character study and a Stephen Universe vid. Hopefully I'll make at least one or two of these.

I might go to VidUKon. I mean, I absolutely want to go. I had so much fun last time, but work might interfere.
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Orphan Black: Delphine)
Title: Milkshake & Honey
Fandom: Orphan Black
Song: Milkshake 'n' Honey by Sleater-Kinney
Pairings: Cosima/Delphine, Sarah/Cal, Sarah/Paul, Alison/Donnie, Felix/Colin, Rachel/Paul, Siobhan/Carlton, Helena/Helena's boyfriend, Felix/Tony.
Summary: took my heart, my best jeans, and left me with paying the rent.
Much thanks to [personal profile] kuwdora for beta and cheerleading!
Premiered at Escapade 2015, but by happy coincidence was finished on Valentines Day 2015.

Content Notes: Uses scenes through S2, but spoilers are more of the character/relationship variety than the plot variety. Portrays scenes that are dub-con in the source as sexy and playful; includes sexualized depictions of needles and medical procedures; and shows female-on-male intimate partner violence as sexy and/or funny. Feel free to ask specific questions about content.

Download: 117 Mb 720p mp4 + subtitles

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.

Streaming: Critical Commons | Youtube (with subtitles)




frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Vid all the things!!!)
Current (Escapade) vid is the total and complete opposite of What's Mine is Yours. I have little trouble finding the clips I want, and matching them to the music is damn near effortless.

I did have a moment of "OMG this vid is terrible, I need to stop now", but it was because I was trying to force it into a structure that neither the song nor the footage supported. Lately when I get new vid ideas, my brain!vid is a lot less focused on imagining a few specific clips to a few specific moments in the song, and a lot more focused on how I'll structure the vid. "This verse will be about X, the chorus will be about Y", etc. It makes listening to my vidsongs on repeat a lot less fun than it used to be, but it's a helpful stage in the vidding (and idea elimination) process.

But with Current Vid, I was much more entranced with how the song made me feel a lot like how (certain aspects of) the source made me feel. And I wanted the vid to capture that. But then when I started vidding my brain went immediately to "structure! Which section is for which thing?!" and that was kinda ruining the vid. Last night I had an epiphany that this was the vid I'm always saying I want to make, a vid that's less about an argument and more about a feeling, that's less about coherently distilling something that struck me about canon (characters and/or relationships) and more about why I find this source so sexy.
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Vid all the things!!!)
[personal profile] goodbyebird asked: how many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share any?

AKA Many Vid Plans post! I'll go by fandom. Intellectually I know I'm not likely to make all of these, but these are the ideas I'm actively excited about right now and mostly can't bear the thought of not making.

Xena Vid Series From Hell
2-5 more vids, depending on when you ask. The two I definitely still want to make are 1) a comedy vid about Gabrielle's Horse Fails and 2) an epic Xena/Gab vid that will be partly about coming to terms with the series finale. The first of these involved some of the most difficult song-editing I've done yet, so I figure I'm committed. The other three are 1) a "Xena has manpain" vid, which I've already planned out and will probably make, 2) a vid about Xena and Gabrielle's relationships with other women in the show (because damn there's a lot of women) and 3) a kink vid that I still don't quite have nailed down conceptually.

Orphan Black
I definitely want to make my OB kink vid. I'm also thinking about a clone ensemble vid but I might wait till after the third season. And maybe a Felix vid focusing on the less-awesome aspects of his relationship with Sarah and how it relates to his friendship with Allison.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Haha, more than I realized before making this list! 1) A Buffy character study, basically a counterpart/companion to Tightrope. 2) A Buffy-Dawn-Joyce feels vid. 3) A vid about Giles and Buffy that I completely clipped and subsequently lost interest in making. But I still hope I do. 4) A Willow-PoV vid about her friendship with Buffy.

Farscape
Aeryn character vid. I still haven't finished season 4 though! /o\

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