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Dear Festividder!

Thank you so much for offering to make me a vid!

I will have you know that if you've offered these fandoms then I have every faith in any vid you would like to make for these sources. I've chosen them largely because I want to see vids to them and am less interested in dictating what those vids should be... other than that I'd like them to be awesome.

Last year I made a video previewing the sources, this year I've made gifsets to give you an idea of the kind of visuals in the sources.

:: See all the gifsets on Tumblr ::

If you're wondering what some of the sources are, I've included some very brief statements below hinting at what I like about these that could guide your muse or pique your interest.

edit: Upon discovering how difficult it is to get a copy of Boardinghouse these days, I've swapped it for It Follows.

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Dear Festividder (2013)

Dear Festividder,

thank you so much for offering to vid one of my wanted fandoms. I will gladly accept any kind of vid - if you've been matched with me then you most likely have a love for one of these sources and that is enough. If you'd like some guidance I can tell you my preferences but only heed them if it helps your vid. You will note that I don't comment on possible music - I believe that song choice is in the eye of the vidder and only they really know how they could make it work.

If you are unfamiliar with any of the sources I am offering, I have made the following video with trailers or excerpts from each source:



The sources I'm asking for (and where you can see them in the video) are:

The Red Shoes (1948)
Don't Look Now (1973) @01:44
Ulysses 31 (1981) @05:28
Hawk the Slayer (1980) @07:26
The Man With Two Brains (1983) @09:22
Psychonauts (2005) @11:37
Ghostwatch (1992) @ 13:00
Hard Boiled (1992) @14:54

All except Ulysses 31 and Psychonauts are safety fandoms.

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I know the fandoms here can be on the obscure side but should any interest you I have listed the best means to obtain them. Most if not all of them are available in some form online.

If you are not my assignee but are on the lookout for making treats, all treats are welcome. Dive in and see what you can make!

Thank you so much for making a vid for me!

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Age Like Wine by AbsoluteDestiny



too late to die young now



Footage: My Vids (2002)

Audio: Age Like Wine by Todd Snider

Duration: 00:01:46



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I Fink U Freeky by AbsoluteDestiny


and I like you a lot.



Warnings: All. Well, pretty much all. We have physical triggers (strobing, fast cuts), content triggers (violence, porn, violent porn, torture, dubious consent, self-harm, medical experimentation, vomit, body horror and more that I can't remember right now)




Footage: 90s Japanese erotic cyberpunk body-horror movies including 946 Pinocchio (1991), Rubber's Lover (1996) and Tetsuo: The Iron man (1989)

Audio: I Fink U Freeky by Die Antwoord

Duration: 00:03:49



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VVC Premiere - Sleeping Ute (Life of Pi)


Sleeping Ute by AbsoluteDestiny



But I can't help myself...



Footage: Life of Pi (2012)

Audio: Sleeping Ute by Grizzly Bear

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Recut vid - Say Aha (Alien & Aliens)

So last year I made this vid and it just so happened that during the making of it my vidding setup was a bit screwy to the point where the sync editing I'd be doing would only be correct on the timeline and would be different when exported. I'd also committed to a 2nd auction vid at the time so didn't really have time to fix it before Vividcon.

If this were a vid of simpler cuts, this probably wouldn't matter so much, but there's a lot of sharp cutting and every time I've watched the vid since I'd be distracted by how subtle but annoying the problem was to me... and possibly only to me.

I don't know if anyone else felt the timing was off in this vid (annoyingly it was actually ok in certain sections and the places it was off it was only out by a frame or so) but I did enough to go back and re-cut it.

It's the same vid, just re-timed. Most of you won't even notice a difference. This is purely for my own sanity.

You can download the new versions at the original vid post.

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Festivids 2012/2013 - Thanks and Recs

So I received 4 wonderful vids for festivids this year and I totally knew who made them and if you haven't seen them I highly recommend them.

The first person I must thank is [personal profile] kuwdora. *hugs* Not only did she make 3 awesome vids for festivids she also made me an amazing Attack the Block vid late last year.

[personal profile] kuwdora's gifts for me:

Then finally there is [personal profile] franzeska. There's not many people who would vid this movie to Huey Lewis and the News but I'm very grateful to her that she did.

The final rec I want to make is for face at the window but it's with a heavy heart that I do so as it is fizzyblogic's final vid :( :(

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I think Milly and I both thought we'd be the only one vidding Mirror's Edge. It was hilarious when I found out she'd made one as well but I was so relieved that they were basically two aspects of the source and two different takes. Hers is lovely, you should check it out.

I'm sure many of you don't know what Mirror's Edge is or don't know much about it. It's a first-person video game where you run through a near-future city helping those oppressed by the surveillance state they now live in. In particular, she's trying to uncover a conspiracy that has her sister framed for the murder of a progressive liberty-loving politician. As a game it has a number of praise-worthy components - a determined and independent asian female protagonist, a major de-emphasis on shooting people (possible but optional) and some unique movement mechanics.

