such_heights: korra looking up at the sky (avatar: korra [hopeful])
Masterlist here.

I have three splendid vids made for me, I am so lucky! They're all super great. Thank you, secret festividders!

I have two for the 1996 Matilda film:

Jack the Giant Killer is a fantastically badass vid about Matilda using her powers to fuck shit up and fight against injustice.

Walking on Sunshine is an adorable vid about Matilda and Miss Honey that gives me MANY FEELINGS.

And then, beautifully, I have a vid for Pokémon GO! 500 Miles is a beautiful tribute to this weird and glorious phenomenon.
such_heights: eleven outside the TARDIS looking up at the snow (who: eleven [snow])
[personal profile] purplefringe made a vid about the Doctor Who Christmas specials, not quite in time for Christmas but in time for a burst of mid-January light. It gives me all the feelings in the whole world.

Halfway Out Of The Dark
Don't forget, I love, I love, I love you

It's like being wrapped up in a warm blanket for a few minutes, and I know I really needed that today.
such_heights: silhouette of eliza hamilton from the broadway musical (h: eliza [shadow])
Some icons for my current obsession, the Broadway musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hamilton is a hip-hop musical about the USA founding father Alexander Hamilton starring an almost entirely non-white cast that is incredibly smart, funny, sincere and emotionally affecting. As [personal profile] happydork can attest, I've been listening to it non-stop for a week. It's available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime and iTunes, probably others also. This is a short video of some of the performance, which is also helpful for matching faces to voices.

Here are so quote icons, some icons using the artwork from the lyrics booklet, some from production stills from a range of sources.

preview:


36 icons )

And while I'm here, I laughed really a lot at this modern AU Hamilton fic (yes, that concept breaks my brain a bit too):

every day is a gift that's why they call it the present (4870 words) by screamlet
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda, American Revolution RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander Hamilton/Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton/Angelica Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton/John Laurens, Alexander Hamilton & George Washington
Characters: Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler, Angelica Schuyler, John Laurens, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, Hercules Mulligan, James Madison, George III of the United Kingdom
Additional Tags: Ensemble Cast, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Dialogue Heavy, Bisexuality, Everyone Is Alive, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies
such_heights: amy pond in her wedding dress (who: amy [wedding])
Wow, I have barely updated since I started my new job. Turns out it's quite hard to get back into the swing of 9-5 after being out of work for two months, who knew.

I have managed to watch some of the great vids being posted recently though, so here have some recs.

MCU:
Zero by [personal profile] sweetestdrain (Natasha)
This is a brilliant look at Natasha over all the films so far, covering her central role in the story and how she's the one who assembled the Avengers.

1941 by [personal profile] rhoboat (Peggy)
Great song choice, great editing, great series overview. Peggy! \o/

I Lived by [personal profile] flummery (Steve/Peggy)
*ugly crying* their love is so tragic. sob. But really this is actually wonderfully optimistic in tone, because both of them are living the heck out of their lives even though they're apart. The bittersweet tinge is a punch in the gut though.

Korra, Sense8, Doctor Who, Mad Max: Fury Road

Landsailor by [personal profile] skygiants (Legend of Korra, Jinora)
A really beautiful overview of Jinora's arc and all the themes therein.

Breathe Me by [personal profile] butterfly (Sense8, ensemble)
Ahhhh my heart. I love this cluster so muuch, beloved darlings.

Survivor by [personal profile] odessie (Doctor Who, multi era)
This is the BEST. It is what my heart is made of. Companions having wonderful post-Doctor lives and being friends and being amazing. It's beautifully structured, every time a new character was introduced I shrieked a little bit.

Na Na Na by [personal profile] violace (Mad Max: Fury Road)
THIS IS SO AWESOME. Inspired song choice and a fantastic whirlwind ride through this film. I have watched it many times and I love it.

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Today we got sent the draft script for our ceremony from the registrar, and it's my hen night this weekend, and our flat is covered in RSVP cards and robots and the constituent parts of centrepieces, all of which leads me to conclude that time has gone past inordinately quickly and I am in fact marrying [personal profile] happydork in two and a bit weeks.

Which is tremendously exciting, and also a little bit surreal. But then I sneak a peek at our wedding rings, or remember awesome little things we have planned for the day, and actually it's all totally great.

Also, this is late notice, but we haven't actually started putting together the decorations yet, and if you would like to contribute, you can decorate one of these awesome robots and send it to us, digitally or physically. If we have it on Friday 11th it'll go up in the hall, and if we have it this weekend it might also be included in something else we're planning. <3

Festivids!

