rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2017-02-11 12:00 am
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VID (Festivids 2016): Tend the Earth (Mrs Henderson Presents, PG-13/NSFW)

Oh hey, I made a Festivid this year for the lovely [personal profile] cosmic_llin! Please note it's got non-smutty frontal nudity in it, so I wouldn't recommend watching at work or in public.

Password: rhicake

Tend the Earth Signed from Rhi on Vimeo.

Download is available at Vimeo until I can get it up at box.net, commentary forthcoming when I get spoons. You should watch the film because Judi Dench is amazing in it, as is Bob Hoskins.

At some point I will have a sardonic thought about how this film got a 12 rating in the UK, 15 in Ireland, and R in the US, when it is no more explicit than the clips in this vid, but tonight is not that time. Enjoy!
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2016-10-23 08:40 pm

Dear Festividder - Placeholder 2016!

Hi Festividder,
Augh, I'm so sorry. Life got away from me over the past month due to a combination of work and the mess that is the 2016 geopolitical nightmare. you've probably ended up starting to make something pretty awesome without my additional yammerings. GOOD JOB, ME.

I was pretty specific this year on my signup, or at least specific for me, yay, so some quick general thoughts on what I like, in case you aren't fed up already:
- Recentering narratives on awesome characters who've been sidelined!
- Weird is good! Angst is also good!
- I prefer UST to full-on shippiness, generally. Meaningful glances, that kind of thing.
- Classic rock is my favoritest genre, because I like white-suburbab-dad-music, generally--but no need to feel limited to that.
- Feel free to get political, but also feel free to just celebrate the canon. I'm good with both.

Wishing you all the best for a good December, and happy vidding!

rhivolution: Yves Adele Harlow from The Lone Gunmen, smiling. Text: 'YVES' (always on the run: Yves Adele Harlow)
2016-02-13 08:59 pm
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VID: The Game (Aeon Flux [1991], PG-13)

Title: The Game
Vidder: Rhi ([personal profile] rhivolution/[livejournal.com profile] rhipowered)
Fandom: Aeon Flux (TV series)
Music: The Motels, "Only the Lonely"
Warnings: Physical triggers--use of quick cuts
Length: 03:01
Summary: Don't hate the player, or; Scenes from the Monican/Bregnan war of attrition.

Notes: Made in Final Cut Express and VideoMonkey, for Cara Marie/[personal profile] genusshrike in Festivids 2015. Hat tip to Silvia Moreno-Garcia for tweeting about 'Only the Lonely'--I'd been desperately looking for a track and had somehow never heard the Motels before. Thank you to her, and to all the folks who have put up the Aeon Flux series for streaming online, and to Peter Chung and company for letting them stay up. I had a hell of a time trying to source the video (yaaaay obscure fandoms) until I realised it was all already HERE.
Aeon Flux and me go way, way back--it's the fandom where I did my first (aborted) attempt at vidding in college, for a start. Western animation for adults has become a hell of a lot more solid in the intervening years between now and then, but Peter Chung, and later Sam Kieth, among others, pushed out the boat. I have a lot of thoughts about this! I will spare you!
After the sourcing issues, this was probably the easiest vid I've ever done in terms of construction, as the non-linear ugly-beautiful choppy nature of the canon lends itself well to remix (though it does mean some of the transitions look ugly...because the source is). The vid is shippy, though only in the sense that Aeon and Trevor aren't ever actually shippy, but a fucked up twisted mess. Somehow I managed to pull a narrative out of it all, and without realising it, tipped my hat to MTV of the 80s/90s.

source details, download, streaming embed, and lyrics. )
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2016-02-13 08:37 pm
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So I've failed massively at posting to my journal of late, but. But.

I got two absolutely beautiful Master and Commander vids this year in Festivids, and you should go look at them...and leave feedback for the vidders. Also a big thanks to the [community profile] festivids mods and staff for all their hard work!

Sailboats by [personal profile] bironic (assignment) is an absolutely lovely Aubrey/Maturin vid that is pretty much to the letter I wanted from a shippy (swear to god no pun intended) fanwork. Bironic has made this sweet and touching without hurting your teeth; the song choice is perfect, and if you like this ship, it's a real keeper.

