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Vividcon 2017 Con Report [Aug. 10th, 2017|01:33 pm]

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I'm back from Vividcon 2017 and I had a wonderful time! I was worried earlier in the year that this VVC would be really sad but thankfully I'm in a great mental state right now where pre-con I've been feeling super happy each day and that carried into the con where I tried to enjoy every moment of the con and savor all the good memories instead of being disappointed when things didn't go my way. It really helped make the con extra awesome and I had a great time getting to connect to my friends, watch vids, talk about vids and have a lot of fun.

I tried remembering everything as best I can but if I made any mistakes, feel free to correct me!

Vividcon 2017 Con Report )

Thank you to everyone who made my Vividcon so special! To me, Vividcon is a beautiful place where vidding is everything just like it is to me and where I can enjoy talking about vidding wherever I go as well and have amazing discussions about the craft. There is nothing that compares to watching premiering vids on the big screen in a crowd of people who *get* and *love* it and it brings an emotional high that is never replicated by watching on a smaller screen alone. I am SO happy to have Vividcon as a part of my life and this year I tried to appreciate each and every moment. I can't wait for next year and I look forward to a year filled with vidding growth as a vidder and as a community. Vividcon <3 Forever!
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Dear Equinox Vidder [Jul. 23rd, 2017|07:20 pm]

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Sorry for the delay and thank you so much for making me a vid! I am so excited to see what you come up with and I'm sure it'll be amazing. I love all kinds of music so follow your heart and what suits the vid for you. If you're looking for any guidelines, I tend to prefer indie pop, indie rock, hip hop, top 40, any kind of music that's emotional or that includes dynamic instrumentation. I love all kinds of vids from character studies, feels vids, shipper, meta, effects-y vids, fast or slow, dark, angsty, experimental and everything in between. Any rating or content is fine with me. I love books SO MUCH so if you want to make a vid that consists more of the book vs the adaption, this is definitely the challenge to do so! Please just enjoy yourself (I'm easy!) and make something you love and have fun vidding :D

Carol )

Friday Night Lights )

Game of Thrones )

Orange is the New Black )

Sex and the City )

True Blood )

Younger )

Multi-Fandom )
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Vividcon Forever #SaveVividcon [Jun. 3rd, 2017|11:04 pm]

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I am extremely upset by the news that Vividcon is ending after Vividcon 2018. Vividcon means everything to me and this world has tried to destroy me so much in the last year but I thought I would always have Vividcon. If you love Vividcon and would still love it to continue as a vidding con, please don't give up on the idea because I will not. I will say more about this later but here's what I said on Twitter:

I can't put into words how upset and heartbroken I am about this. Know that I will do everything in my power to make sure Vividcon never ends.

I am not giving up on Vividcon and a con where VIDDING is the main focus. I will dedicate my life to this, I swear.

Vidding has been the thing I love most in life for 15 years. Vividcon has been the one place I feel at home & I love it more than anything.

I consider everyone who has attended Vividcon my family and I will fight for all of you and for the concept of a vidding focused con.

I was super inspired watching Wonder Woman again today. As she says, if I don't fight for what I believe in, who will I be?

I believe in Vividcon. Until there is no one left (besides me) who wants to come, there will ALWAYS be a Vividcon. I will give my life to it.
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My Festivids this year [Feb. 27th, 2017|09:45 am]

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Just in case anyone missed them, here are the 4 festivids I made this year:

Title: Body High
Music: "Body High" by Mike Taylor
Fandom: Ghostbusters (2016)
Focus: Jillian Holtzmann
Summary: You give me a body high.
Body High DW link

Title: You're So Beautiful
Music: "You're So Beautiful (White Party Version)" by Empire Cast featuring Jussie Smollett
Fandom: The Get Down (2016)
Focus: Dizzee/Thor
Summary: It sure looks good to me.
You're So Beautiful DW link

Title: Dance
Music: "Dance" by POWERS
Fandom: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Focus: Rebecca, Paula, Valencia, Heather
Summary: Prepare to surrender to the power of femslash.
Dance DW link

Title: Crash
Music: "Crash" by Gwen Stefani
Fandom: Bound (1996)
Focus: Corky/Violet
Summary: Do me real hard.
Crash DW link

There's also a new vid exchange called Equinox that will run in both spring and fall with different themes (voted on) which you can find more about here. The current exchange is space themed and you can find a list of letters with fandoms and requests here if you want to make any treats. I didn't sign up but I maaaay make a treat depending on time and motivation. I have a bunch of vids planned for cons so I'm not sure if I will but you never know.

I'm mostly still on Twitter these days but I'm enjoying all the posts on DW and hope to post more here soon!
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End of Year Vidding Meme 2016 [Dec. 30th, 2016|09:26 pm]

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I'm lazy so here: My Vids.

January
Alive (Pitch Perfect)
Headphones (Pitch Perfect)
Shine (Years & Years)
Blow (Gone Girl)
Ready or Not (Hamilton)

February
Sparks (Blue Neighbourhood)
ILYSB (Hamilton RPF)

August
Goin' Down For Real (Multi)
Suffer (Person of Interest)
Delilah (Person of Interest)

Total Vids: 10

My favorite video this year (of my own)
Goin' Down For Real because while it took a lot of time, it made me really happy to see so many canon femslash pairings in a year that was terrible for us femslashers. I love watching it and it's just really sexy and gay which are two of my favorite things. I was really happy with how it turned out which is always important to me and I had a great time dancing to it at Club Vivid.

My least favourite video this year
I truly like all of my vids this year. If forced maybe Ready or Not just because I had limited time to make it and I wish I had more time to make a real Hamilton vid. BUT I REALLY LOVE HAMILTON and I enjoyed making the vid a lot so I truly love that vid too.

Most successful video
Most of my vids were successful as far as I am concerned but in terms of comments, Alive and Goin' Down For Real (the latter esp for online viewership).

Video most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion
I was happy with the reception for all of them but I think Suffer deserves a little more love because daaamn they are too hot together and it's one of my favorite of my own vids to rewatch it all together in that vid.

Most fun video
This is hard because the process of making Headphones, Ready or Not, ILYSB, Goin' Down For Real and Suffer were all fun to make in many ways. But I guess in terms of fun overall...ILYSB. I had deadline stress but I was so in love with these two boyfriends that it didn't even matter and it's just a cute, shippy little vid.

Video with single sexiest moment
HOW TO CHOOSE???? Like almost all of Goin' Down For Real (esp the last third) and most of Suffer too. But the one moment I think of is the last clip in Suffer where Root runs her hand down Shaw's back cause DAMN that just gets to me. So I'm going to go with that.

Biggest vid fail
As usual, rushing to make vids to deadlines is a problem as it's hard to make the vids live up to my own standards but nothing major in terms of vids this year. I suppose I had an audio issue with Suffer at Vividcon but I fixed it for the online version so *shrugs*.

Hardest video to make
Goin' Down For Real because it was my first multi vid and it took FOREVER to find all the sources and get source for them and find femslash scenes from YT videos in the actual source. Plus I struggled trying to make it sexy and look good and all fit together. But it was worth the effort in the end and it came together like I hoped.

Most unintentionally telling video
Hahaha. This question is a little #tooreal for me this year for reasons I'm not getting into here but I'd say the trio of VVC vids were more personal than I thought and I saw a different layer to Delilah once I made it so let's go with that one.

Things I've learned
Some of it is hard to put into words but the things that stick out is how to make multi vids, getting better at making sexy vids, doing more with motion, dealing with different source sizes, a little progress on cutting fast and less applied but I've learned more about color this year.

Things to work on
I'm always trying to improve my cutting and expressing ideas in vidding the best possible way. I would like to improve my technical skills across the board from learning Premiere/AE better, learning more color with Davinci Resolve (it's FREE and professional color grading software) as well as learning more about compositing and visual design in general. I would like to learn how to clip and edit faster as I have too many ideas and it takes too long to vid and I think I've let inertia carry me along too long in my current process.

Vid projects I definitely want to get finished this upcoming year
My festivids assignment OF COURSE although I'm struggling with motivation with it right now. I'm worried it'll be a one vid (or two with a quick treat) Festivids year because I'm a bit overwhelmed with other non-vidding things right now. I am DETERMINED to finish a multi vid for VVC Premieres this year that's very important and meaningful to me but I am worried about time with it. I hope to have a TGIF/F vid but worry about time as I have another multi vid I want to make for VVC plus at least one CVV vid which I already started.

Resolutions for 2017
As always, try to start vid projects and make more consistent process so I'm not rushed at the end and can get more beta feedback. Habitica (habit app that a bunch of vidders use, lmk if you want a guild invite) has helped a lot with consistency but I need to improve with doing more each day versus all at once. I'm constantly struggling with when to say no to vid ideas in order to focus on the vid ideas I most want to make so I would like to keep trying to focus on my most important vids especially in the first half of this year. As mentioned above, get better technically as well as learn more about film and visual images to work more on how to create the most meaning and beauty from the imagery I work with. I'm trying to learn more about fan studies as I would like to make more vids about fandom in the future and it helps me get a better perspective on vids and fandom as a whole. Also try to be the change I want to see in the world and talk more about vidding as well as encourage others to talk about it. I miss when the vidding community used to post more about vids back in the golden age of LJ (siiigh end of an era now).
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New vid: Suffer (Person of Interest) [Aug. 17th, 2016|05:02 pm]

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Title: Suffer
Music: Charlie Puth (Vince Staples & AndreaLo Remix)
Fandom: Person of Interest S1-504
Focus: Root/Shaw
Summary: I kind of enjoy this sort of thing (I do, too).
Content Notes: Bondage, Blood, Issues of consent, Needles
Notes: Made for the A Spankin' Good Time Vidshow at Vividcon 2016. Thanks to [personal profile] kiki_miserychic for the quick beta!
Download Link: Suffer (45 MB MP4)
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Vid Notes )

If you don't want to watch the whole show but are interested in just the Root/Shaw scenes, here are some links to Root/Shaw supercuts on Youtube:

Root/Shaw Supercuts )

If you'd like to just watch only the Root and/or Shaw focused episodes, here's what I would recommend:

Root and/or Shaw episodes with brief notes )

If you need any more information or need any help finding anything related to Root and/or Shaw, let me know!
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New vid: Delilah (Person of Interest) [Aug. 17th, 2016|01:27 pm]

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Title: Delilah
Music: Florence and the Machine
Fandom: Person of Interest 504
Focus: Shaw, Root/Shaw
Summary: You were my safe place.
Content Notes: Graphic Violence, Physical Triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), Suicide, Blood/gore, Psychological Torture
Notes: Made for Vividcon Premieres 2016. Thanks to [personal profile] kiki_miserychic for the beta and encouragement!
Download Link: Delilah (75 MB MP4)
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Delilah from Anoel on Vimeo.



Vid Notes )

If you don't want to watch the whole show but are interested in just the Root/Shaw scenes, here are some links to Root/Shaw supercuts on Youtube:

Root/Shaw Supercuts )

If you'd like to just watch only the Root and/or Shaw focused episodes, here's what I would recommend:

Root and/or Shaw episodes with brief notes )

If you need any more information or need any help finding anything related to Root and/or Shaw, let me know!
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Vividcon 2015 Con Report (Part 2) [Aug. 4th, 2016|02:46 pm]

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Here is my long delayed con report (part 2) from last year's Vividcon. I wrote it down the week after Vividcon but needed to make some edits and forgot to post it. I didn't remember everything so apologies if I missed writing anything down.

