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15 June 2009 @ 12:42 pm
Vid: DLZ  
Special note: This vid exists thanks to the amazing generosity of counteragent and her donation to the Red Cross appeal for the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires. The Victorian government has pledged to rebuild the affected communities and a Royal Commission is underway to investigate the fires. The bush is recovering speedily with new growth rising from the ashes thanks in part to recent (very welcome) rain. On the personal front, I recently saw a car driving through Melbourne with posters stuck to the windows that read 'Thank you from the survivors of the Marysville fires'. I would also like to thank all the other people who donated even if they didn't bid on the vid or win.

Vid: DLZ
Artist: TV on the Radio
Source: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Warnings: spoilers for entire two seasons, violence, disturbing imagery and themes
Description: We are the Resistance. (ensemble)
Download: direct download (79MB), or small version (37MB); streaming at YouTube, BAM or Blip
Credits: Thanks to the incomparable supacat for three rounds of amazing and intense beta-ing.
Notes: I will make a longer notes post about my journey with this vid, as it was complex to say the least. I hoped it, like the show, would reach an intelligent, reflective audience--no matter how small. And it already has, so thank you!

Congratulations on the mess you made of things;
On trying to reconstruct the air and all that brings.
And oxidation is the compromise you own
But this is beginning to feel like the dog wants her bones

You force your fire then you falsify your deeds
Your methods dot the disconnect from all your creeds
And fortune strives to fill the vacuum that it feeds
But this is beginning to feel like the dog's lost her lead

This is beginning to feel like the long
winded blues of the never
This is beginning to feel like it's curling up slowly
and finding a throat to choke

This is beginning to feel like the long
winded blues of the never
Barely controlled locomotive consuming the picture
and blowing the crows, the smoke

This is beginning to feel like the long
winded blues of the never
Static eplosion devoted to crushing the broken
and shoving their souls to ghost

Eternalised. Objectified.
You set your sights so high.
But this is beginning to feel like
the bolt busted loose from the lever

Never you mind
Death professor
Your structure's fine
My dust is better
Your victim flies so high
All to catch a bird's eye view of who's next

Never you mind
Death professor.
Love is life,
My love is better.
Eyes could be the diamonds
Confused with who's next

Never you mind
Death professor.
Your shocks are fine,
My struts are better.
Your fiction flies so high,
Y'all could use a doctor
Who's sick, who's next?

Never you mind
Death professor.
Electrified, my love is better
It's crystallized, so'm I.
All could be the diamond
Fused with who's next

This is beginning to feel
like the dawn of the luz of forever.

This is beginning to feel
like the dawn of the luz of forever.

This is beginning to feel
like the dawn of the luz of forever.

ETA: Aspect ratio issues should be fixed now--new versions uploaded, apologies to those that got the first dodgy batch.
Current Location: work desk of productivity
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: DLZ, TV on the Radio
mahaliemmahaliem on June 15th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
I've watched this twice now and I love it. I'll be looking forward to your post about it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on June 15th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I spent a ridiculous amount of time on it.
daybreak777: vids yaydaybreak777 on June 15th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Wow, that was really cool! It's hard for me to comment because I don't know the show. I'm realizing now how much you miss when you don't know the canon. I do know, however, that Sarah Connor is awesome. That's clear in whatever incarnation she's in and you show that well here.

You are so good with movement, Bop! It's something that I never think about when vidding but you use it here well from beginning to end. In fact, I like the way the beginning and ending are sort of bookmarked with action (those quick cuts to digitally moving clip with the credits). The style of this vid is very fast-paced and actiony but also a kind of sad tone too. I can only think this reflects the tone and feel of the show.

I like that digitally-static-like thing (best way I can describe it) you do as a transition between cuts. That's really cool and feels Terminator-esque.

There are other cool moments I like, like the clips on 'death professor' and hey, glimpses of Stephanie Jacobsen (really?), and the fact that the women seem so kickass in this series. It's a like an extended trailer for the series. :-)

Well done, Bop!

Edited at 2009-06-15 05:35 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 15th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for watching without knowing the show, DB! I'm glad the power women came through! And yes: Stephanie Jacobsen! And I adore her character--she totally shines. I didn't intend the vid as a trailer (it's very meta-heavy), but I'm glad it worked for you. Interesting to hear that the sadness came through too, despite not knowing the show.

