frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Vid all the things!!!)
[community profile] ladiesbingo -- a challenge for fanworks about relationships between women -- signups are happening! I'm excited to participate although I'm not sure I'll manage to actually get a bingo. But it will be fun to participate and it should help motivate me with vidding.

Yesterday I opened Premiere for the first time since, like, April and dropped my Aeryn Sun vidsong onto the timeline and added some notes (using titles on the sequence itself) about how I'm going to structure the vid. I got warm fuzzies just opening up Premiere! So hopefully the motivation to actually vid will return. But I still need to rewatch that last run of S3 and then see if I can salvage anything from S4 -- I hated a lot of what they did with Aeryn that season.

Also I'm probably going to officially do festivids this year. Between that, [community profile] ladiesbingo , and my goal to finish the Aeryn Sun vid for Wiscon next year, I have a rough plan for getting my mojo back.

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1. I'm very slowly making my way through Festivids, alphabetically, only skipping vids with "chooses not to warn" (though even then if I'm familiar with the source or I see lots of "that was fun/delightful/sweet" type comments, I'll go for it). I'm really enjoying the vids! A lot of people have posted recs and I'm not going to do that, but if you like vids and you haven't checked out Festivids yet, here they are. Also I've been pleased to find that after watching a vid I can leave not just a semi-coherent comment but I can usually say something specific that I liked about the vid, which I chalk up to having more experience watching and talking about and especially beta-ing vids. It feels nice to have the vocabulary and mental framework to be able to do that without difficulty.

2. [personal profile] kuwdora is going to mentor me/work with me for the rest of the year on vidding! I am very excited about this arrangement. To that end, today I wrote out a timeline of vid projects for 2015, keeping in mind con deadlines and whatnot. It's ambitious but doable if I stay on top of vidding, and if I make the seven vids on the list then I'll have said the most important things I currently want to say about my two most beloved fandoms, BtVS and Xena. If I manage to actually do it, I wonder how that might change vidding for me. I've had a few things hanging over my head and the idea of having them finished this year sounds really really good.

3. I am finally really running again! So much so that I bought a new running shirt, because I was going through them too quickly. My mileage is still painfully low. I look back on the days when I regularly ran 4-6 miles without stopping and I can't imagine it; I'm going more like 2-3 miles and having to stop and walk several times. BUT I'm doing it.

4. I've been really struggling to focus lately. On everything: work, vidding, chores, Festivid-watching, even relaxing. And it's felt related to a general crankiness and uptick in my (mild) anxiety. Last weekend was one of those that just happened, and at the end I didn't even know what I'd done. I hate that feeling and the listlessness keeps building with it, but today I came to a realization: not every day has to have a perfect story arc, a Thing I Did. I don't have to clean the whole house or have an epic day of vid-farr or hang out with people all day. I can poke at a vid and chat with people on Twitter and watch one episode of one show and do a chore or two and go running and just kind of hang out, and *that's fine*. And I immediately felt much better. And I know this will pass; like most people, I imagine, I have phases where my focus is better and phases where it isn't.

5. Shows I'm enjoying right now: Elementary, The Mindy Project, Selfie, and a Key Episode Farscape rewatch. And tonight I'm going to check out Fresh of the Boat.

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!!!)
A working from home day turned into "I have inspiration -- vid now and work later!" And it's a good thing too -- I'm taking stock of potential con submission deadlines. Here's what I have so far:

 - Escapade: 15 February

 - Club Vivid: late April or early May

 - Wiscon and VidUKon: early May

 - VVC challenge: late May

 - VVC premieres: mid/late June

It's highly unlikely I'll make all these, but some of my vid plans should line up. I've never submitted to Escapade before but my latest project seems good for it, so the deadline is great for motivation.

The list is very piled up in the first half of the year. Are there later events that I'm forgetting?


27 November 2013 09:20 am
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (!Adorkable)
Last night I dreamt that I was a senior in high school, and a friend and I showed vids for the talent show. Except for some reason our vids didn't have music, so we were looking for some versatile instrumental stuff to play over the vids. I think we settled on selections from J Dilla's Donuts.

That gave me a grin when I woke up.

I tend to hold the view that my dreams mean little, if anything, but I do wonder if the dream was in part about my reluctance to share my vidding with RL people. Dream!fray was feeling pretty confident about it.
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (vidding!)
Uh, try like 300 days of vidding, at the rate rate I'm going...

Day 11: Genre: do you prefer making certain genres of vid? What kind do you tend to vid the most?

