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Creative rule-breaking

I hate vids that are almost all super-short cuts (like, less than a second for verses at a time). HATE them.

Except when I don't.

On YouTube.

I was thisclose to clicking away from this one after a couple of lines, and then caught how they did a nifty syncopated line ending. And then saw what they were building. It ought to be frenetic and incomprehensible (and almost certainly is if you don't know the source), but the through-line of Mitchell's S1 arc is so clear, even with the stutters back to other moments, which of course the mind does even while your attention is on where you are right now. Flashes connected by emotional echo or sheer muscle memory or all of the above. It takes a few lines to get into the groove of it, but then it all makes perfect sense.

Also, I am entertained by how much music I end up discovering because of vids. This is what happens when your radio is more or less permanently fused on NPR.

Meanwhile, "Cut" has topped 200 views in a week, and even got a day-making comment from someone I don't know! \o/

Touch wood, I have a potential solution to my Adobe installation woes. (Other than buying a new computer with a sufficiently badass processor.) By hook or by crook, "Dance With The Angels" is next, dammit! And I think I'm actually going to sign up for an attending membership for VividCon. For some reason I had it in my head that registration had already happened, but then a few days later I got the bulletin that it's tonight.


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Mar. 13th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Pretty cool! And nice music.

My favorite SPN Dean/Cas vid is similarly all very short cuts, which I'm told makes no sense to people not familiar with it but is amazingly well done when you know the source. (Even more when you know what they've really filmed v. what the video makes it look like they filmed. Heh.) Also introduced me to Daughtry and the song Crashed.
Mar. 13th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely not a recruiting vid! Sometimes you want to have at least the impression of the story come through whether the audience knows the source or not, and sometimes you just don't care and go to work at the we-all-have-this-shared-frame-of-reference level.

You have to figure out at some point in the vidding process which one you're doing, but not necessarily at the beginning.

(Even more when you know what they've really filmed v. what the video makes it look like they filmed.

Someday I'm going to try my hand at constructed reality. I'm in awe of the people who do it all the time.
Mar. 13th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
That was the thing that awed me the most was how she made me see what wasn't there. I even asked if she took material from other sources, because the cuts were so short she *could* have and there's no way to have known, but she didn't.

Just watched your vid, btw. For whatever reason, I was never really drawn in my Lauren's storyline in season 1. I don't know why. I don't even remember it as being a huge part of the season, but based on your vid it clearly must have been, so now I'm wondering what I was paying attention to instead. Nicely done portrait of a secondary character.
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I have a well-established habit of latching onto supporting characters. :-) Lauren's arc just got more and more interesting to me as it progressed, so I found myself paying attention to her as her, when the story structure really mostly set it up to focus attention on her relation the main characters.

But until I went back through sorting clips for the vid, even I forgot, for instance, that Annie had seen Herrick going off on her for a careless kill (though of course she didn't know who they were at the time). Which I was very glad to have, because it gave me something to show her making some kind of impression on both George and Annie before they stand witness to her death at the end.
Mar. 13th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine calls that incredible amount of short cuts "clip cramming." It's a good, descriptive name for it. :P

With some vids that frenetic pacing works really well because of the music and the story they're telling. Sometimes it just leaves me scratching my head. The vid you embedded is kind of a combo of the two - there were some places in the vid I felt the cuts worked really well and others where the vid would have been better served by longer clips, especially because of the music itself. But overall, I like the vid and love the story it tells. (Thanks for putting it here.)

Have you ever been to Vividcon before? I know it's kind of silly, but I've always felt that for me to even think of going, I have to be not only a vidder, but one who wouldn't be embarrassed by sharing her vids with the amazing vidders who submit to VVC. It's got this legendary status in my mind, and I'd feel like the naive little country cousin visiting the sophisticated city folk. :P
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
"Clip cramming." Love it!

I went to VVC properly one year (mostly I just go to the hotel for a while to hang out with out-of-town buds), but there was no stress because I didn't actually have any vids showing. The only one I've ever had there was "Children of Eve" the first year, and I submitted it under a supporting membership because I couldn't make the con. Now that I live 40 minutes from the hotel, it's taken me this long to make another vid!

There are people who go and aren't vidders at all, and there are plenty of vidders besides the high-profile folks. There are certainly people who are very serious and in-depth about it, and who give criticism accordingly. But that's not everyone, and it's not all Srs Bzns by any means.

I'm in a weird place, because I'm not at all high-profile on my own, but I'm still part of Apocalypse West, which is pretty high-profile. (And holy crap, whatever we come up with this year represents our 10th anniversary! O_o ) So I suspect I'll be kind of petrified once I'm actually there. But it'll be fun.

Edited at 2010-03-14 02:18 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
(And holy crap, whatever we come up with this year represents our 10th anniversary! O_o )

You noticed that too?!?!? *yipes!*

Anyway, I've been to every VVC since the first, and had premiering vids at probably half of them (maybe more). Definitely don't let the country/city mouse thing deter you (and I know exactly what you mean). It's *always* good to get new vidders in (although, I'll warn you: be on the ball in 2+hours... memberships sell out in under 10 mins, often under 5!)

If you're premiering a vid the *best* advice I can give you--from way too many years of painful experience-- is to TAKE THE VID REVIEW WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. Vid Review is where a couple of mods try to go through general discussion of 2 hours of premiering vids from the night before in a 2 hour panel. (See the problem right there? :) Vid Review is the SRS BZNS touchpoint of the con, and it can be incredibly intimidating and disheartening.

What you have to realize (and imprint on your brain) is that what you hear (or don't hear, if they skip your vid for time) is the personal opinions of a few, loud :), people. Much as it may seem to be (and some commenters seem to take it as) it is NOT a declaration of the quality or value of your vid by the Con as a whole (or by any means a majority of same). It's a nasty surprise trap that's driven off more newbie vidders after their first VVC than anything else, and it's a shame.

My advice: If you premiere, either skip Vid Review the next morning entirely, or go *with friends* and with all the caveats above *firmly* in mind.

The Premieres show is always butterflies-in-the-stomach stage fright (yes, even after, what? 8 years? :). Vid Review is often brutally (and inaccurately) crushing. But the rest of the con--pretty much pure fun geeking out with people who like vids just as much as you do. :) [And Club Vivid is the very best part--every single year!]
Mar. 14th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Listen to the Waterbuffalo, for she is wise in the ways of VVC. :-) It would be awesome to meet you for realsies!

Also, if you decide to come, and you don't get a membership right away, don't worry overmuch. The one year I actually attended, I was pretty far down on the waitlist, and I had no problem.

The sellout is artificially accelerated because everyone knows how small the limit is. So some people grab slots before they're 100% sure they'll be able to come.

Edited at 2010-03-14 03:16 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
This is true, I believe most years the waitlist gets in.

(Still doesn't keep me from sitting on line waiting for the tickets to come up like a teenybopper with the latest boyband...it's *tradition!* :)
Mar. 14th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm sitting here waiting for my clock to change when I'd rather be in bed. I have zero room to talk.

And that's still the BEST VIDDING ADVICE EVER. I will have to make/get a vidding icon if this business of actually making the damn things keeps up.

Edited at 2010-03-14 04:59 am (UTC)
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