giandujakiss: (Josie)
[personal profile] giandujakiss
This is for [personal profile] rivkat, who suggested the song.

Song: Seamstress by Dessa
Fandom: Nikita

Summary: The best-loved doll.

Sizes: 43 MB (540 x 360 .divx), 15 MB (420 x 280 .wmv)
Length: 3:11

Download: Monsters from the Vids

Download from Sendspace: The .divx file is here. The .wmv file is here.




Password: division


Thanks so much to [personal profile] danegen and [personal profile] some_stars for beta-ing.

Comments welcome.

(Cross-posted to LJ)

Date: 2011-07-28 10:08 am (UTC)
anotherslashfan: aeryn suns face, orange colouring, farscape tv series (aeryn orange)
From: [personal profile] anotherslashfan
Still trying to understand this vid (I feel so dumb), but loving it already. (I wish that the series hadn't taken the turn it did at the end of season 1, made me not want to continue watching.)

Will be back when I can say anything useful except I LIKE THIS.

Date: 2011-07-28 12:23 pm (UTC)
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (astrid farnsworth)
From: [personal profile] rivkat
Yay! It is exactly what I wanted but could never have done. I love how it gets the aggression in Nikita's caretaking as well as the caretaking in her aggression.

Date: 2011-07-28 12:23 pm (UTC)
cmshaw: DC Comics: Shiva unmasks behind a bloody sword (Not your lady)
From: [personal profile] cmshaw
whoa. creepy and terrifying! i've never seen this version of nikita, but now i kind of want to.... :)

Date: 2011-07-28 12:35 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Haven't watched it yet but: DESSA. <333

Date: 2011-07-28 03:49 pm (UTC)
some_stars: (Default)
From: [personal profile] some_stars
This is just so gorgeous, and so full of FEELING. It makes me want to go out and read all the fic about these women even though I mostly have no idea what's happening. And I really love the way you capture the music--how it shifts smoothly between emphasizing the beats in some parts and the words in others. Watching it makes me want to sway or tap my feet or just move somehow.

Some favorite moments, that I have not already enthused over--

"it's late, I'm still at the sewing machine..." This is one of the parts that really makes me want to watch the show because it gives such a clear intense picture of the character.

"It was a mercy killing, no..." I love the replay-with-difference thing, the same event cut in three different ways.

"Tough love and a tape measure" -- I just can't look away from this, it's so--it looks so RIGHT. It makes my eyes happy.

"That's just poking holes," the first one--that shockingly intimate scene, so powerful, and I love how it's nestled between those two clips of text on a screen--which, I don't actually know who's talking to who in those, but it feels like it's--hmm. I don't know, really, I just know that it works SO WELL. That whole sequence coming between those two clips.

The fades are wonderful, the very sparing use of them in most of the vid (I think...one? Possibly two?) and then more at the end. They match the song perfectly. And I love love love the last clip, it's so powerful.

Date: 2011-07-28 04:35 pm (UTC)
katewrites: (Default)
From: [personal profile] katewrites
I love this so much. It definitely hits home what a mix of creepy-love-isthisok-isitnotok Nikita and Alex's relationship is. Because you want to say that it's fine, it's awesome their friendship, but Amanda (or was it Percy?) wasn't 100% lying when she asked why Alex was going after Division and not her father's company. And god, this dialed that kind of background creepy factor up to ten and left it there.

And I adore the subtle contrast of what Nikita did to Alex and what Amanda did to Alex and what Amanda did to Nikita - it's all there in the beats here.

Plus, oh my god, the lyric, "but that's just poking holes" will never not be creepy.

Date: 2011-07-28 10:31 pm (UTC)
katewrites: (Default)
From: [personal profile] katewrites
You're welcome! I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm in it for the female friendship and Nikita kicking ass, but I'm also really intrigued by the subtleties of their relationship.

Date: 2011-07-28 05:30 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
I have not finished the full season of Nikita (and I loved the original series), but I've been pulled in by what I've watched so far, and your video picks up on a lot of what keeps me going: the push-pull between Nikita and Alex, the constant fear of being out-maneuvered and not knowing the whole picture, the "who do you trust and how far". Plus, how crazy beautiful the two female leads are, and how gorgeously they move.

I'll definitely rewatch this vid once I've finished the season.

