in my heart is the pain of disco

and the day that she broke my heart was last month on the twenty sixth

it's that time again
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I liiive! ... To post my Dear Festividder letter.

Dearest Festividder,

I use this letter mostly as an excuse to burble about whatever I requested, I don't think there's actually anything crucial about my tastes in here, although there's a qualifier on the QSD one. If you have an idea, go ahead!

Overall: I don't have very strong (or good) tastes in music. Use whatever you want and I'll probably like it if I listen to it enough times, which I will. I'm probably an easier sell on songs with human voices in them, whether or not they're saying words I can understand, but don't let that stop you from using instrumentals if the spirit moves you.

Actresses (2009) [Movie]Collapse )

My Cat From Hell [TV]Collapse )

Naked and Afraid [TV]Collapse )

Queen Seondeok [TV]Collapse )

The Queen's Classroom [TV]Collapse )

Sungkyunkwan Scandal [TV]Collapse )

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the secret of climbing up on solsbury inish from shati on Vimeo.

This is a vid mashup of my Challenge vid for VVC this year to Solsbury Hill. I think this more accurately captures my own feelings about seals stealing babies, which are: awwww.

I just remuxed it, I didn't adjust the timing at all because attaching cables seemed like a herculean intellectual effort, so there's a lot of instrumental trailing off at the end.

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I'm moving! I'm NOT AT ALL CLOSE TO DONE moving! I have comments I haven't answered! So now is the time to post memes (stolen from multiple people). I think with this one you comment with one or more numbers, and then to distract myself from exhaustion and panic I answer the questions, some of which you can tell were adapted from a fic meme. Or you read #17, blink, and scroll rapidly away, erasing all memory of this post from your mind as you try to figure out if a dude could be living in your basement. However you roll. (/Scroll.)

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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Structure panel stuff
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One of the panels I did at Vividcon this year was about vid structure, and more specifically, about the shit ton of things you can look at when thinking about the structure of a vid. Since I only showed short segments of each example, when the point was the overall shape, I'm posting links. Including to the examples I decided not to show for time's sake.

(Thank you to [personal profile] bessyboo and [personal profile] jetpack_monkey for helping with the projector's failure to cooperate, my cosmic punishment for not realizing I was in the wrong room for the first fifteen minutes of VJ/mod training.)

A pdf of the powerpoint. I was trying to avoid reading from the powerpoint, so it's mostly unexplained. If you weren't at the panel and are curious about what the fuck I was talking about, I'm happy to elaborate. If you were at the panel and still don't know what the fuck I was talking about, I'm chagrined but willing to elaborate.

I was thinking about structure of the stuff the vidder did -- separate from, but probably following, the song's structure, unless the vidder also composed the song in which case thanks a lot for complicating things, vidder -- as any element(s) that change over the course of the vid in any way that form a pattern (this part is all reds, this part is all blues; this part goes between Spike's and Faith's POVs, then it switches to Buffy's; we start off at this point in time and move steadily forward).

Also, I had a Wikipedia quote.

For the record: these are examples of ... things ... but the things they're under aren't necessarily the main or most noticeable elements of the vid's structure. It just means that I thought "[x] is useful to look at in terms of why the vid is organized the way it is," or I couldn't find a more obvious example. Like, "Brave" is not all in either chronological order, but the clips being in the order they're in compares/juxtaposes narrative events. And "RadioAkshun" isn't, like, primarily structured around her clip transitions, but there are distinct sections of crossfades vs. hard/smash cuts, and those contribute to the overall impression of the shape of the vid.

They're also very definitely not a comprehensive list of all possible categories.

