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Vidding Projects Completed in 2014

Since November 2012, I have returned to a more regular vidding practice. I can’t believe that in August 2015, it will mark a decade indulging in this hobby! So, here is the result of the videos completed last year. If they are online, I include the link, but not all are already posted, especially the five I made for my parents as a Christmas gift set.

Photo Credit: Jeff Sheldon.

Photo Credit: Jeff Sheldon.

TV Reviews: Believe, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People

Believe 1.09 – Prodigy: I am sad that the show got cancelled as I think it still had so much potential and that the characters had developed solidly despite only a few episodes. I’m curious about the new girl they brought at Orchestra, and she can be quite scary. I really hope that they can get Channing out of the huge trouble she is in.  Yet, I was mostly interested in the scenes regarding the current person to help with Tate and Bo. I love how they are bonding and how things are evolving. I like how they aren’t perfect either on their own or with each other. How the federal team and Skouras managed to get information from Channing with the new prodigy and then make their way to the safe house was suspenseful moments for sure. I really hope that someone can stop Skouras. I’m feeling sorry for the poor girl Bo helps because of how she is kept under her mother’s thumb. I was relieved when Skouras was caught by Milton. This is quite a confrontation and I’m glad that he did that to get Channing back. I like how Bo and her closed ones too, help people. I know that I repeat myself at every episode but this is the truth. I wanted to strangle Skouras myself when he shot at Milton and that Channing took the shot. And the new Orchestra prodigy definitely scares me.

Game of Thrones 4.05 – First of His Name: The scene between Cersei and Maergery was extremely interesting and a great moment between great actresses. Yet, I don’t understand how this scene unfolded. Cersei suddenly speaking about how Joffrey did horrid things and how she is civilized with Maergery and seems willing to have her there for her second born? It baffled me. I loved the scene between Ser Jorah and Daenerys! One of their best scenes in this seasons. I am relieved to see her take his advice and his support the way she does in this, because he realy his her friend and right hand, in opposition to the others. I don’t care for the scenes with Belish, Lysa, Robin and Sansa. In the whole bunch, I like Sansa best, that says a lot how I dislike all of them. I don’t like Sansa, but all this other bunch is so crazy and scheming I feel sorry for her to be there. Sansa was safer with Tyrion by her side in King’s Landing, in my view. Cersei speaking with her father about the upcoming royal wedding and looking fine with marrying Maegery’s brother all of the sudden still surprises me. I don’t understand Cersei’s change at all. I admit that this season tends to leave me scratching my head on several accounts. It was great to see Arya and the Hound again! They are some of the best parts in this season! I still wish that Arya had been the one to kill Joffrey. I never liked Lady Stark’s sister but I wish we didn’t have to put up with her madness. Brienne putting up with Podric having a hard time riding his horse cracked me up. The scene where the Hound and Arya discuss weapon training was also interesting, especially as this episode has very few moments that had me really care. I am very grateful for the scenes between Brienne and Podric. And what is the deal with sexual violence against women in this season? I am tired of this and I don’t see how it serves the plot! This really really angers me! I was relieved to see Jon Snow and the others Nightwatch members come to take care of that scum at the camp, but that other Crow kidnapping Bran wasn’t such a surprising twist and I was glad that he could be defeated. Bran deciding against reuniting with his brother was heartbreaking but showed great and strong personality. Jon fighting that filth and killing him was a meaningful moment and I also liked that one of the abused girls didn’t hesitate to hit that sadistic scum too. Jon and his wolf was one of the few happy moments in the episode. Seeing Craster’s keep burnt down was a relief, no matter how it can’t take away all the horrors that took place there.