Vividcon 2015 Con Report (Part 2) )

Yesterday I arrived in Minnesota to visit with [personal profile] bessyboo for the week before Vividcon and then will drive down to Vividcon 2016 next Thursday with other fans. I'm SO excited for Vividcon this year and I can't wait to see all the new vids and all my favorite people there. It's going to be amazing!
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Vividcon 2015 Con Report (Part 1) [Aug. 4th, 2016|02:39 pm]

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Here is my long delayed con report (part 1) from last year's Vividcon. I wrote it down the week after Vividcon but needed to make some edits and forgot to post it. I didn't remember everything so apologies if I missed writing anything down.

Vividcon 2015 Con Report (Part 1) )
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New vid: ILYSB (Hamilton RPF) [Mar. 8th, 2016|01:45 pm]

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Title: ILYSB
Music: "ILYSB" by LANY
Fandom: Hamilton RPF
Focus: Lin-Manuel Miranda/Jonathan Groff
Summary: I love you, babe — so bad, so bad.
Content Notes: None.
Notes: Made for Escapade 2016. There are a few minor changes from the version that showed at the con.
Download Link: ILYSB (49MB MP4)
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I've fallen head over heels with Lin Manuel Miranda/Jonathan Groff since they love each other SO MUCH and are so cute on Twitter and in videos about it and basically ship themselves. So I knew for Escapade I wanted to make a RPS vid about their love for each other and since there's limited footage, I figured I'd have time to vid them in 3-7 days after Festivids. I already had the song since I loved this song for months and "hella obsessed with your face" always reminded me of how LMM looks at Groffsauce and I just had to audio edit a bit to get the right lyrics and length. It was a little complicated techically to make since I had to gather all the footage which was in all different sizes and qualities and then get it scaled down but I managed to figure that all out and also edit the song I had found that gave me happy LMM/Groffsauce feels. I was unsure of how to handle the smaller footage but then figured out to put the Hamilton background there which I liked how it connected their relationship to the larger musical. The structure was pretty simple with vidding to the lyrics although it was a little tricky trying to get some visual contrast as well as figuring out how to use the tweets and still images. Mostly I had a LOT of feels making this and even though it was a bit of a rush at the end, I'm still really glad I was able to make a little vid to condense all their cuteness together and give me a shipper high whenever I watch it.
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New vid: Sparks (Blue Neighbourhood) [Mar. 8th, 2016|01:05 pm]

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Title: Sparks
Music: "Sparks" by Fleurie
Fandom: Blue Neighbourhood (3 part music video series)
Focus: Troye/Matthew
Summary: Sparks for the first time.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Made for Escapade 2016.
Download Link: Sparks (46MB MP4)
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So I wasn't planning to make this vid but then [personal profile] winterevanesce made me this AMAZING vid for Blue Neighbourhood that gave me all the feels and reignited my desire to vid these precious boys. Since she had vidded both the angst and cuteness so well, I figured I could still make a happy, romantic vid for them so I looked at the end of my new songs I like playlist on Spotify and almost immediately found the song I used for the vid. So it was basically fate ;) I initially was going to cut the song more but I really wanted that crescendo instrumental build so I figured I'd make it work with the clips I had. I knew I wanted to start the beginning with the young kids realizing they had feelings to make it clear it was a romance at each age and I figured out I wanted to build to the kiss in the first chorus and then the sex in the last section. One of the other reasons I wanted to make the vid is to give my proof and interpretation of why I think the music videos ended in a happy ending (it's ambiguous) or why it SHOULD so hopefully that comes through on some level. It was fun to vid Troye and Matthew who are just so freaking attractive as well as the cuteness of the boys and besides an audio issue at the very end, I had a fun and pain-free vidding process as it mostly all came together. And I am definitely in agreement with the people at Escapade who wanted the movie not a music video series because I really, really wish the source was longer and had the story (hint hint write fic!).
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End of the Year Meme 2015 [Dec. 31st, 2015|07:34 pm]

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So before I go into the end of the year meme, I want to talk a little about the RL stuff that happened this year that led to some of my answers in this meme.

Year of 2015 general thoughts )

End of the Year Meme )
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End of Year Vidding Meme 2015 [Dec. 31st, 2015|01:02 pm]

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January
Infinite (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
All I Want (Life of Pi)
Us Against the World (German NT RPF)
Can't Pretend (Luther)
Grow Old With Me (Six Feet Under)
Through the Deep, Dark Wood (HTGAWM)

March:
Honey and the Moon (Soccer RPF)
Sugar (The Good Wife)

April:
Don't Wanna Dance (Grey's Anatomy)

June:
Dark Doo Wop (House of Cards)
Afire Love (The Normal Heart)

Total Vids: 11

My favourite video this year (of my own):
Dark Doo Wop because it came out closest to what I saw in my head and gives me a lot of happy OT3 feels.

My least favourite video this year:
I liked all my vids this year but probably Us Against the World because I still need to fix the choruses and am struggling with getting the source again to do it and it makes me sad it didn't come out like I wanted it to in my head.

Most successful video
Through the Deep, Dark Woods got the most love during Festivids and Dark Doo Wop did best at VVC. It also seemed that Afire Love was very successful at making people cry so I was proud of that :)

Video most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Happy with all my feedback but probably Don't Wanna Dance which I expected.

Most fun video:
Sugar was a lot of fun to make in terms of happy shippy feels and I think that comes through.

Video with single sexiest moment:
Dark Doo Wop with OT3 kissing and HTGAWM Annalise/Wes sexy moments.

Biggest vid fail:
Festivids deadline fail in terms of really struggling with them last minute so a few vids didn't come out like I hoped.

Hardest video to make:
Don't Wanna Dance in terms of clipping 10 seasons and Afire Love in terms of crying.

Most unintentionally telling video:
I don't know if this applies this year but a lot of the vids I made I cried making/watching this year, in part reminding me of my mom so that probably came through (All I Want, Grow Old With Me, Afire Love in particular).

For 2015:
I'm working on finishing some festivids including some tough ones as well as a few fun treats. I have one vid I've been dying to make for VVC for years and I'm determined to do it this year. I have a fun CVV vid in mind and a couple large projects I want to start working on. I want to continue working on cutting, visual techniques and learn more After Effects.
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Dear Festividder [Oct. 30th, 2015|10:57 am]

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Dear Festividder,

Thank you so much for making me a vid! I am so excited to see what you come up with and I'm sure it'll be amazing. I love all kinds of music so follow your heart and what suits the vid for you. If you're looking for any guidelines, I tend to prefer indie pop, indie rock, hip hop, top 40, any kind of music that's emotional or that includes dynamic instrumentation. I love all kinds of vids, character studies, feels vids, shipper, meta, effects-y vids, fast or slow, dark, angsty or happy. I am less into vids with dialogue within the vid but if you have a great idea for it, go for it! Any rating or content is fine with me. I love Festivids so please enjoy yourself, I'm sure I'll love whatever you make!

American Ninja Warrior )
Billy & Billie )
Blue Neighbourhood (SAFETY) )
Halt and Catch Fire )
Hamilton )
UnREAL )
The Wire )

Thank you Festividder!
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Vividcon 2015 Review Notes [Aug. 31st, 2015|06:19 pm]

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Here are my notes for Vid Review, In Depth Vid Review and Challenge Review for Vividcon 2015. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but these are not perfect transcriptions. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Vid Review )

In Depth Vid Review )

Challenge: Memory )
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Vividcon 2015 Panel Notes (part 2) [Aug. 31st, 2015|06:13 pm]

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Here are my panel notes (part 2) for Vividcon 2015. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but these are not perfect transcriptions. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Life After Vidding )

Stop, Collaborate and Listen )

Vidding Doctor Who )

Vidding as Media Literacy )
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Vividcon 2015 Panel Notes (part 1) [Aug. 30th, 2015|12:43 pm]

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Here are my panel notes (part 1) for Vividcon 2015. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but these are not perfect transcriptions. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Survival of the Viddest )

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nummy Treats )

Make Mine Multi )

Due South: 3 Fannish Waves )
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New vid: Afire Love (The Normal Heart) [Aug. 10th, 2015|09:55 pm]

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Title: Afire Love
Music: "Afire Love" by Ed Sheeran
Fandom: The Normal Heart (additional footage: We Were Here (2011), How to Survive a Plague (2012))
Focus: Felix/Ned
Summary: You're not the only one.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g. epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, “stuttery” cuts between 2-3 stills).
Notes: Made for Vividcon Challenge. Thanks to [personal profile] thingswithwings for the beta!
Download Link: Afire Love (89 MB MP4)
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I saw The Normal Heart when it first came out and it emotionally destroyed me with the main pairing and the LGBT community's struggle to fight AIDS. My knowledge of AIDS activism was very limited so the movie helped bring the early struggles to light for me. I heard this song last summer and found it to be a very powerful song especially the ending that brought in the family aspect. It seemed like the perfect vidsong to me but I couldn't think of what fandom had the powerful family relationships I needed - until I realized that family can also refer to a community of people such as the LGBT community which would fit perfectly with The Normal Heart. After I realized that, the structure of the vid became clear to me and I realized I could use historical external source to make the queer community aspect more broad and diverse than was shown in the movie to hopefully make it even more powerful.

I had intended to make this vid for Escapade but after I got into a new ship, I didn't have the time to make this vid as well. Then the VVC Memory Challenge theme worked perfectly with the vid idea and I didn't have time to make my two initial Challenge ideas so I decided to make this vid for Challenge. The clipping was fairly painless and I read about AIDS activism in LGBT communities and watched a few documentaries about it including the two I used: We Were Here and How to Survive a Plague which helped provide some incredibly useful footage. The vid made me cry a lot while making it (especially the ending) but I figured that was a good sign for the emotional reaction I was going for. [personal profile] thingswithwings provided some super helpful feedback that made the vid even better and in the end, I'm really happy that I made it and with how it turned out.
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New vid: Dark Doo Wop (House of Cards US) [Aug. 10th, 2015|07:43 pm]

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Title: Dark Doo Wop
Music: "Dark Doo Wop" by MS MR
Fandom: House of Cards (US) S1-2
Focus: Edward Meechum/Claire Underwood/Francis Underwood
Summary: If we're going down, baby you should stick around.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g. epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), brief graphic violence
Notes: Made for Vividcon Premiere 2015. Thanks to [personal profile] isagel for the quick beta!
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So I originally had another vid planned for Premieres but after making my Club Vivid vid, I needed a break from vidding and after that I realized I wasn't going to have the time to actually make that more time intensive vid. In mid-May, I started catching up on House of Cards S2 and fell hard for this threesome which features one of the most beautiful, intense and nonverbal romantic scenes I've ever seen. As luck would have it, I heard this song in one of Spotify's playlists I was listening to as I fell asleep and I realized it was perfect for them while also having the lyrics to cover some of the political stuff I wanted to include. It was nice to have a less time intensive clipping process and the House of Cards pretty imagery helped make the vidding process mostly painless as I wanted to use the symbols to provide some context and meaning to their relationship together. It turned to be one of those vids that looks very similar to what I saw in my head before I made it which is always wonderful when it occurs.
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New vid: Don't Wanna Dance (Grey's Anatomy) [Aug. 10th, 2015|04:47 pm]

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Title: Don't Wanna Dance
Music: "Don't Wanna Dance" by MØ (Titus Jones Remix)
Fandom: Grey's Anatomy S1-10
Focus: Meredith/Cristina
Summary: I don't wanna dance with nobody but you.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g. epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Made for Club Vivid 2015.
Download Link: Don't Wanna Dance (72 MB MP4)
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I've wanted to make a Cristina/Meredith vid since 2005 when I was really into Grey's Anatomy and I've always promised myself when the show was over (or Cristina left) I would. Since the latter happened, last year at a Vividcon room party I swore that I'd make one for them for next year's Vividcon. Amazingly enough, I actually did it! The pairing is very meaningful to me because it was my first femslash OTP and helped keep me watching the show for many years. Last year I heard the original version of this song and I loved the chrous which seemed perfect for making a dancing focused Cristina/Meredith vid that I could premiere at Club Vivid. Unfortunately the lyrics section lacked a good dancing beat so I knew I'd have to find a remix to make the song danceable for CVV.

