such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (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: willow and tara holding hands and doing magic (btvs: willow/tara)
Hi everyone! It's been a bit quiet around here lately because I've been doing All The Things and not had huge amounts of spare time. This has resulted in both brain and body clumsiness in that I've just sent three emails to vidukon VJs where really there should have been one, and also I've already had two major pratfalls this week and sustained an exciting array of minor injuries. So, um. I'm on top of everything I swear!

Anyway, I break radio silence to bring your attention to two points:

Point the first being Vidukon! If you're thinking of coming now's a great time to signup - registration prices increase on March 17th. And if you're submitting a premiere the deadline for that is March 31st.

Also relating to Vidukon, [personal profile] purplefringe and I are in the final stages of putting together our Teams vidshow and are looking for a few extra vids as possibilities. Does anyone have recs for vids that focus on teams (ie not just ensembles but the relationships in the group) in the following fandoms: Star Trek (any), Buffyverse, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Lord of the Rings. We have lots of choose from already in lots of fandoms, but the more the merrier.

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Point the second - some of you may recall me previously mentioning an awesome queer feminist burlesque & cabaret collective called Lashings of Ginger Beer Time. Well, a few months ago I joined them, and we are currently in the process of getting together a show to take to the Edinburgh Festival. In order to fund this, we're selling lots of awesome swag - as a Lashings fan far longer than a performer, I feel pretty confident in saying that the show's going to be awesome, as is the merchandise and media available to purchase!

Following the success of our first panto, Cinderella, we want to take our brand-spanking-new pantomime, Fanny Whittington, all the way up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! That's right, folks. Soon, you will be able to enjoy all of Lashings' own brand of comedy, politics and malfunctioning props in panto form once more. Expect an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows, tears and laughter, songs and silliness as we follow young Fanny and her pet rat, Basil, navigating their way through love, exploitation and possible puppetry.


Available swag includes zines, cookbooks, music, DVDs, tickets, and much more! And spreading the word to other interested parties is also hugely appreciated. :D
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (a:tla: group hugs!)
Oh internets, I am ill! I have been moping around with a bad cold all week and I still feel rubbish and sorry for myself. Happily, I have nowhere to be this weekend and plan to spend lots of it doing not very much.

Given my current state of malaise, I am very much in the mood for some h/c fanworks, but like, the kind where the initial hurt is minor illness/temporary injury and the comfort is in the form of soup and tea and mopping fevered brows, that sort of thing. Also anything that involves naps, h/c or no. Other acceptable topics include huddling for warmth, also snuggling.

Rory making Amy chicken soup, that time Troy and Abed looked after Annie when she sprained her ankle, Team Avatar all cuddled up under one big blanket, etc etc.

Any medium, any of my past or present fandoms - feel free to throw in fandoms I don't know if you like, for the benefit of anyone browsing the comments, and self-reccing is encouraged!

(And, you know, if anyone feels inspired to make a flash fanwork in response to my plea, DON'T LET ME STOP YOU. *g* Hugs and soup for all!)
such_heights: martha looking down, shining (who: martha)
So I'm organising some files and such to get a vid project ticking away in the background for later this summer, and I am in search of source! Specifically, I am thinking of making a multi-fandom vid about doppelgangers and clones etc for my 'mirrors and doubles' [community profile] kink_bingo square. Originally I was going to keep it in Doctor Who, but really, this is one of my faaaaavourite tropes, so why stick to just one show?

Source already on my radar:

- Battlestar Galactica
- Buffy
- Doctor Who
- Farscape
- Fringe
- Sarah Connor Chronicles
- Stargate Atlantis
- The Vampire Diaries

Star Trek too, but I can only think of the Mirror!verse episodes in TOS and DS9 and am probably missing other examples.

So! I am looking for footage that has doppelgangers/clones/evil twins/parallel universe selves/robot copies/holographic projects/any other variants I can't think of interacting with their original selves. Any show/film, any genre, though I will probably lean more towards more fannish media. Bonus points for canonical instances of characters hitting on themselves (thank you in advance for your services to this cause, mirrorverse!Kira!).
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (fandom: vidding)
So I have had this problem with Final Cut for a few months where if I use the Export as Quicktime conversion --> export as divx option, it repeats a random snippet of the music right at the end of the vid, i.e., the song will fade out and there'll be a one note blast right at the end.

I have previously had two workarounds with this - either just open up the file in Streamclip once I'm done and rexport as an avi with the last second or so cut off, or export from Final Cut as a huge quicktime movie -- where there's no audio problem -- and rexport as an avi from Streamclip.

However! For my current project this isn't working, because however I export from Streamclip, some sections of it come up all pixellated and unpleasant. So now I am trying to figure out why Final Cut does this in the first place, but am drawing blanks. Anyone got any suggestions?
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: van gogh [starry night])
Hi all,

Am looking for resources for a couple of friends of mine, and was wondering if any of you have some links/suggestions off the top of your head!

1. I am looking for novels that feature positive portrayals of women who aren't thin.

2. I am looking for resources to help someone who's currently in a pretty bad pit of depression but having trouble articulating that and reaching out. That sounds all too familiar to me, but I don't recommend my own strategy of going and going until you snap. Anything about first reaching out for professional support or recognising that's what happening is an illness and not a moral failing would be most welcome.

♥!
such_heights: kahlan touches cara's arm (lots: kahlan/cara [comfort])
[community profile] femslash10 sign-ups are open for business! Sign up at dreamwidth or livejournal. Lovely.

So, stealing this wholesale off [personal profile] netgirl_y2k: Give me any femslash pairing and I will write you a ficlet or drabble for it.

Also! A question I have been meaning to ask: does anyone have any femslash recs? Specifically, long ones with happy endings. I have a hankering to sink my teeth into a nice drawn out relationship story. I'll take any fandom if I don't need to know much about the canon to understand the story.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (skins: emily/naomi)
So, the VVC organisers have had a moment of madness and given me a vidshow to run. I am going to need your help!

The vidshow is We're Here, We're Queer, and it's pretty much what it says on the tin: vids that are focused on canonically LGBT/queer/trans* characters. Opened up to gen, het, slash, poly, angst, drama, comedy, in fandoms big and small, hopefully there will be a bit of everything!

Friends, lend me your recs in any and all fandoms - Saving Face, Transamerica, Skins, Queer as Folk, Torchwood, The L Word, Grey's Anatomy, Buffy, Ugly Betty, RPF fandoms, anywhere there are queer people! Extra bonus points for people who can point me towards vids focused on queer non-white characters and on genderqueer/trans* characters.

Please feel encouraged to nominate your own vids, and also, should you happen to feel inspired by the theme and think you could make a vid by June 1st, having a premiere or two would be pretty awesome. Official-ish forms will be up on the VVC website shortly, but in the meantime, rec me things! :D

Also, I would seriously love to hear any and all advice on VJing and vidshows at cons from both VJers and audiences, given that I have never attended one much less organised one before!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (fandom: vidding)
eta: solved by the heroic [personal profile] thingswithwings

So, I vid on a Mac with MPEG Streamclip for the clip-making and Final Cut Express for the vidding, and I am having some trouble! I used to make .mov clips to import in FCE, but then I was informed that .dv files were much nicer, so I tried that. Except they are all jerky and I know not why!

Here is what I'm doing right now: cut for tech babble )

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