Please note that these videos were made between eleven and fourteen years ago. As such, they are small and lower quality. Some have been through multiple reprocessing efforts to maintain compatibility with modern software; as a result, the older ones are particularly prone to stops and starts, or the audio may have fallen out of alignment. However, I have kept them up as they are usually rarities due to my interest in obscure ships and supporting characters. There are also some interesting and watchable later ones, including Hero, XFVCU, and Gravity of Love.
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Performed by Chad Kroeger
Theme: X Files Krycek
Summary: A Krycek POV on Mulder, Marita, and the conspiracy. My Rating: Four stars. I'm really pleased with this one! Probably my last X Files vid and it's a good one to go out on - really nice encapsulation of Krycek's character arc. Geeky Things To Note: Not a lot of advanced techniques here, just the usual greenscreened top-and-bottom bars and logo and colour correction. One thing I did do was zoom and crop to get rid of some subtitles and to make a couple of widescreen scenes work as letterbox (most of my source footage was letterbox). There were a lot of fiddly cuts here to make the timing work, and I also had the benefit of a beta from Linzee. I really enjoyed making this one! Programs Used: Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: X Files episodes plus deleted footage from the DVD sets.
X Files: VCU Trailer (2003)
Performed by Enigma
Theme: X Files XFVCU Virtual Season As Seen At Vividcon 2003
Summary: An advertising/fill-in-the-gaps trailer ad for a virtual series project. My Rating: Four stars. I love this one. I think it did what it set out to do especially well. There's really nothing I'd change about it. I owe BDodd for this one - her Scully Marathon trailer was a big inspiration. Background: This video is a trailer for a new virtual series project, X Files: VCU (Violent Crimes Unit). The series is set eighteen months after the end of the show, and there is a backstory to explain how it is that some supposedly dead characters are back, and how the characters have come to be working on the X Files as ordinary agents again. The object of this trailer is to sketch out that backstory, and make clear from the footage which agents are back, without those of us writing the series needing to write reams of exposition explaining how we got from there to here. So, there's a one-minute monologue voiceover with matching, low-saturated, eroded footage. Then the backing music swells to a crescendo, and the footage switches to colour, high-action casefile-type footage. Geeky Things To Note: In terms of advanced techniques, there is audio mixing (voiceover plus edited music). One thing I did was move down the footage of Scully testifying to block out the subtitle credits. I had to do some image pan work for the same reason for the Duane Barry newspaper clipping footage as well. The Jeffrey/Diana footage against "the conspiracy is no more" is from a deleted scene that never made it to air - a scene I rather like for its implications about their working partnership. The voiceover is my voice, and I had my doubts about it. Oddly, other Australians who heard it found my accent more discordant with the material than American viewers. It works okay, but I did attempt to get an American friend to re-dub it. In the end, it wasn't worth the hassle of re-cutting the footage, so we left it. I also had to use black bars to create the illusion of widescreen in early-season footage (the X Files DVDs switched to widescreen in Season 5). In some cases I had to move footage in order to make the important elements (faces, for instance) appear in the right spot. One thing this one emphasised was how important it is to get not only cuts in the right place, but movements in the footage itself to complement the music. This video will form part of the 2003 Vividcon Nearly New exhibition. Programs Used: Adone Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: X Files episodes plus deleted footage from the DVD sets.
Gravity Of Love (2001, remastered 2003)
Performed by Enigma
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita As Seen At Vividcon 2003
Summary: Angst/Romance. A Krycek/Marita montage shown in retrospect; the couple are apart, reflecting. My Rating/Remaster Notes: Five stars. I remastered this video in July 2003 because it was to be exhibited in the Special Effects event at VividCon. The video is largely the same, just recaptured with better quality source footage for full screen viewing. However, there are a few small changes. The main one is the colourisation. The video has three "time zones" - the present (Marita walking, Alex sitting toying with the rose, both reflecting), the recent past (XF canon events), and the distant past (young Alex and Marita falling in love, cribbed from old footage of the actors in other roles). Previously, I had the present in red tones, the recent past in normal tones, and the distant past in pastels with a white overlay. This time around I followed the colour spectrum - the present was in boosted reds, the recent past with slightly boosted reds and yellows, and the distant past in boosted yellows. I don't know how effective this is, but I like it. I did find replicating some of the special effects difficult, however, and I'm not completely happy in a couple of instances (particularly the blink). I also had to use new special effects in a couple of places - I no longer had access to Patient X footage without the subtitle credits, and there was a subtitle over the top of Marita's black coat, so I wound up concealing them with a green screened blob of masking black. Because the video was chosen for the convention in its original format, I decided not to toy with it too much, but there are still a couple of things I would like to change. Still, it remains a favourite of my own work, so it's nice to see it again, and to be able to watch it at full-screen with some semblance of quality. The old version is still available here if you want to compare them.
