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26 November 2008 @ 01:05 pm
Because we should own our triumphs as well as our failures/lows  
I should have remembered that fandom 'lows' often come right before the highs... in this case I have bounced back from my slump with something to celebrate. And while I am shy, I'm also too euphoric about this not to share. (And also I *do* think everyone should 'own' their successes when they have them--even though I usually suck at doing so myself.)

sockkpuppett was asked to do a follow-up to her New York Magazine feature last year, by choosing 5 of her favourite 2008 vids to feature in a year-end round up. And she chose Clint Eastwood among them!

Honoured doesn't begin to cover it. It is tremendously exciting to see one of my vids alongside vids from some of my own personal vidding idols. All the vids and vidders featured are amazing and you should totally check them out.

I feel like I'm living a fannish fairytale! :D It's only two years since I began vidding (nearly exactly) and before that there had been a couple of years of watching vids obsessively but never daring to dream I'd make one. Vidding has been an amazing gift to my life because it is my first ever creative 'outlet', I never saw myself as a creative person before, and the personal satisfaction I draw from vidding, even when it is hard, is something that has brought me so much joy.

Like all fairy-tales, I feel this one has a moral or message, or maybe several:
--We all begin somewhere. My first vid was not so flash, but it started me on my path and I know I've come a long way since then both in technique and creatively. So to new vidders out there: you don't know what you're capable of until you try!
--Stick through the tough times. I despaired while making this vid (and others!) many a time. For that, I am grateful to my fannish friends for 'being there', even indirectly. Sometimes being able to share a joke at the end of a long vidding session (even if they didn't know that's what it was) was exactly what I needed to keep going.
--Take a leap of faith (in your beta)! I very nearly bailed on submitting this vid to Vidukon. I'd had to redraft a third of it within the last two days before deadline, and on the deadline day I flung it before supacat to check if it was 'good enough'. (She tried to assure me it was more than that but I was way far gone in despair and did not listen! Betas put up with a LOT. *hugs her*)
--Non-vidders: never be afraid to share your vid bunnies! Without wisteria_ sowing the seed in my head, 'Clint Eastwood' might never have been made.
--Vids have a life of their own once 'released' to the world. I was surprised by the warmth of reception this one received because I had lost all perspective on it myself. But I am delighted. You can't predict these things, all you can do is keep laying stuff down on the timeline, gulping coffee, and listening to your beta. ;)

Thank you also to all my kind and generous friends who left feedback on this or other vids (or to my last oh-so-emo post!), to all the vidders who inspire me, to my boyfriend for being so supportive of my hobby, and to my dog... and um... *gets dragged off stage by awards organisers* ;p
 
 
Current Location: work (sadly)
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
 
 
 
blowjobs for jesus: nonfandom jazzhandskristiinthedark on November 26th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I JUST saw that on talitha78's LJ!

Holy shit, Boppy! That is so frakking COOL! You totally deserve it though, since your videos are so frakking awesome. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
:D :D :D And yours started it all! *G* It is SO appropriate that your comment is first here since my very first vid was for you. *hugs*

I be a happy Bop! \o/
indigo419indigo419 on November 26th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Wow Bop, that is amazing!! *hugs*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you--it seems amazing to me too! :)
counteragent: vids equal joycounteragent on November 26th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh that is so exciting!!!!

I was just watching that vid again the other day (coveted spot on my iTouch. :) and thinking, Jeez, I don't think there ever has to be another Gaius Baltar vid again. This one is enough. Like, there can be, but there doesn't HAVE to be!

Edited at 2008-11-26 02:50 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Hee! Your comment made me giggle and grin with joy. The great thing is there can ALWAYS be more vids, but it's fab that you feel satisfied with this one. Just in case! ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bellydancebop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Whee! \o/ Thank you!
chasa: viddingchasarumba on November 26th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
It's a fab vid and hooray for such a lovely moment in the spotlight!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) I am truly honoured and grateful.
Nora Norwich: Chloe toastnorwich36 on November 26th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
I had to send you virtual champagne, because this is COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY AWESOME. YAY!!!!!! *Twirls you round and round*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, Nora! You are super-awesome for doing that and for noticing so fast when it happened. :D I will enjoy my champagne!
mahaliemmahaliem on November 26th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so happy for you!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! *hugs*
Dionusia: baltar is magic!dionusia on November 26th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
HOORAY! Oh, this is so exciting! I am happy dancing for you. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Wheeeee! *twirls you* I might have danced around the house and beamed a lot. (Such an appropriate icon!)
svgurl: clark smilesvgurl on November 26th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
OMG! That's so amazing! I'm really happy for you! :D

Congrats! *hugs*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!! (That Clark icon is the cutest!!)
Naomi: Chloe squee by hazelsparklefrelling_tralk on November 26th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Thank you! That is one very pretty icon!
The First Evil: Apollo - OMG Yay - sdwolfpupasta77 on November 26th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations!