Once Upon A Time 3.20 – Kansas: I was so happy when I heard that this show was renewed, as I had so many I liked getting cancelled. So knowing I’ll get a fourth season of this great show made me a very giddy camper. The storyline this season has been solid and I liked how some of the characters evolved. Regina’s change has been very well staged over the three seasons. Seeing her using light magic and saying how she makes her own destiny was one of my favorite moments of the whole season. Seeing Henry telling her she had to believe and wasn’t a villain anymore was powerful. Seeing them all be as a team, a family is one of the best things about this season. I was even surprised when David told Emma to keep Hook with her and support him about how he had been meaning to help her in the first place. I admit that while I really liked Emma in the earlier seasons, she leaves me rather indifferent now, and sometimes a bit annoyed. In a way, if she ended dying as the Savior, it could be one of the best story twists to happen and would leave her family with a lot to deal with and be a meaningful and sensible way for the character to go. I know that it might be some weird opinion, but the more I watch season 3, the more I think that. Regarding Rumplestiltskin and Belle, I was disappointed in him for lying to Belle, as I really thought he was better than this, as she told him. Anyway, I can’t wait for the season 2 hour finale!

Star-Crossed 1.12 – This Trick May Chance to Scathe You: This is another show that I already miss. I love how it has grown so strongly. I really liked how the team going after the Suvek was so unexpected with Roman, Drake, Sophia, Lukas, Emery and Grayson. I like how Drake has developed in the last while. In this episode, he had great scenes, including with his mother. I like how the female characters are interesting in this show, and are well layered and in multiple types of roles, both as teenagers and adult women. I even think that amongst the adult characters, the women are way more interesting than the men. I admit that the interaction between Castor and Teri is quite creepy to me. I also liked how Emery had to calm Grayson and Roman down, when they were being idiotic guys (as annoying as it could be it was credible anyway for different reasons). I wonder about Teri’s choices and allegiances. It is hard to tell with her, though I admit I prefer her mother Vega to Castor, which shows how much I can’t stand Roman’s uncle. I guess that Teri handling Castor shows she is loyal to her mother. I have no idea how they’ll heal Roman yet, though the Atrian’s healing skills and herbs tend to be quite extensive. I loved the scene when Drake explains to his mother why he can’t go to Eljida with her. They have beautiful scenes together. I liked how the final scene between Emery and Roman echoed the first time they met. Is it the season finale yet?!

The Tomorrow People 1.22 – Son of Man: First of all, I was really sad to learn about the show’s cancellation as it’s been one of my big favorites of the show premiering this season. I loved it to pieces and it had so much more potential. The characters had solid development and I know that I’ll have much to write about in the future. The scenes between Jedikiah and Roger in the beginning of the episode were extremely poignant (I liked how we found out that the human body rejects the paranormal powers even if injected). I cried a lot and I still think that Jedikiah reminds me a lot of Snape in Harry Potter. His interaction with John is always very interesting and many of their moments in the episode were emotional. It doesn’t mean that Jedikiah can be forgiven for what he does to John at the end, turning him into some kind of super soldier again, but the character is still one of the most interesting “villains” I’ve seen in a very long while. The reason I was annoyed with that last arc is that it’s the only thing that really feels as a mini cliffhanger in the show, otherwise I loved how wrapped up things felt, even with the solid potential for more season. Seeing the team saving the world with Stephen, Cara, Russel, John and Astrid was really great. I was glad to see them all survive in the end, though I’m curious of how Stephen’s powers could expand. Seeing the Stephen/Cara and John/Astrid romantic direction also made me incredibly happy (and I can’t help but know that Astrid could have helped John go beyond whatever programming he underwent in a second season). There were still very great dialogues and thank you for funny bits in the middle of so much intense drama!  The kiss between John and Astrid before time was frozen for them reminded me of Crichton and Aeryn at the end of Farscape 4.22 Bad Timing. All in all, I am very much  missing this show and can’t wait for the right time and opportunity to write about this as there is a lot I want to talk about. I don’t know whether it’ll be in papers or a possible eBook, but I know that this show will show up in my future research and writing.

