giandujakiss: (fandom)
We have reached the end!! (Oh god, what am I going to post now?)

Day 30: Do you have a favorite vid you've made? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I've been asked this question before, and my first answer is the answer that most vidders give - my most recent vid is my favorite.

But more seriously, my favorites are Hourglass and The Real Slim Shady. They share a common theme that appeals to me (with Slim Shady having the added bonus of focusing on a past OTP) - celebration of tropes, tropes as a feature, not a bug. Fandom is really built on tropes - and that's a wonderful thing. It's a shared language, a shared set of understandings, that serve as a platform for deeper analysis/discussion/humor/celebration of storytelling. So, it's not surprising that these two vids are my favorite (or that I'm vaguely contemplating a third along these lines that I'll probably never have a chance to make but amuses me to think about, especially since it can make up for the fact that I'll go to my grave mourning that so many perfect sources came out after The Real Slim Shady, and thus too late to include in that vid)

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It's almost over....

Day 29: What is your current project or projects?

Nothing, sadly. I have so much real life work that I couldn't even sign up for Festivids - there's a treat I wanted to make and I got as far as ripping the source, but I probably won't have time to finish it.

I did get a vid bunny for a meta vid that's ... well, along the same thematic lines as the vids I'm going to post about for tomorrow's question ... but it's massive and even if I ever do get around to making it, it will take forever to complete. So, you know, for now I'm just vidding it in my head.


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Day 28: Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether vidding together, or having an artist or writer work on a piece about your vid?

Sort of. [livejournal.com profile] destina purchased me in the Sweet Charity auction, and I made her Blazy of Glory (SPN). At the same time, I'd purchased [personal profile] tripoli, and I asked her to create cover art for the vid, to post with the vid announcement, because I have no ability to photoshop, or to ... art. I told her about [livejournal.com profile] destina's concept for the vid, and then I sent her a draft of it. She did a really lovely job with the art - you can see the details here.


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Day 27: Where is your favorite place to vid? Where would be your perfect vidding spot?

I vid on a desk top computer (although probably not for much longer because I think it's on its last legs), so I don't really have a whole lot of options. At home, at my desk is pretty much the only vidding spot I have.

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Day 26: What is the oddest (or most fun) thing you've had to do for a vid?

Umm, I ... don't think I've ever done anything particularly odd? So, I guess the weirdest thing would just be the google searches I had to come up with to find clips to include in A Different Kind of Love Song. It turns out that helpful Star Trek and Star Wars fans have set up webpages that catalog pop cultural references to those sources (like this one), but for anything other than Star Trek and Star Wars, I had to do a lot of weird searches - sometimes for things like fan representation at TV Tropes, and sometimes I searched for references to particular shows (Xena references, Harry Potter references, etc). I ended up finding things like this, which was super helpful.

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Vid meme hopes that everyone who celebrates Christmas had a good holiday! And that everyone else just, you know, was okay too :-).

Day 25: Music: Do you listen to music while you rip source? Do you listen to your vid song immediately before vidding, months before vidding, or just while working on it?

Usually I'm, you know, doing other things while ripping source, which could be anything - working, watching the source, etc. When it comes to seriously listening to my vid song, I do it while vidding, of course, but otherwise, I mostly do it while running. My running playlist is almost entirely (1) songs I've vidded; (2) songs other people have vidded to great effect; and (3) songs I want to vid. So when I run, I imagine potential vids, and that's when I do a lot of my planning. Hard Sun kind of captures the idea - I mean, there, the vidder is just walking along, but it's the same idea.

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Vid Meme does not pause for Christmas!

Day 24: Betaing: How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your vid? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

Sometimes I use no betas at all. For some vids, I've used as many as four or five. When I do use betas, it's usually one or two.

For the vids where I don't use a beta, it's generally because I consider the vid to be - oh, whatever the vidding equivalent of a drabble is, or tumblr!fic - something quick and off the cuff and casual.

If the vid is for someone else - a gift or an auction vid or something - I'll always use at least one beta.

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Day 23: When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Oy. This is a really really complex question.

The short answer is, I have a website, plus accounts at LJ, Dreamwidth, AO3, Tumblr, Vimeo, Viddler, and, most recently, YouTube.

All of my vid announcements are on LJ/Dreamwidth, with links to where the vid can be downloaded from my website. Most of the vid announcements have links to at least one streaming version, and most of the streaming versions are at Vimeo.

I've recently begun putting new vid announcements on Tumblr and AO3. At Tumblr, I've only posted "new" vid accouncements, i.e., vids that I made after I created the Tumblr account; at AO3, I've also put up some of my older vids. (I eventually would like to post some of my older vids to Tumblr but I don't think I can backdate on Tumblr and I don't want to spam people, and also I am lazy, so.) Going forward, I plan to continue to announce any new vids at both Tumblr and AO3, in addition to LJ/Dreamwidth.

