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03 February 2007 @ 08:06 pm
Vid: Life for rent  
I am spamming LJ today, it seems. But lo, I have finished a vid! :-)

Title: Life for rent
Song: by Dido
Footage: Friday Night Lights
Character: Tyra
Spoilers: through 1.13
Size: direct download Disclaimer: I threw this vid together on a whim. I'd been suffering from the vidding mopes and needed to free myself up. This song came on, it made me think of Tyra, so I through it down. I greatly enjoyed making it and still enjoy watching it but it is no masterpiece. It's unbetaed, so you have been duly warned!

Notes
The actress who plays Tyra is incredibly talented. On Smallville and the Aquaman pilot she played cold, invulnerable and chilling characters, bringing a real sense of menace to the screen. In Friday Night Lights she is vulnerable and sensitive, but still has an inner strength. She's also supernaturally beautiful and she was a pleasure to vid--I could stare at her for hours!

Tyra is one of my favourite characters on Friday Night Lights and I was delighted to be able to explore all her relationships in this vid. I didn't want this to be a shipper vid because I don't think Tyra is defined by any one relationship. Tyra wants to seize her life and make something of it, despite being stuck in this deadend town. She wears her heart on her sleeve, a characteristic I have always found attractive. She's not a saint, and she knows it, but she also knows that loving herself the way she is is part of buying into her life and making something of it. But she's also prey to the usual human vulnerabilities--particularly where relationships are concerned. She gets angry and frustrated, but she's got a loving heart.

I'm particularly a sucker for Tyra's relationship with her mother. I loved their fairground scene. Apart from the visual candy, I loved the way it subverted the cliche of the fairground date. This 'date' is part of Tyra's commitment to her mother, who also functions as a reflection of part of Tyra herself, something I was able to play with in the vid. She loves her mother, but she is also able to tell her what a loser she is when it comes to men. As Tyra says: 'my worst fear is to become you'. But by loving her mother (and that part of herself) Tyra is succeeding in buying into her own life. Tyra's a character on a journey towards strength and I think that's why I find her so interesting and attractive.

Lyrics
I haven't ever really found a place that I call home
I never stick around quite long enough to make it
I apologize that once again I'm not in love
But it's not as if I mind
that your heart ain't exactly breaking

It's just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

I've always thought
that I would love to live by the sea
To travel the world alone and live more simply
I have no idea what's happened to that dream
Cos there's really nothing left here to stop me

It's just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine


While my heart is a shield and I won't let it down
While I am so afraid to fail so I won't even try
Well how can I say I'm alive

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

But if my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

Cos nothing I have is truly mine

Cos nothing I have is truly mine

Cos nothing I have is truly mine
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Talitha: lexandros talitha pearls3talitha78 on February 3rd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
This is great. The editing is so seamless; it seems effortless, and yet every cut is perfectly right for the music. It was also very easy on the eyes, and easy for me, as a non-viewer of FNL, to understand what you were saying about Tyra's character. I especially liked all of the scenes with her mother.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 3rd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Eee! Thank you! *g* FNL footage was really different to work with because they use a lot of handheld cameras, but I found I could make that work to produce a sort of flowing, natural look... I think! And yes, the scenes with her mum are my favourite too! I think they're where I really hooked into her, and they're so beautiful and expressive.

Thank you for watching! *hugs*
Enderenderwiggin24 on February 3rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
i just jump in to say, I love your song choice :)
otherwise, i cannot tell you vid wise anything, coz i so cannot connect to it since the shows really , i know nothing about it!
but that girl looks great!
/is shallow/
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 3rd, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! And yes, I understand--it's hard if you do not know the show. It was sweet of you to watch anyway! *hugs*
Nora Norwich: Chloe woenorwich36 on February 3rd, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
I can't figure out how to download it. :cries:
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 3rd, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Um, click the sendspace link and scroll down to where there is a red flashing arrow? It points at the link.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on February 4th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you. I looked all over that page and somehow didn't see the link. I was hoping to start downloading before I went shopping, since the predicted download time is 2 hours.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on February 4th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, honey, please don't feel you have to watch it! You don't even watch FNL! You are too good a friend. *hugs*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on February 4th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Of course I'm going to watch your vids! I liked it, even without the context--the song seemed to go really well with the clips, and it does make me want to watch the show, because that main female character in the vid seems very compelling. (I was curious to see how much I would get of the plot without knowing anything going in, too).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tim peasbop_radar on February 4th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
Yay! She IS very compelling! Tyra's one of my favourite characters but there are lots of other characters I like too. The ensemble cast is very strong, which is a real strength of the show. I'm glad that this vid works for people that don't know the show--so far noone that actually watches it has left feedback, *lol*!
blowjobs for jesus: little miss fangirlkristiinthedark on February 4th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Ok. I've never seen this show, you know that. But having said that? I *loved* this. I got a real feel for the character in just a couple minutes, which is awesome. Great job with the pacing and the song choice and just overall YAY.

