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07 July 2006 @ 02:33 pm
New vid: The End of the World - Buffy/Faith - Chris Cornell  
Vid Title: The End of the World
Artist/Song: Chris Cornell - "Preaching the End of the World"
Duration: 5:10
Characters: Buffy/Faith (Faith POV)
Summary: In prison and still sharing emotions and dreams through her slayer link with Buffy, Faith hopes for a chance to make things right; but she knows now that it's much too late to ever say how she really feels. That world ended long ago.

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Buffy writer Doug Petrie once called Faith "the loneliest person in Sunnydale," and that's what I was trying to express here. The real tragedy of the character is that she aches with loneliness, but each time she tried to make a connection or showed some vulnerability (back when it mattered), someone used her. So she swallowed her feelings and revelled in the power of slayerness.

I've always imagined that her spiritual link to Buffy - two halves of the same person, whether either of them wants that or not - would only make that loneliness more profound, particularly with their relationship in ruins and Faith forgotten in jail.

Hopefully some of that made a little sense. I've never been very good at expressing my feelings about Buffy/Faith in writing, hence the vid. The idea for this one has haunted me since Buffy S5/S6, and the song was a huge inspiration.


Preaching the End of the World - Chris Cornell, Euphoria Morning

I know there's someone out there who can understand
And who's feeling the same way as me
I'm 24 and I've got everything to live for
But I know now that it wasn't meant to be
Cause all has been lost and all has been won
And there's nothing left for us to save
But now I know that I don't want to be alone today
So if you find that you've been feeling just the same

Call me now, it's all right
It's just the end of the world
You'll need a friend in the world
Cause you can't hide
So call and I'll get right back
If your intentions are pure
Seeking a friend for the end of the world

I've got a photograph, I'll send it off today
And you will see that I am perfectly sane
Not for a lifetime or forever and a day
Cause we know now that just won't be the case

There'll be no commitments
And no confessions
No little secrets to keep
No little children
Or houses with roses
Just the end of the world and me

Cause all has been gone and all has been done
And there's nothing left for us to say
But we could be together as they blow it all away
And we could share in every moment as it breaks

Hope you enjoy the vid. Please share your thoughts.
Fia "Non-Sequitur" Reynne: alan - page 105fiareynne on July 7th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
I downloaded the 31.9MB version and it had no sound. Trying for the 69MB version now...
bradcpubradcpu on July 7th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
That's odd! I just downloaded it, and it had sound on my end. Looks like one other person has watched it, and his had sound too. I'm not sure what could be causing that. LMK if you keep having trouble and I'll try to find a solution.
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kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 7th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
I downloaded the "Tiny version (320x240 - 12.4MB - WMV)" and it doesn't have sound in VCL Player. I tried it in AC3 and it has audio, but it's not in sync (same with Windows Media Player).
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 7th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I take it back. It plays perfectly in RealPlayer for me. I think it might be my computer's hate of everything I want to watch. I'll get back to you soon with feedback because I got to :46 and I'm in love.
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Jacqui: faith mad skillzwily_one24 on July 7th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God.

I'm speechless. Honestly. That was the most beautiful thing I've seen lately. It's perfect, it's just... perfect.

I think you succeeded in your goal, that vid showed the desperation that Faith was, that controlled her from the start. Especially when it came to Buffy.

I could list my favourite parts, but then I'd be listing the whole vid and that would get repetitive. I adore how you tease, just barely tease, with the great moments that were them, but you don't bludgeon us with it. Instead, the greater thread is how tragic they are, underscored by how beautiful they might have been.

I love how you've paralleled them, even after they separated.

I say it for every vid you do and I'm going to say it again: I'm so jealous I could spit.

To sum up: breathtaking, perfect, beautiful, painful, aching, gorgeous.
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on July 8th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, you. :) This is what I was trying to say with that story I sent you. A vid was probably a better mechanism for communicating it, particularly since the same song inspired the fic.

So glad you liked the play of the "them that was" stuff. I was trying to go subtle with that because the basic idea of the vid is that apocalypses and vampires and cemetery strolls are (for Faith) happy memories... and the real end of the world is what's become of her/them. So I wanted the nostalgic moments to be sort of ghostly... dead and gone.

I'm really happy the messages got across for you. From things you've said and written in the past, I had a feeling we were like-minded about this relationship, so I was hoping it would click for you.
Nickyobsessive24 on July 7th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ooooooo! Words can't express how much I love the clip connections here. That's just masterful. You really outdid yourself with the good old compare/contrast here. Definitely a very different feel and approach to Bullet, but both works brilliantly and that's a great thing. Also, I noticed that when I watching this vid that it feels very different to every other Buffy&Faith vid I've ever seen, and that too is quite interesting. I think your push on concepts really worked there.

