starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
source: Haywire (2011)
audio: Grimes, Kill V. Maim
length: 4:07
stream: on Vimeo
download: 253MB on Dropbox
summary: You gave up being good when you declared a state of war

My Festivids 2016 assignment, for [personal profile] aurumcalendula.

Original Festivids post.


password: mobster


Tag yourself, I'm gender-based revenge fantasies.

I've been wanting to vid this song for a while, in fact since I first heard it riding the trains around Belgium in the dying days of 2015. I originally matched with aurumcalendula on a different fandom, but the idea fell into my lap when I was reading the letter, and since it seemed easier (and more in line with my mood in November 2016, I won't lie), I went with it. I was planning on including more covert operative type stuff, but it turned into a vid of Gina Carrano beating the shit out of men, and I'm okay with that.

Technically, I psyched myself out over the bridge of the song for more than a week and actually wound up cutting a version of the song that was nearly 1:20 shorter in Audacity. I even laid it on the timeline, but by that point it was clear that there was enough footage of Gina Carrano fighting dudes that it wasn't necessary. I'm always, always convinced that I won't have enough material, and then I hit the 2/3 mark of the vid and I'm like, "…Oh, this is going to be fine." I toyed with the idea of trying to correct Steven Soderbergh's extremely self-indulgent camerawork, just as I toyed with the idea of just rearranging the movie so that the vid ran in strict chronology, but ultimately rejected both of them.
starlady: Holmes and Watson walking around New York (springtime in new york)
source: A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987)
audio: Scala & Kolacny Brothers, "Heroes"
length: 3:20
stream: on Vimeo
download: 27MB on Dropbox
summary: We can be us, just for one day

A Festivids 2016 treat for josette-arnauld.

Original Festivids post


password: heroes

I devoured Dorothy L. Sayers' Peter Wimsey novels last year and was blabbering about them to my roommate (who had only read the Vane novels); I convinced her to read the rest of the books and she showed me the Petherbridge/Walters miniseries. The casting is divine, but the adaptations start out good with Strong Poison and go downhill from there. This is my love letter to Harriet and Peter, though it's not the vid I initially envisioned because the footage just doesn't exist, from a combination of the exigencies of BBC budgets (minimal) and the bad choices made in the adaptation of Gaudy Night, which rob the story of a lot of its political heft. Peter and Harriet, of course, rise above such issues, mostly because Petherbridge and Walters rewrote their scenes wholesale on set. Their relationship--the fact that they find each other, and are able to become the versions of themselves who are able to hold onto each other through each other's influence--is an achievement, and it would be so even in this day and age, even more so in the 1930s.

Technically, vidding with footage this old was…interesting. I thought about trying to correct it, but the light levels are mostly tolerable (I did alter the light levels in the courtroom scenes for visibility) and in the end I lost my vidding energy for all of November, which obviated that possibility. (Fun fact: I finished the first draft of this vid on a plane on Halloween.)
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: Star Trek (2009)
audio: Glee cast, "Don't Stop Believing"
length: 2:41
stream: on Vimeo
download: 205 MB on Dropbox
summary: A Blu-Ray remaster of [livejournal.com profile] arefadedaway's awesome vid, which is no longer available online.

tumblr postAO3 page


password: trek

Notes )
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
source: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
audio: Kesha, "Out Alive"
length: 3:30
stream: on Vimeo
download: 189 MB mp4 on dropbox
summary: No one makes it out alive without friends.

My first Club Vivid premiere!
tumblr post


password: vivid

Notes )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: Interstellar
audio: Vienna Teng, "The Breaking Light ft. Alex Wong"
length: 4:19
stream: on Vimeo
download: 266MB mp4 on dropbox
summary: “Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty premiere!

Password: Wiscon




Notes and lyrics )
starlady: David 8 holding the holographic Earth in wonderment. (when there is nothing in the desert)
source: Ex Machina (2015)
audio: The Dresden Dolls, "Coin-Operated Boy"
length: 4:03
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 180MB mp4 on mediafire
summary: Love without complications galore/Isn't that the point?
note: contains self-harm and graphic violence

A Festivids 2015 treat for [personal profile] winterevanesce.

