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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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Nicolairidescentglow on March 13th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with the source, but this vid is abolutely gorgeous. Loved it.
bradcpu: Confess mebradcpu on March 13th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's even more flattering that you watched and enjoyed it despite not being into the show. I appreciate you taking the time to tell me so.
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bradcpu: C/K DEDbradcpu on March 13th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's so flattering! It really means a lot to me to be able to communicate an emotion and statement so well through a vid, and hearing you describe it like that shows me that I did. It's an amazing feeling. Thank you so much.
Amy: lots: kahlansuch_heights on March 13th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, oh my god, I love this so much! I love this show, and Cara, and her relationship with Kahlan, and this just NAILS it, it is so beautiful and intense and completely fabulous. This vid is everything I could wish for! I love the sounds at the beginning and end, I love all the imagery and transitions between Cara as a girl and Cara now. The timing is perfect throughout, and I especially love the overlay at 1:28 with Cara's eyes opening, that's wonderful.

Brb, rewatching many times! Also very glad to hear this might end up at the Nearly New vidshow, yay. :D
bradcpu: Kahlan how so prettybradcpu on March 14th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
It's so overwhelming to read a reaction like this because, I mean, I feel *the same way* about Cara and her relationship with Kahlan, and to be able to communicate the way I feel through a vid and have it come across like that for you... I don't think there's any more rewarding feeling as a vidder.

Thanks about the eyes opening! I actually had to take that shot of Cara to about 600% speed for a few frames to make it to the eyes opening on time without doing a jump cut. Silly, I know, but I just had to have those eyes opening, even though I thought no one would notice. :)

I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen too, tbh. Hope it holds up.
Semi-Obsessive Me: lots - Kahlan sand white dress slopesol_se on March 13th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD. THIS VID IS AMAZING. I can't even deal with its awesomeness! (I haven't gotten to season 2 yet and was going to wait to watch this, but then I couldn't help myself. And wow! So glad I did!) I ship them so hard already. The visuals and movement and the way Cara sees herself and sees Kahlan...Wow.
bradcpu: C/K DEDbradcpu on March 14th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
OH GOD I'm so glad you caved!!! See what I was saying about season 2 and Cara? :) It's so awesome that you were able to get so into it despite not having "met" her yet on the show. Her development, and her relationship with Kahlan, has just been mesmerizing all season. And the season's only half over!

Really glad you liked it! Hopefully the spoilers were vague enough that the scenes will still have some impact when you get to them in the show. And I left out *so many* defining Cara and Cara/Kahlan scenes.
andashesjonesandashes on March 14th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Okay, so I haven't seen any of this show but now I think it may have to be added to the to-watch list. I sort of want to draw sparkly hearts around the blond (Cara?).

That aside! This is a lovely vid, even with minimal amounts of context. I loved the part around 3:19, where Khalan finally mind-whammies (or, uh, something) Cara. It coincides beautifully with this climax in the music, and is at the heart of the bits of that scene we'd already seen, and then folds oh-so-nicely into what I assume is flash back. *happy sigh* Just lovely.
bradcpu: Cara redbradcpu on March 14th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for checking it out despite the fact that you don't know the show! It's great that you were able to enjoy it anyway. It's such a pretty show, in so many ways.

I sort of want to draw sparkly hearts around the blond (Cara?)
LOL, yep that's Cara. And get in line. ;)

I loved the part around 3:19, where Khalan finally mind-whammies (or, uh, something) Cara
Heh, I love the expression "mind-whammie"! Very good description, actually. Khalan makes people fall into an all-consuming love with her when she does that. (Here it's mostly a metaphor, though she *almost* did it to Cara in the show.) And, yep, that was a flashback to Cara as a little girl just after, before she was kidnapped and turned into... what she is.

You picked up on so much of the nuances of meaning here, which is really cool. :) Thanks so much again for letting me know you liked it!
littleheaven70 on March 14th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I finally got a chance to watch this on my Mac instead of my netbook (which plays laggy video) and WOW. You know I don't watch the show, but I was mesmerised by just how visually stunning it is. And the way you interpreted the visuals through the music was amazing. It's a long time since I felt such a musically emotional fit with what I'm seeing. There was so much fantastic that I can't point it all out, but for some reason my favourite bits were the blood dripping onto the rose, firstly where the momentum resumed around 1.40, and again on the little musical accent afterwards.

I might have to start watching this show one day. Though I need a new fandom like a hole in the head right now, and all TV watching has had to make way for CVV clipping, ack.
bradcpubradcpu on March 14th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks LH! Lag is the devil's work. It saddens me to think of the vid all laggy. :( Want me to punch your netbook for you?

