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[personal profile] shati asked: Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.

Depressing female character study.

(I was very pleased when I managed to move on to endings full of grim determination and/or unease. My first two vids ended with the subjects dead.)

My theory, from the last couple of years of Vividcon panels, is that most people have a Platonic idea of a vid that shapes how they theorize about vids. It may not be conscious, and it doesn't mean that this is the only kind of vid a person makes, but their Theory of Vidding is best adapted to a particular type of vid: ship vids, meta vids, ensemble vids. The Theories tend to work better when the theorizer makes sure to test them against other types of vids, including ones they themselves wouldn't make.

My Platonic vid is a character study. Character studies are what made me fall in love with vids, and they are pretty much all I expected to make. When I look at my list of prospective vid ideas, most of them are character studies, and the ideas for vids that aren't character studies are generally newer. It is unsettling to realize that I've now done three vids in a row that aren't character studies. I miss them. Fortunately, I am working on a character study now. Shockingly, it is neither about a female character nor depressing.

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I'm loving reading everybody's answers to this, so ... I'm stealing it from [personal profile] heresluck and [personal profile] rhoboat, and you should, too. Though keep in mind it took me over a month to answer the last meme.

Give me a number -- or a few! -- and I'll answer in a separate post.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
10. Is vidding your passion or just a fun hobby?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
17. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
29. How do you feel about smut?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
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  • I loved spending time with you, I am just too lazy to write up all the meals and conversations.

  • [personal profile] heresluck gave me emergency tomatoes.

  • I forced many people to watch the vid not in progress and say only encouraging things to me, and they delivered admirably. I am encouraged! The vid is in progress once again.

  • I did not accidentally sleep through panel slots this year! I have started transferring my notes from pen to pixels and have some hope of actually posting panel reports. I have panel ideas, even, but I will probably talk myself out of them by next year.

  • Maybe next year I will actually make it to a room party.

  • I really liked the Femslash vid show! The premieres were very good, it introduced me to a lot of shows I'll have to look up, and it had a mix of diverse vidding styles, instead of just the usual Vividcon/DW/LJ aesthetics. I'm always thrilled when vid shows introduce me to vidders whose work I haven't seen before.

  • The travel French press mug worked great. I'm definitely doing that again next year. Note: The water at the breakfast buffet isn't hot enough; boil it in the coffee maker in the room.

  • Possibly next year I should skip the Club Vivid wristband and just drink one of the bottles of cider I buy and too often leave untouched in the refrigerator.

  • And then [personal profile] laurashapiro and I discovered we were both planning to make Orphan Black vids to the same song.

  • Favorite new-to-me vids:

    • [personal profile] kiki_miserychic, I Do Adore (Adventure Time)
      ♥ ♥ ♥ Princess Bubblegum+Marceline the Scream Queen 4EVA!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

    • [personal profile] rhoboat, Losing My Religion (The Hunger Games)
      This works beautifully with the audio to create an expectation of build that feels all the more tense when it doesn't happen. There's been a lot of discussion of whether the source is exploitative in its use of violence in the way it is trying to critique (I actually think it does a good job); this is a brilliant example of showing the devastating effects of violence without giving into the adrenaline rush.

    • Kitty, Lights and Thunder (Thor)
      I love the energy and the hopefulness of this. (I think this may be the smilingest MCU vid I've seen.)

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I am in a terrible mood and discouraged about the vid I'm (not) working on, so let's resurrect this meme:

Pick any section of a vid or a paragraph or any passage less than 500 words from any fanfic I've written and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet of what I was thinking when I made or wrote it, why I wrote it, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the vid or fic, and anything else you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.
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I tried to make "She Knows" accessible to people unfamiliar with the source, since I assumed that would be most of the audience at Wiscon. But if you're interested in more background, here it is:

  • If you're in the U.S., So Close is available in DVD at Netflix. (I don't know about streaming.)

  • It is a fun action movie where the men are basically cardboard cut-outs and the most important relationships are between women.

  • It is about two inches deep.

  • Yes, it is canonically that slashy.

  • Sisters Lin (Qi Shu) and Su (Wei Zhao) are freelance assassins hunting down the corporate bigwigs who murdered their (Lin and Su's) parents. Lin is the assassin and Su is the hacker. (Assassination also seems to provide a very comfortable standard of living.) They use a magic spell computer program developed by their father, which can penetrate any network's security and take control of any system, to create havoc and mask Lin's escapes. Kat Hong (Karen Mok) is the cop who is hunting them down.

  • At no point whatsoever are the surveillance and control implications of this technology addressed.