Feb. 3rd, 2015 12:12 pm
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: karen [light])
I have been rolling around in wonderful vids for the past few days, it's amazing.

First of all, I must heartily recommend the vids (4! 4 vids! I am spoiled rotten!) made for me:

Let's Get Mischievous (LEGO Marvel Superheroes)
This is so charming and fun. It focuses on the villains from the game, masterminded by Dr Doom, and they are goofy and fabulous. It's beautifully timed to a perfect song choice - pretty sure that 'I'm feeling devious, you're looking glamorous, let's get mischievous, and polyamorous' is my new life motto. If you've always wanted to see Mystique and Dr Doom and Loki and Dr Octopus team up in glorious LEGO format, now's your chance!

Beth Yw'r Haf I Mi (Maleficent)
Oh, my heart. This is really beautiful. I love the range of vids there are for Maleficent this year, from big and bombastic to this quiet, intimate look at Maleficent and Aurora and the parallels between them. <3

The Writer (Not Another Happy Ending)
So Not Another Happy Ending is a Scottish indie film that Karen Gillan did a couple of years ago. It's a fun enough film, but it is a bit marred by two pretty annoying love interests that take up a lot of screentime and are very boring. But! By far the best bit of the film is that as Gillan's character struggles with writing her next novel, she suddenly finds that her heroine has come to life and starting following her around. This vid is about that bit and is amazing. It uses all the loveliness of the Edinburgh setting and Karen Gillan's face to tell a gorgeous slightly fairytale story.

I Could Be (Selfie)
This is a vid about John Cho and Karen Gillan having stupid dorky beautiful faces at each other and is therefore PERFECT. There are also pratfalls and dramatic hair flips and amazing outfits and occasional FEELINGS and I love it to pieces.

Other vids I've enjoyed so far (still have lots to watch!):

Gone Tech (Almost Human) Karl Urban has a hot robot boyfriend
I am what I am and Kinky Neighbours (Batman 1966) - having just rewatched The Dark Knight over the weekend, these two were the most wonderfully kinky, fabulous anecdote.
Dynamite (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) Team feels and comedy hijinx, the perfect B99 vid. :D
Hard Way Home (Cloudburst) This vid about an ageing lesbian couple is funny and sweet and delightful and I must check out the film ASAP.
Silent Fandoms (Festivids) A fascinating, meta look at how and why we vid and our relationships with small fandoms.
Through the Deep, Dark Wood (How to Get Away With Murder) an intense, awesome look at Wes and Annalise.
All I Want (Life of Pi) Beautiful film, beautiful vid.
Shake It Off (Maleficent) Not at all what I was expecting for the collection of vids for this film, and I love it. The editing is really fun with all the zooms and jump cuts, too.
Afterlife (The Middleman) I need to watch this show already, it is known. In the meantime, all aboard the adorable Wendy/Lacey train.
Infinite (The Perks of Being A Wallflower) I haven't seen the film and I loved this vid. It doesn't let up in flow or emotion for over 5 minutes which I find very impressive.
I'll be there for you (Pit Bulls and Parolees) PUPPIES. *ugly crying*
Moves Like Yaweh (Prince of Egypt) Come for the amazing pun in the title, stay for the dynamic cutting of one of my favourite childhood films.
Grow Old With Me (Six Feet Under) Gorgeous ship vid for David and Keith.

I made three vids for this year's round. I don't feel like it's much of a giveaway to say that they're all about people with good faces who love each other. There may be a prize if you can guess all three!
such_heights: iron man in the sky (mcu: iron man [powered up])
I am super into [personal profile] thuviaptarth's latest vid right now.

Repetition
Summary: Engineering is a process of iterative development.

This is a really stylish, cool vid, with a great song choice and some fantastic editing, which is all the icing on a delicious cake of feels. It's about how Tony works and improves and tries and fails and tries again, both with the suits and with people - his relationships with Rhodey and Pepper are beautifully foregrounded, which delights me.
such_heights: pepper in profile in an office (mcu: pepper potts [corporate spy])
I've done a bunch of vidshows at cons lately! Please find the playlists below for Nine Worlds and the first of two vidshows I'm doing at Worldcon.

Doctor Who vidshow, Thursday night

playlist )

The Last Year in Vids, Friday night

playlist )

Types of Vids, Loncon, Saturday

playlist )
such_heights: pepper in profile in an office (mcu: pepper potts [corporate spy])
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: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (mcu: 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: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (mcu: 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
Summary:

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
Summary:

"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
Summary:

Missing scenes from the movie. Spoilers!