You liked my effects! \o/ This is actually the most effects-heavy vid I've ever made, but I was hoping it would be... subtle. You got the intent though--Terminator-vision!
Jen: SuaveClark by Ivory Kissjlvsclrk on June 15th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
That was magnificent. My only problem is it makes me sad that SCC won't be back!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 15th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm deeply sad too. The show's cancellation really pushed me on to make this the best vid I could make it, but it's so hard to do justice to all its aspects.
latteaddict: Sucker Lovelatteaddict on June 15th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
That was simply amazing!!! I love TSCC and you just captured the tortured and confusing existence they stumble around in. Superb editing as usual!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 15th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! I'm so glad you liked it and that you think I 'got' the show! *G*
RivkaT: rt beats up everyonerivkat on June 15th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
This was really cool! I especially liked the use of "death professor" and how it became Sarah. I think the direct download version had some aspect ratio issues for me, unfortunately--like it was trying to do movie widescreen instead of TV widescreen, or something.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on June 15th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I'm fixing it up now, and will upload a new version--sorry yours was wonky.
counteragent: umbrella yaycounteragent on June 15th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)

This is a Big Damn Vid. It escapsulates the whole show in both storyline and tone. It works wonderfully as an ensemble vid--the structure is quite genius.

After only a few viewings--trust me, there will be many, many more--I can say that I love the begining and middle, but the end is my absolute favorite part, with the repetition of the "death professor" lyric and "who's next." The Jesse/Derek is exceptionally well done, with her death segueing swiftly and shockingly into his. It's perfect that you have Sarah as the last "death professor," and I also love the time devoted to Andy Goode and the Turk.

Overall, I love the quick cutting style, especially the intercuts on the static sounds in the music. The tone is fantastically bleak and dark.

I love the strong Cameron storyline--both how she stands for her actual character and for the humans' relationship to metal overall. Associating her with the dog that's lost the lead and wants a bone was appropriately chilling and apt (she's like a barely tamed wolf acting as a pet dog). John is figuratively getting into bed with metal by putting so much faith in Cameron. The section at the end with John and Sarah fleeing from Cameron and then Derek looking shattered as he watches her dance--perfect.

Love the shots of Kyle on "so high." Loved the shots of Jesse running away but being followed by her mission. Loved the caged animal imagery at the beginning--it can apply to to the humans in the future or the scrubbed machines.

Love the part in the beginning with Cameron and Sarah both watching John sleep. That is both super super creepy and...well, super creepy. :D

The whole thing is just masterfully done, and I really, really love it. What an awesome vid for an awesome series!

Thank you so much for donating your time to this cause! You are the best!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Cameronbop_radar on June 15th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your amazing feedback! I'm thrilled that the end is your favourite: it took the longest to get 'right', so hearing it was successful for you is a real thrill. I'd got to the stage where I knew the reasons why the ending should work, but I couldn't feel it myself.

I'm glad people are connecting with the Sarah = death professor at the end. The double repetition of 'death professor' and 'who's next' was quite hard to manage as that section is so dense and fast.

and for the humans' relationship to metal overall
Yay!! You got that. That was a central thread that I needed to sell in order for this vid to work, I believe. When the characters see Cameron sometimes they just see 'metal'. There are and will be, rightly, many Cameron vids out there that explore her internally--my focus here was on what the humans around her project on to her (and she's such a blank slate that way!). I love your description of her as a barely tamed wolf--I totally agree. I wanted to explore the fears that aren't always even spoken aloud, but which Sarah, Derek and Jesse each hold in their own way, about John's proximity to metal. What does it mean to have a Terminator not only on their side but in the most intimate circle of their leader?

SCC is so rich in imagery, I was thrilled to be able to use some of it. I am not sure how much of it comes across to viewers here but in making the vid I discovered so much depth and richness in the show's control of its visual storytelling.
thrace_adama: magnificent bastardthrace_adama on June 16th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I don't watch the show, but I really love your vids and had to check it out. Sure enough, it was *brilliant*! And now I'm very intrigued about the canon and want watch both seasons at some point... Wonderful work, Boppy, as ever.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really amazed that people who don't watch the show are finding it engaging. I definitely recommend seeing it! It's quite a unique show: action-based but very intelligent.
Talitha: disprove woman lying on red floortalitha78 on June 16th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Wow, that was intense. I feel kind of traumatized. So--mission accomplished?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Hee! I think so! I mean: sorry. But, er, yeah, it's one of those vids.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
worth the 3 month wait
Hahaha, I don't know if it is that!