Programs Used: VideoMach (original), MGI VideoWave (original), Adobe Premiere (remaster), Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Earth Angels, Once A Thief, The Raffle, Expect No Mercy, Teliko, Unrequited, Requiem, Patient X, DeadAlive, Zero Sum, others to Existence.
Eyes Of Truth (2003)
Performed by Enigma
Theme: Website Promotional Trailer Challenge
Summary: A trailer-style promotional piece for my websites, made for a challenge at P2K Forums. My Rating: Three stars. This one is pretty average, and it's more for novelty value than anything, but I had fun making it. But it's worth noting that in a lot of ways, this was a stylistic precursor to the XFVCU trailer (they use the same music, as well), and in that sense, it was a very formative exercise. Geeky Things To Note: This one was good fun to make - a fairly simple display of various page designs (still GIFs), with image pan and other filters to create the illusion of movement, along with music and some vocal audio overlay. The vocals are myself and Chris Carter discussing the Thank You Chris Carter project in 2002 and a promotional Nick Lea clip. I owe both the music and basic inspiration for this one to Betsy Dodd, who made a similar trailer clip to the same music for the Scully Marathon in 2001. There's some audio mixing here, as well - extra sound from elsewhere in the song is overlaid with the main track. This was good fun! Programs Used: Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Still images of my websites, plus audio of my telephone conversation with Chris Carter and audio from a Nick Lea interview.
Toy Soldiers (2002)
Performed by Martika
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita Post-Existence Angst
Summary: A Krycek/Marita angsty piece set post-Existence. Marita remembers Alex and mourns. My Rating: Three stars. It's not bad. I don't think this one is quite on a par with some of my more recent favourites, but still a good piece. It really derives all its impact from knowing their story, though. In that sense, it's much more narrative-based than, say, Gravity Of Love. Geeky Things To Note: This one is composed entirely in Premiere, and I'm now finding that less frustrating than for previous videos. I've worked out how to get most of the effects that I used to get in other programs now. As with Return To Innocence, I'm now using a footer with my signature and the title, like a music video on TV, rather than the titles and/or trailers I've used in the past. In particular, the fifteen-second closing trailers I had on a few videos - while lovely - began to irritate even me. So this system works a lot better. I'm sticking with the techniques I've used for a clean finish since Pray - thin top-and-bottom black border to mask signal noise, for instance. I really notice that on my earlier vids now that I've found a way to mask them. I'm also cropping out titles (credits and translations) from the bottom of the screen. This particular video uses footage of Laurie Holden in Outer Limits, where she sits alone in a restaurant, quietly crying and smoking. I used that to bookend the clip to suggest that this occurs not long after she learns of Krycek's death. I had to crop that footage pretty severely, because in fact, her character suicides in this scene by quietly downing a bottle of pills while she drinks (I actually considered including this for about five seconds before deciding that wasn't Marita). There's one part where the cut is a bit more jarring than I'd like, but I think it still works. This vid is very narrative based - I don't think it has really any atmosphere or impact without the context of their story - so that's a negative for the casual viewer. Marita likens they way they've been manipulated and used to them being toy soldiers, and she clearly blames herself for Alex's path (it's true I did extend the invitation/I didn't know how long you'd stay), and understands their downfall against the backdrop of the mythology (bit by bit, torn apart/never win/and the battle rages on). The other thing that niggles me about it is that it's a slower-moving song than I normally work with, and that was awkward for me to work with initially. Still, overall, I'm happy with it. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, VCD Cutter, RealProducer. Sources: XF to Existence, Outer Limits.
