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I swear I'll answer that email soon, but right now I'm experiencing a flare-up of an old repetitive stress injury in my right arm.

Taking a break from typing/mousing/vidding (sob) this weekend and cranking the ibuprofen. Catch you on the flipside.

Disabling comments here since I can't answer 'em right now. (:
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Hey Ho is a smart, biting look at the Avengers universe's relationship with military power, starting with Tony Stark (and all that that implies). The cutting is sharp, the clip choices striking, the song ideal. This vid makes its critical arguments as well as any vid I've ever seen, and it has fun while doing so. You will, too.
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This just in:
Farscape writer/co-executive producer Justin Monjo is writing a movie spin-off of his cult classic sci-fi show.


Which would normally have me turning cartwheels. MY SHOW IS COMING BACK (maybe)!!!

But then:

In the finale, the protagonists, American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) and peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) got married and had a baby. In the movie, it’s revealed the boy had special powers which made him the target of the villainous aliens so his parents hide him on Earth.


Oh, good, a boy with special powers. Because we've never had one of those before. ::sigh::

IDK, I love the idea of more John-Aeryn in my life, bigtime. I mean, BIGTIME. But one of the things I always loved about Farscape was that the people were people (blue or not), flawed and broken and strong and half-crazy. None of this "boy with a special destiny" crap in it. If people had "special powers", they were natural characteristics of their species that only looked "special" from the human point of view -- or they were the toxic result of people injecting things into your head.

Also, there's the thing where it retroactively turns Aeryn's pregnancy into a Mystical one. GRAR.

Still, more Farscape (maybe)! More John and Aeryn on my TV (maybe)!
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If you don't love Doctor Who, watch Never Look Away by [personal profile] purplefringe for the stunning mastery of internal motion that propels the vid like a runaway train.

If you do love Doctor Who, watch Never Look Away by [personal profile] purplefringe for all of that plus the beguiling mystery and joy of the Clara/Eleven relationship unfolding before your eyes.
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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.
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I made "Do My Thing" (The Heat) for [personal profile] linguology, and boy was THAT fun to do! Yay, Festivids!
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Title: Do My Thing
Artist: Estelle featuring Janelle Monáe
Fandom: The Heat (2013)
Vidder: [personal profile] laurashapiro
Summary: My road, it ain't your road, but trust I know where I'm going.
Content Notes: No standard warnings apply.

Many thanks to [personal profile] calvinahobbes for recommending this song!

Download mp4 | Download subtitle file

Stream behind the cut )
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Festivids are live, with 205 vids, and I am diving in like a kid in a candy store. :D

First, I have to rec the vid that was made for me: You Can't Go Back Now, a lovely ensemble vid for Orange Is the New Black, focusing on the secondary characters. It is making me very happy right now.

Even if you are not usually a vidwatcher, I heartily recommend you Check out the Masterlist. Among the fandoms vidded this year are:

The Americans
Friday Night Lights
Pacific Rim
Sleepy Hollow
Star Trek: The Next Generation

I have seen all of these popping up on my dwircle/flist a lot lately, so consider this a PSA. (:

::runs off singing "It's the most wonderful time of the year"::

In 2013, I

Jan. 1st, 2014 09:14 am
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  • Had terrible back pain in the beginning of the year

  • Finally got a diagnosis for the skeletal defect that's been causing me chronic pain for 20 years, and with it, treatment that's made me feel better than I'd ever hoped

  • Accepted my limitations and replaced my standard luggage with a super-high-tech wheely case (thanks, [personal profile] heresluck!)

  • Fully committed to exercise as a way to feel better, letting go of previous exercise goals of increasing strength, mistressing the pull-up, and changing my body's shape

  • Added more dancing to my life, with all kinds of unexpected benefits, including a new community

  • Traded IBS-D for IBS-C. Yay?

  • Worked my ass off on other people's projects while not getting to move my own projects forward

  • Spent a year producing my first video for work, of which I am very proud, along with a carefully crafted promotional campaign, only to watch it crash and burn due to more pressing communications priorities

  • Had a really rotten time at work, actually

  • Celebrated 11 years with P.

  • Lost Marzipan

  • Got two new kitties, who are at last providing more pleasure than stress

  • Made only 3 vids, but I think one of them is among the best I've ever done (it's a Festivid, so you won't get to see it for a couple of weeks)

  • Got a tumblr

  • Got a Kindle

  • Posted less to my journals than ever before, and didn't really make up for it on tumblr and Twitter, either

  • Saw my local friends more often

  • Enjoyed Parks & Recreation, Orange is the New Black, and Orphan Black, but had my heart stolen by Welcome to Night Vale

  • Realized that the thing I am most fannish about right now is a podcast, which is unlikely to increase my vidding output anytime soon

  • Read a lot more genre fiction

  • Had my mind completely blown by Joan Slonczewski's A Door Into Ocean

  • Fell completely off the mindfulness wagon

  • Nevertheless, moved more deeply into a place of acceptance and comfort with my life



I don't make resolutions, but I am determined that 2014 will be better than 2013 on the health and work fronts, and I hope to continue deepening my connections to the important people in my life.

