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18 May 2008 @ 12:43 am
Vid: Paranoid Android  
Vid: Paranoid Android
Artist: Radiohead
Source: Smallville
Warnings: Spoilers for all episodes including 7.20, adult themes, violence
Acknowledgments: A small army of people helped create this vid: radioreverie initially had the concept way back in January 2006 (and persisted in persuading me to make it!) and provided invaluable development advice throughout, brokenmnemonic gave me hope that I might finish one day, supacat selflessly (since she hates Radiohead) provided meta feedback on a near-finished draft and talitha78 gave me the kind of beta feedback that makes you want to jump around the room with joy. The vid wouldn't be the same without any of them.
Notes: This week we bid farewell to Smallville's Lex Luthor. This is my tribute to Michael Rosenbaum's superlatively nuanced embodiment of the iconic supervillain. I hope that this vid is as open to interpretation as his performance.
Download: from sendspace or direct download (50MB) or streaming at YouTube, BAM or Blip
Lyrics:Please could you stop the noise, I'm trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
What's that, what's that

When I am king you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
What's that, what's that

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking squealing Gucci little piggy

You don't remember, you don't remember
Why don't you remember my name?
Off with his head man, off with his head man
Why don't you remember my name?
I guess he does

Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me
From a great height, from a great height, height
Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me
From a great height, from a great height, height

That's it sir, you're leaving
The crackle of pig skin
The dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
The panic, the vomit
The panic, the vomit
God loves his children
God loves his children, yeah

ETA: If anyone is having trouble playing the file, try this.
ETA2: If you are curious about the making of this vid, I have posted about this here.
 
 
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Paranoid Android, Radiohead
 
 
 
Naomi: Lex/Lionel by MsSullivanfrelling_tralk on May 17th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh that was brilliant, the best Lex video I've ever watched! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you!
Talitha: disprove Lex closeuptilttalitha78 on May 17th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
HAHA. Did you sleep at all?

I'm so excited to see this posted; I can't wait to see the reaction. I will be reccing, just as soon as I get my thoughts together. Squeeeee!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Did you sleep at all?
Umm... :)

Thanks for the last-minute reassurance! You were completely right about the credits.
Everywhere and Nowhereallzugern on May 17th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Dude! OMG. That was unbelievably intense. Absolutely brilliant. I'm kinda speechless. I'm gonna have to watch it over and over again.

LEX!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
:D :D :D

Oh, I'm so excited you liked it! Speechless is great!
serenography: LexNoirserenography on May 17th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
BOPPY! You have really outdone yourself with this one! It was a long download, but TOTALLY worth it. I was sitting there in awe of the whole "rain down" sequence, but then it smacked you in the face with that incredibly fast and well-cut closing sequence. You really did a wonderful job of showing Lex's descent and embracing of his cold, dark side - but still showing us some of his own conflicted feelings about the things he's done.
Truly amazing vid - and a lovely and outstanding tribute to our Lex Luthor. Bravo!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
It's ridiculously long, yes. I spent 3 months cursing myself for tackling a six-minute vid, but ... it was so perfectly Lex, someone had to vid it.

You really did a wonderful job of showing Lex's descent and embracing of his cold, dark side - but still showing us some of his own conflicted feelings about the things he's done.
Oh good! Well I wanted it to be as true to the show as possible and Lex has clearly had conflicted emotions right up until the end--it was important to keep that present.

Thank you!
Vicki: descendedmyownghost on May 18th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
"superlatively nuanced" is right, and this video shows exactly why it's right. wow, powerful.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
YAY! Thank you! I'm so glad it worked for you.
Heather: B/W Lex by violetsmilesmiss_tress on May 18th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I want to write you a long, flowery piece of prose to let you know how awesome this vid is and how much I liked it.

But I can't.