Original Festivids post

I thought Ex Machina was one of the best movies of 2015; moreover, I thought it was extraordinarily feminist (albeit with a dude as the POV character, sigh). In my opinion, people's reactions to the movie come down to whether or not they think the filmmakers were doing it intentionally; I think they were--the intelligence of the movie is palpable in every frame, starting with the cinematography--and this vid is my argument for the same thesis. It turns on the insight that there is no meaningful difference between Caleb and Ava; he is no less "coin-operated" than she is. He just responds to different inputs. (Relatedly: a good chunk of the point of the Turing Test is that humans are really bad at distinguishing cognition from random responses, or vice versa. We'll anthropomorphize any damn thing but also withhold recognition of sentience based on our own misplaced pride in our vaunted intelligence.)

And yes, it's The Dresden Dolls, with Amanda fucking Palmer singing the lead vocals. I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to accept the cost of people potentially pre-judging the vid purely on the basis of the song, and then decided that I did; Sady Doyle actually wrote a piece on AFP in 2014 that changed my thinking about the reaction to her, if not to Palmer herself; it opens with the line "What, exactly, did we prove by hating Amanda Palmer?" and proceeds to make some valuable points from there. It's a good song (although I cut it down pretty radically, in Audacity, which was way better than Premiere, thank you vidders' census), and it makes the points I wanted the song for the vid to make.

As for the vid itself, the cropping gave me fits (I still haven't actually solved it; it just looks solved) and I actually re-edited the song twice; this was another vid where I went non-linear to get the thing done, as I hit a wall after the end of the first chorus and had to start building back from the end to stay on schedule and to figure out what I needed to do in the middle: I knew the bridge would be Ava POV, but not how or what. Again, I did the credits in the middle of the process. The Donna Haraway quote occurred to me while I was laying down text layers, and it seemed to be the perfect way to encapsulate the vid and my interpretation of the movie, and Ava's actions: I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.

I wanted to do a POV switch/reveal in the middle of the vid a la the great BSG vid Who Knew, but after laying down the last part of the vid I realized that the movie just doesn't have enough footage for me to do that effectively. I still think of the whole vid as being from Ava's perspective; she is definitely the "I" who manipulates everyone into gaining her freedom. In the end, she passes the Turing test with flying colors.


password: festivids

Lyrics )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: Apollo 13, Contact, Europa Report, Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian
audio: Symphony of Science, "Glorious Dawn (Cosmos Remix)" 
length: 3:38
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 161MB mp4 on mediafire
summary: The sky calls to us/If we do not destroy ourselves/We will one day venture to the stars

Original Festivids post

A Festivids 2015 treat for [personal profile] niyalune. I saw her mention this vid as a throwaway concept in her letter…and started making the vid as soon as I finished my assignment. The reason, you see, is that I was convinced she would hate her gift vid, so I wanted to make her something that I was more confident she would like. (But then her reaction to Relations of Life was positive! As was other people's! Stranger things happen, I guess, but I honestly was not expecting it.)

This is the vid that I thought would be screamingly obvious, because I'd done the remaster of the Contact vid at the end of 2015 and this vid rather prominently features Contact. I also had the Interstellar and Europa Report clips sitting around, with the result that I only had to download and clip three additional movies, four if you count the BluRay of The Martian, which luckily came out in December. I had cam clips in the timeline for maybe about two weeks tops, and since everything was BluRay, I actually had a pretty easy time of it as far as multi-source vids go. This vid has the distinction of being the first (but assuredly not the last) for which I broke out a spreadsheet, so that I could make sure that I wasn't short-changing any of the sources, and that I was alternating them appropriately.

The song choice was obvious to me as soon as I thought about making the vid; I love the song and I love the concept, and for me there's no separating Carl Sagan from how I think about human spaceflight. I even named some of the Contact clips using some of his lines from this song while I was doing the remaster clipping way back in June, so it was a complete no-brainer to decide to use this song, cemented by my discovering that Neil DeGrasse Tyson had done promotional work for The Martian. (You should totally go watch the video, it's great.)

I was hugely tickled, and hugely flattered, to see some really great vidders guessed for this vid; I thought that the other dead giveaway would be the line at the beginning of the end titles. Star Trek fans will recognize the fade-in title card from the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which also features the history of human space exploration quite heavily. I definitely approached this vid in the spirit of conscious optimism that I associate with the core of Star Trek, and I hope that comes through in the vid.

