such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)
Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2011-05-28 01:43 pm

VID: Antebellum (Merlin, Gwen/Morgana)

Antebellum
edited by [personal profile] such_heights
fandom: Merlin
ship: Gwen/Morgana
music: Antebellum (live) - Vienna Teng & Alex Wong
content notes: none
summary: I know our antebellum innocence was never meant to see the light of our armistice day.
notes: Premiered last night at the [community profile] wiscon_vidparty - thanks to [personal profile] skud and [personal profile] were_duck for hosting it, and to [personal profile] woldy for the beta. Spoilers through all three seasons.
download: here (36MB .avi direct download) | subtitle .srt

additional notes: oh, girls. They really broke my heart. This vid is partly me metaphorically rending my garments and going 'whyyy? they were so beautiful!', but also an attempt to present a more sympathetic and complicated story of these two intelligent, powerful women who find themselves on opposing sides than we really saw in the show itself.

stream with subtitles

stream without subtitles:

password: antebellum

Untitled from such heights on Vimeo.



lyrics:

In the fall
We circle through the leaves
And talk about the little ones
And we smile, but never say too much
The moment always vanishing
One by one the neighbors' lights come on
Our October day is almost gone

I know the border lines we drew between us
Keep the weapons down
Keep the wounded safe
I know our antebellum innocence
Was never meant to see the light of our armistice day

In the spring
We climbed the rolling hills
And talked about our budding plans.
And we smiled
Our faces like a mirror
Showing us our secret sides
But then the fights
The sharp words splintering the night
How I couldn't be what you'd need
But oh how I could make you bleed

I know the border lines we drew between us
Keep the weapons down
Keep the wounded safe
I know our antebellum innocence
Was never meant to see the light of our armistice
But how much would I give to have it back again
How much did we lose
To live this way

You'll go home
I'll stay here
Seasons keep on marching
I'll stay here
You'll go home
With only strangers watching
fly_to_dawn: (Merlin; Gwen/Morgana spinny hugs)

[personal profile] fly_to_dawn 2011-05-28 12:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh god, I can't - oh Amy, what have you done to me. ALL THE TEARS.

brb when I have stopped sobbing
rhivolution: Gwen and Morgana from BBC Merlin, giving each other a sidelong look (grace to the strong: Gwen/Morgana)

[personal profile] rhivolution 2011-05-28 01:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh goddddddd. [wibbles so much] Lovely work.
netgirl_y2k: (Default)

[personal profile] netgirl_y2k 2011-05-28 01:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I am kind of in awe of how you have managed to do better by their relationship in four and a half minutes than the show managed in thirteen episodes, and this why you are amazing.
were_duck: Ellen Ripley from Alien looking pensively to the right in her space helmet (Gwen and Morgana)

[personal profile] were_duck 2011-05-28 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Amy, this vid was even more gorgeous at the party! I so wish you could have been here <333 there was a collective sigh at the end. Beautiful beautiful heartbreaking work.
lorax: Gwen is the Once and Future Queen (Merlin - Gwen "Once & Future Queen")

[personal profile] lorax 2011-05-28 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh so pretty but so heartbreaking. Honestly, I think the way Gwen and Morgana's friendship was thrown aside so callously in the show was the thing that made me the saddest. This was a lovely look at them.
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)

[personal profile] trouble 2011-05-28 03:10 pm (UTC)(link)
:( I haven't watched Merlin past the first season so as far as I'm concerned Gwen & Morgana get married and are happily ruling Camelot. *sticks fingers in ears*

Seriously, this vid is beautiful and really evokes a lot of emotion. It's a lovely tale of their relationship, and I can see all the cracks in it. It makes me want to watch more so I can watch them.
glass_icarus: (merlin: morgana arches)

[personal profile] glass_icarus 2011-05-28 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
OW. &hearts I still haven't been able to watch past S2 (or even to finish S2 >.>), but oh, girls. ;_______________;
revolutionaryjo: (Hugs Tiem Nao)

[personal profile] revolutionaryjo 2011-05-28 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, my heart! This is excellent, well done.
gorgeousnerd: (Ariadne.)

