Two Vids!

Sep. 5th, 2014 08:18 pm
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So, here are two vids! One I just finished today and one I made weeks ago and forgot to post here...

Song: King and Lionheart, Of Monsters and Men
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
Length: 4.21
Size: 94mb
Download: HERE and subtitles HERE
Notes: Huge thanks to [personal profile] carawj and [personal profile] shinyjenni for betaing, and touchdownpossum for clip suggestions and cheerleading!

Song: Puppy Love, Dolly Parton
Length: 1:42
Download: HERE and subtitles HERE
Featuring: 101 Dalmatians, Bolt, Beethoven, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Oliver and Company, Wishbone, The Littlest Hobo, Star Trek: Voyager, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Space Buddies, Snow Buddies, The Aristocats, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Little Mermaid, Warehouse 13, The Legend of Korra
Notes: This was a birthday present for [personal profile] carawj ! I’ve been meaning to make it for a while so I’m really pleased I finally got around to it! Apologies for the terrible size/aspect ratio issues, for some reason this one gave me a lot of trouble! (I’m not kidding when I say I really don’t understand the technical side of vidding!)

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 Hello all!

I'm running a Star Trek friendship-themed ficathon... 

Details here...

At the moment we're in the tag nominations stage, so if you're thinking of participating, check out the profile/FAQ and then head over to the tagset and check out which friendships are nominated so far, and nominate any extra ones you might like to write or read about!

Actual sign-ups open on July 12, until July 20! Tell your friends! :)

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Song: Long Live, Taylor Swift
Fandom: Star Trek
Length: 5.19
Size: 120mb
Download: HERE and subtitles HERE
Summary: Long live all the magic we made.
Notes: This vid wouldn't have been possible without [personal profile] silly_cleo - not only did she find the song, she also spent what amounted to literally hours making spreadsheets to help me with the structure! Huge thanks also to [personal profile] carawj for support and viewing of multiple drafts! And thanks to everyone who gave encouragement and suggestions throughout! :)
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For anyone wanting to know, my [community profile] fandom_stocking is HERE!

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[personal profile] amaresu said: Vidding!

Quite a broad topic there! :D 

Like so many people, I started vidding because there was a vid I had to make. When I was living in St Petersburg as part of my year abroad, when I got homesick I  would watch Sarah Jane episodes of Doctor Who. At around the same time I discovered a Cerys Matthews song called Open Roads (Never Said Goodbye). I  realised that it would make an awesome vid, but from previous failed experiments I knew my computer was too slow to handle it. (Someday I will remake that epic Scully sciencing vid that just refused point-blank to render.) So I played the song over and over and thought about what clips would go where, for months, until finally I  got a new computer that could just about run Windows Movie Maker ok.

My next stint in Russia was in a rural community with basically non-existent internet access, and I made some of my next few vids there as a way to amuse myself and make myself feel less lonely. For the first couple of years that I vidded I only made Sarah Jane/Doctor vids - when The Sarah Jane Adventures started I branched out into that, but at first for me vidding was very connected to Sarah Jane and the community at sarahjane_fic on LJ, where I spent most of my fannish time. It wasn't until I dived head-first back into my first fannish love, Star Trek, that I started to branch out a bit, and now I vid mostly Star Trek but also other things now and then.

That was when I realised that vidding, as well as being a fannish activity in many fandoms, was also a fandom in and of itself. It was an interesting change - I went from being basically the only big vidder in a very small pond to discovering that actually there was way more to vidding than I'd thought and that some vidders were hugely popular across fandoms, and some vidders were doing amazing things with special effects that I hadn't even imagined, and some vidders were using vids to make their own narratives, and some vidders were having conventions that were all about vidding! 

Sometimes now when I watch my early vids I cringe a bit, but when I watch that very first vid, it still says exactly what I want it to say, albeit possibly in a different way than I  would choose to say it now. I'm still on a very steep learning curve, vidding-wise, and I don't think I'm naturally talented at it, especially the whooshy, make-it-pretty side, but I do have a lot of fun doing it!
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[personal profile] thirdblindmouse said: Tell us about a DS9 character you don't normally talk about.

