fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Aug. 4th, 2008 03:43 pm)
Almost Vividcon means navel gazing about vidding!
blather behind the cut )
fan_eunice: (Default)
( Jun. 27th, 2008 03:23 pm)
This is why I shouldn't be allowed to finish things. I get bored and start spamming.

Vid blurbs. I hate coming up with them. I hate it a lot. Which is why I usually go with the time honored and traditional lazy fan's blurb of a lyric from the song. I am curious, though, what strategies or process people use to come up with clever blurbs and summaries. If you write fic and vid is it the same? If you just write fic and you were to write a blurb for a vid how would you approach it? When deciding whether or not to watch a vid, does the blurb make any difference...and if so what kind of blurb might make you decide to watch? I'm pretty sure my habit of one line of song lyrics is not a good promotional strategy, I just don't have a clue what a good one is.
fan_eunice: (Proud Loonies)
( Jun. 27th, 2008 12:54 pm)
It is day before Who day! And since I have all my uploads done for VVC and [ profile] sisabet and I are making fabulous progress on the I Suck panel, I have no stress so I can just enjoy. NEW WHO TOMORROW. Which based on the promo is simply not capable of failing me. Seriously, the actual plot could be 'The only way to save the universe is by reading the phone book' and I would not care. The minimum required to put me in a state of blissful squee has already been acheived. Anything else is bonus.

Also, now that I'm free to work on my pile of half finished vids, I think I'm going to try and get the Torchwood ones knocked out and cleared off first. They are the least likely to get finished if delayed, and I do want to. I know I definitely want to get the darker meta vid which has no hugs and no main Torchwood characters, which hardly anyone but me will be interested in, because it will be a challenge and I want to see if I can make it be what I wanted to make.

Since the source pool is the same I will be working on two at once, though, and I am torn. Do I make the second active project Ianto discovering his inner Dolly Parton, or the serious business Jack/Death vid filled with whangst and woe? Cracky lightness would make a good counterpoint for the depressing other vid, but I'm not sure I'm in a cracky mood. Maybe I'll pull all three projects up and see which one makes the most progress.

I should probably clean my house before I do anything.


What are you guys up to? Anything exciting or interesting?
Who finished the auction vid in time to make the deadline? That would be ME!

*does celebration dance with glowsticks*

Also, what is cracking me up is...okay, when I first started vidding my beta process usually included this conversation

Beta: Cut faster
Me: OMG are you high?
Beta: Shut up and go cut faster
Me: *grumbles and cuts faster*
Beta: No, faster
Me: I'M CUTTING AS FAST AS I CAN (tm [ profile] vagabondage
Beta: Tough, faster.
Me: I hate you*.

And now it seems I have come full circle because the beta process here included

Beta: Too fast. Cut slower.
Me: You're kidding, right?
Beta: No, slower.
Beta: Tough, go slower
Me: I really hate you*.

* all hate greatly exaggerated because I love my betas more than anything in the world for pushing me and making me do stuff I don't wanna do because it makes me a better vidder.
I haven't blathered about vidding in awhile, have I? I sort of feel like blathering about vidding.

I think, for all the bells and whistles and gadgets offered up by FCP, my absolute and forever favorite tool of them all remains the humble razor. More than anything else, to me, it is the fundamental backbone of non-linear editing. Take the most basic scene of two characters simply exchanging meaningful glances. Put the razor tool in my hand and suddenly I control which one looks first and for how long they look. Out of that ten seconds is the important information contained in the second with the head tilt or the one with the sigh or the little smirk? Up to me. That scene is now mine and what it can mean and for who, along with it's overall impact, is entirely up to me. I'm not bound by any structure but my own. That same basic, simple scene can mean a hundred different things depending on who's cutting it and why. I can take three minutes and strip away everything but a critical three seconds and convey mountains of information in whatever order I choose. I can cut together two, or three, or four, or however many scenes I want from entirely different episodes, not limited to a sequential narrative, but as pieces in an emotional whole that can fit in an infinite number of combinations depending on what I want to say. I don't think there is any other aspect of vidding that brings me more satisfaction than a good cut. If I could marry my razor tool, I think I probably would.

