Jan. 26th, 2012

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For Festivids this year, I was very conservative in the sources that I nominated. I wanted to make sure that whatever show or movie I was matched on, I would know it really well, would be emotionally invested in and would be able to do fun or interesting things with. When I was matched on Mary Poppins I was delighted. I mean, what a great movie. Plenty of colour and movement and fun too.

[profile] stephantom was pretty open to ideas but specifically asked for something focussed on Burt or Burt/Mary. I felt kinda bad, in a way, because her other sources were awesome things like The Wire and Mad Men but they were far too intimidating. After a *lot* of song searching (and thanks to [personal profile] elynross and [personal profile] fan_eunice) I finally went with Sinatra and the vid basically fell together. I hope you like it.

You Make Me Feel So Young by AbsoluteDestiny

Made during Festivids 2011/12 for stephantom

Footage: Mary Poppins (1964)
Audio: You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra
Duration: 00:02:07

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My rationale for treat-making this year was simple. 1) I would actually make treats this year. 2) They would exist because it would be a shame if they didn't. The reason for this treat was almost entirely due to [personal profile] fan_eunice's Dear Festividder letter where she mentioned Will Smith punching an alien in the face. I thought to myself "but what if she doesn't get a vid where that happens?!". So I made one for her.

Now, I actually find the song kinda hilarious. The opening is so so over the top. I was mostly just happy to be vidding something fairly mindless and where my entire creative energy would be in the minutia of editing and making sure the energy of the song was being represented. I think it came out pretty well. Thanks go to [livejournal.com profile] jarrow for being a great beta.

Doomsday by AbsoluteDestiny

Footage: Independence Day (1996)
Audio: Doomsday by Nero
Duration: 00:02:55

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Next up on my "it would be a real shame if there wasn't" list was for [livejournal.com profile] sisabet but it wasn't to this song. Originally I really really really wanted to do the Apollo/Rocky slash vid she asked for because damn that training montage footage is about the best thing ever put to film. So there I am listening for vidsongs when I ask [livejournal.com profile] braver_creature what her favourite over-wrought love song was. "The One" by Elton John, she replied. She played it for me (I wasn't familiar with it) while I was playing said training montage on youtube and OMFG. So the idea crystallised... but [livejournal.com profile] braver_creature wanted to make it. Badly.

OK OK, I said. Well, how about you make that from Apollo's POV and I do one from Rocky's? So I go looking for other vidsongs and come up with a few good ideas (Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark) but as she was getting more and more into the idea it was pretty clear that The One was going to have a POV switch. So I figured I'd leave all the slashy goodness to her and think of something else.

I'm not going to lie, I think this song is totally perfect for the Rocky movies. The thing that wasn't perfect? The footage that wasn't boxing or training and the fact that the I would need to conflate the first two movies into one emotional arc. Oh and the fact that the song is entirely penultimate and they are never more than half way there. I'd have to ignore that. In all other respects though, the song is perfect :P

I'm actually really please with this vid - it came out a lot better than I thought it was going to when I started making it. Of all the festivids vids, this was the hardest one to put together.





Livin' On A Prayer by AbsoluteDestiny

You live for the fight when it's all that you got.

Footage: Rocky (1976) and Rocky II (1979)
Audio: Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Duration: 00:03:50

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Continuing the "wouldn't it be a shame if" theme, I was delighted to see that the internet's favourite kitty had been requested for Festivids but, I thought to myself, what if nobody makes a Maru vid! Of course, my fears were unfounded as unknown to me a very very excellent, vid with humour love and tenderness was being made in the form of Outside the Box.

Anyway, I decided that I would try and put together a super-quick, super-fun Maru vid. Yeah, this was the year where I decided that literalism was *exactly* what festivids needed.

Papa's Got A Brand New Bag by AbsoluteDestiny

Footage: Maru (まる) (2011)
Audio: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (pt 1) by James Brown
Duration: 00:01:30

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So by this point, I'm starting to feel pretty good about my Festivids vids. I was happy with my assignment and I'd done three treats! But there I was, on New Year's Eve 2011 thinking to myself "There's still time for more vids". So I go back to the Dear Festividder letters and look over the sources. I'm not sure precisely how it happened, all I know is that I read Ghostbusters and then I went to my music library and was browsing through stuff and it was right there staring me in the face.

After some slight song editing (removing the naming of the band because I wanted to maintain the chronology and at that point there were only 3 busters) I dove right in. Thankfully, [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup shared my feelings about Ghostbusters 2 (in that 'not really invested, haven't seen it in decades' way) so I was able to just go ahead and have fun with the first movie I remember seeing at the cinema way back when.

Ballroom Blitz by AbsoluteDestiny

Footage: Ghostbusters (1984)
Audio: The Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet
Duration: 00:02:54

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Making all these vids over my Christmas vacation was so much fun that I didn't want to stop. So when I saw the last round of pinch hits go up, I knew I wanted to grab this one.

Colls had suggested 70s or 80s but was worried about it being cheesy but was happy for something fun and actiony. 'I can do that', I thought to myself. Now, I actually have some major major issues with Star Wars or more to the point with George Lucas' repeated screwing over of my childhood. Star Wars was, without a doubt, by first fandom. I LOVED STAR WARS. So much. Figures, stickers, the Empire Strikes Back bedspread and matching PJs. It was happy hi-jinx and adventure time. What I didn't like was 1997 and everything that followed. The Special Edition was a travesty - the new CG was hideous, goofy and made the whole thing look so incredibly dated and needlessly so. The art design and special effects on the original trilogy were pioneering and internally perfectly consistent. The new stuff was garish and laughable. Then you had every revison after that - Greedo shooting (screw who shot first, Greedo never shot ever), replacement Anakins ('who the fuck is that guy' thought Luke) and finally the total desecration of Vader in his origin story. God damn you, Lucas.

So, if I were to vid Star Wars, it would be to the Star Wars of my youth and without Lucas' modern retcon bullshit. So, first rule was that there would be no special edition footage. No new Death Star explosions, no new cloud city, no new blue snow on Hoth, no new pink lightsabers, no new dead Jedi, no new creepy ewok eyes. Thankfully, fan restoration projects are plentiful and Harmy had recently completed his really excellent De-specialisation project where High Def footage was used where available and Laserdisc or GOUT-sourced footage was used for the scenes as they should be. The next major decision was to exclude Vader and any overt use of the force. In focusing on the getaways and the rebels as scrappy underdogs there wasn't really any place for the father-son story. So I figured since Vader had been so thoroughly defanged by Lucas, I'd just remove him altogether in this vid. I think it was for the best. Lots of Han, Leia, Luke and Lando with a fair share of Chewie, R2, 3PO, Obi Wan, Wedge and Ackbar.



Jailbreak by AbsoluteDestiny

The criminal hi-jinx of the rebel scum.

Footage: Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Audio: Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy
Duration: 00:03:16

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