I'm thrilled to hear from a self-identified Sarah fan! As an ensemble vid, this was a tricky piece for me, getting the balance of each character right. But Sarah is central to the vid, as she is to the show. She's kind of the trunk the others branch off from, so I'm so pleased the Sarah material rang true to you.

with Cameron and John on one side and Sarah on the other.
Yes, I wanted to tell a little story within a bigger narrative with that Sarah-John-Cameron extended sequence, ending with John's resurrection of Cameron--I'm glad you got it!

The cuts from Derek going into the mysterious torture room to Cameron watching Derek walk by at 1:30. Guh.
That's one of my favourite bits. I wanted to convey the creepiness of Cameron's impassivity, the sense of her knowing everything, being complicit in the actions of other machines (which I think is one of the unspoken fears of the humans, Derek included).

every choice on all of those lyrics are really thinky ... fluidly shifting POVs in those clips
Hee! You should have seen what an incoherent mess the first draft was!

I whimpered a little bit at Sarah on both “death professor” and “who’s next.”
\o/ Sorry, they're a horrible double whammy, I know.

Thank you for long feedback!
Jayne L.: sccchatserrico on June 16th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
This is so. Good.

*So* good. *flail*

Excellent editing, with fantastic use of motion tied into the musicality of the song. Excellent storytelling, too, hitting on a *tonne* of the themes that made the show such a great, layered watch: family, war, the advent and evolution of technology and humanity's relationship to it, sacrifice, will and spirit, trust, betrayal, loss, fate...

My favourite bits: your use of Cameron throughout, as an Other just barely under control (or, as the case may be, not under control at all); the whole section between the first and second verses, where you illustrate the Sarah-John-Cameron triangle; the relentless slew of death towards the end, particularly the progression from Jesse to Derek and from Sarah to the endless line of grave markers.

I say again: SO GOOD. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
*flails at your feedback* Thank you! I'm thrilled you 'got' it, as an SCC fan.

your use of Cameron throughout, as an Other
I'm glad people are seeing that clearly--I find vids so often explore Cameron's humanity, which is fair enough, but in this vid I really wanted to show her through the eyes of the human characters, and she is very much Other.

The relentless slew of death... yes, I was worried it might all be a bit too intense, but one of the things I loved about the song was that it captured a sense of relentless claustrophobia and inescapability, which I think works really well for tapping into what it feels like in the resistance.
not_sally on June 16th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Awesome vid. I'm gonna freaking miss the show.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Me too. Thanks!
giandujakissgiandujakiss on June 16th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
This is really, really gorgeous.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Cameronbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on June 16th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I think I will have to watch it a few more times to really get it, but I really loved the energy of this vid, and all the choices you made for "death professor."

And wow, this really made me miss the show.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 16th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I miss the show so much! Its cancellation spurred me on but I've engaged so much the source in making this... it definitely makes me feel the loss more keenly.
serenography: Loisflowersserenography on June 17th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
I didn't watch the show, but you make me regret even more that I didn't.

Such an intense vid with so much to say. And the fast editing, but so smoothly done with the music. I'm so impressed (as always), with your vidding talent.

Tell me, is it worth getting the show on DVD, or did they pull the rug out from under it mid-story?

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on June 17th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
The fast edits were tough but I learnt a lot about what the eye needed to carry you through them.

It's definitely worth getting the show on DVD. The first season got cut short so some of the things being set up in it don't come to fruition until Season 2, but seasons 1 and 2 together form a clear story with an endpoint. The end could have been the jumping off point for a whole new phase to the story (alas!) but it does have a 'conclusion'.
Grimorie: suspended in timegrimorie on June 17th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
This is amazing! I... wow. There is no beat out of place, no moment that throws me out. Its just a series of intense images building on the previous scenes and wow. This is truly amazing and I miss SCC even more.

Thank you for this.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Derekbop_radar on June 17th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was hard to achieve the no-jolty feeling--the first drafts were a real mess, believe me! You can thank my beta supacat for the smoothness. She rightly wouldn't let a disconsonant image or moment past.