Dec. 31st, 2015 11:09 pm
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
Hi! This is a catchall post if you'd like to drop me a line - feel free also to send me a PM or email me at such.heights at gmail dot com.

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Fanworks masterlist | my AO3 account | my vids at my website

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Every fanwork I post will have a 'content notes' field. Elements that I will signpost should I make something involving them include graphic violence, sexual violence, major character death, and anything under the umbrella of mental illness and PTSD. I will also note when my vids contain particularly rapid cutting, bright flashes or sudden changes in volume. If you would like any further information about anything I've posted, feel free to get in touch.

I include image descriptions in the alt text of pictures that I post, and subtitle tracks for my vids, though in both cases that only goes back so far - if there's a particular vid you'd like a subtitle track for that doesn't currently have one, please ask and I'll be happy to put one together.
such_heights: buffy kissing faith's forehead (btvs: buffy/faith)
Level Up
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
music: Level Up - Vienna Teng
content notes: none
summary: "I always think, 'What would Buffy do?' You're my hero."
download: 48MB zipped .avi
notes: A very belated birthday present for [personal profile] purplefringe. Many thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo and [personal profile] raven for beta. also on tumblr.

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such_heights: pepper in profile in an office (avengers: pepper potts [corporate espion)
So last weekend was Vidukon and it was really delightful. It was so nice to get the train with the London fangirl collective and see lots of familiar faces as well as meet some first time attendees like [profile] fray_adjacent and [personal profile] odessie.

Because Lithium Doll is some kind of wizard, you can enjoy the entire con from the comfort of your own home via the website, with links to the vids shown in each show, and notes up for some of the panels and even a video of Sunday's Year in Vidding panel that I ran.

Some personal favourite new-to-me vids over the weekend were:

Sexyback by [personal profile] odessie (Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries)

Goody Two Shoes by [personal profile] laurashapiro and [livejournal.com profile] pipsqueaky (due South)

Creating Something Beautiful by sinycatarina (Studio Ghibli)

Long Live by [personal profile] cosmic_llin (Star Trek) - I put the premieres show together so I knew this was going to be a hit, but seeing a lot of the room in tears as the lights came up was still quite something. I just, I have an awful lot of Star Trek feelings and this vid captures *all of them*, it's overwhelming. <333

The whole premieres show was really wonderful, a great range of sources and mood.

Other highlights included getting to watch the Aims Project all in order on the big screen, watching I Swear in a big group - the reactions of the people who know what's coming and the people who don't are equally priceless, and being happily encased in a bubble of vid squee for a whole weekend.

The vid show that I put together was Same Song, Different Source. I wasn't sure how this was going to play out - would people find it repetitive? Did it invite people to put the vids in competition? But it seemed to go down well, and interestingly multiple people said that it enhanced the way that they read and understood vids, particularly the second vids in the pairs. So that was really cool.

I'm delighted that all of us in the concom are keen to keep running this every year now, and also figure out how to expand it a little so that we can afford to sustain and grow what we can do. Vids! Con! Whee! \o/
such_heights: steve rogers and natasha romanoff in profile (avengers: steve & natasha [ws])
Counting Stars
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: MCU Phase 2 (Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2)
music: Counting Stars - OneRepublic
content notes: none
summary: Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.
download: 55MB zipped .avi
notes: Premiered at Vidukon 2014. Thanks to [personal profile] purplefringe and [personal profile] happydork for beta comments. Additional notes at the bottom of the post that are spoilers for the vid's post-credits scene.

embed & lyrics )
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
Cancelling the Apocalypse
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: multi
music: Go Big or Go Extinct - Pacific Rim OST
content notes: none
summary: We're drift compatible.
download: 14MB zipped .avi
notes: Made as a fun little intro vid for this year's Vidukon.