Your work on external movement and stills are really wonderful and fluid here, it definitely feels like a step up from Breathe Me. And I really like the voiceovers.

Love how the VOs are offscreen first, and then cuts to Faith actually speaking at 0:21.
0:37 - transition from door to door. Oh, and also love how Faith stepped on the beat there, and how earlier Buffy also closed the door on the beat. Oh! And also Faith's little head tilt on those guitar notes at 0:41. I love stuff like that. But with you it's like par for the course, so again just want to reiterate that I notice, even if I get too taken up by other awesomeness that I forget to mention them once in a while. :D
0:46 onwards - god, I can't say how much I love those blurry overlays coming in on the whooshy bits. The clip selections are amazing. I especially just adored the one at 1:04, with the shower. Wow. And the positioning at 1:15! And at 1:19! And 1:22! *falls over self* This is such an intimate vid, both in terms of the relationship between the characters and also in the vid(der)'s relationship to the audience: it expects the audience to know its BtVS so all the clip connections get made. So good.
1:49 - love that crossfade there, the positioning. And then the lovely pan going to the grave/hole in the ground!
1:55 - hee, that gives me a happy, and I love how it fades into the shot of her pulling herself up. Ooh, and the same thing at 2:32, where Buffy looks down, and suddenly it's Faith down in that hole! Awesome. I like the wee pull you put on that clip too.
2:39 - really liked how the camera started tracking down as the drumbeat sounded.
2:50 - another awesome clip connection. Just wonderful. I've never seen it in any other vid, and it works brilliantly.
3:16 - oh, that overlay positioning makes my heart sing.
3:23 - OH MY GOD!!!!! That's the genius moment. Wow wow wow!!!! It's so poignant from a thematic point of view, and carried out perfectly. And the VO on top of it! *squees madly and rewatches many times*
3:35 - hee, really like that turn on the beat here. And also the stake/explosion at 3:41, and how that just segues seamlessly into the shot at 3:42. I never noticed there were this many parallels in their storylines over the seasons, and the way you draw attention to them is just masterful.
3:46 - another SQUEE moment!
3:50 - wow!! I love that overlay there. LOVE love love
4:17 - that flash there is so amazing as she comes back from the negative effect, and it corresponds with the lighting.
I like all the overlays toward the end, and it really pushes home the idea of them being in each other's minds all the time.

And of course I'm a sucker for cyclic narratives where it ends at the beginning. Well done!!!
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on July 8th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
Yay! You liked it! Had no idea how you'd react to this one.

It's really reassuring to see that you think this is a step up from Breathe Me. It wasn't my intention at the outset to do it, but during the project I realized there was a Breathe Me-like look and tone to some part, which made me a little nervous. As did the voiceovers (maybe moreso)... so, again, that's a relief to read!

Likewise, I'm happy your favorite thing about it is the clip connections. I wanted the vid to be all about the link between them and the sort of connected, parallel lives. It's not really meant to be a straight-up slasher vid but more of a spiritual thing. That's what I could never explain in words.

A couple of general notes about your timestamps:

-All of my obsessive tweaking over the past few days had to do with internal motion beat-syncing, but I'm more than happy to have that be something that's expected. That's a great feeling.
-Although I've never seen a Faith or B/F vid, I was sure a lot of these parallels and connections (the grave shots, the various falling shots, etc) had been explored before, but I was hoping I'd at least be able to present them in a new way. Very nice to see there were some fairly fresh ideas in there.
-I had a lot of trouble deciding which VO to use from the First Slayer at the knife pull. In the source, she says "No friends! Just kill! We are alone!" I thought any of those three phrases would have worked fine. Seems like there were tough choices like that for virtually every sec of the vid.

Btw, just catching up on emails now. There were a couple of other things I wanted to ask you about the vid, but I'll do that privately where you won't be afraid to tell me how much I suck. :)
Криста: shinytwilight_krista on July 7th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
You are the Master, Brad :)
That was just brilliant. The whole thing. Sad, kind of dreamy, intelligent and just beatiful. Really. I guess there's no need in moments overview - it was all done before me.
But you are the genious of clip connections.
bradcpubradcpu on July 8th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
Wait, wasn't the Master evil? Well, OK, I guess I can see that. :) No bloodstains on my lips, though.

