jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (spock)
jmtorres ([personal profile] jmtorres) wrote2009-08-15 07:39 pm

Vid Announcement: Star Trek, The Long Spear

Vid: The Long Spear
Vidders: MANY--Please credit to "[personal profile] jmtorres, [personal profile] niqaeli, et al", not JUST to [personal profile] jmtorres. This was NOT a solo vid
Music: The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel, with additional material
Fandom: Star Trek and... Star Trek. Yes.
LINK (right-click or ctrl-click to download and save): (39MB)

I promised since, oh, about the second time I saw the movie that this vid would say everything I wanted said and that if it didn't I would cry and hang up my hat as a vidder because clearly I would be no good at communicating in the medium.

So I will limit my remarks here and let the vid do most of the talking. I really only want to say three things:

1. An expansion of the credits:
[personal profile] jmtorres and [personal profile] niqaeli were the primary vidders in the sense of putting material on the timeline.

[personal profile] traykor, [personal profile] echan, and [personal profile] grey_bard did lots and lots additional clipping above and beyond what [personal profile] jmtorres and [personal profile] niqaeli managed.

[personal profile] grey_bard also recorded the vocal track for the last verse specifically for this project. The other women whose singing I sampled for this vid are Joni Mitchell and Lorenna McKennit.

[personal profile] killabeez and [ profile] slasher69 are two vidders to whose work we paid homage. Those vids were: Killa's Dante's Prayer, because Killa is a seminal Trek vidder of the modern era (Dante's Prayer has been cited as "Hey, you guys! We can use those computers things for vidding!"), and Kandy Fong's Both Sides Now, which is, so far as I know, the earliest vid of which we have visual record (see this OTW journal article for more on the history of vidding).

The following fangirls took pictures of themselves in Vulcan salute for me to use at the end of the vid: [personal profile] ysobel, [ profile] lierdumoa, [personal profile] settiai, [personal profile] lferion, [personal profile] azurelunatic, [personal profile] revolutionaryjo, [personal profile] gchick, [personal profile] zarhooie, [ profile] missingwatch.

[personal profile] elfling made the awesome costumes we wore to Club Vivid.

I would also like to give a special nod to [personal profile] nshoe, who, while not one of our women's voices in the traditional sense, did help out with Memory Alpha abuse for clipping and making one of my hard drives live again. His wife, [personal profile] niqaeli, also notes that he was very patient with the crazy women in the house.

2. I did, briefly, want to explain the title, because I used a metaphor that I thought was not uncommon, but google entirely disagrees. So you may never have heard it before unless you read all the same stuff I do. [ profile] papersky writes about her spearpoint theory; the example she was using it on when I appropriated it into my personal vocabulary was the Vorkosigan novels, how the later novels like Brothers in Arms and Memory are that sharp point on the long spear, they have an emotional impact because of the history of the other novels they carry. I consider the Star Trek Reboot movie to be the sharp point. Since I'm trying not to overexplain the vid, I'll leave the rest of the metaphor unspoken.

3. My hat is made of tin.

I will now take questions from the audience.

(Holy cow, it's harder to hear people cry than to hear them laugh.)
giandujakiss: (Kirk)

[personal profile] giandujakiss 2009-08-16 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
I am totally verklempt now. This was so perfect - I was like, getting all teary at the segments contrasting old with new, and then I just about died with those shots toward the end that I won't mention because I don't want to spoil for anyone who may see this comment before watching the vid, but you know the ones I mean. Awesome!! *sniff*
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[personal profile] inarticulate 2009-08-16 03:24 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow. That just blew me away. It was beautiful, and then all the clips from the other treks started coming in and oh, god, the Vulcan salutes at the end and here I am all misty-eyed.

Thank you so much for sharing this. Thank you.
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[personal profile] softestbullet 2009-08-16 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Omg. Omg. At first I was like, huh, I'm getting nostalgic even though I never watched TOS, and then --


(From the title, I expected a vid about phallic imagery in Star Trek. :D)

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[personal profile] sdwolfpup 2009-08-16 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Oh gosh, I absolutely adore the weight of the history you've filled this vid with, how it feels both nostalgic and endless, like there's all that's come before and yet more to come in the future.

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[personal profile] revolutionaryjo 2009-08-16 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
I'm so proud to be a part of this (even if it is a really, really tiny inconsequential part, haha). I loved it start to finish. What a great way to end a vidshow! :D
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[personal profile] rivkat 2009-08-16 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
I was in the audience and I loved it and I love the metaphor; it feels exactly right. I don't have much more to say because I can't put it into words now, sorry.
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[personal profile] gchick 2009-08-16 05:28 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] cathexys 2009-08-16 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
Wow!!! I feel like we need to add a postscript to Francesca's essay, because this? This is her argument in a nutshell. or rather, the response, the taking back of that female missing voice, not only in fic but in a gorgeously self-reflexive, self-aware tour de force through 40 years of Star Trek, 40 years of fandom, 40 years of *us*!