I like Mirror's Edge. It's not an easy game - there's a certain point where you becoming skilful enough to be as awesome as Faith and that's a point not everyone reaches before the game gets hard. I like that the heart of the game is these two sisters, it makes up for the not-really-that-interesting conspiracy plot. The cutscenes are kinda poor too - the game itself has such an excellently realise art style that the flash animations in the cutscenes just don't live up to it. In any case, what I wanted to do with this vid was highlight the parts I liked most about the game - the aesthetic, the parkour and the sibling story.

To obtain the footage, I'd have normally just captured my own playthroughs of the game. If you know what you're doing you can beat the game in about the amount of time it would take to watch a movie - plus you can be more 'cinematic' with how you are looking around, doing things that look good rather than being efficient in the game. Unfortunately I did this video over the Christmas period when visiting my folks - meaning I only had my laptop which can run the game but not while also capturing footage. This sucked.

Hence, I had to source my footage elsewhere:

  1. EA's official trailers which in some respects look better than some of the in-game footage. With the exception of the compression which is kinda awful and YouTube is the only source that doesn't have big fat logos on it.
  2. In-game cut scenes.
  3. David 'Weatherproof' Streeter's superb speedrun (0:57:32) - excellent flow, obviously, and decent quality footage. The downsides to this source were no PhysX, having to remove the game reticule and, being a speedrun, there's a lot of skipping of key parts of the action and relying on strange game engine exploits.
  4. CowLaunchedGames' pacifist playthrough. I wanted to emphasise the non-lethal aspects of the game so wanted some good disarming footage. This is another source that needed its reticule removed. The free running isn't that great in this playthrough - he's not especially good at the game - but it made for some good scenes.
  5. pmf026's PhysX-enabled playthrough. If this weren't YouTube encoded, this would almost be perfect footage - no subtitles, no reticule and the guy has pretty good flow. Poor compression on YouTube sources means that I preferred using the speedrun wherever possible but this is a nice playthrough and with all the nice special effects that you can only get on the Nvidia graphics cards.
Suffice to say, without these sources there would have been no vid.

This vid posed a number of challenges that I'd not really had in other vids:

  1. It is entirely possible to edit the first-person footage in such a way that people watching become motion sick. Scrubbing for clips would make me ill after a while and I'd have to take breaks.
  2. Most of the footage has no people in it and establishing context was difficult in general. Even the scene where Faith meets her sister who has discovered Pope's murder I used slightly sparingly because without knowing the game it's hard to know at that point in the vid who the victim is.
  3. It's one thing to have to remove the logo of a TV channel but you can't just crop things when there's a dot *right in the middle of the footage*. I had to do some fancy logo-removing voodoo but I was really pleased with the results. If you look close at some individual frames you can see the way the footage is blurred but when things are moving it's really hard to spot I think.
  4. AfterEffects' motion tracking tool was inexplicably having a lot of trouble with the building at the end for animating the credits. Normally this kind of perspective work is a cinch for it but it was going crazy trying to track the dark blue on black in three dimensions. Instead I made a null object in 3D space that I keyframed by hand to track the front face of the building and then I used that as a parent for my credits so they'd track the building. It turned out well enough.
  5. People weren't playing the game dramatically enough. I had a hard time finding good footage of the sniper rifle rescue scene - these gamers had no sense of drama and didn't stay around to look at the carnage that ensued after pulling the trigger. Times like those I really wished I did my own captures so there'd be more last-minute escapes and such.
Anyway, it was a fun vid to make although it was more rushed than I wanted - I felt like I wasn't doing enough with the source and song. In any case, Brad likes it (like I knew he would) and that's the most important thing.

Enjoy!

Warnings: Physical triggers, (some strobing, vertigo :P).

Raise Your Weapon by AbsoluteDestiny

one word and it's over

Footage: Mirror's Edge (2008)
Audio: Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) by deadmau5
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Dear Festividder (2012)

Dear Festividder,

thank you so much for offering to vid one of my wanted fandoms. Know that I will welcome any kind of vid to any of these sources and I have every faith that if you follow your instincts you'll make a vid I'll really enjoy! You will note that I don't comment on possible music - I believe that song choice is in the eye of the vidder and only they really know how they could make it work. So rest assured, if you have an idea that's giving you vid-farr, it's an idea I approve of.

I know the fandoms here can be on the obscure side (particularly if you aren't into peculiar horror) but should any interest you they are all movies that can be easily obtained and watched. They might not all be good (though some are very good, imo) but they are all interesting. I've no preferences here, the sources are ordered by release year.

If you are not my assignee but are on the lookout for making treats, all treats are welcome. Dive in and see what you can make!

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Phantom of the Paradise (1974)Collapse )
Streets of Fire (1984)Collapse )
The Stuff (1985)Collapse )
Nightbreed (1990)Collapse )
The Quiet Family [Choyonghan kajok] (1998)Collapse )
Save the Green Planet [Jigureul jikyeora!] (2003)Collapse )
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Asylum of the Daleks

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