Gen, definitely.  I'm not a super enthusiastic shipper, most of the time.  I guess I'm most interested in making vids that offer up some sort of commentary or interpretation of source -- vids that feel like essays, in a way.  OK, you could argue that all vids offer a commentary/interpretation of source.  What I mean is a vid that says, e.g., "this character is acting this way because of this thing that happened in their past and it influenced them in such and such way which is shown here" or "see the parallels between these two characters' arcs" or something like that.  My vids usually focus on one or two characters rather than ensembles.   I enjoy watching ensemble vids, but it doesn't often occur to me to make them.

Though it seems that my favorite vids that I make are the ones that are more just about celebrating an aspect of the source that I love.  It's a kind of vid I'm coming to appreciate more all the time. 

Broadly speaking, those are also the two types of vids I'm most inclined to watch over and over.

However, many of my current vid ideas/plans have at least an element of femslash in them -- it's something I'm feeling excited to vid more of lately.

Day 12: Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" vid of a favorite media source but set in a different fandom? (I.e., attempted to bring the 'feel' or 'mood' of one source to a different fandom, like the zombie Mary Poppins vid.)
No, and I don't have any ideas that sound like that either.

Day 13: Do you prefer canon or fanon when you vid (canon shots vs. using shots out of context; AU vs. canon)? Has vidding for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
Canony?  I'll use shots out of context sometimes, though I try not to, and I would definitely avoid it if it was a well-known shot amongst the fandom.  And I'd be using the out-of-context shot to support a reading that is probably not that far from canon.  I stick pretty close to canon in my general interpretation of source, so it makes sense that that's how I vid too.  I'm definitely not comfortable vidding AU, though I suppose that could change. 

In other words, for me, vidding is much more akin to writing meta than it is to writing fic.

Vidding only really changes how I interpret source in that it forces me to watch source more, or at least to watch certain parts.  Which can heighten my emotional connection to stories or characters, but I don't think it's fundamentally altered them, except in a few minor ways I've already discussed.  And it's not the process of vidding per se, just the process of rewatching, that does this.

Complete list of questions. )
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This is a two year-old meme by [personal profile] sdwolfpup.  I'm resurrecting it to get myself posting dailyish.

Day 5: If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a vid, what did you do about it?
I can't say that I have.  I am currently discussing with [personal profile] red_satin_doll the awkwardness of including Warren in my Willow vid, but that was intentional.  The basic idea of the vid was to highlight their similarities, to use Warren as a foil for Willow.  I just didn't execute as well as I'd have liked, partly by dropping Warren in unexpectedly halfway through.  

Day 6: When you vid, do you like vidding a certain kind of male or female archetype? (Credit to [ profile] dualbunny for that one!)
Huh.  I don't think so?  I certainly know I'm drawn to certain archetypes when I watch -- most predictably, the Sidekick, but also the Ordinary Person Thrown Into Extraordinary Circumstances and certain types of rebels.  (Though that's a tricky one -- plenty of TV Rebels annoy the shit out of me.) 

I'm more confident saying that, all else being equal, I'm a lot more interested in pretty much any archetypal character if they're not a cis white dude. 

But I'm not sure any of that has obviously translated in my vidding, at least not yet.

Day 7: Have you ever had a vid (of yours) change your opinion of a character?
Well, "Maybe Sparrow" was meant to be a criticism of Wesley, and Angel writers' overidentification with same, but I think I ended up having a bit more sympathy for him.  Only a bit, though.

"Burn the Mazes" helped me detox on my Willow Issues.  I can love the girl again now.

"A Thousand Miles" may have given me some Joan/Sherlock shippery least a few times.

Complete list of questions. )

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This is a two year-old meme from [personal profile] sdwolfpup.

Day 4: Do you have a "muse" character or fandom that speaks to you more than others? Who are they, and why did that character/fandom became your muse?

Huh, I feel like I sort of answered this already, but I guess I can go into more detail? 

I'm not sure I'd call her my muse, but Buffy is my favorite television character of all time, and I got into vidding to express my Buffy feels and thoughts.    Her characterisation is complex, multi-dimensional, and yet remarkably cohesive across 7 seasons.  She's kind, funny, big-hearted yet emotionally closed off in a way that personally connects to me a lot, she loves what she does and is good at it, she resents what she has to do.  She has an inferiority complex about her superiority complex.  Plus she gets a lot of action, she's in many -- most? -- scenes of 144 episodes, and the show overall is highly visual.  OK, in terms of camera work and especially film quality, most of BtVS doesn't hold a candle to current shows, but still, it's pretty damn great for vidding.

