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source: Tomorrowland
audio: Passion Pit, "Lifted Up (1985)"
length: 4:24
stream: on Vimeo
download: 258MB on Dropbox
summary: I won't lie, I knew you'd belong here.

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty premiere!

Password: tomorrow

1985 from starlady on Vimeo.

I don't watch movies on planes; I'm the creeper who eyeballs your movie while you're watching a movie on planes. I caught enough of this one in flight at one point, though, that I actually watched the rest of it when I couldn't sleep on another flight.

There's no point beating around the bush: Tomorrowland is a compelling movie with bad pacing and execrable politics, but it's also a movie where two girls save the world, one of whom is a robot. (George Clooney helps.) I wanted to make a vid about that part of the movie, less about Brad Bird's weird elitism and despair. The song choice seemed almost too obvious, but on the other hand, I like it.

Weirdly, this is the second vid I've made for Wiscon with a Disney connection, the first being Just a Dream Away. Making this vid also helped me to realize that the movie has already been influential at the level of visuals: Yorktown in Star Trek Beyond, last seen in my [community profile] equinox_exchange vid We Are Who We Are, is almost a carbon copy of the city in this movie, right down to some of the camera angles. I had originally hoped to make this as a Festivids treat, and then November happened. At least I can now go watch the Festivid that did get made for the movie.

One of the things I like about vidding is that it's changed the way I watch movies and it changes the way I think about the sources I vid. Towards the end of making this one I started thinking that they should have cast Casey as not white, which cemented my ambivalence about the entire film. (It wouldn't work, of course, because Brad Bird not so secretly fears the postmodern present, which is why his vision of Tomorrowland is anchored in the late 19thC and the high water mark of the modern, the 1964 World's Fair.) In conclusion, Star Trek does it better. Onward.

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Date: 2017-06-03 22:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fightingarrival
I watched this vid during the vid party at WisCon and it was delightful. Such great song choice to pair with your vid's retrofuturism and optimism.

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Date: 2017-06-05 15:23 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cosmic_llin
Oh man, this is the vid of how I wanted this movie to be! Love it.

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Date: 2017-06-06 22:07 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] runawaynun
Retrofuturism! Girls saving the world! Joy! Much needed after these last few months.

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Date: 2017-07-10 04:40 (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Vid: 1985 (Tomorrowland)

Somehow I missed this when originally posted; it's great. I never really wrote about it, but Tomorrowland frustrated me intensely for both of the reasons you mention, plus some (most) of its climactic decisions and the fact that some of its politics were actually less terrible in the original cut, which is one of those editing decisions that drives me up the wall. Your version definitely catches the highlights.

Also I had not heard the song before and I really like it, so thank you.
Edited Date: 2017-07-10 04:42 (UTC)

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Date: 2017-07-16 23:29 (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Also, there was an original cut???

So when I was trying to find out what the hell had gone wrong with Tomorrowland, I found a video interview with Damon Lindelof where he talked about material that didn't make it into the final version of the film (they held a test screening of a much longer cut for friends and family and then pruned it ruthlessly based on their feedback), which turned out to include a piece of animated backstory that felt absolutely critical to me: "In just twenty short years, we will share this extraordinary place with the entire world." Hearing the mission statement explicitly articulated makes the very idea of Tomorrowland much less technocratic-exceptionalist—it comes off in the finished film as a private playground for the traditionally defined best and brightest, which as an aspirational, optimistic fantasy is pretty hinky, but as originally conceived this wonderful city of the future was always meant to be available to the rest of Earth, limited perhaps by its founding assumptions of straight white male science bros, but certainly not intended to pull strings from behind the scenes forever. That is not information I'd have left out. It makes me worry what else ended up on the cutting room floor.
Edited (I kept thinking of other things to say) Date: 2017-07-16 23:33 (UTC)

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