I searched the internet but I hated all the remixes I found so I realized I'd have to take matters into my own hands. I've always loved Titus Jones's mashups so I looked into whether he could make a custom remix for me and to my surprise, he could and for a reasonable low price! It was a really easy process for him to make the remix and he even added the quick beats right before the chorus without me asking which really enhanced the vid IMO. The clipping process was horrible because the show is so long but I started early and tried to maintain a quick pace to find all the Meredith/Cristina scenes and any other relevant clips. It took forever but I managed to do it and did some vidding in between to make it more fun. It was a bit overwhelming at first but I was able to just find the best clips to use between them and once I figured out what the different sections of the vid would be doing (in relation to Cristina's growth and journey), I was able to find the clips that would work best in each one. Overall I really enjoyed getting to squee over Meredith and Cristina's scenes again and create the friendship/femslash (I've always loved how easily their relationship can go either way and that the vid leaves it open to interpretation) vid I've always wanted to make for them.
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New vid: Grow Old With Me (Six Feet Under) [Feb. 13th, 2015|10:42 am]

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Title: Grow Old With Me
Music: "Grow Old With Me" by Tom Odell
Fandom: Six Feet Under S1-5
Focus: Keith/David
Summary: Just you and I.
Content Notes: None
Notes: Made for nicole-anell in Festivids 2014.
Download Link: Grow Old With Me (81 MB MP4)
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I've wanted to make a Keith/David vid since I saw Six Feet Under for the first time and fell in love with them but my plans to actually make it kept being delayed because I kept stalling in my rewatches and putting them off til I could better take the show emotionally. But finally I found this perfect song this year and knew I just had to bump up this show in my priority rewatch list especially as I wanted to use watching it as a bit of grief therapy. The show was tough to watch at times and watching the finale was almost worst this time having a more personal experience with death but it was good to finally get to see the greatest TV show finale ending of all time again. I was able to take clip notes while watching which made clipping much easier than it could have been. The vid came together pretty easily as it was mainly finding the most significant moments for them and trying not to cry too much with the ending. This Festivids year was the year of crying for me (both happy and sad) and this vid was probably the vid I've cried the most throughout the entire process but I'm really glad I finally have a vid that sums up my feelings about them.
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New vid: Can't Pretend (Luther) [Feb. 13th, 2015|10:34 am]

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Title: Can't Pretend
Music: "Can't Pretend" by Tom Odell
Fandom: Luther S1-3
Focus: John/Alice
Summary: Our souls, they blend.
Content Notes: Graphic Violence
Notes: Made for lunesque in Festivids 2014.
Download Link: Can't Pretend (85 MB MP4)
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So I finally watched Luther around October (?) of last year and fell madly in love with Luther/Alice. I didn't expect to make a vid for them for this year's Festivids but in looking for shipper songs to express my feels for them, I heard the song Can't Pretend (which was on my to-vid playlist from last Festivids) and it was SO THEM and all of a sudden I wanted to vid it for them. Problem was I was worried about time and my original plan for this vid was a lot more ambitious (turned out it wasn't right for this vid). So I decided to pick up a pinch hit for lunesque to give me the deadline motivation to clip and vid this song which felt a bit above my ability. I clipped out most of the J/A stuff and was having fun vidding the beginning and a few other of my favorite ideas for the vid when I started stalling and having trouble getting myself to vid this. Largely I had such big perfectionist ideas about the vid that my fear of failure made me avoid the vid which is how I ended up having to vid this in the last two weeks before the deadline which does get rid of fear of failure but was not fun when also trying to finish my assignment vid. Ultimately there are a few things I wanted to change and make better but I ran out of time and now don't have the motivation to fix. But I'm glad I was able to make a shipper vid for them that expressed why I love them so much and was able to let out some of my feelings.
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New vid: Us Against The World (Soccer - German NT) [Feb. 13th, 2015|10:25 am]

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Title: Us Against The World
Music: "Marching Band" by Joe Brooks
Fandom: Soccer
Focus: German NT
Summary: Try stopping us now.
Content Notes: None.
Notes: Made for Barkley in Festivids 2014.
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New vid: All I Want (Life of Pi) [Feb. 13th, 2015|10:03 am]

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Title: All I Want
Music: "All I Want" by Kodaline
Fandom: Life of Pi
Focus: Pi
Summary: I'll find somebody.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Made for thingswithwings in Festivids 2014.
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When I first saw Life of Pi, I thought it was one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen and I wanted to vid it. Last year I heard this song while in Europe at a museum and connected it to this fandom (I was looking for a song) and it captured what I wanted to vid about Pi. I had another song for the fandom but this song seemed a better fit for what [personal profile] thingswithwings wanted and I was happy to be able to vid this for her. I vidded most of it in November 2014 and for the most part it wasn't too hard to vid although vidding the end made me cry a lot.

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New vid: Infinite (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) [Feb. 13th, 2015|08:57 am]

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Title: Infinite
Vidder: Anoel
Music: "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens
Fandom: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Focus: Charlie, Charlie/Sam/Patrick
Summary: "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
Notes: Made for Rhea314 in Festivids 2014.
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I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower a few years ago and fell in love with it and was so happy to find out the writer was making a film version of the book so I could vid it. I wanted to vid the movie last Festivids but couldn't find the right song but in the last year I heard this song and fell in love as it captured the book and movie perfectly. I made this vid in the first couple weeks after assignments went out as it was relatively easy to make as most of the structure and clips easily came to me and it was a lot of fun to vid. It's a bit different than my normal style in that I wanted to let the clips breathe more and fully show the connection between the three of them.

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Vidding Meme 2014 [Dec. 31st, 2014|11:26 pm]

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Here's the end of the year vidding meme for 2014:

(Links can be found here: My Vids)

January:
Final Round (Pariah)
Love, Save The Empty (Masters of Sex)
All We Got (The Great Gatsby)
Get Me Bodied (The Fifth Element)

March:
Here In Your Arms (The Voice)

April:
Right Now (Game of Thrones)

June:
Ready or Not (Faking It)
Made For This (Game of Thrones)

Total Vids: 8

My favourite video this year (of my own):
Made For This because I'd been waiting to make that vid for 2 years and I was so happy to make it and let out my feelings for Cersei and Cersei/Jaime. Even though it didn't come out exactly like it did in my head, a lot of it was similar and I feel like I had to grow as a vidder to make it.

My least favourite video this year:
I like all of my vids this year but if I had to pick a least favorite, it would be Love, Save the Empty as it didn't quite come out like I had hoped and honestly, I felt like the other Festivids for the fandom were better which brought me down a bit. But I did love vidding the pairing :)

Most successful video
I was really happy with the responses to All We Got and Get Me Bodied in terms of number of comments and them being appreciated by some of the vidders I admire.

Video most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
I'm happy with all the feedback I got on my vids but I think Made For This and Final Round were the least appreciated although I expected that because of the fandoms/subject matter.

Most fun video:
Nothing super fun this year but it would be Ready or Not for the gay and Here In My Arms for the cute shippiness.

Video with single sexiest moment:
Get Me Bodied is full of them tied with the kissing section in Made For This.

Biggest vid fail:
Besides general laziness in getting vids done and having to race to the deadline, having a couple tech issues in All We Got really bothered me.

Hardest video to make:
Made For This as not only did I have to get past my show issues, I struggled to match my vid's ambition and had limited time in getting it done by the deadline.

Most unintentionally telling video:
Ready or Not.

For 2015:
I'm working on about 6 different Festivids at the moment so it's high priority to get those done. I'd like to submit a vid to Vidukon or Wiscon but I'm determined to finish my Cristina/Meredith vid next year as well as one of my more ambitious vid ideas for Vividcon. I'd like to try to keep vidding an hour a day and work on improving my vidding techniques especially visual-wise.
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Dear Festividder [Oct. 28th, 2014|11:04 pm]

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Dear Festividder,

Thank you so much for making me a vid!!! I am sure I will love whatever you make so don't stress about it. I love all kinds of music so don't be afraid to choose any genre of music that fits the source for you. I also enjoy all kinds of vid genres from the shippy to character studies to meta to feels and everything in between. I'm fine with any rating and any content so have no fear about that.

Here are the fandoms I'm requesting with some details (and pictures/gifs) of what I love about them. Most of all, have fun and make a vid that you really love!

Fandom Details and Pictures/Gifs for How To Get Away With Murder, Maleficent, The Mindy Project, Nashville, RPF - College Basketball (Syracuse Orange), RPF - Lena Headey, RPF - Soccer (German NT), The Wire )
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Vidding Meme Answers [Sep. 9th, 2014|04:11 pm]

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Okay, here's some answers for the vidding meme, first three asked by [personal profile] grammarwoman.

How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

Haha, a lot. I have about 12 right now that I'd like to do in the next year or two, some planned for Festivids or Vividcon depending on circumstances. And then there's about 18 songs or so that I might make vids for someday but it all depends on motivation, time or deadlines. Only a few of these ideas have timelines with clips on them but they're mostly secret ones for the future. I can say as I announced on Twitter that my planned Escapade vid will be a Kane/Toews vid as I found a song that's perfect for what I want to do and I'm really excited about it. The only problem is it requires a lot of finding source and clipping so that's much less fun to deal with. But I am committed to making it!


Share one of your strengths.

I've always felt that the structure of my vids was one of my vidding strong points as I absolutely love thinking about the structure of vids and how to make it clear to audiences. One of my most fun things to do is to figure out what order things should go in and how to organize the vid source so it works with the song and makes sense logically. If anyone ever is questioning their vid structure and wants to go over it with me, I'm always open to it :)

Which vid was the easiest to make?

This was harder than I thought it would be because there are a few vids of mine that were relatively easy to do since I was highly motivated, knew the source and really enjoyed doing them. I'm going to say the easiest one was my Kurt/Blaine vid, Raise Your Glass. I made it right after their first kiss aired and I was filled with love for the ship so it was a lot of fun to make. I knew the show really well so I could immediately find all the clips and clipping was relatively painless. I remember the vidding process being pretty fun as I could come up with the clips for the lyrics and there was no tech trouble or process trouble that I remember. Plus with no deadline I was able to finish a (admittedly short) vid in three days :)
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Vidding Meme [Sep. 3rd, 2014|06:51 pm]

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So I'm going to be attempting to post more in the next month and here's a vidding meme to help me with that...

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?

