jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Syd - Smiley)
Title: The Bullpen
Song: The Bullpen by Dessa
Source: The Hazards of Helen (1914-17)
Length: 2:11
Made for: [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, Festivids 2015 

"An Action Girl is a female Badass who is just as tough and kicks just as much butt as the guys do. ... Expect regular appearances in action scenes, facing dangerous foes and deadly obstacles, and expect her to win." -- TV Tropes

Password: actionwoman


Download 42.4MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and Save File As...)
 

Yes, I have rambling notes and some brief discussion of film history )

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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Mac/Vic - Foreplay)
Title: Blank Space
Song: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
Source: MacGyver
Length: 2:30
Warnings: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Made for: [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, Festivids 2015

Flirter by assassination. (MacGyver/Murdoc)

Password: macgyver!



Download 25.8MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

Notes: I knew going into Festivids that [personal profile] thirdblindmouse was going to get a Hazards of Helen vid from me. I make her a vid every year (except last year). I also knew that she would immediately guess that I'd made said Helen vid. So, I decided to use this to my advantage, using the Helen vid to draw her attention away from a *second* vid. This one.

It's not exactly what she asked for, but I needed to come up with a concept that I could clip quickly with a limited number of episodes. Foeyay seemed the best way to go, so I whipped up this Murdoc vid (after a few false song starts). It is... much more ridiculous than I'd anticipated when I started.

Also, obviously, this owes a debt to the marvelous Doctor Who vid to the same song by [personal profile] such_heights  and [personal profile] purplefringe. I honestly tried to find a different song for a long time (options included Britney Spears and Nat "King" Cole), because I didn't want to step on their toes. However, ultimately this was the only song that really worked for what I wanted to do. I hope they don't mind.
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I made three vids this year:
I predicted that I would get guessed for the first two (so much that I ended up making a second vid for tbm so I would still have some secrets). However, I was a little surprised to see that [personal profile] bessyboo guessed me for both at the same time (in, like, the fifth comment to the Guess the Festividder post). I kinda wish I was still offering vids for guesses, because you would have earned it, Bessy.
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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Dale Cooper - Damn Good Coffee)
Title: Sound the Bells
Song: Sound the Bells by Dessa
Source: Gojira (1954)
Length: 4:27
Warnings: Urban destruction.
Made for: [personal profile] larissabernstein, Festivids 2015

The sun rose from the West today. I doubt we'll see it set.

Password: gojira



Download 55.7MB SD MP4
Download 250.7MB HD MP4

Notes: This vid has been living in my head in one form or another since I made my goofier Club Vivid Godzilla vid over three years ago. I knew that, at some point, I would need to go back to basics and make a vid that really respected the weight and the horror of the original film from 1954. I'm very happy that [personal profile] larissabernstein requested this, giving me the chance to do just that. I'm really proud of the final result.

Special thanks to [personal profile] chaila, who made a Pacific Rim vid to this song in 2013. I'm not sure it would have found me otherwise.

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Festivids 2015 dropped a week ago, but I haven't had a chance to make a post. So here it is.

First of all, I received *FOUR* vids this year. Honestly, I'm absolutely flummoxed and gratified that these even exist. That they are all amazing in their own way is just f**king sweet.

What's especially awesome is that there are now THREE vids for the 1977 what-the-eff-did-I-just-watch masterpiece Hausu that didn't exist before, and they all come from different angles:

Great White Cat (unexpected instrumental music choice works amazingly well)
A Happy Song Where Everybody Dies (bulletproof music kink + dark humor = EEEE)
Rock Lobster (lyrical resonance makes everything MORE WTF, not less)

None of the vids are safe-for-work and they all contain copious amounts of blood (well, red water). Also your brain my never be the same again.

Last but under no circumstances least is a vid for The Mummy (1932);

Love Lockdown

Oh my heart. This is exactly the kind of vid I was hoping for when I requested the source, but it exceeded all of my expectations by using a Kanye West song that dug to the eternal soul of the material. Plus more Boris Karloff vids are never a bad.

I haven't had a chance to do as much viewing as I'd like, but here are some of the vids that I really dug this year:

For the sake of ongoing mystery, I am not reccing anything that I have been guessed for. We'll see how those guesses turn out in a week.
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The Tall Man. Actor Angus Scrimm died at age 89. He was best known as the primary antagonist in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm movies. He was also a beloved guest on the horror convention circuit and an all-around decent fellow by all accounts.
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Critical Role - sure it's just an archived livestream of a D&D game with too many players. Sure each episode runs between 2 and 5 hours. BUT -- all of the players are accomplished voice actors and the DM is absolutely committed to every NPC and every monster. I never thought I would fistpump so hard at a static tableau of people sitting at a table.