[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2011-05-28 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Good thing I didn't need that heart for anything. *wibble* It was so pretty!
beccatoria: (Default)

[personal profile] beccatoria 2011-05-28 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely. I don't get as much of the story as I'd like, since I stopped watching the show, but it's tragic, and you make their faaaaaces so compelling. It makes me want to save them both and also makes me feel like it's too late for either.
miarrow: (Default)

[personal profile] miarrow 2011-05-28 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
The moment where Morgana looks at the mirror and the song goes: "I couldn't be what you'd need" Oh god TEARS! This is beautiful and way too awesome and sad and I wish the show hand't ruined so many things for me with these two. BECAUSE GOD WHY THEY WERE SO PERFECT! They deserved better. This vid is fantastic though.
tehlime: (Default)

[personal profile] tehlime 2011-05-28 10:38 pm (UTC)(link)
HERE, HAVE ALL OF MY TEARS. This is beautiful, Vienna is such a perfect fit for Merlin, and specifically for these two. You did a gorgeous job illustrating their relationship, giving it all the depth the show ignored. Thank you thank you thank you!
darlulu: (Default)

[personal profile] darlulu 2011-05-28 10:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh wow. This is amazing. It broke my heart all over again.
la_esmeralda: (Default)

[personal profile] la_esmeralda 2011-05-28 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
oh girls. This song is perfect, and you made my heart ache PIECES during that final segment, and why can't the show focus on this as sharply as your vid does, my goodness.
fitz_y: (morgana/gwen s3 gwen profile)

[personal profile] fitz_y 2011-05-29 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
omfg. that was so lovely and heartbreaking. oh, girls, they totally break my heart. i especially love how you ended it. what gorgeous, gorgeous work!
tardis_stowaway: (sad donna)

[personal profile] tardis_stowaway 2011-05-29 09:50 am (UTC)(link)
Oh goodness, that was wonderful. This song was already associated with Morgana to me due to a fanmix I DL'ed, and you've done a gorgeous job of using it to tell the story of these two women. This is going in my bookmarks for sure.

The way the show destroyed the bond between Gwen and Morgana broke my heart. Your vid is heartbreaking too, but in a much better way. The show heedlessly stomped on my heart with a boot on its way to somewhere else, but this vid broke it cleanly, like with a sharp sword. Their story becomes a tragedy, complete with potential for catharsis for the viewer.
sophinisba: Gwen's lips and Morgana's lips with gauzy fabric (gwen morgana lips by ravenclawbest)

[personal profile] sophinisba 2011-05-29 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh Amy, oh them. *cries and cries and cries* Beautiful job.
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (kara and laura)

[personal profile] chaila 2011-05-30 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Oh this is really nicely done. I don't watch the show but I love the song, and I know enough from fannish osmosis to know how much more depth you've given this relationship. There's a strong sense of them being on opposite sides, but each having their own reasons and perspective, and neither being wrong. There's sympathy for them both here, which is nicely conveyed.
kaydeefalls: gwen/morgana peer out of tent nervously (something wicked this way comes)

[personal profile] kaydeefalls 2011-05-30 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
Oh. This song has always been about this show, to me, and to see you expand upon Morgana and Gwen's relationship in particular...oh, girls. They break my heart.

[identity profile] essie007.livejournal.com 2011-05-30 07:48 am (UTC)(link)
Oh. Wow. That is just. This is incredible. I have no words. I'm going to go watch it a million more times. Maybe I'll have some words then.
tieleen: (Default)

[personal profile] tieleen 2011-05-30 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)
This is so gorgeous, and so evocative, even though I'm missing 80% of the context.

[personal profile] nixwilliams 2011-05-31 06:56 am (UTC)(link)
beautiful.
stardust_rain: (Default)

[personal profile] stardust_rain 2011-06-01 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
hnnnngg. So, so breathtakingly gorgeous. I love this so much, even if it just crushes me.

(I haven't watched past S2, so right now I'm sticking my fingers in my ears and applying Vienna Teng's "Recessional" to the girls.)

(Also, I love that you're vidding Vienna. She needs so much more love.)
jinian: (worms' meat)

[personal profile] jinian 2011-06-01 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
This one had me crying at the vid party, and I don't even watch the show (though, as someone said above, I have experienced the fannish osmosis). It's one of my very favorite songs, and you made a perfect visual for it. You may be glad to know that the sound at the party was great, too; I could hear Alex's vocal way better than I can on the computer I normally listen to the song on!
januar: woman looking to her right with a book in front of her (Default)

[personal profile] januar 2011-06-03 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, oh, oh. Oh, girls.

This is just lovely.

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