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03 January 2008 @ 08:06 pm
2007 vidding meme  
First off, thank you to everyone who sent me Christmas cards, and to snarkist for her OMG!AWESOME mix CD, which I am pouring over right now. (*hugs* You rock!) The mail's been slow here so I keep getting cards every day. *bounces* At this rate, Christmas will last til Easter... :)

I also got b'day prezzies in the form of fic! daybreak777 posted the first part of a very intriguing BSG fic called Circuit and smact46 wrote me a little Kara/Lee ficlet. I am very lucky. *g*

And it's not a present, but it may as well be because it's so scrummy and because I got to beta it... brokenmnemonic posted a lovely new Kara/Lee vid.

I wasn't going to do this, but I got inspired by boom_queen's 2007 vid rec post and bradcpu's 2007 round-up, as well as bananainpyjamas's post (from which I snagged the format). Also, I'm procrastinating.


Videos I made this year:
Jan
Feb
Life for rent (FNL, Tyra character study)
Like a friend (Smallville, Clark/Lex)
March
April
Road rage (BSG, Kara/Lee)
May
Southside (BSG, all pilots)
June
July
Aug
Sept
Middleman (BSG, Lee character study)
Oct
Nov
Samson (Smallville, Clark/Lana)
Dec

Total vids: 6

I'm happy with the number of vids I made, considering it was my first full year as a vidder. I didn't feel very productive at the time though... for 2008, I'd be happy with another 6 vids if the quality was a lot better. Or alternatively, I could just go for quantity... :D

My favourite video this year (of my own):
Middleman. I put most into it, it means the most to me at all sorts of levels--emotionally, meta-wise, intellectually, creatively. The fact that I actually completed it is a serious mark of my creative dedication, given how I've traditionally bailed on anything creative the minute it felt 'hard'.

My least favourite:
Like a Friend. It sucks that my least favourite vid is my Clex vid, but there you go... I was never satisfied with how this turned out--a case of biting off more than I could chew too early in my vidding career, I believe.

Most successful video:
Southside. I was blown away by the reaction to this vid and I believe it garnered the most recs. But 'successful' is subjective: Middleman scored a great many comments as well, and the depth of the feedback made it feel like a real success even if the audience was more limited. I was suprised to see that Like a friend has been played almost as many times on imeem as Southside. And Samson brought me a wider audience--it's done well on YouTube (*lol*).

Video most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Life for rent. What can I say? I know it's a very simple vid, but I love Tyra and I made this vid so fast that I never get sick of watching it. It's my little private treasure, and I still mourn the loss of the fcp file that meant I couldn't submit it to Vividcon...

Most fun video to make:
Southside, Southside, Southside! I started it as my 'light' distraction from Middleman, and ended up discovering a love of action vidding. I can't wait to do another action vid. Even in the final stretches (I finished it in a fandom-angst-enduced all-nighter), it was the most enjoyable 'ride'.

Hardest video to make:
Middleman. Words can't even describe the pain. If I gathered together all the meta, LJ comments, and transcripts of IM chats, conversations and internal monologues that I drew on for this vid creatively, they'd be the length of a decent novel, I swear. And if you look at the year summary, you can see how it totally ate the middle of the year for me.

The things I've learnt this year
HAhahahahahhahaha. Pretty much everything I know about vidding I've learnt this year so I don't think I can possibly begin to describe it all. I feel as if I've developed a basic understanding of cutting to the beat (or knowing when it's ok not to) and timing internal movement to the beat or other musical inflections. I've made a start on using cross transitions and fades effectively (in Samson), and I've got ok at playing with speed, movement and existing effects in the source. I *think* I'm ok at basic storytelling and I at least managed to move away from linear work and But I know practically zip about effects and still frighteningly little about some basic technical stuff: I have my method and I stick to that, and I find once I stray away from that the idea that I can vid crumples as fast as a tower of cards...

Things to work on in 2008
Effects. Sigh.
I really want to put in some time reading some vidding meta and practising from some tutorials. I find it really hard to just mess around in FCP without a plan, but I think it would really help to get me to loosen up and learn how to use some effects.

Vid projects I definitely want to get finished this year:
- The all-but-exported Clois vid (*eyes harddrive nervously*)
- BSG 'Unfinished Business' episode-based vid
- The 'Smallville is actually just thinly disguised porn' vid

I have plenty of other vid bunnies nibbling at my brain, including:
- an epic Lex character study (yeah, that could be the 'Middleman' of 2008...)
- a fluffy schmoopy Pushing Daisies vidlet
- the Smallville 'coffee' vid (don't ask! but it's quite far advanced so amusingly enough is probably the only one that will actually be finished)
- a Casino Royale action vid
- the Dead Like Me vid I've always wanted to make (if I get a new harddrive with more space for ripped files).

So for all my talk of wanting to improve and learn in 2008, I might just wind up banging out average but possibly amusing projects. ;) Striking a balance somewhere in between would be good.

Many people have done great round-ups of their favourite vids of 2007. I'd love to do the same, but I wouldn't know where to start really. So I'm putting that on my goals list for 2008--to keep a better record of the vids I watch, give feedback diligently, and post a 'best of' round up in addition to more regular vid rec posts.
 
