YAMI NO MATSUEI/TWILIGHTMusic:
"Twilight" trailer audioPairing:
Hints of Tsuzuki/Hisoka and Muraki/HisokaLength:
1:11Vidder on LJ:
UnknownVidder's Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/MakoProductionWhy this vid kicks ass:
I found this quite by accident whilst I was writing my first YnM fanfic, which was also a crossover with Twilight (sorry, no linky: self-promotion is verboten here). The very notion just had me laughing hysterically, but when I watched it, I was laughing myself silly. There's a million Twilight parodies out there (and for the record, I'm a contra-Twilight person: I detest the books, but I've gotten past the burn-it-with-fire stage of dislike), but this one is my all-time favorite. Tsuzuki as Edward? Mayyybe....
Watch: Yami no Twilight?
Cracking the Code by PostHaste MusicLength:
1:39Vidder's LJ: di_brVidder's Website: Di on YouTube
, vid announcement on LJ Why this vid kicks ass:
If you are a fan of Doctor Who OR Sherlock, you've probably already seen this. It has over 100k views for a reason. However, just in case you haven't... WATCH THIS NOW. It's a mashup of the shows as a (unfortunately) fake advertisement/trailer for a show that looks absolutely amazing. Man, I wish this were real. Need to find the Doctor? Call Sherlock Holmes!A Study In Time
OTW (directed by Francesca Coppa and edited by Laura Shapiro, sound editing by AbsoluteDestiny)Musical artist:
VariousVidder on LJ:
NoneVidder's website: Vidding History ProjectsWhy this vid kicks ass:
I kicked off meta week with songvids about songvids, and so now it seems appropriate to rec a project that takes this idea of vidmeta to its logical conclusion -- documentaries about vidding, made by vidders.
Not long ago, the Organization for Transformative Works interviewed a whole heap of vidders about vidding, sampled their work, and created a series of snapshots that showcase their art and philosophy. What a neat idea! I love the voices of fans talking about their passion -- it's so rare to get a chance hear fans' real voices -- and I also love that this series has been made by vidders, using the skills they acquired through vidding, and that it's unashamedly pro-fanworks. I fell in love with vids all over again when I watched this.Vidding
It's meta week in Songvid Oddity land! (And yes, how ironic is the timing, given this week's meta about meta? :)
There's been a trend in the last year or so of meta vids which reflect on what it is to be a vidder, and what vidders love about the art form. I'm going to try and give a sense of what that conversation looks like, and that means posting more than one rec at a time for a couple of days. Bear with me while I wrangle all the cross-links. Hopefully it will all be worth it!Vidder:
VariousVidder on LJ: bradcpuVidder's website: Sticky post: My vidsWhy this vid kicks ass: kiki_miserchic
is one of the most unusual vidders out there. Her stuff is always gorgeous, and interesting, and often confronting. In this vidder profile, bradcpu
captures what makes Kiki tick as an artist, combining an interview with excerpts of her vids. As well as being a brilliant introduction to Kiki's work, it's a stunning piece of work in its own right.
To make the experience richer, you might want to watch a sample of Kiki's vids (I've recced three below) before you watch this vidder profile.August Vidder Profile: kiki_miserychic Warning:
The video excerpts included in this profile contain profanity, nudity, sexual images, and violence (including a torture/disembowelment scene from the movie "The Cell").
This recommendation is part of a set, which includes three of kiki_miserychic
's vids (links go to the recs): Multi-fandom - She's AwesomeThe Cell - BootystyleThe Fall - Once Upon a Time
Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light OrchestraPairing:
NoneVidder on LJ: barkleyVidder's website: Barkley's VidsWhy this vid kicks ass:
In fandom there's a grand tradition of people putting things together that just should not work
, and yet, beyond all sense, somehow they not only work, they are glorious
. For example, this songvid's premise is:Stargate: Atlantis + Xanadu = rollerdancing space explorers.
