quinara: Tara walking in the Slayer's desert. (Restless desert)
[personal profile] quinara
My write-up of [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk is coming at some point, as are the RL forms I need to fill in and, heh, my [livejournal.com profile] plot_wout_porn fic... For the last couple of days, though, I've been rather blindsided by this vid I've been working on for a while, which has been distracting me from pretty much everything else. It's about Buffy! And the First Slayer! Upset and reconciliation!

(Though, psst, word of advice: never do a vid to a song called 'Stress', because it will turn out to be an omen. Vimeo and I will be having words about aspect ratios and the need to make things HD just to work. Sorry the file/buffer-time is so huge! As for WMM... Don't even.)

Warnings for spinning images, flashing images, fairly screechy music and the odd bit of gore. It settles down eventually though!


You're not the source of me, you said.

[Buffy the Vampire Slayer + Justice 'Stress']
[Hi-Def Stream and download link.]


Date: 12/08/2010 20:31 (UTC)
yourlibrarian: RestlessFirstSlayer-visualthinker11 (BUF-RestlessFirstSlayer-visualthinker11)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
I liked the impressionistic style here, seemed very in keeping with the Slayer dreams.

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Date: 14/08/2010 12:52 (UTC)
stultiloquentia: Campbells condensed primordial soup (Default)
From: [personal profile] stultiloquentia
...How did you get so good at vidding so fast? Seriously, you seem to have barreled right past the usual youtubey Lord King Bad Vid stage and gone straight for the technically deft and thematically complicated. I'm kind of amazed.

I LOVE the effects. That's hands down the most effective use of that whiteout tool I've ever seen. It matches the setting! It's like a desert blindness: the sand (which is, as you know, Bob, her inner landscape) takes over her whole field of vision. It is a vision; it becomes the canvas on which her story (the shadowplay) is drawn. She is the canvas (the First Slayer is covered with paint), she is the story. That's just cool.

It's been a while since I've watched those sequences, but the casting of the FS never made me so uncomfortable. The big, muscular African behaving like an animal. But, as has been discussed before, there are valid reasons for casting a black woman. I'm trying to think how I'd have done that scene, how I'd have gotten around the ick, if I'd been directing. I think I have it. I'd have split the FS in two bodies: a sympathetic black girl, in the shadowplay sequence, and a Slayer demon in full body paint, blue or white or something. Anyhow, this doesn't have much to do with our vid; I'm just pondering how the images struck me in the moment.

Back to the vid: Someone on LJ was commenting on the control it takes to vid without lyrics, and I totally agree. The way you're able to build momentum and then, when the music changes, fling yourself out into a slow-motion soar, is really stunning. I nagged you about pacing during the Hamlet vid, didn't I? Well, you seem to have mastered THAT element. Jeez. Also, what a great song!

For some reason, I really like the little red car scooting into the desert. The cutting and acceleration in there reminds me of, oh, crap, whatshisname -- Ron Fricke, the director of Chronos and Koyaanisqatsi. He uses time lapse photography a lot, juxtaposing shadows inching across deserts and mountains and things with, oh, traffic patterns on escalators in giant shopping malls compressed into ten seconds. Vast, harsh ancient Nature vs. tiny, busy, humanity. It worked. Giles and Buffy move fast, like ants; they can't wait. But the desert they visit has all the time in the universe.

The one complaint I have about your style is that I'm, um, too dumb for it. I'm actually a bit vain about my ability to synthesize information, and "read" most vids swiftly and deeply (if I know the source, and if the vidder's really good, sometimes even when I don't), but yours leave me struggling, wondering if I'm missing key steps in your argument. And if I miss steps in FF, or a Hamlet staging I've never seen, that's one thing, but Buffy I know forwards and backwards. So I feel like in the last seconds of this vid, your language isn't loud enough...like you're missing a part of speech -- a clip (or clips) that would act as verb or noun and pull your sentence together for me. I think some of your clips are working too hard: they stand for whole paragraphs of information in your head, but I can't follow. I'm feeling dumb, and a well-constructed vid should make me feel smart -- not spoon-fed, but accomplished for being able to read the narrative.

So, that very last bit -- Buffy breaking the chain/connection and the FS going *headtilt* left me...underwhelmed. That headtilt. I think I wanted it to be more melodramatic and anvilicious. But I'm not sure.


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Date: 18/01/2011 20:45 (UTC)
laeria: Implied-Parisian lamp post, Eiffel tower, people embracing, all meshed together and looking golden-autumny, um. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laeria
Woe, has this been removed?


quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)

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