The show itself is visually stunning, so as a vidder it gives you so much to work with, as you can imagine. And the song, which Nicky sent me, was just so amazingly perfect for both the feel of the show and the relationship. All I had to do was throw it all together. :P The blood dripping on the rose was my first idea for the vid, and the themes all kind of radiated out from that, so I'm glad that came across so well.

I might have to start watching this show one day. Though I need a new fandom like a hole in the head right now, and all TV watching has had to make way for CVV clipping, ack.
I know exactly what you mean. I've got about a month to do my CVV vid from start to finish. Of course, it's Seeker, so it'll help that I've got the source fresh in my mind.
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counteragentcounteragent on March 14th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I really loved this! I really felt for Cara, even though I've never seen the show. I love the ambiguity of her feelings for Kahlan here.

Great use of the song break in the middle and the slow motion visuals. Really makes the piece feel laden with tension and roiling but often suppressed emotion.
bradcpubradcpu on March 14th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I really felt for Cara, even though I've never seen the show
That's wonderful! I think my favorite thing about vidding is being able to communicate a feeling like that through a visual statement about a character or ship. It's even more rewarding when that happens without the viewer being familiar with the source.

Really makes the piece feel laden with tension and roiling but often suppressed emotion
Thank you so much! That's actually a very good description of the relationship itself in the show.
Charmax: Vidicon Charmaxcharmax on March 14th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Pretty vid, as always Brad. I love the re-contextualising of the rose and the blood. It makes a great metaphor for the Kahlan/Cara relationship. Bonus subtlety points for not going mad with the phallic symbolism which I imagine is pretty difficult given the source.
bradcpu: Kahlan rosebradcpu on March 14th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Whee, you liked it! Thanks, you.

I love the re-contextualising of the rose and the blood. It makes a great metaphor for the Kahlan/Cara relationship
That was kind of the core idea for the vid, and everything else sort of radiated out from that. I'm unsurprised that you'd pick that out considering how well you read straight to the heart of vids like this.

Bonus subtlety points for not going mad with the phallic symbolism
That's what CVV is for.
(no subject) - mresundance on March 16th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Clyde: seeker omgsohotsuzvoy on March 14th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Fantastic and gorgeous <3

I need a Cara icon, but I haven't found one that satisfies me yet!
bradcpu: Cara Mord'Sithbradcpu on March 14th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Really glad you liked it, thanks!

I need a Cara icon, but I haven't found one that satisfies me yet!
My mind went so many places when I read that.
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Kate: LotS c/k totes holding hands lolhalfabubble on March 14th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
So I came back here to creep on the comments cos I'm a creepy freak like that, when I was ENRAGED to see my original comment never posted. What is this fuckery LJ?!

So. I can't really remember what I put, but it was something along the lines of this video being so amazing and mesmerizing I can't stop watching. I think I've watched it about 22 times by now. The tension feels so tangible between them, how you've edited. The beat cuts. Those few seconds when the blood drop drips onto the flower is perhaps the best thing I've seen in any music video I've ever seen. I actually gasped out loud.
Cara watching her across the fire is just heartbreaking. You epitomised everything I love about this ship ♥

I can't believe LJ fucked up by comment. brb cutting someone.
bradcpu: C/K DEDbradcpu on March 15th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Aww, sorry your comment got eaten but I'm so happy you liked the vid! :) You're one of my favorite people around, so I was a little sad when I was thinking maybe you watched it and it just didn't click for you. Really nice to read this.

You epitomised everything I love about this ship
That made me melt just a little. Thanks, you.

LESS WITH THE CUTTING! It'll be ok!
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Enderenderwiggin24 on March 14th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
visually stunning!
really, wow, I am not even shipping cara/kahlan, but wow!
bradcpubradcpu on March 15th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks, that's really flattering to read! Glad you liked it.
Amalthiaamothea on March 14th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I loved your vid!
bradcpu: Kahlan rosebradcpu on March 15th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I appreciate you telling me so.
nasmadie: Mother Confessor 1nasmadie on March 15th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
This is one of the best Lots video I've ever watched!!!!
bradcpu: Cara redbradcpu on March 15th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Very flattering! Thank you. :)
thrace_adams: Buffy Black and Whitethrace_adams on March 15th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched any of this show, but this vid makes me want to. Really well done!
bradcpu: Kahlan how so prettybradcpu on March 15th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous show, and the footage did a lot of work for me. Really glad you liked it! Thanks for telling me.
Leviathan: LoTS Mother Confessorleviathan101 on March 16th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yay, loved it! Very pretty flow and movement throughout and I loved the scenes you chose to tell your story. Awesome song too.
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad the story came through in the clip selection. I agree about the song - I haven't stopped listening to it since Nicky sent it to me.