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

I know it has been a while since I posted any review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes, but I’m planning to watch the last four episodes of the season in a row and post a general review for them (as I will also do for Continuum season 3, Crisis and The 100 seasons 1). I am very very happy that Agents of S.H.IE.L.D. got renewed for a second season as I love it. And I can’t wait for the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter new show as well!

Harry Potter And Marvel Monday Thoughts

In the past few days, the fannish blogosphere has exploded with J.K. Rowling revealing that she regretted having paired Ron and Hermione together. To be honest, I just shook my head and moved on at first. Then I saw more and more comments. In the end, my take is that learning to let go is something that everyone, including authors, should learn to do.

Yes, I ship Ron/Hermione, and I also ship Harry/Ginny, Neville/Luna, Remus/Tonks; but Harry Potter isn’t couple/romance centric at all. The story is about friends and family, overcoming fears and struggle and see all generations work together for the greater good. Regarding the romance in this fictional universe, I’ll also say that one of the strengths of it is that Rowling didn’t create a boring (and often stupid) love triangle between Harry, Hermione and Ron. That would have taken so much away from their beautiful friendship.

I find Rowling’s bombshell as annoying as George Lucas tinkering too much with Star Wars. I consider Lucas as one of my greatest inspirations as a media scholar and even storyteller, but it doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything he does. And by the way, Han shot first. Period.

At some point, just consider your creation finished! Stop going back to it or playing with what if, especially years after. Now I’m not saying that there are things we don’t wish we could have done differently. It’s human and us authors can love pulling hair out and pointing out all these details (even elephant sized ones) and complain about what we could have done better. It doesn’t mean we have to go mess up with our audience as randomly as Rowling’s bombshell looks like.

It don’t see the point of such a revelation, especially after seven books, eight movie adaptations and years after publication of the end of the actual story. It seems unfair to all the people who ship Ron/Hermione, and regarding those who don’t ship them and can ship other combinations, it won’t change the reality of Harry Potter canon anyway. Fan fictions, canon or alternate universe will still be written as much.

This whole fannish mess comforted me once again in how I delete my Sony Vegas files after a few days following completion of a video. This is a mental exercise for me to ensure I am not tempted to go tinker with what I shouldn’t. The same way, I do have publications that I could have done differently now, but I don’t spend forever ruminating over it. It’s in the past, it can’t be changed. Learn and move on. Life is full of learning experiences and it never stops, so make the best of it and do things differently next time, without having to go around in circles about what is over and done.

I’ll climb down from my soapbox now.

On a final and squealing note, I will share the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer. I don’t have interest in American Football nor the Super Bowl, but I was very giddy to see the new trailer. I watch quite a few super hero movies by now, but the Avengers are my favorite. I still haven’t seen Iron Man 3 nor Thor: The Dark World, though I follow Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. almost every airing week. I was blown away by that trailer and I am very much looking forward to seeing the movie!

Fan Videos Made in 2013

So, this is the last post of the year. It has been quite a busy one and it marks about my six months on WordPress. I am very glad that I made the move for my website to this platform. I am looking forward to post new content in 2014. I have a few posts in mind already for the upcoming weeks, but to end this year, I decided to go with the recap of the videos I made since April – since this was when I started vidding again.

2013 marked my eighth vidding anniversary, my 300th video and overall I got the surprise – when counting for this post – to see that I made 24 videos, which makes it quite a productive year, especially given all the academic projects I was busy with. I am happy that the vidding muses have been cooperative and I’m eager to make new videos in 2014. I even have some ideas!

So, below is the generic recap of number of videos per fandom. When some are posted online, the links are between brackets next to the name of the fandom, so you can check them on YouTube.

