I have let go of the possibility of posting my recs before reveals. It takes me the full anonymity period to watch and comment on 200 vids, let alone come up with something cogent to say in a recs post. Plus I'm always planning my Festivids party at the same time!
This year I went all-out, with a three-act playlist organized with attention to tone, theme, content...and the fandoms represented among my guests. (: You can see the playlist here
if you're curious about how I set it up (or about whether I showed your/your favorite vid).
This was another great year full of high-quality work, but as always there were a few vids that really stood out for me:Lantern
(Donald Strachey Mysteries) by isagel: my favorite kind of 'ship vid: one that illuminates the relationship within the context of the world in which the characters struggle. I loved the way this weaves in both the mysteries and the politics along with the romance, allowing the vid to be harsh and sweet by turns. This is a total recruiter vid, as it turns out -- several party guests said they would be looking up the source.This Could All Be Yours
(Big) by fan_eunice: It's so hard to do a movie vid that's more than just a summary of the movie, especially when you decide to work chronologically. But the cleverness of this vid, the thoughtful connections with the lyrics, and the thorough attention to detail, make this one rise above. Also, I am a total sucker for this movie.Keep Your Picture Clear
(Pacific Rim) by kaydeefalls: So many Pacific Rim vids! I have not seen the movie, and my two favorite vids for it should give you an idea why: they're the vids that are NOT about giant robots. The focus in this vid on the science/tech team and their particular journey really appealed to me; often these guys are ignored or ridiculed in source texts and sometimes in fandom as well. I loved seeing the hard work pay off in such a perfectly-timed, super-shiny, clever presentation. Went over big at the party: much laughter.How Does It Feel?
(Almost Famous) by joyo: I may not be able to be terribly coherent about this one. I've watched it twice and the images stay with me for days afterward. This is one of those vids that's more than the sum of its parts, that feels not just more focused but more powerful than the source it came from. The song choice is inspired, and there's so much breadth and depth explored in these few minutes, it leaves me breathless. This vid is mighty.Trembling Heart
(Dottie Gets Spanked) by thingswithwings: This is one of the most emotionally affecting vids I've ever seen. It feels deeply personal, not just to the vidder but to me. The story of the first flush of fandom is on the surface, but it's that first flush of desire, and its consequences, that makes me cling to this vid and weep pathetically. Yes, I cried. Twice. The vidder's delicate touch as an editor coupled with a velvet sledgehammer of a song are strong medicine indeed.All We Got
(The Great Gatsby) by anoel: I am never going to see another Baz Luhrmann film, I'm just going to ask anoel to vid them all for me. Everything movie adaptations get wrong, she gets gloriously right in this, with its whirlwind of decadence careening toward the inevitable tragic conclusion. It leaves me breathless.Lifeforms
(Never Let Me Go) by dayln: This is another vid that captures everything that made the book great, and fixes the movie's sins. She vidded the novel in a way I would not have thought possible, with the constant tug-of-war between denial and futile hope, and I ached for these kids all over again. Battle Without Honor or Humanity
(Danger 5) by jetpack_monkey: My favorite humor vid this year, this was also top of my recruiter vid list. My reaction was basically OMG WTF I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS BUT I NEED MORE OF IT RIGHT NOW. The source is obviously providing a rich field to work with, but the vidder here has previously unsuspected comic chops. There are a lot of great moments. Cracked up the entire party.I'm On Fire
(Stoker) by cara marie: Takes the top prize in the sexy/disturbing category. This was a very thoughtful, very arousing exploration of female desire. The editing is seamless, focusing on seemingly minor details and inanimate objects intercut with the protagonist's face awash in need, and the hero of her affections alternately encouraging and oblivious. Mesmerizing.L.O.V.E.
(Much Ado About Nothing) by purplefringe: my guests discussed how this was truly the "good parts version" -- all the heat and hilarity of the Benedick/Beatrice relationship and none of the dreadful Hero/Claudio story to get in the way of the joy. The arc of the vid works neatly, using the bridge for the gulling scenes so that by the end of the bridge we have changed; exactly what a bridge is for, in other words. Delightful. Great song choice, too.field below
(Tenko) by shinyjenni: This little vidlet packs an amazing amount of sensory detail into its ninety seconds. I love this vid because I can feel it physically: the heat, the sweat, the grime, the boredom, the frustration. I know nothing of the source but my body somehow understands.