::throws confetti::

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
Wheeeee! Thank you!
quiet dear I'm blooming within: BSG: Yoga Time with Swami Gaiusturnonmyheels on November 26th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
I was so proud to see your vid in the article. ::hugs you ::
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Gaius dancebop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! *hugs back*
Laura Shapiro: yay!laurashapiro on November 26th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations! And I'm so glad you're feeling better. (:
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! *g* I'm much better on many levels (yay fandom!), and this is the icing on the cake.
jude_judith82jude_judith82 on November 26th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Wow congrats!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
dianora: yaydianora2 on November 26th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
OMG THAT IS AWESOME! Congratulations! And I love that thanks to that there is now a Gaius Baltar tag at nymag.com, LOLOL. You rock.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Hee hee hee! Yeah, I saw that and giggled to! :) (If I'd known I had such powers I would have set out to make them have a Lee Adama one! ;p)
dramaticgrl: Kara/Lee Revelationsdramaticgrl on November 26th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Congrats! That's awesome :D

It's a really great vid
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee dreamybop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
daybreak777: omg yay!daybreak777 on November 26th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
So happy for you! New York Entertainment!!! You deserve all good things, fandom and otherwise. I am so glad your vids are getting recognition!

Yay!!!!!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Thank you, darling! :D :D :D
redteekal: sv7promosideredteekal on November 26th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Way to go Bop! Huge congrats to you...and most warmly deserved too. Just watched Clint Eastwood and somehow you have renewed my flagging interest in BSG. I want to know what happens to Gaius simply because your vid has given me some new perspective on his character. For a character who has always left a somewhat bitter after taste in my mouth that's no easy feat. WELL DONE!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Sixbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
Wow! That's pretty cool that I managed to do that given that my own interest is flagging. ;) I *do* want to know what happens to Gaius though! And I have had a very rocky time with him--I used to hate him, but he's a fascinating construct and I really REALLY want to know what Head!Six's agenda with him is. I developed a lot more compassion for him through vidding him.
Cris: Clois - twirlduskwillow on November 26th, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
Woot! That's fantastic! Congratulations! \o/
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois OTPbop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!
elzedelzed on November 26th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
Bop, that's fantastic news - congratulations!

And I just saw the vid for the first time and I'm not surprised it made the top 5 - what a superb video, and Clint Eastwood is so utterly perfect for Baltar in every possible way (from the English accent to the rhythm of it, the sunshine, the "it's all in my head", christ, the lyrics are made for him). Love the way you edited it, and kpt that reggaeish rhythm going all the way, and it just looks fantastic.

Impressive stuff, ma'am. I don't watch that many vids, but clearly I should do more, because I miss gems like that...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Gaius dancebop_radar on November 27th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! And thanks doubly for the feedback--it's really cool to hear you liked it. The lyrics do seem made for Gaius--I kind of went into meta overdrive for a while in the drafting and hand to tone it back. ;)
Kate: L Word - Shanemskatej on November 26th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations sweetheart!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois kissbop_radar on November 27th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, darling! :)
~*~: bsg: KARAisilweth on November 26th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm very happy for you - you deserve it. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on November 27th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Carol: Smilecarolandtom on November 26th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
That's awesome! Congrats!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on November 27th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! (Hey we have almost the same icon!)
thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on November 26th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Congratulations - I was really pleased to see it there... And it's linked on whedonesque too
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Faithbop_radar on November 27th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! And thanks for letting me know about Whedonesque too!
brokenmnemonic: Big Hugsbrokenmnemonic on November 26th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
I still think this is absolutely awesome news - and, naturally, I'm excited at the thought that I get to chat to a Big Name Vidder on a semi-regular basis, and that I have a Big Name Vidder beta-ing for me ;)

You didn't mention Corin's support in your acceptance speech, though...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on November 27th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Hush you! No Big Name Nothings! :p I'm just me still. That's why I used a particularly dorky icon (supacat once said that one was the most 'like me' in RL!).