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NEW: Karaoke Soul (2013) Performed by Tom McRae Theme: Harry Potter, Second War
My Rating: Five stars. I'm very happy with this one. Background: Created for Shadow Of The Season, a dark Christmas fest on hp_darkarts on LiveJournal. The required Christmas reference is the attack by Nagini at Godric's Hollow on Christmas night, in the opening sequence. The lyrics, and a couple of the clips, hint at the Death Eaters having a belief that Harry, Dumbledore, and his ilk are hypocrites who are no more righteous than them. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing too geeky here - layering, playing with colour, and playing with speed and timing to match character or clip movements to music. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 69MB or FLV, LQ, 24MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (36MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
NEW: The World Is Not Enough (2013) Performed by Garbage Theme: Harry Potter, Bellatrix/Voldemort, Second War
My Rating: Four stars. Hit the notes I was aiming for. Background: Told from Bellatrix's point of view, we see her utter commitment to the world Voldemort promises, to the bitter end. I intend this as a (somewhat) mutual Bellatrix/Voldemort, but you could very easily view it as unrequited on Bellatrix's side as well. In that sense it's friendly to multiple takes on the relationship. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing too geeky here - technically this is generally a pretty simple vid. However, there are three manipulated scenes - one of Bellatrix's death, one of Voldemort in a vulnerable moment contemplating his disfigured body, and one of Bella facing the Wizengamot. I was intending this to be one of those vids that brings in lots of external material for a manufactured storyline - I have some great footage of a more human version of Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes in Coriolanus) - but in the end, it came together very nicely just using canon footage. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 72MB or FLV, LQ, 27MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (40MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
NEW: I Am A Rock (2013) Performed by Simon & Garfunkel Theme: Harry Potter's Voldemort, with a little Bellatrix/Voldemort
My Rating: Four stars. A nice competent character vid, nothing too out of the ordinary for techniques. Background: This vid plays with one of my theories, that Voldemort's inability to love is self-protective after his mother's death, rather than strictly sociopathic. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing too geeky here - layering, playing with colour, and just one heavily manipulated clip, of Merope Gaunt/Riddle dead at the orphanage. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter, Call the Midwife. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 70MB or FLV, LQ, 23MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (36MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
REMASTERED: Skyfall (2012/2013) Performed by Adele Theme: Harry Potter's Malfoy Family
My Rating: Five stars. There's really nothing I'd change about this one. Background: This vid is from the Malfoys' point of view at the end of the war. I was fascinated that most of the Skyfall vids seemed to be from the good guys' point of view, when the lyrics are very clearly about an antihero (as per the original subject of the song, James Bond). Geeky Things To Note: This vid is inspired in some ways by We Are by Dragonchic, in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fandom. It's another endgame, somewhat-ensemble piece, much like Won't Give In, but this time from the antagonists' perspective. I went in with a very specific approach - it was to be strictly canon (whereas for romance vids I'm happy to borrow from outside sources), and it was to start out contemplative and then build up to a quite lavish crescendo depicting the final battle. I really liked working with Draco, who I haven't vidded before - he has some lovely footage. Minor remaster in January 2013 to convert to HD. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 120MB or FLV, LQ, 32MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (60MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
REMASTERED: All That I Am (2012/2013) Performed by Rob Thomas Theme: Harry Potter's Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy Runner Up, Best POV, Round 52, Driver Picks
My Rating: Four stars. I was very conflicted about this one right up til the final edit. I felt like there was something not all the way there, in terms of the vid as a whole package, even though there are some great moments in it. It finally came together when I decided I wasn't happy enough with it to post it, and gave it one last shot. Background: This vid is from Lucius' point of view, reflecting on how compromised and defeated he's become by the later period of the Second War. There might not be much left of him, but all that he has, is still Narcissa's. Geeky Things To Note: The first draft of this vid was very, well, flat (as were four or five subsequent drafts, to some degree). The scenes took too long, the colours were very same-y, and the footage all tended to be very still with little character movement. I compensated for this with scenes cut into angles, added zoom and pan, and added overlays. There are a couple of spots where the overlays were a bit borderline as to whether they were too much or just right, and I'm not convinced I got it right in every instance. I also had to draw on a lot of non-HP footage to make it work. Some of those additions were extremely successful. I'm particularly pleased with the Lucius kiss, which appears twice from different angles - that's a scene featuring Jason Isaacs in Brotherhood, with hair added from Order of the Phoenix, and distressed to tie it together. It isn't perfect, but with overlays, it does the job. Minor re-master in January 2013 to swap out some jerky Anna Karenina footage and correct a couple of other flaws. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who, Charles II, Van Helsing, Anna Karenina, Brotherhood, HP Chamber of Secrets deleted scenes, HP Deathly Hallows Part 1 Jason Isaacs Commentary, Chamber of Secrets Ultimate Edition Jason Isaacs Commentary. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 96MB or FLV, LQ, 66MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (31MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Happy Home (2012) Performed by Garbage Theme: Harry Potter's Narcissa Malfoy/Severus Snape
My Rating: Three-and-a-half stars. There are lots of parts of this that I like - especially the tortured looks between Snape and Narcissa at the Malfoy house - but I have a nagging feeling it could have been better. I'm not sure if it's just because I've over-thought it (there were three completely different versions of this one made over a couple of months). It might grow on me over time - that's happened to me before. Background: This vid plays with an alt-universe scenario in which Narcissa Malfoy finds a ray of light in the darkness of the war - in her son's saviour, Severus Snape. Geeky Things To Note: Originally, I had a concept for this based on the gorgeous vidding style of MaritaKrycekFiles. Her X Files K/Ma vids use fast shots and careful shadows to merge material from multiple works to very good manipulated effect. However, it didn't seem to fit the vid (particularly the scenes at Malfoy Manor which, to me, were the lynchpin for the whole piece). However, I still used some special effects, including a manipulation where Severus answers the door to Narcissa, and another where she finds his body. There is also one where Narcissa and Draco discuss their plight - seemingly the moment where she decides to ask Severus for help. I also used a lot of distressing to tie things together, and also lens flares to emphasise the light he brings to her life. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 2, 6, 7, 8, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who, Charles II, Snow Cakes. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 50MB or FLV, LQ, 16MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (26MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
It's All Over But The Crying (2012) Performed by Garbage Theme: Harry Potter's Malfoy family, Lucius/Narcissa Runner Up, Most Original Vid, Round 49, Driver Picks
My Rating: Five stars. I'm thrilled with this one. There are a couple of places where I haven't gotten an otherwise-successful special effect quite right, and I'm not sure if it's me or Premiere. Background: The Malfoys may have stuck together through thick and thin, but that doesn't mean theiy came out unscathed. This video was inspired, indirectly, by an alt-universe fanfic I wrote called Two of a Kind. It actually paired Lucius and Tonks in a post-war piece centred around the stages of grief, but explored a loving marriage between Lucius and Narcissa prior to her death. Geeky Things To Note: Lots of special effects in this one! I used footage from Legends Of The Fall footage to include young Lucius and Narcissa during the First War, and in some cases added fake Dark Mark tattoos to young Lucius and blonde streaks for young Narcissa. (I didn't do it every time for Narcissa, on the basis that women do change their hair a lot, and, well, it's a lot of work). There's also a faked memory of a horseride outside Malfoy Manor - that needed finer detail than I could give it in two sixteen point mattes, so I wound up distressing it to tie it together. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 2 and 4-8, Legends of the Fall. Download Links:HQ FLV (91MB) or LQ FLV (29MB) or zipped MP4 (H264, medium quality) (29MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (45MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
REMASTERED: Won't Give In (2011/2013) Performed by The Finn Brothers Theme: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Ensemble, Battle of Hogwarts
My Rating: Four stars. I'm pretty happy with this one. I don't know if there's anything I'd change about it. Background: This video started with a single fragment: The scene where the Order steps into the Great Hall, set to the line "Once in a while I return to the fold and the people I call my own." (I actually used it in a different place in the video). Geeky Things To Note: Nothing too special on the geeky side - just some play with heightened colours. This vid is pretty simple, from a technical perspective. There are a couple of deleted scenes and extracts from the Blu Ray Maximum Movie Mode. I did some careful clipping and speeding up for certain sections of the Harry/Ginny kiss, in order to give it greater chemistry than we saw in the film. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter DH2. Download Links:HQ FLV (85MB) or LQ FLV (21MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (52MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
