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Earlier this year, I offered to auction my vidmaking abilities. It was a bitterly fought contest with Jacon almost winning. However, in the final stages of the auction, par_avion won out.

When she contacted me, she had some very simple instructions. She gave me a song and said "I generally just want it to be funny, and for the girls to kick ass." Fine by me. I picked the version of the song (the modern revival recording as it had the most interesting instrumentation) and negotiated the cast, deciding upon Sydney Bristow, Starbuck, Veronica Mars, Zoe and Buffy.

To me, this vid was all about strong female roles in modern TV and for that reason Buffy was essential to the mix. The only problem was, I'd not seen any buffy. So after much stressing and binge watching, I finally worked out how the hell I was going to do this vid.

Vidding lots of shows is hard. I'm so bad when I have too much footage. This vid was really really difficult for me. Thankfully, bar a few scenes which still bug me, I think this vid came out really well. I hope you all like it :)

Vid: I Enjoy Being a Girl
Footage: Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica mars, Battlestar Gallactica, Firefly, Dario Argento's Opera (for the opening)
Song: I Enjoy Being a Girl from Flower Drum Song. Written by Rogers and Hammerstien, performed by Sandra Allen

download here - AbsoluteDestiny-IEnjoyBeingAGirl.avi (40mb divx)

thanks par!



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Aug. 17th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's unendingly fabulous.

Comic timing is spot-on, as usual. There's really no shortage of kick-ass heroines these days...!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you :)
Aug. 17th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
you officially win at everything EVER. I'm not, as a general rule, a huge fan of multi-fandom vids, but this one works so well that I'm just floored. It's amazing, and I love it, and I'm so glad you made it.
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
(here via svmadelyn) OMG YAY. This vid made me so squeeful and happy about being a girl, and oh man, reminded me that not ALL portrayal of women on TV sucks – because hey! Here are these girls, kicking ass and taking names and looking hot doing it. And it is awesome. I could just kiss Joss. And you! For making this vid which was fabulous and filled me with joy.

Aug. 18th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much!!
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
This was fabulous - so much fun to watch!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
So good! I've been just recently begging for a GIRLS ARE AWESOME vid, and HEY! look! the universe listened and gave me THIS! So thank you!!! I love every single one of the shows you used, and every single one of the women as well. Loved the excellent timing and silliness, the clash between the old fashioned lyrics and the modern (postmodern?!) actions, and the whole thing was beautifully put together. Great stuff!!!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glas you liked it :D
Aug. 17th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
There are not sufficient words to describe how utterly cool that vid is. Absolutely brilliant!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
This was great! I adore it!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Yeah, I like it too :D
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
I really liked this. :)
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks for letting me know :D
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
This was the absolute best way to end the con for me. It was a wonderful vid that just kept moving! And being funny! I'd say you hit par's requirements wonderfully!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Here via svmadelyn, and that was AWESOME. I don't even know who Starbuck is, and I think she rocks. (And oh, the many wigs of Sydney Bristow...) I was grinning pretty much the whole way through this. Thanks so much for sharing this!
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it!
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Aug. 18th, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

BTW I loved your challenge vid this year, really great stuff! :D
Aug. 18th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
I love this. Amazing.
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
that was fantastic. and you are so right about the instrumentation.
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
i adored this vid; the timing is spectacular, the clips are perfect, and i adore the whole section that's done to the instrumental break in the center. i've watched this probably a dozen times since i downloaded it last night, and it's going in my lives-on-the-laptop-not-on-the-external-harddrive vid hall of fame, no questions asked. you did a fantastic job with this; it's one of the best cut, best timed vids i've seen in my five years in fandom.

thank you for sharing it with us. :)
Aug. 20th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!!
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Arghhhhhh. I hate you and your insanely amazing vids because it reduces my ability to feedback down to pretty much zero. I swear I'm not as bad at writing feedback as my comments to you would have you believe. Normally I'm... erm... articulate and... stuff. And can pinpoint moments that I liked. Except I can't with this one (or your vids in general), because I'll just end up going through the whole vid frame-by-frame. So you'll just have to settle for what I've just written. Such is the burden of greatness. :P

(I did manage to pick out one thing that I liked especially - the structure of having each woman have her own segment and it coming together in the end, as opposed to throwing random clips together from the get-go. Which is sort of what I expect from any multi-fandom vid, though in hindsight I shouldn't have expected that from you. Loved that.}
Aug. 20th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
Woohoo! I'm glad you liked it :D
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