Yay vidding!
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Vividcon 2014 Con Report [Sep. 2nd, 2014|02:32 pm]

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At long last, here is my Vividcon 2014 Con Report :)

Con Report under the cut )

Overall it was an absolutely amazing Vividcon and I had a wonderful time getting to see so many friends again as well as meet new ones. There's never enough time to get to talk to everyone for as long as I'd like but I like to think of all my Vividcon's put together as a way to get a chance to do that and I definitely was able to have some great conversation with various people. I was really inspired by some of the vids and the panels were full of interesting discussion that has made me even more determined to keep learning and growing to become a better vidder. When I got home, I started clipping for my Club Vivid vid next year and I'm already looking forward to making Escapade vids and festivids. The con is always super well run which as we've seen this year, is not a given and I love the balance between trying new things and sticking with so many great traditions that I deeply love. I missed a lot of people this year who couldn't make it but I'm so thankful for all the people who could come and made it such an amazing experience for me. I'm so happy to be a part of such an amazing vidding community and can't wait for next Vividcon!
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Beginning of the school year!...Kind of [Sep. 1st, 2014|04:17 pm]

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Even though I'm not in school right now, the beginning of September always feels like a new beginning to me. It seems like a good time to share my plans for the rest of the year and the time to come as I finally have some ideas of what I want to do.

First a catchup of the last three months. In May, I went to a fun Ingrid Michaelson concert with [livejournal.com profile] beerbad and had a great time listening to some of my favorite songs. Mother's Day was pretty sad and I tried to avoid the media but eventually gave in and just scrolled through and watched some sad TV shows and cried some. One of the most fun things I did was go to Malibu State Park and go to this little pond (not sure what the right word is here) where they had cliff jumping rocks and I went to the highest one (about 30 feet) and jumped off of it. It was SO fun and I had been feeling kind of meh about the world and it gave me an adrenaline rush that made me feel happy and full of hope again. I just love feeling like I'm flying and being that high in the air, I really felt like I was in the air on the way down and it felt amazing. I also went to a fun Harry Potter roller skating event where there was a ton of people dressed up and they played Harry Potter songs and it was just really fun even though at the end the music was meh so I put on my headphones and listened to shippy songs for my favorite couples (mostly Kane/Toews). I went to a Memorial Day BBQ with other geeky/fannish type people and had fun playing Cards Against Humanity and talking various TV shows with people. I had a lot of fun going to see the Chicago Blackhawks play the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in my first live hockey game and I was lucky enough to see it with [livejournal.com profile] celli and get to see Toews score a goal right in front of me. [livejournal.com profile] celli and I had a lot of fun talking hockey and various real life stuff after the game and it was fun getting a chance to get to know her better. I also went to see a screening of the Mindy Project season finale and got to see a cast Q&A and later got to meet Mindy Kaling for the fourth time - and she remembered who I was for the third time ever. It was pretty cool and she even took a selfie of her and me. I also went to my second cousin's bridal shower and got to catch up with that side of my family and got to see my grandma's sister as well which was nice and I'm looking forward to going to his wedding in November.

In June, I spent a lot of time finishing my Femslash Premiere and my Premieres vid for Vividcon which was a bit stressful but I was ultimately able to finish by the deadline. I was also following the NBA draft and super happy when my favorite player, Tyler Ennis was selected 18th in the draft and another Syracuse player, Jerami Grant went to the Philadelphia 76ers which has a Syracuse player, Michael Carter-Williams who just won Rookie of the Year and who I slash with his friend on the team, Nerlens Noel so I'm looking forward to OT3ing them together. I also started watching the World Cup, following it seriously for the first time ever and fell in love with the USA team, most of all the coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. Jurgen who was a big star in Europe who won the World Cup with Germany in 1990, coached the German team to a 3rd place finish in 2006 (in Germany) but who loves the USA and lives there with his family so he decided to coach the USA team in 2011 and is attempting to turn the team around so it can eventually win the World Cup with the men's team. I really love what he's trying to do and his personality and I have a lot of hope that he can help us win it all so I began to follow the US team and was in ecstasy after we beat Ghana and went to a USA bar for the Portugal game with [livejournal.com profile] cenedrawood and was SO HAPPY when USA came back from a 0-1 deficit to be winning 2-1...only to lose in the last thirty seconds in one of the most heartbreaking sports moments ever for me. Thankfully we still had another game against Germany where Jurgen was coaching against his friend, Joachim Löm (who was his assistant coach when he coached Germany) and since I ship them together (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] caesaria), it was an entertaining game for me if terrifying. We lost by one but were still able to make it out of the group stages where we played Belgium which I don't even want to talk about because I'm still super bitter and prefer to think about how Tim Howard made 15 saves and Julian Green scored a goal on his first touch even though he's only 19 years old and was another young player that people complained about being on the roster and yet was one of the many players to prove that Jurgen knew what he was doing cause he's an amazing coach <3 Anyways, I started out rooting for Brazil (because they were at home, it meant a lot to them and they spent so much money at least they could get SOMETHING out of it), Germany, England, Italy and I also added the Netherlands after I saw their first game against Spain and enjoyed watching Robben and van Persie play. Eventually Germany and Netherlands were my favorite teams as after watching a documentary about the 2006 German team and falling in love with Robben as a player I wish I could be like, I emotionally connected with them, plus it helped that both teams did super well.

In July, I was really into basketball as the NBA summer league started and all the new rookies, 2nd year players and undrafted players trying to get a spot on rosters were playing and I watched the 76ers team do well in Orlando with my guy, Jerami Grant. The major summer league was in Las Vegas though and I decided to go to Vegas, buy tickets for the games (they're cheap) and let out my basketball feelings while trying to meet some of my favorite Syracuse players since many of them were going to be there. I had an amazing time, getting autographs and talking to Tyler Ennis, Rakeem Christmas (current SU player), Jerami Grant, Michael Carter-Williams, Baye Moussa Keita and Brandon Triche (former SU players) as well as watching a ton of players play for their teams. Unfortunately my car had some issues so I stayed longer than I wanted to but I also had fun hanging out with n0apologies (twitter) who I had met at Wincon and we had a great time talking about our lives, Adam Lambert, Queer as Folk and other fannish topics. I was also there duing the World Cup final and went to a bar to watch Germany play Argentina where thankfully Germany won and I was SO HAPPY as Jogi Low and the team had come soooo close to winning in the last 8 years and always came up a little short so I was super happy for the team to finally win it all and I just had such a fun time celebrating, happy crying and joining in the celebrations at the German bar.

Finally I got back to LA and had fun going to [livejournal.com profile] elipie's karaoke birthday party and then going to a Lady GaGa concert with her where we won free seat upgrades and got to hang in the VIP lounge with free drinks and hang out with hot half-naked boys while we could easily see Lady GaGa especially when she came over to the platform right above us. It was super fun getting to hear her sing some of her classic songs and she's an amazing performer so we had a fun time singing her songs and enjoying the performance. At the end of July, I went back home to Syracuse where I spent some time with my dad, caught up with my best friend and hung out with my cats at home. I also drove down to Pennsylvania to visit my cousin's family and spend some time with my aunt. My cousin is starting her own business so I spent a little bit of time at her shop and we also went with her family and my aunt to one of my favorite amusement parks where we used to go almost every year as a kid so it was very nostalgic to be back there again. Speaking of nostalgia, I also went to visit my childhood elementary school and was bummed to see they tore down the playground I had loved although they are building a new one, it's not the same. After that, I went to Vividcon which I'll talk about in a different post but the Wednesday after that, I had an amazing time going to Six Flags Magic Mountain with [livejournal.com profile] elipie getting a chance to talk about Vividcon, new vidding ideas and other fannish stuff.

This summer I had planned on taking some courses related to college admission counseling but after a couple of days trying to take them, I realized my heart wasn't in them as I wasn't sure yet whether that's what I wanted to do as it might not be big enough for me career-wise. Thankfully I was able to get a full refund and another thing that affected my decision was a revelation I had thought of while reading books about colleges. I kept having regrets while reading on how I wish I had gotten a true college experience and had gone to a more intellectual school when I realized - I could still do that. There was a college I had first heard about in high school called St. John's College that covered in four years, many of the so called Great Books but without lectures, it's all discussion based or laboratory based as they cover science using classic experiments and original texts for everything. Two of the most interesting aspects is learning Ancient Greek and learning math from classic books like Euclid's Elements which I've always wanted to do to understand more of where the English language comes from and understand the basis of math which I've always though could be interesting in the right context. The college is pretty intense but that's exactly what I want, a place where people want to read and think about some of life's biggest questions by reading some of the most enduring books many of which I've always wanted to read and just needed some more structure and people to discuss them with. I feel like my intellectual development has been pretty stunted the last seven years and I know I need to take a big leap to become the person I've always wanted to be and this college is the perfect way to take my communication skills both written and oral to the next level. I am an ambitious person and I have big dreams of doing things to change the world but I need to build a strong foundation so that I can accomplish that so I think I need to take a risk to go to this college and become the person I want to be.

During the summer I started working on my application which consists of three essays talking about why I want to go to the college, a book that has influenced me and a significant experience that has left an impact on me and I'm working on finishing that up by the end of this month. The college has a January program that I'm looking to get accepted at where by going to school over the summer, I'll be all caught up with the freshman year program and will be a regular sophomore by the time next September comes around (but thankfully I will get a summer vacation right before the first potential Vividcon weekend). The college gives good financial aid so I'm not too worried about the money aspect, the bigger opportunity cost for me is the time but I think the education I'm getting will be worth it and I'll be doing part time jobs, volunteer work and internships during the school years and summer to help me figure out the best work for me to do after college and I always have a backup job as a programmer as well. One of the biggest negatives is the college is in Santa Fe and although the weather is not too much colder than LA (averaging 45-85 plus like 6 snow days blech), it'll still be a big adjustment leaving the city (and friends!) I love to be in a much smaller city with less things to do (although Albuquerque is only 45 minutes away and Denver/Phoenix are semi-close too). But I think it's worth it for this oppurtunity that I can't get anywhere else and I feel like I'll always regret it and wonder what if, if I decided not to do go. Plus I'll definitely be visiting LA during breaks, Escapade and during my free summers so I think I'll be able to survive. Another concern is the book list is not that diverse but I know there are book groups there that cover more classic books written by women, minorities and Eastern writers so I'll be sure to be reading them. Something I'm excited about is they have a lot of sports intramurals so I'll still be able to play soccer, tennis and there's lots of nature for hiking and even rock climbing. Most importantly, I'll finally get to have a true college experience and make lots of new friends as even though the college is small, people are very self-selected towards the kind of people I tend to get along with (minus your obligatory pretentious arrogant idiots) so I'm looking forward to that. It'll be a big life change for me but I think this is the best step I can make in working on becoming who I want to be and for my development to being able to help the world solve the major problems we're facing.

I originally was applying for this fall semester but I was having a hard time being ready for that so I decided to wait til January although I have a plan for what I will be doing in LA until then. A friend recommended to me a friend of hers who has a philosophy PHD and is willing to meet with me to go over classic texts that I want to start reading this fall so I can have some accountability and someone to discuss things with to prepare me for St. John's College. I'm planning on working on doing more reading (besides fanfic of course) this fall as I sample many books from nonfiction to fiction in many genres. I'm going to be focusing especially about reading books about California and LA as I want to work on solving problems in the state and want to become more knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the state. I also am going to be doing some volunteering with various organizations to learn more about LA and start figuring out what exactly I would enjoy doing for jobs. I also have a part time job I'll be working on to earn some extra money. Another big goal of mine for this fall is to start seriously trying to date while I still have time in LA which should hopefully give me more motivation to do it. I'm also continuing to work on improving my Spanish through Duolingo and translating Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone from Spanish to English using my Kindle App Spanish to English dictionary. And I definitely want to spend more time with my friends in Los Angeles while I'm still here.