I'm so happy you're doing this, because obviously you are good at it, and I have a feeling you're just gonna get better. ♥

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on February 4th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Awww, sweetie! You watched it anyway! *bounces* You liked it?! Wheeee!!!

And hey, I saw Little Miss Sunshine last night!!! *squeeeeeeeee* OMG, Olive was SO CUTE! Now all your icons are even more made of win to me! ;-) It was so so funny and adorable--loved it!
blowjobs for jesus: little miss FTW \o/kristiinthedark on February 4th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Yes, I did like it! A LOT! :D And of course I watched it. I totally support you in your vidding endeavors. *nods* I'm just so excited by it all! I'm living vicariously!

And YAY for Little Miss Sunshine! Olive is just THE CUTEST EVER. And, god, that dance? And the song? *loves*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy glowybop_radar on February 4th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh, you are a good friend! *hugs*

The dance!! Oh, god, I never expected that in a million years! I was trying to imagine what it could possibly be throughout the film, but that trumped all. HA! And Miss California bopping away to it was really cute! And when they all got up on stage?! Cuuuute! I really liked Dwayne too. He was hilarious. Especially when he finally spoke and was so concerned for Olive. Definitely 'for the win'!!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on February 4th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Butting in to say that Little Miss Sunshine has quickly risen to the status of one of my favorite films EVER. It's SO damn funny, and I completely heart Olive and Dwayen, and who knew Steve Carell could be so sexy as a gay Proust scholar?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: bop catbop_radar on February 4th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
HA! Yes, Steve was wonderful! It was all just so wonderfully quirky. I loved the scene at the start when he was explaining why he committed suicide. So funny! And I loved Dwayne's vow of silence because I remember feeling like that as a teenager. (My partner really liked Dwayne too because he too had wanted to be a pilot when he was younger but failed the entrance exams. And he even had had the same plane poster in his bedroom! Hee!) And Olive was such an adorable little sprite. The scene with the icecream nearly broke my heart--so I was so pleased they scripted in Miss California saying she ate icecream!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on February 4th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
My favorite scene is where Frank (Steve Carell) tells Dwayne about Proust saying all the years he didn't suffer were a waste, and that high school years are the highest quality suffering.

I think what I love about the film is the everyone in it fails in some spectacular way, but they get through it with each other (without it in any way being sappy or formulaic). And I agree, I was *so* happy Miss California ate ice cream. Though my favorite Olive bit is probably when she dedicates her dance to her grandfather and then tells everyone he's in the trunk of their car. ::Giggles helplessly::
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Hiro \o/bop_radar on February 4th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, that Proust conversation was for the win! High school years ARE the highest quality suffering, I'll testify to that! *still scarred*

Yeah, I loved the way everyone's failures undermined the father's wanky nine steps (reminded me of my management consultant father SO MUCH). Because Dwayne's colourblindness is outside his control, and who would WANT Olive to win that contest?! Yes, the dedication to grandpa in the trunk was brilliant! And I loved Dwayne's flipout about how fucked up the contest was. Bless! And 'I think we can live with that' from Frank at the end.

(I'm posting with Hiro because he's the closest thing to Olive-cuteness!)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on February 4th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
I don't watch FNL (which is crazy cause I love football and pretty men)
Hey, yeah, that IS crazy! Why is that?

