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valinor spider party ([personal profile] aria) wrote2010-06-30 01:31 pm

far from the hills of the sea-swelled carolinas

Having now done my August-apartment-searching duty for the day, and having now confirmed that I am officially moved into my summer sublet (THROWING A QUIET PARTY HERE OH MY GOD) I can pretend I've been a grown-up, and I can rebel with internet!

Let me tell you something, internet. I am terrible at being polyfannish. I get hugely overinvested in my fandoms, you see. When I fall in love with something, I need to read all the meta, and all the fic, and make sure I know all the character histories and stupid things the creators have said, &c &c. Doctor Who cured me of this somewhat, because being in Doctor Who fandom is a bit like being polyfannish already; being a fan of One is not like being a fan of Seven is not like being a fan of Ten, and there is no canon. But wow does it make my brain feel confused to be deeply invested in more than one universe at a time. And I don't think that "Write a fic in which Fraser, who happens to be Immortal, hangs out with Methos in 2258 on Babylon 5, where they have a run-in with the Doctor" is actually the solution, as weirdly coherent as that fusion would be. Actually, I think the real solution is to just remind myself that I can't give 110% of my fannish enthusiasm to each of these fandoms, because I don't have whatever 110x4% is to give.

I do, however, have a polyfannish post to offer. Thanks to a combination of listening to lots of music on bus rides + a recent post by [ profile] sophia_sol, I have realized that I have a hell of a lot of unmade fanvids in my head. Will they ever be made? I hope not; if I ever learn to vid I will need a time-turner for real. But I want to have this list, just in case.


Desperation Song: Carbon Leaf
turning it from shade to light/hold it up to candlelight
I am not sure this is a viable vid. I do have it vividly in my head, but all the shots look suspiciously like how Babylon 5 would look were it shot with BSG's budget. If I could do it right, though, it would be an ensemble vid about Good People Doing Incredible Things.

Supersmart: Headstones
you know you're never gonna catch her off guard/she's inflexible and the points she makes are perfect
The funny thing about this song is that I can run it against various shows with awesome women and see if they come out looking strong. If I try to picture this as a Buffy vid, it instantly becomes a critique about how Joss's women are sometimes a mess. If I picture it as a B5 vid, on the other hand, it becomes about how Delenn and Ivanova are my amazing space girlfriends.


Cinnamindy: Carbon Leaf
she believes the light/she thumbs through the pages til the good book smolders and ignites
This is such a vivid vid in my head. Obviously it's about Kara Thrace and her Special Destiny.


What About Everything: Carbon Leaf
in search of some rest, in search of a break/from a life of tests, where something's always at stake
I think this would have a lot of seventh season in it. Basically it'd be a vid about how Buffy Summers is awesome and I love her.


Aside: Weakerthans
I'm unconsoled, I'm lonely/I'm so much better than I used to be
Apparently I have a lot of vids in my head that are just about characters. This is the most obviously Ray Kowalski song I've ever heard in my life. (I suppose it'd also be a sort of Fraser/Kowalski vid, because it'd also be about how Fraser makes Ray a better and happier person.)

Boulevard of Broken Songs: Party Ben
I don't believe that anybody/feels the way I do about you now
I have almost every frame of this vid specifically planned out, and if I learned how to vid, this is the first song I'd do. All the Broken Dreams bits are Fraser's, the Wonderwall bits are Kowalski's, the Waiting to Reach You bits are Vecchio's, and at the end it gets all OT3.


Inch by Inch: Hugh Dillon
the mannequins are moving when the sun goes down at night & you know I'm banking on magnificence
The internet does not want to provide me with lyrics, because obviously the internet does not care about the musical things Hugh Dillon did after the Headstones broke up. I'm not that surprised, though, and I wasn't expecting to even find half the lyrics, because half the lyrics are a hidden bonus track after Inch by Inch. This would actually be two vids, one for the hidden track and one for the actual song, and they'd basically be Davies era Who vs Moffat era Who. The hidden track, for Davies Who, is apocalyptic: running, explosions, death, abandonment, and more messianic imagery than anyone actually wants. Inch by Inch, for Moffat Who, is exploring and laughing and forehead-touching and hand-holding and saving the universe for afters.


The Boxer: Carbon Leaf
we each retreat to the corner that's defined by you
Look, y'all saw the Holmes vid to this song, right? It is the perfect OT3 song. I am sad there are not already a billion Duncan/Methos/Amanda vids to it.

Combat Baby: Metric
no one here wants to fight me like you do
This is an alarmingly perfect song for Duncan & Methos' relationship. (Somewhere, my NML friends are laughing their asses off at me.) Also, this vid would have a lot of swordporn!

Sure Fire Winners: Adam Lambert
we're coming up like killing machines
Look, basically, if they ever remade the Highlander TV series and wanted to escape their 80s Queen aesthetic for the title sequence, I'd nominate this song for them. (Also, I know this song is about being awesome and flaming, not being immortal, but -- same diff, right?)