As for YouTube, the account's pretty recent, so all I've done with it is upload older vids. I plan to upload any new vids there, as well, at least if they don't get blocked due to YT's content restrictions (it won't, for example, let me post Titanium).

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Day 22: Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Okay ... this is a gimme :-).

I'm a mod of Festivids! Basically, I randomly remarked one day in my journal that vidders should have a Yuletide-thing too, and yhlee said "I'll do it!" - which, wow! And then yhlee created FV but halfway through the first year I started helping out as a junior mod, and then yhlee had to step down due to real life and LithiumDoll came on, and - here we are, in our fifth year.

And it's awesome! It's a lot of work and some things are less pleasant than others, but I love watching people react to their assignments, and the glee when the vids are unveiled on Festivids morning, and of course, LD and I are endlessly amused by watching people play "Guess the Vidder."

So, yes! I have participated in a fest.

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Day 21: Sequels: Have you ever created a sequel to a vid you made, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Yes, sort of. See, as every Starsky & Hutch fan knows, the fourth season of the show is very different from the earlier ones. The actors were exhausted and had trouble coordinating their shooting schedules, and David Soul (who plays Hutch) was having back problems that left him in pain and limited his mobility. As a result, the show kind of changes tone - it's more despairing, and the characters seem weary and distant from each other. So a lot of the S&H fanworks try to address this in some way, explaining how the characters got to this point, and trying to "fixit" by having the characters find some way to recapture the joy of the earlier years - by finding a way back to each other, or retiring and finding a happier life elsewhere, etc.

Anyhoo, when I first got into vidding, S&H was one of my OTPs, so I was making a lot of S&H vids, and I too was particularly interested in exploring/justifying/fixing the fourth season. I made a vid, Wounded, that's from Starsky's point of view, where he's trying to bring Hutch back to himself. And then it turned out I wasn't done with the theme, so I made a second vid about it, Kryptonite, and it's basically supposed to be Hutch's answer, or at least Hutch's point of view. So it's not exactly a sequel, but it's kind of a companion piece.

These are among my earliest vids, so how effective I was at conveying this is another story, but. That's why I made a sequel-ish - because there was a particular theme I kept coming back to, and I didn't want to make the exact same vid over and over, so I thought the POV shift was a useful way to vary it.

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Day 20: Do you ever get ideas inspired from other people's stories, vids, or art in the same fandom?

Yes. I've never attempted to actually vid someone's art/fic, etc, but I find that other fans' works heavily influence my interpretation of the source. Sometimes it's a pastiche - i.e., general fannish takes on the characters and relationships influence my vids - but sometimes the inspiration can be very specific. For instance, my Starsky & Hutch vid, Circles, was inspired by Dana Austin Marsh's two-volume zine, Evolution (yes, zine, zine! I have a stack of them, because S&H is so old school that a lot of the fic isn't available online). The vid doesn't tell the story of Evolution - it couldn't possibly, Evolution is epic, and Circles is really quite simple - but there's a push-pull, steps-forward-steps-back tone to the S/H relationship that Dana depicted in Evolution, and that I tried to illustrate in Circles. Similarly, [personal profile] astolat's portrayal of the Reese/Finch relationship - particularly in Weapon and Fealty - inspired No Man's Woman.

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Day 19: When you have vid ideas, do you sit down and start vidding right away, or do you write down the idea for further exploration later?

When I first started vidding, it was like vid farr all the time, and I would just start vidding as soon as I had an idea - I was taking notes on them only because they were piling up and I couldn't vid them all at once!

These days, I am more careful (and I have less time!!). So usually, I'll jot down ideas, and listen to potential songs like a billion times before I actually get started on a vid.

Occasionally, though, I might dive right in if a particular vid bunny really grabs me by the throat and it's something I can bang out quickly - usually, that applies to high-concept vids that have only a limited amount of source. Like, Beverly Hills was something like 36 hours from inspiration to completed vid (at the time, Merlin had only aired 10 episodes).

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Day 18: Where do you get the most inspiration for your vids from?

Music, sort of. Occasionally I'll be specifically looking for something for a character or a fandom (most likely to happen when it's Festivids time!), but usually, it's just a song will grab my attention. If I'm obsessed with a fandom at the time, very often songs will just immediately seem perfect for that fandom. Other times, I'll just hear songs and think they'd be fun to vid, and then I'll mull it and see if any fandom or concept is a good match.

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Day 17: Titles: Do you try to use something different than the song? Why or why not?

I usually stick with the song title - just because it seems hard to manage separate vid titles and song titles, it's easier for a viewer to know what to expect, and sometimes separate vid titles can seem a little elaborate in a way that I don't think is called for in every vid.

