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30th-Jul-2017 10:07 am - Sans mots....
RIP Chris Cornell 20. July 1964 - 18. May 2017

RIP Chester Bennington 20. March 1976 - 20.July 2017

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29th-Jul-2017 01:54 pm - There is a thing on TV ...
Okay, so there is this thing on TV at the moment. It caters to a very specific taste. Imagine putting a costume drama, a rock musical and oriental bazaar in a blender. What you might get would probably look & sound a lot like Will - a William Shakespeare origins story of sorts. It's got the Elizabethan language, a rock soundtrack and punk/rock/flower-power visuals. A refreshing gender and sexual fluidity that does not require definition or explanation or is angsty. You even get a rap battle/poetry slam and a (proper) orgy - and we're only on episode 4 yet.

Will is clearly not made for the Shakespearean purists. It takes Will Shakespeare as a jumping off point, using the fact that so little of his personal biography is known to make him a blank canvas to draw on. To make it modern, surprising and unexpected. It most definitely requires suspension of disbelief on the viewers part, but if you can do that it is a very fun and engaging show at the very least. Think Romeo + Juliet or Farscape. If you could get on board with puppets in space and alien/human BDSM and find it enjoyable, this might be for you.

The trailer maybe doesn't quite capture the full vibrancy of the show, but it's the best I could find (short of vidding it myself, which is a distinctive possibility at this point.)

I think this would be very much up Shakespeare's ally if he was alive now. He had no qualms to borrow from other people's work and make it his own. He asked his audience to beliefe in Fairie Queens and cross-dressing woman going unnoticed. He took his lisence with historic fact to serve the plot. And he was an entertainer first and foremost.
15th-Jul-2017 02:06 pm - I made a thing...
This year's Vidukon Premiere was the Norwegian Show Øyevitne - it's a 'coming-of-age/coming-out' story rolled into a crime drama, steeped in Nordic Noir story-telling. It's not actually a whodunit since we know who did it from the start, it focuses more on the 'why' and the ripple-effect of the crime as it impacts on a whole community. Some similarities to Broadchurch in that respect, I guess. The show was remade for US TV last year with some success, so I thought it would be nice to commemorate the original as well.

Streaming via youtube and download at my website.

17th-Apr-2017 11:57 am - LJ 18th anniversary
This will not surprise anybody who knows me - I'm more of a commenter than a poster. Partly this is because my life is not that exciting and work not suitable for posting, but mostly it's because I love LJ for the ability to have conversations, debates and chats. And for those to happen comments are just as important as posts. So if something fandom or vidding or RL related piques my interest I will normally put that into a comment in somebody elses post rather than post in my journal, to keep the conversations going and keep LJ as a place of discourse and community. And I have to say, you folks have been very accommodating and provided me with ample opportunity to spill my feels, sprout my opinions and ask my questions. Thank you for being such great convesation partners!

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

17th-Mar-2017 08:46 am - It was time...
Big thank you to all the Dutch voters that went out in droves to say NO to populism, scaremongering and nationalism. Now this is looking at you, France. After the train crash that was 2016 politics, let's make 2017 Year of Reason.
11th-Mar-2017 12:56 pm - Looking for vids & vidders, the 5th
I am running again a Eurovision vid show at this years vidUKon. (See here for previous ones if you've not been around my journal that long). The idea is to show-case European source material, vidders and music, or meta vids relating to the experience of European vidders and fandom participation. Vids from non-European vidders welcome as long as the theme or source fits the bill. And, like all VJ's, I'm always hoping for some Premieres as well. In case you've never been to the con before but would like to, check out the scholarship, which is now open, too.

Here is the place where you can brainstorm ideas for Premieres, sign up to making a Premiere or nominate already existing vids that fit the theme or source material that you would like to see a vid for. What you can do to help:

  1. Signal boost this post on LJ & DW as well as on twitter, tumblr and youtube. I am trying to represent the full diversity of European vidding and to reach out to all platforms.

  2. Let me know if you want to make a Premiere for the show. This could be vidding a European source, a European song, or both. You do not necessarily have to be a European vidder as long as you chose an appropriate source and/or song.

  3. You are a European vidder and don't want to participate, but would be happy for me to look through your back catalogue so see something I might like.

  4. You are aware of any brilliant vids of European source that have come out over the last 12 months in particular, that you think should be included in the vid show.

  5. You have ideas for European source that totally should be vidded but you don't want to do it. as inspiration for other vidders.

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If you can help with any of the above, please pm or comment. And as always with my post, link gremlins are common, so if anything is not working as it should, let me know
4th-Mar-2017 01:48 pm - Eurovision Show 2016

Late is better than never, right? Right??? With this in mind find here last year's Eurovison show listing - a vid show aiming to showcase European vidding talent, source and music and to celebrate the diversity of the European vidding community.

