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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.
REMASTERED: Mary (2003/2012) Performed by Patti Griffin Theme: Buffy's Drusilla. Self-portrait, playing with the idea that Dru retained some of her innocence despite being transformed by Angelus. Nummy Treat Award Nominee Runner Up, Best Character Vid, Round 50, Driver Picks
My Rating: Five stars. I'm thrilled to bits with this one. Background: This video is inspired equally by Betsy Dodd's Scully video to the same song, and by Linzee's gorgeous Spike/Dru vid, Jaded. (In fact, without Linzee, I would never have gotten hooked on Dru at all). The video is consciously surface-contradictory, pairing a slow-and-gentle song with an eccentric and often demented character; nonetheless, I think it worked out really well. The 'Mary' designation is literally accurate as well as figuratively; women religious in that era traditionally chose new names beginning with Mary (for instance, Sister Mary Cecelia). Geeky Things To Note: There are a few overlays here where I needed to convey a lot in little time. For instance, "You're covered in babies" has overlapping shots of Dru's dolls and Dru talking to them, because there wasn't enough time to cut from one shot to the other, and neither shot conveyed the message on its own. I also strove to avoid, as far as possible, shots of Dru or Spike in vamp form. The first draft contained one close-up of Vamp!Dru, and it badly undermined the theme of the video. So that went on the cutting room floor. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Buffy and Angel. Download Links:HQ FLV (81MB) or LQ FLV (18MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (28MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Mr Tugboat Hello (2011) Performed by Sophie B Hawkins Theme: Haven, Duke/Audrey
My Rating: Three stars. Background: I love the colours and scenery in Haven, and it really inspired my vidding when it came out - not always directly into Haven, either. Geeky Things To Note: A sweet romance vid, with a quirky whimsical feel. It doesn't do anything particularly clever with effects or have a deep message - it's just meant to be a bit of a visual feast of Audrey's immersion in the quirkiness of Duke. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Haven Season 1. Download Links:HQ FLV (31MB) or LQ FLV (8MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (13MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Trouble (2011) Performed by John Farnham Theme: Haven, Ensemble
My Rating: Three stars. Background: Like Mr Tugboat Hello, this one doesn't have any fancy tricks - it's just a fun tribute to Haven's Troubles. Geeky Things To Note: Two things I've noticed about vidding in Haven fandom are - there appears to be very little vidding activity, and the source footage has a lot more scope for just plain having fun than Sarah Connor Chronicles. So I don't necessarily feel that everything I do needs to be groundbreaking. (Nor do I feel it's all already done). I can let my hair down and just have a little play with it. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Haven Season 1. Download Links:HQ FLV (44MB) or LQ FLV (12MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (19MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Sorrento Moon (2010) Performed by Tina Arena Theme: Imagine Me And You (2005), Luce/Rachel
My Rating: Three stars. Background: This is a fluffy romance vid and technically not as sophisticated as recent works such as Heavy In Your Arms and This Is How A Heart Breaks. However, it achieves its aim, and I do like that it has a little more variety than some vids for this movie - I've tried to make maximum use of the limited footage. Geeky Things To Note: Really nothing of technical interest. It's just really good fun with a nice feel. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Sources: Imagine Me and You (2005). Download Links:HQ FLV (44MB) or LQ FLV (12MB). FLVs play on VLC Player and others. Also available as an MP4 (17MB) (iPod/iPad friendly).
Return to Innocence (2002)
Performed by Enigma
Theme: Brides Of Christ/Catherine Leaves
Summary: Catherine (Josephine Byrne) is torn by the Church's teaching on birth control and leaves the convent in the Australian mini-series Brides Of Christ. My Rating: Three stars. Overall I think I did a good job with the buildup. Not the best vid I've ever done, but I think it has a certain resonance. I like it. Background: This isn't the first time I've used Brides Of Christ as a source. The Thank You Annabeth video uses This Is Where I Belong from the soundtrack, and the "Video By Deslea" trailer I've used a couple of times is set to Goodbye Sister Catherine, both by Mario Millo. Overseas viewers with sharp eyes will see Irish actress Brenda Fricker, Lisa Hensley, and a very young Naomi Watts. Brides of Christ was the series to be a part of in 1990. Originally, this video was bookended with images of Catherine and her fellow sisters after leaving the order. I liked that because it put a positive spin on the video - that Catherine's "return to innocence" was a kind of spiritual conversion that was right for her rather than necessarily saying anything negative about religious life generally. However, this didn't work so well creatively. There was too much distance, atmospherically, between the clips. So I settled on shots of her walking out the convent gates. Geeky Things To Note: One thing I didn't like about this video was the lack of variety, visually. Since Catherine spent most of the mini-series in her habit, there's a lot of black and white. I tried to compensate by including a lot of shots with bright backgrounds and movement. I do like the sequence of the second verse, where we see Catherine's conflict rising - particularly the cuts through her walking in the rain and arguing with the priest in the confessional. I think that scene where she bangs her head against the confessional wall is particularly strong. I think that builds up really well. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, VCD Cutter. Sources: Brides Of Christ episode 6 (Catherine).