Another big focus for me this fall is heath and fitness as I'd like to lose about 15-20 pounds before the end of this year. I signed up for an accountability type service which has been good with keeping me on track with my eating and exercise goals. Something inspiring for me was watching Kacey Cantanzaro complete the city finals course for American Ninja Warrior, an obstacle course competition where participants can win 500k for winning the finals course in Las Vegas. That inspired me to look into parkour and rock climbing which are two training aspects that some of the best competitors do. I figured that even if I don't make it, it'd be a fun goal to try to train for the course as it looks really fun and it's something that anyone can accomplish even if they don't have a lot of training when they were younger (unlike most sports). Thankfully there is a parkour (more accurately, freerunning) gym in the LA area and I've already taken two beginner lessons there and had fun practicing in the opening gym sessions. So far it's pretty basic, working on vaulting over objects and precision jumping, jumping from one ledge to another but it's been really fun and a great workout and I look forward to being able to do the crazy workouts I see in the gym. I was super scared about doing a flip from the high ledge into the pit (filled with soft foam stuff) but finally managed to gather my courage and did as well as do some flips on the trampoline. I also attempted to run up the warped wall they have in the gym and tried to jump from one bar to another (not there yet). I've also been into soccer as I really enjoy team sports so I signed up for a three days a week soccer class at my local community college and although it's a bit intimidating as it's all guys except one other girl and many of them want to compete on the soccer team at the college, so far I've been having fun playing (minus getting blisters on my feet from my new cleats). I even scored a goal during a game! We've been mostly just playing games which was a bit disappointing as I hoped to practice some skills work as well but it's been fun and I've been learning a lot even if it's been pretty hot playing during the summer. I've also been keeping up with my strength training workouts since March and been continually adding more weight to my lifts. Food is always tough for me as I hate cooking and love delicious food but I've been making a lot of progress and have lost three pounds so far.

I can't wait for the new TV season! I've been watching some of the trailers for the new shows and have added a few shows that I'm going to check out this fall. While A to Z has a couple of annoying things about it, it also features the Mother from HIMYM and as soul destroying it is seeing her, the show looks really cute and right up my romantic loving alley with the whole matchmaking element. I'm also excited for How to Get Away With Murder as Viola Davis looks amazing in it, the premise sounds fun and deliciously messed up and I will always trust Shonda Rhimes to do crazy things. I'm also going to check out Utopia which fascinates me as I've always loved thinking about how to create the perfect society although the reality show format makes me keep my expectations down. I am also looking forward to checking out Survivor's Remorse which is about a BASKETBALL PLAYER (!!!) who becomes successful and must deal with everything that comes with it which sounds super fun for me to vicariously see that side of things and is produced by Lebron James (who I've come to not hate since he went back to Cleveland) so I'm very curious to check it out. I kind of wish I could watch The Flash because the lead actor is a guy I found SUPER hot on Glee (Sebastian!) but I've sworn off all superhero shows unless it features a female/PoC lead so I'll just be checking out Agent Carter. Mostly I'm going to be listening to friends and critics to see if there are any high quality shows I should check out. I'm really looking forward to The Mindy Project, Faking It and Scandal coming back especially the first two as they feature two of my favorite ships. I'm mostly planning on using the fall to continue to catch up with some well written shows I haven't watched yet including Deadwood which I MUST finish by the end of the year. On the movie side of things, this summer I LOVED Maleficent (Maleficent/Aurora all the way!), enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past and am looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games 3, The Hobbit 3 and Annie (love the trailer!). On the sports side of things, my new soccer team is Bayern Munich since they have my favorite player, Arjen Robben, lots of German players from the national team like Müller, Neuer and Götze and my fave USA guy, Julian Green (although he's on loan to Hamburg this year) so I already have an emotional investment in them and will be watching all their games. I'm casually following the English Premier League (mostly for my USA/Germany people) and some college football as well and will be checking out my usual NFL teams this fall (although I'm still super bitter there's no LA team) such as the Bills, 49ers, Giants, Chargers and Jets. We'll see timewise what happens as once NBA seasons starts in late October and Syracuse basketball in November, most of my attention will go to that because YAY BASKETBALL. Hockey will be back in October as well and I will check out some Chicago games sometimes.

Super excited for Festivids! I have about 6 possible nominations at the moment although I worry about qualification for a couple of them but I'm excited about them and the vid ideas I want to make already. Before I get my assignment though, I need to start working on my Escapade vid as that's going to require a time committment and I have another vid idea I want to make for next year that I need to get started on clipping right now to get it done in time for VVC. I have another vid that's almost done that I should hopefully post in the next week as well. I have a couple ideas that require me to stretch my skills that I'm really excited about even if it'll be a challenge, it should be fun to do. Other fun fandom-y things coming up is a bunch of NorCal (and elsewhere) fangirls are planning a Fandom Beach Vacation where we rent a beach house and just hang out all day and I'm so excited to hang out with my fandom friends in November :) I also need to plan out what to do for my birthday in October this year, I have an idea and need to check if it's realistic. I still can't believe I'm going to be 27...is that officially late 20s? Eek. But hopefully with all the plans I have in place, I'll be ready to enjoy this time in my life shortly!
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Vid Review and Challenge Notes [Aug. 25th, 2014|02:15 pm]

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Here are my vid review and challenge review notes from Vividcon 2014, apologies for the lateness. I was one of the mods for In Depth Vid Review so I wasn't able to take notes but you can find some notes here and here. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but sometimes people had quiet voices or I couldn't type fast enough so these are not perfect transcriptions especially as they are not completely proofread. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Vid Review Notes )

Challenge Notes )
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Vividcon 2014 Panel Notes (part 2) [Aug. 22nd, 2014|06:37 pm]

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Here are my panel notes (part 2) for Vividcon 2014, apologies for the lateness. I missed the Feedback and Using Vids in Class panels, sorry but you can find some notes from the mods for the Using Vids in Class here and here and the mod for the Feedback panel may be posting notes at some point soon. If you're looking for more notes for the panels, [personal profile] kass has some here. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but sometimes people had quiet voices or I couldn't type fast enough so these are not perfect transcriptions especially as they are not completely proofread. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Love Struc(ture) )
Timing Is Everything )
Nice Use of Clips! )
It Cuts Both Ways )
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Vividcon 2014 Panel Notes (part 1) [Aug. 22nd, 2014|05:19 pm]

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Here are my panel notes (part 1) for Vividcon 2014, apologies for the lateness. I missed the Feedback and Using Vids in Class panels, sorry but you can find some notes from the mods for the Using Vids in Class here and here and the mod for the Feedback panel may be posting notes at some point soon. If you're looking for more notes for the panels, [personal profile] kass has some here. I did my best at hearing and typing as accurately as I could but sometimes people had quiet voices or I couldn't type fast enough so these are not perfect transcriptions especially as they are not completely proofread. If you see something and want it corrected (or credit), feel free to let me know as I'd love for it to be more accurate.

Still Preoccupied with 1985 )
Vid Purpose )
Out of Context Theatre )
Gathering Source )
Lyrical Interpretation )
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Vividcon Recs [Aug. 21st, 2014|08:12 pm]

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So I am super behind on Vividcon related stuff but I am determined to get things done by next week so here are some Vividcon vid recs. There were SO many amazing vids this year in a million different fandoms and I encourage everyone to check out the masterlist here to see if there were any for sources and songs you may be interested in. These recs are just the ones that worked the most for me and my personal preferences heavily influence the list so even if I don't mention certain vids, it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy them! But here are my favorites:

Fantasy by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet (The Mindy Project) - This was the FEELS vid of the con for me and I had to physically restrain myself during Premieres from squee and couldn't help all the happy tears from falling. This captures Mindy's struggle for the fantasy romantic relationship SO WELL and chooses the perfect clips to bring the emotions and structure of it is SO PERFECT and I LOVE IT SO MUCH I CANT EVEN TALK ABOUT JUST *FLAIL*

Immigrant Song by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl (Vikings) - Out of all the vids at the con, this was the one that impressed me the most visually and left my jaw literally on the floor with the STUNNING ending section that blew my mind with the symbolism and effects and just go join me and watch this a million times. HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS VID!!!

A Single Man by [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24 (A Single Man) - This movie was one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen and this vid does an AMAZING job at capturing that gorgeous beauty and the emotional journey of the story with beautiful color and parallels and feelings.

***Flawless by [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic (Disney Princesses) - This is the Disney vid I ALWAYS wanted and never knew I needed which both celebrates and critiques Disney movies with amazing parallels and interesting commentary and wow, that ending.

Myxomatosis by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl (Bates Motel) - This was an amazing distillation of everything Bates Motel was trying to do with amazing parallels with Psycho while being an intense character study of Norman and his relationship with Norma and how fucked up it is inside his mind portrayed visually so brilliantly.

Dance Alarm by [personal profile] thirdblindmouse (The Fast & the Furious series) - This vid is a beautiful kinetic motion showcase of all the things I love about the franchise: the cars, slash, badass women and nonstop action paired with one of my favorite songs.

Vitalum Vitalis by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl and [livejournal.com profile] ohvienna (American Horror Story: Coven) - This is a stunning femslash vid that gave me lots of feelings without ever seeing the show and the use of imagery in this is simply gorgeous and intense.

Chasing Cars by [livejournal.com profile] sisabet (Due South) - BRB CRYING!!! This vid destroyed me emotionally during Challenge and even on rewatch, makes me cry so hard with its love for our pets and how much we lean on them when the world sucks and we need someone to love. DIEF!!! <3

Celebration by [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain (Multi) - This is a seamlessly edited vid of all the music videos featuring amazing female pop divas which is both sexy as fuck and a critique of the music industry in super great ways.

Work Bitch by [livejournal.com profile] rhoboat (Reign) - This vid is super pretty with some amazing effects and a certain work it section will never fail to make me laugh with the ridiculousness.

