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
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Title: Freedom
Fandom: Underground (2016 television series)
Song: Freedom by Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Lemonade film version)
Summary: Won't let my freedom rot in hell
Premiered at VidUKon 2016

Content Notes: This attempts to be a recruiter vid but spoilers are inevitable. Fast cuts and flashing lights, speed changes. US network television-type violence. Some violence against African-American slaves is shown but that is not the primary topic. Animal harm. Feel free to ask specific questions about content.

Download: 101 MB mp4 with subtitles

Subtitles are included in the download .zip files. You can delete the .srt file if you don't want subtitles.

Update-- the Critical Commons embed doesn't seem to be working, so here's a direct link to the streaming vid.

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