I am enjoying reading your year-end wrap-up posts very much. Happy New Year to all of you! ♥
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Everybody doing the vid meme and the December meme: thank you for giving me one of the best fannish months I've had in years! I feel like I'm getting to know all of you better, getting to bathe in the squee, and getting to see my smart friends being smart in ways that fill me with love.

I'm trying to comment on as many of them as possible, but even if I don't comment on yours, you can be sure that I read it. I'm reading them all! Because you are all awesome!

Sorry I can't contribute. I'm just not in a headspace where I could commit to daily posting right now, and anyway Festivids is taking up the few hours a week I have for fannish homework. But I am really appreciative of the effort you are all putting out.

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[personal profile] cofax7 told me about Zombies, Run! a few weeks ago, and I have been totally obsessed by it ever since. It's a game and an exercise regimen and a serialized story and a fandom, all at the same time. If anything could make me take up running, it would be this.

Check out her fascinating review.
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Nobody's done a Katniss Everdeen vid to Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire", have they?

Because that would be hilariously yet genuinely awesome.
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Can anyone recommend to me some contemporary dance music that doesn't consist of:

  • a man telling a woman he loves the way she shakes her ass

  • a woman telling a man he loves the way she shakes her ass

  • a man telling a woman to shake her ass because he will love it

  • a woman telling a woman to shake her ass because a man will love it

  • a man telling a woman he is struggling with the virgin/whore dichotomy due to all the ass-shaking



?

This post brought to you by horrifying discoveries in my Zumba and U-Jam classes.
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The DSMV reviewed as if it were a dystopian novel.

Not only is this hilariously funny and beautifully written, like all good satire it has a critical, serious point at its soul.

The sufferers of DSM-5, meanwhile, have no voice; they’re only interrogated by a pitiless system of categorizations with no ability to speak back. As you read, you slowly grow aware that the book’s real object of fascination isn’t the various sicknesses described in its pages, but the sickness inherent in their arrangement.


Seriously, read this. It's amazing.

There's some ableism but I found it permissible in the broader context. I'm open to discussing it.
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This will teach me not to write down the things I nominate. I can never remember them all when it's time to sign up!

I just added "My Favorite Year" to my requests, and if you haven't seen this movie, I heartily recommend it.

Updated letter here!
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Cue music

"It's the moooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeeear..."

Seriously, how cool is Festivids? Don't you love it? Which is your favorite part, making vids that you know somebody's going to love like their very own special teddybear made of nostalgia and pie, or getting a vid like that that somebody made just for you? Or making sneaky treats for your friends?

You gotta admit it's all pretty cool. And in order that cool should rule, I'm gonna help you out with just a few details about my likes and dislikes. Because sometimes a few signposts on the road are helpful. But please, have fun. That's the most important thing.

You'll notice I didn't give you any hints about music. That's because I pretty much like it all. I encourage you to use any song that inspires you, as long as it doesn't primarily consist of screaming (a little screaming is okay). I am open to any genre and anything that you feel captures the source and what you want to say about it.

I particularly like

  • vocal harmony

  • piano

  • complex and/or unusual percussion



But your song need not include any of these to make me happy. Indeed, your song need not be a song; spoken word vids are really cool too.

About the sources: Behind the cut, I've linked to trailers for them, and provided a little bit more detail than I offered on my signup form.

An Education, The Heat, My Favorite Year, Orange is the New Black, Six Feet Under, Sports Night, Star Trek: The Next Generation )
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I received this in my inbox today:
Over the past year, Blip has been conducting an ongoing review of our content library, removing accounts that don’t meet our Terms of Service. As part of this effort, your account has been flagged for removal on November 7, 2013, and new uploads have been disabled as of today.


Well, that's just ducky. First they put ads on everything, and now this. After more than five years of comfortable hosting of ALL my vids in streaming format -- the only place I've ever had my entire catalog.

And we all know what will happen if I put them on YouTube. :/

So what do you guys think? Vimeo or self-hosted?
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VidUKon is now polling people to determine the best date to run the con in 2014. They are gonna make it ANNUAL, you guys!

I have had the pleasure of attending and it was a wonderful time: intimate, great vids, good conversation, relaxed pace. Plus it's in Cardiff so you can also tour scenic Doctor Who locations.

If you live in the UK or Europe, or you can get there, and you like vids, please fill out the poll!
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So I didn't realize that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had his own show, but I've been following Jay Smooth's IllDoctrine for years with great admiration.

The two of them are making a documentary about remix, its historical precedents, and the true creativity it represents. Here's Jay Smooth's Facebook post about it.

They're looking for contributors, and you could be one of them! It would be great to have some vidding voices in there.

You just have to film yourself answering three questions about your experience of remix:

  1. Give an example of a remix in history. Think of something that many people might not think was a remix.

  2. When did you remix something that someone else created? What was that experience like? Be specific.

  3. When has something you created been remixed? What did it feel like? Be specific.


  4. Please signal boost!

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