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Age Like Wine by AbsoluteDestiny



too late to die young now



Footage: My Vids (2002)

Audio: Age Like Wine by Todd Snider

Duration: 00:01:46




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I Fink U Freeky by AbsoluteDestiny


and I like you a lot.



Warnings: All. Well, pretty much all. We have physical triggers (strobing, fast cuts), content triggers (violence, porn, violent porn, torture, dubious consent, self-harm, medical experimentation, vomit, body horror and more that I can't remember right now)




Footage: 90s Japanese erotic cyberpunk body-horror movies including 946 Pinocchio (1991), Rubber's Lover (1996) and Tetsuo: The Iron man (1989)

Audio: I Fink U Freeky by Die Antwoord

Duration: 00:03:49




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Sleeping Ute by AbsoluteDestiny



But I can't help myself...



Footage: Life of Pi (2012)

Audio: Sleeping Ute by Grizzly Bear

Duration: 00:04:29




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I think Milly and I both thought we'd be the only one vidding Mirror's Edge. It was hilarious when I found out she'd made one as well but I was so relieved that they were basically two aspects of the source and two different takes. Hers is lovely, you should check it out.

I'm sure many of you don't know what Mirror's Edge is or don't know much about it. It's a first-person video game where you run through a near-future city helping those oppressed by the surveillance state they now live in. In particular, she's trying to uncover a conspiracy that has her sister framed for the murder of a progressive liberty-loving politician. As a game it has a number of praise-worthy components - a determined and independent asian female protagonist, a major de-emphasis on shooting people (possible but optional) and some unique movement mechanics.

I like Mirror's Edge. It's not an easy game - there's a certain point where you becoming skilful enough to be as awesome as Faith and that's a point not everyone reaches before the game gets hard. I like that the heart of the game is these two sisters, it makes up for the not-really-that-interesting conspiracy plot. The cutscenes are kinda poor too - the game itself has such an excellently realise art style that the flash animations in the cutscenes just don't live up to it. In any case, what I wanted to do with this vid was highlight the parts I liked most about the game - the aesthetic, the parkour and the sibling story.

To obtain the footage, I'd have normally just captured my own playthroughs of the game. If you know what you're doing you can beat the game in about the amount of time it would take to watch a movie - plus you can be more 'cinematic' with how you are looking around, doing things that look good rather than being efficient in the game. Unfortunately I did this video over the Christmas period when visiting my folks - meaning I only had my laptop which can run the game but not while also capturing footage. This sucked.

Hence, I had to source my footage elsewhere:

  1. EA's official trailers which in some respects look better than some of the in-game footage. With the exception of the compression which is kinda awful and YouTube is the only source that doesn't have big fat logos on it.

  2. In-game cut scenes.

  3. David 'Weatherproof' Streeter's superb speedrun (0:57:32) - excellent flow, obviously, and decent quality footage. The downsides to this source were no PhysX, having to remove the game reticule and, being a speedrun, there's a lot of skipping of key parts of the action and relying on strange game engine exploits.

  4. CowLaunchedGames' pacifist playthrough. I wanted to emphasise the non-lethal aspects of the game so wanted some good disarming footage. This is another source that needed its reticule removed. The free running isn't that great in this playthrough - he's not especially good at the game - but it made for some good scenes.

  5. pmf026's PhysX-enabled playthrough. If this weren't YouTube encoded, this would almost be perfect footage - no subtitles, no reticule and the guy has pretty good flow. Poor compression on YouTube sources means that I preferred using the speedrun wherever possible but this is a nice playthrough and with all the nice special effects that you can only get on the Nvidia graphics cards.
Suffice to say, without these sources there would have been no vid.

This vid posed a number of challenges that I'd not really had in other vids:

  1. It is entirely possible to edit the first-person footage in such a way that people watching become motion sick. Scrubbing for clips would make me ill after a while and I'd have to take breaks.

  2. Most of the footage has no people in it and establishing context was difficult in general. Even the scene where Faith meets her sister who has discovered Pope's murder I used slightly sparingly because without knowing the game it's hard to know at that point in the vid who the victim is.

  3. It's one thing to have to remove the logo of a TV channel but you can't just crop things when there's a dot *right in the middle of the footage*. I had to do some fancy logo-removing voodoo but I was really pleased with the results. If you look close at some individual frames you can see the way the footage is blurred but when things are moving it's really hard to spot I think.

  4. AfterEffects' motion tracking tool was inexplicably having a lot of trouble with the building at the end for animating the credits. Normally this kind of perspective work is a cinch for it but it was going crazy trying to track the dark blue on black in three dimensions. Instead I made a null object in 3D space that I keyframed by hand to track the front face of the building and then I used that as a parent for my credits so they'd track the building. It turned out well enough.