I'm on episode 4 right now and it's amazing! And it makes for good work background.

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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Cary Grant - Crazy Moment)
As usual, I go off of release date rather than when I made/finished it:

February (Festivids reveals):
White Telephone (Halloween / Halloween H20)
Moves Like Yaweh (Prince of Egypt)

August (Vividcon):
Electric Avenue (Robots)
Right Round (Classic Hollywood Serials)
Madhouse (Psychonauts)

Misc Related Works:
Leonard Nimoy Tribute (Escapade/KiSCon)
End of the World remaster

Depending on how you count it, that's either five or seven works. In either case, it's my least productive year since 2011. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

What do I have to say for myself? )
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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Xander - All Alone In His White Boy Pain)
I should probably post this before the year is out. Back when [personal profile] franzeska and I were putting together the Escapade Friday Night Dance Party, we talked about using [personal profile] luminosity and Kamil's classic Buffy vid, It's the End of the World as We Know It. However, the vid was made from VHS and off-air rips and when truly ugly video compression reigned. With Lum's kind permission and no idea of what I was getting into, I set about remastering the vid from DVD/iTunes sources, the results of which you can view/download below:

Password: luminosity


Download 124MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

At first glance, the vid *seemed* like it was just going to be a massive clip hunt, which is in my wheelhouse. Otherwise, lots of cross-fades and not much else to worry about, right? Wrong. Lum is a mad genius, playing with overlaid clips and speed ramping and all that other glorious stuff that you really makes you bang your head against your monitor during a remaster. In the end, I think I got it *mostly* right and the vid plays nearly-identically on top of the original.
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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Tom Servo Lives!)
Is for you to back MST3K on Kickstarter for whatever amount works for you. Here's the pitch:


I need this, guys! NEED IT.

Also, never has this icon been more appropriate and more hopeful.



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[personal profile] thuviaptarth set up a vidding love meme for ultimate feelgoods! Yay!

You can find me here.
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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Sisko - Like a Boss)
This year for Escapade, I put together a tribute reel for Leonard Nimoy, split into two parts. The first was a mix of Spock clips (heavy on the K/S) interspersed with Nimoy interview clips, all very reverent. The second was a reel of humorous and interesting commercials, cameos, music videos, and con appearances.

KisCon requested an edited-down version of the reel to play as part of their Nimoy remembrance and I decided to take the opportunity to finally post it online. This is the version that played at KisCon, so it's missing Killa's "Dante's Prayer" from the first part and Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" from the second.

Password: leonard



This isn't going into my fanvid listing because I did precious little editing, beyond cultivating the actual clips. When I have time, I'll put up a list of the various sources.

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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (Henry Frankenstein - l33t g33k)
Hello!

Thank you so much for being part of Festivids! We're going to have so much fun this year! This year's theme is apparently "classic horror movies with a dash of action and puppet shows."

Music-wise, I am easy-going. The right song is the right song for a vid. I do have a bulletproof musical kink for Celtic-infused folk and/or rock music, but in general, my tastes are cast far and wide -- rock, pop, folk, bluegrass, dance, alternative (whatever that means), singer-songwriter, rap, metal, emo, punk, New Wave, etc. I've found that genres I don't care for become amazing when they are the right choice for a vid, so there's nothing you should really avoid, as long as it's appropriate to whatever you're making.

Alucarda (safety) )

Frankenstein (1931-1948) )

Hausu (1977) (safety) )

The Mummy (1932) (safety) )

Mystery Science Theater 3000 )

Spy Smasher (1942) )

Whatever you end up making, I'm sure I'll love it! Treats are also always welcome.

Love,
Jetpack Monkey

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On Thursday I broke one of my personal rules for continued sanity and got into a heated debate on the Internet. It was pointless and mainly fueled by the fact that all involved parties were/are extremely passionate about the subject of contention (Festivids), but held strikingly different viewpoints on what that entailed.

The reason I don't get into fights on the Internet (or really, arguments at all) is that I spend the next two weeks living in an echo of the debate, considering how I could have responded better or more cuttingly or more kindly or when I could have extricated myself earlier.

To speed the process, I declared a Festivids-free weekend. Both the roommate and the spouse were instructed to gently flick me if I started talking about Festivids and to escalate the response if I didn't relent. Only one flick happened, thankfully.

Instead, I spent the weekend doing some LEGO scale-building experiments, playing through LEGO Dimensions (which is becoming a $$$ suck), and rewatching Grey's Anatomy with [personal profile] jmtorres. Last night, [personal profile] echan and I went to the Pasadena Symphony for Dvorak's "From the New World", which was lovely and fun. It's nice to expand your horizons sometimes.

I am very much looking forward to Festivids and I hope the rest of you are as well.


