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I should be fleshing out my Equinox Exchange letter, but I'll post my VVC premieres vid instead.  I've been mulling over vidding to this song by Professor Elemental for years, noting potential sources, and planning what I'd like to do with it. The hardest part, for me, was the passage about Alfred in the Bat Cave.  Stumbling across Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants solved that problem. Many, many cups of tea were drunk in planning and executing this vid.

In case anyone is interested, here are the sources used in order of their first appearance.  There are probably thousands of other shows and movies that could have appeared in the vid, but I needed to make room for Doctor Who.  In fact, I probably could have just used the Doctors and their companions, but I knew I wanted to squeeze in Shaun of the Dead, the ST:TNG, and Highlander, etc. 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
My Little Pony
Downton Abbey
Star Trek: The Next Generation
A Hard Day’s Night
Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
The IT Crowd
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants
Withal and I
Black Books
Doctor Who (2nd Doctor)
Doctor Who (10th Doctor)
Shaun of the Dead
Highlander (TV series)
Doctor Who (3rd Doctor)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Doctor Who: A Tardis Tea Party
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The Farmer’s Wife
The Sword in the Stone
Fawlty Towers
Father Ted
The Five(ish) Doctor Reboot
Professor Elemental (web page)

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HLWW is the reason I started going to cons, I made lifelong friends at these conventions. I was driven to learn to vid because of these conventions. I toured Highlander filming locations in Vancouver with HLWW. And the last con (back in 2009) I did a panel on the history of Highlander vids, I got to interview producer Ken Gord for a HL fanzine, made or selected vids to open each of the actor panels, and basically had the time of my life.

Am I excited? Hell, yeah!

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I loved my assignment, which was to make a  vid for jetpack_monkey for the classic movie, The Third Man.  The director, Carol Reed, uses great lighting and off-kilter camera angles to great effect in this noir nod to post-war Vienna, a city suffering from the aftermath of WWII. I first saw this in Vienna in the summer of 1993 a movie theater that continues to show the film regularly. The hardest part for me was finding the right music. I knew I wanted an instrumental piece that built the tension in just the right way and had some way to highlight the big reveal of Orson Welles' character about half-way through. Faceoff by Kevin MacLeod was great, although I wish it have been a bit longer.

I decided to make a treat for odessie, a vid for The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. I got the chance to ask Peter Davison about how it was made at a little DW con in Wichita last fall and spurred me on to the search for just the right song.  Frank Sinatra to the rescue with Pick Yourself Up.

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Festivids is live so I know what I'm going to do with the rest of my weekend. First and foremost, the wonderful Galavan vid with lots of love for King Richard that was made just for me Stayin' Alive
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It's that time once again to nominate works for the Hugo Awards. Even though I won't be going to this year's Worldcon (which will be Worlcon75 in Helsinki) I'm still very interested in nominating and voting for the Hugos. I'm not nominating in every category, just the ones I have a firm opinion on. For the same reason, I"m not nominating the maximum number of entries in each category. Here's the list and it will be interesting come March to see which ones make the cut. This is especially hard for short stories because there sre so many online sites and published anthologies that's it's impossible to read them all. 

Best Novel
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes by Paul Cornell
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemison

Best Novella (17,500-40,000)
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell

Best Novelette (7,500-17,500)

Freedom is Space for the Spirit by Glen Hirshberg (, April 6, 2016)
Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld, April 2016)
Fifty Shades of Grays by Steven Barnes (Lightspeed, June 2016)
Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s, July 2016)
The Green Man Cometh by Rich Larson (Clarkesworld, September 2016)

Short Story (less than 7,500)

Charlotte Incorporated by Rachael K. Jones (Lightspeed, Feb. 2016)
Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands by Seanan McGuire (Uncanny, May 2016)
A Good Home by Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed, June 2016)
The Mutants Men Don’t See by James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s, Aug 2016)
Don’t You Worry, You Aliens by Paul Cornell (Uncanny November/December 2016)

Best Related Work

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Graphic Story
This Damned Band by Paul Cornell (Dark Horse)

The Cornell Collective
Tea and Jeopardy

Best Series
Shadow Police by Paul Cornell, Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Best Dramatic Work, Long
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Dramatic Work, Short
“6,741”, Person of Interest
“return 0”, Person of Interest
“eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z”, Mr Robot
"The Mitigation of Competition”, Orphan Black

Best editor, short
John Joseph Adams

Best semiprozine
Strange Horizons

Best fanzine
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I've been going through my all my imported entries making sure vids and convention reports are tagged for easy retrieval and found that two of my favorite earlier Highlander vids never got posted to LJ. These are both fairly simple, but I've always been fond of them.

So long LJ

Dec. 30th, 2016 06:46 am
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Now that I've imported my old LiveJournal entries into DW I'll be deleting my LJ account this weekend. The import went fairly well except for embedded vids, which have strangely embedded to wrong vids into the entries.

To be honest, I don't use either LJ or DW much anymore except as a placeholder for vids. But I'd hate to loose all the convention reports I used to do when PWFC and HLWW had regular conventions. Those were all posted on LJ only.
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Someone reminded me of this song earlier today and now I am very tempted to vid it to news footage from this election year. Probably won't, though, since I'm trying to stay positive and move on.

But, wow, this would be a fantastic vidding choice.
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I love character study vids, funny vids, vids that focus on motion - anything that honors the source and inspires you would be fantastic. Musically, whatever inspires you is find with me. Id probably not be happy with heavy metal or country, but seriously, what inspires you - go for it.