Jack & Paul In Love: This Is Where I Belong (2002)
Performed by Mario Millo
Theme: X Files Monica Reyes, Doggett/Reyes
Summary: A montage of Monica Reyes clips to poignant instrumental music for Thank You Annabeth, a project in honour of Annabeth Gish. My Rating: Two stars. I was very, very hampered by limited footage. Season 9 hadn't aired in Australia, so I was relying mostly on the generosity of friends for clips this time around. For that reason, the clips are longer and less ideal than usual. Still, as an overall piece this one maintains a nice mood. It's worth the download. Geeky Things To Note: This is my first video composed entirely in Premiere. Overall it worked out well, but I still find Premiere frustratingly slow for simpler tasks I would normally do in VideoMach or VideoWave. I used some of the techniques I used in Pray (below), like the top and bottom border to clean up the edges and the captions. It wasn't intended to be a DRipper piece, but it just so happened that those were the clips to which I had access. That's okay - after all, Robert Patrick rocks, too! I'm particularly pleased with the flashcards in the opening sequences. The music is from the Brides Of Christ soundtrack, and I've wanted to use it for a while. I found working with instrumental music a great challenge - there's not quite the same ready-made interpretive framework as with lyrics. I'd like to play with instrumentals some more down the track. Programs Used: Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, VCD Cutter, TINRA, VirtualDub. Sources: X Files through to The Truth.
Performed by Tina Cousins
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita Mythology
Summary: A Krycek/Marita mythology piece set during The Truth, tied to Marita's testimony and her memories, regrets and fears. My Rating: Four stars. I'm really pleased with this one! I've wanted to play with the idea of Marita seeing herself as a kind of parallel to Mulder and Scully for a while, and I liked working with the complex set of emotions from that scene. In The Truth, Marita faces up to her past, the colonisation threat, and the man who killed the one she loved, and it's wonderful creative fodder. I think this one is a step forward in my work. Geeky Things To Note: For this one, I decided to try to find ways of fixing all the little problems I normally tolerate - things like pixelation and flickers at the top and bottom of the captured videos. I used a green screen GIF file to create a top and bottom border to mask the flickers, and I played with blur and deinterlace and other settings to clean up the footage as much as possible. The little MTV-style captions at the beginning were also achieved with green screen (my first attempt at this technique). I don't know if I'll use them again - they're kind of gimmicky - but it gave me a thrill to be able to do it. As always, I sneaked in non-XF performer footage, but this time I took a different interpretive tack - I only used them on certain lyrics in the chorus ("Pray for good and pray for love"), thereby indicating that while these moments "happened", they represent a kind of idealised set of memories that Marita wished had been the norm. Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, VCD Cutter, TINRA, VirtualDub, RealProducer. Sources: XF to The Truth, Once A Thief, Expect No Mercy, The Raffle, Outer Limits.
Standing In The Way (Stay) (2001, remastered 2002)
Performed by Anthony Stewart Head
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita
Summary: Angst. A Krycek/Marita piece themed on Krycek's desertion in One Son, Krycek POV. My Rating: Three stars. This video probably fails the technical merit test for average audio quality, but it has a high feeling factor and is a good demonstration of the music video as a vehicle for storytelling. Now that I've sorted out most of the niggly problems that annoyed me about this one, it's one of my favourites. Geeky Things To Note: Buffy fans will recognise this song as Giles' solo in the episode Once More With Feeling. As usual, I sneaked in some non-XF footage, and this time you'll note overlaid semi-transparent footage as well. I've been playing with Adobe Premiere. I haven't really mastered good use of layered footage yet, but not a bad effort with new techniques. (In the remastering process I removed a couple of layers which I considered ill-advised, as well as fixing some lighting and colour problems and changing the titles). Probably the most interesting challenge of this piece was editing out the background noise from the audio, which was taped direct from TV. There were several clanging sounds where Buffy dropped and threw things while Giles sang. I edited these with laborious microsecond cuts and splices. In terms of composition, I was careful to use only pre-One Son footage, since this video is very much a story set as Krycek walks away from Marita. The one exception is a clip of Krycek killing CSM in Requiem, which is presented as a fantasy rather than a reality - that of killing one of Marita's demons. There's an in-joke: To the line "wish I could play the father", there's a clip of Nick in The Impossible Elephant, where he plays the widowed father of a young boy. Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: One Son, Patient X, Red & The Black, Teliko, Zero Sum, Requiem, Once A Thief, Buffy.