 
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brokenmnemonic: Clois - Mischiefbrokenmnemonic on January 3rd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so going to have to steal this and do a version on my LJ.

And you rec'd me! Wheeee :D :D :D *hugs* Thank you :)

I think you've had a good year, vid-wise. I know you talk about parts of the year being eaten, and I know I've only watched four of these... but it's noticeable how each vid you make leaps ahead of the others. You talk about having a method and sticking to it, but you actually do vary your method... even if you don't realise it. I think you've definitely got a comfort zone, but what's seriously impressive is that you've stuck with difficult vids and beaten them into submission... and produced awesome work as a result.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on January 3rd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I think you've definitely got a comfort zone
Will you poke me out of it? Someone needs to!

you've stuck with difficult vids and beaten them into submission
I feel like I did that with Middleman. I just need to get my teeth into something new to take things up a notch, I feel.
brokenmnemonic: Leebrokenmnemonic on January 4th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
Will you poke me out of it? Someone needs to!
*starts poking* A comfort zone is a good thing, because it provides the stability to build on... but for all your protestations about not being that creative, you need a challenge. To see, to strive and perhaps to find...

I think what you need to do is make sure that no matter what vid you work on, you sit down with a clear "I want to learn this", even if it's as (relatively) simple as a single new effect or something... A kicker that makes you poke an area you've not worked on before, with that comfort zone of the rest of what you do being familiar enough that you can do it well without stressing.

I feel like I did that with Middleman. I just need to get my teeth into something new to take things up a notch, I feel.
Ditto. I do get the faint feeling that you're a little worried about biting off more than you can chew, but at the same time you don't want to stick with the comfortably familiar. You know what it's like... sometimes you really do need to beard Kara Thrace in her den and make her face uncomfortable truths, but sometimes you just need to sidle up sideways to the idea that sex in the CIC needs a practise run on the hangar deck first...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on January 4th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
no matter what vid you work on, you sit down with a clear "I want to learn this", even if it's as (relatively) simple as a single new effect or something...
That's a good suggestion and raises the interesting point that I don't even know what it is I don't know. i.e. I can't always tell when people have used effects, or why they have, and I don't know what they're called or where I might find them.

you're a little worried about biting off more than you can chew
Well I've done that before... so yes. I am scared. It ended in dissatisfaction. I'm discovering there's a real art to picking a vid that's at an appropriately challenging but not ridiculously hard level.

You know what it's like... sometimes you really do need to beard Kara Thrace in her den and make her face uncomfortable truths, but sometimes you just need to sidle up sideways to the idea that sex in the CIC needs a practise run on the hangar deck first...
*lol* umm, you lost me somewhere, but it was somewhere amusing! ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on January 3rd, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
I think you've definitely got a comfort zone
Will you poke me out of it? Someone needs to!

you've stuck with difficult vids and beaten them into submission
I feel like I did that with Middleman. I just need to get my teeth into something new to take things up a notch, I feel.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on January 3rd, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh noes! Confused viewing of BSG could lead to ... confusion.

There is an abundance of wonderful BSG vids, regardless of ship/character. Who's your favourite and I'll rec you something? :) (I'm not that surprised if K/L's not your thing.)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on January 4th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, why not?
Hmm... I think their melodrama might drive you a bit bonkers and you'd want to slap both their heads together and tell them to get over themselves? (That could be the wine talking.) Also, y'know. Het. ;p

Roslin's pretty fab. The strong female character thing, especially a more mature female character, is a serious drawcard for me too, and don't worry, I will shush on the spoiler or random whinge front. ;)

Let's see... my favourite Roslin vid is 'There' by gwyn_r (it's available on her website and it's SO worth getting her password if you don't have it--she's an awesome vidder!).
bradcpubradcpu on January 3rd, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to do another action vid
I can't wait for you to do one, either!

*waiting*

*tapping foot*

You've learned a staggering amount about vidding this year.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jamie whateverbop_radar on January 3rd, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! :D The weird thing is that although I loooved action vidding, I rarely get action vid bunnies and when I do they seem so frivolous. Like, is it REALLY ok to just have a whole bunch of shots of hot people hitting each other and explosions?! Wait until I find meta in the Casino Royale vid... *rotfl*

I need to learn more. :(
anna: yays!snarkist on January 3rd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
YAYS! I'm glad it showed up, and not too late, in the overall scheme of things. And I'm so glad you're liking the mix so far! That especially means something coming from someone that I think of as having good taste in music. *g* Enjoy the tunes! *hugs*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Radioheadbop_radar on January 3rd, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Yes, not too late and I really appreciated the snow image on the front--in our bake-y hot summer, it made me yearn for snowball fights. ;)

There are a couple of tracks on there that I didn't know before and others that I haven't paid much attention to before so the mix is highlighting things to me in a new way--always good! I should write you a proper email about it. *resolves* *nods*
hp5angst: cheers 3hp5angst on January 4th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I will certainly be looking forward to your Smallville projects. 6 in one year congratulations! And cheers to more in 2008.

I enjoyed reading your vidding meme and thoughts its a nice inspirational story. Do feel free to talk about vidding in the future (and rec-ing). :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on January 4th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Ohh, thank you! It's nice to hear that these things aren't completely boring... they do feel a little self-indulgent. ;) But I do intend to rec more in the future, and I love talking vidding.