starlady: Galadriel in Caras Galadhon, with an ornate letter "G" (galadriel is a G)
2019-03-01 10:03 am
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Oh hey, Festivids reveals

Festivids took place earlier this year! I made a vid for it and received a vid!

I got a very excellent vid for The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, a steampunk show that me and my entire family were obsessed with for the hot second it was on SciFi back in the day, and which I have not seen since. As a bonus, it uses a 90s U2 song which I have a secret fondness for.

[Fanvid] Elevation (15 words) by VesperRegina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg, Rebecca Fogg, Passepartout (SAoJV)
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Action & Romance, Steampunk, Innuendo, Physical Triggers
Summary: You make me feel like I can fly.

And I made a vid for the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, which I have not seen since the theaters and which brought back a lot of memories, not really in a good way. But I liked the vid I made and other people seemed to as well, so all in all, it was a great Festivids all around.

[vid] Poor Sucker (17 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Raymond Prentiss Shaw, Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, Ben Marco
Additional Tags: Embedded Video, Fanvids
Summary: There is a war going on for your mind.

If you want to read my comments on the vid, check out the Dreamwidth post. And so back to Equinox…
starlady: Toby from the West Wing with a sign that says, "Obama is the President."  (go vote bitches)
2019-02-02 10:54 pm
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[vid] Poor Sucker (The Manchurian Candidate)

source: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
audio: Low, "Poor Sucker"
length: 3:33
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: festivids
download: 273MB on Dropbox
summary: There is a war going on for your mind.

AO3 page | tumblr post


I don't think I've seen this movie since I saw it in the theater in 2004, but watching it again brought it all back--the fear, the paranoia, the despair of watching most of the society around me fall into lockstep on a pointless war that would kill millions. Yet it's impossible to watch the movie now and not think that hey, it's not so bad, as the hostile interests only suborned the vice presidential candidate, and not the presidential candidate himself, and he didn't go willingly. I'm not sure how much of that made it into the vid, but it was on my mind through every second, partly because of the song choice. Double Negative is a stunning album, a cry of rage and despair over what has happened to the country since 2016, and this was the only song I ever considered for the vid. 

In terms of editing, I wanted the vid to echo the claustrophobic and wrong feeling of the movie's cinematography; especially in the first half, I tried not to care too much about the fine timing of certain clips, and I never did explain who exactly was surveilling Marco, or who conceals his role in the assassination at the end. It seems fitting, in an unfortunate way, that this vast story of corporate wrongdoing focuses in the end on a few key individuals. I'd bet that the executives in charge got off with a slap on the wrist.
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2018-10-22 08:19 pm
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Dear Festividder

Dear Festividder,

First off, thank you for making me a vid! I love vids, and quite honestly I would be happy to see a vid in any of these fandoms. I have suggested music for some pf them, but please don't feel bound by what I've suggested, and I have no qualms about oft-vidded songs, either.

Anthony Bourdain - Parts Unknown, Porco Rosso, Hocus Pocus, Miss Sherlock, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, Dirty Computer )
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
2017-02-11 09:48 pm
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Festivids reveals!

All is known and I can now reveal that I made two vids: my assignment was state of war, a Haywire vid for [personal profile] aurumcalendula, and the treat I made was Heroes, a Dorothy Sayers Mysteries vid for [ profile] josette-arnauld. By a stroke of coincidence, [ profile] josette-arnauld also made my gift, the amazing Miss Fisher vid My Love.

Downloads and streaming should work immediately for both of my vids; please let me know if you have any issues with any of that. After much gnashing of teeth, I've gone back to Vimeo for streaming, so hopefully the playback should be frictionless.
starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
2017-02-05 11:20 pm
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Vid: state of war (Haywire)

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)
2017-02-03 10:56 pm

Vid: Heroes (A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery)

source: A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987)
audio: Scala & Kolacny Brothers, "Heroes"
length: 3:20
stream: on Vimeo; password: heroes
download: 27MB on Dropbox
summary: We can be us, just for one day

A Festivids 2016 treat for josette-arnauld.

Original Festivids post

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)
2017-01-31 10:18 pm
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Festivids 2K16

I have been remiss in not posting about Festivids thus far, because…everything. I'm hoping to make my way through more of the vids this weekend; I've only seen a few so far.

But! I did receive an amazing vid for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which is being justly praised by everyone who watches it: My Love, which explores Phryne and Jack and their longing for each other and is lovingly edited. It is perfection and I am very, very happy to have received it. 

On my end, I made two Festivids this year. I'll be interested to see whether anyone guesses either of them. I think one of them is fairly obvious, but if there's one thing I've learned from Festivids, it's that I don't know.
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2016-10-17 01:14 pm
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Dear Festividder

Dear Festividder,

First off, thank you for making me a vid! I love vids, and quite honestly I would be happy to see a vid in any of these fandoms. I have suggested music for some pf them, but please don't feel bound by what I've suggested, and I have no qualms about oft-vidded songs, either.
Tintin, Fraggle Rock, Ghostbusters, Miss Fisher, Spy, Star Trek: The Animated Series )
Thank you, Festividder! I am super excited to see whatever you come up with, for serious.

<3 and vids,

starlady: David 8 holding the holographic Earth in wonderment. (when there is nothing in the desert)
2016-02-13 09:52 am
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Festivids reveals!

