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10 August 2012 @ 03:11 pm
New vid: "The Royal We" (The Hunger Games)  


"Do you feel safe again? Look over your shoulder."

Vid Title: The Royal We
Length: 4:10
Fandom: The Hunger Games
Song/Artist: Silversun Pickups

Premiered in the "Let's Put On A Show" vidshow at Vividcon 2012. Thanks to milly for the vid banner.

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Notes

I've never read the books (no spoilers, please!) and thought the movie was hit and miss, mostly because of the inconsistent POV devices, but if anything that just made me want to vid it more. The themes of idealistic youth, class struggle, brutality, survival, and rebellion are all very powerful and very applicable to the current state of our world; so as a vidder you want to get in and explore that, and explore the characters. Or at least I do. I also felt like the "reality tv" aspect and how that reflects on us as a society and how we see ourselves was something that wasn't clearly explored in the movie.

As a vidder, it also doesn't hurt that's it's filmed in such a kinetic way - which, I think, actually works better for vids than for a movie.

The plan is to remaster this at some point with DVD footage, but at the live vidshow I kind of liked the meta level of using cam footage.

Lyrics:

We are ready for the siege
We are armed up to the teeth
Be careful how you live and breathe
Release what's broken underneath

How many times do you wanna die
How many ways
Do you wanna die

Do you feel safe again look over your shoulder
Very carefully look over your shoulder

We can laugh about it now
We hope everything works out
Be careful how you lick your wounds
Believe a change is coming soon

How many times do you wanna die
How many ways
Do you wanna die

Do you feel safe again look over your shoulder
Very carefully look over your shoulder

You used to do a little but a little won't fly
Right before you hit your prime
That's when we fell in love but not the first time

Can it please you still
Remain in your father's will
Or does it make you ill
Let us bruise their knees
We will aim straight for defeat
You will be relieved
So relieved So relieved
through the flood of desire
Feel the sparks from the friendly fire
Misery inspires
Your throat has been cut several times before
Never noticed the size of the flow
Make it be ignored
Do you feel safe again look over your shoulder
Carefully look over your shoulder

You said you believe it but believing won't fly
Right before you hit your prime
That's when we fell in love but not the first time

And when it's all over and you open your eyes
You'll see the room turned on its side
And you'll be lying by a note on the floor signed

The royal we
Love, the royal we



Hope you like the vid.
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Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dums: WOLF. jackson. we have to save him.crickets on August 10th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Two Hunger Games vids in the past two days. It's like Christmas! ♥ I love love loved the way you used the, as you put it, kinetic filming/editing of the movie for this vid. Your opening is pretty much perfection. For some reason the part around 40 seconds in just gave me the chills. Awesome job!
bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Two Hunger Games vids in the past two days.
Ha, if only we could keep up that pace!

I'm so glad you liked it, crickets. :)
Kitty: k-pop: beast_aj-dork!glasses2winterevanesce on August 10th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
So amazing, Brad!! I love the fact that it's an intense vid *which is one of the reasons why I love the movie so much*.
Love this <3. Definitely a favorite!

The cam quality looks really good here! I'm surprised since Cam usually looks terrible.
I give you two thumbs up if you end up remastering it with DVD footage. I could never have the motivation to do that, lol.
bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
I can't imagine vidding Hunger Games and NOT making it intense... unless it was a shipper vid or something. But even that would involve pain and death.

The cam quality looks really good here
Thanks! I had to crop in to the image because it had Polish subtitles all through. Milly said she would help me remaster it if I would make it for her show. So hopefully a remaster is coming.
jarrow: richie-bearjarrow on August 10th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh Brad, I really, really like this. The tone of the song (not to mention the lyrics) really fit the feel of the movie so well, and you did a great job capturing the intensity of the story as the song shifted in intensity. I look forward to watching this again when I get home, and seeing it remastered later! Great job.
bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
The tone of the song (not to mention the lyrics) really fit the feel of the movie so well
THIS. That's why I wanted to vid it! So I'm so happy that came across in the vid. Now I just need to get to work on that remaster.

We are ready for the siege...
counteragent: shoecounteragent on August 11th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I got so many chills! I think this is fantastic, and I for one can't wait for the DVD quality. I really hope you do get around to the remaster.

There were TONS of sequences that I adored, but I think my favorite was your blend of Katniss as tribute with Katniss as queen at the end. You did a masterful job of showing her importance to the people and showing her triumph in a way that visually resonates. Her "win" is such a small moment in canon, a handful of berries, but you turned it into a court saluting its queen--excellent!

Great use of applause shots of the Capitol audience and the gamemakers.
bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!!!

You did a masterful job of showing her importance to the people and showing her triumph in a way that visually resonates
Awesome. I was really trying to highlight that - how the POV reflects on the various viewers. The Hunger Games is so very relevant to social trends in so many ways, though few seemed well-reflected in the movie.
chasa: bondvespertrainchasarumba on August 12th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
It packs a punch, Brad! In particular, the first "we can laugh about it now" stanza, with the Capitol crowd laughing/clapping/cheering at the interviews -- and Caesar's soothing hand FTW -- is incredible effective and really underscores the class divide.
bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
CHASA!!!!!! *clings* Er, sorry, didn't mean to jump you there. (FYI, your Friday Night Lights vid made me cry AGAIN at the themed show this year. No lie. And that was like 10 mins before my vid premiered, when I was beside myself with anxiety, so that's some achievement.)