The Decemberists are my favourite band, hands down. I spent a while despairing of ever finding a fandom that any of their songs would work for, though, because ... look, they never left the nineteenth century, and I hang out in space a lot. Not really a good mix. (Unless you're Larklight, in which case you're the nineteenth century IN SPACE.) Then ... I started gathering fandoms that have a lot of people who were around in the nineteenth century. A sampling of songs:

Culling of the Fold: Highlander. It'd be about how Immortals playing the Game are horrifying. (Or, if I wanted to be really awful, about how sometimes Methos is horrifying.)
Days of Elaine: True Blood. I haven't seen enough to get a really coherent take, but I'm fairly convinced that this is a song about Tara.
Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect: Highlander. Another of those character vids, this one about Duncan. Except the last verse might be about Methos. IDK.
Legionnaire's Lament: Highlander. I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A FANDOM FOR THIS SONG. Duncan misses his gay Paris, guys.
Yankee Bayonet: True Blood. I want a hilarious backstory!Bill vid to this.

...So, um, in conclusion: don't let me take up vidding.
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[personal profile] laceblade 2010-06-30 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I need to make a post like this! I keep a Google Doc with vid ideas in it, even though I haven't the slightest idea how to make one.
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[personal profile] carrieann 2010-06-30 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, polyfandomism (which is so not a word, but I'm making it one!) I bounce between fandoms like a pinball in a pinball machine. One day it's one fandom, the next day it's another.

That Due South vid to 'Boulevard of Broken Songs' sounds awesome. I'm sitting here listening to the song and I can totally see it.
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[personal profile] cinco 2010-06-30 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I would watch the heck out of that Buffy vid, omg. Perfect song choice.
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[personal profile] gehayi 2010-06-30 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm going to be evil and pimp out a ficathon that you really need to sign up for over on LJ--AU Bingo.

Did I mention that vids are allowed? Yes, they are. Actually all kinds of fannish works are allowed. From the FAQ:

3. You can submit any kind of fannish content: fics, art, vids, podics, picspams, rec lists, icons, mixes and so on. To keep the amount of work a fill takes consistent there are minimum requirements for a fill. They are as follows:
fic - 500 words
meta - 1000 words
art - medium sized
icons - set of 10
rec post - 10 recs
podfic - 500 word fic
picspam - 20 pics
vids - 30 seconds
mix - 10 songs

And did I also mention that I have gone insane and have signed up for this?

Oh, and here is my card:

Historical: 1960'sHistorical: World War IHistorical: Author’s ChoiceFuture: DystopiaHistorical: World War II
Future: UtopiaFantasy & Supernatural: Sword and SorceryAlternate History: Someone died/didn’t come backFantasy & Supernatural: Myth and LegendOther: Crossover
Fantasy & Supernatural: Angels and DemonsFantasy & Supernatural: Gods and GoddessesFREEOther: CastawaysFuture: Post-Apocalyptic
Alternate History: Someone was never bornOther: Evil Goateed UniverseFantasy & Supernatural: VampiresHistorical: Medieval EuropeAlternate History: Canon event changed
Alternate History: Major historical event changedOther: CelebritiesOther: RoyaltyOther: ActorsFuture: Cyberpunk

Oh, and here is the link for signups:

And here is the FAQ link:

Now go and sign up. Right now!

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[personal profile] gehayi 2010-06-30 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
*tempts wildly*
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[personal profile] icepixie 2010-06-30 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
So glad I'm not the only person who makes posts like this. (I have a whole tag devoted to Fanvids That Live In My Head.) Although I will note that roughly six months after I made my first post like this, I also made my first vid. There might be a curse involved. ;)

how Babylon 5 would look were it shot with BSG's budget

I often imagine this. I'm pretty sure I would not need TV after watching that, because I don't see how anything could exceed its awesome.
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[personal profile] icepixie 2010-07-01 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
Oh man, you have a whole tag? I may have to go check it out. :D

Well, don't get too excited; I think it's only like three or four posts. But yeah, I think about fanvids a lot. I've thought of a potential vid topic for roughly a quarter of the songs in my iTunes library (4,500+ at the moment). I should make another of those posts sometime.

(And ahhhh, don't say that! I DON'T NEED ANOTHER CREATIVE HOBBY.)

BUT IT'S SO MUCH FUN! (Um. If you are a perfectionist like me, anyway. There is little I love better than adjusting a clip frame by frame to fit exactly on the beat. Why yes, I am a frustrated dancer/choreographer, how ever could you tell?)

I wholeheartedly approve of a modernized and less heavy-handed B5. (I also approve of my shipper tendencies being called an "OTP agenda." Ha! I should make up pamphlets or a manifesto or something. Maybe a picspam?) I'm not quite as attached to the actors as you are; I think there are probably people out there who could play each of the characters well, if necessarily differently. Possibly they would not all be affordable on a TV show budget, but, you know...
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[personal profile] polarisnorth 2010-06-30 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I am amused by how much Carbon Leaf there is on here. And wasn't Desperation Song also a Due South vid you wanted to make?

