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I KNEW IT I KNEW IT I KNEW IT [personal profile] ghost_lingering  MADE MY SAGA FESTIVID.

(This is probably not news to many of you, but I just returned from a weekend away from the internet so I am delighted.)

(Also I didn't actually know. But I wondered, what with the source and the audio and the excellence.)

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I've really enjoyed all the Festivids I've watched so far. I've mostly watched vids for sources I'm familiar with, which is more this year than previous years thanks to things like Bunheads and Bedknobs and Broomsticks and (once I catch up with canon) Supergirl.

But of course I want to give a special shout out to the vid made for me, because it is awesome. I received Your Mother, a Saga vid focusing on Alana and Hazel, and it is gorgeous. I am pretty unfamiliar with comics vidding, and what the vidder did with visual effects was stunning. They also made fantastic use of the rhythms of the source, spoken word. And the vid has so much heart and determination just like Alana. I love it dearly.

Alas, I dropped out of Festivids due to a back injury. So I didn't make a vid.

I watched Frozen for the first time a few weeks ago, on an airplane. It was great fun and I regretted not having seen it in the cinema. I have hangups about the way Pixar et al draw people -- I like a lot of other things about their animation, but I think the people look weird and it bothers me and when I see previews all I can think about is how I wish their faces were hand-drawn. But Frozen made me think I ought to try and get over that, because I enjoyed it a lot and wished I hadn't watched it for the first time 2 years late on an itty-bitty screen.

On that same flight I also watched the first episode of iZombie. I dunno, maybe it was the delirium of being 13 hours into a 14 hour flight, but I liked it a lot. I read the comic for quite a while and enjoyed it at first, when it was "zombie uses brain-eating telepathy to solve murders". But the comic quickly became an apocalypse story that I found over-the-top and excessively plotty and incredibly boring. I'm thinking the tv series is unlikely to go down that route. The characters played off each other well and I found Liv and Ravi to be very compelling. Also Ravi is a rare example of a television character who is physically My Type. And he's a kind person which I find very attractive. So I enjoyed that as well. I haven't managed to watch any more but I hope to.

I'm slowly catching up on Supergirl. It's reminding me of early Buffy and most of Xena, in that I love the character interactions and yawn at the plots. But the characters are great. not so much spoilers as vague references to spoilers for the first ~9 episodes )

The latest Stevenbomb, from a few weeks ago, was possibly my favorite yet. This show just keeps knocking it out of the ballpark.
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Yay, I'm so glad we matched on a fandom. I love all of these things and I love lots of different kinds of vids to lots of different kinds of music. If you have your own vision, please go for it. Unless your vision is a Broad City vid about Bevers. I really, really don't want a Broad City vid about Bevers. Also, this is weirdly specific, but I ~~hate~~ Tom Petty and Toby Keith, so please no music by either of those artists.

Otherwise, I'm pretty open to anything. I don't have strong shipping preferences in any of these fandoms. I'm getting a lot more into the vidding style that mixes in audio from the source, so if you're into that go for it. It seems especially appropriate for Broad City or Mindy Kaling.

I do ask that you warn for graphic violence or sexual violence (though there wouldn't be much opportunity for the latter in these fandoms), as well as note if you use outside source. (I am fine with using outside source! But please let us know ahead of time if you do.) Please also warn for physical triggers such as flashing lights. I don't have any physical triggers but it's important to me that people viewing my vid have those warnings.


Broad City

This is a comedy about two young women in NYC. I love the humor and the relationships. I looooovvvve Abbi, I'm extremely fond of Ilana, and I adore their relationship. I'd be thrilled with a vid about either of them as individuals, or as a duo. I don't ship them, mainly because it is clear that Abbi isn't interested. I'd also enjoy an ensemble vid including Lincoln and Jaime. As I mentioned above, I'd like little to no Bevers.


Dykes to Watch Out For

This is a long-running comic by Alison Bechdel about a community of lesbians in what seems to be a small college town in the US. When I was a brand new anarchist baby dyke, it was my idealized, longed-for-but-never-found queer community. My favorite character was Mo, my least favorite was her partner Sydney, but I thought their relationship was interesting. Most of all I'd probably enjoy an ensemble vid. A meta vid could be great too. But again, go with what you feel! FYI, I haven't read this comic since ~2003, and I've learned that some of the characters have gone through major changes since then. Feel free to incorporate later stuff if you want!

Empire

This is a Shakespearean drama about a wealthy and powerful Black family who run a record label. It gives very few fucks about writing for a white audience and I love it for that. I love the drama, I love the music, I love the performances, and I love Cookie! And her heart, and her determination. I also am deeply fond of Hakeem and Jamal. Anything would be great, although I would not want a vid that casts Lucious in a very sympathetic light. One of my very favorite things about the show is Cookie and Porsha's dynamic, so a duo vid about them would be super awesome if you have an idea for it.

