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jmtorres ([personal profile] jmtorres) wrote2017-04-18 03:35 pm

Vidding ponderings

I put on a Kills/Dead Weather playlist while I was walking to the store, because I was looking at a recipe and therefore couldn't give my attention to an audiobook. And like. There's like 8 potential vids on this list, in addition to the thing where I used Alison Mosshart as the soundtrack to one particular character in the (mostly) Mission Impossible rock star AU I never got around to writing out. So what I'm saying is this list is fannishly activating for me.

But so I was thinking about all the vid bunnies, the ones probably over now and the ones I might still make, and why, how vidding ideas have their time, to some extent, but also how it's just if one hits me during the 2 weeks my brain is semi-functional.

In this playlist, there's a Captain America vid bunny, that I may never make because a) so so so much extra canon research and b) though it's different, I no longer feel like I need to make this vid because [personal profile] settiai made The War Was In Color. There are vid bunnies for Damages and Blacklist, from an era where I was trying to relate to my family by watching their fave TV. Both those shows were sufficiently exhausting that I don't think I'll be going back to those canons though. There's an Orphan Black vid idea that is so dependent on viewer's canon knowledge (it was supposed to be all the clones having to play each other) that I feel like maybe its time is past, in terms of Orphan Black has--ahahahahaha I thought Orphan Black was over, based on it drifting out of the attention of the part of fandom I read. Maybe that says more about how much I've been keeping up with fandom than anything else. There's a Zombies! Run vid I might still make, even though it has the constructed visual reality problem. There's an Utena vid I definitely want to make if/when I get my hands on the shiny new dvd releases, despite the fact that that show is definitely over, it's been over for years, and I do not participate in any kind of remotely active fandom for it. I just. Still want this vid.

The last several vids I've made I have been RUTHLESS about cutting the songs down. The one I made for CVV that I need to look at beta notes from [personal profile] echan tonight is 2:26, down from a five something minute song. I did that with the Leverage vid I made for challenge last year, and also the Losers vid I made for [personal profile] niqaeli's birthday a couple of years ago. And while I didn't cut down 1985 significantly, I did drop a chorus, which is something I would not have done a decade and a half ago. I used to like firmly believe that if all the parts of the song did not work for your vid it was not the right song, or if it was too long or whatever, like cutting was cheating. This is sort of like believing in a destined one true love or something? Like for every vidder and every show and every idea, there is a single perfect song. A line of the lyrics is tattooed somewhere on your body, and you spend all your time listening to muzak in stores wondering if you'll finally hear the fated tune. I once made a six-plus minute vid to prove that I could. (To myself. I think.) Somewhere along the line it occurred to me to apply the same logic I had to beat into my head about homework: a short thing you finish and turn in is infinite percent better than the perfect idea you never manage to make.
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[personal profile] krait 2017-04-19 02:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not even a vid watcher, normally, but I would totally loan you my Utena DVDs for the purposes of vidmaking if you lived close! I need all things Utena. :D
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[personal profile] echan 2017-04-22 06:11 am (UTC)(link)
I've always viewed audio edits much the same way as effects in vids beyond straight cuts and the occasional crossfade. Like, you're working with the video source that was released, every color shift or frame distortion or mask or all of that is a transformation far more significant than simply rearranging things.

Lately I've been saying that I'm vidding the song as much as the video, and it is true in a lot of ways -- I pick a song that will mostly work, use the song to figure out what to do with video parts my plans were vague or lacking on, use the video work to figure out what parts of the song won't work, with both sides heavily constrained by what's available from the original source.

It took me about two years after I got into vidding to understand why 'clip theft' was such a terrible thing, let alone a big deal at all -- all the clips came from the show/movie, so why would anyone care if someone acquired their clips from a dvd rip or a torrent or a shot of someone else's vid? I didn't realize the extend of the changes people were making to source clips on a routine basis.