  • Although I (maybe unfairly) consider this the kind of movie made by men who like kick-ass women as a kink (see also: J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon), it is also a movie where women are depicted as in control of the gaze. The women control the cameras and the computer monitors. In one fight scene, where Lin and Kat sequentially rip each other's shirts, exposing their bras. When Kat's shirt is ripped, her male assistant looks hastily away. When Lin's shirt is ripped, he looks back until Su pushes his face in the opposite direction with her gun. You can't get more literal than that.

    (I was so sad I couldn't fit that scene in the vid, you guys. It made me laugh EVERY TIME.)

  • There is a lot of gender role reversal, as in Lin's incredibly bland love interest, who is there purely to provide unconditional emotional support for her despite her assassinating ways, and as in Kat's sexual harassment of her assistant, which I did not find amusing.

  • SO MUCH cutting edge (incredibly obsolete) late 90s tech. I had to include the Palm Pilot out of sheer nostalgia.

  • Spoilery warnings: )
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Title: She Knows
Vidders: [personal profile] thuviaptarth | 德婭·索利斯 & [personal profile] springgreen | 青春
Fandom: So Close | 夕陽天使
Music: Shino Lin | 林曉培
Length: 2:46
Warnings: Action movie violence.

Summary: Cameras, computers, cars, and cake.

Streaming )

Download: MP4 (848x480) (36.7MB) | MP4 (424x240) (14MB) | Subtitles (Chinese + English)

Elsewhere: AO3 | LJ | Tumblr

  • For [personal profile] springgreen for [ profile] care_faith_hope

  • Many thanks to [personal profile] rivkat for beta and to the organizers of [community profile] wiscon_vidparty for the extra time.

  • If the Chinese characters don't show up properly, you may need to set the subtitle encoding to UTF-8 and select a font that supports Chinese characters. In VLC, select Tools > Preferences > Subtitles/OSD.
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Is anyone around who could do a superquick vid beta between midnight tonight and 6:30pm tomorrow EST?
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Hi, everybody,

I discovered an error in "Hey Ho" after I posted it, so if you've already downloaded it, could you delete it and download again? And if you've linked to Youtube, this is the corrected version.


Mar. 4th, 2014 08:12 pm
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If you downloaded the subtitles earlier this morning, please do so again -- there was an error I just fixed.

Aside from that -- I think I flunk Tumblr? Apparently I last visited 131 days ago. I'd planned to repost old vids streaming, but I kind of forgot halfway through. I guess it's a recs and recirculation economy rather than a feedback economy.

I'm not there that often, but I'm at [ profile] thuviaptarth.
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Title: Hey Ho
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Avengers, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Agents of SHIELD)
Music: Tracy Grammer
Length: 2:56
Warnings: Old film flicker. Camera flashes and other sudden bright lights. Action movie violence (PG-13). Needles.

Summary: Sound out the trumpet noise

Streaming )

Download: MP4 1920x800 (91.3MB) | MP4 960x400 (32.3MB) | MP4 480x200 (13.7MB) | Subtitles

Elsewhere: AO3 | DW | LJ | Tumblr

Lyrics )

Notes )
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Is there a way to use Avisynth files for After Effects CC the way you do for Premiere?

Whenever I import a Premiere project that uses avs scripts into After Effects, I get blank video. I end up exporting video from Premiere and then using that in After Effects, but it means that the Dynamic Link effectively only works one way.

I'm using Adobe Creative Cloud on Windows 8.
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Sometimes I rewatch my vids just to reassure myself I actually know how to make one.
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VVC 2013 Playlist Post (The playlists will eventually link to the vid as hosted by the vidder, but these links may not be live yet.)

I haven't seen all the premiering vids yet, but of the ones I have seen, my favorites are:

[personal profile] rhoboat, Supremacy (James Bond) [Premieres]
This is the stand-out vid of the con for me. It makes me want to actually watch the second two Daniel Craig Bond films, even if it makes me want to watch them for Judi Dench and not Daniel Craig. But mostly it makes me want to watch it over and over and over again to figure out the exact details of how the action during the choruses is cut, because, guys, I want to figure it out. The movement and positioning here is phenomenal, and it's hooked to enough of a character study or emotional or narrative arc to keep me heavily invested.

[ profile] bananainpyjamas, I'm Not Superman (Lego Batman: DC Superheroes) [Premieres]
This is the most fun vid of the con for me. And it made me care about tiny plastic Batman's pain! It made me ship tiny plastic Batman and tiny plastic Superman! Tiny plastic Batman emotes way more than Christian Bale. Life is SO HARD for tiny plastic Batman.

[personal profile] ghost_lingering, Shepherds (Firefly/Serenity) [Challenge]
Full disclosure: I offered to beta this a while ago. I ... did not actually manage to send any beta comments.

Utterly compelling. Uses dialogue edited into a spoken word performance in a beautiful and rhythmic way to construct a backstory/autobiography for Book. It is short but feels incredibly full.

