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06 September 2008 @ 06:25 pm
Vids: show me your heart  
My dear friend daybreak777 is learning to vid. It is a very exciting time for her and I have enjoyed reliving my own first baby steps in vidding through her. We have talked a lot about vidding recently, and particularly why certain vids appeal to us. It's a very hard thing to define, but the best explanation I can give is: I like vids with heart.

A vid can transport me into another world, it can take me inside a character's journey, it can show me a particular source through the vidder's eyes--no matter what it's aim is, what matters to me is whether I can feel the heart of the vidder in that vision. It's not clumsy tech or lack of effects that will leave me unmoved, it's lack of passion. Of course this is subjective--sometimes a vidder's passion doesn't translate for me--but if it's true to its inspiration, then I believe that it will translate for someone out there. Which is one of the things I love most about vidding.

daybreak777 wrote her own post in tribute to vids with heart so I am following in her footsteps here.

Of course there are many vids that have heart, and they can take many forms. I usually rec them! These are some that I have not previously recced that have touched me recently--in a wide variety of ways.

Vids that surprise
I love watching vids of source material I do not know because when they translate well, the sense of getting an insight into the particular vidder's passion is so strong. The following vids drew me in hypnotically without any particlar prior interest in their source material:

destina's To Touch the Face of God is an amazing unique vid in tribute to space exploration, drawing on a wide range of sources including archival footage. It is soaring and moving--I get sucked in every time, though space and the drive to explore it has never been something I've understood easily.

Tanglewood Tree by charmax fascinated me so much I went out and watched Fingersmith, the mini-series it is based on. It is a perfect teaser for the series, which I greatly enjoyed.

I must include in here a vid that I have found a surprise favourite for the year so far: obsessive24's Piece of Me. It's a vid about Britney Spears and yet I love it! LOVE it. *still in shock*

Vids with attitude
'Statement' vids aren't always my thing, no matter how valid I find the statement they are making. But this one really worked for me. It didn't labour its point too much and it packed a really strong punch.

lierdumoa's How Much Is That Geisha in the Window? exposes Firefly's racism. I love Joss but I do have racial issues with his shows and this has a very valid point to make about Joss's world construction in Firefly. The *heart* in this vid is all the more present because we get to hear the vidder's own voice.

Vids that do justice to things I love
m_a_r_i_k_s epitomises a vidder with heart, for me. I feel punched in the gut by everything she makes--in the good way. But The Ledge holds a special place in my heart because it's about Lee, and I know how hard it is to vid him--and vid him well.

On the lighter end of the scale, buffyann's Le Manege captures the gloriously sweet romance of Ned and Chuck from Pushing Daisies with perfect panache.

Vids that make me laugh
Laughter is a great way to share one's heart with someone else, and in terms of vids I find that laughter is a good way to overcome barriers with fandoms I don't particularly like. Which, if you don't know me at all, are principally SPN, SGA and Torchwood. There. I said it. ;p

Little known fact: I am very VERY fond of comedic Supernatural vids! Dislike of the show is no impediment! These are fabulous:
- Dean's Overture by Dragonfly
- Safety Dance by barkley and destina
- Fit But You Know It, Things that make you go 'hmm' and Birdhouse by deirdre_c

Vids that make me want to dance
Well, vids that are about dance, really. I'm a total sucker for them. I love watching dance and I think dance in itself, as an expression of the dancer's 'self', provides an extra layer of 'heart'. Vividcon 2008 provided two of them:
- Dance With Me by chasarumba--a celebration of ballroom dancing movies, including Austrlia's own Strictly Ballroom. With sparkles!
- Starlight by buffyann, an action-packed explosion of aspiration in dance.

Vids that just take my breath away
I'm not sure if there's anyone out there that hasn't seen lim's In Exchange for Your Tomorrows, but for sheer imaginative vision, I'm not sure it can be beaten. It's been much recced, but it's totally deserved.