I'm so thrilled you liked this. I really enjoyed trying to show the different POVs on the goings-on.
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cortexiphan juice box: [films] hg; girl on firehollywoodgrrl on August 13th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
So I absolutely adore the books and I was one of those types who was disappointed by certain aspects of the film. But knowing your vid song (Silversun Pickups = epic vid songs, unf!) and knowing that you are you I knew I'd love this vid. Guess what? I DID! But it's interesting though, since I came into the vid expecting it to be more about all the tributes putting on a show for the Capitol, not specifically just focused on Katniss/District 12. Is that what you meant by lack of POV? That you thought the film didn't have enough of that?
bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Guess what? I DID!
Score!!

But it's interesting though, since I came into the vid expecting it to be more about all the tributes putting on a show for the Capitol, not specifically just focused on Katniss/District 12
How much of that was because of the vid blurb in the program? (I didn't write that, btw) But I suspect there were other reasons that you had different expectations.

Is that what you meant by lack of POV? That you thought the film didn't have enough of that?
Exactly. I didn't think the film did a very good job of putting us in and keeping us in (a believable) Katniss POV - understandable, given the medium - and that it didn't take advantage of an alternate opportunity to make a commentary on reality TV and how we see ourselves in those people. It sort of went halfway between the two.
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Sen: purple horsespookysen on August 14th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
I've heard this song on the radio several times and was always like, "man, I WISH I knew what this was!" but I could never quite understand what they were singing in order to look it up. So I'm totes excited about that. Thank ya :D

I loved the vid. I'm not like, a vid connoisseur or anything, so I don't really know what to comment on (it's like poetry, except perhaps a little harder, because with poetry, there's the words, and with vids, there's what you see, and it takes possibly even more viewings to see everything than it would to read something). But I really liked how you capitalized on the motion (does that make sense?). It's very fast and very much in the spirit of the movie. I think my favorite part was the ending, when Katniss is royal and it shows what she means to the people, and how they're all looking to her, kind of like earlier when she was only a tribute. Anyway, I think you did an excellent job. I love the books, the movie, and I love watching vids, but you've stepped it up a notch for me. Random youtube searching just won't cut it anymore. :p

bradcpubradcpu on August 14th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
I've heard this song on the radio several times and was always like, "man, I WISH I knew what this was!"
I know, I was the same way! It just felt like a vidsong from the first time I heard it. I had to go seek it out.

it's like poetry, except perhaps a little harder, because with poetry, there's the words, and with vids, there's what you see, and it takes possibly even more viewings to see everything than it would to read something
Oh wow, that's really profound. All that matters to me, seriously, is that you liked the vid. :) But it really means a lot that you also shared why, and how it came across to you. There's no wrong way to do that!

But I really liked how you capitalized on the motion (does that make sense?)
Yes, in a very flattering way! Both the song and the source seemed to call for bursts of motion, and I enjoy that type of thing as an editor.

when Katniss is royal and it shows what she means to the people, and how they're all looking to her
That's terrific, that it came through that clearly for you!

I really appreciate you taking the time to watch it and leave you thoughts, and I'm really happy you liked it!
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Jayne L.: dwwavesserrico on August 18th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Things I love about this vid, in no particular order:

--The musicality throughout, but especially during the tracker-jacker sequence. The visuals echoing the song so closely there really helps emphasize the whole "how many ways do you want to die" thing, the reality of the peril Katniss is in, the stakes of the world she's living in.

--The way you paired up "release what's broken underneath" with Katniss being prettified: great way of showing that the Capitol's need to hose her off and trim her down so she fits into their unnatural standards of beauty is an expression of something broken in their priorities.

--"We hope everything works out" with that little clip of Caesar Flickerman adjusting his hand on Katniss's. I forget whether it was suggested this way in the movie, but here it *really* comes across as much less a gesture of comfort than a correction of his optics, Caesar making sure the angle's *just right* for the cameras to pick up the appearance of his "sympathy".

--Your use of the berries as a symbol of what the people of the districts can do when they stop fighting each other, threaded throughout that last minute or so. Cooperation! Working together! (Dig it.)

--The change in direction (OR IS IT??) of the lyrics for that last round of "do you feel safe again look over your shoulder". Through the rest of the vid, that *seemed*, on the surface, to have been directed at Katniss, but for the last reiteration, it's her and the districts directing it openly at the Capitol, and the impact of it as, basically, a declaration of rebellion is *fantastic*.

