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12 August 2009 @ 09:51 pm
Vid rec: Shelter From The Storm  
chaila is making vids I can watch again! \o/ (I still can't watch BSG. I just can't.)

Shelter From the Storm is a thoughtful Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles vid, focused on Ellison. It's not so much a character study as an exploration of his point of view and his relationship with Sarah, his search for answers to the big questions and the role Sarah plays in this. (ETA: I don't mean to say it isn't a study of Ellison--just that it takes us inside his point of view on Sarah to create understanding of his character. Rather poorly expressed: sorry! very tired!) For me, it was a new lens through which to watch the show since I rarely slip into Ellison's point of view naturally (even when the show itself constructs it that way). While it might have greater (or different) resonance to Ellison fans, I feel this vid plays well to anyone interested in the overall meta of the whole show. It certainly made me think a lot about Ellison's plot and purpose. I particularly liked seeing scenes I knew well in a slightly different light.

Also! Attention vidders, students, freelancers and anyone else requiring round-the-clock work abilities! New discovery of awesome in the energy level department: homemade affogato!

Ice-cream (sugar) + triple shots of espresso (caffeine) = all night wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

(Not that I'm working round the clock or anything... really... *whistles*)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on August 13th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Mmm, good point, and I definitely didn't mean to sound like I was disparaging your vid--rather the opposite. I wanted to convey how much the vid took us inside his point of view. We learnt about him (so in that way it IS a study) but from the inside--by identifying with him, seeing through his eyes. I think it's very successful at conveying Ellison's character, but it doesn't work on the viewer in an 'obvious' manner. Rather, at the end, you realise you now know who Ellison is. Also the gen ship focus meant we were really learning about him in that one relationship--which happens to be the most central defining one of his life though... make any sense?

I think someone else would call it a character study. I'm struggling myself with the issue of genres and how to define them at the moment. Apologies for any inadvertent confusion?
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on August 13th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
If there is one, I don't know what it is. ;) I think taking people 'inside' a character is the best kind of character study, but then I see other people who don't call these character studies and I get confused. :(

I am increasingly unsatisfied with the way vidding fandom defines vids, and I am just playing around with these things myself. I think a lot of times when people use categories to describe vids what they are really trying to do is indicate audience--who they think will get the most out of the vid. Personally I'm going to try and start distinguishing that more clearly in my recs: like, if I'm talking about audience, just SAY that. Even that is limiting, because I have a biased perspective, but describing the vid a bit will hopefully help. *has reccing angst*