None of this would be possible without the vidders from all over the world who are contributing to this show, letting us show vids from their back catalogue, making premiere vids and providing 'vidder postcards' to introduce themselves and their vids. The latter have become an integral part of the show, setting it apart from other vid shows. The big perk of curating this show is getting to know all these lovely people and talented vidders across so many different platforms, nations and languages.

This year (well, last year) we had 13 vids (including 3 shiny premieres!!!!) in the show, two of the vidders were able to attend the convention, including Mathilde who was a first-time attendee and managed to join us despite a house fire, lack of funds and other adversities. and 6 send a vid postcard, giving the show again a very inclusive and personal feel.

Please check out the vidders vids and leave feedback at their journal, channel or tumblr to let them know that you enjoyed their work. For vids for lesser known European movies or TV shows I have included imdb links, in case you want to check out the source dircetly.

Despite repeated testing there are normally some bad/wrong links that sneak into my posts (it's a gremelin or some such thing, I'm sure), so please don't be offended if the link for your vid leads to Timelapse of paint drying or your name links to Sarah Pailin's website, just let me know and I'll fix it.

Retro Step-up by Norlack (Ukraine)
Source: Multi-fandom
Music: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley (US)
"Put music to our troubles and we'll dance them away!" Aaron Weiss. This is a very dynamic, fun vid which is edited very tightly and looks utterly modern despite the source and music being half a century old by now.

Carousel by loki (Russia) * PREMIERE
Source: Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adele Blan-Sec (France)
Music: Peter Peter (Canada)
Dealing with suitors, monsters & sand in her shoes - just another day at the office for Adele. This vid is just as quirky as the movie. Great use of lyrics and narrative structuring make this accessible to anybody who has not seen the movie.This vid was commissioned specially for the show.

Wir Beiden by [personal profile] isagel (Sweden)
Source: Kommissar Rex (Austria)
Music: Juli (Germany)
The story of a detective and his dog. Or a dog and his detective? This is better than bromance, balm for the soul, fun, touching and sweet.

Honey And The Moon by [personal profile] anoel (US)
Source: Football RPF (Germany)
Music: Joseph McArthur (US)
This vid has a special place in my heart, the bromance, the optimism and enthusiasm of the team, and the 'aligning of the stars that made it all converge in (spoiler). And Anoel found just the right footage on and off pitch and wrapped it up as a lovely bromance story.

Ich Laufe by [personal profile] amnisias (Germany)* PREMIERE
Source: Freier Fall (Germany)
Music: Tim Bendzko (Germany)
"I'm running away, as fast and far as I can, and only when the feeling stops I'm finally home" or the German Brokeback Mountain.

Can't Pretend by feuwise (France)Source: The Following (US)
Music: Tom Odell (UK)
Violent and bloody, beautiful and mesmerizing - the relationship between hunter and hunted, between detective and serial killer. An obsession, an attraction, an infatuation. This vid captures it all. An no, this is not Hanibal.

Monument by[personal profile] condnsdmlk (South Africa) *PREMIERE*
Source: Calvary (Ireland)
Music: Royksopp & Robyn (Norway/Sweden)
As all of condnsdmlk's vids this has stunning editing and beautiful visuals and unfolds at slow pace, but the pay-off is so worth it.

[livejournal.com profile] cherryice</b>(Canada)
Source: Let The Right One In (Sweden)
Music: Tori Amos (US)
Why can't it be beautiful? A vid about friendship and otherness.

Truth is a Matter of Circumstance by Fortnoir (Italy)Source: Multi-fandom
Music: Dark Shadows Prologue Danny Elfman (US)
The Black Widow across time, place and media. I just love how this vid uses multi-media & multi-source material to flash out the story of Natasha Romanova. Very cleverly done.

Making Waves by[personal profile] niyalune (Swiss)
Source: Mad Max Fury Road (US)
Music: Fight Song by Rachel Platten (US)
Can you hear my voice this time? Great editing and movement troughout.

Firestarter by [personal profile] violace(Germany)
Source: Supergirl (US)
Music: Demi Lovato (US)
A celebration of Kara as the hero, and as the person under the costume, and the people who love her..

