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15 March 2010 @ 06:41 pm
The Fourth Wall awards posted + some vid recs!  
Results, awards, and in-depth reviews have just been posted at The Fourth Wall, the annual vid awards site I co-judge with obsessive24. If you enjoy watching great vids, definitely go check out the winners and the lovely award graphics by thedothatgirl. You can also read Nicky and I wax on at length about each of the winners in the .pdf reviews of each.

This was perhaps the most competitive, difficult-to-judge round we've had in the site's three years of existence. We take pride in limiting the number of categories and honorees to add weight to to the awards. Nevertheless, we added a new category this year, Achievement In Mood, to address what we felt was an area of vidding that wasn't being properly rewarded under the old format. Still, some truly excellent vids fell through the cracks.

Some of my absolute favorite entries among the vids that were not officially honored this year are listed below. In many cases these are all-around great vids that excelled across *every* category but were shut out because they didn't make it into the final cut for any single, specific category. As with last year, these recs exclude the vids that did win awards, as we have detailed reviews available on the site for each of the winners.

All of these can all be found on the entries page.

Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect by Kuwdora Heroes
A masterfully crafted, wistful look at Sylar's character across the seasons

All These Things That I Have Done by Martouf Marty Rang De Besanti (Bollywood)
Achingly gorgeous and emotional overview filled with clever parallels

Above and Below by counteragent Supernatural
A very smart and well-constructed look at Sam and Dean in season 4

Day Carry Night by tearful eye Criminal Minds
Visually and emotionally intense, with gripping editing

Is There A Doctor In The House? by Melanie House MD
Hilarious, fun House/patients study; just a joy to watch

Chaos Theory by Balistik Multi
The apocalypse has never looked so exciting

Sea Lion by Shoopdancer Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Wonderfully fractured editing fits the song and source so perfectly

Great White Whale by Kitty Twilight
Beautiful coloring work and excellent musicality

Til Death by Destiny Harpers Island
Evocative and consistent effects work do a great job of mood-setting

I'm A Warship by Azertynin Andromeda
Fun, bouncy, and action-packed. A Club Vivid vid minus the Club Vivid.

obsessive24 has some additional recs here with some of her personal favorites among the vids that didn't receive awards. Again, though, the quality was incredibly high across the board.

Hope everyone enjoys the vids, and thank you for another great round! We look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2010.
kiki_miserychic: alice in wonderlandkiki_miserychic on March 16th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Awe. Some.

I've only watched a couple of those recs. I can't wait to get my new laptop and watch all the shiny vids.

I love how you and Nicky interpreted that brøken day. It's totally different from the movie, but watching with vid with that line of thinking completely works and makes it into a whole other vid.
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Glad you liked reading it. That vid creeps the crap out of me. Thanks?

FYI, the award links were briefly broken, but they should be up now.
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bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
That vid was AMAZING. Seriously. We were both very impressed.
deathisyourart: BOB - Titledeathisyourart on March 16th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Ohhh Vid Recs from Brad \o/ Just what I needed. Also, just reading the review you and Nicky wrote for Lithy's "No One Would Riot For Less" made me cry. I know how hard she worked on that vid and I truly value every little bit of praise she gets for it.

*hugs from a grateful beta*

Edited at 2010-03-16 12:29 am (UTC)
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
You can tell how much the vid meant to her. I mean you can *really* tell. It feels like it came straight from her heart.
fabitearful_eye on March 16th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
oh, thanks so much for the rec! :)
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you for the awesome vid!
thandie: district 9thandie on March 16th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
I just checked the site and I thought I should thank you profusely, insistently (and possibly creepily) here, for your awesome part of review. I mean, you two honestly made my day...too bad it's 2 AM right now, maybe I should have read it tomorrow morning! ;)

But seriously, thank you!
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
We just watch the vids and talk about them - something we greatly enjoy doing. You're the one who did all of the impressive stuff! Thanks so much for sharing your vid with us.
counteragentcounteragent on March 16th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Hey, as I said to o24, thanks for the rec, and the reviews are amazing--I'm really astounded by both how conversational and polished they are!
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
We enjoy rambling on about vids. Especially really good ones. :)
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jarrowjarrow on March 16th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the award/review, man! It means a lot to me.
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Dude. Your vids KICK MY ASS. No joke.
Semi-Obsessive Me: bot - Phil/Lem flowersol_se on March 16th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Ooooh, shiny! And a bunch of these I haven't seen yet! Must remedy that STAT.
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Hope you enjoy!
Melissa: spn; lullabyemeltingconfetti on March 16th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words. :)

I'm off to check out all of the amazing videos I missed now.

bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Your vid was so mesmerizing - so different! We both adored it. Hope you enjoy the others.
pixielady: Special Vidderkuwdora on March 16th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Cherrycherryice on March 16th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Oh! Thank you ever so much -- it means a lot to me.

You guys do the most wonderful, kickass reviews.
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Err... your vid may have had a small amount of influence over my latest one. Maybe just a little. ;)
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bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhh! Who was that masked woman!?!
DC: DC Comics - Zatannabananainpyjamas on March 16th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Unexpected, but as always, very awesome. Thank you!! :D Wish I had more time to read the reviews, they're the best part!
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)

I wish you had more time, too, just in general. When are you gonna jettison this whole education thing and *truly commit* to fandom? Cause I've said all along you need to be committed. :)
Kate: LotS cara 2x01halfabubble on March 16th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
OH VEY. I know how I'm spending my evening *grabs popcorn*

bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hope you enjoy! So many great vids...
cortexiphan juice box: [dw] in this marble house i growhollywoodgrrl on March 16th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm writing the same comment to you and to
(LOL you are Brad!) Nicky because it's like I want to say it to both of you at the same time. My spontaneous reaction, if you will. ;)

Well first I want to say you guys absolutely rock for doing these things year after year. And second, I've never had a reaction like this (except maybe when I was reading Nicky's initial novella of a comment in my Marble House post) but I totally couldn't hold back the tears. You guys got me all verklempt! Thank you so much and uh, ILU!

Edited at 2010-03-16 04:42 am (UTC)
bradcpubradcpu on March 16th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm Strikethru Nicky! Guess I know my CVV outfit now.

Aww, sorry for making you verklempt. (Not really. That was totes our goal.) It means a lot to us that it means so much to you! *cheesy virtual hug*