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thuvia ptarth ([personal profile] thuviaptarth) wrote2010-01-31 07:04 pm

[Fringe] VID: Etheric Messages (Festivid)

Title: Etheric Messages
Fandom: Fringe
Music: Natacha Atlas, "Etheric Messages"
Length: 2:08
Recipient: [ profile] charmax for [ profile] festivids (original post)
Notes: Thank you to [ profile] counteragent, [personal profile] laurashapiro, and [personal profile] lithiumdoll for beta, and to [personal profile] nestra for assuring me I wasn't missing the beat and A. for providing the initial translation.

Summary: The recruitment of Olivia Dunham.

Note: This has been slightly revised since going up for [ profile] festivids.

Password: recruit

[Fringe] Etheric Messages from thuvia ptarth on Vimeo.

Download: AVI 720x480 (69MB) | AVI 640x360 (30MB) | Subtitles (1K)

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Ya leel
O Night
It is written
Kulli shey maktub
Everything is written
It is written
Fil ahlam
Written in dreams

"Maktub" is an Arabic term that means "It is written [in the book of life by God]"; it is sometimes translated as "destiny."


I will spare you all the long boring story of how I was really trying to make a more cheerful Fringe vid for poor Charmax and apparently I am just not very good at happiness. But I really wanted to include one image because of the lyrics, and then it kept moving back and further back on the timeline and eventually it moved off the timeline entirely. So sad! So I will seize this opportunity to show it to you.

See? It's perfect. Except for as how it would not actually fit in the vid.
charmax: (charmax)

[personal profile] charmax 2010-02-01 01:01 am (UTC)(link)
I don't care that it wasn't cheerful. It was more full of Olivia's awesomeness than I could have hoped for and that's what counts. I think it's really hypnotic and beautiful and I'm gonna grab the download with both hands so I can continue to watch it all the time.

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[personal profile] kass 2010-02-01 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
This is really gorgeous. I like the music choice very much (and thank you for the subtitles!) I love the pairing of "Ya leel" with Olivia disappearing into the sensory deprivation tank, and the up-and-down movements of the EKG pair beautifully with the warbling of the vocal line. And the way you play with "maktub," how many things are written, and in what ways: written in DNA code, written in Olivia's destiny (maktub indeed) by Walter and William Bell's actions. Beautiful.

(And on a personal note, can I just squee for a second that when I read the transliteration and translation of the Arabic terms, I realize they're all cognates to words I know in Hebrew? The language geek in me is so happy about that. :-)
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[personal profile] ancalemon 2010-02-02 06:14 am (UTC)(link)
Oooooh, I loved this! Very nice work!
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[personal profile] oracne 2010-02-04 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] goodbyebird 2010-02-06 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Nicely done!
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[personal profile] aquaeri 2010-03-01 07:40 am (UTC)(link)
I've never seen Fringe, but the imagery goes very nicely with the music, like [personal profile] kass said.
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[personal profile] nolivingman 2010-03-01 01:46 pm (UTC)(link)
This is gorgeous, wonderful music and visuals.

[identity profile] 2010-02-01 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful vid =D
I didn't need any subs since Arabic is my native language =P =P
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[identity profile] 2010-02-02 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I am so extra-pleased someone who knows Arabic saw the vid -- I didn't know if that would happen. :)

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[identity profile] 2010-02-01 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Either there are absolutely no Fringe vids on the web (other than yours) or I'm just looking in the wrong place.

You're right. Not cheerful. But nicely done nevertheless...
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[identity profile] 2010-02-02 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone just posted one to vidding, and [ profile] beccatoria recs an Olivia vid here ( I found some Olivia/Peter vids on YouTube, but I didn't bookmark them because they were not what I was looking for and did not convince me to stay anyway.

There should be more Fringe vids! The show's a dream to vid, pretty footage and striking camera angles.

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[identity profile] 2010-02-02 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, it gave me goosebumps! (in the best sense of the word)
Good job!
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[identity profile] 2010-02-02 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

[identity profile] 2010-02-02 08:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Again I must express my love for this vid. It's true that Fringe vids are unfortunately lacking, not to mention serious ones focused on Dunham. And this one is definitely a keeper.