Bold = actually shown

Narrative (Source): Brave, ghost_lingering
Narrative (Audio): Crossover - She's the Man Trailer, xKiwiApplex
Narrative (Constructed): Ariel Found Jasmine, xxmandyxx180
Chronology: Just, hazelk
Chronology: Buffy Abridged, Rowena (no longer available?*)
Chronology: Graduate, corn_child (no longer available?*)
Who (Source): Dueling Videos: Under Ice, Scintilla
Who (POV): Creep, bradcpu
Who (Vidder): Empty Mosaic, multi-editor
Emotion (Character): Steady as She Goes, obsessive24
Emotion (Audience): Handlebars, flummery
Montage (Concept): Watery Sympony of Kai, siny
Montage (Tropes): Every Anime Opening Ever Made, Derek Lieu
Montage (Character Parallels): Run Boy Run, hollywoodgrrl
Visual (Color): Sunburned, kanzeyori (no longer available?)
Visual (Cuts): RadioAkshun, Ileia
Audio (Crackvid): Once Upon a Time Crack! Song Spoof, J2thePower0f3
Audio (AMVhell): all the AMV hells I am not going to bother linking

* Has been reposted to Youtube.

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post-vividcon post
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I made it back with intact luggage! A very low-key year for me -- there were a few points where I just took a nap in the common areas since I wasn't feeling antisocial but was also not capable of movement. or speech. or thought. I keep trying to write a con post and it just turns into a "Failures to Function" highlights reel but I figure this way I can look back in the future and feel...comparatively alert. or something.

(I'm planning to post vid recs and also links to vids I showed sections of in one of my panels, but the next few weeks are going to be complete hell, so who knows.)

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VVC Premiere: Where is My Mind (Utena)
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Source: Revolutionary Girl Utena, Adolescence of Utena
Music: Where is My Mind, Yoav ft. Emily Browning
Length: 04:39
Content notes: Choose not to warn, strobe

Once upon a time there was a princess, and she was very sad.

Download link (49.3 MB)

Where is My Mind - VVC premiere from shati on Vimeo.


For the Vividcon Premieres show.

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Challenge vid: Dream Within a Dream (Secret of Roan Inish)
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Source: The Secret of Roan Inish
Music: A Dream Within a Dream, The Glitch Mob
Length: 05:14
Content notes: various people kidnapped

Download link

dream within a dream - vvc challenge from shati on Vimeo.

Summary: What the sea will take, the sea must have.

Thank you to [personal profile] skygiants for betaing!

This year's Challenge theme was: Gift. For some reason what really spoke to me on the subject was seals absconding with a baby and then giving him back years later. They gave him back!

This was a formative childhood movie for me. I'm just not sure what it formed.

I enjoyed the, um, diversity of reaction to the seals/selkies, and conversation after the show about selkies.

(My premiere will be up after I get home, I had a tragic mixup about where I had the project file saved. /o\)

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New vid: Complicated (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
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Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel: the Series
Music: We Are Complicated, Raheemdaplaya (Taylor Swift & Avril Lavigne)
Length: 02:47

Download link

complicated - vvc femslash show from shati on Vimeo.

Many thanks to [personal profile] yhlee, [personal profile] jetpack_monkey, and [personal profile] par_avion for betaing!

Made for the Femslash vidshow at Vividcon.

"#this sounds like the act 1 finale of a teenage lesbian jukebox musical"
-- tumblr user lovecatcadillac, re: the mashup

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oblig vividcon post
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For my birthday I was given: a shit ton of candy and baked goods, and: an asshole baby goat gif. No greater birthday gifts exist.

Vividcon's at the end of this week! I was worried about my foot, which I did something to last Friday (sprained? strained? estranged?), but while I can't actually walk much yet without intense regrets, dancing seems to be fine as long as I'm careful, so ... that's good ... priorities. I'm getting in Thursday afternoon and leaving Monday morning. Oh, and I made a fandom/vidding twitter (maybe in part so I'd have it for VVC) at [ profile] shati_was_taken.

Things I do need to do: finish up panel prep, do laundry, clean my room, pack. Things I am doing: eating baked goods, playing the Sims.

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Stealing this from several people!

Send me a show and I'll tell you...
- The first character I fell in love with:
- The character who is my ‘baby’:
- The character who I do not understand:
- The character that I think the show ruined:
- The most attractive male and female character:
- The character death that was the worst for me:
- The character that is the most like me:
- The character I think the writer(s) love:
- The character that I just want to be happy:
- My four favorite characters, past or present:
- My four least favorite characters, past or present:

I'd not even bored so much as ... panic-busy? The only way to solve too many things to do: more things! to do.

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