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12 March 2010 @ 09:31 am
New vid: "Lightning Field" (Legend of the Seeker)  

"I'll be everything I'm not." A Cara/Kahlan vid.

Length: 4:18
Fandom: Legend of the Seeker
Characters: Cara/Kahlan, with a bit of C/L and some R/K
Song/Artist: Sneaker Pimps
Spoilers through S2.12

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Hope you enjoy the vid. Please share your thoughts.
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Flameo, Hotman!: lots: i ship itswatkat24 on March 12th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful. God, the way Cara wants here. I love the progression of this - the beginning, where Cara sort of bursts into their life; the flowers/blood/white dress/red leather imagery; Cara watching over a sleeping Kahlan, hungry. Kahlan through her eyes is a sight to behold. ♥

I'm not competent enough to comment on the techinicalities, but I do love the motion in this one, and the seamless way everything blended together.
bradcpu: Kahlan lightningbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm totally in love with the way you describe the vid because what you're describing is exactly the way I was *hoping* people would see it: the wanting, the flow of the story, the flower/blood/red/white, the way she comes to see Kahlan... It's so satisfying and so rewarding to read this, seeing it through your eyes. Thank you so very much.
pixieladykuwdora on March 12th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
bradcpu: Kahlan rosebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Hee, thank you for your reassurance a few days ago. It really meant a lot. =)
meiou_setmeiou_set on March 12th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Epic vid is epic! I watched several fist season eps and was not impressed, but after this vid I think I might need to continue. I love this song and the epic quality of it worked fantastically with the footage. Wonderful stuff!
bradcpu: Confess mebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! I felt like I had to choose an especially dramatic, theatrical song because that's just how the relationship comes across.

Yes, the second season is an entirely different animal, imo. The first season found its stride at one point, but adding Cara in S2 totally changed the feel of the show. I've been telling all of my friends to start watching with either the season 2 premiere or even ep 3 of season 2, which was the first ep I saw and the one that hooked me on the show.
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bradcpu: C/K DEDbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's easy with such a gorgeous show and such a compelling relationship.
sazzy1972sazzy1972 on March 12th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, just wow! That vid is absolutely awesome - it had me gripped from start to finish. A lot of C/K vids focus on the action (and there's nothing wrong with that), but I loved the emotional undertone to this one and the music matched that perfectly. I don't thnk I can adequately describe how fabulous this video is, well done! (And I can't wait to see more from you)
bradcpu: Confess mebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm really flattered by your reaction - and thank you so much for the comment on You Tube as well! This one came from my heart, and it sounds like that shows.

You're right, there are a lot of really good C/K action vids out there. I just find the angst of this relationship so much more powerful. (Which is saying a lot! Cause two awesome women kicking arse? That's kinda powerful too.) But man... anytime Cara looks at Kahlan and cries... I just totally lose it. No joke.
alice: tv:seeker:sisterhood is hard to findnoblealice on March 12th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! That was amazing! I love your choice of clips and how you used Kahlan's dream to really emphasize the combination of red and white, Confessors and Mord'Sith, flowers and blood in the relationship of Kahlan and Cara.

I really liked the parallels you drew with Kahlan being held back and Cara being dragged away, how they both struggle at times with their lot in life and every time you used a clip of Young!Cara was fantastic.

The end with Cara staring at Kahlan through the fire is genius! I am going to watch this many times over.
bradcpubradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
You picked up on so much of what I was trying to weave into the imagery here. I think it's important to start from the foundation of Confessor and Mord'Sith if you're going to get to the heart of these two women's relationship and really feel the impact. So, yeah, incredibly reassuring to see you describe it this way.

Thank you so much(!) about the use of Young!Cara. To be honest, it was tough to not overuse her - and to wait until the proper time to introduce that parallel.

The end with Cara staring at Kahlan through the fire is genius!
Again, thank you! I was desperately hoping people wouldn't see that and think it looked too manipulated. As a visual/emotional device, it was just too tempting to pass up.

I know it's not the place for this, I know, but it's criminal that I haven't told you yet how much I enjoyed Diplomatic Solutions. ... A lot.
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Merry F: caraivanolix on March 12th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is an absolutely gorgeous video, and the meaning is rich all the way through. The pacing is incredible, and keeps the emotional tension present up till the very end. I love these two.
bradcpu: Kahlan rosebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I love these two as well, as you can probably tell. Their relationship is so interesting to explore. And I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the vid so much. Thank you for saying so!
feline paparatzzi: [lots] Cara hairfahrbotdrusilla on March 12th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
wow, Cara! Amazing and powerful vid.

bradcpu: C/K DEDbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! Really glad you liked it. Also, I love your icon.
~człowiek ciemny i mały~: Katherineciemny_i_maly on March 12th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was one amazing vid, especially that it could work perfectly as Cara's character study as well. Loved it.
bradcpu: Cara Mord'Sithbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I've always found it tough to separate 'ship studies from character studies because... I don't know. I always feel like I have to show *why* a person feels a certain way, you know? And to do that I have to get inside their head.
sarahdubya88: whiskey tango foxtrotsarahdubya88 on March 12th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
yay! epic video is EPIC! I love the how you timed the clips to the song, it makes it that much more magical! And Cara...I loves her even more! she needs a hug :)
bradcpu: Confess mebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Cara needs a hug so frackin bad. Preferably from Kahlan. I mean, hand on the shoulder? What is that?!? Seriously, thank you so much about the vid. I'm really glad you liked it.
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Belinda Vaughanthief21 on March 12th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'm nowhere near eloquent enough to say how this vid made me feel. I've watched it several times now and it hits me right in the middle of my chest every time. It leaves me feeling Cara's despair, agony and want, and the fact it can bring out such a reaction in me is wonderful.

The music is perfect. I've grabbed that whole Sneaker Pimps album because there's video potential on a couple of the other tracks there, I hope you don't mind. Finding the right track for fanvids is almost harder than putting the clips together in my opinion.

Once again; Outstanding video. I'm f*cking depressed after watching it, but that's awesome, if you know what I mean.
Belinda Vaughanthief21 on March 12th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, and thanks deej, for pointing it out to me on Twitter.
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bradcpu: C/K EPIC SHITbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! It is heartbreaking in the show how Cara sees herself and how she sees Kahlan, or it always has been to me anyway. It's awesome that came across so well. Also, I love your icon like burning.
kj_svalakj_svala on March 12th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
this vid is made of awesome!

LotS provides awesome pictures, and you`ve put them together in a way they look even better.

I love the repeated use of the white flower, and the blood dripping onto it, the entiere sequence is my favorite.

I`ve downloaded the wmv version of this vid, saved to my drive it is.

THANK YOU for sharing this pretty and awesome video
bradcpu: Kahlan rosebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
This reply is made of awesome! Thank you!

The flower and the blood was really one of the Big Ideas for the vid, to kind of show how Cara feels out of place... also because it's just so poetic looking.

I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts about it. Hope you get a lot more rewatches from it in the future!
(Anonymous) on March 12th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
WOW and WOW andWOW!!
I love it! Can´t believe, resting just speechless!Thanks from Germany, monica
bradcpu: Kahlan lightningbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: WOW and WOW andWOW!!
You're welcome, and thank you for taking the time to say so!
wkgreenwkgreen on March 12th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was very powerful! The music and shots were perfect together!
bradcpubradcpu on March 13th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you felt they were! It's so rewarding to hear that.