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New vid: Avengers

So I made this Avengers teamy vid for Escapade:

Worth Fighting For
Artist: Santigold (Disparate Youth)
Fandom: Avengers-verse
If we go, we go together.

You can download it there at my site, and it's streaming here:





Sorry it's taken me so long to add the lyrics, but here they are (I'm reposting this with today's date since it was such a long delay)

Don't look ahead, there's stormy weather
Another roadblock in our way
But if we go, we go together
Our hands are tied here if we stay

Oh, we said our dreams will carry us
And if they don’t fly we will run
Now we push right past to find out
Oh, how to win what they all lost

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for
Oh ah, oh ah
We know that we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for

So let them say we won't do better
Lay out the rules that we can't break
They wanna sit and watch you wither
Their legacy's too hard to take

Oh, we said our dreams will carry us
And if they don’t fly we will run
Now we push right past to find out
Oh, how to win what they all lost

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for
Oh ah, oh ah
We know that we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for

In their heads, hedging their bets
In their eyes it shows
When the beacon breaks, what then?
You ask and they don't know
Oh tell me that
I turn my back well the odds all stand beneath me
And they all said I was misled
But now the odds all stand beneath me

Oh ah, oh ah
They're frozen to the core
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for

Oh, we said our dreams will carry us
And if they don’t fly we will run
Now we push right past to find out
Oh, how to win what they all lost

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for
Oh ah, oh ah
We know that we want more
Oh ah, oh ah
A life worth fighting for

(We hear them run, but don't hear what you say
Now here we come, can't throw nothing in our way

We hear them run, but don't hear what you say
Now here we come, can't throw nothing in our way)

Notes about this vid: I'm actually pretty pleased with this despite the fact that it's absolutely nothing like the vid I wanted to make. I DLed the HD source for all the Avengers movies, and it turned out that, after a lot of help from [personal profile] killabeez and tweaking and trying to understand the aspect ratio shit, my old computer didn't handle this well at all. Too late someone suggested working with a crappy lo-res file, and anyway, I can't really figure out the details of that. I gamely struggled on after one fiasco after another with trying to get a new copy of Final Cut that I could use my new computer for -- it became almost a comical tech nightmare, the kind of thing people build sitcom episodes around. Seriously, if you don't believe me, ask [personal profile] mlyn.

The weirdest thing of all was that it was like vidding on VCRs again. I had fucking ROLLBACK. This is something people today know nothing about, because it doesn't exist in computers. BUT IT DID IN MINE. In the VCR editing days, you pressed pause before laying in a clip, and then once you had your source cued up, you hit the pause button to, you know, unpause it, and the heads did this little roll backward as they re-engaged. My old deck was exactly 11 frames of rollback, so when I hit pause, I jog shuttled ahead 11 frames, but most people never knew how long it would be, so it was always a crapshoot, laying in clips.

And to cut Avengers, every time I'd cut a clip, I would find upon laying it in the timeline that it was wildly off from where I'd cut it. The whole thing was just astonishing to me. And I never knew where it would land, so I was basically editing blind, going through the timeline, adjusting and cutting frame by frame -- I couldn't just place my edit point and cut, I had to slip and roll and frame by frame it to find the actual point where a cut would go. To top it off, each of the Avengers-related movies worked fine in terms of edit points, but THEY HAD TO BE RENDERED each time I made any adjustment in them or touched them, just to see if the edit worked.

I really was basically making a vid blind. It reminded me of back in the days, when poor [personal profile] sakana17 made an X-Files vid and I think her music track wouldn't play or something, so she was cutting a vid without sound half the time. I always say that the worst day computer vidding beats the best day VCR vidding, but this time it was like some deja vu confluence of the worst of both worlds. I was in tears more than a lot of the time. And I'm still behind the 8-ball for the next two vids I need to make.

Anyway. It came out surprisingly well, considering I couldn't take advantage of the repeated "dum-dum-dum-dum-dum" staccato beat in the song, and I couldn't do ANY effects, even a dissolve. Even making credits turned out to be an ordeal of a workaround. It's by no means what I envisioned, but at least I don't totally hate it, which is something. I think it was the highlight of the con for me this year, though, that at least it didn't bomb at the show and some folks seemed to like it.

Comments

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mrs_laugh_track
Feb. 24th, 2013 07:05 am (UTC)
eeeeee so good. I just love them all so much. Also wow the sense of MOVEMENT in this is incredible. Just really really good.
gwyn_r
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!! So glad you and S like this, honestly, I think I would have despaired if you hadn't.
nwhepcat
Feb. 24th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, fantastic!
gwyn_r
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
bradcpu
Feb. 24th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
That was really beautifully constructed, Gwyn. Such wonderful lyric ties all through, with lovely and clever use of motion. I think my favorite moment (of many) was that kiss connection at 3:32. Just perfect.
gwyn_r
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Brad! I actually thought about taking Tony kissing Pepper out from the beginning to bring that into the kiss stuff at the end, but it seemed to fit better earlier, I'm not sure why. Sometimes being restricted by what you can do helps you focus on things, like the motion.
mackiemesser
Feb. 24th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
A really seamless melding of all the sources. I was struck by how it was very "action-y" but also had a very strong emotional element.
gwyn_r
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you! It was definitely tough to balance the emotional and the action -- the movie is very long on action, but the character stuff was often pretty static. I would have to say Avengers is the toughest of all the (other Marvel) movies to vid!
mackiemesser
Mar. 3rd, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Another thing this vid brought out for me was how stylistically consistent the Avenger related movies have been. If you didn't know it, it would be easy to think the clips were all from a single source--they all have very similar "looks."

Yeah, Joss is fond of the Furrowed Brow of Internal Brooding, which works in context but is visually pretty unexciting.
kirbyfest
Feb. 25th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Love it!!!
gwyn_r
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you!
deejay
Feb. 28th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
*squees all up in here* \o/
gwyn_r
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re:
Awesome! Squee is good! You might be happy to know I'm using all the clips since they're in the bin to make a Tony vid for Club Vivid. ;-)
deejay
Mar. 3rd, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
*squees some more*

I'm considering doing a Guy of Gisborne (Richard Armitage) vid for CV. Heh....
tipitiwitchet
Mar. 10th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh my, this is so pretty! I love the way it moves (I am an infant - need movement and colors!), and the way you give everyone in the cast a chance to step forward. It's lovely!
gwyn_r
Apr. 7th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I always love the vids where I can focus on movement and energy -- those are the most fun to make, I think.
ceares
Apr. 8th, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
very nice! terrific use of music and scene choice to create something both bittersweet and triumphant.
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