Devil With The Green Eyes (2002)
Performed by Matthew Sweet
Theme: X Files Mulder/Diana
Summary: Angst/Romance. Diana POV on loving and losing Mulder. My Rating: Four stars. One of my favourites. Even if you're not a fan of this pairing (don't laugh - some people are), this one is definitely worth a look. Geeky Things To Note: Some layered footage, used to better effect than in Standing In The Way. I'm starting to get a better feel for what tones and shots will work in layers and what won't. I like the overlay of Diana speaking during the opening titles - that scene has always struck me as a very naked one, emotionally speaking, in which we see the character stripped bare of all pretense and barriers because of what she knows about what Mulder can see. It's for that reason that I've bookended the rest of the footage between clips of that scene. It's not quite flashback, because some of the footage comes from after that scene, but in an atmospheric sense that was the idea I was shooting for. The song, funnily enough, was originally suggested to me by Sally-Ann Maslen for Krycek and Marita, but musically that never seemed to come together. What I like about this song is that, while acknowledging overtones of loss in a relationship, it also honours the strength of the bond, and I perceive that very strongly between Mulder and Diana. Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Adobe Premiere, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: The End, The Beginning, Two Fathers, One Son, Biogenesis, Sixth Extinction, Amor Fati.
Love Will Keep Me Alive (2001)
Performed by Wendy Matthews
Theme: X Files Mulder/Scully
Summary: Angst. A Mulder/Scully general beating-the-odds montage. Made for the Leyla Harrison Memorial Project. My Rating: Three stars. This one has grown on me since I first made it. A competent video with good composition and timing, but there aren't any really noteworthy techniques here. Geeky Things To Note: Some good composition moments here, including the snowfield falling away to "world is changing before our eyes" and Scully pulling Mulder away from the fire to "I would burn for you". The really nice quality FTF clips were ripped from DVD. The song is a lovely one by an Australian singer. Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: TFWID, Paper Hearts, Terma, Patient X, FTF, Biogenesis, Amor Fati, all things.
Did We Not Choose Each Other (2001)
Performed by Sophie B Hawkins
Theme: X Files Doggett/Reyes
Summary: Action/Romance. A Doggett/Reyes partnership/romance montage. My Rating: Four stars. One of my better ones of this period. Funky beat, move, and timing, and really well suited to the DRR dynamic. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing really remarkable in terms of advanced techniques, but there are some great moments here, including the cut from a shot over Doggett's shoulder to Reyes throwing water at the park ranger - the sweeping motion of the first shot flows perfectly into the second. Some good alignment of lyrics and footage, including their confrontation in Empedocles to "you don't always say what I want to hear but you move me".
Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: TINH, Empedocles, Essence, Existence.
Performed by Better Than Ezra
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita
Summary: Romance/angst. Loving, wisful Alex and Marita POV on each other's tendency to self-destruction. My Rating: Three stars. Although I've since done better, this video has a really good mood, and it's a great song. It's worth a look. Geeky Things To Note: The blue selenium tint doesn't work as well in RealPlayer format as it does in the original AVI, but I think it adds something. I wanted some variety after so long working with the same footage. Some really good composition moments here, including the United Nations building to "in a Union square" and Paper Clip to "in a burnt-out car". I love the crossfade from Alex in the woods to Marita with the picture of Samantha in the field. Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Paper Clip, Herrenvolk, Tunguska, Zero Sum, Patient X, One Son, others to Requiem.