If someone were just starting out in vidding and they asked me what they should do first, I'd tell them to take one scene, throw it on the timeline, haul out the razor tool and cut it to pieces. Shuffle the bits around. See how many different ways it fits together. Start over and cut it up again different this time. Decide what's unecessary or distracting from a purely visual perspective and throw it in the trash. Grab another scene, do it again, and see if you can make the two fit together. Discover what is possible and know that the raw footage is only the starting point...because it's yours now. And it can be anything you want it to be.

Eunice/Razor OTP, baby.
fan_eunice: (Jack/Ianto KISS)
( Apr. 21st, 2008 08:09 am)
More packing today. And I will finally get to watch Doctor Who later this afternoon if I can get the closets done. Expect mah squee then. Also, I realized in conversation with peoples that after Stage6 went down I never really announced that I'd moved all my vids over to imeem for streaming. This is probably because I am still bitter about Stage6 going down, and resentful that I ever had to go to imeem at all. So, the new link to find my vids in streaming format is this:

Other fannish stuff, the Captain's Blog for 'Fragments' is finally up (are they going to do one for Exit Wounds?) and once again confirms that whoever writes these is a committed Jack/Ianto 'shipper. It is times like these my psycho inner OTPer wants to throw off sanity completely and start insisting that they are canon, even though I've argued for years that extras are nice for adding more toys to the sandbox, but it really only counts if it is on screen (I still believe this, I just wish I didn't). Because, seriously...wait, do we have to do cut tags for Captain's Blogs? *does one just in case*Jack and Ianto, sittin' in a tree )
fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Apr. 1st, 2008 12:23 pm)
Since I can't actually vid at the moment, I'm going to ramble about vidding. And since I'm cranky it's going something that drives me insane when watching vids. It's actually very near the top of the list of things that will cause me to stop watching a vid midway through and not go back. When the music changes in any significant way, so should the vid. I don't know enough music vocabulary to name all the changes, but they happen, and when the vid doesn't shift with them, for me, it sticks out like a sore thumb. The most obvious being when the tempo of the song changes, going from fast to slow or slow to fast, with no corresponding shift in the video. Cut faster when the pace picks up, or choose clips with stronger or more frantic motion, switch to more static reaction shots on a slowdown, or get some swoopy/spinny motion going to reflect the guitar that just came in and started doing a thing, mess with the color, change the mood, narrow in on a specific point to the vid's overall message, I don't care...just do something. If it doesn't sound the same, it shouldn't look the same. And chances are, even in the simplest of songs, it's not going to sound the same all the way through. Verses will sound different to choruses which will sound different from the bridge. Use that. Please.

As always, this is just the way I personally watch and think about vids, YMMV, one person's opinion who is still figuring all this stuff out herself, and for real, feel free to tell me why I'm wrong, wrong, so very wrong in comments...unless you insult my mother while doing it, I'm probably going to dig the conversation.
The Vividcon vidder auction is now live and yours truly is on the block. And while I've ruled out Celine Dion and 'shippy D/R vids, because you all saw what happened with Sweet Charity, I've still left it pretty open in terms of what I'm willing to do otherwise. If you're not sure if I can do what you want? Just email me or drop a note here and ask. So buy me! Make me do your bidding (mostly)! I am yours for the taking!

This is a great way to support Vividcon even if you can't attend, so even if you don't want me think about nabbing one of the other vidders. Not only do you get a vid of your VERY OWN, you also get an exclusive shiny DVD of all the auction vids, and your name in the program! Everyone will say really nice things about you! Especially me. I will have no end of nice things to say about you! Okay, I might end up calling you evil and mean, but it will be said with affection, I swear.

So...shoo, go buy yourself a vidder already (me! me! pick me!)
fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Mar. 30th, 2008 09:36 am)
Everything you never wanted to know about why and what I vid, put behind a cut for easy ignoring,

that vidding meme, nabbed from pretty much everyone )
imeem is finally cooperating, so there is now a streaming version of Papa Don't Preach up. I've updated the original post, and the direct imeem link is here.