  • 4 x The X-Files [x, x, x]
  • 3 x Harry Potter [x, x]
  • 3 x Speechless
  • 2 x Lethal Weapon
  • 2 x The Dark Knight Trilogy [x, x]
  • 1 x 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • 1 x After Earth
  • 1 x Babylon 5 [x]
  • 1 x Brave
  • 1 x Game of Thrones [x]
  • 1 x Iron Man [x]
  • 1 x One Good Cop
  • 1 x Prometheus [x]
  • 1 x Star Wars [x]
  • 1 x Twilight

I hadn’t thought I had vidded so many fictional universes, including a few for the first time this year! Only one Star Wars video surprised me as well, but I guess I’ll just have to make more next year. I hadn’t seen the X-Files vidding rampage coming either, but that makes me very happy because I hadn’t vidded that fandom in forever! So without further ado, here is the last video for 2013, another X-Files one (focused on the first movie Fight The Future) on The Bee Gees’ I Started A Joke.

Happy New Year Eve!

Third book chapter is officially started!

The structure to the third chapter of my book Women in Science Fiction Television gave me some trouble yesterday in comparison to the previous two I completed. It was ironic since I had worked more on part of the subject (Boomer/Tyrol from the 2004 Battlestar Galactica and Deckard/Rachael from Blade Runner) over the past few years. I eventually won over the fickle and pestering writing muse! It isn’t how I had originally thought I would approach my topic, but I’m all good as I think it works just fine. I wrote the introduction last night, which means that my AcWriMo word count is now 9024! I’m really glad that this challenge happened this month, so I am able to really push for better goals (as my original one was to get three chapters written by the end of the year, and now it’s to get said third chapter done by the end of this month) In between my editing work on another project is still going well, so productivity abounds and I hope it continues as such.

On the TV front, I have caught up with all aired episodes of the new Beauty and the Beast and now wait for next week episode like every other viewer. After my few doubts about the new angle of the show in the first couple of episodes of the second season, I was reassured with what I saw next. I think that they have a much more solid arc than I first thought. I then tried to delve back in two other shows whose pilots I had found okay: Dracula and Arrow. The second episodes of both shows just made me lose complete interest. Even Dracula which had some good plot aspects and Rhys-Meyer’s great performance, couldn’t keep me interested. As for Arrow, I wanted to like it, but I was just bored out of my mind. So I gave up on those two series.

I went back to Lost Girl, as I had seen nothing except the first season. I jumped back into the universe at once and am enjoying the second season. Even when I don’t really care about some of the weekly investigations, I still love all the main characters: Bo, Kenzi, Lauren, Dyson, Hale, Trick. Those six are so great and with many interesting dynamics within the group. The relationships between the characters are what keep me watching episode after episode. It is one of the casts I like best from on going shows those days. I am glad that I still have fifteen more episodes to watch in the second season and that I have thirteen more with the third one. And knowing that there is already a fourth season to start soon, well… It is great to know that some shows still last more than one or two seasons!

And to finish, here is the latest video I posted on YouTube. It is an ensemble Harry Potter tribute, on Edyta Gorniak’s song One & One. The video is called The People Who Care. [WARNING: It seems that the video is blocked in the US though, so sorry to American viewers or anyone else who sees it blocked.]

Eight Years of Vidding

Today marks my eight years of vidding. I still have a difficult time wrapping my mind around it, as it feels like yesterday that I took the plunge and opened Windows Movie Maker for the first time (thankfully, I closed it for the last time only four months afterwards and have stuck to Sony Vegas since then). I find it interesting to see that it took me three years to give a try to vidding, just like it took me three years to do the same with role-playing (which I have now been doing for five years). I never really got into editing when I was in professional cinema school (I graduated in production) but fell in love with it the summer after my final year. I still remember how I spent a whole night editing a Farscape video on one of my favorite songs ever: Les Nuits Sans Soleil by Ivanov, a French song from the eighties that took me more than ten years to find an actual copy as all I had until then was part of the music video that my mother had taped for me on a VHS back when I was a child. Of course the video (along with most I did during the first year) had a lot of issues, but don’t we all have to start somewhere? Right from that first video though, I experienced that I did best when working with the “intensity” of the moment, and that if I take more than a few days to complete a video, well… They don’t turn as good. I don’t really know why it works like that, but after eight years, the same pattern exists.