Warrior by [livejournal.com profile] findthesea (Marvel Cinematic Universe) - If you would have told me before the con that I'd be reccing a Marvel vid, I would have said no fucking way because I'm super sick of Marvel and superheroes at the moment. BUT this vid was able to convert me because it focuses on all the amazing women in MCU (who should IMO be the real heroes with actual storylines but I digress) and shows all the ways in which they're awesome.
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New vid: Made For This (Game of Thrones) [Aug. 11th, 2014|02:04 pm]

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Title: Made For This
Music: "Letters From The Sky" by Civil Twilight
Fandom: Game of Thrones S1-4
Focus: Cersei, Cersei/Jaime
Summary: "Jaime and I are more than brother and sister. We shared a womb. We came into this world together, we belong together." - Cersei Lannister
Content Notes: Fast cuts, quick clips of gore, incest.
Notes: Premiered at Vividcon 2014 Premieres. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl for the beta.
Download Link: Made For This (92 MB MP4)
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I've had this vid idea for over two years and had planned to premiere this vid at Vividcon 2014 so I'm so happy I was able to successfully fulfill that goal. I first heard this song around May 2012 and was instantly blown away by the dynamic changes and how perfectly it fit Cersei and her relationship with Jaime. I knew we could get more of them in season four so I knew I had to wait til 2014 to finish the vid although it didn't stop me from vidding it before then. I was a bit intimidated as it was a more ambitious idea than I usually do but I was really excited to make it especially as my Cersei/Jaime feelings increased...and then The Scene happened in S4. I was furious and depressed and sad at how the Game of Thrones writers handled such an important scene for my favorite ship from the show and I could barely look at Jaime and was afraid I wouldn't be able to make the vid. Thankfully after a month or so, I was able to get enough distance to move on from it, pretend it didn't happen (mostly) and keep working on this vid. I mistook the Premieres deadline so I had to rush in the last two weeks to get this done but I was lucky enough to get some super useful Cersei/Jaime footage in the season finale so that helped me regain my feels again as well. It was a struggle working on the vid at times as I had the perfect idea in my head of what the vid would look like and it was hard to successfully bring that vision to life. But thanks in part to cheerleading from friends and the great last minute beta of [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl, I was able to get the vid to look close to what I saw in my head and was able to end up happy with it. I love talking about this vid and ship so feel free to ask questions or leave any comments about it :)

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New vid: Right Now (Game of Thrones) [Aug. 11th, 2014|12:25 pm]

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Title: Right Now
Music: "Right Now" by Rihanna (ft. David Guetta)
Fandom: Game of Thrones S1-4
Focus: Arya Stark & Brienne of Tarth
Summary: All we got is right now.
Content Notes: Fast cuts, brief shots of gore.
Notes: Premiered at Club Vivid.
Download Link: Right Now (74 MB MP4)
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I originally had two Club Vivid ideas I was going to do but unfortunately ran out of time to make either but still wanted to make a Game of Thrones vid for Premieres. I heard this song and really wanted to vid the EDM sections to Arya and Brienne sword fighting so I decided to make this vid featuring them. They are two of my favorite characters on the show (Arya is my faaaave) and I knew it would be a lot of fun to vid them. I had to edit the song to get only my favorite parts of the source and song in it and it was super fun to find the parallels between Arya and Brienne when they were fighting so I could vid them together. Plus it allowed me to have a great reason to cosplay as Arya at Club Vivid :)

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New vid: Ready or Not (Faking It) [Aug. 11th, 2014|11:31 am]

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Title: Ready or Not
Music: "Ready or Not" by Air Traffic Controller
Fandom: Faking It S1
Focus: Amy/Karma
Summary: Ready or not, here we go.
Content Notes: None.
Notes: Premiered at Vividcon 2014 Femslash Vidshow
Download Link: Ready or Not (82 MB MP4)
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So I fell in love with Faking It at the perfect time when I was going through some hard fannish times and I was super happy to find a new ship that I loved. I really wanted to vid Amy/Karma and heard this song on a fanmix and felt compelled to vid it. I had promised [livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic that I would make a femslash premiere for her so I made this for her show, hoping to recruit people to watch the show (in case you're wondering, it's a fake relationship between two best friends where one girl falls in love with the other, eight 20 minute episodes so far). It was SO much fun to vid because they are super cute and I got to vid my favorite parts of the show which includes a lot of girlkissing ;)

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New vid: Here In Your Arms (The Voice) [Mar. 5th, 2014|12:11 pm]

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Title: Here In Your Arms
Music: "Here (In Your Arms)" by Hellogoodbye
Fandom: The Voice (US)
Focus: Adam/Blake
Summary: Now there's no place else I could be but here in your arms.
Content Notes: None.
Notes: Premiered at Escapade 2014.
Download Link: Here In Your Arms (34 MB MP4)
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So I've wanted to make an Adam/Blake vid for awhile to let out some of my MANY feelings about them but unfortunately clipping takes forever and I haven't had the time. I still wanted to make a vid for them for Escapade though so I decided to make a short vid for them by finding the best scenes using my clip notes. Unfortunately I haven't taken clip notes on all the episodes but I managed to find enough to make this vid in the week before the deadline. It was SO much fun to see all the cute clips of them while having soooo many feels. The hard part is that they're being cute in chairs most of the time which visually is kind of boring so I tried to split some of that monotony up with more visually interesting clips. I was hoping for it to be possibly a recruiter vid so I wanted to introduce them and how the show worked in the beginning and then bring out the many, many romantic and sexual things they do with each other. I definitely plan to make more vids with these two but making this helped a lot with releasing a few of my shippy feels until I can do that after Vividcon season.



All feedback (including concrit) is much appreciated. Enjoy!
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Festivids Reveals! [Feb. 11th, 2014|08:15 pm]

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Festivids have been revealed! You can check out the master list to see all the fandoms and vidder names. There was a TON of amazing vids and I made a big recs post in my head but haven't been in a posting mood lately. I was lucky enough to receive THREE wonderful vids that I love dearly. They are:

Spring Break Anthem (Arrested Development) made by [livejournal.com profile] lily_the_kid. This is an amazing GOB vid (and heavily GOB/Tony) that captures his character and their relationship so well. The editing is great and it's so much fun!

Friends (The Lion King!!!) made by [personal profile] jagwriter78. I never expected to get a Lion King vid so I was super stoked to get this and it's a wonderful, adorable vid full of hugs, friendship and love. I'm so glad I have a vid full of so many things I love about this movie that I can watch over and over!

Dutch (The Wire) made by [personal profile] chaila. A Stringer vid! My favorite character and this vid is a perfect encapsulation both the good and the bad with tight editing, perfect lyric matches and lots of feels!

Thank you to my wonderful festividders! They made my Festivid experience this year so awesome and extra happy :)

I had big plans this Festivids to make 15 vids, then 7 but I finally settled for four. I had the free time to make more but I struggled with not feeling emotionally attached or inspired with some of my vid ideas (and some minor tech issues) so I didn't end making as many as I hoped. My goal was four though so I'm very happy with that and they were all received as well or better than I expected so overall it was a great experience! I made three movie vids this year which was very different for me but the benefit is a LOT less clipping which I enjoyed. The vids I made were:

Final Round (Pariah - 2011): DW | LJ for [personal profile] livrelibre
Love, Save the Empty (Masters of Sex): DW | LJ for [personal profile] aphrodite_mine
All We Got (The Great Gatsby): DW | LJ for [personal profile] linguology
Get Me Bodied (The Fifth Element): DW | LJ for [livejournal.com profile] bradcpu

Thanks to everyone who commented on them already (hopefully I should reply soon) and I highly recommend checking out the vids! I am now working on clipping Game of Thrones (for most future vids) for Vividcon which is taking forever but will be worth it when I don't have to clip the same seasons over and over again in the future. I can't believe it's already time to start planning Vividcon vids (and panels/vidshows over at the community!) but registration is in a couple weeks so I'm excited to begin especially when I have so many ambitious ideas planned. Yay vidding!
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New vid: Get Me Bodied (The Fifth Element) [Jan. 26th, 2014|03:20 am]

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Title: Get Me Bodied
Music: "Get Me Bodied" by Beyoncé
Fandom: The Fifth Element
Focus: Ruby Rhod
Summary: Wanna party, wanna dance, wanna be myself tonight.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Made for [personal profile] bradcpu.
Download Link: Get Me Bodied (81 MB MP4)
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So the backstory behind all the Beyonce was that Brad had mentioned he didn't know who Beyonce was and a bunch of his friends decided we should all make Brad Beyonce vids so he could hear some of her music ([personal profile] elipie will explain this better later). My problem was I had never seen any of Brad's sources but of all of them, The Fifth Element seemed the most likely to be of interest to me and the character seemed to be a good fit for Beyonce. So I saw The Fifth Element...and didn't like it. HOWEVER, I looooved Ruby as the character is basically made for me (confident, flamboyant and sexual? sign me up) so I was still excited to vid him. But then I had to find a song which proved more challenging than you'd expect. I went through all of Beyonce's music but none of my favorite songs seemed to work and I wasn't quite sold on Get Me Bodied at first. But then I realized it was perfect (I love that bridge) especially if I could cut it down right.

I was busy working on all my other Festivids and figured as a movie vid for a character with limited footage, I could vid this quickly the last week of Festivids before GoLive. Of course I waited til the last two days before GoLive and had to clip and vid very, very quickly. It was a LOT of fun though, especially the first section which was all my favorite scenes with Ruby combined in one short little package (one of the best parts of vidding). I was a little worried it might be a bit too slashy for Brad but COME ON, it was too obvious. This was the vid that I ended up staying up til 2 am finishing so that the credits for it is basically a representation of my state of mind at that point. I was really happy people liked it so much and I'm so glad I was able to vid one of my new favorites characters :)



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New vid: All We Got (The Great Gatsby - 2013) [Jan. 26th, 2014|12:24 am]

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Title: All We Got
Music: "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock
Fandom: The Great Gatsby (2013)
Focus: Jay/Daisy
Summary: A little party never killed nobody, right here, right now’s all we got.
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), violence
Notes: Made for [personal profile] linguology.
Download Link: All We Got (92 MB MP4)
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This movie was near the top of the list of movies I wanted to vid for Festivids so I was super happy when I saw [personal profile] linguology had requested it. When I watched the movie in theaters, my favorite two parts were the beautiful visuals (seriously, it's ridiculous) and the perfect soundtrack so I really wanted to make a vid that combined them. I listened to the soundtrack a million times but my top two choices were Can't Stop and Young and Beautiful and neither captured everything I wanted to vid. Now the song I ultimately chose has special meaning to me as I listened to it a lot right before I went bar hopping/clubbing in Berlin and then by some coincidence, as I walked into the club that had one of my favorite life experiences ever, it was the first song playing. It was fate...anyways I figured out this was the perfect song for the vid I wanted to make even if it was a bit on the nose because it has the dancing sections I wanted while having plenty of great lyrics, slower sections and ultimate destruction to include all parts of the movie.

