beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Hey guys, so first a general apology - I haven't been very...present here the last few weeks. I owe a lot of you replies on your longer, more thoughtful posts, and I owe, well, this. Because [community profile] tightpresent happened, and then Vidukon happened and then WisCon happened, and that's a LOT of vids, you guys. And I had this awesome idea to post the epicest of Rec Posts all at once when they were all done with, except anyway, it's a week late.

I haven't forgotten about the daily meme I was doing, or, just...trying to be around more in general; it's just been a stressful RL time and, well, whatever, we're here for recs!


Okay so first, I want to point everyone to the vids that was me ~for meeeeee~ because I WON and got two of them, and they're both really great and interesting:

Mineshaft by [personal profile] chaila is a Sarah Connor piece to the most perfect song I've ever heard for her.

Meanwhile, Strange Angels by [personal profile] sanguinity is a Sarah Connor piece to a song I never would have thought would work, but it does - and it makes really interesting use of movie footage too.

Pretty much every other vid in the exchange was fascinating in one way or another, I pretty much blanket endorse going through the announcement post, but I do think it's worth highlighting a few others:

The Dream Before by [personal profile] sanguinity is an absolutely extraordinary vid about time travel with Derek as a pivot-point around which we see the whole universe unravel and repeat.

Losing Our Religions by [personal profile] ghost_lingering is an intriguingly ambitious project to vid ten different characters, both major and minor, as they struggle with faith of all kinds. Each character gets a different cover of REM's Losing My Religion.

Seamstress by [personal profile] chaila is the Jesse and Riley vid of my soul.

We Used To Wait by [personal profile] nicole_anell is a patient, sorrowful look at Sarah and Jesse.


YAY! Vidukon! Okay, I had like...a gabillion vids right after the con that I wanted to point out to everyone including a bunch I saw in the vidshows, and, of course, due to my idiotic procrastination I've forgotten half of them. I'm sure I'll pay for it one day in vid purgatory. But in the meantime, I can at least link to a few vids I really enjoyed and think you should check out too. Once again, I thought it was a really strong show overall? So I'm actually gonna focus some on the vids I think maybe got a bit overlooked because they were for less mainstream fandoms, or the vidders weren't actually present, etc:

Skin by [profile] m_a_r_i_k_s is a Debra Morgan vid (from Dexter) and it does a startlingly perfect job of capturing the character's incredibly complicated physicality - the way she manages to be expansive and dramatic at the same time as being tightly coiled with closed, awkward body language.

All The Rowboats by [personal profile] lilly_the_kid is a vid that I enjoyed at the time, but really appreciated once I got the clarity of her framing statement (which to be fair was in the programme but I have a memory like a sieve and it was dark!) and the way it uses the song to make points about the vidder's relationship to the source in a broader sense.

When I Am Laid In Earth by [personal profile] kiki_miserychic is a vid for a show called Utopia that I've never seen. Nonetheless, this vid is a beautiful, striking, disturbing spiral of colour and loss. I've never seen such vibrance mixed with such isolation.

FINALLY, [personal profile] nemonclature and I hosted a Vidding Tech panel, and our notes and example vids and little one-and-two minute tutorials on a few topics are all available at her DW, HERE, and we should all be very grateful to her because if it was my job to post it, it still wouldn't be done, and certainly not in such an orderly fashion...


Ugh, you guys, I'm so jealous I didn't get to go, but why, why for it at most expensive time of year and four thousand miles away from me?

Either way, they have vid programming and stuff! Because I suck, I haven't had the chance to go and look at all the premieres yet, but I DO know that all of you need to go and watch [personal profile] chaila's Keep The Streets Empty For Me IMMEDIATELY. It's a Twilight vid, about Bella, that manages a wonderful (and visually stunning) take that critiques the original source's gender politics, without falling into the common trap of dismissing the fact that, despite potentially problematic execution, Twilight has always, canonically, been Bella's story, from her perspective, about her needs and desires.

And now I have to go off and hunt down the rest of the WisCon premieres...

Anyway, signing off, hopefully I will be back soon!
beccatoria: (ellison is thoughtful)

A Day Like Today by [ profile] chaila43

I know I am biased because I basically love everything she does, but FOR REALZ, people, this is gorgeous, gorgeous work to a beautiful and apt song. It captures so eloquently not only James Ellison's character but his role in the complex, thoughtful narrative structure of the whole show. I often felt he never got enough credit for how his role as a thematic counterpoint to Sarah, basically because TSCC was founded around an endless series of unresolvable and messed up love triangles (both platonic and romantic) and this was reflected in its thematics. It was always so easy to see the simple binary of Sarah vs Skynet, it was tragically easy to overlook James' role as the third point on that triangle, the way it was often too easy to overlook the way Sarah's position in Ellison's endless conversation with religion as another third option/leftfield choice/complicating factor.

At which point, I'm devolving into meta about the show, but people, that's how good this vid is. It makes you accidentally write meta.

Go now, children, an watch it.

beccatoria: (river is excited)
SO! Yesterday was the august anniversary of my birth. I am now old. Hoorah! Frankly last year sucked, so here's hoping 27 > 26.

One way in which the year is already looking up is the number of Awesome Things the internet saw fit to provide me with. Thus! A list of recs!