Leave Her, Johnny by [personal profile] rhoboat (treat) pulls together a completely different take on the canon--the gritty reality of the naval life, good and bad. Rhoboat uses the stunning cinematography by Russell Boyd* to full advantage, which I really appreciated as it's so fucking beautiful.

Go forth, friends! And do go have a look at the rest of this year's Festivids if you get a chance--I'm going to make my way though them all soon, it's been a rough start of the month so I've not had time yet.

* Wikipedia is telling me Boyd won an Oscar for this, which I gotta say is deserved as hell. I'm still miffed there wasn't ever a second M&C.
rhivolution: Q gets comfy on the Enterprise-D bridge (why helllloooo.: Q)
2015-10-26 10:48 pm
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merry ain't in my vocabulary - a Dear Festividder letter

Dearest Festividder,
Hi! I'm Rhi, I'm a thirty-something white geek of complex gender who is loud on the internet sometimes. I'm an immigrant from the US now living in Scotland, which is not as sexy as it sounds. Trust me.
no sleigh bells, no Steuben glass )
rhivolution: Beverly Crusher in the captain's chair. Text reads 'Status report: no fucks left to give.' (all the fucks I do not give: Beverly Cru)
2015-10-22 09:45 pm

my post is pastede on yay

Icon (on Dreamwidth) actually is not particularly representative of my feelings, which are more like 'eh' in terms of 'no fucks'.

- I have gotten back into knitting, yay! Knitting for my wee nibling (who will turn one next week, wow) does make things a bit easier, because they are small and therefore things progress quickly and I feel better about life yay.

- Right, I need to sign up for Festivids before I forget. NEED TO. And Night Vale novel! And Ancillary Mercy! And the books I got in Berlin at Borderlands! Clearly, I have bought too many physical books lately and I am worrying about having reached Peak Bookshelf, which could be ameliorated by me not borrowing books (e and paper) from the public library left and right. Not that that will ever really happen.

- In other ways, some parts of fandom are doing my head in. I don't really want to talk about it in public. Trust no one, carry a big stick.

- I need to plan for the Smith 10 year reunion, which means I need to think about money and plane tickets and renting a car 'cause Mom will still be in school and and and. Due to Memorial Day being wicked late this year and colleague schedules (read: everyone in my office is getting married next year), I need to be back here before Wiscon, which is a bit disappointing, but I shall persevere.

(Getting to know some cool folk on Twitter makes me vaguely want to run a con of my own in Glasgow for Cool Fans Living North Of The Home Counties. I'd call it something like ConeCon with the tagline lots of planets have a north!. But my organizational skills are terrible, so it'd just end up being people sitting in a pub anyway, talking rubbish.)

- My clin psych has recommended muscle relaxation techniques for me to try, less as an anxiety flareup curative and more to keep general equilibrium* during the rest of the time. Anyone tried this at all? I'm slightly worried about either falling asleep or it having no effect whatsoever, but I have committed to giving it a go.

* I used another ten-dollar word in a work email earlier this week, as a natural conversational word, noticed after I sent it, then felt vaguely relieved when no one called me out.
rhivolution: Karen Gillian dressed as Amy Pond faces off against a TV camera (me versus the camera: Karen Gillan)
2015-03-17 10:21 pm
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VID: Take the Sky (Forsake the Ground) (Anne of Green Gables [1985], G)

Title: Take the Sky (Forsake the Ground)
Vidder: Rhi ([personal profile] rhivolution/[livejournal.com profile] rhipowered)
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables (1985 mini)
Music: James Taylor, "Never Die Young"
Warnings: none
Length: 04:12
Summary: Anne changes Avonlea; Avonlea changes Anne.