The Festivids reveals are up, and you can see that I made three vids this year! 

[personal profile] sweetestdrain made me my excellent Byzantium vid, Remain Nameless! You should go get your fill of lady vampires if you haven't already, IJS.

My assignment was Relations of Life for [personal profile] niyalune, and I also made Galaxyrise as a treat for niyalune. Last but not least, I made Automatic Joy as a treat for [personal profile] winterevanesce.

I had a pretty good time with Festivids 2K15. I finished both vids for niyalune within six weeks, and then wound up finishing Automatic Joy just a few days before the deadline. I'm tempted to say, maybe next year when I'm not moving continents I should aim to make four Festivids, but I think three is a good number. I've been floored and flattered by the response to each of these vids, but especially to Galaxyrise, so let me just say, thank you so much to everyone who left a comment on all of them! I'm so glad you liked it.

I borked the links that the mods put up and have sent the correct versions to be edited into the masterlist. Next year I'll get this process right on the first go, I swear--third time's the charm, right?  ETA: As DW grows increasingly senescent, things continue to break; it appears that Critical Commons embeds, as well as Sendvid, don't work here anymore, and with my own browser/script configuration I can only view CC embeds…on tumblr. I'll be looking into alternatives for these problems over the next few days. /eta

In the meantime, you can access streaming and downloads through the individual links on this post, and there will be AO3 and tumblr posts for all three eventually too. See you next year!
starlady: David 8 holding the holographic Earth in wonderment. (when there is nothing in the desert)
2016-02-12 11:59 pm
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Vid: Automatic Joy (Ex Machina)

source: Ex Machina (2015)
audio: The Dresden Dolls, "Coin-Operated Boy"
length: 4:03
stream: on Vimeo; password: festivids
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.

Lyrics )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2016-02-11 09:16 am
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Vid: Galaxyrise (space fandoms)

source: Apollo 13, Contact, Europa Report, Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian
audio: Symphony of Science, "Glorious Dawn (Cosmos Remix)" 
length: 3:38
stream: on Vimeo; password: Festivids
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 [ profile] mrquadcopter for beta watching.

Lyrics )
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2016-02-01 10:19 pm
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Vid: Relations of Life (Europa Report)

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 [ profile] mrquadcopter, who beta watched it and told me not to change anything, so I didn't.

Lyrics )
starlady: (crew)
2016-01-30 06:00 pm
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Festivids 2015 is live! I received a most excellent vid for Byzantium, Remain Nameless--it has a great song choice and chewy editing and I like it very much. I don't have any other recs at the moment, as I have just started watching and I have a lot of work to do this weekend, but watch this space!

I made three Festivids this year, two of which I feel I might as well have signed in six-foot high flaming letters, and one which may be less obvious. I would be quite interested in hearing what people's guesses for my vids are--and in any case, happy watching to us all.
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2015-10-16 07:44 pm
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Dear Festividder!!!!

Dear Festividder,

First off, thank you for making me a vid! I love vids, and quite honestly I would be happy to see a vid in any of these fandoms. I have suggested music for some fo them, but please don't feel bound by what I've suggested, and I have no qualms about oft-vidded songs, either.

20th Century Boys, Moonrise Kingdom, Byzantium, A Girl Walks Home at Night, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bling Ring, New Horizons )

Thank you, Festividder! I am super excited to see whatever you come up with, for serious.

<3 and vids,

starlady: (crew)
2015-09-08 10:21 am
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The schedule for this year's Festivids has been posted, and nominations start September 24 and are open until October 1. Naturally that's when I'm moving out of my current hemisphere, so I'm going to post now what I'm thinking of nominating so I don't forget:
  • Interstellar
  • Europa Report
  • Ex Machina
  • ???
What are other people nominating?
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
2015-02-18 02:21 pm
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Vid: Tonari no Gamera (Gamera movies, Showa series)

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: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
2015-02-17 09:16 pm
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Vid: All You Need Is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow)

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.


Notes & lyrics )
starlady: Uryuu & Ichigo reenact Scott Pilgrim (that doesn't even rhyme)
2015-02-16 09:56 pm
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Vid: The Call (MST3K 8x20, Space Mutiny)

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.

Notes & lyrics )
starlady: (crew)
2015-02-15 09:09 pm
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Festivids reveals!

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: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
2015-02-03 02:13 pm
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Festivids round 2!

It totally snowed last week, the icon is valid.

In a fortuitous whatever, I came down with a cold the day after Festivids went live and so spent all afternoon yesterday watching more of them. Here are some additional recs without commentary because I am le tired.

Black Swan, The Monster
Black Swan, Everything In Its Right Place
Curse of the Golden Flower, Hue
Maleficent, Augustine
Maleficent, The Hardest of Hearts
Ratatouille, The Walker
Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirrors
Snow White and the Huntsman, A Hazy Shade of Winter
Spy Game, Resolution Road
Transistor, Yellow Flicker Beat
The Triplets of Belleville, Au Port
Van Helsing, Tuning Out

And again, you should all go watch my gift vid, Shake It Off, because it is AWESOME and delightful. "Shake It Off" is clearly the Festivids anthem this year, but in an utterly objective and wholly unbiased decision, I think my gift squeaks in with the best use of the song. (Or does it? Watch all the other Shake It Off vids and decide!)