The comments on the female computer voice comes back to us in the end when S&G's song suddenly is carried by a female voice, and the ST ethos and mythology we see in the middle of the vid extend into all the sequels only to come back to STR doesn't remain in the fictional ST verse but extends into all out lives...those shots of people--famous and not--are marvelous, showing the impact of this show not just on us...but it comes back to us...very much so :)!!! There are sometimes vids where I feel like I can write a 20 page paper or I can just hand someone a particular vid, because all of it is RIGHT THERE. This is one of those vids!!! Thank you :)
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[personal profile] grey_bard 2009-08-16 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
Er, which of Francesca's essays? She has a number of them.

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[personal profile] callisto65 2009-08-16 09:15 am (UTC)(link)
Stunning. I'm here via a rec from [personal profile] giandujakiss and I'm so glad I got to see this. A bold choice of song that worked like a dream.. the old, the new, the sentiment.. "after changes upon changes we are more or less the same". Just... yes. There it is, fandom right there. In one beautifully crafted nutshell.

Thank you for all the hard work and love that clearly went into making this.

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[personal profile] ratcreature 2009-08-16 09:25 am (UTC)(link)
I have no clue about this spearpoint metaphor, but the vid was very cool, and I enjoyed it a lot.
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[personal profile] jadey 2009-08-16 01:26 pm (UTC)(link)
(linked from various)

Normally I like to be specific in my comments to a vid, but I am honest to god speechless. I feel like I've been hit in the chest with a brick (in a good way!). The last vid to do this to me was Lim's "Us", and for the same reason -- the spearpoint. Perfect metaphor, amazing vid, and thank you so much. Already a classic!
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[personal profile] such_heights 2009-08-16 01:42 pm (UTC)(link)
This is INCREDIBLE, oh my god. I've been a Trek fan since I was a little kid and this just made me burst with love.
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[personal profile] jhava 2009-08-16 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
This is utterly exquisite. There are so many layers to this vid which makes it an utter delight to watch and rewatch. A friend and I watched it this morning and by the end we were both in awe of what you managed to achieve on screen. Thank you!
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[personal profile] pixel 2009-08-16 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think I've ever wanted to do flaily hands and cry all at the same time. My God. I am filled with love and a little nostalgia and wow. Oh FANDOM, Oh TREK.
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[personal profile] stultiloquentia 2009-08-16 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
OH FLAIL! The opening is ingenious. I'd just been rereading Francesca's essay, too. The computer voice, omg!

And the ending! And the middle! Wow, is this ever a keeper. ♥
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[personal profile] happydork 2009-08-16 04:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I watched this making little hearts at the screen with my hands (yes, I am that dorky) and then at the end I had to stop, because I was busy clapping my hands to my mouth in misty-eyed joy. Oh, this was such a lovely celebration of fannishness -- it made me really happy, and I know I'll be rewatching it when I need a pick-me-up.
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[personal profile] jecook 2009-08-16 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh wow.

Outstanding job!


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[personal profile] kuwdora 2009-08-16 05:38 pm (UTC)(link)
oh. *sobs* yes.
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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2009-08-16 09:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, YES. I *wish* I'd been at VVC to watch this vid in company, but-- I almost don't need to. It's all there, in the vid, all of us. It's just-- wow. This. Yes.
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[personal profile] skywaterblue 2009-08-16 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I have to admit, when I first saw this posted my heart sank because I've been working on a pan-Trek video myself and I'm waiting for the DVD of the new movie to finish it. And then I kicked myself. And then I decided to watch it.

THANK GOD, yours is entirely different. *sweatbead wipe*

It's really awesome, I love when it picks up speed with all the different clips of the Trek television shows. AND: the Vulcan salute! I love where it merges from Trek to other famous fans to people like you and me. Brilliant and remarkable.

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[personal profile] semielliptical 2009-08-16 11:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Fabulous!! I love the way this looks at the entire Star Trek fandom. Amazing work!
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[personal profile] tearful_eye 2009-08-17 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
i'm younger than i once was and older than i'll be

omg. this. it's so beautiful, *sniffles*
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[personal profile] azurelunatic 2009-08-17 01:09 am (UTC)(link)
I don't even know why I'm crying.
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[personal profile] elliptic_eye 2009-08-17 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
Here from a rec from [personal profile] calapine—I don't know enough about vidding to manage a detailed review, but dude. This is amazing.
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[personal profile] oltha_heri 2009-08-17 06:10 am (UTC)(link)
This was quite impressive, and really cool. It is just fantastic, I have nothing else to say other than job well done and wow.

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