I can tell you that it actually made me a cry a bit. That's how moving this was.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Wow. That's amazing! Thank you.
mystical van of doom: sv lexvoldything on May 18th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm utterly blown away, omg this is so beyond perfect I don't think there are words!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
:) Wow, that's awesome! I'm so glad it worked for you.
tariel22: lex-darkness is comingtariel22 on May 18th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Hi! talitha78 led me here, and I'm so glad she did! What an amazing vid! Incredibly intense, it swept me up and left me spent, truly. When Lex's eyes first welled with tears, I found tears in my own, and by halfway through I was weeping. I actually found myself gasping at some of the images you included, and recoiling at others. What a fitting tribute not only to the tortured journey Lex has been on during these past seven years, but also to Michael's incredible performance as this compelling, impossibly complicated, brilliant character.

I'm blown away by your obvious skill in creating this vid, and I'm sure I don't realize the half of it. The sheer number and emotional impact of the images you chose is stunning, and the way they are interwoven with both the music and the lyrics of the song is masterful. Thank you so much for making this, and for sharing it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much for the lovely feedback! I do understand what you mean about recoiling from some images--I think I made it deliberately 'ugly' in some places because I feel that Lex's internal world, the reality he lives in, is ugly and harsh and that's partly why he retreats into both humour and determined power-seeking. But I don't want to push my reading too hard--I mostly want people to find their own Lex in this vid, if that makes sense.

Your feedback has warmed my heart and reassured me that I hit my target with this vid. Thank you!
Becky: oh lex you used to be awesome :(sadface on May 18th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
*_____*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
*hugs you tight*
Semi-Obsessive Me: viddingsol_se on May 18th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
WOW. That was just STUNNING!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) And thank you for the rec as well! *bounces*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hee! Flailing is flattering, I think. Though I seem to have created rather a lot of that... *glances around comments section anxiously*

I love your description of what you saw in the vid and I would LOVE to read your tl;dr thoughts!

our Lex, for all that he is, won't ever be able to escape his destiny
I know. *sniffle* I am really glad that came through--I wanted to capture that inescapability and the way Lex feels trapped at the same time that he actively embraces his destiny as an empowering move.

in so many ways it hurts. (and I mean that as the highest compliment)
*nods* Thank you! I can't say I'm 'glad' that it hurts because I'm not as sadistic as this vid might imply. ;) But I do think Lex's journey is tragic and it hurts and so the fact that this vid does too makes me feel I've made it true to Lex.
Satu: lex luthorlexandros on May 18th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Here via talitha78. It's great when a vidder makes you think of both the song and the source material in a totally new and different light. This is truly an amazing vid. Thank you for sharing! :)

p.s. Leeeeeeeeeeeeeex!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams* I'm delighted you got something fresh from this vid. Lex is such a well-known and much-discussed character--it's hard not to tread old water--so it's great that it gave you something new. Thanks for commenting!
Cris: Lex - darknessduskwillow on May 18th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeee K!
That vid is mind blowingly good!
It's brutal and so brilliant and layered as Lex himself!
And it works so well with the song, fantastic editing!
*thud*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Your icon is perfect too! *flails* (How good was that balcony rain scene? We both milked it!)

SO HAPPY you liked it, Cris! *twirls you*
daybreak777: sunrisedaybreak777 on May 18th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, wow, Bop! That was devastating. Whoa, I have difficulty coming up with a favorite part. Too many. :-) I think Lex walking down a hall in silhouette, or glimpses of Alexander, or the moments when he seemed hurting rather than simply evil. You really gave us glimpses behind the mask with this one.

I love that it has so much movement and energy! Better and better, you keep getting.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, DB! I'm delighted you managed to watch it so soon.