So, in general, I use the song title. The exceptions have been where the original song title was really unwieldy (like, The Wondersmith and His Sons became A Charming Man), or, in a couple of cases, for auction vids where the bidder wanted a different title (Origin Stories and One War). Oh! Also, there's Untitled Holmes Vid Thing, where I chose not to use the song title because the song title - Fermoy Lasses - was so wildly inappropriate.

My greatest angst over the issue came from Unloveable - that one kills me because the word "unlovable" is just fine for the vid, and the vid itself is so simple that I didn't think it ... deserved ... a separate title - but the song title is intentionally misspelled by the band, and I wasn't sure whether to call the vid Unlovable, and then have to explain that the vid Unlovable uses the song Unloveable, or whether to just use the song title as the band spells it. Anyway, I always wince and fear that people see the vid title and think I made a mistake.

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Day 16: Summaries: Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I love them. I prefer ones that are relatively short and hint at the theme of the vid, but that don't explain the whole idea - i.e., for me, the goal is to intrigue the viewer, and if I'm lucky, give further food for thought after the vid has been watched. I try to avoid quotes from the song or the source material, just because I think it's more interesting to find some other connection or hint or reference, but sometimes I'll fall back on those sorts of quotes if I can't come up with anything better.

Anyway, a lot of my summaries end up falling far short of the ideal, but there are a few I'm proud of. "All this has happened before and will happen again" for Hourglass is probably my best; I also like "Humpty Dumpty had a great fall" for Einstein on the Beach and "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them" for A Charming Man. "It's Nikki Wood's fucking coat" for Origin Stories has almost taken on a life of its own - but I can't claim credit for it. That one was [personal profile] thuviaptarth's idea, and very tightly bound to her concept for the vid.

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Day 15: Warnings: What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a vid?

I generally think it's good to warn for obvious triggers like sexual assault, and extreme violence or sexuality that goes beyond what a viewer could expect. What do I mean by expect? Well, if the vid is a mainstream, relatively well-known source, then probably people know what to expect based on the source itself - if it's been edited in a way that severely defies those expectations, or uses outside footage that's dramatically more graphic than the original source, then a warning's probably appropriate. If the vid is of a relatively obscure source and you don't expect viewers to be familiar with it, then it might be appropriate to warn for more graphic material.

So, back in the early days of Festivids, then-mod yhlee and I set up a warning scheme for fairly basic triggers, and I think that was a good idea - in Festivids, you don't know the vidder, and a lot of sources will be unfamiliar, so it's particularly appropriate to give viewers some sense of what they're in for.

For my own vids, though, I use pretty well-known sources that aren't very graphic, so the only thing I've warned for is sexual assault triggers, in It Depends on What You Pay. I wasn't even sure the warning was necessary there, since it was the first and only vid I warned for, so the warning is a little bit half-assed - I'd have changed it, but by then, the warning itself became something of a topic of discussion, and from comments it seems everyone understood what I was trying to say, so I left it as is.

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Day 14: Ratings: how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever vidded higher than you're comfortable with? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the vid you're making is G-rated instead?

I generally only vid things that are part of media fandom, and that means nothing higher than an R by default. I probably avoid a lot of gore because of my own personal tastes, but beyond that, the source just doesn't have NC-17 material, so my vids don't have any. In Nancy Boy I used a little outside source from a more racy TV show, Bliss, and in Don't Cha there's some cutting that makes things look a little more obscene than they actually were, but at the end of the day, this just isn't something I've ever needed to confront.

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Day 13: Do you prefer canon or fanon when you vid (canon shots vs. using shots out of context; AU vs. canon)? Has vidding for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

Not really sure how to answer this question. Other than Nancy Boy, which isn't really, I've never attempted anything that I'd call AU or constructed reality. (Well, maybe Credit Card Baby, sort of, or Don't Cha.) That said, there's a perennial debate about whether slash counts as constructed reality. And I tend to think not all slash, but there's a certain point where clips can be taken so far out of original context that it might cross over the line - like, the line between showing actual gazes between the characters and portraying them as sexual, versus taking clips where the characters were interacting with entirely different people, and making it look like they were interacting with each other. That kind of thing.

Except most, if not all, vids do that to some degree - grab some moment and recontextualize it - I do that, certainly - so it's got to reach a certain critical mass of clips before it becomes AU/constructed reality.

Anyhoo, point being, I don't think my slash vids cross that line. There are certainly decontextualized clips around, but I feel like my vids are more likely to try to create alternative spins on what was in the text, rather than construct new text. So.

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Another easy one:

Day 12: Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" vid of a favorite media source but set in a different fandom? (I.e., attempted to bring the 'feel' or 'mood' of one source to a different fandom, like the zombie Mary Poppins vid.)

Nope.

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Day 11: Genre: do you prefer making certain genres of vid? What kind do you tend to vid the most?

I don't think so. I've done 'ship vids (both serious and non) and character studies and crackish comedy vids and drama and meta vids (obviously, these categories overlap), and so - not really, I'll vid whatever the bunny dictates.

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