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16 January 2011 @ 07:53 pm
Looking for character study vid recs  
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For Vidukon, I will be running a panel on character study vids. It's a 1.5 hour panel and I'd like to show at least parts of a couple of vids as examples or discussion points. For this reason, and also simply for research and preparation purposes I would love to get recs of any character study vids (in any fandom) that you consider exceptional. Even if I don't end up showing the vids in the panel (there won't be time for many) it would be really helpful to know which vids leap to peoples' minds as the 'best' character study vids out there.

As part of the panel I want to discuss different approaches that can be taken with character study vids, so I'm also looking for character studies that are unusual in some way--either in the way they convey character, in use of an unusual structure, a 'reveal', mood over narrative, point of view, anything you can think of really. And I'm not wed to any particular definition of the genre--if you consider it a character study and think it's great, let me know! :)

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m_a_r_i_k_s: scar_kissm_a_r_i_k_s on January 16th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
One of the vids that springs to my mind - a Logan character study (Veronica Mars): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4OQY6LLM
Blue: NF :: Not All Those Who Wander are Lostblue_meridian on January 16th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Zebra by astolat - Due South, Ray Kowalski
Needful (Under My Skin) by fenlings - Due South, Fraser
The Test by heresluck - Star Trek (Reboot), Jim Kirk
Let it Rock by mranderson71 - Iron Man, Tony Stark
The Temptation of John Sheppard by isagel - Stargate Atlantis, John Sheppard
Evening on the Ground by sync_slaying - Stargate Atlantis, John Sheppard
Stress by The Clucking Belles - Stargate Atlantis, Rodney McKay
Unsteady Ground by cherryice - Merlin, Morgana
Red by obsessive24 - Merlin, Arthur
Follow Me Into the Darkness by threezerotwo - BSG, Kara
(I would also have to say Middle Man by, oh look! bop_radar *g*)
All That I Am by halcyon_shift - Supernatural, The Winchesters
No Handlebars by flummery - Doctor Who, The 10th Doctor
Talk Show Host by synecdochic - Stargate SG-1, Jack O'Neill (season 6)

I need to go watch vids now.
brokenmnemonic: Buffy - WTF?brokenmnemonic on January 16th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if these meet the definition, but I thought I'd mention them in an effort to be helpful :)

bradcpu's Living Dead Girl
jagwriter78's Where Do I belong?
bop_radar's Paranoid Android, Sugarcane, Middleman
talitha78's That's Not My Name
m_a_r_i_k_s The Ledge, Honeythief (the twist here being that it's a character study of Lee, but from Kara's POV),
liv_niggleIn Bruges
Thoughtless, perhaps?



Edited at 2011-01-16 11:06 am (UTC)
the sundance kid: VID ALL THE THINGS! \O/mresundance on January 16th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
http://astartexx.livejournal.com/62675.html - Jesus Christ

http://bradcpu.livejournal.com/106629.html - Lightning Field

More later, maybe, but I have to get ready for work right now.
Becka: 30 rock liz lemon omgyaybeccatoria on January 16th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
In terms of character studies that are unusual in some way, I guess I would suggest Signal to Noise (second vid on that page) by darlulu. It's interesting because the vid bills itself as a Lee Adama character study but most people I've heard seem to view it more as a general overview of the universe. I love it actually because I think it is a character study, quite firmly. But rather than doing what most character study vids do, and trying to relate everything in the world of the show to the character, this vid inverts that - instead it simply shows us the BSG universe, in all its wide, messy complexity - all the bits that do and don't relate to Lee. Then it asks us - what is it like to live in this universe? It puts Lee down in the middle of it and asks what it's like for him, in a world where everyone else is going insane or seeing cylon visions or committing political suicide or rioting. I think it manages to make a really interesting point about Lee by situating him in the wider world? I hope that makes sense.

Also Jolene by nicole_anell is interesting because of the way it pulls Cally more firmly into the human/machine metaconflict of the show by depicting her romantic rival not as a woman, but as the entire cylon race, but that's perhaps more an interesting way to do a 'ship vid rather than a character study (even though I think it's mostly a character study? IDK!) ;)

On the flip side, dualbunny's For Your Entertiainment is a stunning character study of Chief that's interesting for the fact it deconstructs him and criticises him in a way the source almost certainly didn't intend.

And to spread out at least a little from BSG:

Etheric Messages is a Fringe vid, an Olivia character study by thuviaptarth that's interesting for its use of atmosphere and symbolism rather than narrative.

The Girl or the Weapon by kiki_miserychic is a River Tam character study (Firefly). It's notable for its experimental style, specifically the way it uses the mashup music track to show the difference between the extremes of River's personality.

And finally Ecstatic Drum Trip (partway down that page), by luminosity. It's a John Crichton vid, and be warned, it has spoilers for the whole show, so you may wish to avoid watching it til you've seen it. But I think it's notable not just for the crazy mess of awesome editing but also for the way it entangles one of the show's main narrative threads with John's character and ends up giving a portrait of both at once.

Good luck! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on January 16th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Oh cool! I've not seen 'Etheric Messages' so I'll check that one out and it's been ages since I've seen 'Ecstatic Drum Trip' so I need to revisit that one. (Spoiler avoidance on Farscape is useless for me given the number of Farscape vids I've watched over the years--don't worry!) Thanks so much for reccage--it's great hearing other people describe even the vids I know--helps firm up for me what people feel they do and why.
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laurashapiro on January 16th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I want to second Riot Act and Safe From Harm, both of which I adore.
Holly: Magical sistershollyxu on January 16th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
I don't know very much about fanvids, but astolat's Watershed marks Morgana's transition very, very well. It's not unusual, per se, but the buildup is carefully crafted and so very fitting.
Balistik: Murdockbalistik94 on January 16th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Off the top of my head :

Why by AJ (The Crow)

My Darkest Side by Castor (Spiderman trilogy)

Man In the Box by [info]bradcpu (House)

Birth Of A Geisha by [info]charmax (Memoirs Of a Geisha)

Sick by [info]dreamrequiem (One Tree Hill)
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on January 16th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
keewick's Stars

I second bradcpu's Man in a Box

giandujakiss's A Charming Man

ktnushanakt on January 16th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of millylicious's vid "displaced" for claire from heroes, which premiered at the 2008 vidukon. http://millylicious.livejournal.com/266985.html
nemonemo_r on January 17th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
Shadow Song by Reese, Godric - True Blood
Full of Love by obsessive24, Godric - True Blood -- this one has more of a suicide note/message to Eric idea behind it, but it still works with a Godric focus.
nemonemo_r on January 17th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
There's also Untouchable by crickets, which is sort of shippy, Simon/Alisha. But also a character study of Alisha and how she lives with her powers.