frayadjacent: drawing from hyperbole and a half: cartoon girl at laptop at night, text says "vidding" (!vidding)
Previous years: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

I only made one vid in 2016. Doing a meme in 2015 with two vids was a stretch, but now it's downright silly. So I'm gonna make up some questions and answer them. Hopefully I can return to the usual meme in a year's time! I'm more inspired to vid now than I was for almost all of 2016, so it could happen.

What was your outlook on vidding a year ago?

To quote myself:
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.
Basically, this time last year I had no motivation to vid, and I kind of didn't care. I still enjoyed watching vids and still felt a part of my VidUKony corner of the community, but I didn't want to make stuff. And unlike previous, shorter-lived bouts of non-motivation, I didn't feel guilty about it.

How was vidding life in 2016?

I made Freedom, an Underground vid for[personal profile] isagel's vidshow The Great Escape (what an awesome vidshow, too, both in concept and execution) in VidUKon. I got the idea before I even watched Underground, about 30 seconds into watching the Lemonade film version of Freedom. I quickly downloaded the first few episodes, watched them, decided the idea would work, and pitched it to Isagel. I'm glad it worked out! But I made the vid really fast by my standards, in maybe 10 days. It's a little rough. It's a fun vid, but I don't rewatch it much because there's a few moments that I know I should have worked on more, and I just didn't.

PS: Freedom is a recruiter vid and Underground is a pretty great show.

I also went to VidUKon again! It was great fun, just like the last time.

What's your outlook on vidding now?

Now, I'd say the motivation is back, but I haven't yet re-developed the habit of vidding. I need to remind myself to do it when I have time, but once I get started, I have fun. I only came up with one solid new vid idea in 2016, but I'm still interested in a lot of my ideas from 2015 and earlier -- particularly my Steven Universe vid.

So my goal for 2017 is to make 3 vids -- as many as I made in 2015-16.

My back and wrist injuries are under control, so that's much less of a concern than it used to be. \o/ They can still flare up from time to time but in general they don't stop me from vidding anymore.

And I'm definitely going to VidUKon again this year. I might even propose a panel! And volunteer!
 
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Mindy Kaling)
Past memes: 2016 | Um apparently I only did this once before?

1. Your main fandom of the year?

Steven Universe, as last year. But also a certain creative decision made during Season 4 of The Mindy Project knocked my socks off and massively increased my commitment to that show.

I also listened to Hamilton A LOT, and spent way too much money buying tickets to see the show this year. But I never really got into the fandom side, so I'm not sure it counts.

2. Your favorite film watched this year?

Arrival. It was so beautiful and hopeful and wonderfully told, and I looooovvvved all the process stuff in it.

3. Your favorite book read this year?

Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho, for being delightful and filling my soul just when I needed it. Also Black Wolves by Kate Elliott, which was a slow burn but so good, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (narrated by Adjoa Andoh -- I alternated between reading and listening on this one), and the audiobook of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskill).

4. Your favorite TV show of the year?

Steven Universe. This season of Orphan Black was also excellent, and left me happy that the show hadn't ended with three seasons as originally planned (and as I'd wished when S3 finished).

5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?

Dreamwidth, but I haven't been engaged much with online fandom at all this year.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Underground -- but I think that might be the only new show I watched in full this year? I have not been watching much and when I do I generally rewatch old stuff for comfort, or watch my few ongoing shows: Steven Universe, The Mindy Project, and Orphan Black.

Underground got some flack for being more of an action-drama than its premise suggests, but I kinda loved it. I mean, why shouldn't runaway slaves get to be action heros? And the ending left me So Excited for Season 2.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I finally read Uprooted, and while in some ways it was better than I expected, it was also a lot more violent than I expected and I just wasn't feeling it. Though calling that a disappointment is a major stretch. I mostly really liked the book.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Rahul Kohli from iZombie is outrageously attractive to me, so I'll choose him even though I only watched one episode of the show. Certainly not any of Mindy Lahiri's boyfriends.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Mindy Kaling. I have heart-eyes for her.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Every. Single. Moment. of the Steven Universe episode Last One Out of Beach City
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (BtVS: Buffy is my homegirl)
My injured back has good days and bad days, and the bad days are almost always days I spend on the computer outside of my ergonomic workplace chair. So I'm gonna make the break I've been taking more official and call it a semi-hiatus. I hope to post now and then about fannish interests and whatnot, but I won't be able to consistently keep up with reading and I won't post often.

I should still be around on twitter since I do that from my phone while commuting or when I need a second to check out mentally at work. And I do plan to come back! I <3 dreamwidth.

frayadjacent: drawing from hyperbole and a half: cartoon girl at laptop at night, text says "vidding" (!vidding)
There is a very cool discussion about vidding -- process, tech, tips, you name it -- at [community profile] wiscon_vidparty's vidding workshop.  Check it out!  This is such a great idea and I hope it keeps happening. I would have *loved* to come across this when I started vidding or in my first year as a vidder.  I love coming across it now!