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


more recs on my pinboard
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (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: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (mcu: 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
Summary:

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/
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!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: amy [giggle])
+ Yesterday I had the great pleasure of going to the wedding of [personal profile] carawj and [personal profile] cosmic_llin. It was completely wonderful - the brides were radiant, everyone had a fantastic time, and I'm so thrilled for both of them. <3

+ In the hope that this will somehow kick my writing ability back into gear (I used to be able to do this I swear! I don't know what happened! *sob*) I have signed up for [community profile] fan_byproducts, a Welcome to Night Vale fic + art exchange. I believe sign ups close today, so get on that if you would like to join in!

+ I really, really enjoy Welcome to Night Vale, by the by. And Jasika Nicole's guest turn on the most recent episode was everything I've ever wanted. *_*

+ There are so many wonderful things being posted up at [community profile] eleventyfest. I haven't had a chance to sit down properly with them all yet, but I am a very happy mod. In particular, I got a story especially for me and I LOVE IT:

Ordinary Human Days (4035 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleventh Doctor/Amy Pond/Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Additional Tags: Recreational Drug Use
Summary:

This time with Amy and Rory was going to be different.



POOOOOONDS! Set during The Power of Three, this is suitably ridiculous and delightful OT3 wonderfulness with bonus River, and oh gosh it is everything I want for these idiots. <3
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: amy [squee])
We have started posting over at [community profile] eleventyfest! Follow along for two weeks of Doctor Who Eleven-era fanworks. We have started with:

VID: You're No God (Eleven/River) and FIC: Of Time And Space (Amy/Rory, Eleven/River, Eleven/Amy).

\o/ Running fests is the best way to get a bunch of people to make stuff relevant to your interests.

+

Also, hi internet! August was busy but I'm back now! I only just realised how little I posted over the last month, but with the nights drawing in I suspect I'll be back to old habits soon.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (mcu: steve [suit up])
Today is a very important day in the United States. That is, Steve Rogers' birthday.

I plan to commemorate the occasion by rereading [livejournal.com profile] kroki_refur's adorable Independence Day (Avengers MCU, gen), in which Tony Stark is unable to accept that Captain America's birthday is actually the fourth of July, what the fuck.

Anyone else got fanworks on the subject of Steve and birthdays? Or, you know, want to make some in the comments? :D

(STEEEEVE! ♥)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: books)
[Step 1: find brain twin, consume all the same media
Step 2: teach brain twin to vid, watch as she becomes amazing at it with frightening speed
Step 3: PROFIT]

Puncture Repair by [personal profile] purplefringe (Elementary, Holmes & Watson)
I leaned on you today (and I have promises to keep)

Spoilers for all of S1.

MY EMOOOOOTIONS. Oh god it's so beautiful. EVERY HOLMES NEEDS A WATSON. *sob* Thanks, buddy, for staying up until stupid o'clock on multiple nights just to make this for me. :D
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: kitten [bowties are cool])
Rec: The Greek Scientist by [personal profile] calvinahobbes (Elementary, gen)

"Watson!" he exclaimed. "It's a baby!" He rushed forward to scoop the carrier into his arms. "Why on earth didn't you pick it up?"

JOAN AND SHERLOCK AND A BAAAAAABY OMG. <3333

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[personal profile] jjhunter is hosting another round of the Words and Deeds love meme. I threw my name in here.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (sga: team field)
Okay, I'm going to try and post this, and then some notes from my panel, and then maybe a con report if I get time?! But ahhh I need to pack for Wiscon, two cons on two continents in two weeks seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Anyway! Playlists under the cut for the three shows I helped put together at this year's Vidukon: Sweet Dreams, Go Team!, and Festivids.

Sweet Dreams )

Go Team! )

Festivids )
such_heights: karen looking delighted with her amy pond action figure (who: karen [action figure])
BEST DAY OF THE YEAR TBH.

192 vids are here for your perusal in loads of different rare fandoms and omgggg what glorious bounty I'm so excited.

And the magic of festivids has brought me three whole vids, eee! They are all wonderful - festivdders, THANK YOU! You collectively made me shriek and beam until my face hurt and then I fell over onto [personal profile] purplefringe, so, you know, good haul.

THEY ARE *drumroll*

Just A Girl (Discworld, Susan)

Come And Find Me (Imagine Me & You)

I've Just Seen A Face (We'll Take Manhattan)

They're all amazing, lovely vids about awesome women with REALLY GOOD FACES, from the badass Susan Sto Helit to the adorableface Luce/Rachel to Karen Gillan's Jean Shrimpton sixties biopic and I LOVE THEM A LOT.

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