I started vidding it right after Christmas (I had clipped a week earlier) and when I actually focused on finishing it, it went pretty quickly. It was a lot of fun to vid faster than I normally did as well as play with all the gorgeous visuals. I did have some tech trouble encoding the vid which made the day before GoLive a lot more rushed than I had planned but I was glad to get it finished and submitted not to mention very happy with the great reception it received. I really wanted to make a 4 minute vid that I could watch to see all the beautiful images and music without having to sit through a long 2 hour+ movie and I'm relieved that I think I managed to pull it off :)



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New vid: Love, Save the Empty (Masters of Sex) [Jan. 25th, 2014|12:20 pm]

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Title: Love, Save the Empty
Music: "Love, Save the Empty" by Erin McCarley
Fandom: Masters of Sex
Focus: Lillian/Virginia
Summary: Love, hold us together.
Content Notes: None.
Notes: Made for [personal profile] aphrodite_mine.
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I wasn't planning on making this vid as I had about 10 vids that were above it in my Festivids making list. But I was having some trouble gathering up the motivation to make them and I really wanted to make a vid I was very emotionally connected to so I decided to say screw it and make a Lillian/Virginia vid which is my new favorite ship and who I LOVE SO MUCH! It was a couple weeks before GoLive when I decided to make it but I was able to quickly clip it and cut down the song to make a shorter vid. I had a different song in mind at first but after listening to my Potential Festivids Songs playlist, I found this one which was happier and shippier which was more what I wanted to do. It was a lot of fun to vid some of my favorite scenes with them including the one that got me to ship them in the first place. I was really glad I decided to make it and that [personal profile] aphrodite_mine was also a fan of them (yes I did some twitter checking to confirm this) so I could make a shippy vid that reminded me why I started vidding :)



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New vid: Final Round (Pariah) [Jan. 7th, 2014|03:25 pm]

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Title: Final Round
Music: "Final Round" by Nuela Charles
Fandom: Pariah (2011)
Focus: Alike
Summary: Will I be the one left standing round?
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), some violence.
Notes: Made for [personal profile] livrelibre. Thanks to [personal profile] laurashapiro for the beta!
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So I saw this movie when it came out and was really impressed at how beautiful it was while telling a moving story about multiple queer characters. I really loved the main character's journey and I was excited to get a chance to vid her when I got matched with [personal profile] livrelibre. I really wanted to find a song by a black woman indie artist like she suggested and after initially thinking Final Round wasn't going to work, I realized it was the right song for what I wanted to show. It was also extra fun when I finally got a chance to meet [personal profile] livrelibre and had to keep my assignment vid secret AGAIN :) I initially tried to vid this in HD 1080p footage on my old laptop but my poor computer couldn't handle it so I figured it was time to buy a new computer and this was the first vid I vidded on my shiny new Macbook Pro. The process was relatively easy for an assignment as the structure wasn't too hard to figure out although working with movie source became a bit hard when I wish I had some more clips for the end. I finished this earlier than usual although a week or so is not saying much, I had most of it done by Christmas. I've been offering Pariah for awhile now and am glad I finally got a chance to vid it!



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2013 Vidding Meme [Dec. 31st, 2013|12:17 pm]

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Here's the end of the year vidding meme for 2013:

(Links can be found here: My Vids)

January:
Curiosity (Boy Meets World)
Give Me Everything (Parks and Recreation)
Beautiful in Los Angeles (The LA Complex)

February:
Circle of Life (Game of Thrones)

March:
Drumming (Homeland)

April:
I Love It (Glee)

May:
For the Girl Who Has Everything (Bunheads)
Pumped Up Kicks (Veronica Mars)
We Don't Care (The Wire)

June:
Scar Tissue (The OC)
Past the Feeling (Once Upon a Time)

October:
Make a New Dance Up (Orange is the New Black)

November:
Counting Stars (Game of Thrones)
Bandaid (Parks and Recreation)

Total Vids: 14! (my highest I think)

My favourite video this year (of my own):
Probably Give Me Everything because the end result matched up the most with what I saw in my head and it was so much fun to vid my favorite character and all her wonderful women friends. I also really love Counting Stars because I was able to vid my current most loved character in Jaime and I was able to express so many of my feelings with one of my favorite songs.

My least favourite video this year:
In general I liked all my vids this year but if I had to pick one probably For the Girl Who Has Everything where the song didn't work for me quite as much as when I first heard it and I wasn't quite as in love with the characters as I was with my other vids (plus the show is a bit hard to vid).

Most successful video
I was really happy that Give Me Everything got so much Festivids love. Glad to see so much Parks and Recreation love out there! I was also pleased that people liked Past the Feeling at Vividcon.

Video most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
I can't really complain about any of the feedback I got but I suppose the Bunheads and The Wire vids got the least in part because of the small fandom status.

Most fun video:
I had fun making a lot of my vids (especially Circle of Life, Make a New Dance Up and Counting Stars) but overall I'll give it to Bandaid because it was filled with so much cute girls in love and a relatively easy process. What I've learned this year is I most love vidding my favorite characters and ships with a deep emotional connection.

Video with single sexiest moment:
A tie between Beautiful in Los Angeles and Make a New Dance Up with the taking off clothes and kissing :) Mmmm I love it!

Biggest vid fail:
Not starting the OC clipping in May which made June a hellish process of clipping and vidding all the time. In general, leaving vids halfway finished and then scrambling to make deadlines. There was also a few vids I wanted to make that I never did.

Hardest video to make:
Past the Feeling was different than I usually did and I definitely struggled with trying something new. But it turned out pretty well so I'm glad about that.

Most unintentionally telling video:
I don't know about unintentional but Counting Stars contained a lot of myself in it.

For 2013:
I still have a ton of Festivids to make and I have no idea how many I'm going to finish with my other goals for the new year. I want to make an Adam/Blake vid preferably for Escapade but clipping is tough for that so we'll see. I have a TON of Game of Throne vids I want to make for Vividcon and before so we'll see how many of those I'll get done. I have a couple big vids I'd like to make but I'm unsure about time so we'll see. There's a couple new techniques and skills I want to add to my toolbox so I'm hoping to continue to push myself while still giving myself plenty of room to make fun vids about my favorite ships.
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New vid: Bandaid (Parks and Recreation) [Nov. 30th, 2013|03:07 pm]

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Title: Bandaid
Music: "Bandaid" by Pixie Lott
Fandom: Parks and Recreation S1-609
Focus: Leslie/Ann
Summary: You warm up my heart, when I come undone.
Content Notes: None.
Notes: Made for [livejournal.com profile] dollsome as a long overdue birthday gift!
Download Link: Bandaid (65 MB AVI)

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So two years ago, I offered to make [livejournal.com profile] dollsome a vid for a birthday gift since she is awesome and has written so much amazing fic I've loved. She gave me this adorable song for Leslie/Ann and I was excited to vid their super cute relationship. I started clipping but ultimately got distracted by Festivids as you do. Finally I decided to get this vid done a couple months ago and was helped by my clipping for Give Me Everything. This was a lot of fun to make as they are ridiculously cute and adorable :)

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New vid: Counting Stars (Game of Thrones) [Nov. 29th, 2013|02:22 pm]

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Title: Counting Stars
Music: "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic
Fandom: Game of Thrones S1-3
Focus: Jaime Lannister
Summary: Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.
Content Notes: Graphic violence.
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl for the excellent beta feedback!
Download Link: Counting Stars (64 MB AVI)

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So I first heard this song last April and fell in love with it and at some point, it struck me as the perfect song for Jaime. While reading the books a year and a half ago, I fell in love with him and after the last season, my Jaime feels have gone to ridiculous levels so I knew I had to vid this song to get them out. What I love about the song was that it allowed me to show Jaime's idealism and belief in honor and love (my favorite parts of his character) while also showing the more cynical parts of his life and how he's been changed through the horrible things he's experienced and seen. Unfortunately I don't have the early footage of Jaime I need to make some of his story obvious but I tried my best to show that which hopefully comes through at least to people who know his background. I vidded most of this after Vividcon and it was so much fun to vid something I love so much including my two OTPs, Jaime/Cersei and Jaime/Brienne. I had hoped to post it before I left for Europe but procrastinated a bit too much and then didn't get enough vidding done while I was there. But I'm really happy with it now and am happy I finally got a chance to make a vid for one of my favorite characters who I identify with a LOT.

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Dear Festividder [Oct. 17th, 2013|05:11 pm]

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Dear Festividder,

Thank you for making me a vid in one of my favorite small fandoms! Festivids is one of my favorite things ever and I will be super happy with whatever you decide to make. I'm open to any kind of music no matter how indie or mainstream, angsty or bouncy, romantic or mellow although I do love big dynamic type songs. I love all kinds of vids: character studies, ship vids, gen ensemble vids, meta vids, ALL THE FEELS vids, special effects, I could go on an on. I really just want more vids for any of these fandoms and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Fandom Nomination Details (Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights, The Lion King, Parks and Recreation, RPF - Amy Poehler, Vicious, The Voice, The Wire) )
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Yay October! And September update [Oct. 1st, 2013|11:46 am]

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Happy October everyone! As I posted on Twitter, I'm really excited about this month because it's my birthday month and I have some super fun stuff planned in store. This coming weekend, I'm going to see Gravity with a friend of mine after we do some hiking and on Sunday I'm going to see Maroon 5 (and Kelly Clarkson) in concert!! Soooo excited as I've fallen in love with Adam Levine after watching him being a hilarious, competitive, adorable dork on The Voice who can't stop flirting and being in love with Blake Shelton. HAVE I MENTIONED THEY ARE SUCH BOYFRIENDS??? Who say things like, "I would never cheat on you Blake?" THAT IS A THING THAT HAPPENED.

Ahem. I'm getting ahead of myself. The weekend after that or rather, pre-weekend on October 9th in the evening I'm driving to Las Vegas to go to Wincon! I'm going to be rooming with some awesome SF people and I'm looking forward to seeing [personal profile] nikibee again along with [personal profile] cee_m and many others! October 11 (friday) is my birthday and there will be fannish panels, hanging out with fannish people, a VIDSHOW (of which I have two vids, one premiering), Once More with Feeling and Rocky Horror Show screenings and hopefully a drunken birthday party full of fangirls. I'm sooooo excited! Plus I'm totally going to ride that roller coaster I saw last time. I am going to be going back early Sunday morning but that's because I have tickets to see the Blind Auditions (ie Adam/Blake FLIRTING NONSTOP) of The Voice with [personal profile] elipie! I can't wait!! Other fun things I'm planning on doing is getting a tattoo on my right ankle. It's my first tattoo as I've wanted one for a long time but could never justify the expense. It's going to be Nala from The Lion King like in my main icon. I figure I've been a fangirl of it for 21 years, I think it's a forever thing plus I've always felt my spirit animal, what I've been in another life, etc is a lioness so it's really important to me. The biggest thing for me is I'm going to go skydiving! It's always been in the top 3 things I want to do in my life since I love flying and want to feel like I am if only briefly. Will probably save it towards the end of the month.

A month ago I had an amazing time Labor Day Weekend getting to hang out with [personal profile] nikibee in the Bay Area. We watched Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf and Parks and Recreation and had a vidparty where we watched Vividcon vids with [personal profile] franzeska (who I had a great talk with!), Alice, Michelle, Dani and I think that's all? It was so much fun! We (Nicole, Alice and Michelle) also went to Oakland Pride and got to see En Vogue in concert and it was so great to get a chance to have some good talks with [personal profile] nikibee all weekend. I also went back to San Francisco near where I used to live and work and got to have lunch with someone from Dev Bootcamp which I also visited and got to talk to the founder who changed my life with letting me go to it. Unfortunately I left my favorite hoodie there and haven't been able to get it back :( I also visited the Berkeley campus which is SO BEAUTIFUL! Probably the prettiest one I've ever seen, it's like half nature reserve. Finally I went to a Haven party [personal profile] franzeska (who else? ;)) was throwing and got to say goodbye for a couple hours before I had to leave to catch my flight. Gotta say Southwest was awesome, they gave me a better seat when I complained I didn't know I had to check in for the return flight. It was a super fun weekend and I'm so glad I went!

Other than that, I've been working a lot. We had a big deadline a few weeks ago before our company presented a website at a conference. Some of the weeks I worked on interesting things and that was fun especially getting to pair with my mentor here but a couple weeks I didn't like what I was working on and kept getting distracted by the internetz at work which was less fun. We did go bowling last week as the conference went awesome and that was really fun! I've also been running more and I paid for a personal trainer so I can actually get a REAL strength training workout and that has helped a LOT with developing some muscles. I've always wanted to do chinups so that's my long term goal. I've been thinking about running a marathon next year as I need a big running goal to get me inspired to run more and I want to beat my last time (5.5 hours) and hopefully have a rain free experience. I've been eating a lot cleaner lately and did lose a little weight but got a little bored with it and regressed last week. No worries though, I varied my diet up and am doing better now. If there's anything I learned in the past it's not to give up and let little backslides trip you up.