One of the greatest things about getting to see other people's reactions to the vid has been seeing what they got out of it that I hadn't thought of or didn't consciously put in there; when [personal profile] raven remarked that it was a vid that was more about the idea of exploration than fannishness, I thought, "Huh. Yeah, I guess so!" Which is to say, while I was making the vid with my spreadsheet I wanted to show people doing science; I wanted to show people looking up; I wanted to show the joy of exploration. (I wanted to show the Europa One crew smiling in a non-ominous context.) To that end I suppressed a lot of context (and a lot of doubled actors) in these movies, or just ignored it, which is especially obvious at the ending: Jim Lovell never actually walked on the moon, but he does in this vid, just as Matt Damon is watching the sunrise in the context of being convinced that he's going to die there on Mars, and Anne Hathaway believes she's as good as the last survivor of the human race, but that's not the feeling here. The Watney hope shots in the vid are as much for me as for anyone; I love space exploration, but now that I'm not a child any more I'm less blindly optimistic about the galaxyrise that Carl speaks of in the song. So the vid is an argument with myself as much as anything, and the end title is the conclusion that I wanted to make for that reason: the human adventure is just beginning. And finally, thanks to [tumblr.com profile] mrquadcopter for beta watching.




password:   festivids

Lyrics )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: Europa Report (2013)
audio: The Knife, "Epochs"
length: 4:48
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 217MB mp4 on mediafire
summary: Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known...what does your life actually matter?

My Festivids 2015 assignment, for [personal profile] niyalune.

Original Festivids post

This is, hands-down hands-up no-holds-barred, the weirdest vid I have ever made. Europa Report is of course a fantastic little indie sci-five movie about the first human mission to Europa, one of the Jovian moons; I loved it since I first saw it and I routinely show it to friends to try to convert them to fans of the movie. (I have a pretty good track record.) This vid is the vid I wanted to make, but I won't pretend that when I decided that this track from The Knife's soundtrack to an experimental synth opera about Charles Darwin (all the lyrics on the album, as well as the title of this vid, come from his writings) was the one for the vid I didn't have some misgivings about whether the finished product would even be watchable. For me, there is for me a resonance between what these astronauts do and how and why they make their decisions and Darwin's work; in the end, they subordinate their own short lives to the goal of pushing human knowledge forward, and what happens is nobody's fault, because the humans and the native life of Europa simply can't relate to each other in any shared frame of reference: they are both driven by curiosity, but their curiosities aren't compatible. The Europa One mission is a success, though more of a failed success than a successful failure. Ad astra per aspera. One of the things I said about the movie when I first saw it is that it's the movie that Prometheus wanted to be, and in a way, this vid is founded on that interpretation. There's little more terrifying than the inhuman timescale of the cosmos, and of evolution, from a certain point of view.

Vidding-wise, this was a challenge; one problem I had was that the clips were so large that I frequently crashed Premiere while trying to watch the footage I'd laid down in the timeline. Oops. I cut the audio, but I did it using Premiere rather than Audacity, which was a frustrating mistake that I won't repeat in future. Trying to decide where to cut things and how to impose a narrative took a lot of thought and trial and error, as well as some truly hard-core non-linear editing; I actually built the vid out from the start of the vocals. To keep the momentum going I violated all precedent and did the credits in the middle of the process; whatever it took. I am, though, proud of the result, and I'm floored and very pleased that people have liked it. Last but not least, thanks to [tumblr.com profile] mrquadcopter, who beta watched it and told me not to change anything, so I didn't.

Lyrics )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
source: Contact (1997)
audio: Dar Williams, "Are You Out There?"
length: 3:08
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 135MB mp4 on mediafire
tumblr post | AO3 page

It's been a year of space exploration movies for me, and about seven months ago I found myself on a deep dive in the Vividcon database and other places, looking for vids of the same. When I found the entry for [livejournal.com profile] thatfangirl's 2003 Contact vid Are You Out There?, and tracked down a copy, I immediately wanted to remaster the vid so that more people could see it, because it's pretty great. With [livejournal.com profile] thatfangirl's kind permission, I've at long last done my part of just that--the viewing is now up to you. With many thanks to [personal profile] eruthros for providing my copy of the original vid and to [tumblr.com profile] mrquadcopter for beta watching my original draft, and above all to [livejournal.com profile] thatfangirl, for making the vid and for letting me remaster it!
Embed + notes under the cut )
starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
source: Agent Carter
audio: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, "Timber"
length: 03:39
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 84MB mp4 on mediafire
summary: Peggy Carter will be the one you won't forget. Or, Peggy saves the day, punches a lot of dudes, and gets the girl.
notes: Premiered today at Vidukon 2015. And many thanks to [personal profile] metatxt for beta watching!