Vidding is what really drew me online and this was why I began to participate to online communities and created my first website. While it is isn’t the original domain anymore, my fannish/portfolio website is still called Beyond Hope, after the Farscape line from 3.22 Dog with two Bones:

Aeryn Sun: Do you love Aeryn Sun?

John Crichton: Beyond hope.

I haven’t vidded Farscape for the past few years, but the show is still a great part of my love for Science Fiction television, and I am hoping that writing about Aeryn Sun in my upcoming book will also spring some vidding muse for that beloved series. The thing is that I can’t just watch something and enjoying it without having the need to vid it. I don’t have time nor always the clips to vid everything I want, especially when it comes to alternate universe (always Star Wars, either One Path that I’ve been working on with my friend Lionchilde for the past years, or role-playing characters) since the source materials can be tricky to find at times! In a perfect world, I would have the clips appear by magic on the computer, ready to be used, along with the perfect clip database, but maybe this is just a professional deformation of working that much about Science Fiction!

Sometimes friends and/or viewers ask me whether I’d like to work as a professional video editor. Truth is… I’d like to, but not for movies, or television series. I need the music when I edit, which is why I would love to work as a trailer, music video or concert DVD editor if given the change, but that’s it. Without the music, well I would probably just be staring at the screen wondering what to do.

One thing I hadn’t expected when I began vidding was how it would become such an important tool in my academic work as well. For the past four years, I have created a number of videos as visual material for talks, as I find them more telling than just simple DVD excerpts. I think it had been something useful for all kinds of audiences, from those familiar with my subject as much as those who had little to no idea of what I was talking about. This is probably why I believe so much in incorporating fannish activities and creations into a more academic setting as to provide a different way of illustrating one’s discourse, as what I explained in “Vidding: Blending the Fannish and the Academic” (The Litartco, 2012).

Though I went through pretty tough dry spells at times, I got back into vidding since last year, and it is a real pleasure to be able to delve back into what is one of my two main creative outlets, along with writing. I am very excited to be nearing 300 videos, as I currently am at 290. I’m not going to force it, but I’m hoping that I can reach 300 before the end of the year, which might happen since the muses are quite lively those days. And vidding is a nice change of pace in between all the academic writing I am doing, so it helps the brain unwind, which is always useful.

I mentioned Les Nuits Sans Soleil when talking about my first video. I love that song so much that I already vidded it twice more, and am aware that I’m not done yet with it. The lyrics are just so inspiring to me, and the instrumental parts are pretty much the same. I know that it might considered overkill to reuse a song that much, but as long as it will sing to my muses, I will vid it again, especially as it can be approached in many different ways, depending on the fandom I choose. So far, I have vidded it for Han and Leia in Star Wars, and more recently, for Harry Potter. This last version, I Will Stay, premiered at Vividcon this summer:

For my eighth vidding anniversary, I had originally created a Twilight video, but after finishing to watch Babylon 5 a few days ago, I had the pressing need to make an ensemble tribute to that outstanding show and its wonderful gallery of characters. So the Twilight video will be posted at a later date, as two nights ago, I created my first Babylon 5 video, on Lost without you by Darren Hayes and Delta Goodrem. I’m glad that I could have everyone at least featured for one clip. The video focuses on the sentiment of family, beyond the differences and the tragedies.

There is still so much more I want to write and vid about Babylon 5. That’s the beauty of vidding as well. I don’t always have time to work on all the projects I would like to tackle, but like writing, the ideas don’t go to waste. I can always pick things up at some point when the time, the source material and the muse are all available at a given time.

So, I’d like to take this moment to thank all my viewers during the years, all my friends and family who cheered on my projects, even when I pulled hair out because of either a dry spell or even better a muse that didn’t want me to go to sleep because it needed to be taken care of right there and right now. I’m not only looking forward to reaching ten years of vidding in 2015, but to many more afterwards.

Thank you and happy watching!