Oh, yeah... *waves hands in awe* That's what I call absurd perfection! Xanadu
Rodney McKay/John SheppardVidder on LJ: sandrainthesunVidder's website: Vid TagWhy this vid kicks ass:
I love crime capers; they are just made of awesome -- the snark, the cunning plans, the comedy arising out of things going wrong, the twist ending. What's not to love? This songvid has all of that... but wait! There's more! You see, this particular crime caper is an AU of Stargate Atlantis
, and stars John Sheppard, Rodney McKay and Laura Cadman, transplanted to Vegas a la Ocean's Eleven
. "Petty Theft" has sharp, clever editing, John and Rodney having sex, sleazy paisley shirts, the team being competent, and the most kick ass use of crime-caper music. *happy sigh* *goes to re-watch*
Permanent download link hosted by Kyrieane: heresandrainthesun
's splashpage for this vid: Petty Theft
Bruce Wayne/Lois Lane, Batman/CatwomanVidder on LJ: ferdalumpVidder's website: Ferdalump on YouTubeWhy this vid kicks ass:
This songvid is technically the second of a matching pair, but I think it stands alone just fine (the other is available at the same splash page linked below, if you're interested). What I love about "Stay" is the way it melds the three different sources to create a love triangle between characters who share a universe (Batman/Superman) but never appear in the same show
! This vid beautifully demonstrates just how much illusion there is in the art of editing. And also? That love triangles which include Catwoman are made of win. Stay
Monty Norman, John Barry, David Arnold, Nicholas DoddPairing:
VariousVidder on LJ: starrylizardVidder's website: Starrylizard's fannish stuffWhy this vid kicks ass:
My previous rec was all about looking at the James Bond canon in a new light, whereas this one is about creating an expectation of Bond canon without actually using any Bond footage. I love the clever play of generic expectation and intertextuality in this: the stupid gadgets; the kick-ass action; the womanising; the hokey bad guys; the explosions; the smirky, deadly James Bondness
of JFlan, which is weirdly perfect; and the way Starrylizard has edited it all to the Bond theme. *happy sigh*
Apart from all of that, there's just the right whiff of naffness to 'Atlantis Royale,' and I don't know how Starrylizard managed it, but it makes this so perfectly
, hilariously Bond.Atlantis Royale
Art of Noise, featuring John HurtPairing:
NoneVidder on LJ: permetaformVidder's website: PerMetaFormWhy this vid kicks ass:
Technically, this isn't a multi-fandom songvid, in that all the source footage comes from the James Bond movies. But given the nature
of James Bond movies, I find it boggling, and somewhat humbling, that anyone has managed to make a songvid this beautiful and insightful out of it. See, Permetaform takes what is an almost-impossible song to vid, and then uses all those impossible elements to highlight just how totally improbable and exciting and cinematic James Bond really is. God, I love this songvid. It's just so good.
Go, go, go: click on the link.ETA:
The link below now goes directly to the songvid's announcement page, which does seem to work. Sorry for the inconvenience.Holy Egoism of Genius
Eric Faden, et al.Musical artist:
NoneVidder on LJ:
UnknownVidder's website: Stanford Fair Use ProjectWhy this vid kicks ass:
For the last stop on our detour into YouTube land, I've decided to rec something a bit different. "A Fair(y) Use Tale" is not actually a fanvid, but rather a vid about
fanvids that uses the techniques of fanvids. This was made as part of Stanford's Fair Use project, and it uses clips from Disney to talk about Copyright.
I hesitated for a long time before deciding to rec this on the Van, but the thing that swayed me in the end is that I find it really fascinating to see how people talk about fandom with their Real World hats on, and I figured that some of you might feel that way too. And yeah, this is political, but it's also surprisingly fannish: the echoes of fanvids are all the way through this, as you'll see even more clearly once I start reccing the multi-fandom vids that are going to finish up the rest of the drive.
YouTube: A Fair(y) Use Tale
Dowload @ Standford: A Fair(y) Use Tale
Tom (the email address on the vid isn't valid)Musical artist:
NoneVidder on LJ:
UnknownWhy this vid kicks ass:
So, zombies. I think many stories would be improved with the addition of zombies (also killer robots, but that's a whole other topic). I present this vid as evidence supporting my zombie thesis, as I think it makes a good case for zombies not only in West Side Story, but in Romeo and Juliet. *nods decisively* Zombies, people! Why are you still here?West Side Story versión Zombie
Chris Rule and Nick EckertMusical artist:
Caine Davidson; Richard and Robert Sherman Pairing:
NoneVidder on LJ:
UnknownVidder's website: moviemkerWhy this vid kicks ass:
I have a gleeful love for songvids that are alternate movie trailers -- it's amazing how much difference the style of editing and a change of music makes! "Scary Mary" is the first one of these remixes I saw, and it's still one of my favourites. Brrrr. Julie Andrews is so unbelievably creepy in this.Scary Mary Poppins