such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: morgana back)
Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2010-09-24 01:19 am
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Vidlet: Backseat (Merlin, episodic)

Backseat
fandom: Merlin
characters: Gwen, Morgana, Merlin, Arthur
music: Carina Round - Backseat
length: 2:00
summary: We were born into the wrong time. Episodic for 3x01/3x02, no further spoilers.
notes: Thanks to [personal profile] avendya for her usual beta magic, and to [personal profile] wanderlight for the song, which I cut ruthlessly.

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lyrics:

It should be forever
God told me
We're born into the wrong time
(Whatever you're doing, I'm there with you)
(God bless you)
(Whatever I'm doing, you're here with me)
(God bless you)
netgirl_y2k: (Default)

[personal profile] netgirl_y2k 2010-09-24 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
One of these days I will come up with something more articulate to say about your vids than: this is gorgeous.

But, you know, it is gorgeous.
gorgeousnerd: The back of Korra from the <i>Avatar: The Legend of Korra</i> preview image. (Korra.)

[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2010-09-24 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
See, this is how the show should've covered it. But I'm not too upset they didn't, since you did an amazing job.
gorgeousnerd: (Ariadne.)

[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2010-09-26 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Me too. The mere existence of Gwen means my hope'll probably never disappear.
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[personal profile] wanderlight 2010-09-24 08:50 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, Amy, Amy, AMY.

I am sobbing. That's not even an exaggeration -- it's not just a few tears, I am sobbing all over my desk, Kleenex was required. I love what you did with the song, and I am never going to be able to listen to it again without thinking of this.

I don't even know what to say. The editing here is just perfect. I have to admit: I haven't even watched 3.02 yet, I'm afraid to, because 3.01 broke my heart so badly already. I feel like the show that took me to my warm, happy place is completely gone -- the relationships I loved so much are being fractured -- and I knew it was inevitable but it still hurts. And this captured all of that so, so perfectly. So thank you for this, love. ♥ ♥ ♥
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[personal profile] wanderlight 2010-09-24 08:54 am (UTC)(link)
... So yeah, cried even harder the second time I watched it. I am going to drum up the courage to watch 3.02 sometime tomorrow, and then report back again with proper Observations. *nods*
jeeps: (merlin ♡ the power to be powerful)

[personal profile] jeeps 2010-09-24 10:53 am (UTC)(link)
oh. :( absolutely lovely.
fiercynn: Morgana comforting Gwen [from Merlin] (seer&queen)

[personal profile] fiercynn 2010-09-24 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
ohhh, okay, I think I need to save this as incentive for me to do some of the hundreds of VERY PRODUCTIVE things I need to do today? Downloading, back with thoughts after I have BEEN PRODUCTIVE. Or something.
fiercynn: Isabella with a sword [from Galavant] (OT4!)

[personal profile] fiercynn 2010-09-24 09:27 pm (UTC)(link)
AUGH. This gorgeous and heartbreaking and OH, KIDS. I miss my happy OT4 so much, but if tragic OT4 can always be like this, well. ♥
metonomia: (Merlin)

[personal profile] metonomia 2010-09-24 05:45 pm (UTC)(link)
dakjeioheti this is perfection, omg. The way the vid builds with the music, these poor amazing kids! I love this so so much.
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[personal profile] giandujakiss 2010-09-24 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
That was really gorgeous - I love the way you build with the music.

BTW, the streaming doesn't work, at least for me - vidders.net has a thing where they have to approve videos now, and it looks like yours hasn't been approved yet, so I can't see it. You may want to try Viddler or Blip instead.

[personal profile] ella_bane 2010-09-24 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely, lovely, lovely. <3 You are an excellent vid maker. Thank you!

[personal profile] ella_bane 2010-09-24 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
So, I watched it again, and I'm sad all over again that Merlin never told her. Gaius was so, so wrong. *cries*

[personal profile] ella_bane 2010-09-25 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
And again I'm responding because I couldn't stop thinking about it. I left you a rec (http://ella-bane.livejournal.com/97327.html) on my lj. Forgive my comment clutter, please!
merisunshine36: (gwen and morgana)

[personal profile] merisunshine36 2010-09-24 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Seeing this pop up made my day. Your editing skills are spot on, and this was a wonderful song choice for the beginning of S3!
Edited 2010-09-24 23:21 (UTC)
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (hug)

[personal profile] swatkat 2010-09-25 08:45 am (UTC)(link)
God, this is beautiful and heartbreaking.