AO3 page | tumblr post


password: peggy

I actually picked this song out for this vid before the show even aired--I knew I wanted to make a Peggy vid, and I knew I wanted something that sounded period-ish but had a modern sensibility, which basically meant that Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox were the first and only artist whose catalog I ransacked. Technically it's a 50s-style big band jazz cover of the female solo version (Ke$ha forever!), but then, the show itself doesn't necessarily have a strong sense of its own historical setting either. Luckily the show lived up to the lyrics, and provided me with the footage needed to make a vid about Peggy punching dudes and being a badass action hero. Punch some more dudes, Peggy!

lyrics: 

It's going down, I'm yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let's make a night, you won't remember
I'll be the one, you won't forget

The bigger they are, the harder they fall
This biggity boy's a diggity dog
I have 'em like Miley Cyrus, clothes off
Twerking in their bras and thongs, timber
Face down, booty up, timber
That's the way we like the what, timber
I'm slicker than an oil spill
She say she won't, but I bet she will, timber

Swing your partner round and round
End of the night, it's going down
One more shot, another round
End of the night, it's going down
Swing your partner round and round
End of the night, it's going down
One more shot, another round
End of the night, it's going down

It's going down, I'm yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let's make a night, you won't remember
I'll be the one, you won't forget

It's going down, I'm yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let's make a night, you won't remember
I'll be the one, you won't forget

Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane
Nah, it's just me, ain't a damn thing changed
Live in hotels, swing on plane
Blessed to say, money ain't a thing
Club jumping like Lebron, now, Voli
Order me another round, homie
We about to climb, wild, 'cause it's about to go down

Swing your partner round and round
End of the night, it's going down
One more shot, another round
End of the night, it's going down
Swing your partner round and round
End of the night, it's going down
One more shot, another round
End of the night, it's going down

It's going down, I'm yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let's make a night, you won't remember
I'll be the one, you won't forget

It's going down, I'm yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let's make a night, you won't remember
I'll be the one, you won't forget

starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
source: Star Trek: The Animated Series
audio: They Might Be Giants, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
length: 2:01
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 48MB mp4 | .srt subtitles
summary: Man has a dream, and that's the start: the final frontier is still out there, just a dream away.

AO3 page | tumblr post

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty 2015 premiere.


password: trek

Notes )
lyrics )
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
source: Gamera movies (Showa series, 1965-1980)
audio: 『Totoro』Soundtrack Medley by Neku
length: 4:05
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 92MB mp4
summary: Now begins a new adventure for you! And you'll be with Ga-me-ra, Gamera! Ga-me-ra, Gamera!

A Festivids 2014 treat for [personal profile] jetpack_monkey. Original Festivids post. AO3 page.

Well, of course Gamera is like Totoro. )
starlady: roy in the sunset at graveside (no rest for the wicked)
All You Need Is Kill
source: Edge of Tomorrow | Live. Die. Repeat. (2014)
audio: Steve Aoki ft. Fall Out Boy, "Back to Earth"
length: 4:03, 154MB mp4
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 155MB mp4
summary: Are you living your life or just waiting to die?

tumblr postAO3 page

My Festivids 2014 assignment, for ohvienna. Original Festivids post.

If at all possible you will want to listen to this using your best audio setup possible; you will hear a lot more in the music with good headphones or speakers than otherwise (as I was repeatedly reminded while vidding!).

Streaming, notes & lyrics )
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
The Call
source: Mystery Science Theater 3000 8x20, Space Mutiny (1988)
audio: Survivor, "The Moment of Truth (from The Karate Kid)"
length: 3:51, 92MB mp4 (other sizes available)
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 92MB mp4
summary: An ode to the heroism of Blast Hardcheese. No wait I meant Dave Ryder.

A Festivids 2014 pinch hit for[personal profile] jetpack_monkey. Original Festivids post. AO3 page.