Thanks for watching anyway and I'm so glad you 'got' it anyway. YAY! She's very expressive.
brandil on February 4th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous vid!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tim peasbop_radar on February 4th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! An actual FNL watcher! *clings to you*
oxoniensis: fandom: fnl take flightoxoniensis on February 15th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
What a lovely portrait of Tyra! It shows so well how strong she is, yet how fragile at the same time. She's a great character, and I really think you've done her justice here.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy glowybop_radar on February 15th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Thank you! I'm so delighted you watched and enjoyed this and I'm very flattered that you think I did Tyra justice--I agree that she's a wonderful character, combining both strengh and fragility. Thanks for the comment!
lorelei9507 on May 10th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
vid link
Do you think I could get a downloadable version? It looks great.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tim and Jasonbop_radar on May 11th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: vid link
Oh, I'm delighted you like it! Here you go: http://www.sendspace.com/file/d50qfb
lorelei9507 on May 11th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Kass: can't losekassrachel on November 21st, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, this is lovely. It's amazing how young they all look/feel to me now -- this is so clearly a S1 vid, at least for me as a viewer, and I feel like they've all come such a long way since then! But I love the way you've juxtaposed the different people through whom Tyra has tried to define herself -- Tim, Jason, that guy from the oil company whose name I don't even remember anymore, and then her mother, who is a mirror for her in all sorts of ways. Really beautiful. Thank you for this!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on November 21st, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was made during S1, yes, and very much shows that. I can't remember oil dude's name now either! But I'm thrilled it stands up to watching as it's one of my personal favourites--Tyra needed a vid!
magnifica7magnifica7 on June 10th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
The awesomeness of Tyra - you captured her wonderfully!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on June 11th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love Tyra and though this is one of my earliest vids, it is still one of my personal faves.
shadowplays are figments of their own imaginations: the mountains rose up to the skyciaan on August 12th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Awww. I hadn't seen the show yet when you posted this, but I've watched it now and now I've watched the vid! It's a really good portrayal of Tyra. Made me tear up. I've been thinking I should rewatch S1, and this brings it all back. <3
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on August 17th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I love Tyra. Season 1 was such great television. :)
emmiere: Tami Tayloremmiere on November 6th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
What a lovely vid. It took me awhile to love Tyra, but I can't imagine NOT loving her now and everything in this vid is exactly why.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on November 8th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks heaps! Yes, she seemed abrasive to me at first but she grew on me quite quickly and took over my heart--FNL characters sneak up on me like that! :)
m_a_r_i_k_s: OTPm_a_r_i_k_s on October 8th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'm late to this fest, but better late than never!

I can't tell you how much I love this vid! It captures my early fascination with Tyra's character so well. The song you picked will now be forever associated with her, I think. And I hear it quite a lot on the radio :)

My heart kept sinking for Tyra in those scenes after her one night stand at the fancy hotel room, or with Tim not being upfront with her.

As for her relationship with her mother, I think it shows what real concern for the ones you consider family means: what she tells her mother about her boyfriend and her relationships with men in general is not a blackmail; she's willing to call her mother on her shit and at the end of the day the woman is strong enough to take the hit and not take those words personally, she's willing to listen to her daughter and try the best she can - that's a wonderful dynamic to watch.

I also fell for Tyra when she turned Tim down in the fairground sequence. There's just so much vulnerability and bravery in her. She's young and yet very mature in this scene when she chooses not to compromise and not to stay lonely *with* him, but rather face being alone in honesty. Oh Tyra!

Thank you very much to this treat! Your love for the show and this character in particular is captivating to watch. Makes me nostalgic.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL girlsbop_radar on October 8th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this lovely comment! I am always thrilled when someone watches an old vid and especially one like this one that I still love so much myself. :) I am really glad you like the song choice--it kind of came to me instantly as perfect for her, when she was tugging my heartstrings during that one night stand and aftermath with Tim.

she's willing to listen to her daughter and try the best she can - that's a wonderful dynamic to watch.
It is! And such a unique one on TV. I love the way Tyra says to her mother 'I love you SO MUCH but you are so HOPELESS about men'. And I adore her when she takes a swing at the boyfriend. You can see she'd do anything to improve her mother's life and it makes her so frustrated, but not for one moment does her love for her mother waver. It's a hard thing to portray those dual emotions but it's done so beautifully.

And the fairground sequence is just amazing! I agree that it is a very mature choice and it is definitely what helped me fall for Tyra. Sometimes she is very immature and other times she has a wisdom beyond her years. I think it is very believable as a teenager (and even later!) to have two parts like that and to be torn back and forth between them, but I love it when her wiser side comes out. She couldn't be a hypocrite after what she told her mother, and that is very strong.

I would love to make vids for other characters on FNL one day but I have to find the right songs first. :)