[identity profile] amelia-petkova.livejournal.com 2010-09-25 02:35 pm (UTC)(link)
First time commenting here, though I've been watching your vids for a bit already. This one is just...waah! So much of that tragedy being just because people refused to talk to each other.

[personal profile] melusinahp 2010-09-25 05:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Your vids always break me to pieces and then make me spend hours thinking.

Really wonderful.
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[personal profile] ender24 2010-09-25 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)
this was so very beautiful!
emeraldsword: Morgana in purple (morgana in purple)

[personal profile] emeraldsword 2010-09-25 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
beautifully done.
briar_pipe: Arthur in armor with Morgana watching (Arthur & Morgana)

[personal profile] briar_pipe 2010-09-27 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
I'm actually not allowed to tell you how awesome it is that you made this vid right now, but in about 2 weeks I'll let you know. YOU'LL HEAR ME SQUEE FROM THE RAFTERS, OKAY?
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[personal profile] sol_se 2010-09-28 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
This is absolutely gorgeous!!
vahinkoelain: A picture of Morgana LeFay, played by Katie McGrath (vaaleansininen Morgana)

[personal profile] vahinkoelain 2010-10-03 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a sniffling mess. Your videos really make me feel, and somehow they often resonate with my personal thoughts in a way that's, how to say, beyond this or that particular fandom.

I sort of interpreted this vid in two ways. First: You show clips of Merlin and Arthur together when the singer goes "It should be forever", and after that, of Morgana and Morgause when the lyrics repeat. I ship both of those pairings, and it seems like the show does not have a happy ending in store for either of them.

There's this absolutely heartbreaking knowledge that things could have gone differently for them. They could have been happy, somewhere else, in some other time. All these people could have been so much happier. Even if Gwen gets her fairytale ending with Arthur in canon, there will still have been needless sorrow in her life. I feel very sorry for them all.

The thought that somewhere, we could have have been happy, is also something that haunts me personally.

My second interpretation, and the way it makes a bit more sense - because you probably intended it that way - is to view it as a re-telling of episodes 1 & 2. Viewed this way, it becomes Morgana's story. I love how much you show her expressions. It caught my attention, that at 0:23, Morgana's face shows for a bit before Arthur sits down, somehow making me think of a causal effect (without Morgana, Arthur wouldn't have to be making these big decisions). I'm not sure if it's intentional though, because it shows for such a short time. But all the others clips together give me the feeling that this is about Morgana, what her actions have caused and what were the causes behind her actions and how she is affecting everyone.

(And now I'll give a slightly melancholic cheer for the fact that at least S3 has given her some agency!)

The part from 01:15 to 01:30 is very poignant. It is what probably everybody feels on the subject of Merlin's actions toward Morgana and self-fulfilling prophecies, put into amazingly beautiful audiovisual form. It expresses the things I could have written a 1000+ words rant about, and does it elegantly and succintly. You deserve a trophy for that.

PS. I could probably write a whole essay on the things that your vid made me think of, and that's a compliment! And, err, it seems like I already wrote over 400 words. But since I've actually put off commenting on one of your older vids because the comment just kept on growing and growing, I think it'll be nicer to you if I restrain myself to these little medium-sized at least not huge observations.

[identity profile] tearful-eye.livejournal.com 2010-11-07 06:47 pm (UTC)(link)
ow, my heart. *sniffles*
this is too gorgeous <3

(Anonymous) 2010-11-09 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
ah this is so good! You do the show better than the show.

[personal profile] kirinin 2010-12-11 08:17 pm (UTC)(link)
You do a much better job than the show of making Morgana's departure from the canon team seem a tragedy rather than an inevitability.

The cuts with Morgana pulling Merlin into the alcove? Wow.

-K
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[personal profile] legoline 2011-04-20 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, this was beautiful. The way more and more voices joined in and how thus the song became more powerful, and that effect even emphasized by the chosen scenes...gave me chills.