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WTF Productions has two vids I hadn't seen before, All That Could Have Been by Kasra and Freeptop and Come Clean by Starherd and Kasra.

"Come Clean" is a Fruits Basket vid that doesn't quite work for me, although it's got some lovely moments. It's a Yuki character portrait which does a great job at evoking Yuki's loneliness and melancholy and showing how he changed over the course of the series; there's some especially good setup at the beginning showing the impact of the Zodiac curse. But the vid shows the change purely in the context of his relationship with Kyo, without a single shot of Tohru, which ... doesn't work for me. The vid was made for Yaoi-con, which I guess would explain this, but I just can't follow an argument that far from canon. The vid's slightly repetitive in slots, and I found myself thinking that it would have been better if the vidders followed the structure of "Possession," one of their Yami no Matsuei vids, and had made the story three linked character portraits instead of one: you can see the beginnings of Kyo argument already, and the applications to Tohru are also pretty obvious. I'm not sure how fair that is as a critique, since obviously it's asking for the vid to be something it's not even trying to be--but it's a frustrating vid for me to watch, because it doesn't quite work as what it is and paradoxically would work better if the vidders' goals had been more ambitious.

I'd still recommend it to fans of the series, although it's probably not going to be compelling to people who haven't seen Fruits Basket, since a lot of the impact depends on context and since the character designs for FB aren't always terribly individual.

"All That Could Have Been" is much more successful. This is a terribly sad Subaru character portrait which uses footage from Tokyo Babylon and X; obviously, it concentrates on the Subaru-Seishiro-Hokuto triangle of doom. (Okay, it's really the Subaru-Seishiro-Hokuto-Cherry Tree quadrangle of doom, but the word "quadrangle" just undercuts the implications of tragic grandeur.) Lots of rain, darkness, grasping or reaching hands. Really lovely. I need to watch this again to figure out what to say about it. But I do think this one would work even if you're unfamiliar with the source.
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
WTF Productions has two vids I hadn't seen before, All That Could Have Been by Kasra and Freeptop and Come Clean by Starherd and Kasra.

"Come Clean" is a Fruits Basket vid that doesn't quite work for me, although it's got some lovely moments. It's a Yuki character portrait which does a great job at evoking Yuki's loneliness and melancholy and showing how he changed over the course of the series; there's some especially good setup at the beginning showing the impact of the Zodiac curse. But the vid shows the change purely in the context of his relationship with Kyo, without a single shot of Tohru, which ... doesn't work for me. The vid was made for Yaoi-con, which I guess would explain this, but I just can't follow an argument that far from canon. The vid's slightly repetitive in slots, and I found myself thinking that it would have been better if the vidders followed the structure of "Possession," one of their Yami no Matsuei vids, and had made the story three linked character portraits instead of one: you can see the beginnings of Kyo argument already, and the applications to Tohru are also pretty obvious. I'm not sure how fair that is as a critique, since obviously it's asking for the vid to be something it's not even trying to be--but it's a frustrating vid for me to watch, because it doesn't quite work as what it is and paradoxically would work better if the vidders' goals had been more ambitious.

I'd still recommend it to fans of the series, although it's probably not going to be compelling to people who haven't seen Fruits Basket, since a lot of the impact depends on context and since the character designs for FB aren't always terribly individual.

"All That Could Have Been" is much more successful. This is a terribly sad Subaru character portrait which uses footage from Tokyo Babylon and X; obviously, it concentrates on the Subaru-Seishiro-Hokuto triangle of doom. (Okay, it's really the Subaru-Seishiro-Hokuto-Cherry Tree quadrangle of doom, but the word "quadrangle" just undercuts the implications of tragic grandeur.) Lots of rain, darkness, grasping or reaching hands. Really lovely. I need to watch this again to figure out what to say about it. But I do think this one would work even if you're unfamiliar with the source.

Meme sheep

Nov. 4th, 2004 09:46 pm
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... because next week I regroup, but this week escapism is my friend.

Works in Theoretical Progress )

Distraction flashfic (from [livejournal.com profile] wordsofastory this time around)

Request a drabble flashfic in any fandom you think I might be reasonably familiar with. Pairing & situation of your choice, though I reserve the right to make the pairing nonromantic if I don't think I can pull the romance off.

Meme sheep

Nov. 4th, 2004 09:46 pm
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
... because next week I regroup, but this week escapism is my friend.

Works in Theoretical Progress )

Distraction flashfic (from [livejournal.com profile] wordsofastory this time around)

Request a drabble flashfic in any fandom you think I might be reasonably familiar with. Pairing & situation of your choice, though I reserve the right to make the pairing nonromantic if I don't think I can pull the romance off.
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First of all, there was an excellent anime vid show at Vividcon. I loved it. I will be writing it up later. This is not about that show. This is about the anime vid show that wasn't.

Caveats )

On anime & anime vidding )

The vid list )

Additional series information )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
First of all, there was an excellent anime vid show at Vividcon. I loved it. I will be writing it up later. This is not about that show. This is about the anime vid show that wasn't.

Caveats )

On anime & anime vidding )

The vid list )

Additional series information )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (Default)
I was so delighted some of you actually signed up to read this (including, to be honest, people I thought just had dead journals) that I was planning to put real content here this morning. So I put on my current vid obsession, and started taking notes, and an hour later it was time to go to work and I had a 1500 words of notes and 0 words of coherency or timestamps. At some point, I will remember that it's helpful to note down timestamps and not just lyric phrases before I want to refer back to the previous section of the vid. Or I will give up, because this vid review thing is hard. Now I remember why I never do it and am just a bandwidth-hogging air-wasting parasite on good vidders everywhere.

As a placeholder, I'll copy a bunch of vid recs out of an email I sent someone last week.

Finding Anime Vids )

This is a quick list of vids I plan to cover in more detail later, available from sites other than AMV, with notes on whether they're accessible to people who haven't watched the show:

Starherd, Possession (Yami No Matsuei) )

Bonibaru, Shape of My Heart and Momentum (Yami No Matsuei) )

Witch Hunter Robin credit sequence )

WickedAmp, multiple )

Sephiroth, Gravity of Love (Revolutionary Girl Utena) )

Myka, Justify My Love and Betrayal )
thuviaptarth: golden thuvia with six-legged lion (ebv groupie)
I was so delighted some of you actually signed up to read this (including, to be honest, people I thought just had dead journals) that I was planning to put real content here this morning. So I put on my current vid obsession, and started taking notes, and an hour later it was time to go to work and I had a 1500 words of notes and 0 words of coherency or timestamps. At some point, I will remember that it's helpful to note down timestamps and not just lyric phrases before I want to refer back to the previous section of the vid. Or I will give up, because this vid review thing is hard. Now I remember why I never do it and am just a bandwidth-hogging air-wasting parasite on good vidders everywhere.

As a placeholder, I'll copy a bunch of vid recs out of an email I sent someone last week.

Finding Anime Vids )

This is a quick list of vids I plan to cover in more detail later, available from sites other than AMV, with notes on whether they're accessible to people who haven't watched the show:

Starherd, Possession (Yami No Matsuei) )

Bonibaru, Shape of My Heart and Momentum (Yami No Matsuei) )

Witch Hunter Robin credit sequence )

WickedAmp, multiple )

Sephiroth, Gravity of Love (Revolutionary Girl Utena) )

Myka, Justify My Love and Betrayal )

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