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Jun. 23rd, 2014 07:17 am
such_heights: amy pond wearing glasses and laughing (who: amy [giggle])
Well, I finally did the thing. :D

fresh ink under the cut )
such_heights: steve rogers in profile (avengers: steve [heroic jawline])
It was my birthday on Wednesday! Thank you everyone who left well wishes for me on various corners of the internet. <3

[personal profile] purplefringe made me the most epic Captain America vid of all time. It's to Don't Stop Believin', it's Steve/Sam, it's all my hopes and dreams in fanvid form. :D :D :D :D

And [personal profile] raven wrote me a wonderful DS9 Kira/Dax story, Signal Fire, which is beautiful and gave me many feelings.

Also [personal profile] happydork has taken up knitting and is filling our home with joy. There's a TARDIS all for me and a Jaegar so far.
such_heights: cameron fixes her arm (scc: cameron)
Going through one of my phases of gleefully looking through tattoo blogs and admiring lots of people's awesome ink. I know many of you have some great tattoos, so share in the comments if you'd like! Pictures or descriptions, background about why you got them if you like, or just link to your favourite tattoo work elsewhere.
such_heights: thor laughing (avengers: thor [laugh])
Flyweight Love
by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Thor (1 & 2)
ship: Jane/Thor
music: Vienna Teng
content notes: none
summary: "She likens it to a kite; it flies higher when a longer length of string is unleashed."
download: 40MB zipped .avi
notes: Part of the Aims vid album -- now complete! Do run and check out [personal profile] cosmic_llin's awesome Hunger Games vid In the 99. Thanks as always to [personal profile] purplefringe and [personal profile] happydork for beta comments and general hand holding. View on AO3 | tumblr

embed and lyrics )
such_heights: (avengers: maria hill [tws])
So I've been reading away on Dreamwidth as ever but apparently haven't updated in nearly a month? Let's fix that, as our work email server has just crashed (ahaha our IT is so bad, oh, charity sector life).

i. I have been at the new job for three months now! I really like it, but it's definitely taking away a lot more time and energy from doing fannish stuff than the last one, which is annoying. I have all these feels and no time to put them anywhere!

ii. What fannish time I do have at the moment is mostly spent getting ready for Vidukon! I'm excited, we've got some great stuff lined up this year. It's great we're managing to make it an annual thing and I hope it continues. Viiiids. All being well, I should have two premiering vids there and also possibly a shiny new remaster of one of my old cam vids, which would be lovely. (psst it's not too late to get an attending or supporting membership -- which includes nifty streaming options!)

iii. Vidding projects are going well (though as ever I have more things I want to make than time to make them) but writing continues to ... not. Looking back, I've not managed to post much in the last couple of years. And actually, pretty much what it seems to be is that I haven't been able to write much since the end of Ponds-era Doctor Who. Many many WIPs stashed away in various fandoms, very little ability to finish any of them. Not to mention the 50k Ponds fic of doom that has been rigorously beta'd and really just needs a final go through but I'm worried it's not very good and that no one will really care when I post it anyway.

... WRITING IS HARD. How do words. I would love to be able to actually write any of the dozen MCU fic ideas I have buzzing around, but I can't manage more than about 500 words on anything.

iv. Fannish pursuits of the moment - saw Cap 2 again, still love it with all my heart like they made it just for meeeee. <3 Also in that category, I've caught the first season of Orphan Black, though I haven't started s2 yet. IT IS PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL.

Also perfect and beautiful: Brooklyn Nine-Nine! [personal profile] happydork and I are making our way through the season and it's so totally delightful. I horribly overidentify with Santiago ('yes sir, I will make better mouth') and Captain Holt is honestly one of the most glorious queer characters I've had the pleasure of watching in ages. *draws sparkly hearts*

v. Anyone on HabitRPG? Having tried it for a little while now it seems to be working quite well for me, and it would be fun to have some buddies on there to do quests with etc. My username is syntaxed.
such_heights: amy pond wearing glasses and laughing (who: amy [giggle])
The show I'm putting together for Vidukon this year is called Same Song, Different Source, which is just what it sounds like. I want take a look at the different ways vidders use the same audio to different effects and how different the tone of a vid can be based on editing choices/lyric interpretation etc.