Notes: Made in Final Cut Essentials and MPEG Streamclip, for [personal profile] grammarwoman in Festivids 2014. Many thanks to my dear husband for his assist with getting the source--unfortunately the R1 remastered DVD version was next to impossible to get here in time so this one's a bit grainy, which I'll pretend adds to the charm.
In terms of vidder's thoughts, this vid was nearly set to the Barenaked Ladies' 'Light Up My Room' in an attempt to keep it Canadian, but in the long run, Taylor's track about growing up with strange but beautiful peers just fit better. As ever, things are OT3 shippy if you squint and look sideways...and by the way, where the hell is all the f/f Anne series slash on AO3? There is a serious gap, people. Get on that.

source details, download, streaming embed, and lyrics. )
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2015-02-14 08:38 pm
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the big reveal

Just a quick note to say many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jacquelee and circlemate [personal profile] lotesse for my slashy lovely Festivids gifts this year.

Yours truly also did an Anne of Green Gables vid, Take the Sky (Forsake the Ground) for [personal profile] grammarwoman. Full post with download link and commentary will be available in a few days.

Also, I've now reread the first three Anne books and I'm really glad to have had the excuse!
rhivolution: Uhura from Star Trek TOS, leaning over and laughing (oh hell yes: Uhura (TOS))
2015-02-06 10:24 pm
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So I am behind due to a combination of being away at the weekend, technical failure, and brainweasels, but I got not one but TWO lovely F/F slashy vids in this year's Festivids.

This is the third(?) year that I've had multiple gifts--someday I have got to get my act together and pay it forward with doing a treat or two, gdi, but I always end up barely having time for my own assignment (see: brainweasels).

Finding My Voice (Bend It Like Beckham)
Watching this, I find it's possible that I love Bend It even more now that I've had a dozen years' distance and a huge chunk of sociocultural immersion for it to grow on me. Jess and Jules touch my heart, as both a protoqueer in the day and now, always, and Glasgae's ain Emeli Sandé makes for a beautiful accompaniment that fits perfectly with the canon.

bosom friend (Anne of Green Gables series by Sullivan Entertainment)
A look at the beautiful, somewhat otherworldly friendship/love Diana and Anne have. I'm probably the only person I know who hadn't listened to FKA Twigs until now, and the song really works. I picked up the Anne books again on my ereader (many of them are public domain), and the phrase 'a bit queer' keeps coming back to me. This vid is a bit queer...in the best ways.

If you haven't checked these or the other Festivids out, I highly recommend having a nosy. (For the Anne of Green Gables one, if you've read AoGG and Anne of Avonlea, you don't need to have seen the Sullivan Entertainment minis to get the gist!) I need to get deep into the Festivids submissions and comment this weekend, please forgive me fellow vidders.

Oh, and if you guess my vid, you'll get a wee treat (if you want)--just drop me a DM. Very broad hint: the music is NOT Fleetwood Mac or any member's solo work, so neener.
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2014-10-24 10:31 pm
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Dear Festividder...

Hello! Thank you in advance for the wonderful vid--I never know what to say in these things, so go me. I'm really excited about the possibilities in all of the fandoms I picked, so I will be chuffed to bits regardless, but here are some guidelines and inspirations for you.

- My musical taste is pretty much white suburban US baby boomer dad, with some meanderings into queer stuff, 'world music', and alternafolk, but don't let that stop you from going where you like. My last.fm profile is linked on my DW profile, should you want to have a nosy (though it's not super up-to-date as sometimes stuff doesn't scrobble from Spotify, augh).
- I like introspective character study type vids. While I'm not opposed to happiness, my general preference in fanworks is towards snarky social commentary, angst/UST, and gritty reality. You are more than welcome to make a statement, provided your politics aren't ugly. I'm one of Those People, so feminist, anti-racist, epic side-eye type vids are fantastic.

Details! Cut to spare people. )
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2014-02-09 07:04 pm
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Festivids reveal day, or; dyin' to me don't sound like all that much fun

Because I had it private until just now (good job, me), do check out the Indiana Jones vid I made for [livejournal.com profile] lilly_the_kid in this year's Festivids: Authority.

It's a fun one, which I hadn't really done before--I'm a srs bsns sort of person when it comes to fanworks, for the most part. Despite that, there's actually lots more commentary behind this one than I initially thought, which has been percolating for a month since I finished the damn thing.

Let me know if you're interested. Feedback is always welcome, too.