Vids for other people
Finally, vidding for other people is damn hard, but there's still something special about a vid that has been made not because it's the vidder's own passion but because it's their friend's. I would never have started vidding at all if it hadn't been for someone else: vidding for kristiinthedark gave me the courage to keep going because I knew she would appreciate it. Like me, daybreak777's early motivation to vid was to make a vid for a friend. And DB, I was so proud to be able to help you with Broken (a Gaius/Gaeta vid--and there should be more of those!). You poured so much love into it, hon, and it shows. :)
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redteekal: Clark Odyssey by Miss Sullivanredteekal on September 6th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Ahhhh Boppy vid recs...these posts are rare but when they come they are always appreciated! Have checked out your Spn comedy ones - Dean's Overture and Safety Dance (already got Things that make you go hmmm)and yes they made me laugh out loud and grin at the silliness! Also...refreshed my anticipation for Season 4...wonder when it starts up again..

lim is sooooo talented that I think I'd watch ANY fandom and any vid by her....but this one? The best Snape vid evah!!

Thanks for posting!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
:) I'm so glad you like my recs! I fondness for SPN comedy vids is RIDICULOUS. But they do delight! And yes, lim is INSANELY talented.

Your icon! *fans self*
blowjobs for jesuskristiinthedark on September 6th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
Oh, excellent! I've been in the mood for vids! :)

p.s. the idea that vidding for me gave you courage is just about the best thing ever. I will always hold that vid close to my heart. You just have OODLES of talent, Boppy!

Edited at 2008-09-06 11:40 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, you really did give me courage! I don't think I could have made a vid for myself to begin with, I would have just flailed around. But vidding for you gave me focus. I look back on it now and think it is clunky, but I still am fond of it because it came first. :)
daybreak777: GaetaBaltardaybreak777 on September 6th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yay, you posted! I LOVE vids with heart. It's so fun, I keep rewatching my own recs. That's one of the best parts of making recs lists. All your faves in one place.

So I rewatched some of these yesterday. Piece of Me is simply addictive. Song is in my head today. Britney's eyes just haunt you in that vid. She's so young. I can't wait to watch the space ones and dancing ones you've recced above too.

Thanks for pointing me toward How Much is that Geisha in the Window. I think I might like statment vids. There aren't many I've seen in fandoms I'm familiar with. I just like that some vidders are thinking about important issues like race, gender and class in vids. Our shows can be so pretty but there is more going on than that!

Thanks also for holding my new vidder's hand and encouraging me to vid. Yes, making it for a friend inspired me, but your squee and feedback helped me over some of the rough spots. Vidding is hard work, but look at the results!

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee solacebop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
You are so right. Actually a lot of these vids are ones that I had been keeping in a 'to rec' folder and I'd not found a way to squish them all into one post yet. ;) Dance vids and comedy SPN? Hard to combine.

Piece of Me is hypnotic!

I just like that some vidders are thinking about important issues like race, gender and class in vids. Our shows can be so pretty but there is more going on than that!
You're right. I like that too.