This is a harder one that usual to solicit recs for, but I thought I'd give it a go! I'd love recs for pairs of vids that use the same song (can definitely be different covers/instrumental version etc) where there's some kind of interesting contrast, whether in the source, the mood, the interpretation of the lyrics, etc. Alternatively, recs for single vids that use a song in an unusual way could be helpful, if it's likely the song has been vidded multiple times.

The more the merrier, so any ideas that spring to mind, I'd love to hear them! Thanks!

(I'm just going to go back to having a crisis over how to pick only two Handlebars vids.)
such_heights: steve rogers in profile (avengers: steve [heroic jawline])
So the entirety of the senior staff at my work are away atm at a conference, which means there's not a whole lot for me to do and no one who can see my computer screen.

I'm having a lot of MCU feels at work right now is what I'm saying. Here are some stories I've enjoyed! Spoilers from here on in.

depends on where you're standing (4118 words) by dirgewithoutmusic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sharon Carter & Natasha Romanov, Sharon Carter &; Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Sharon Carter (Marvel), Peggy Carter, Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers, Agent 13 (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Bechdel Test Fix, Aftermath, Idealistic little girls who grow up to be fierce women, coffee with an assassin, spies around the watercooler, SHIELD falls

Sharon Carter expected to pull a gun in the line of duty. She didn’t expect to pull it here. SHIELD was her holy ground.

Next New Message (1461 words) by fabrega
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Jasper Sitwell, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Spoilers, Spoilers, Movie Spoilers

"YOU HAVE THIRTY. SEVEN. NEW MESSAGES," Clint Barton's phone announces. That can't be good.

Spoilers for The Winter Soldier.

On Your Right (5569 words) by thingswithwings
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Hospitals, Spoilers, Sam has a lot of feelings ok, Partnership

Missing scenes from the movie. Spoilers!

three Sam/Steve vignettes by [tumblr.com profile] gyzym

more recs on my pinboard
such_heights: bookshelves (stock: books)
I saw Cap 2 last night! It was great!

Non-spoilery info - there are two post-credits scenes.

One spoiler I ended up being glad I knew about going in: spoilers )

And now for the rest of the spoilers!

on your left )
such_heights: the golden snitch (hp: snitch)
So I am sorting through a lot of boxes lately, and came across a stash of old notebooks, which I always keep because they always produce gems. And indeed, here is something amazing - an early piece of fanfiction. Judging by the contents of the rest of the notebook, I'd say this is from when I was about 12. I have no idea what prompted this, but felt I had to share. It is weird and morbid in the way things are when you're 12, and full of long words I didn't quite know how to spell.

Harry Potter/Jacqueline Wilson RPF drabble, contains character death

when Jacqueline Wilson met Draco Malfoy )
such_heights: lin looking unimpressed (a:lok: lin [wtf])
[livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness has started up again, and the preliminaries are filled with people who seem to fundamentally not understand how fandom works, and the errors in argument involved are really frustrating me.

So! In the prelims, ie when people vote for a character from each fandom to go forward into the main competition, there's a theme in some of the major fandoms where a minor or former character will end up being selected, which seems disingenuous when five minutes hanging out in the fandom on tumblr, LJ, AO3 etc will make it apparent that, say, Jo Harvelle is not the most popular character in Supernatural. Some people over at the comm say that the fact she wins is just posturing by people trying to make themselves feel better about their choices. Which demonstrates a total lack of understanding about what's going on when people vote for these things and it's aggravating.

From this year's post comes the ever so charming: 1. Vote for your FAVORITE character in each poll. Stop playing. This is an Internet Competition™, not your grand stand against the patriarchy.

Excuse you, FMM mods. Everything I do is a grand stand against the patriarchy! *Night Vale voice* Everything.

And then there's this comment (contains gifs, is nsfw, may make your head explode) which includes the line FMM is not about pretending we are all better social justice warriors than we are, it's about a Deathmatch of favorites.

And I'm so annoyed because that's not even what's happening. You're not polling each fandom for their favourite character on the show, you're polling all of fandom to pick characters from a bunch of fandoms that will include shows that they have never seen or actively dislike. And that's where the voting for minor characters comes from.