REMASTERED: Unwell (2007/2011) Performed by Matchbox Twenty Theme: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Character Study. Winner, Best Character Vid, Special Theme 35, Driver Picks
My Rating: Five stars. Hits some good emotional and character development notes. Background: I originally made this video in 2007 with a screener tape, and always said I'd remaster when I had better quality source, so here it is. Geeky Things To Note: Not a lot of advanced techniques here - just playing with speeds a bit to make the footage hit the beat, and breakthrough audio of Harry speaking at a key moment. I really noticed, in a good way, the lack of those techniques when remastering - it made the process much easier. Whereas, say, Black Is The Colour would be extremely difficult to re-create after the fact. However, I'm really happy with this one - I think it captures the entire journey of the movie really well. It just goes to show, the special effects aren't always needed. I wasn't tempted to add any this time around. On a technical note, I'm still struggling with making Premiere play nicely with HD source - I've weeded out the jumps everywhere except where there are overlays. I'm still trying to find a solution to that. For now, I've eliminated the jumps by making SD versions of each layer, which does defeat the purpose of HD source, but at least I can reprocess in HD easily later once the underlying issue is resolved. It may be a CPU or GPU issue but I find that difficult to believe as both are very high-spec. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 5. Download Links:HQ FLV (48MB) or LQ FLV (13MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (20MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Black Is The Colour (2011) Performed by The Corrs Theme: Harry Potter, Hermione and Snape (defies description, but let's say schoolgirl romance/hero worship)
My Rating: Five stars. I think this one carries itself very well. Background: This vid started with a simple challenge to myself: Was it possible to make a Snape/Hermione video, with the available footage, that wasn't creepy? I've always been quite uncomfortable with the vids that depict Snape as watching his young student with a lustful eye, and to compound matters, while Book-Snape is in his thirties, Movie-Snape is in his fifties. We also don't have the benefit of footage of adult Hermione, whereas that is not a problem for the fanfic world, which frequently situates an adult Hermione as a fellow soldier or professor alongside Snape, followed by a sassy and irreproachable romance. It seemed to me that the only way I could vid this pairing tastefully would be if I used Hermione's point of view - the point of view of a schoolgirl crush. But that's not very interesting - until we consider that Snape went on to save the world, and ultimately became her hero. I think I achieved my goal - the only moment that skirts the edge is the Mirror of Erised sequence, with Hermione seeing her fondest wish, a very innocent and girlish romantic dance with an idealised version of her unattainable authority figure. Geeky Things To Note: Lots of fun manipulations here, including Snape's grave (probably the part I'm least happy with), and Dream-Snape and Hermione dancing in the Mirror of Erised. I used quite a bit of the Sixteen Point Garbage Matte tool for this one. I had a lot of problems with jerky output in this one - I'm working with Blu Ray source now, and Adobe CS5 seems to struggle with it. I've now found a fairly clunky solution by outputting as a very large AVI (700MB or so) with minimal compression to keep processing to a minimum, then converting to web-size with Audials later. The only section I couldn't clean up in this way was Hermione's fantasy of Snape's Patronus watching over her, but I didn't have the heart to take it out. Other Comments: There is a related vignette for this video called Vigil. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8, In Demand music video, Ballet Shoes. Download Links:HQ FLV (71MB) or LQ FLV (14MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (21MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Disarm (2011) Performed by Smashing Pumpkins Theme: Harry Potter (including footage spoilers for Deathly Hallows 2), Snape/Lily
My Rating: Four stars. Background: I have been planning this vid for years - about Harry! But leaving the cinema after DH2, I had the Prince's Tale on my mind, and the vid sprung into my mind almost fully-formed. Geeky Things To Note: Lots of fun here, including two uses of lens flare (once to accentuate Snape's tears, and once to round out a manipulation that uses the Unbreakable Vow handhold with Narcissa, plus overlays, to suggest a betrothal. I also did a version with a decorative frame and an inset of the official music video (which has a weird Hogwart's feel). Other Comments: There is a version of this vid without the decorative matte/frame, available for download. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Harry Potter 1/3/4/5/6/7/8, In Demand official music video, Disarm official music video. Download Links:HQ FLV (75MB) or LQ FLV (14MB), or, without the decorative frame, HQ FLV (75MB) or LQ FLV (19MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 framed (22MB) or unframed (30MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).