I am a bit...overwhelmed right now. We really thought this was going to result in us cracking ourselves up and maybe three people on our f'lists pointing and laughing. *stares at pages of comments* You people are almost as sick as we are, you know that? *hugs you all*

Also? Now you all know why I went into SPASMS after Something Borrowed aired and couldn't talk about it, because talking about Something Borrowed )
fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Mar. 2nd, 2008 12:50 pm)
I am...struggling with the Owen vid my brain has insisted I at least try to make. But hey, it's all new struggles in my vidding process, so here's the part where you'll find me blathering on about both that and my Owen issues and how they intersect behind the cut,

long winded navel gazing below )
fan_eunice: (Proud Loonies)
( Feb. 29th, 2008 10:19 am)
I remain ten kinds of off center. Sleep continues to follow a strange patchwork pattern where I just...kind of drop off randomly for a few hours and then I'm awake and then I'm asleep with no rhyme or reason and it's making me fuzzy headed and weird. I'm also having panic issues regarding email and LJ, which are leading me to not comment and freak out about that, or to comment and then freak out about that, more so than usual I mean, so if I seem either weird or like I'm ignoring you? It's not you, it's me. Being a freak. My vidbrain is not helping matters any with internal conversations going a lot like this:me, arguing with myself )
fan_eunice: (emo ianto)
( Feb. 25th, 2008 08:56 am)
You know, I'm more than a little disturbed that my last two days in fandom have consisted of me posting vids that included Doctor/Rose to Celine Dion and Ianto Jones busting a move to Young MC. It's like...somewhere my life took a deeply bizzare turn and I'm not sure where. That I can fully lay the blame for these things on other (very EVIL, very BAD) people is a small comfort. I seriously need to go work on that Seven and Ace vid now and salvage something of my tattered dignity. The Kandyman can only be a step up.

However, the Ianto wars have led me to a sad conclusion about my future vid projects. The Emo!Ianto vid is just never going to happen. I missed the moment, and in the wake of S2, despite my deep and pure TRUE LOVE for all things that involve the Emo Face of Ianto, and my belief that he is very much human and needs to be loved, I can no longer fully justify a vid in which all his hope his gone. He's just too damn plucky (and move busty). But I want to vid him. I *really* want to. Must find song for real, one that can incorporate both emo and plucky with a side of mansex.

I also really need to sit down and make plans for all the real life stuff that needs to get done. If I'm moving to the suburbs at the end of April, then I don't have much time to start pulling my shit together if I want to avoid a panic filled frenzy that puts me out of commission for months after. Randomly, I miss Guitar Hero. A lot. I woke up this morning with a strong urge to play it and it was VERY SAD when I realized that I still can't afford to purchase everything...well, not and continue my goal of actually being adult-like and responsible and keeping at least a little bit of cushion against the big trips (VVC and UK) coming up. Especially since I'll be having a car again when I move and all the costs that come with, not to mention, y'know, moving isn't free. But I want it. *throws tantrum*.
fan_eunice: (vid ho)
( Feb. 22nd, 2008 10:10 am)
Coffeeeeeee. I loves my coffee, oh yes I do. Today is a two pot day. Hell, I may just decide not to do my usual switchover to diet Coke in the afternoon and just keep on with the coffee because it is making me happy. Sweet Charity vid for the incredibly EVIL OMG SO EVIl [ profile] boniblithe is done, so check that off the list. Stage6 is refusing to let me upload just yet (perhaps it saw the Celine Dion coming and committed suicide in self-defense), but as soon as it is I will post. Until then? Um, I dunno. I don't actually have any plans for today. I should probably have plans. What should I plan? Maybe I could make more random observations about Ianto so [ profile] greensilver writes more amazing fic for MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
fan_eunice: (the sun)
( Feb. 14th, 2008 04:06 pm)
Awwwwww, someone gave me virtual chocolates! Thank you anonymous! I hug you and hug you for totally making my day. I am grinning and bouncing :)