With mega fandoms like SPN, and particular in the days of tumblr, although not everyone voting is an actual SPN fan, most people probably have an opinion of some kind about the show and a sense of who the characters are, and particularly with massive fandoms I think it's quite common for people not in the fandom to get invested in underdogs and the characters that the people in the fandom are terrible towards - see Martha Jones' strong polling in Doctor Who or Sansa Stark for Game of Thrones. So for any given poll, I'd argue that a decent chunk of the people voting aren't even active in that fandom, but they think that this one woman seems pretty great via tumblr.

FMM isn't a vote of fandom favourites within each fandom, it's a vote of fandom favourites via fannish osmosis. I've never watched Arrow but I'm charmed by Felicity in the gifsets. I don't particularly care about BBC Sherlock so I'm unlikely to vote for the leads, but I've seen enough to believe that Molly Hooper is a perfect human being. I really liked Peggy in the half a dozen Mad Men episodes I watched. Etc, etc. Obviously pretty much all my favourite characters are women anyway because that's how I role, but even with people who aren't quite so primed that way the point holds.

And I absolutely think that there's a larger point to be made about how all of these fantastic female characters earn very enthusiastic and fun fan campaigns during this contest but that same enthusiasm isn't reflected in the fanworks that people make, consume and rec, but jfc FMM commenters seem to be very obtuse this year. Don't make me come over there!
such_heights: clara oswald working on a computer (who: clara ftw!)
Wheeeee, another vid in the Aims vidding project has gone up!

[personal profile] purplefringe has made Never Look Away (Doctor Who, Eleven & Clara)

It's so perfect and beautiful. I think [personal profile] purplefringe has really outdone herself on this one - there's so much packed into every moment, lots of layers of narrative and symbolism and also their precious faces. It gives me MANY FEELINGS and it's really really pretty too.

I'm so so pleased with all of the Aims - they're all brilliant, and have a lovely range of sources, themes, and interpretations of the songs, plus a lot of focus on women. Just two more to go now! We're hoping to be able to show all of them as a Vidukon vid show which would be pretty awesome.

Speaking of - Vidukon! Is a thing, happening in Cardiff at the end of June, and if you like watching and talking about vids and can get yourself there you should definitely come. Create an account on the website to register, and even if you don't want to register just yet you can join in discussion about possible panel topics etc.

We'll also be accepting premieres whether you're attending the con or not (deadline: April 27th).

In additional con news, I'm going to doing some vidding content on the fanworks track at Nine Worlds this year, and am also chatting to some of the people at Worldcon about doing something similar with them as they're trying to get fanworks involved. So if you're doing the London con circuit this summer, come and watch some vids with me!
such_heights: the golden snitch (hp: snitch)
Taking a look back at all the prompts you gave me back in December - still lots of good ones I'd like to answer! And while I make no promises, do feel free to leave any other suggestions if you have them.

[personal profile] amaresu asked for most influential stories in your life, which is a lovely question.

I think that the worlds of Star Trek, Harry Potter and Doctor Who form a trio of stories that have mattered the most to me over the years. I was raised on Star Trek from birth, I read Philosopher's Stone at 7 and had to wait until I was 18 for Deathly Hallows to be released, and Doctor Who's return in 2005 instantly rekindled my love of sci fi and is a love that has lasted nearly a decade now.

Although they're three very different kinds of franchises with different philosophies and goals, I think there are a few common themes connecting them which say a lot about the things I tend to look for in fiction. Found family, heroism, good vs. evil, exploring strange new worlds, finding yourself, trying to work out what it means to be a good person. They're ultimately optimistic about the human condition, regularly with a sense of silliness and whimsy, and all provide instant happy places for me. <3
such_heights: tony trying to wind bruce up (avengers: tony/bruce [pointy things])
What I've read

I think my most major recent read has been a piece of Downton Abbey/Avengers crossover fic in which Thomas Barrow is transported to modern times and becomes Tony Stark's butler. Which is one of those things that seems ridiculous at first glance but the author completely sells it to you, and 87k later you're entirely on board.