As for that OR IS IT??: the first time we hear that refrain, it's paired with footage of the tributes slaughtering each other in the first melee at the Cornucopia. None of the tributes should feel particularly safe in that moment; but the people watching the kids murdering each other for entertainment, the people of the Capitol, *do*, undoubtedly, feel safe in their superiority...and yet, they *shouldn't*, because they're actively encouraging the youth of their subjugated districts towards violence, which can be difficult to direct once it's unleashed. And the second time we hear that refrain, we're seeing Katniss taking everything the Gamemakers throw at her; again, she's in the arena, being targeted by people trying to kill her inventively, so there's no reason *she* should feel safe enough to need to be warned to look over her shoulder. And, moreover, she *survives it all*: she's strengthened by it, not to mention hardened even more than she already was against the people doing it to her. So those first two rounds of "look over your shoulder" can read very much as a sort of, "Hey, people of the Capitol, you do know you're creating your own monster here, right?" And no, of course they don't--until that final reiteration, when the threat Katniss and the people of the districts pose is made deliberately apparent.

--The build from Rue's death straight through to the end is *incredible*. I tense up and get the shivers throughout the entire final minute or so EVERY TIME, and when the closing title card hits with the abrupt ending of the song, I'm *winded*.

...tl;dr: um, yes. That. ALL OF THAT. *g*
bradcpubradcpu on August 18th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
It certainly was not tl and I most definitely DID read all of that, with wide-eyed glee, because you *really got* what I was trying to do with the vid. I cannot even tell you how cathartic that is, to know that all of this came across exactly they way you're describing. SUCH an overwhelming sense of joy and relief.

the reality of the peril Katniss is in, the stakes of the world she's living in
That was the first, most immediate thing that came through to me about the song, so I wanted to sort of cloak the vid in that feeling.

"release what's broken underneath" with Katniss being prettified
Still can't change who she is, though.

for the cameras to pick up the appearance of his "sympathy".
That segment (in source) reminded me so much of popular reality TV.

Cooperation! Working together! (Dig it.)
Heh, thanks! :) Just don't accidentally eat the berries.

the impact of it as, basically, a declaration of rebellion is *fantastic*
SO reassuring that that came through! And especially how it had been there in the background the whole time. I tried to pair the shift with Seneca literally looking over his shoulder as kind of a "Hey, over here! Did you not hear us the first time??" moment. Or, as you put it so well: "you do know you're creating your own monster here, right?" Ha! PERFECT.

when the closing title card hits with the abrupt ending of the song, I'm *winded*.
Then we're even, because your comment may me feel winded. In the incredibly good way.
kiki_miserychic: A Dinosaur and Kate Spade Shoes Fairytalkiki_miserychic on August 21st, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Excellent editing. LOVE
bradcpubradcpu on August 22nd, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! And thank you for the recs! Now I feel less bad about strapping you down and forcing you to watch it in the room.
akamarykate: akamarykateakamarykate on August 24th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
This is amazing. I loved the way the lyrics matched up within the music, if that makes sense--especially, "You used to do a little but a little won't fly." And the shots of the control room interspersed with the tracker jacker scene and the fire--I actually wished the movie had done more with the "who's watching this and how are they reacting and what does that say about us?" angle, so I loved that you built that in.

True confession: late in the movie's run, I went back to a theater alone and saw it again, because I was just...I'd reached a breaking point with the news and political rhetoric flying around the US. I was so angry and worried, and I needed to see HG because I needed to see a rebellion, a revolution. Your vid captures that aspect of it perfectly.
bradcpubradcpu on August 24th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
"You used to do a little but a little won't fly."
Awesome, someone picked up on that! I was really worried because you can't read the note in the cam footage. Hopefully that won't be an issue with the remaster.

I actually wished the movie had done more with the "who's watching this and how are they reacting and what does that say about us?" angle
Me too! That was one of the main reasons I wanted to do the vid.

I'd reached a breaking point with the news and political rhetoric flying around the US. I was so angry and worried, and I needed to see HG because I needed to see a rebellion, a revolution.

If it's any consolation, I think the movie's massive success shows that you're not really alone - a LOT of people feel that way. Thank you so so much for the wonderful comment.
Steffi: The Hunger Games - Katnisslegoline on August 24th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
I don't even know how to respond to this vid. It is absolutely incredible. Just. Wow. WOW.
bradcpubradcpu on August 24th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
That works for me! Seriously, thank you.
Paperback Writer: # hunger ; dying with dignity intactwickedground on August 24th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
Came here from a rec. This was great. And I think the blurryness of the cam footage makes it even better. Absolutely loved the ending of the vid, with the flying arrow and Katniss's spinning fire dress.
bradcpubradcpu on August 24th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I worried a lot about using the cam footage, so it's really reassuring to read that.
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: arena can't handle Careerssabaceanbabe on September 6th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
This vid basically leaves me speechless. There are WORDS, but they just can't get past the incredible intensity. GUH! And at about the point you hit "friendly fire" with the kids in the arena, there was nothing left but flaily hands.
bradcpubradcpu on September 6th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm flaily that you latched onto the "friendly fire" lyric! :) Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I've been meaning to leave one on your Hunger Games one too. I think I'll go do that now...