To put it another way, Buffy -- and Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- is my muse for the same reason that there are journals and conferences and web forums and tons of other vids even ten years on from "Chosen".  There's just a lot to say about them.

All that being said, I have moved on some since I started vidding.  A year and a half ago I had no interest in vidding any other fandom, even Angel.  But now about half my vids are in other fandoms.  And while I do plan to make more BtVS vids, right now I feel most excited about a couple of other fandoms, vidding-wise.

Complete list of questions )

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (vidding!)
Two days ago I mentioned that I wanted to do that 30 days of posting thing...and then I failed to post the very next day.  I blame weekends.  Anyway, I decided I'd make use of an old vidding meme I dug up to help me on days when I don't otherwise have a substantive post in me.

Day 1: How did you first get into vidding, and what was the first fandom you vidded? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I was active in a tiny corner of the fandom for a couple of years after I first watched the show, and it was there that I learned about vids.  I'd listened to songs that reminded me of the show before, and even made playlists of such songs (I only learned recently that this is what people mean by fanmixes -- turns out that was my first fannish creation!).    But it didn't occur to me to make vids for a while.  A turning point was that I started to feel saturated with meta and discussion, but my fannish enthusiasm for the show was nowhere near sated.  Then I saw [ profile] obsessive24's Bachelorette.  I watched it over and over.  I was amazed by how much it said about the show, and I fell in love with finding ways to use music and visuals to say something about these characters that I loved so much.  And yeah, it was my love for the show that got me vidding.  I think maybe if I'd known at the time how many Buffy vids there are, I might not have started.  So I'm glad I was pretty unexposed to the vidding world when I started.

Day 2: Name the fandoms you've vidded in, how many vids you've made in each fandom, and whether you plan to vid in them again.
Angel: I've made one, I'm hoping to make 2-4 more.
The Black Stallion: I've made one, I have no plans to make more.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I've made five, and I'm planning at least one more. 
Elementary: I've made one.  I'm open to the possibility of another, but I don't have any plans.
Whale Rider: I've made one, I probably won't make another.

Day 3: For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to vid?
Um, I'm gonna N/A most of these.  My favorite character to vid thus far is Buffy.  Because 1) she's my favorite character period. 2) She's got a lot of footage.  Just about anything I want to show, there's footage for it.  3) She's expressive and fun.  

I also liked vidding Sherlock, also because of the expressiveness.  

Complete list of questions. )

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Vid all the things!!!)
HOORAY!! Now can I have that vid farr back please????

Actually vid farr in two weeks would be better.  Right now I need defense prep farr.

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (VM: Moi?)
I contributed to the Veronica Mars kickstarter!  And am already daydreaming that Joss Whedon will be inspired to kickstart a film about Giles, Faith, and Robin battling demons and emotional isolation in Cleveland.  Or some other hellmouth, you know.  I know, I know, this is never happening.  But a fangirl can dream.

Vidding is going slow, but it's happening.  I'm holding out hope that I'll still be able to finish both my [community profile] tightpresent and Club Vivid vids, but if it turns out I can only do one, it'll be [community profile] tightpresent.  I think I've found a way to move clips to the timeline without dragging and dropping, which is really the worst part about vidding for my wrists.  So if that works I should be able to vid just fine.  I hope anyway!

frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Terminator: Jesse)
Interested in vidding Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles this spring?  Check out [community profile] tightpresent, a T:tSCC vid exchange!  Sign-ups are happening now, with offers and requests matched on characters or character combinations.  Vids will be revealed in May. 


frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (vidding!)
Day 8: In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal.

I have SO many fannish goals.  Here are the main ones.

1. Go to Vividcon!  This will be my self-reward for finishing my dissertation. 

2. Vid for Vividcon!

3. Make a few vids aimed specifically at developing a new skill.  For instance, I'm starting to clip for my (hopeful) Club Vivid submission, and will be focusing on learning how to use -- and add -- motion more effectively.

4. Learn photoshop well enough to make passable icons.  I'd love to gain this skill as a way to make gifts for people, since I'll never be writing fic and making a vid is a huge endeavor.  Also, as much as I love many of the icons out there, I'd really like to be able to make my own.

(Day 7 was friendslocked due to cat photos.  I'll happily add you if you want; just let me know.)


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