Reading your notes and finding out the origin of the song I suddenly see a whole new meaning to "The recruitment of Olivia Dunham." Amazing.
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[identity profile] 2010-02-02 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
(I am replying to my LJ comments before the fv_poster ones because there are fewer of them. Shhh. Don't tell.)

Thank you! I am so pleased you liked it.

Ha, I have restrained myself so much on notes! It's a good thing there was so much time between posting and reveal. I had originally intended the subject of the vid to be messages passed between worlds, literally and metaphorically, including messages between the world of the living and the world of the dead, so I could use all the isolation tank footage and end on a relatively hopeful note with the "You're gonna be fine" from Charlie (Charlie-in-Olivia's-head). And I had a lot of the beginning of the timeline filled and was messing with the clips at Charlie's grave for the end, and it was so bad I freaked out and almost ditched the entire thing ( before deciding I could keep some of what I'd done if I just, um, changed half the focus of the vid. And ditched the hopeful ending. Sorry, dead Charlie! I'm sure you'll get to be a helpful dead friend in some other vid.

If it hadn't been too long, I would have used a quote from the ZFT manifesto from "Ability" as the vid's summary: "Many warriors of the inevitable confrontation are among us now -- but before they can be considered soldiers, they must be regarded as recruits. And the expectation must be that they shall be unwilling."

Well, okay. If it hadn't been too long and had sounded less hokey.

[identity profile] 2010-02-03 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
Still so gorgeous and creepy. This time I fell in love with all the various kinds of texts, on paper, on screens, on boards, on monitors, and all the maps and directions. SO awesome. (Yes I am sometimes slow on initial viewings). I struggle to find words for what I love about this because it's so Olivia in the way she chooses to be drawn further and further in to this creepy world nobody really understands to protect people and to try to find answers. Except that maybe she never really had any choice at all and instead of solving things, she's just in somebody else's maze. This is what the show should always be about.
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[identity profile] 2010-03-06 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Your comments are so awesome! (Yes, I am still Festivids feedback.)

This time I fell in love with all the various kinds of texts, on paper, on screens, on boards, on monitors, and all the maps and directions.

I was so determined to get in the M&M arrow! One of my betas was unhappy that it pointed in a different direction than Olivia had been moving, but when I tried distorting it, even when I could get it to look realistic it disrupted the flow. I have decided it is telling Olivia she
is looking in the wrong direction and pointing her to a new place on the map. Literally and metaphorically. Right now Olivia's finger on the map is my favorite clip in the vid.

This is what the show should always be about.

I totally agree!
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[personal profile] grimorie 2010-06-17 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
This is beautiful. I've seen it three times already and I'm still fascinated with the vid its so evocative with the way you use the images, the music and the subtitles.
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everything is written

[personal profile] kiki_miserychic 2010-06-20 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, I am enthralled with this vid and all it's brillance. The feeling, clip choice, editing, colors, motion, and everything are amazing. It's part of the reason I started watching Fringe.
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[personal profile] aurora 2010-06-20 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
(here via kiki_miserychic)

This was amazing and it gave me goose bumps.
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[personal profile] musesfool 2010-07-06 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
This is beautifully done.

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[personal profile] noldo 2010-07-08 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not quite sure how I was linked here, but I was -- this is utterly beautiful, despite the fact I've never seen the show in question, and my baby Arabic skills are thrilled also (almost as much as my visual cortex is!).
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2010-11-09 08:52 am (UTC)(link)
This was gorgeous! Excellent vid.
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Etheric Messages, now that I have seen (almost) all of the episodes it uses

[personal profile] laurashapiro 2011-01-03 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
I liked this vid a lot when I betaed it, having zero familiarity with the source. Now that I know what (most of) those images are referring to, I really like it. The creepy beauty of it, the deep thinkiness of the concept, Olivia's amazingness holding the whole thing down. Just wow.
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[personal profile] monanotlisa 2011-01-17 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, this looks fascinating!

Would you mind telling up to which episode you've used footage? (I'm only at the very beginning of S2...)

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[personal profile] aoftheis 2011-01-21 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
This is absolutely breathtaking. It really captures the chilling, creepy magic of Fringe for me.
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[personal profile] monanotlisa 2011-02-26 11:38 am (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2011-11-25 06:16 am (UTC)(link)
This is lovely and haunting.