Your NML friends are laughing their heads off at you. (And I, personally, am amused at your using Aside, which was one of my earliest Finn songs.)

I approve SO HARD of using Sure Fire Winners. And I would kind of kill to see Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect.

Yankee Bayonet is my ringtone for B. I am somewhat bemused by this now.
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[personal profile] polarisnorth 2010-06-30 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, I should relisten to the NML soundtrack sometime. I'm sure it would be very amusing. I have this idea that Englishman In New York would make a very funny Duncan and Methos (and possibly Duncan/Methos) video.

[personal profile] oldstarnewshine 2010-06-30 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I made a post like this a while ago, only half the vids on it are actualy half-finished on my harddrive. And now I have a TON more because Lost finished and thus I can make my MGMT vid, and Doctor Who finished so I can make my Amy vid. I keep running into a roadblock because Vegas is almost Too Awesome To Use, and WMM won't load .avis for some reason...


[personal profile] oldstarnewshine 2010-06-30 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
The only good thing to come of No More Doctor Who Till Christmas is that the Amy vid that's been in the back of my head for months now is officially not Jossed and I can totally make it! Hopefully that will make me go VIDDING I CAN DO THIS and finish my two Star Trek XI vids and DT!Hamlet vid.

Oh my god I would watch the crap out of that vid. I would download that vid to my goddamn iPod.
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[personal profile] polarisnorth 2010-06-30 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
I found a totally adorable Amy vid set to Stray Italian Greyhound the other day. I can try and dig up the link again, or just send you the file, if you'd like to see.
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[personal profile] fahye 2010-06-30 08:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I also think I should make a post like this! My personal Carbon Leaf fanvid of note is a White Collar one to This Is My Song. But you obviously have MORE CARBON LEAF than me, who possesses only one album + The Boxer.
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[personal profile] fahye 2010-07-01 07:13 am (UTC)(link)

Weren't you going to send me Due South, like, forever ago?
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[personal profile] starlady 2010-06-30 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
High five The Decemberists!! They are amazing.

Now I kind of want to make a "potential vids" post too...
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[personal profile] starlady 2010-07-01 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
I have seen them...three times. They were amazing every time! I think maybe my favorite was two days after the election in 2008, though really, it's hard to choose.
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[personal profile] mergatrude 2010-07-01 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
The hidden track, for Davies Who, is apocalyptic: running, explosions, death, abandonment, and more messianic imagery than anyone actually wants. Inch by Inch, for Moffat Who, is exploring and laughing and forehead-touching and hand-holding and saving the universe for afters.


Also, I loved this post. Thank you.
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[identity profile] 2010-07-01 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
And I don't think that "Write a fic in which Fraser, who happens to be Immortal, hangs out with Methos in 2258 on Babylon 5, where they have a run-in with the Doctor" is actually the solution

Whatever do you mean? Of course it's the solution!:D *tempts tempts tempts*

Also, I do not know any of the songs you list, but going by the lyrics, and my subsequent youtubing of it, the Culling of the Fold vid NEEDS TO BE MADE SO MUCH. Either version of it would be SO AMAZING.
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[identity profile] 2010-07-01 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
I've listened to a few more Decemberists songs on Youtube now, and also Carbon Leaf, and you are right, I DO need them in my life! *plots* Okay, the local library of the city where I'll be in September has three Decemberists CDs. PARTIAL SUCCESS, at least!

I don't think there's actually enough footage of Methos killing people to make a Methos-specific Culling vid as awesome (and SCARY) as it is inside the imagination. Methos has SO MUCH HISTORY of killing people, but he doesn't do it very often on screen.
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[personal profile] themeletor 2010-07-01 08:21 am (UTC)(link)
more with the comment spamming (and capslock spamming):


... OR THE ADAM LAMBERT (unpopular opinion: i love the shit out of his (notably problematic) album)! THAT'S PRETTY GREAT TOO! in conclusion ♥ ♥ ♥

(ps in my mind every fandom is a fandom for legionnaire's lament, but that's because most of my fandoms have soldiers in.)
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[personal profile] amber 2010-07-04 02:39 pm (UTC)(link)
i have just discovered how to make vids and am currently undergoing this soul-sucking time-consuming process which is like, a battle of ALL THE VIDS I EVER IMAGINED versus WHAT I CAN ACTUALLY DO.

but you should totally make these! most of vidding is like, doing other stuff while your computer rips clips from a dvd / your movie editor loads them, and then there's a short period of frantic stitching together as you try and make your ideas match the material you have match the music. learning the technical stuff is just a matter of following tutorials.

the hardest part is uh, finding the disk space (right now my Merlin vidding project is a 50gb file. sob.)