A lot of people are talking about their vidding process, most of which are similar to mine in the finding/discovering song --> re-watching and/or clipping --> song editing --> vid editing --> beta process, but I've discovered (and rediscovered) that it really helps me to combine the clipping and video editing.  Because clipping is so boring!  I.e., I set myself a goal for a number of episodes to clip, then once I finish I reward myself by laying some of those clips on the timeline!  It helps with motivation.  Plus, I usually get a lot of ideas when I clip and it helps to enact at least some of those ideas right away rather than writing them down or taking mental  notes that don't get acted upon for days to months. 

Also, according to [personal profile] heresluck, an initial rule of thumb for matching motion to a beat is to have the explosion, fist-hitting, etc happen three frames before the beat (then adjust as needed).  WHOA.  I usually line these things up on the same frame as the beat, and I wonder if this is part of why I often feel like my timing is a bit off-looking.  I am definitely going to try this out.  If it works I will be glad to have a solution/bitter I didn't realize this ages ago.

I haven't been around DW much, and my fannish mode has generally been a bit different lately. Cut for navel-gazing about recent non-participation on DW )

Anyway, I'm honestly considering just clearing out my inbox and starting fresh, with sincere apologies to people who left comments for me and never got a response.

In other vidding news:  I've been vidding like mad the past week or so.  I'm making a Xena vid that is really trying to explore moral and thematic questions -- and take positions and make arguments about said questions -- more so than probably any other vid I've made.  I've been really digging the process of making it.  I think because, unlike with my Buffy vids, Xena is still quite fresh and new for me and I feel really excited about what I want to say about it.  Also, with Buffy vids I have the constant feeling that every idea I've ever had has already been done, and probably better.  But to be honest I haven't found even half a dozen Xena vids that I like.  I'm sure there were tons back in the day but they seem to be gone or at least beyond my ability/motivation to find them.  So I actually feel like I can make a contribution? Anyway, one of the cool consequences of my vid farr is that I'm finally learning how to use After Effects a teensy bit because my excitement for the vid is overpowering my laziness.

*Yes I am watching Farscape and one of the zillions of DW posts I've written in my head the past 6 weeks is how utterly I've fallen for Aeryn Sun, and about my predictable lack of response to John and the Aeryn/John pairing.

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[personal profile] luzula's prompt: what is the most important lesson you've learned about practical organizing during the years you've been active?

In a word (or, uh, two): replace yourself.

The fundamental idea behind this is that activism and political organizing is not about organizing events or campaigns, it's about organizing people.  It's about supporting people to develop the kind of skills and habits and motivation to organize themselves and each other.

And the big thing about this is that it takes more work, more time, and more effort to develop new members of a group than it does to just do stuff yourself. 

Let's say you're a part of a group that supports tenants who are organizing to fight for better conditions in their apartment building.  So you've knocked on doors, you've met a few people in the building who are pissed off about the mold and the deposit theft and want to fight the landlord.  One of the first things you all might want to know is information about the landlord.  Where are their other properties?  Do they have other business connections?  Where do they live? 

If you've done this type of organizing in the past, you might know exactly what websites and library resources and government offices you can use to get this information.  But the point isn't just to get the information, it's to support the new people you've met who want to develop their skills and be better organizers. 

So you work with them.  This might mean sitting with them in a coffee shop and looking up relevant information together.  It probably means inviting them -- and strongly encouraging them to come -- to future door-knocking.  It means role-playing with them so they can practice talking with their neighbors about issues affecting them. 

Even if they have previous organizing experience, most new people are not going to be as emotionally invested in a project as you are, just because they haven't been involved in it very long.  So it still means reaching out, calling them to ask what they think of the last rally or the latest decision the group made. 

If your group has open meetings, it means taking time to talk to new people who show up.  It also means reviewing how meetings work, how decisions are made, and so forth, at the beginning of meetings so that new people can follow what's happening and plug in.

This kind of work can build the overall capacity of an organization by focusing on developing *people*. 

I'm still taking prompts for future posts.
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (!meh)
Wow, it seems like half my reading list is sick right now.  Which makes sense, what with winter and stress and all.  But it's summer here, and things have been decidedly low stress in my life, and I got sick too!   Boo.  It's the hottest day I've seen in several years -- though I'm going to have to get used it it, I'm told -- and I've got a mild fever and some intestinal woes.  Last night I had the bizarre experience of being bundled up and freezing cold even though it was 21C outside and a bit warmer inside.

On the bright side: I'm too sick to go to work, but not too sick to vid. :D

Well-wishes to everyone!

heh

27 Nov 2013 09:20
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 (BtVS: Buffy fuck)
In the last week I've developed repetitive stress injuries in both wrists/hands/forearms.  It sucks.  So, I'm majorly limiting my computer time for the next...little while.

:(

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