The big news is I've decided to quit my job soon and go back to college to finally finish my degree. It's something I've always wanted to do and I've had enough of a taste of the real world working on something I kind of like but not love (even with the nice money benefits!) to want to go back to school and work on finding what I really want to do with my life. I'm going to continue study programming on my own and help code for the AO3 along with working on personal projects I'm hoping will lead to possible job opportunities or at least direction. I'm going to go back to community college for Spring 2014 and I'll be applying in the next two months to UCLA, CSULA and CSULB as a Philosophy major. Yes, Philosophy because I've loved the courses I've taken in it, I've always wanted to learn it and it requires a very low amount of credits so I can graduate fast as I'm aiming for May/June 2015. I'm also planning on volunteering at College Track during the time and maybe seeing if after I graduate I can get a job there or at a similar organization. Or maybe I'll do another programming job to save money/pay off debts, I don't know, we'll see.

Let's see...a couple weeks ago, [personal profile] elipie came over to watch vids, vid and talk with [personal profile] jetpack_monkey and I and it was a lot of fun! I've been trying to go to more meetups lately to meet new people and feel less lonely and so I went to a happy hour and met some cool people DTLA and also went to a hiking group last Saturday where I had some good talks with a couple people. The weekend before that I went hiking with my friend, Jen who has turned out to be one of my closest friends in LA even though she's a bit older than me. She used to be in a rock band but now is learning to program so we hang out a good amount to do that. But we hiked in Griffith Park and had a really long talk about life, fun things in our history and the future which was really great.

I've been missing my mom a lot lately. I didn't fully appreciate that when I felt lonely and couldn't reach any of my friends to talk, I could always call my mom and know she'd be there for me. It's just tough sometimes and earlier in the month I was feeling really lonely. I think of her every day whether in small moments or longer memories and it just hurts a lot. I just really wish she was back again :( Last Sunday was the three month anniversary of her death and it feels so far away and yet so close like I can vividly remember getting the call that she had died. I called my dad the other day and it was good to talk to him and hear he's doing well especially after my brother freaked me out saying he couldn't get a hold of him. I'm still terrified he's going to die, I just heard that statistically spouses are more likely to die after one of them dies so even with my dad's health issues, it's even scarier. I'm really looking forward to going back to see him for the holidays and my cousin and aunt as well, both who've been there for me a lot. I went to a meetup last Saturday with a group that's about women who've lost their mothers and it was really helpful talking to other people like me there. Someone said that the worst part is even if you have other people who help fill the hole your mother left, it's not the same as having MY mother there, she's mine and no one is mine in that way. And that's totally how I feel. It was helpful though and we got to smash plates and mugs to help let out the anger :)

On a happier note, I'm so happy fall TV season in back! I'm watching sooo many shows right now, omg. Monday I have How I Met Your Mother (ahhh THE MOTHER, brb happy crying), The Voice (Adam/Blake are SUCH BOYFRIENDS who flirt constantly, yay Christina and CeeLo being back and I love so many of the contestants already), The Blacklist (reminds me of Alias with Sydney and Jack (and Irina)) and I'm watching Mom purely out of love for Allison Janney who is a goddess. Tuesday I'm giving Agents of Shield a couple more episodes before I give up as I didn't like the characters (minus Coulson) and the plot, Brooklyn 9-9 (I really like it! it's funny and GREAT characters), New Girl (close to letting this one go again), The Minday Project (still sadly only love Mindy) and The Voice again (Blake is not doing an all country team again yay!!). Wednesday is Modern Family (yay gay marriage!) and I'm going to give Super Fun Night a try. Thursday is The Big Bang Theory (still sometimes funny, I love Sheldon but my god the gender issues), OUAT in Wonderland (going to give it a try), Glee (KURT/BLAINE DYING FROM LOVE AND SQUEEEE) and Parks and Recreation (still perfect and still LESLIE IS THE BEST). Sunday is Downton Abbey (I need to catch up actually), Once Upon a Time (MORE SWAN QUEEN, less boys pleeease) and Homeland (didn't really like 301 although I LOVE Carrie still). Lucky 7 is getting cancelled soon but I enjoyed the premise and focus on working class families so I'll continue watching. I didn't like Sleepy Hollow at all so I cut that. Any other good shiows I should watch? I'm currently catching up on Scandal (OLIVIA IS SO AWESOME and I love the addicting plots), Spartacus (deserves its own post but AWESOME!!!) and Twin Peaks (so pretty and I enjoy the plot).

On a happy/sad note, Breaking Bad is over :( But it went out on top! I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Hollywood Cemetery to see the Breaking Bad series finale live with the cast and creators of the show. I went early to get good seats and spent the day reading books (including Clash of Kings! still working on my reread) with blankets and my pillow until [personal profile] elipie showed up and we got to go in. We got good seats near the center but further back because there was a big VIP section for all the industry people who showed up. I went to checkout the RV where Walt and Jesse cooked their first meth and people were getting pictures with it and then AARON PAUL showed up and I quickly got in line but then he left but right near me so I was like 6 ft away from me. I got a picture in the RV though and it was so cool! We saw the Pilot of Breaking Bad (introduced by Aaron Paul being amazing) and then saw the Finale which was AWESOME!!! I'm so happy and fully satisfied with it. Sooo much better than The Sopranos and many other shows that can't stick the ending. I'm looking forward to doing a rewatch of the whole show and hopefully making some vids to it because it still needs ALL THE VIDS!! I read Sepinwall's review like my usual tradition (he helped me get into the show) but not reading any more because I'm sick of the negative stuff. I really loved seeing the cast Q&A after the finale, it was great to see it in person.

I've been working on a Game of Thrones vid that I'm really excited about so I'm looking forward to posting that sometime this month. I need to clear these vids off my plate because Festivids is starting!! I nominated some things and I have some requests but mainly I'm excited about making vids for people because I'll have more time than last year without the OUAT exchange. I already have 7 vids I want to make and I'm really excited to get my assignment and start. Last year was amazing and I'm hoping to have a wonderful experience this year as well.


Oh and I'm going to Europe next month! I can barely think about it, it makes me too excited and happy. Some background: I've been dying to go to Europe since like 2005? Since college started definitely especially London and Paris. It's something I want to do before I die and I've had to cancel every plan I've had to do it because of money but now that's no longer an issue! So Thanksgiving week I'm going to go to London, Paris, Munich (to visit [profile] infiniterain!!!) and Belgium (to visit [personal profile] indybaggins!) and I'm sooo excited to see some of the touristy stuff I've never seen in person. If you're in the area, let me know as I'd love to hang out! It's going to be an epic adventure I'm sure.

Wow that was long. This is what happens when I don't post for a month. I love that people are posting more to DW/LJ and am going to try to do the same, weekly is a good goal for me. I'm gonna see Laura Veirs with [personal profile] beerbad tonight which I'm excited about! A great start to my October :)
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Vividcon 2013 Recs [Aug. 23rd, 2013|09:14 pm]

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So I wrote up some vid recs this year. Most of the vids this year were well done but not all of them connected with me personally so I limited myself to just the vids I truly love and will be watching over and over. Obviously those were affected by fandom and song choice but they're all amazing vids that I highly recommend. Here they are:

Run Boy Run (Game of Thrones) by [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl:
THIS VID IS PERFECT! I don't know if I've ever been blown away by a Premieres vid as much as this one and I still am completely in awe of it. There is SO much depth here and even if you haven't seen Game of Thrones, the editing is SO FUCKING AWESOME that it's still worth seeing multiple times. This fandom really needed a vid showing what the women must deal with in Westeros and how they live with it and this vid has filled that void for me. Just watch it and leave her ALL the feedback because this vid deserves it alllll. Have I mentioned it's my FAVORITE? <3

Smells Like Westeros Spirit (Game of Thrones) by [personal profile] hollywoodgrrl:
I LOVE THIS VID SO MUCH! There are so many great parallels within the houses and and the bridge is so epically gorgeous I can't even. She took one of my favorite songs and made it fit incredibly well with such great motion and structure. And the ending shots are OMG PERFECT!

Retrograde (Beasts of the Southern Wild) by [profile] sockkpuppett:
I saw this vid both before I saw the movie and after I saw this movie and both times it blew me away and made me cry. It's so beautifully constructed and the song choice fit the source incredibly well especially the gorgeous use of setting.

Sleeping Ute (Life of Pi) by [personal profile] absolutedestiny:
This vid completely broke me in all the best ways. SO PRETTY it hurts and there is a TIGER which is my favorite part. The end is structured so beautifully and just hits it out of the park.

The Evil Queen (Ms. Mills If You're Nasty) (Once Upon a Time) by [profile] foomatic:
This was my favorite non Game of Thrones Club Vivid vid and captured all my Regina is the sexiest HBIC EVER!!1! feels. I loved the use of the Evil Queen and the Regina/Emma footage that really brought across the dominatrix!Regina theme. I had SO much fun dancing to this at CVV!

Age Like Wine (Multi) by [personal profile] absolutedestiny:
So much nostalgia!! This vid covers so much of my vidding life and has a lot of personal meaning to me. It says so much about dealing with change and continuing our creative outlets even as we get older. Vidding fandom vid FTW!

The Polka Slayer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by [personal profile] bradcpu and [personal profile] milly:
Buffy!! This was the perfect encapsulation of the show with so much love and hilarity at every new song inside a great polka medley. There are so many callbacks to vids and fandom and it makes me miss this show so much.

Mineshaft (Game of Thrones) by [personal profile] milly:
I was SO happy to see a Ros vid, a character that does not get treated well by canon and I loved how this vid did a great job to show her story while showing her connections to other characters. The lyrical matches are just so awesome, I definitely need to watch this vid more to pick up on everything!

Our House (Little Miss Sunshine) by [personal profile] mresundance:
This movie is my favorite and this vid captured so well the family aspect that I love about it. The build of it is absolutely fantastic and I have so many emotions at it that the vid taps into beautifully.

Ghosts That We Knew (Merlin) by [personal profile] trelkez:
I thought all my Merlin feels were gone but this vid brought them all back and more! So beautifully made, I love the structure of it and the beautiful use of flashbacks and facial expressions.

Scream (Doctor Who) by [personal profile] kass and [personal profile] laurashapiro:
I thought this was a fun Doctor Who vid when I watched it at Club Vivid but upon closer watch, it's an awesome look at how creepy the Doctor can be. It's hard for me to enjoy 11 era vids but I really loved this vid and it does a fantastic job of getting it's message across.

Devil Wouldn't Recognize You (Elementary) by [personal profile] obsessive24:
This vid may actually get me to watch some more Elementary which is quite a feat. Super beautiful editing that just moves and I'm completely intrigued by the plot. The effects work is freaking gorgeous and completely fits with the song.

Too Late Baby (Once Upon a Time) by [profile] braver_creature:
Rumple feels! This is an awesome character study of Rumpelstiltskin and all the messed up things he's done even as he (sometimes) tries to be a better person and reconnect with people he loves. The bridge is particularly amazing, I love how it moves and sounds like the music, super cool.

There are so many other great vids and I highly recommend checking out this list of all the vidshows and links to the vids to see if there are any vids you might want to check out.
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