Seriously, thank you so much. You're one of my favorite vidders, so it means so much to me that you enjoyed it.
adamonfire: adam hatzeronephilim on July 7th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
I think Nicky pretty much nailed everything ;)
It's just really honest, and insightful and thought provoking.

Normally when I'm watching long vids I can start to lose interest, but this one had me hooked.
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on July 8th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
I didn't even know if you'd make it all the way through this one because I know how you don't usually care for long vids to slow songs, so the fact that you (1) watched the whole thing, (2) were entertained, and (3) got into it in a deep way... that's just so incredibly awesome. Plus double feedback! You rock. ;)
Jade: Buffy Boredfickledame on July 8th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
This is really beautiful. Great work.
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on July 8th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
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Rinny: J-happinessrinalin on July 8th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
Some of the meaning is lost on me...but it was beautifully put together. I'm incredibly impressed.
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on July 8th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks Rinny! I'm glad you enjoyed it despite not being too into the fandom. So much of it is insider-y fandom knowledge stuff too. I guess at the very least there were hot girls to look at. :)
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cyren_2132cyren_2132 on July 8th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Wow. At this juncture I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said. The scene overlays were great. My particular favorites (where I literallly paused the vid and said 'oh, wow!') were at 1:11 (nice work on *not* having Buffy be run over by a car), 1:14 and 1:22. You have this great eye for shots that are different but the same, and I wish I knew how you do it. I noticed it a lot in the Spike vid, too.
bradcpubradcpu on July 8th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
nice work on *not* having Buffy be run over by a car

Interesting mental picture, that. The comparisons and the parallel lives were sort of the heart of the piece, so I knew I had to pull out all the stops on those. Besides, I knew if the premise of the vid was sound (that they're two halves of the same person) then there would be lots of parallels like that in the source footage. I'm glad you liked it!

Hope your new vid's going well.
Sharvie_sharvie_ on July 8th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
*is in awe*

That was superb! Not only did you blow me away with your use of subtle, and not so subtle effects, but your clip choice was spot on. Loved the way a simple walk down the street turned into so much more. The vid flowed into this cohesive story of their journey together, though they were emotionally apart. I really felt their need for each other here and the impossibility of it happening. I also loved how they came together at the end with the season 7 stuff and Buffy handing the scythe the Faith, though you don't see her take it. Don't know if that's what you intended but I saw all this as a possible future depending on what Faith decides to do after Buffy leaves the motel. Now I'm just babbling cause I'm so impressed! Amazing vid!
bradcpu: Just Faithbradcpu on July 8th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, you picked up on some things that I thought people would miss! The thing that occurred to me while making the vid was that their story does have a happy ending in a way - the scythe moment, when Buffy finally "calls" for her. It's not everything she wanted, but it was a taste of it. So I wanted that near the end of the vid, then I "rewound" from there during the final montage back to the S3 scene, with one season per line. But I didn't want to play up the scythe too much because it's supposed to be a sad story.

Thank you so much for the compliments about the presentation. More than anything, I'm just happy it clicked for you.
thedothatgirl: dothat2thedothatgirl on July 8th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Downloading NOW :D

I don't want to read any comments until I see it
bradcpubradcpu on July 8th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see what you think!
oxoniensis: fandom: ats faith seen and unseenoxoniensis on July 9th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
Beautifully done.
bradcpubradcpu on July 9th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much.
thedothatgirl: tdtg3thedothatgirl on July 9th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh just magnificent and so sad too, goddamit you made me cry.

Wonderful to see this aspect of Buffy/Faith relationship. I could go back and start noting all the great things but Nicky's been there and done that :)

The overlays and pacing were perfection, and the song *sniffs* was beautiful and before I knew it, it was over (to soon IMHO).

How long did you say you have been vidding?

bradcpubradcpu on July 10th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
I can't imagine better feedback than tears. I've had this tragic feeling about the two of them bottled up inside me for years, so it feels great to make someone else miserable too. (Yes, I'm awful)

It's also wonderful that you think the 5+ min. vid ended too soon! That definitely means I succeeded on some level. And I'm so glad you liked the song. It's not to everyone's taste, but it gets me in the gut every time.

I've been vidding since Jan. - has it been 7 months already? Yeesh! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. The emotion and message of this vid were more important to me than any I've done so far, and you're one of the handful people whose opinions I value the most. So it's enormously reassuring that it moved you.
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Semi-Obsessive Mesol_se on July 9th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was amazing! Just, just absolutely beautiful & bittersweet. I love this so much.
bradcpubradcpu on July 10th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
I really appreciate you letting me know how much you liked it. When someone enjoys it that much, it makes all the work worthwhile. Thanks.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 10th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Man, I love Chris Cornell.