Read more... )
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This summer I rewatched You, Me, and the Apocalypse for a multi-fandom vid I've been working on and decided I would definitely nominate that source for Festivids and offer to vid it. I totally forgot to nominate the show, but thought, no sweat, surely someone else must have shown the show a little love. Checked the list of nominated fandoms and it's not there. Well, shit.
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Embarking on a selected rewatch of TOS, I thought I'd repost my one and only Star Trek vid, too.

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I just got back from VVC a few days ago and here I am in another hotel waiting for another con to start, MidAmericon II this time which is the 2016 Worldcon. I finally have a chance to post the vid I made for the VVC Challenge which had a theme of Descent. Is this a cheesy vid? Sure. Is it full of gratuitous violence? You betcha! From the 2010 movie Rubber I give you the tale of an ordinary car tire from sentience to obsession to murderous rage.

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The effect of her long immortal life, fighting to survive for other a thousand years, weighed heavily on Amanda's character during the series Highlander: The Raven. From the first time I heard this song by Alabama Shakes, the idea for this vid started forming. A bid thanks to my beta [personal profile] killabeez.

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John Mosby, a friend of mine and good friend of Highlander, has written a fantastic book about Highlander: Fearful Symmetry: The Essential Guide to all things 'Highlander'. Movies and television, good things and bad, it's all here.

John is a journalist who has since the 1990s interviewed so many members of the cast and crew: writers, directors, actors, etc. He also worked closely with the Highlander Worldwide, emceeing some of their conventions,so he combines the heart of a longtime fan with the skills of a journalist and writer.

I know my teeny, tiny list of friends on LJ and DW is pretty heavily weighted towards Highlander fans so most you probably already know about the book. But for those few who don't: Please buy my friend's book!
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Now that I've got my VVC vids done and submitted (2 for premieres this year!) I think I"ll get back to working on something I've been mulling over for a long time: a multifandom vid to Everything Stops for Tea by Professor Elemental. So I'm off the create a spreadsheet and keep my eyes open for tea drinking in action & sf movies and tv. First off, I need to clip Highlander and the last season of Blackadder. What I'd really like to find, either in cartoon, tv or movies, is a clip of Batman drinking tea, as there's a verse in the song just for that.
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I was going to rant about this on FB, but reconsidered, thinking that my journal would be more private. Last year I attended ConQuesT (an annual science fiction convention in Kansas City) for the first time, mainly because George RR Martin was one of the guests of honor. Mark Oshiro was the fan guest of honor. I'd seen them both on panels at Worldcons and thought it would be great to see them closer to home. I had an okay, but not great time, but sat in a couple of panels where the paternalistic subtle racist homophobia seemed a little close to the surface.

I hadn't planned on coming back this year, but they had Seanan McGuire and Nnedi Okorafor coming and I love their writing, so I went ahead and registered and made my hotel reservations. Later I found out that Mark Oshiro, a gay fan of color, was treated poorly by the 2015 con com and by fellow panelists on one of his panels.

Nnedi and Seanan had a panel together this afternoon. The moderator was well meaning but not particularly good at stimulating dialogue. He also had a bit of that mainsplainy attitude that obviously frustrated both women on the panel. I say obviously, but he was oblivious to it. The worst thing, though, was from the fourth member of the panel, an older white guy who had been part of the problematic panel last year with Mark Oshiro. He showed up late, apologizing but using the interruption to draw attention to himself. There were two empty seats at the table next to Nnedi, but instead of sitting next to the black woman he dragged a chair to the side of the table so he could sit next to the moderator, the only guy. Then the late panelist persisted in pronouncing Seanan's name wrong until the moderator finally corrected him. It was a generally uncomfortable experience capped off by the jerk taking a left turn into Christian theology, wedging it into the conversation where it didn't fit at all.

I met Seanan in the hall later and told her I was sorry for the crappy panel but hoped the rest of the con went better for her. She was accompanied by a member of con staff who said that this was definitely going to be her last year working on the con. I won't be coming back either, I don't care what writers they bring in.
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The central office of the Federal agency I work for decided it would be a good team building exercise for each field office to make a short behind the scenes video to show at national all staff meetings. Nice idea, but what if no one on staff knew anything about video edtiting. In our case, I was happy to volunteer, stitching together some staff interviews with bits from a public access show our local cable company produces.

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Before signing up for Festivids I had four strong ideas for vids I might make in four fandoms. When I was paired with [personal profile] elipie to make a Mr. Robot vid I was very happy and very sure I would be using Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones. When I started laying it out in my mind it soon became apparent that this just wasn't going to work for me. On to plan B.

I thought I might try something different and use a spoken word audio source. I found a fantastic reading of If by Rudyard Kipling that was perfect. Perfect, that is, until I started laying down clips and, once again, it just wasn't working for me. On to plan C.

It occurred to me that maybe something that had a more computer-generated sound would be good and I stumbled on Kevin MacLeod's royalty-free site and that lead me to this song, Blipotron that built in exactly the right way for the way I wanted to dissect Elliot's fragmented mind and world.

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Festivids go live is today and, of course, the first thing I did was watch this lovely vid made just for me. Chopped is one of my favorite shows but I had no hopes I would actually get a vid for it. This wonderful vid captures the tension, the struggle to get it right, the weird ingredients that are thrown at the contestants and the wonderful judges. It's everything I hoped for and more.

Here It Goes Again

I'll try to watch most all the vids during the week and will post a list of those I loved best soon. I've got to get back to my major Doctor Who marathon. I want to get through the rest of Classic Who before I leave for Gallifrey One on Feb. 11 and I just found out that both Hulu and Netflix are pulling the show from their line up. I'm not sure if that means both the classic and modern shows, but I've just started season 26 so I think I can finish it off this weekend.

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