zeborah: Vuvuzela concert: This is serious art. (art)
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First off, if you haven't seen the literal video version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, you need to do that, it's probably the classic of the genre. Here, let me make it easy:

(In case you wondered, Sony don't understand the concept of "parody" so got the original taken down; the reframing with the cat means it's not automatically discovered so has been able to stay up longer in most countries.)

Now my fanvid:
Literal Eclipse of the Heart
Lead Vocals: PersephoneMaewyn
Lyrics / Vocals / Editing: dascottjr
Music: Jim Steinman
Video: from Doctor Who (New Who) seasons 1-6
Vidder: Zeborah
Summary: A literal fanvid of the literal video version of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. My meta, let me show you it.

Download: Download link at my fanvid master post; YouTube embed follows (captions available)

At some point my sister came up with the idea of doing a literal fanvid, taking clips that literally matched a song's lyrics for the lolz. I loved the idea, but also had seen too many fanvids that... well, literally matched a song's lyrics but merely managed to be fairly incompetent, and I wasn't confident enough of my ability to make it clear that the lolz were on purpose instead of accidental. But then I came up with the idea of doing a literal fanvid of a literal music video.

I wanted some kind of un-narrative going through it so decided to have the Doctor illustrating all the lyrics sung by PersephoneMaewyn (or Bonnie Tyler in the original) and various Companions illustrating the others. I genderswitched large chunks of stuff accordingly. There were a couple of exceptions -- "strip football and surprise mirror" because especially for the first I couldn't think of a comparable Companion clip, and "I think I lost a contact lens" because, though Amy's tear while talking with Van Gogh would have worked, I personally find the Doctor's "happy crying" tear much more mockworthy.

"Ringo Starr" was tricky. I was tossing up getting a shot of something like a ringed star instead, eg the swirl of stuff falling into the black hole in that episode with the stuff falling into the black hole. Ehh, still dunno.

The whole dove motif drove me up the wall because I've got a very clear image in my mind of a woman in red robes flinging a dove into the air. After thorough searching, I'm forced to conclude that I made this image entirely up. :-( For a replacement I pondered the chickens from Venice, but then it occurred to me that the banana in Doctor Who gets used (to get all academic about it) as a symbol of the Doctor's commitment to non-violence, so that's kind of like a dove, right? Alas, no matter what one does with these lines they're never going to match the brilliance of the lyrics.

There's other bits and pieces I could tweak, but one could tweak forever, so.

Technical notes I need to remember:
* Bluescreening the title clip is not nearly as successful as one might like; I resorted to iMovie's 'music video' title instead even though it doesn't go very far across the screen.
* Exported from iMovie as .ogg (with Perian installed) then converted to .avi at 2000 kbit/sec, 960x544. 1000 or 1500kbit/sec seems fine with most clips but pixellates the time vortex horribly.
* I need to find an easier way of creating/editing captions.

Date: 2012-01-03 02:32 am (UTC)
aquaeri: My nose is being washed by my cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] aquaeri
That was astoundingly silly, but I gather that was the point.

Love it.

Date: 2012-01-05 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kevinmarks.com
I think this even trumps the Star Trek "You're So Vain", which has been a favourite for years.

Love it.

Date: 2012-01-05 07:03 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think this even trumps the Star Trek "You're So Vain", which has been a favourite for years.

Date: 2012-01-05 09:35 pm (UTC)
thette: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thette
I'm laughing so hard I cry. Linking to this!


Date: 2012-01-05 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just outstanding

Date: 2012-01-06 09:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] develish1
just thought I'd let you know that one of my friends has been posting this all over the place today, and I've watched it 3 or 4 times already, and I love it! wanted to be sure you knew :)

Date: 2012-01-09 09:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Great Video

SBI Productions


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