(I've barely watched Downton! I really don't care much for Thomas! *hands*)

Tony Stark Meets an Extremely Unimpressed Time Traveler, or, Thomas Barrow Makes a Surprisingly Good 21st Century Butler (87671 words) by Alex51324
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Downton Abbey, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thomas Barrow/Tony Stark
Characters: Thomas Barrow, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Butlers, Crossover

In which Tony Stark ditches a boring party, makes an addition to the household staff, throws a much better party, and tries not to sexually harass his new butler.

Or,In which Thomas Barrow has a little trouble getting home from the pub, is generally unimpressed with many aspects of the 21st century, never thought of himself as a conservative dresser before, and may or may not be falling in lust with his new employer.

tl:dr: Thanks to time travel, Thomas Barrow becomes the Avengers' butler.

I enjoyed this immensely, I really did. Well worth the read if you've got a hankering to sit down with a long fic where a very deadpan butler is entirely unimpressed with the 21st century.

What I'm Reading

Trying very hard to actually finish some of the many books on my to-read list. Currently about a third of the way through Rosemary Kirstein's The Steerswoman, which is lovely. Lots of excellent female characters, road tripping, and a lot of great stuff on exploration and study and the scientific method.

What I'll Read Next

I have a mighty need to get hold of the new Black Widow and Ms. Marvel comics runs. \o/


Feb. 9th, 2014 03:15 pm
such_heights: stacker pentecost from pacific rim (film: stacker pentecost)
Vidders have been revealed at festivids! Thank you so so much to [personal profile] eruthros, [personal profile] leanwellback, [personal profile] kaydeefalls, [personal profile] shinyjenni and [personal profile] violace for my amazing gift vids, you're all really awesome. <333

I made Do My Thing (Bend It Like Beckham) and All Star (LEGO Lord of the Rings). Links go to vid posts with downloads etc. I had a blast doing them both.

such_heights: stacker pentecost from pacific rim (film: stacker pentecost)
So, um, I received five festivids this year? And they are all totally amazing and wonderful and I love them so much. Also I am doing the aw shucks foot scuff thing a lot because wow, that's a lot of vid! <3333

They are all flat out brilliant. Let me tell you about them.

9 to 5 (Lego Star Wars)
It's a tough life for a stormtrooper.

I laugh hysterically every time I watch this. It's a totally genius idea for a start - poor downtrodden stormtroopers! Their lives are hard! And it's brilliantly executed, so many hilarious lyric matches and a wonderful build until I hurt laughing by the end.

I Am The Rain (Brave)
There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.

Eeee, Merida! This is a wonderful character study that ties Merida's journey into the larger mythology of Brave's world and does some lovely intercutting between her and her mother at different ages. It's a gorgeous song choice, too, really atmospheric and fits the tone of the source wonderfully.

Learn To Fly (Brave)
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

This is a fantastic vid about Merida and Eleanor - I love the fact it's set to a song in Gaelic, and it gives me all the warm squishy feelings about this gorgeous mother daughter relationship. It makes the plot of the film really pop out and feel fresh and wonderful all over again.

King and Lionheart (Pacific Rim)
A vid about Mako, her relationships with Stacker and Raleigh, and also her face.

So I didn't actually put specific songs in my request but as it happened I've really wanted a Mako and Stacker vid to this song for ages! And oh this is perfect. They're both so brave and beautiful and love each other so muuuuuch. *sob* This is one of those vids that completely captures the source the way I see it, and it's so beautifully edited too.

Soon Love Soon (Cloud Atlas)
We will know that to be a part is to be truly whole.

The person who made this vid plays DIRTY, man. Cloud Atlas was quite a formative book for me when it came out, and the film tapped into that in a big way. This vid captures all the things I love best about the story and then sets it to Vienna Teng, so obviously makes me cry and cry. In a great way! I just have all these feelings about all these characters! I love the way this vid draws out so many parallels between the different stories, and there are several moments that take my breath away.

In short, all highly recommended! Do give the vidders some love if you enjoyed any of these.

I made two vids for festivids this year, if anyone has any guesses. I can offer no prize but the vindication of being right!


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