I'm settling back in but not quite entirely home in my head yet. That was a really good visit, the downside is that the missing of the kid gets that much more acute right after I have to leave. Also, I do not have Guitar Hero to play anymore. I miss it almost as much as I miss my offspring. Mostly I just need to get back into my normal patterns again. Between people visiting, and me going to MD it's been a majorly disruptive month. Good disruption, but it still knocks me off balance because of the being insane. First up is sorting out vid projects. Prioritizing I think it will go

1. Auction vid for [ profile] boniblithe, 'cause that one is bought and paid for, and it has a deadline, so to the top of the list it goes. Even if it is a VID OF EVIL.

2. Seven and Ace. I have all the footage I need, and most of the idea worked out...I just have to put in the work of pulling it together. Also, [ profile] vagabondage threatened to disown me if I didn't finish it.

3. Emo!Ianto. Despite being the vid I most want to work on right now, on account of being all obsessed, my instincts are all saying wait and let this season play out, if not for story back up (because I'm not sure I'm going to get that, not that I care...this vid is not about's about my love of weepy, scrunchy faced, woobie in pain), but for more visual back up. I can be patient.

4. Possibly the sort of started Ten vid. I'm still not entirely sure on the concept, but I do want to get back in and play with it some more to see if it goes anywhere after stalling almost immediately.

And then mixed in there are two collab projects that I need to get in the game on situated pretty high on the list. If I can pull this all off it will be the most productive few months of vidding I've ever had. Which is good, because I'm thinking more and more that I probably won't have a VVC premiere this year. My lease is up at the end of April and I will probably be moving to a different apartment (not out of Chicago, but to the suburbs), which is going to knock out a huge hunk of time and stress. And I still don't yet have an idea for one that's really moved me into going "Yes, I must show that at VVC this year" Also, I really, really need to vid something that is not Doctor Who related. Really a lot. Not that I don't love vidding DW, or plan to do a lot more of it because it is my happy place. But. Just looking at that list makes me feel like I'm headed for a rut if I don't vary at least a little bit soon.

Next up, figuring out real life, not fannish stuff for the upcoming months. I should probably be concerned that I'm making that list second shouldn't I?
fan_eunice: (pony)
( Feb. 6th, 2008 08:35 am)
Stupid weather. I was supposed to be on a plane this morning to DC, except my flight was cancelled. And then the next one I was booked on got cancelled. I'm now pushed back to 8 pm, and looking out my window I'm having serious doubts about that one as well. This is making my cranky since I really want to be there before my son's birthday tomorrow, so I could do dorky mom stuff like sing off-key at him over breakfast and stuff, not sitting in an aiport. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

It seems a bunch of new Who related stuff has started floating around this weekend while I've been off playing with friends, and I think I'm choosing at this point not to follow any of it too closely. Saw the new trailer, went SQUEE a bunch, and then SQUEE some more...but I'm going to keep it at that level. Torchwood has made an excellent distraction, and distractions are good. Vidding will make an even better distraction when I get back, since I have something like four open projects at this point, including the Sweet Charity vid for [ profile] boniblithe (WHO IS EVIL) that I want to make sure is done as soon as possible so I come in well within the deadline. If I can get all of them finished it will be four vids towards my goal of six vids minimum this year and that would be awesome. Still have no clue what I'm doing for Premieres yet, except that I'm pretty sure I don't want it to be Who related this time out. As much fun as I'm having splashing around in that pool, I don't want to end up forgetting how to work with other source because I'm so used to how this source looks and behaves.

Could this post get any more boring? I fear it could not. My brain is not completely with me. I'll go back to obsessing over my cancelled flights now. *smooches to you all*
fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Jan. 15th, 2008 10:03 am)
Is Torchwood tonight or tomorrow? And, yay Sarah Connor Chronicles (are we calling it SCC yet so I can stop typing it out? ETA: and it's Sarah Connor not Sarah Jane, my worlds they collide) still has me making squee based flaily hands at it. I appear to be pretty much set with new TV to watch until summer. That is awesome. Right, today's distraction.