Ooh, this is tricky. I talk about so many DS9 characters on a regular basis... Looking at a list of the main cast, I've definitely had conversations IRL and on Tumblr about all of them fairly recently, and even the recurring characters, I've talked about some of them at length... I pointed this out to [personal profile] carawj and she was like "Well, you're going to have to talk about one of the boys then". Sadly this is true. ;) 

So I think I'm going to go with Weyoun (although I'll try to avoid spoilers for [personal profile] silly_cleo's sake.)

What I find interesting about Weyoun is that he seems to honestly think that he's quite a nice person? And not in a Dukat way - Dukat has built his whole self on this illusion of being a benevolent father figure to people he casually destroys, he can't bear to be thought of as evil, he believes all his own hype - but with Weyoun it's subtly different. He doesn't need to maintain this kindly self-image, he just genuinely doesn't see what all the fuss is about. Why wouldn't anyone want to be part of the Dominion?

He can be totally merciless and manipulative in spite of that, though, and I think in quite a conscious way. I mean, he was basically designed to get more people into the Dominion in whatever way he could, and if that involves lying, manipulation and coercion, that's fine, but he doesn't get why it has to mean people still can't be his friend?

Which is all interesting in light of how ruthlessly bred to purpose he is - having no appreciation for aesthetics, for example - and it's fascinating to see the times when he tests the boundaries - is he what he was designed for, or does he have free will? Hmm.
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[personal profile] such_heights said: I know you've had awesome fantasy Star Trek crews before - if you were in charge of bringing back the show for a new 7 year series, what would you like to do with it?

Oooooh, good question! Yup, my dream Star Trek crew is here and I still think it would rock! But more generally... hmm... top of my wishlist are things to do with casting - any Trek series worthy of bearing the name at this point really ought to have at least as many women as men in the cast (and possibly at least one character who was neither male nor female, especially since there's a canonical basis for it, and even more so in the extended canon), wide racial diversity, and at least one queer character whose name is in the main titles - as a bare minimum. Also I'd put more aliens than humans in the main cast, and a less Earth-centric view of Starfleet and the Federation. A non-human captain would be a good place to start with that, I think.

It'd be set on a ship. DS9 is incredible but I'm not sure you could do it again. Things I would borrow from DS9, though - the excellent character development and arc-based plots. I think people expect that much more from sci-fi now than they used to, anyway. I'd like to dig deeper into what it's like to live on a small ship with the same group of people for several years. I'd like things to have consequences, I'd like characters to take their time recovering from things they went through.

I'd also like to steal the epic Bechdel-passiness of Voyager, and the sense of adventure in the unknown. I love love LOVE TNG but sometimes it did feel a little like they were boldly running little errands for the admiralty. The ship in my Trek series would probably not be totally out of reach of the rest of Starfleet, but they also wouldn't often be in a position to get help quickly or come home a lot. Maybe some sort of long-term exploration mission, which could bring them into contact with new allies and adversaries whose issues would lead to interesting storylines.

I'd set it a comfortable amount of time after the end of Voyager (perhaps roughly 15 years or so, so that characters from earlier shows could cameo now and then and be around the right age.) and I'd try to make it not outright contradict at least the more sensible extended universe canon - a lot of people are invested in the continuation books as the story and I'd like for it to fit in, within reason.

Above all, I'd try to keep Star Trek's optimism and hope for the future. I think DS9 did a great job of walking that fine line, telling sometimes quite dark stories but still keeping the overall tone hopeful. A lot of stuff these days seems so grimdark, cynical and pessimistic - Star Trek shouldn't be about that, it should be about imagining a better society, even if it's one that's still far from perfect. So the show would acknowledge the flaws of its characters, of Starfleet and the Federation, but also it should be about trying to figure out how to make the universe a better place.
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 Because why the heck not?

One prompt per comment, you can reply to a prompt or do something without a prompt, more than one fic per prompt is allowed.