Jane Austin by Mathilde (France)
Source: Multi (US/UK)
Music: August's Rhapsody by Mark Mancina (US)
A celebration of Jane Austen, and all the fanfic writers and fangirls that came after her....such a fitting end for the vid show.</div>
4th-Dec-2016 12:08 pm - seasonal spirit......
Fashionably late as every year I start my christmas cards events....
  • If you got a card last year and haven't moved, all you need to do is to make yourseslf a gingerbread hot chocolate, sit back and wait for the postman. 
  • If you've moved, or never got a card before but would like on, leave a comment or PM with your address. Comments screened.
  • If you got one last year but rather didn't, let me know.
..... that the best response to the the US election has come from Scotland.

After all the emotionla turmoil, polarization and negativity going around this is a breath of fresh air. Just keep walking, America, you've overcome obsticals and hardship before, and you will do so again.
14th-Aug-2016 12:11 pm - Vidukon Premier 2016
This vid was done very quickly, it's not beta-ed and it's still kind of unfinished becaused my tech played decided to be stubborn and would just crash any time I opened the vid, so most of my time 'working on the vid' was trying to get the darn thing to render. Note to slef, SV does not like HD mp4 source.

I kind of fell head over heel for Lucifer last season, despite plenty of arguemtns against it. But what can you do? Clearly I've got a thing for snarky, politically incorrect Brits.

Vid: Call Me Devil
Song: Call Me Devil
Artist: Friends in Tokio

Download here
13th-Aug-2016 01:31 pm - Vidukon Premiere 2016
This movie has been called the German Brokeback Mountain, though it does not have that much in common with that movie. No stunning cinematography or beautiful landscapes here, it's all very prosaic and down-to-earth, ii is part love story, part tragedy and part an exploration of what it is like to be gay in a modern day police force.

Source: Freier Fall/Free Fall
Song: Ich Laufe/I Run
Artist; Tim Bedzko

Download (with and without subs) here.
19th-Jun-2016 11:31 pm - Sans mots....
Anton Yelchin
11/03/89 - 19/06/16
Holy shit, Criminal Minds, what was that I just watched? (o)(o)

Clearly some h/c fangirls have invaded the writers room. And the fact that Thomas Gibson was directing and Shemar half naked for most of the episode gave the whole thing an extra layer of pain voyorism and slash on top of all the emotional and physical hurt. I'm still shellshocked.

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This one is on par with Reid's heroin fuelled abduction back when. This should make for some great Reid/Morgan fic.
30th-Jan-2016 03:47 pm - Looking for vidders & vids #4
I thought that while we are all hanging around out computer and reload LJ endlessly, waiting for festivids to go live tomorrow, this would be a good time to do some convassing for another Eurovision vid show for vidukon 2016.  (See here, here & here for previous ones if you've not been around my journal that long).

The idea is to showcase European vidders, European source and European music. I'd also love to have have a meta vid with a 'European twist'. Out definition of what counts as European is rather relaxed, particularly when it comes to source.

Here is the place where you can brainstorm ideas for Premieres, sign up to making a Premiere or nominate already existing vids that fit the theme.

 I am looking for:

  1. Vidders who would want to make a Premiere for the show. This could be vidding a European source, a European song, or both.  You do not have to be a European vidder as long as you chose an appropriate source and/or song.

  2. European vidders who don't want to participate, but would be happy for me to look through their back catalogue so see something I might like.

  3. Any great vids of European source that have come out over the last 12 months in particular, that you think should be included in the vid show.

  4. Ideas for European source that totally should be vidded but you don't want to do it.

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La reine Margot, French film

If you can help with any of the above, please pm or comment.
14th-Jan-2016 07:36 pm - Sans mots....
Alan Rickman
21/02/46 - 14/01/16

5th-Dec-2015 01:27 pm - Holiday cards
Hi, lovelies!

I am hoping to send out Christmas Cards again this year, though no garantee that they'll make it in time depending on where you're living (but who doesn't love a seasonal card out of season?). If you got a card year last year and haven't moved you should automatically get a card, everybody else, please leave your contact details in a comment.

Comments are screened, obviously.
...there is a Vidding Love Meme going on over here, so if you like reading and writing about vids, it's the place to spend a rainy sunday afternoon. Let's keep it going for a while, and spread the word.

I am kind of doing it wrong, because I post comments about individual vids on the vid posts rather than the meme, but post more general comments in the meme. I don't think it matters, since it's in the spirit of the meme. I just know that I love shiney, nice comments in my journal, where I know they can't disappear and I can always go back and read them again. So I guess some other folks might feel the same way?
31st-Oct-2015 12:06 pm - Happy All Hollows' Eve everybody
Hope you've all remembered the faithfully departed during the day and are preparing yourself to fend of the evil spirits, witches and fairies tonight. And have a litte Halloween-themed clip while you wait.