Thank you for brightening my days of late!
bradcpubradcpu on September 6th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking a lot about this and... well, actually I think I'll make my own post. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Your post delights me! Especially since it prompted so many vidders to respond. It is great to get this insight into cons and the way vids are viewed. I am not sure cons are for me. ;) (Which, hey, is not a problem since I am far away and talentless! :p)
bradcpubradcpu on September 7th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
You're hardly talentless. :P And based on the reaction to Southside, I'd say cons are definitely for you.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Faith darkbop_radar on September 7th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh don't listen to me! I think I just have that malaise that comes on one when a) starting a new and challenging vid that seems insurmountable and b) watching a lot of extremely well executed vids above one's talent level. It will pass. :) I am very happy Southside looked ok at VVC--really, that is very encouraging!
Charmaxcharmax on September 6th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec of "Tanglewood Tree"! I've watched all but one of these vids which I shall have to go remedy now.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
It has haunted me so much! I have actually seen Fingersmith vids before, but none prompted me to watch the source the way yours did--that is wonderful.
buffyannbuffyann on September 6th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
hee! thanks for the recs ! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bellydancebop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Oh, yeah, you are on there twice! *realises belatedly*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on September 6th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this post, especially since there were a few vividcon vids I had read about but meant to track down, and hadn't kept track of the posts so I forgot what they were. (To Touch the Face of God and How Much is that Geisha in the Window, specifically). And I hadn't heard of a lot of these, and they sound fun for the next time I am goofing off at work.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair yelloqbop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, those are must-sees I think! And I hope you enjoy the others--there is lots of feel-good in this post.
Naomi: Freema/David by who_lovefrelling_tralk on September 6th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Sally Sparrow coffeebop_radar on September 6th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on September 7th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I too am just trying on the vidding hat and I'm completely clueless, so these recs are much appreciated. (Something else for us to have marathon posts over daybreak!)

Lately I've been really into BSG crack!vids and I have to give a huge shoutout/rec to boom_queen's Speed Racer parody. Not only is it funny, but it's pretty damn sexy at the end too.

Also, speaking of being sort of pulled into new areas of fandom by friends, I've been watching Smallville on DVD and though I have a lot of problems with the show, I decided to write a Clois fic for a friend of a friend. I just watched Season 6.10 Hydro. I really enjoyed your meta on the episode Boppy. I'll have to check back here as I continue on.
daybreak777: found my pathdaybreak777 on September 8th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Something else for us to have marathon posts over daybreak!
I love our marathon posts! So if you want to have some with vid recs, let's do it!

My eyes are a bit tired, though. Pesky limits of human body. How can one stop when there are so many beautiful vids and fics? I have not figured out the answer to this question. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois Crimsonbop_radar on September 9th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Ohh, another newbie vidder?! Exciting! (I would indoctrinate everyone into the cult of vidding, if I could! *g*)

I think I've seen that vid, but will double check when I get home.

And wow, Clois fic?! YAY! there is too little of it out there. I'm happy that you liked my meta--I tend to go a little bit crazy when SV digs up Clois eps for me. :D
bofoddity on September 7th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
OMG so many recs! Piece of Me is still one of my favorite vids of the year, too. I was so sure that the real person factor would be too much for me, but it was too brilliant in the end. I'd like to use it to educate people about how everything may not be Britney's own fault.

I personally love statement vids a lot, mostly because I personally think a vid can make a point about something in a way words, music and pictures alone don't, so thank you for the "How Much Is That Geisha in the Window?"-rec! I like Whedon's stuff, but it's full of disturbing elements that aren't always addressed, especially when it comes to Firefly. I don't know if you've seen it, but giandujakiss's Origin Stories is a take on how characters of color are represented in Angel/BtVS, and it really shook me the first time I saw it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Faith darkbop_radar on September 9th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you like the recs. :)

I have seen 'Origin Stories' but it didn't quite work for me. However, the message that it was intended to convey is definitely a valuable one (agreed: Joss is a good writer, but he has some real blind spots!) and I think it's great that people make such vids.
Enderenderwiggin24 on October 1st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
oh, I have meant to ask for a while!
and you are the perfect prey to poke into :DDD

//Firefly's racism//
why is this show suppose to be more racistic than others?!?!?

coz if its about main characters being white , I mean, just as a rough guess, I feel like 80% of all popular TV shows have somehow whiteish people playing the main characters, and surely, not 80% of US population is white?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya Raibop_radar on October 2nd, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: oh, I have meant to ask for a while!
I don't really think anyone is saying that Firefly is more racist than any other show. At least I haven't heard anyone argue that. Pointing out the racism in one show doesn't mean there isn't racism in others. In VVC this year it wasn't the only vid about race--there was also 'White America' which featured SPN, BTVS and Veronica Mars.