:00-:21 - I was a little worried about the voice overs and montage-ish feel, but watching it a second time I appreciated how you have Faith's lines over Buffy in the frame and Buffy's lines over Faith on screen.
:22 - Coming in with Faith speaking in frame and then pausing to continue on with the vid, very interesting.
:30's - Right away I'm there because of the immediate parallel that I never saw and the on time action.
:46 - Very awesome blurry overlay with the music, which is the first of many in the vid.
1:00 - Genius parallel with the windows and the library too.
1:08 - I think that one is one of my favorite uses of the blurry overlay because it feels like it's what's going on inside Faith's head, which might not have been your intention, but either way it's a cool effect.
1:09-1:30 - I'm in love with the sequence of Buffy and Faith walking in the street apart in many different instances that are all strung together beautifully right into them walking together in the street
Love the many, many layers of video in the vid, which is paralleled by the many emotional layers too.
1:55 - Faith slapping her hand down outside of the grave is just cool timing.
2:16-2:24 - Love the push in on Buffy and the pull out on Faith.
2:30-2:38 - The two Buffys "looking" down on Faith in the grave is just cool.
2:42 - It's dorky, but I love of the line of the building is perfectly parallel to Buffy's arm in the next clip.
2:47-2:51 - Whoa, all the falling is great and interesting narrative and visually.
2:56 - Love the clip pause, effect, and transition.
2:56-3:24 - All the fading out of the clips, then having them come back up with everything on beat is absolutely wonderful. Seriously, I'm in love with all the layers and beautiful. Especially how the clips line up so beautifully in frame.
3:22 - OMG. The First Slayer saying "just kill" and having that slight flash over Buffy blew my mind.
3:31 - Great framing on the knife dropping and transitioning to them on the roof.
3:38-3:45 - Great use of beat and the lyric But we could be together as they blow it all away
3:46 - This is what I shall call my "oh crap yes" moment because when I watched it I said "oh crap yes" aloud because oh crap yes. Them going to clasp hands in one scene for one reason going to them clasping hands in a totally different context is amazing.
3:51-4:20 - Having Faith on the end of the platform and there at the end is genius.
4:23-4:46 - The overlays are gorgeous and beautiful beyond the telling of it.
4:54 - Then the ending of it breaks my widdle heart with her "nothing".

The links and parallels are so strong and tangible that I can't believe everyone hadn't already recognized them, but I completely understand how it's the awesomeness of you that saw what nearly no one did. And you were able to draw them out and make them beautiful.

After having read your notes and the comments, I'm glad there were only a few with problems watching because this is a kick ass vid that everyone should see. Doug Petrie speaks the truth and you really drove it home throughout the vid in an overt way that leaves the viewer with the knowledge that Faith is indeed "the loneliest person in Sunnydale". I've always thought Faith was the most desperate in relation to Buffy and you also got that across very in the vid. Faith (and Buffy)'s story is so freaking sad full of what could have been if only but Faith never gets that.
bradcpubradcpu on July 10th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
It's great to see the Cornell love. Not many of my offline friends like his stuff, but his writing and delivery just really get to me... and it all seems to fit so perfectly for Whedon shows.

The day I started work on this vid, I posted how I felt about Buffy/Faith back when the show aired and how painful it was rediscovering that misery for the vid. The biggest part of that is the connected-but-alone feeling - something that can never die but never really be saved - and I was sure that it wouldn't come through that way in the vid.

Your reaction to it makes me think that maybe it did, which is so amazingly cathartic.

A couple of notes about your timestamps:

-With the opening dialogue scene, I wanted to show the movement parallel between the two of them (both turning right) and also the "reaction" to the other's lines. Seemed to fit the tone of the vid.

-All of the overlays in the first verse were meant to show either what was going on in their head, what was going on in the other one's head, or what was happening in the real world (with the dominant footage being their mental state - like with Buffy & the cars). It was all just supposed to show how they're both together in their unique kind of loneliness.

-So(!) happy you mentioned the "but we could be together" line. That sequence of images, starting with the pleading look on the rooftop, was what kept haunting me and eventually forced me to do the vid. I'm even more happy that you liked the overlays from the Gift sequence on. There's so much going on there thematically, I was really afraid I'd lose people... but I wanted the sequence to at least look visually appealing.

Reading your reply really makes me think the vid "worked" in the best possible way. Thank you so much.