Fanworks of any sort are fair game, as are just rambles about how much you love that character.

Post fanworks here, or if you prefer tumblr use the "trek women fest" tag.

Play nice and have fun!

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Song: Bring Me Sunshine, Morecambe and Wise
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
Length: 1.51
Size: 64 Mb

This was one of my premieres for Vidukon! It featured in the Unpopular Characters vidshow (which was awesome!)

I have a lot of feelings about Neelix, and it makes me sad that people don’t like him. I think it’s partly because he’s pretty alien-looking and not conventionally attractive, and I think if he was prettier people might have more patience with his arc of starting out being a bit of a jerk (understandably, since his issues with jealousy and reluctance to go into danger stem from some pretty upsetting experiences in his past) and then gradually opening up as he feels more comfortable and safe on Voyager.

I also think it might have something to do with Neelix’s role on the ship. His main function character-wise is to nurture and care for the other characters - both literally in terms of preparing the food they eat, and with advice and a shoulder to cry on. I feel like some people’s distaste for Neelix comes from a place of being uncomfortable with a (as far as we know) straight male character being very happy in a role that’s almost maternal.

Anyway, those are my thinky thoughts, enjoy the vid!

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In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

1) For a long time it's been my dearest wish for THIS to have a fandom. I know it's just a kids' cartoon with like a dozen ten-minute episodes, but it's pretty much on a level with My Little Pony and that has a fandom! I just... Moondreamers is a show about a bunch of female characters who work together and save the day and foil the bad guys and do sciencey stuff, and I'd just love for some sort of fandom to exist.

2) I wish more people shipped Troi/Pulaski. In fact I wish people cared about Pulaski more generally, but Troi/Pulaski is my particular pet ship for her. She's just such a misunderstood and overlooked character (as I've discussed HERE... ;D) I'd like more fanworks for her and them to exist!

3) Jam and Jerusalem has the tiny beginnings of a fandom, but I wish more people would get into it, just because it's so wonderful and there are so many interesting relationships to explore!

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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

1. Poker Face (the she can read you remix) - by Lorraine - Perhaps it's cheating to rec a remix of one of my own stories, but Lorraine took my initial idea and explored it in ways I hadn't thought of at all. This is a brilliant and sad look at how having an additional sense sometimes makes life more difficult for Deanna Troi. I love Deanna character studies, and I'm fond of young!Deanna, and this story gets it just right.

2. Raven's Honour - by kelly_chambliss - This is a non-magical AU in which Professors McGonagall, Sprout and Hooch open a boarding school for girls. If you're not already clicking on the link, I don't know what else to tell you, to be honest. 

3. Like an Elephant - by biichan - I'm a femslasher in Who fandom, which means I will happily ship any female companion with any other female companion, but Mel/Donna makes more sense to me than most, and this story perfectly illustrates why.

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 So, I thought I'd do [community profile] snowflake_challenge this year since so many people seemed to have fun with it last time. Here goes!

Day 1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1. Secret Agent - I've made a lot of vids that I really love, but this one still makes me feel extra-bouncy every time I watch it in a way that nothing else can quite match. 

2. Never Said Goodbye - This isn't the first vid I ever made, but it's the first that's still around (it was preceded by a Jack/Sam vid that I've lost and a Scully vid that never saw the light of day). It's also the first vid that sprang into my head almost fully-formed when I heard the song and practically begged me to make it, and considering how little I knew about vidding then, I think it still stands up, and still says exactly what I wanted it to say.

3. London - There were a couple of other fics I considered mentioning, ones that I think are really good, that I enjoyed writing and that I still enjoy reading back now and then. But this one won because it's about Deanna Troi, and for basically as long as I can remember Deanna Troi has been my muse - except that where I used to run around the house pretending to be her, now I write stories where she's a badass.
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 Just a little post to say that the DS9 Rewatch episode for this weekend is one of the funnest and cutest and best episodes of all time: Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places.

I'm really looking forward to watching it, details are HERE if anyone else wants to join in! :)


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