Run With Me by [ profile] chaila43 [Doctor Who]: River Song is magnificent, and so is this vid. Perfectly catches all the almost moments and in betweeny circularity of the way she teaches the Doctor everything he knows because she knows him after he's already learned it all. I still don't understand why I can't snap my fingers to open my front door.

For Your Entertainment by [ profile] dualbunny [Battlestar Galactica]: We now move to a vid that is amazing for totally different reasons. This vid is about Chief Tyrol, to Adam Lambert, played completely straight, and is amazing for it. It shows how the song, like the Chief is actually violent and abusive when viewed straight, without pop cultural context about how we "should" take things or what narrative tropes are supposed to elicit what responses. It's the opposite of sleight of hand and it's remarkably cathartic as well as superbly edited.

U. R. A. Fever by [ profile] kiki_miserychic [Fringe]: Olivia Dunham, BAMF. The use of motion in this is phenomenal. It has a rhythm and a pace that keeps you with it even as it disorients you right up until the end.

twinkle, twinkle by [ profile] kiki_miserychic [Doctor Who]: Weeping Angels take over Amy's brain. CREEPY AS FUCK.

Falling For The First Time by [ profile] glass_moment [Doctor Who]: Amy and the Doctor and Rory and Happy Adventures in Space and Time that, every now an again, smack you upside the head with a moment of Moving and your heart grows a few sizes.

Glass by [ profile] cherryice [Watchmen]: This is just stunningly beautiful. I want to give it a huge write up but I kind of run out of words at that point and just want to aim you all at it.


The Obligatory River/Eleven Feminist Manifesto by [ profile] chaila43. There is nothing not awesome about being given a feminist manifesto for your birthday, I really recommend everyone try it at least once. IN OTHER NEWS, IT'S ALSO A SUPER AWESOME READ. And makes me feel about 15% less RIDICULOUS about my fangirliness!
beccatoria: (we are the cylon vidding machine!)
I meant to post about this like...two days ago or something. Or maybe it was yesterday. Whatever, the point is:

[ profile] bsgvidrecs!

It's exactly what it sounds like! A free for all vid rec comm with one day a month for multi-fandom recs.

Anyone can post but since I'm the designated reccer for the month of July, I'm gonna hold back until then.

beccatoria: (hunger for faith six)
So, children, go now to watch Sons and Daughters, a fabulous Cylon POV vid from [ profile] heyiya.

It's a brilliant examination of the violent, disturbing evolutionary path the Cylon walk, while managing to still brilliantly capture a sense of boundless hope, optimism and just plain inability to understand committing speciescide, snapping the necks of babies and locking women up in baby factories ain't always such a great thing to do.

The tension between their at times horrific actions and their genuine, and at times innocent and naive, desire to learn, grow and be good beings, is excellent.

Plus in this instance, the vid does all sorts of entertaining meta-tastic stuff about Cylon evolution - both literal and in terms of storyarc and characterisation - and reproduction. And how in both those cases it's pretty much literally technological evolution and utterly different to ours.

So yeah, it's great! Go watch it! Yay!
beccatoria: (crossbones)
Flist, you are failing to entertain me! At least two of you are supposed to taking advantage of my excellent minion skills and I'm sure the rest of you could be making things and posting things JUST TO ENTERTAIN ME, yet here I am, driven to making ANOTHER VIDLET because, well, actually because of this superawesome vid that reminded me the Flobots exist and the awesomesauce that they are -

so say we all I (Handlebars) by [ profile] kiki_miserychic. Do not walk, run, for it is mighty.

Also apparently I can only vid Laura Roslin to rap music. Who knew.

[ profile] spiralsheep, you are exonorated, for I was HIGHLY entertained, but the rest of y'all, I have like four and possibly five weeks of nothing-to-do before I go to South Korea, and aside from a week where my awesome friend is coming to stay I'm at a total loose end. I'm trying to mediate my LOOMING TERROR at moving to a new country and starting a new job thousands of miles away from everywhere I've ever lived and anyone I know in a place where I will not even understand the writing, by being too busy to notice. This means Projects.

So here's the deal.

1) I have commitments to both [ profile] projectjulie and [ profile] asta77 re: making some vid type stuff probably over the next few weeks, but that's also not something that will fill my every waking hour.

2) I still kinda want to finish that BSG story I started a few weeks back and have half-a-plot for.

3) Even minus a week when I'll be largely AFK, that still leaves me with two or three weeks of...nada. So if any of you have a story you want written (original or fanfiction), or a vidlet idea or...well I don't think I do much else fannish, but the point is, if you think I can do it, ask me. I might well say, "Okay," and get around to it this month, and be grateful for the distraction.

Anyone remember that last time I accepted prompts and ended up writing all kinds of cool crap about Amelia Earheart being kidnapped by alchemists and Zombie Cows and Han Solo's trousers and how Maya was Sekritly an Oracle and desperately in love with Laura Roslin? This could be just as cool as that!

So yeah.

Go watch that awesome vid, and then COME BACK HERE AND GIVE ME THINGS TO DO!

Thank you.
beccatoria: (tory bsg love)
I've been planning to do this for a really long time, so, no reason to put it off any longer! Here is a comprehensive list of my alltime favourite BSG vids!

Alphabetically, by filename as they exist in my vids folder!

Here Be Vid Recs! )

And that's it for tonight cus I'm gonna fall over with tiredness if I stay up any later!

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