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Once again, I've barely accomplished anything fannish this year. I even skipped doing a year in review last year, but I can't remember why -- it might have been my less than stellar output, or because I was travelling at the holiday. THe only fic I've written this year was for Yuletide, though this year, I did actually read quite a bit more than I have in many years. I also read some books, which... I know how weird that sounds, but since sis_r died, I haven't been able to really read much at all, and it was a big deal to follow a book all the way through.

So I guess I will focus on vids, even though my output there has been pretty lame, too. I wasn't able to attend Vividcon this year, so only made two vids, and normally I'd put in a lot more work for that. The vid I'm working on now won't be finished for a bit yet, and I still have two vids sitting on my hard drive that have been waiting for me to work on them for a couple years now. Sigh.

I think the biggest, most unusual "achievement" this year was actually something someone else did that I still feel weird about. I was the subject of a vidder profile in October done by [personal profile] imbir for the vid commentary community. I'd never have expected to be a subject for that, and it was fun to think about the things that Imbir asked me. Also kind of a trip down memory lane. I miss collaborative vidding.


This year I made only a handful of new vids: Follow You Down for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Escapade), Brick House for Gina Torres (Club Vivid), Hold on Tight for Ratatouille (Vividcon Also Premiering), Only an Expert for Leverage (a birthday present for [personal profile] sherrold, and Lost Cause for Justified. Not that much of an output! Because of a lot of friction in the vidding universe, a lot of it related to really nasty shit rained down inappropriately on VVC, I spent a lot of time on making vids that would make me feel happier and not so hatey. The first three vids were really in that vein, and I think the Leverage vid was also in that vein but also had some meta fun in it. Lost Cause was the only vid I made this year that was more in keeping with my usual themes of looking at the internal darkness in characters I love or difficult situations that my characters are in.

My favorite of my own vids this year:
I guess I'd have to say Brick House because I think it brought a lot of joy to people, and it was a ton of fun to make.

My best vid this year:
I think I'd have to say my Justified vid, Lost Cause.

Vid of mine most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
This question always flummoxes me, but I think this year it's a bit easier to answer: Only an Expert, my Leverage vid about Hardison. Wow, did pretty much almost no one seem to be interested in that. I actually was tickled by the metaness of it all, but apparently I'm the only one.

Funnest video:
Oh, that's tough -- I'd probably edge out Brick House over Hold on Tight just because some people still don't like the idea of a rat as a hero. ;-)

Video with single sexiest moment:
Hm. Though I found the love scene between Raylan and Winona in Lost Cause to be incredibly wonderful to use because Tim Olyphant and Natalie Zea really worked that heat between them, I'd probably say Brick House because Gina Torres really is the 8th Wonder of the World to me, and she is unbelievably hot -- which the vid is all about. I couldn't resist that pan up her body when she was dressed in the red leather dominatrix outfit as Bad Nebula in Hercules.

Hardest video to make:
Boy, I don't know. I think they were all hard in their own way. I guess I'd say Lost Cause, because I wanted to do an effect that I still never was able to figure out how to do, and that was eminently frustrating.

Most unintentionally *telling* video:
I don't think there is such a thing for me, because I'm pretty good about putting into a vid what I'm feeling about a fandom. But I think Hold on Tight really reflects my need to help myself hold on tight to what I dream about for fandom, that we can rise above all the petty shit, even though I know we can't, and to hold on to my dream of a better future in a year when I lost a number of people I thought were friends and who turned out to have hurt me very badly. I wish that like Remy, I could have a happy ending, but I don't know that it's possible.

Vids of the future:
Right now, I'm working on getting clips together for a Prison Break vid that I'd like to finish for Escapade. I am afraid I might not be able to because I have to get this book out by the 4th, my dad's situation, which just doesn't seem to be improving and is requiring so much time, and the deadline for the con is fast approaching, but I'm going to try.

And this year, I'd really like to finish the Deb Morgan vid I started more than two years ago... I'm not sure how to fit in the recent seasons, but I do want to finish the freaking thing. And I also started over a year ago a Dr. Who vid that I'd still really like to do; I wanted to make it for someone I care about as a present, and I still have to figure out what to do about that.

I also have this idea for Club Vivid that I want to do that's both a meta vid about sexuality and a dance vid -- might be hard to pull off anything thinkier that way, but I'd really like to try. And the hardest thing of all to figure out is going to be my premiering vid for VVC -- I have no idea if I'll be able to go this year, but I'd like to try to make something regardless. It's always been an important event for me, but we'll see.

Most of all, I think, I'd like to make more vids that aren't con-dependent. It's hard to find the time, and if my back gets better and I can sit at the computer with more ease, then I can conceivably make some more. And... maybe even write more fic. And finish my Buffy WIP that's been sitting there for years, waiting. We'll see.

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vchrusch
Jan. 1st, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I just watched Only an Expert and that was a fantastic vid. That song is perfect!
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