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I have not been able to stop grinning from the ending of this video:




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YouTube continues to bring brilliance into our lives:




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Guys, this is *amazing*. Also, you *must* call the number at the end of the segment and stay on the line all the way through. Trust me.
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jetpack_monkey_ljarchive: (JD & Turk - Happy Flail)
Hey, look, it's that thing people do where they talk about con experiences.

Mine was a mix of amazing times and nerve-wracking glitches and surprisingly consistent sleep.

It was my first year as Official Vividcon Staff, working with [personal profile] heresluck (my rock in times of stress) on the on-site tech, with able assistance from folks like [personal profile] elipie, [personal profile] bradcpu, [personal profile] echan, [personal profile] thefourthvine, [livejournal.com profile] dsudis, [personal profile] jackiekjono and more that I don't actually remember right now. Believe me, I wish I'd written it down, because they were all superstars. I did a few panic-related memory dumps over the weekend, as you can imagine.

Also, [personal profile] absolutedestiny debuted a new system for running vidshows that was amazing. Yes, there were a few glitches, but you know what? Every vid was played. Every vid. Someone told me that in past years, if there was an issue with a vid on the DVD, we'd just have to apologize to the vidder and move on. Long story short, it's an absolute (heh) dream to move forward technologically like this.

This year, as in past years, [personal profile] echan and I roomed with [personal profile] thirdblindmouse and [personal profile] shati -- kind of a headquarters for the IRC folk. They're great roommates and fun to hang around and they only mock out of love. I'm pretty sure it's love.

Since I was using up a ton of energy doing on-site tech, I didn't get a chance to do a lot of stuff outside of the con, but [personal profile] echan and I did get to have our traditional Saturday lunch with [livejournal.com profile] vagabondage, her husband, and [personal profile] fan_eunice. That's always a lot of fun and one of the highlights of my con experience.

I also had lunch and/or dinner with some cool people like [personal profile] par_avion, [personal profile] renenet, [personal profile] trelkez, [personal profile] sweetestdrain, [personal profile] thefourthvine, [livejournal.com profile] dsudis, and [personal profile] bironic.

By the way, it was *so* nice to finally get a chance to talk with bironic in person since releasing my monochromatic remix of Starships. She's one of the coolest people I know and she helped me get my multifandom panel into shape ahead of time.

I got a good response out of my multifandom panel, but ultimately, I don't feel like I actually communicated anything useful. I'm not really a presenter. Maybe I should write up vidding meta posts instead. The room was full of useful voices though, and they added a lot that I couldn't.

Club Vivid rocked, as usual. Alas, I screwed up my left hip prior to the con and my dancing only exacerbated the problem. Oops. I cosplayed this year as a random surgical intern from Grey's Anatomy (complete with sparkle pager and a scrub cap made by [personal profile] jmtorres), because my life is all Grey's Anatomy now, apparently. I may put up pictures in a separate locked post later on.

More later, including other panels/vidshows and stuff.

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Title: Madhouse
Song: Madhouse by Little Mix
Source: Psychonauts
Length: 3:49
Warnings: Physical triggers
Made for: [personal profile] absolutedestiny 

Summary: A mind is a terrible thing to face.

Password: razputin

Madhouse on Vimeo.


Download MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save as...")

Notes: Premiered at Vividcon Challenge 2015 (Memory). This is my first video game vid ever. I started it a couple of years ago for Festivids in response to a request from [personal profile] absolutedestiny . I kept tinkering with it even after I missed that deadline. Eventually, I finished it. Obviously. So here we are.

While some of the video used here was captured on my Mac, most of it was sourced from Denny Ayard's Youtube channel. Additional sources include Jetup, Story Gamer, and [a deleted video that is no longer online].
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Title: Electric Avenue
Song: Electric Avenue (Dubstep Remix) by Transbot
Source: Robots!
Length: 3:22
Warnings: Physical triggers, violence.
Made for: [personal profile] nakedbee 

Summary:
 Robots Rock!

(this version differs slightly from the version that played at Vividcon -- an additional clip was added and there were a few tweaks to the editing)

Password: rur1921


Download MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save as...")

Notes: There's a long and labored version of making this vid that I won't really bother you with too much. Basically I made the vid once (for [personal profile] nakedbee  in exchange for my sweet Number 6 jacket for Club Vivid two years ago). I had no intention of having a point of any kind. Except I did accidentallyhave a point and I stuck a dance break in the middle of it. So I recut the song, reordered my clips, and offered it up for [personal profile] thirdblindmouse to use in her Artificial Life show at Vividcon.

Much thanks to elipie, kuwdora, echan, shati, and thirdblindmouse for their encouragement and beta work.

List of sources... )

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