You really gave us glimpses behind the mask with this one.
It's fascinating hearing from a Season 7 viewer because it reminds me that we don't get to see behind the mask these days. We used to. In fact, there was a time when Lex was my pov character--and the pov character of a LOT of viewers. He was very sympathetic. I still find him sympathetic but only because I've been on that journey with him. But he pulled the mask down and we don't get to see his pain as often as we once did. In some ways it's easier because I'm not in his pain any more, but in other ways it's sad because it means he's out of reach... :(

I am glad you feel you got glimpses with this vid, though that wasn't my primary intention. I could have easily made a vid that 'woobied' Lex, but I tried to, instead, take the viewer inside his world. I hope that makes sense.

Better and better, you keep getting.
More and more like Yoda, you become! :p (Thank you!)

(no subject) - daybreak777 on May 19th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
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i was always like thisbionic on May 18th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
UMMM...WOW. That was amazing and beautiful and kickass. I'm kinda speechless right now, and can't leave proper feedback, but. just.

WOW!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! Yay! Speechlessness is great. I'm so excited this vid had such an impact.
Lola L.: lex funerallola_thursday on May 18th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Just wonderful. I've listened to that song with Lex in mind so many times. To so it as such a masterful vid is beyond exciting! Wonderful editing, fascinating choices for organization. I am going to have to watch it a ton more times before a more concrete (coherent) response, but for now, WOW!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on May 18th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Eee! *excited* Thank you so much for the feedback and for reccing the vid as well. :D :D I am so excited to hear from someone who has thought of this song as a 'Lex' song and thrilled that you felt the vid delivered. I have long considered it to be one of the 'ultimate' Lex Luthor songs--but it took a lot of courage to tackle it myself because I didn't consider myself 'ready' for such a big vid. But someone needed to vid it! That 'when I am king' lyric is Lex, Lex, Lex 100%!
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Go Speedster or Go Homelexalicious70 on May 18th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I would love to see this vid, but for some reason neither file is downloading correctly. Could you help me out? Thanks!
oboros: Lex: kindness killsoboros on May 18th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
click on the help in media player (it was the red X for me...) and it takes you to install the DivX codex to play it. Then open up the DivX player and watch the video in that. DivX Player 6.8.1
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oboros: Lex: kindness killsoboros on May 18th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
over here from lola_thursday's rec. WOW ! That was amazing. This is definately defining Lex for us, from the beginning to the end of his Smallville-life. Thank you, well done. I know I'll watch this over & over (I love this song, as well)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on May 19th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for watching and commenting! I'm delighted you enjoyed the vid (though I know it's painful in places). I was pretty nervous vidding both Lex and Radiohead given how well-loved they both are.
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Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blog: Chloe and Lanabofoddity on May 18th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Saw various recs and followed them here. I wish I had some detailed thoughts, but this was really amazing, a perfect study of how Lex was like and how he developed into who he is, and you did it in a way that made me feel both intense sympathy for his suffering and awe over his magnificence in the end. The "rain down" scene was especially memorable. Perfect tribute to Rosenbaum and Lex both.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on May 19th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
made me feel both intense sympathy for his suffering and awe over his magnificence in the end
Eeeee! BEST comment yet! Thank you! \o/

I'm glad you liked the 'rain down' sequence: it was one of the first things I was clear about in my plan, then became my most hated section and then got redeemed near the end of the process. I like it now too, which seems a miracle given how long I agnosied over it. ;)

Also, I hope you don't mind me friending you on a whim: your default icon is too brilliant! (And no, I didn't just friend you for that--your journal looks interesting. *g*) No need to friend back--like you I'm easy with friending.
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Clare: lex - I'm FINEblisstasteful on May 18th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, just....

I'm all teary and ... stunned
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex crazy for lovebop_radar on May 19th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Awww. *hands you tissues*
I think that's good? Lex is pretty intense subject matter. *nods*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on May 18th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I had to come into work this morning so I got a chance to download this, and....DAMN. I'm still speechless and reeling and crying a little. I think I'm going to have to watch this multiple times to really get all the layers and levels of meaning--all I can say right now is it completely blew me away.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex crazy for lovebop_radar on May 19th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
*glomps* NORA! \o/ Thank you for watching and YAY that you liked it. I was nervous to know how you would find it.