Against All Odds (2001)
Performed by Mariah Carey
Theme: X Files John Byers/Susanne Modeski
Summary: Romance/Angst. Byers reflects on losing Susanne after Three Of A Kind. My Rating: Three stars. This one's pretty. Fairly ordinary in terms of technical merit, but a sad sweet storytelling vid worth a look. Geeky Things To Note: Nothing really of note in terms of technical details here, but I loved making this video. I was a huge fan of Signy Coleman back in the 1980s, when she appeared on Santa Barbara, so I've always had a soft spot for Susanne. Programs Used: VideoMach, MGI VideoWave, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Unusual Suspects, Three Of A Kind.
Forgiven Not Forgotten (2000)
Performed by The Corrs
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita
Summary: Romance/Angst. Marita remembers a lost love, and leaves her life behind to make things right. My Rating: Two stars, if you think of it as a video, but if you think of it as a slideshow (which is how it was constructed), it rocks. Definitely not your typical slideshow. This one's a must-see. Geeky Things To Note: This slideshow involved the manual creation of 412 individually edited frames. It was a HUGE job. I used layers in PSP to keep the transitions straight, and did a batch conversion to .jpg format at the end. I then used that to create a linear slideshow in VideoMach. It took several all-night stints. It was very gratifying, but I don't know if I'll ever do it again. Programs Used: VideoMach, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: All Krycek/Marita eps to Requiem.
Last Thing On My Mind (2000)
Performed by Steps
Theme: X Files Krycek/Marita
Specifications: RealPlayer 7, Winzip 8, 3MB, 2.30 mins. Summary: Romance/Hurt/Betrayal. Krycek and Marita reflect on Patient X and One Son. My Rating: Two stars. Not a bad storytelling video, but there's a special "something" that just isn't there. Geeky Things To Note: This video has all the right ingredients, but it's strangely lacklustre, and I honestly don't know why. It may just be the wrong song for the wrong couple - I've experienced this before, trying to force a song onto a couple or vice versa. There are a couple of good moments in this one, though, especially the zoom in on Alex's eyes and then panning out from Marita's when both were infected with the oil. This was probably the first video I did in which I started to really try to match individual clips to individual lines of lyrics, as opposed to merely matching an overall mood. Programs Used: VideoMach, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Krycek/Marita eps to Requiem.
Performed by The Corrs
Theme: X Files Skinner/Kim Cook
Summary: Romance/Angst. Kim , Skinner's secretary, reflects on loving Skinner from afar. My Rating: Two stars, mainly because of the multiple Kims - that makes it a bit jarring. Within that limitation, though, it's quite a sweet touching video. Good integration of the song and the clips, particularly given the limits of footage. An oldie but a goodie, but probably only of interest if you're into obscure characters. Geeky Things To Note: This video was a favour for someone, and although I'm experienced in making the best of limited footage, this was a challenge even for me. I enjoyed it, though - more than I thought I would. Programs Used: VideoMach, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Anasazi, Piper Maru, SR819, Bad Blood.
Never Forget You (2000)
Performed by Mariah Carey
Theme: X Files Scully and Emily
Summary: Angst. Desperately sad Christmas Carol/Emily tie-in. Scully reflects on losing her daughter. My Rating: Three stars. A good video-as-story. Ten years later, and allowing for footage and technology limitations, I think it still holds up. Geeky Things To Note: My second music video, done back in the bad old days when capture devices sucked and software cost the earth. I hope to eventually recreate the video with newer equipment and software, so that the shareware notice in the lower left corner will be removed. I found it very difficult to find a bereavement song which was appropriate to the death of a young child - most referred to someone walking back in the door or alluded to lovemaking or was in some other way inappropriate. That was the case for this song, as well, but I spliced together part of one verse and part of another to make a complete verse which was appropriate. There are in fact five edits in the music, but I don't think any of them are audible. I was really pleased about that. This one was quite cathartic because I made it only a couple of weeks after the death of my father. Programs Used: Fast Movie Processor, VideoFramer, Paint Shop Pro, CoolEdit, RealProducer. Sources: Christmas Carol, Emily.