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3rd-Oct-2015 12:40 pm - This & That
Back from holidays. You guys, the Greek Islands are dreamy, and none more than the isladn of Kefalonia (you might know it if your read Captain Corelli's Mandoline), where I holed up with my Mum, in a lovely old greek farmhouse with a pool, lots of olive trees in the garden, and a little cove for swimming only five minutes away. The north of Kefalonia is very, very green, with lots of little coves (pebble, though, not sand) along the coast and small villages with taverns that serve very yummy greek food to very reasonable prices and small village shops with huge stacks of fruit and veg outside.  It was still very warm, around 25 C, so lots of sunbathing and swimming was to be had, though we cought one day with (terrential) rain, but that was kind a fun, too. Electricity and water cut out for a few hours, and we thought it might swep out house into the sea, but then the next day it was back to blue skies and seas with no cloud in sight. Like magic.

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Unfortunately we did miss the Super Blood Moon Eclipse because I noted down a wrong time. That would have been the cherry on top.

On return I also noted (well, my inbox reminded me) that I've missed naturelf's, legoline's and bananainpyjamas's B-days. Hope you all had a great day, doing what you love to do, whatever that is. Wishing Char the most amazing adventures downunder with even better beaches and sea views than Greece and enough UK born relatives to secure a visa for howeverlong she wants it for, legoline enough time to do all the things she loves to do and success with her writing, and bananainpyjama a good hair year and a magic potient to nuke accademic stress. Virtual hugs and cakes for all of you ladies!
18th-Sep-2015 08:33 am - When fandoms converge...
The Supernatural Knit Along (requires Ravelry log-in)

I wont be participating because I'm stuck in the end-phase of and epic kintting project in form of a blanket, which has been occupying the floor in my study for months now and needs to be DONE ALREADY. But maybe somebody esle here is interested?
12th-Aug-2015 08:41 am - WTF....?

Not sure what to think of this. I mean, I like Arrow, and I loved Constantine, but....but... [does not compute]. I think this is halcyon_shift's doing, she sacrificied a chicken at midnight at her local churchyard and decorated trees with chicken bones. Or maybe code? Code is evil, so that would work. Woman, you're scary.

On the Arrow and Constantine crossover:

When NBC axed Constantine earlier this year, Arrow star Stephen Amell proposed the idea of a potential crossover between the two shows in an effort to save it. Now that idea has come to fruition, because Matt Ryan, who starred as DC Comics character John Constantine in the ill-fated drama, will reprise his role in Arrow's fifth episode, titled “Haunted.” Pedowitz gave credit to Warner Bros. for making the crossover happen. "Luckily, one of our parent companies, Warner Bros., was a production company for Constantine," he said. "We worked with them and it's a great one-shot episode."

10th-Aug-2015 10:33 am - Bounty Hunters in Space...
Okay, I think with the epilogue to episode 8 Killjoys just stole my heart.
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1st-Aug-2015 12:32 pm - Eurovision vid show 2015
A vid show showcasing European vidding talent and European source and celibrates the diversity of the European vidding community.

First off, a huge 'Thank You' to all the vidders who have let me show their vids, agreed to make premieres especially for the vid show and contributed 'vid postcards' to introduce themseves and their vids. I've had such lovely feedback and participation across all platforms and vidding communities and the responses have been positive throughout, even though the timing of VidUKon this year meant that some people were right in the middle of their exams when I was pestering them with my requests.

This year we had 11 vids in the show including one Prmiere, the brilliantly heart-achy La Mer by counteragent. Unfortunately this year non of the vidders could make it to the con, but most send in a video postcard to introduce themselves. It's a lot of work for the vidders involved, but it's hugely appreciated by the con attandandees and gives the Eurovision vid show a more personal and inclusive feel.

Please check out the vidders vids and leave feedback at their journal, channel or tumblr to let them know that you enjoyed their work. For vids for lesser known European movies or TV shows I have included imdb links, in case you want to check out the source dircetly.

The River, The Woods by obsessive24 (New Zealand)
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Tell Me Now Where Was My Fault by toufinus (France)
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Love Story by cryptex ink (Germany)
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Anew by Nerjaveika (Russia)
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Au Port by sol_se (US)
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La Mer by condnsdmlk (South Africa) *PREMIERE*
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Damned If She Do by chaila (US)
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Touching Your Fear by uniquevil (Russia)
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Sorrow, Keeping Me Sane by thisdarkpassenger (Greece)
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Arsonist's Lullyby by Shainira (Spain)
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Multifandom Mashup 2014 by The Pteryx (Belarus)
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25th-Jun-2015 08:07 pm - VidUKon Premiere 2015
Vid: Wasteland
Song by Needtobreathe
Source Grantchester

Download (divx & mp4  )here
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