I seem to be rendering people speechless with it. I've been waiting for someone to comment in a meta-y way but so far nothin'. *giggles* Don't worry--I don't really mind. It's just that as the vidder I was hyperconscious of Lex meta and general Smallville meta while vidding, and while I didn't want this to be a meta vid, I kind of forgot that it would be emotional. ;) Silly, I know! I'm glad it seems to be hitting the right note for people--I felt like it was a very risky endeavour.

I will be making a post about the process of making it and what I learned both as a vidder and at a meta level if you are curious.
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Kiki: Evillapetite_kiki on May 18th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
That was very intense!
Awesome vid!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 19th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
redteekal: Apocalypseredteekal on May 19th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
YOU ROCK!!!
Only just watched it and want to give a more thorough run down of my thoughts on it but initial reaction - one of the most well done (quite possibly THE BEST) Lex vids I have ever seen.
I was so hoping someone talented would do this tribute and YES my wish came true. One 4 second part that stood out was the scene at 1.48 to 1.52...you've clipped two scenes together there that really resonated with me, starts with Lex swinging round incredulous, Clark blocking and breaking concrete ceiling with his back, protecting Chloe and the expression on Lex's face that you've chosen to use there just slides in beautifully...I mean the editing and scene choice of the whole amazing 6.37 minutes was sublime but that stood out at first glance...for me anyway.
Definitely reccing this on my LJ if you don't mind :-)))

Edited at 2008-05-19 02:12 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on May 19th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for the glowing praise! :) And thank you for reccing. I'm delighted this worked so well for you. :)

It's also always great to hear which parts are viewers' favourites--you picked one of my favourite bits as well. I love that expression on Lex's face--it's such a beautiful shot of him.
CapnZebbie: Luthor familycapnzebbie on May 19th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
This is fantastic, boppy! The song choice is so brilliant: When I am king you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
--Perfect for Lex, and perfect that you made both Clark and Lionel the targets of that statement.

Your editing is wonderful--the scenes go perfectly with the movement of the music and with the words. It's hard to say what my favorite bit is, but on the first couple of viewings I really like the part with the piano. The way the video moves with the syncopation of the guitar accompaniment, Lex's hands on the piano in perfect rhythm (excellent timing!), the quick cuts between the bloody hands on the piano and the bloody fights between Clark and Lex--WOW WOW WOW! It's just amazing!

Another part that really struck me was the section with the quick cuts between the blood rain and the blood dripping on Lex's head--very cool!

I love the bleak and violent story you tell here. Lex is doomed; because of that, the world is doomed. And I don't see Clark as the savior of either Lex or the world here--he's just another obstacle in the way of Lex's destiny. So cool!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex showdownbop_radar on May 19th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Perfect for Lex, and perfect that you made both Clark and Lionel the targets of that statement.
Yay! :) I'm glad it worked for you--I love that lyric and it was SO much fun to vid to.

I really like the part with the piano
Yay! I like that bit too. :) I was so excited about being able to use that.

between the blood rain and the blood dripping on Lex's head--very cool!
Another bit that I was really excited about. :)

I love the bleak and violent story you tell here. Lex is doomed; because of that, the world is doomed. And I don't see Clark as the savior of either Lex or the world here--he's just another obstacle in the way of Lex's destiny. So cool!
Your description is very cool. *nods* I think that's how it feels from inside Lex's world, which is where I was trying to take the viewer, so I'm thrilled you 'got' that.
Melissa: Across the Wayradioreverie on May 19th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
Hey darling, I'm in Dallas right now and I can't WAIT until I can download the final version of this and comment. I'm SO glad this video finally got made. It's been begging to be made for years! And I'm so glad you were the one to do it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on May 20th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
*hugs* It is so cool that you found the initial conversation where you fed me the idea. January 2006?!!! That's amazing! Thank you for trusting me with your idea.