I think the reason this vidder singled out Firefly was because they wanted to expose a particularly insidious aspect of the racism in FF. Joss appropriated Asian culture for the world-building but didn't write in any Asian characters that weren't serf-like or prostitutes. While other shows may be racist in the casting, they don't necessarily steal the cultural attributes of races they're unwilling to actually cast.

But I totally agree--white actors/characters dominate in most US shows.
Enderenderwiggin24 on October 6th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
white actors/characters dominate in most US shows
seems like too true, hackthis is currently massively angry about this, phueeeeww
A $0.50 rant on Racism in True Blood, Chocolate News and the US Presidential Campaign

I think, i would feel different, if I were an Asian in America, but thus, I am an Asian in Germany, and we are here such a minor minority compared to 4 million Turkey people, we don't appear even on most statistics, let alone on TV.

But I still do not really understand, why do you consider it stealing of cultural attributes , because the asians are servants or whores? (I had to use a dictionary to know what serf meant *g*).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on October 6th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: white actors/characters dominate in most US shows
Ok, wow. I see that hackthis is very angry but I kind of disagree with her--I absolutely love the character she's talking about and I fangirl her heaps. (But then I like angry, outspoken, tough girls!) If Tara was only outspoken about race, then I'd find her a cliche, but she is forthright about sexism and other prejudices as well--she's just a 'take a no bullshit' character. I like her regardless of race--I would definitely like her if she was a white character because she has several of the aspects I hook into with female characters (outspoken, socially awkward, tough but sensitive underneath, difficult childhood...) Anyway... that's off the topic I guess.

why do you consider it stealing of cultural attributes , because the asians are servants or whores?
Sorry! Longer explanation required. They are two separate things. In Firefly universe (set in the future), they made Mandarin be the global language of trade (which is cool because it certainly is spoken widely). The general idea was that globalisation had happened to such an extent that Asian culture dominated--there's an argument that it would, given the relative population figures. So rather than having traders use English as a common language, they use Mandarin. Then culturally, they have concubines (one of the main cast is one) and there are a lot of echoes of geisha culture in the way they portray them: including things like the tea ceremony and the sorts of robes worn. There are lots of little Asian cultural touches (paper umbrellas, mandarin-collared jackets, etc) in the show. To be honest, I never thought much about that, probably because I like Asian aesthetics and it seemed 'cool'. But the vid made me think twice because it points out that there is only one Asian character who actually has a line in Firefly. So, although they have used the culture to build the world, they have all these white (or black American) characters using them. I don't think that's a problem alone, but combine it with their being *no* sympathetic Asian characters, and them having no power within the plot and it does start to look like Orientialism/imperialism.
Enderenderwiggin24 on October 14th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
so , its like a mash up culture :D
i meant to get back to this, but my inbox kept getting larger and larger :D

so, this whedon guy used several things from asian cultures to build his future world, but most characters would not be asians. well, its still US TV, right?
isnt it comparable to e.g. Japanese animes, where the stories are suppose to play in some strange future, sometimes in Japan, but like NONE of the characters are really asian, but mostly white, with all kinds of rainbow haircolor *g* ?

kind of making me remember in my youth, I was watching ST Deep space 9, and there were those Ferengis, that I totally adored, coz I totally thought them to be funny, all mercenaries and greedy and cunny and sly bastards, and then later, when i was all grown up, I learned that they were accused of being showing the ugly racistic face of America, coz they were suppose to represent the Japanese (asian) economic power in those early 90s over USA. and haha, omg, really kind of true, they also had chop sticks, that only the ferengis were using :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on October 18th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Re: so , its like a mash up culture :D
Yes, quite like that, yes! *nods* Except that Whedon is much lauded for the supposed positive politics in his shows, so it's more hypocrtical than the Jap animes, which don't pretend to be 'politically correct'.

I too was clueless about the Ferengis--once someone pointed it out, I could see it, but I had always just found them slightly annoying and/or funny, without thinking they were commentary on anything.