  5. People weren't playing the game dramatically enough. I had a hard time finding good footage of the sniper rifle rescue scene - these gamers had no sense of drama and didn't stay around to look at the carnage that ensued after pulling the trigger. Times like those I really wished I did my own captures so there'd be more last-minute escapes and such.
Anyway, it was a fun vid to make although it was more rushed than I wanted - I felt like I wasn't doing enough with the source and song. In any case, Brad likes it (like I knew he would) and that's the most important thing.

Enjoy!

Warnings: Physical triggers, (some strobing, vertigo :P).

Raise Your Weapon by AbsoluteDestiny

one word and it's over

Footage: Mirror's Edge (2008)
Audio: Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) by deadmau5
Duration: 00:03:03

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Another Auction vid? Well, I stepped in to do a pinch hit for Voleuse and I'm so glad I did. Becca and I were discussing the awesomeness of the Bei Fongs and I suggested this song and... yeah. Major thanks have to go to BigBigTruck as this obviously riffs quite heavily on her classic AMV.

For those of you who don't know the shows, the little girl is blind and is the canonical mother of the 50-something woman who is a police officer. Oh, and they are earth and metal benders. Just watch the shows already.

Spoilers for both shows, esp Korra

Mama Said Knock You Out by AbsoluteDestiny

for Voleuse with special thanks to Eunice and Big Big Truck

Footage: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) and The Legend of Korra (2012)
Audio: Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
Duration: 00:03:44

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Gwyn won me for VVC's Auction this year and had a long list of awesome things for me to vid. The first on the list was this movie that I had never seen about a Medieval village in fear of the Black Death. Interesting visuals and an unusual story later, I decided it would be good to try this out. At first I was going to vid it to Iron by Woodkid but when playing with the footage on the timeline it wasn't working and this song came to mind. I'm pretty happy with the end result. Enjoy!

The Death and The Navigator by AbsoluteDestiny

for Gwyn

Footage: The Navigator (1987)
Audio: Atomic Bird by Yoko Kanno
Duration: 00:03:57

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When working out a vid concept for gwyneth's auction vid, this idea for a Ripley vid emerged. I was really keen but Gwyn preferred for me to vid The Navigator (link soon) so I did. After the auction vid was done I figured I'd make this for the Premieres show. Problem was the Premieres deadline had passed. So, the day after the Premiere's deadline, I asked for an 'extension' and was given two days to make this :)

I'm happy with how its came out even though it was rushed. I've always wanted to do a Ripley vid and as it happens Gwyn liked the result too!

Say Aha by AbsoluteDestiny

Louder than they allow, allow

Footage: Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)
Audio: Say Aha (Tepr Edit) by Santigold
Duration: 00:04:18

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For a long while I thought I wasn't going to be able to make a 7th treat. I'd been looking around for vidsongs to a lot of different sources (Contact, Clueless, While You Were Sleeping, Dellamorte Dellamore) but none of them were grabbing me or at least presenting me with a frictionless vid idea that I could just churn out. While looking at the Dear Festividder letters again, this idea just pops right in there. It's not what [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain asked for (who the hell would ask for this) so while I felt bad that I wasn't giving her the kickass Catwoman vid she deserves I figured it would be worth a giggle or two to have Nicholson's joker prancing around disturbingly to Tiny Tim.

Thankfully, Nicholson prances around a lot in this movie (usually to Prince) so there was enough footage for this little ditty. It's hideously infectious though, so be warned.

Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight by AbsoluteDestiny

Things that bother you, never bother me!

Footage: Batman (1989)
Audio: Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight by Tiny Tim
Duration: 00:01:40

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The hows and whys of this vid will really need a post of its own. So instead, I will just leave this here. Many thanks to tzikeh for the song.

May I Suggest by AbsoluteDestiny

The best part of your life.

Footage: Up (2009)
Audio: May I Suggest by Susan Werner
Duration: 00:04:30

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It's been almost 3 years since I did one of these vid things. Ouch. Well, let's carry on as if that hiatus never happened, shall we?

Running Away by AbsoluteDestiny

It's true when you let it go.

There's not a lot for me to say about this vid - I'm hoping it will speak for itself. It is likely to appeal to fans of stories about growing-up, imagination and the art of creating derivative works in video form. Should be fairly popular themes in these parts.

As with most movie vids, spoilers for the movie are frequent. I do recommend watching the movie first but that shouldn't be a huge barrier to comprehension and enjoyment.

Footage: Son of Rambow (2007)
Audio: [Section 21] Together We're Heavy and [Section 22] Running Away by The Polyphonic Spree
(from the album The Fragile Army)

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