Streaming, notes & lyrics )
starlady: (crew)
Festivids are revealed! I am separated from my laptop for another 48 hours or so and I have a raging headcold, so I do not have signed vid posts up yet. I will post here and at the usual platforms when I do, and I will also email the Festivids mods so that they switch out the links appropriately.

Vids for Me
[personal profile] littleheaven made me Shake It Off, which is an Emperor's New Groove vid that is a joy and a delight. :D

Vids I Made
My assignment was All You Need Is Kill for ohvienna, which is an Edge of Tomorrow vid that I had been thinking about making since I walked out of the movie theater. There will be more notes later, but I'm very proud of this one.

I made two vids for [personal profile] jetpack_monkey, one a pinch hit and one a treat. The Call, to MST3K 8x20, Space Mutiny, was the pinch hit, and Tonari no Gamera, a vid of the Showa series of Gamera films, was the treat. I got ideas as soon as I read the Festivids letter via the pinch hit, and in general, making both of these was a delight. (Except for the pixel aspect ratio question in the Gamera movies. I'm still not sure I've actually figured it out.)

In general, I had a blast with Festivids! It was completely trippy to make three vids in ten weeks when my previous record pace had been one per year, and I have been filled with vidding confidence and inspiration as a result. I consider that a smashing success, and I am very much looking forward to making even more vids in the remainder of this year. :D
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
雙女|Double Woman

source: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame | 狄仁杰之通天帝国 (2010)
music: Jay Chou, "Double Blade" | 周杰倫, "雙刀"
stream: on Vimeo
download: lower quality mp4 (60mb) | higher quality mp4 (107mb)

AO3 page

notes: This vid is for [personal profile] oyceter, who bid on and won my vidding services in the [community profile] help_for_ephemere auction last year. Oyce chose the source and the theme and suggested the style of song; I chose the actual song and made the vid from there, with a lot of help from a class on multimedia narrative that I took this semester. Huge thanks to [personal profile] kuwdora for excellent and timely beta comments, and to lingzhen for providing dinner during my last frantic push to finish.

Through the camera lens re-editing history gives imagination to the people. Wu Zetian and Shang'guang Jing'er are awesome. Hooray for awesome ladies of the Tang Dynasty!




雙女 | Shuang Nü
from starlady on Vimeo.


password: flame


lyrics )
starlady: David 8 holding the holographic Earth in wonderment. (when there is nothing in the desert)
Starman
source: Prometheus (2012)
music: David Bowie, "Starman"
stream: on Vimeo
download: 34mb mp4 @ mediafire | subtitle .srt
AO3 page

Thanks to [personal profile] kuwdora, [personal profile] epershand, and [personal profile] thingswithwings for seeing the movie with me, providing help with the source, beta-watching, tolerating me blathering in chat, and then finally pointing me at tutorials so I could make AfterEffects do things. ♥

This is a cam rip vid; a remaster will probably happen (eventually) once I can acquire BluRay source footage.


summary: Ziggy Stardust died for your sins.

embedded video & lyrics )
starlady: (justice)
Too Big to Fail
edited by [personal profile] starlady
music: How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live? - Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band (Live in Dublin)
summary: Gonna be a judgment, and that's a fact.
content notes: Contains images of police violence against protesters and of a hanging in effigy.
vidder notes: Thanks to [personal profile] wintercreek and to [personal profile] kuwdora for arranging for and/or providing feedback, and to [personal profile] were_duck for encouragement. Almost all of the images are via The Atlantic's In Focus blog.

download:
35mb mov @ mediafire | 21mb mp4 @ mediafire | subtitle .srt
Many people have reported problems with the mp4 in VLC. I recommend downloading the .mov file. 

stream with subtitles: on YouTubeon Critical Commons (no subtitles, but not blocked in Germany!)

embed & lyrics )
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (Default)
All of my fanfiction can be found at [archiveofourown.org profile] starlady; DW links are listed where extant.

You don't need my permission to remix, record, translate, scanlate, and/or transform anything I've written (though a link to your transformative work is always appreciated!).

I generally follow AO3 policy on warnings; namely, I warn for rape and/or noncon, major character death, and graphic violence. I also will warn for topics that may be triggering on an as-needed basis. If you have a question about the content of any of my stories, or a concern about the warnings or lack thereof on same, please email or pm me and I will do my best to address your concerns respectfully.

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