I also haven't gone through vids in fandoms I know yet, thanks to a raging anxiety flareup that I'm still trying to shake, so I will need to do that soon.

Next goal: do a Wiscon premiere...
rhivolution: Uhura from Star Trek TOS, leaning over and laughing (oh hell yes: Uhura (TOS))
2014-01-28 10:55 pm

Festivids omg yay

Dragging myself out of anxiety-fueled inertia to tell you, dear readers, that you should go have a look at the two (!) vids I got for Festivids as they are both utterly amazing. (I really have got to get myself in gear to make a treat for someone, some year, to pay it forward.)

Bones (Silence of the Lambs): an absolutely stunning examination of the parallel journeys of Clarice, Catherine Martin, and Lecter through the film. Film geek me says the editing and song choice works wonderfully with Demme and Fujimoto's original photography, giving it a modern sensibility--but it's damn good at playing with your emotions too.
(Please heed all trigger warnings as there are both physical and psychological ones. The latter are in line with canon, though not gratuitous, and the problematic parts of canon are relatively minimally shown.)

You Have a Choice (Minority Report): the Agatha and Anderton vid I've been wanting for about a decade, I swear to god. This takes out Spielberg's heavy-handed sentimentality (I love the man, but no) and swaps John Williams' noir style score for an epic narrative's to do so. It ends up being about Agatha and about both her and Anderton's changing understanding of justice and fate really are. I'm just gonna be squeeful that someone gets it besides me because I never GET that with this canon.

With regards to my own vid, I was going to offer a vidlet for guessing, but realised I gave away what I was doing a few months ago by asking for help. But if you DON'T know, DIDN'T look, and still want to guess, feel free--none of you have found it yet wrt commenting, so there's still time to get in on the ground floor. And dear person who helped me with source material, you also deserve a reward if you so choose. You know who you are.

(in other news that has made me roll up into a ball and rock back and forth: Fleetwood Mac new album and tour with Christine MASSIVE SQUEE involved)
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2014-01-12 01:08 am

VID: Authority (Indiana Jones films, Teen)

Title: Authority
Vidder: Rhi ([personal profile] rhivolution/[livejournal.com profile] rhipowered)
Fandom: Indiana Jones films
Music: John Cougar Mellencamp, "Authority Song"
Warnings: brief clips of people in peril, snakes, Nazis
Length: 3:41
Summary: Things never seem to go according to plan.
Notes: Made in Final Cut Essentials and MPEG Streamclip, with huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anagramofbrat for her assistance with the source. I have a lot of thoughts and feels about this vid--more than meets the eye! So if you're interested, please shout.
source details, download, streaming embed, and lyrics. )
rhivolution: Ace is pensive and/or upset (say your life is on fire: Ace)
2014-01-11 07:15 pm

weekend update, or; things make a post

- anxiety. anxiety. anxiety. cut for potential triggers? )

- Potentially linked, I had dysphoria yesterday. It had been a while. Not fun.

- Things I am (perhaps irrationally) afraid of doing: alienating people on Twitter. not finishing my Festivid on time. sucking at my job. spending money. being upset about how I look.

- I am frustrated with myself for being too anxious to use Tumblr for anything but RP, because it seems nearly everyone I know is bloody on there and I should be if I want to keep up with them. But I really, really cannot use Tumblr for fandom and/or social justice. Cannot.

- Speaking of my Festivid, I'm massively irritated with the fact that all my old video converters no longer seem to work with Mountain Lion and upwards, except for MPEG Streamclip. Any advice? I'm playing the render-as-I-go game because of it, and I don't really have time to figure out what to do in this case, but going forward it'd be useful.

- On that same note: Mavericks upgrade, y/n?

- Welcome to Night Vale makes me happy. I still have headcanons for you, one of these days.

- I'm not doing a What I Read/Watched sticky this year because it is too damn guilt-inducing for me at the end of the year. If you're really curious, I'll still be updating my GoodReads periodically.

- I am doing better in life than this post makes out, I just am having an anxious. I swear.