[personal profile] absolutedestiny, Age Like Wine (Multi) [Challenge]
For a few clips I thought this was the remix challenge, but it swiftly became clear it was a self-portrait. Though I do still think of it as a kind of remix of "Walking on the Ground."

[ profile] sockkpuppett, Retrograde (Beasts of the Southern Wild) [Premieres]
Leaves ripples in the water.

[personal profile] kass, Bathysphere (Fringe) [Also Premiering]
Briefly tempted me to watch Fringe again. Olivia Dunham: Still the best.

[personal profile] obsessive24, Devil Wouldn't Recognize You (Elementary) [Also Premiering]
Intense to the point of claustrophobia.

[ profile] destina, Sorrow (The Eagle) [Premieres]
A lovely and evocative mood piece.

[personal profile] shati, Total Eclipse of the Heartsword (Revolutionary Girl Utena) [Kareoke]
An accurate representation of Utena.

Not new, but new to me
Kitovraska, Loneliness (I Love You ... I'll Kill You) (Disney movies) [Brand-New Classic Hits]
The tragic romance of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.

Pogo, Alice (Disney remix) (Alice in Wonderland) [Brand-New Classic Hits]
I'm not sold on all the choices about repeated footage, but this is bizarre and dreamlike, not in the drifty floaty way but in the disturbing disjunctive way. Scraps of memory and scraps of meaning.
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Wiscon vid party premieres:

playlist, panel discussion

[personal profile] chaila, Keep the Streets Empty for Me (Twilight)
Bella is the peak predator.

[personal profile] prozacpark, Gingerbread Coffin (Pretty Little Liars)
Dolls are creepy.

[ profile] kiki_miserychic, Après Moi (Person of Interest)
If POI were the Shaw & Root show, I would be watching it.

Not a premiere, but I hadn't seen it before:
[personal profile] rhivolution, Fire and Water (Pumzi) [not yet up]
Water is life.

Marvel Cinematic Universe stories:
[ profile] hollimichelle, The Personal (Assistant) Is Political
Steve Rogers is an FDR Democrat. The modern media does not actually understand what an FDR Democrat is.

[ profile] Ael_tRlailiiu, Black Swans
I keep recommending this to people in person, then never sending them the follow-up email with links. This is a gen series about the Avengers solidifying as a team after the movie. (I'm calling this gen because it has about as much Tony/Pepper as the movies -- it's an important subplot, but it's not the point of the story.) My favorite of the set is the last one, A Higher Form of War, but I strongly recommend reading the whole thing in order. Each story stands alone, but in conjunction they form a very satisfying narrative arc.

[ profile] wolfinglet, your telescope eyes
Maya Hansen has a girlfriend, and also a history.
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Hello, flist & dwircle,

Does anyone not attending want a VVC DVD set? They are $15 + whatever it costs me to ship them to you, which will probably be cheaper than a non-attending membership, which also comes with a DVD set. The non-attending membership sets, however, will probably get mailed to you much more promptly.
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Bendis Looks Back at His Term as "Avengers" Assemblyman: Part Two:

[Avengers Prime] is a personal favorite project of mine. There are many, many things I'm proud of in my Avengers run, but there are going to be certain things that are personally successful to me where I don't even care if anybody else like it or not.

It's possible that he just means he loved working with Alan Davis on the project, because he talks about at great length before getting back to the content of the book:

[It] seemed like this was exactly the kind of story for Cap and Iron Man to really remember why they like each other," Bendis said. "I joked at the time that it was kind of like a super hero couples' retreat. They really just needed to get away from it all and sit around a campfire with Thor, who loves them both and was there to kind of referee and quietly nudge them towards each other. The hope was that by the end of the adventure, all will be forgiven."

Also, he is big on Thor as a yenta. Who knew?

Meanwhile, I think I am going to have to stop reading [community profile] scans_daily, because I seem to love everything they hate. This may be because I have a grave, grave weakness for Tony Stark as a supervillain. (I'll admit my affection is as nothing to Jonathan Hickman's love for the moral ambiguity or outright evil of Reed Richards. That is some passion, man.) In retrospect, the opening of Avengers #1 is now incredibly creepy.
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I wrote a pinch hit for Yuletide this year.

Title: And Then
Fandom: Das Wachsfigurenkabinett | Waxworks (1924) (plus a stealth crossover)
Recipient: [ profile] assimbya
Length: 1640 words
Rating: Mature
Content notes: Author chooses not to warn
Summary: The stories told by the museum owner's daughter are not quite the same as the stories told by the poet.


Waxworks is an early silent film available in full at Youtube. A man applies for a job at a waxworks museum by writing the stories of three of the wax figures: Haroun al-Raschid, Ivan the Terrible, and Spring-Heeled Jack. The writer himself appears in a romantic role in each story he writes, as does the pretty daughter of the museum owner.


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