Effects in vidding. I need help. Explanations mostly because I still don't get it and it's a bit frustrating not to, especially since the tech available to us is advancing at the speed that it is. My aesthetic preference, both in watching and making vids, has always been for the straight cut and 'invisible' effects (shifting the speed to hit timing marks, adjusting the color, that sort of thing). Really shiny effects might make me go 'ooooh, pretty', but it's a series of well executed and elegant edits that really punch my clock. I've noticed that even in effects heavy vids that blow me away, the thing blowing me away tends to be the underlying edits with the effects giving those a bit of extra oomph. And I can't even figure out how to do that much on vids of my own. So, I'm turning to my peoples with better eyes than me. Explain? What makes an effect work, and what kind of effects tend to best reflect different emotions or purposes or emphasis? I mean, even if I can't yet do it, I can work out how an intercut or a jumpcut communicates it's purpose, where fast or slow cuts can be used to build tension, or how motion should be tied to beats to provoke different reactions. I can at least attempt to manipulate those to directly affect my audience. Effects? I don't know what they do, not in the sense that "I can make the Doctor glow here using these settings", but "What does making the Doctor glow there communicate?"

Halp? Or is this one of those instinctive things that can't really be learned? Also, any recs for good books on learning graphic design, because it's about time I stopped picking up things piecemeal and really made an effort to actually learn that stuff too.
fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Jan. 3rd, 2008 09:59 am)
It's ten. So I post the results. [ profile] sweetestdrain had asked for the episode Blink set to the second verse of the song Parkdale by Metric. I did manage to fill the entire minute of timeline, which was the major, go me! Probably my biggest frustration this time out was that, right up to the end, I had a really hard time getting a handle on the lyrics and music, I fear I am not smart enough for this song. I did reach a point where I felt like I was at least starting to make sense in my head, but sadly not soon enough to really pull it together, so I can't promise it makes sense anywhere outside outside my head. The silent oboe is strong with this one, however, in keeping with trying to stay positive I will note that I am pleased that I can see and hear where it's off, and given a few days to tighten it down and firm up the visuals I think I could've got it there. Likely, I could've got closer if I didn't keep wandering off during my time limit to watch random bad television and surf the internets. Good to know that not even a deadline can dent my powers of procrastination.

So there we have it. One full minute of timeline in 24 hours. I'm going to try to do that embed thingie after the cut if you'd like to see what resulted. (I've never embedded anything from stage6 before, so please let me know if it doesn't work)

vid drabble thingie behind here )
fan_eunice: (free hugs!)
( Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:15 am)
I didn't get a chance to start on the vid drabble projects because I actually left the house. *pauses to let the shock sink in*

It has been an awesome two days. First there was much fun with [ profile] taraljc and [ profile] pipsqueaky and [ profile] aj on New Years Eve rewatching Voyage of the Damned, and Live Free or Die Hard (EXPLOSIONS!), and Hot Fuzz. With snacks! And fannish blather! And then a return to Tara's with Pips today to watch Sarah Jane Adventures. I am a bit wore out by all the not being at home and using vocal cords instead of touch typing to talk to people, but very glad I went.

At some point tomorrow I will finish setting up the project file and start the 24 hour countdown clock on the first insane vid drabble for [ profile] sweetestdrain, and hopefully the day after that the one for [ profile] nestra. I'm a bit terrified, but the last time I did this it was really good for me, so I'm looking forward to doing it again.

And now I go faceplant on my bed.
fan_eunice: (vidding is HARD)
( Dec. 29th, 2007 05:36 pm)
I was gonna do the big expansive year end vidding thing when I realized I've only made three this year. Three and a half if you count the vidlet. Which is about usual since I made four last year. Conclusion, I vid slow as molasses...which we already knew. All three were Doctor Who, also not a shock. So I'm slow and predictable. Round up behind the cut.

blather about my year in vidding )


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