Date: 2011-07-28 09:03 pm (UTC)
winterevanesce: (k-pop: missA_suzy-eyesmilecute!)
From: [personal profile] winterevanesce
Wow this was amazing!! Awesome job :)

Date: 2011-07-28 09:30 pm (UTC)
isagel: Lex and Clark of Smalllville, a black and white manip of them naked and embracing, with the text 'Isagel'. (Default)
From: [personal profile] isagel
I have no clue about the source (beyond the original French movie), but I had to watch this because I was so curious to see how you'd vid the song (Dessa! <333), which is a very difficult track for me to parse musically, even after some six billion listens. There are several songs on A Badly Broken Code that I would very much like to vid myself, but Seamstress never struck me as a vid song. But this is a really amazing use of it, and you work with it beautifully to tell a very interesting story. I was confused on the first viewing because I had trouble telling the two women apart, but on second viewing, it's just wonderful. And, yay, a great vid about an interesting relationship between two women!

Date: 2011-07-28 11:41 pm (UTC)
danegen: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danegen
Love this vid. Even not knowing the source, it's intriguing for how it examines this relationship in which one woman rescues another woman and puts her back together, but then questions their relationship using the broken doll concept.

And it also kicks a lot of ass.

Argh, it must suck to be posting a new vid with the internet misbehaving, huh? *pets you*

Date: 2011-07-29 02:16 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
I don't know the canon at all, but wow, I'm fascinated.

Date: 2011-07-29 09:35 pm (UTC)
revolutionaryjo: (Electroencephalogram)
From: [personal profile] revolutionaryjo
Oof, but this vid packs a punch. I don't even watch Nikita, I just really love Dessa, but by knowing the song so well and the way you cut it really made it easy for me to follow the vid even when I don't know the source. Well done! Excellent use of the music.

Date: 2011-07-29 10:54 pm (UTC)
chaila: by me (tscc - jesse/riley)
From: [personal profile] chaila
This is really fascinating. I admit I kind of fell away from watching the show about halfway through the season (though I do want to catch up!), partly because I really loved the idea of two female leads and the idea of this relationship and really wanted to love the show, but thought the execution was a bit too flat. It seemed like the show was trying too hard to keep Nikita too benevolent in her relationship with Alex, too shiny and untarnished in her motives, like the show wasn't as interested in all the meaty inherent complexity or the obvious dark underbelly of the relationship as I'd wish. From the comments, it sounds like the show still isn't quite there, but this vid definitely is, and it makes me want to go watch the eps I haven't yet. Your clip choice is fantastic too, with all the various intercutting, and what a fabulous song choice!

Date: 2011-07-30 04:02 am (UTC)
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (Nikita/ when I look into the future)
From: [personal profile] softestbullet
Aaaaahhh, this is so intense and rich and thoughtful. You've made something wonderful here. *watches again and again*

Date: 2011-07-30 04:25 am (UTC)
copracat: Nikita pointing a very large gun (nikita)
From: [personal profile] copracat
I love this. I wish I could express it as eloquently as other commentators have. Something about how you lay out the hard lies and harder truths.

Date: 2011-08-01 03:00 pm (UTC)
starlady: (dodge this)
From: [personal profile] starlady
Oh, that was amazing, and I haven't even seen the show. (Should I?)

And also, major applause for the song choice, Dessa is awesome and I'm glad people are starting to use her music for vids.

Date: 2011-08-03 11:11 am (UTC)
redbrunja: (a violent sensual senstive girl)
From: [personal profile] redbrunja
Oh, man, this vid is AMAZING. And the song is perfect.

Date: 2011-08-15 03:30 pm (UTC)
velithya: (METHOS!!!)
From: [personal profile] velithya
I was linked here by [personal profile] alias_sqbr and I can't stop watching your vid! I love Dessa's song and the clips you've chosen are awesome and super intriguing and now I am downloading Nikita because I have to see it!

So, thanks :)

Date: 2011-08-27 07:26 pm (UTC)
yhlee: wax seal (Yomi Jaina)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Hey--I have no familiarity with any version of Nikita, but this is tense and beautiful and I really want to see this show now so I can learn about these people!

Date: 2011-11-02 10:13 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (Nikita trois)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
I've been eagerly anticipating watching this vid, and now I finally got to! Dessa will never not be awesome, and it fits so well here! I love how you've highlighted the dynamic between Nikita and Alex, and contrasted it with Alex's other relationships, and Nikita's way of dealing with it all. Season one really did a great job exploring this. I just hope we're getting more of it in season 2!

Date: 2011-11-23 06:10 am (UTC)
grey_bard: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grey_bard
I'm on a Nikita binge this week (though I've been watching the show since the beginning) and I came upon this vid, which somehow I missed before.

I can't quite articulate why exactly, but this vid is so, so perfectly Nikita and Alex up to this point in their relationship. Nikita has had so much impact for better and worse on who Alex is, and now Alex is her own creature and they've mostly gone their separate ways, but that doesn't stop them from picking at each other and leaving marks on each other even now.

Date: 2012-05-26 05:00 am (UTC)
tassosss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tassosss
I'm a little in awe of this vid. So perfect for Nikita and Alex in so many ways.

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