Questions? Comments? I like comments.
rhivolution: image of a turkey sandwich on a white background; the word 'harlot' is printed in black in the corner (harlot: night vale community radio)
2013-10-22 10:46 pm
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(no subject)

FYI: Updated my Festivids letter, if you're interested (or are my vidder wondering when the hell I'll get off my ass and update!).

As for my assignment...I knew what I was going to do within 30 seconds, which has me mildly alarmed. Hmm.

Work has been hardcore of late, so please forgive the delay and radio silence. Good job, brain.

Eventually: posting about Night Vale headcanons, if anyone cares! Do you care? Let me know!
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2013-10-19 10:37 pm

festivids letter - 22 October 2013

Hello Festividder!

Apologies for not getting this done sooner. Sometimes my brain is special, go me.

Thanks so much for making me a vid. I'm pretty much open to a lot for these canons, particularly what I've specified in the signup. But as a rule, I'm fond of: character studies, deconstruction of canon (especially through queer/race/gender/disability lenses), worldbuilding, and STUFF WHAT GIVES ME LOTS OF FEELS.

Music-wise, I'm a classic rock geek (check my last.fm in my profile if you're really invested in picking me something musically I know) but can go with basically anything as long as it's emotionally evocative and well-suited to the source and theme.

A couple further notes on individual fandoms... )

Thanks so much again!

rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2013-06-10 10:31 pm

VID: Fire and Water (Pumzi, gen, Teen)

Let's not talk about how I'm posting this Festivid five months after the original reveal and two weeks after it played at [community profile] wiscon_vidparty (thanks to [personal profile] chaila, okay? Okay.

Title: Fire and Water
Vidder: Rhi ([personal profile] rhivolution/[livejournal.com profile] rhipowered)
Fandom: Pumzi (2009)
Music: Aṣa, "Fire on the Mountain"
Warnings: minor incident of police brutality
Length: 2:50
Summary: One day the river will overflow (and there'll be nowhere for us to go).
Notes: Made in Final Cut Essentials with the help of VisualHub, for [personal profile] livrelibre in Festivids 2012. Many thanks to her for providing source material, as it's not available here in the UK for reasons only Focus Features know.
source details, download, streaming embed, and lyrics. )
rhivolution: sepiaish image of J Brooks as Ghanima Atreides, positioned defensively against a wall & brandishing a knife (cuts like a crysknife: Ghanima Atreides)
2013-02-01 10:54 pm
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a bene gesserit witch

So I have just been failing immensely at fandom lately; I meant to rec my Festivids gift maybe two weeks ago, and time just keeps passing really damn fast wtf life it's not like things have been interesting.

Anyway, some lovely person made me a wee Leto/Ghanima vid, Before It's Too Late, using the beautiful SciFi miniseries as source. And also Goo Goo Dolls, which is damn fine with me, because I still do love them. I now must go back and watch it all again soon. All, like, six damn hours of it.

Warning for twincest of a canonical fashion,* though nothing explicit, mind.

And I don't bloody have a signed copy of my vid to post craaaaaap failing at fandom some more.

* Also, in case you're here and didn't know, warning for a source that has enough canonical Orientalism to be used as a case study for Edward Said; the mini, even whitewashed, is less guilty of it than Herbert's original texts at least, jfc.
rhivolution: Abed from Community with his camcorder (pop culture/film = OTP: Abed Nadir)
2012-02-04 09:13 pm
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VID: Worlds Apart (Stargate [film], Jack/Daniel/Sha'uri-ish)

Mah Festivid, let me show you it. Meta is forthcoming on this one. A lot of meta. This vid did not come easy.

Title: Worlds Apart
Vidder: Rhi ([personal profile] rhivolution/[livejournal.com profile] rhipowered)
Fandom: Stargate (1994 film)
Music: Bruce Springsteen (with vocal guests Asif Ali Khan and Group), "Worlds Apart"
Warnings: science-fiction violence/warfare
Length: 4:16
Summary: The Stargate: building bridges or burning them?
Notes: Made in Final Cut Essentials with the help of VisualHub, for [livejournal.com profile] dkwilliams in Festivids 2011. Beta by [personal profile] sqbr. English subtitles will be available later, watch this space!
disclaimers, download, streaming embed, and lyrics. )