Imperial Radch

This is a super cool book trilogy! About a late stage empire with ships and stations as characters and a human society that doesn't have a concept of gender. To be honest, I have no idea how one would vid this! Maybe with fanart? If you do have an idea, go for whatever you want! My favorite characters are Mercy of Kalr, Tisarwat, and Seivarden. I love Seivarden and Breq's relationship. I'm sympathetic to the Breq/Seivarden ship so you could go there if you want. BTW, I haven't yet read the third book, but I definitely will by go-live (I'm currently re-reading Ancillary Sword).

Over the Garden Wall (Safety!)

If we matched on something else but you're not sure you want to do it, this might be worth considering. It's a cartoon miniseries consisting of 10 11-minute episodes. The animation is lovely and there's a lot of playing with old timey visuals and it would probably be pretty fun to vid. I just watched this show a few months ago, and it's so odd and sweet and disturbing! Greg is so stinking cute, I love him! And I like Beatrice a lot, and I really enjoyed the twist that the finale put on the whole "nice nerdy guy with a crush" thing. Basically anything here would be fine, I found the whole show pretty captivating.

RPF: Mindy Kaling

I admire her so much! I'd love something focusing on her professional life, highlighting how damn hilarious she is, her smarts, and her great sense of style. I would prefer to not give attention to her personal life, e.g., some recent drama about her brother, as I feel a little uncomfortable going into the personal lives of people I don't know.

Saga

This is an excellent comic book series. I haven't read the most recent volume, but I will by go-live! However, I won't have read any issues beyond volume 5 (so issue 30) by go-live, so I'd appreciate if you didn't include any material beyond that point. So -- I like and care about pretty much everyone in this series, including the villains. Anything you want to do on this will probably work great for me! Character or relationship study, ensemble, a study of the book's politics, or even a vid about how pretty the art is. However, Saga does hit my gore-limit at times, so I'd appreciate if the vid wasn't super full of the goriest moments.

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[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.


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I finished The Peacekeeper Wars and almost immediately turned around and re-watched the Farscape pilot. I've never done that before (much as I've been tempted at times), but it's been over two years since I started the series, so I hardly remembered it. Needless to say, it held my attention much more this time around. I especially was overwhelmed with Moya feels the first time John sees her, and felt a lot of sadness/excitement for John. The part I'd remembered best was the UST filled conversation between Zhaan and D'Argo, which I very much enjoyed again.

Also, I hadn't realized that Rygel had been the one to break them out of their cells! Good for him. Now he's done like five things I approve of. (I am not a Rygel fan.)

Oh, and the PKW was pretty good too! Some silliness, but also some really fun comedy and action for Aeryn. I felt like she got more agency in the PKW than she did in, like, all of S4, so that was cool too. And I finally found out where the "shooting makes me feel better" line came from -- I always assumed it was from S1 and I'd missed it.

Um, there were a few moments that also made me very sad. I won't say which.

Also I've now watched all the Farscape vids I know about (so, like eight) and they are great. I still never know if people appreciate comments on old vids, which I then often use as an excuse to not do it, but...I might be leaving comments on some of your old vids, folks.

My Orphan Black vid is basically done, but my brain has decided that I have to color and gamma-correct basically every clip. Probably overkill, but it is *so* satisfying to adjust the black levels and see how much prettier the image becomes.

Festivids! I am Festivids-adjacent again this year, which means that if you want to squee/rant/ask for beta at me, I'm up for it!

ETA: I tagged this entry with vidding: history because that topic makes up the bulk of the discussion in the comments.



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I was far more secretive about it than necessary, but I made a festivid: Fire Door, the Friday Night Lights Tyra character vid for [personal profile] chaila.

Happy reveals, everyone!

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It's Monday morning in Australia, but they made it a holiday just for meee!  So I can watch Festivids!  And even though I might not say much because typing, I want to log onto vidding chat and hang out with people!

But I can't remember where it went.  A few people posted about the move some time ago, but I can't seem to recall exactly who it was and dig up their post.

Help?

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I decided not to do festvids this year, what with the new job and having a house guest for most of December. I'm ok with that, but I've just realised I'll be pretty busy both during go-live and reveals this year as well. A bit of a bummer after the fun I had last year, but I guess there's always next year!

Anyway, congrats to people who've finished their vids and have vids waiting for them. And hats off to folks who claimed those pinch hits today!
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Title: Fire Door
Fandom: Friday Night Lights
Song Title: Fire Door (live)
Artist: Ani Difranco
Length: 3:14
Summary: "I started to feel like I was on the inside instead of the outside"
Content notes: A few brief instances of non-graphic domestic violence. Song has some ableist language.  A couple spoilers for the series.
Youtube | Download (102 Mb H.264 MOV) | Subtitles file

Password: door

Notes )

Lyrics )
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HAPPY FESTIVIDS!!!!

