LAST EDITED: 22 December 2013 - New Harry Potter video "Karaoke Soul" (Death Eaters versus Harry and Dumbledore).
Welcome to my video site. This site has existed in various forms since around 1997. Due to the limitations of technology at the time, my older X Files vids are small, and some have pretty poor quality footage. However, I have started vidding again so I have many newer videos in the mix, and I am honoured to host the fabulous works of a few old friends from X Files, Lone Gunmen, and Once A Thief fandom.
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NEW: Shake It Out (2016) Performed by Florence & The Machine Theme: And Then There Were None, Vera Claythorne
My Rating: Four stars. I'm happy with this one within the limits of the footage. Background: I thought the potentially-dark lyrics combined with the liberated, upbeat melody made for a nice juxtaposition between the horror and the liberation of Vera's impending death. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing too geeky here. The beautiful footage really stands in its own right here. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Sources: And Then There Were None. Download Links:MP4, HQ, 60MB or FLV, LQ, 37MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. The MP4 version is iPod/iPad friendly.
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: In The End (2003/2013) Performed by Linkin Park Theme: Terminator 3's John Connor Runner Up, Best Video, Special Theme Round 46, Driver Picks
My Rating: Four stars. My first successful effort with faster action clips, way back in 2003. Background: This vid is set in the final moments of the film, as John stands on the precipice of the war and reflects on his onscreen realisation that his struggle had been to prevent the war, when it was supposed to be to survive it. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing too geeky of note here - little layering, very little in the way of time manipulation, and no colour manipulation at all. Blu-Ray footage is extremely satisfying to work with, and the multi-track audio makes stripping out clean voiceovers a breeze. No need for micro-edits to manage mood music! Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Terminator 2, Terminator 3. Download Links:FLV, HQ, 92MB or FLV, LQ, 26MB. FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (44MB) (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).