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VVC 2007 Premiere - Rodeohead

This year's vividcon premiere from me and it's a Big Damn Vid. The longest I've edited, though it possibly doesn't feel like it.

Title: Rodeohead
Music by: Hard n Phirm
Footage from: Firefly, Serenity
Downloads: xvid version (59mb), mp4 version (better quality, 65mb)
Streaming versions: tba

The concept here is very simple - this song, in its frantic bouncing through the music of Radiohead, described to me the whole canon of Firefly. This vid is my attempt to recollect Firefly not necessarily as it was but more as I want to remember it, cherishing my favourite parts of the show and ignoring the parts I'd rather not return to.

I felt incredibly rushed finishing this video off, I had so much work to do and the deadline was looming. I still to this day get the vauge feeling that the video might actually be slightly unfinished, that I'd have played around with some of the sections. Though honestly it's unlikely to have been better, just different.

I had a lot of fun making this video and I hope fans of the show get a lot out of this vid. I've posted the lyrics below along with the Radiohead songs they come from in case people are interested in seeing how the originals compare to these bluegrass renditions.

Radiohead Song Lyrics
Everything in its Right PlaceEverything....
Planet TelexYou can force it but it will not come.
You can taste it but it will not form.
(...chasing you home)
Everything is broken.
Everyone is broken.
2+2=5I stay home forever
but two and two always makes five.
OptimisticYou can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
Best you can is good enough.
You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
Best you can is good enough.
Best you can is good enough...
You and Whose ArmyWe ride tonight... we ride tonight
We ride tonight... we ride tonight
Karma PoliceThis is what you get.
This is what you get.
This is what you get when you mess with us.
Knives OutSo knives out
Catch the mouse
Squash his head
Throw him in the...
CreepShe's running out again
(so effin special)

She's running out
She's run... run.. run.. run
(run run run dammit run!)
Morning BellRelease me!
Release me!
Cut the kids in half
Cut the kids in half
Cut the kids in half
How to Dissappear CompletelyThat there
that's not me
I go where I please
I'm not here
(...there he is! Two Three Four!)
Fake Plastic TreesLooks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
But fake plastic girl...
(nice dream)Nice dream
If you think that you're strong enough

Nice dream
If you think you belong enough

Nice dream...
Paranoid Android
Rain down,
That's it sir, you're leavin'

Rain down,
The crackle of pig skin
Come and rain down on me
The dust and the screamin', those yuppies networkin'
From a great height,
The panic, the vomit
From a great height
The panic, the vomit
God loves his children
(copy that, God loves his children)
Ten four!



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Aug. 17th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAY. *runs off to rec immediately*

(I've mentioned I love this, right? Once or twice?)
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
This vid is fucking amazing, Ian. Definitely the highlight of the first half of Premieres for me. The more I watch it, the more I get out of it. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Thank you for making it.
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)

Thank you for making this vid. :D :D
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)

I mean, if Radiohead + bluegrass doesn't cover this show's range of themes, tones, and visuals, NOTHING COULD.

::flails incoherently::

::makes flappy hands of glee forever::
Aug. 17th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the chart! I don't know Radiohead at all, so it's helpful to know precisely where the new bits start.

There will be a Big Damn Vid Post coming soon which will contain much squee and some thinkiness about this vid, but right now I just want to say : OMGYAY.
Aug. 17th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)

That was amazing. Perfect use of timing and musicality. I don't know if that is a real word...I simply mean that the visuals always fit the instrumentation in some ineffable way. One small example of this was when the zooming of the planet on the screen timed to the slide in the music. I'm sure you know what I mean!

Great use of the lyrics. The song choice was wonderful; you took full advantage of its distinct segments, exploring different minithemes and miniarcs every time the music shifted. I really liked that! It made the vid very accessible, despite the swift cutting and large amount of material.

I can't beleive how LONG it was, and how the quality never dipped.

Thanks for being so fabulous at vidding!
Aug. 17th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I love that it never lets up, and the pacing doesn't let me look away, not even for a second. Also, it's horrible to have a lisping song virus in one's head.

Not to mention beautiful.
Aug. 17th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, I was actually thinking of doing an AMV MEP to this song YEARS ago...perhaps I don't need to anymore :P.
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow -- this is brilliant. I'd already seen it rec'd six ways from Sunday, plus its yours so I figured it'd be good, but I didn't realize just how gleeful it was going to make me until I watched it.

Frenetic, fast-paced, wry and funny and earnest and ironic -- this is fantastic.
Aug. 17th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Here from SDWolfpup. Just needed to tell you that Rodeohead is (and has been) one of my favorite songs ever, ever, ever.
Aug. 17th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
And now I've watched the vid and am in love with it. One of my favorite Firefly vids ever, ever, ever. A definite keeper. Excellent job!
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. I've been hanging out for this ever since the con reports started coming in and it's just... everything I thought it would be. Everything about it was genius and so fucking meticulously edited and so damn clever. My absolute favourite part was the Karma Police section, where I just pissed myself laughing.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Here via sdwolfpup whose high praise of this vid is well warranted. Not only is the video quality and editing superb, but I love the pacing. My eyes are glued to the screen from beginning to end. One of the best and most interesting vids I've had the pleasure of viewing.
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Here via sdwolfpup's rec, and I just wanted to say that this vid is amazing. You've really captured the essence of Firefly/Serenity. The music is perfect for a "western in space" and the editing is fantastic. It really moves, yet nothing feels rushed. Excellent vid! Kudos.
Aug. 19th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
I've been catching up on all the vids posted this week, and your is honestly my favorite. Such a brilliant matchup of show and pairing, and I went from actually laughing at some of the comedy moments to just staring at the brilliant conclusion. Wonderful work!
Aug. 19th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
I told you this already, but my favorite thing in this vid is the octopus at "tastes like the real thing." Hee! It's the little things, I suppose! :) I also loved the end soo much when it got really fast.. just, WOW! The ships zooming around to the music crack me up.
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