I love seeing what everyone made!  I am way too excited and flaily to say much coherent, BUT!  [personal profile] littleheaven made my gloriously wonderful lovely Maru vid.  I AM SO PLEASED. Thank you, Little Heaven, for making this awesome vid, and for making it as a pinch hit no less!  I love it dearly.

And I made the Whale Rider vid!  <-- link is to my personal vid post.

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It's festivids reveal day!  Or at least, it will be when you're reading this.  Or maybe it is much later by now.   Anyway, my first ever festivid was "Sons and Daughters", a Whale Rider vid for [personal profile] eruthros.

Happy Festivids!

Title: Sons and Daughters
Source: Whale Rider
Vidder: fray-adjacent
Song: "Sons and Daughters" by The Decemberists (edited)
Length: 2:56
Characters: Pai, ensemble
Content Notes: About the support and empowerment that characters offer each other.

Download: zipped 92 Mb H264 mov, subtitles file included

Streaming Password: daughters


Commentary on technical and creative process. )

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I'm slowly making my way through the Festivids Master List -- ended at S's with my morning coffee.  I'm not posting any recs at least until I've watched everything with agreeable-seeming content notes, but I still want to talk about how much fun I'm having!

Not surprisingly, I know very few of the fandoms, but this is a great opportunity for me to practice watching vids of sources I don't know.  Of course, the average festivid is probably designed to be more accessible than other vids, though this is possibly true for small-fandom vids in general.   I've been really pleased with how much I can get from a vid to a source I don't know.   Whether the vidder uses visuals to tell a story or draw out an important theme, or whether they just make something gorgeous and fun to watch, it's been working really well for me.  And I am not a super-savvy vid-watcher.  It often takes multiple viewings for me to start to "get" a vid. 

One thing that's cool about all this is I get an introduction to so many new sources.  Some are things I definitely want to check out -- the list is getting unwieldy, actually -- and some are things that it's nice to at least know a bit more about.  And other still are of sources that frankly I'm not sure I care to see, but the vidder made a really enjoyable vid out of it through editing techniques or through highlighting a minor character who I might find more interesting than the main characters.  (I've seen a lot of vids focusing on a female character in sources that I'm pretty sure tend to be dude-heavy, for example.)

Also, I have been delighted by the comments on the vid I made!  It's been so exciting and fun for me as a relative newcomer.

So, basically, festivids is not only awesome, it's inspiring me to put in the effort to watch and comment on vids more throughout the year.  Even vids of sources I don't know, time permitting.

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I <3 my Maru vid so much!!  This vid was so much fun to watch, made such clever use of literalism in lyrics, and makes my heart so happy!  D watched it with me and agrees it's awesome.  This is going to be my new cheer-me-up vid for ages to come.  Also: I am convinced.  Maru + Cardboard Boxes = OTP 4Ever!!!!

I'm going through the entire master list and watching most everything that has content notes I find agreeable. It's so fun -- but I'm only on D.  Now I know why it's 2 weeks between go-live and reveals.

Also, I've been delighted by the comments on the vid I made!  It's great to see so much response to a vid.

Basically, Festivids is awesome.  But I already expected as much. 

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Dear Festividder,

Thank you for signing up to vid one of my fandoms! This is my first year in festivids, and I can't wait to see what you make.  If you already have an idea you're excited for, feel free to stop reading right now! (Actually if you are planning to vid The Neverending Story, I do have one specific scene I would prefer *not* to see, explained below.)

Please, use whatever music makes you excited about this vid. If you're looking for more guidance, I love old and new R&B, soul, reggae, a fair amount of country music pre-1995, 90's rap, and quite a lot of rock, punk, alternative, and indy rock music. I tend to dislike electronic music (but not all of it!), but I've seen plenty of great vids set to electronic music, so don't let that stop you if something electronicy gives you vid-farr. Anything that gives you vid-farr is definitely grounds to ignore the above altogether.

As for the fandoms themselves, I'll talk a little about what I love about them if that helps give you ideas, but don't limit yourself to what I bring up.

Big Eden )

Cradle Will Rock )

I Shot Andy Warhol )

Mark Does Stuff )

Maru the Cat )

Mary Poppins )

The Neverending Story )

Thank you again for your vid! I can't wait to see it.

ETA: Actually, I also have one specific music request.  Please, please do not make a vid to a Tom Petty song.  I hate Tom Petty with a totally unreasonable fury.  Sorry. :/

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