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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.

Writing Thoughts and Vidding Observations

While I thought that my academic writing burnout was mild in comparison to last December, I’ve been proven wrong as I have been unable to put add a single word on my in progress article in a week. I guess that after having written over 116,000 words since last July, not including abstracts, guest lecture, blog posts or eBook editing work, my brain really needs a break. I still hope that I can complete my current paper by the deadline on May 1, but I understand that it might not happen. I don’t have to submit this paper for consideration but I would like to. Yet, I’m learning to understand that sometimes I need to accommodate my brain and body when there is just no muse. I’d also rather not submit something than writing something below my standards.

Recently, as I was looking at my YouTube channel, I observed which videos were the most viewed. I found it amusing that the ones doing best aren’t necessarily my favorite ones. I don’t post a video that I don’t consider good enough to be shared on what I consider a vidding portfolio. I decide to share the top five here.

#5. We Looked at The Skies – The X-Files: Fight The Future, Music by The Bee Gees.

#4. Time Will Not ErasePrometheus, Music by Evanescence.

#3. The Bonds We SaveThe Dark Knight Trilogy, Music by One Republic.

#2. HeroesStar Wars, Music by Cher.

#1. Set Fire To The RainGame of Thrones, Music by Adele.

I’m very happy that there are both an X-Files and a Star Wars videos in this top five, as these are two core fandom for me and both franchises have shaped my research and my creativity to significant extents. The Prometheus video being present in this most viewed list also warms my heart, as this is the video I had made after my beloved cat’s passing in 2013. The two others don’t surprise me because of how big the fandom are. As much as I like Game of Thrones and felt the need to vid this favorite Adele song for Daenerys, I am not planning on vidding Game of Thrones again. As for The Bonds We Save, I know I will vid the trilogy again, but not before a while.

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!

A Vidder’s Ramblings: If I Will It All Away And Time Will Not Erase

To finish this blog series about some of my videos, I chose to write about two videos. If I Will It All Away and Time Will Not Erase, respectively made for Alien (first three movies) and Prometheus, in 2011 and 2013. There is a strong connection between those two vids, and not only because of the fictional universe they belong to. Not only did both videos premiered at the Wiscon (in 2011 and 2013) but they were made in memory of my mother’s cat and then my own, who passed away 2 years apart.

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When hers died, I went to Alien right away to handle my grief through vidding, because there was the big ginger cat in the movie (and in pieces of the second one) and Jedi was a big ginger cat, though long haired. So it just connected in my head. I hadn’t vidded any Evanescence song in years either, but Whisper seemed to just work perfectly given the painful circumstances. I remember that I hadn’t seen the fourth movie back then (which is my least favorite since then) so that was the practical reason why If I Will It All Away only features the first three movies from the franchise. Ripley is a character that I like a lot and whose journey I find compelling, so it also worked well for what I had in mind.

On the opposite, I didn’t like Prometheus for the most part when I went to see the movie when it came out in 2012. I had already a paper I wanted to write about all those issues I had with it. I rewatched the movie in March or April this year, to take notes for future academic projects. And I had a great surprise, because I enjoyed it this time, and while I’m far from finding it anywhere near perfect, I was much more invested in the movie, especially Shaw’s character, at second watching. It was something I hadn’t seen coming at all.

It was why when I learned that my cat Sissi passed away while I was abroad for a few weeks; I knew that I needed to vid Prometheus. The song, I had known for a while that it would be My Immortal by Evanescence, no matter how many times it was used in videos since it first came out. The song would just be perfect for her, especially after having had her for such a long time – she left us a week after turning twenty. I was barely home for a few days before leaving again for a job interview, but my parents had got me the DVD for Prometheus and so I jumped back into vidding, although I hadn’t done much in a few months.

Just like If I Will It All Away, it was a difficult and emotional video to make, but I am glad about the result, even though I wish that I had had Sissi on my desk pawing at the keyboard while I had made it. I didn’t hesitate afterwards to submit it for premiering at Wiscon again, as it felt right to do that, as a follow up for the video I had done after her younger brother when he passed away in 2011.