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So the Festivids list has been posted (all the awesome thanks in the world to [personal profile] jetpack_monkey and [personal profile] laura47 for my vids!!!) so as you can find out, I made 7 vids this year!

Rather than spamming my flist with posts I figured I'd made this one meta-post linking to them. If you were a recipient of any of these vids, I strongly recommend downloading a copy because the streaming web versions are not (especially on vimeo) synced as accurately as I think they should be. Basically the download versions are better.

The vids I made in order of creation are:

  1. You Made Me Feel So Young (to Mary Poppins, for [profile] stephantom) [My assigment]
  2. Doomsday (to Independence Day for [livejournal.com profile] fan_eunice) [treat]
  3. Livin' On A Prayer (to Rocky and Rocky III for [livejournal.com profile] sisabet) [treat]
  4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (to Maru for [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss)[treat]
  5. Ballroom Blitz (to Ghostbusters for [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup) [treat]
  6. Jailbreak (to Star Wars the original trilogy for [personal profile] colls) [Pinch Hit]
  7. Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight (to Batman for [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain) [treat]


No lie, this is a lot of vids. Like, I've not made this many vids in so short a time span in years. Possibly ever. I do have to apologise to my recipients: because I was vidding so fast the vids might not all be as polished as I'd like, though I think on the whole they turned out fairly well.

This year, I decided to take a slightly different approach for Festivids. Last year, I nominated a *ton* of sources thinking, mostly, 'oh yeah I've seen that movie once I could probably vid it at a stretch' and other such fallacies. This year, I asked myself the following questions:
  1. Do I love this source?
  2. Would it be awesome if there was a vid that I made to this source?
  3. Would I be thrilled to get this source as an assignment?
If any of these were anything other than OMGYES, I didn't nominate it. In the end I only nominated 42 sources and, incidentally, only 2 of those sources were ones I ended up vidding (the other 5 vids were sources I would never have been assigned). See, I wanted to be sure that whatever the recipient wanted, I'd feel confident that I could do a good job for them.

The next major decision was that this year I would not spend weeks and weeks and weeks looking for that perfect all-encompassing vidsong. I did that last year and more often than not, that vid song just doesn't exist. Instead, I had to accept that even though I was unlikely to vid this source again the fact that I couldn't find a song that represented every single one of my feelings about the source should not stop me just making a damn vid already. I basically concluded that if the song worked well enough, I could pretty much make a decent enough vid and that that was fine.

So that's what I did. What I found was that I could do this a lot: once I had a vidsong that had a basic hook I could churn out a fairly enjoyable vid fairly fast. They weren't deep vids but they were fun and that's precisely what festivids is about!

tl;dr I let go a little and made a ton of vids that I'm pretty happy with. They're worth a watch, I think.

P.S. I'd like to thank everyone who left comments on my vids while they were anonymous, it meant a lot to me that you enjoyed the vids!

Date: 2012-02-04 03:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
Your strategy was clearly a winning one. I had a similar process with my nominating, but I did get bogged down with song choice and wound up making only two vids, where I'd hoped to make at least four. Must adopt the "good enough" approach next year!

What a crop of riches you've given us. These are all absolutely tremendous.

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