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18 August 2013 @ 09:04 am
New vid: "The Polka Slayer" (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)  
Into every generation a polka is born.
By bradcpu and milly.

Length: 4:24
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Song/Artist: Polka Power by Weird Al Yankovic
Premiered at Vividcon 2013.
AO3 post / Tumblr post

Download the M4V

This is quite possibly the silliest, geekiest thing either of us have ever made, which is saying something. And it's totally not a rip off of absolutedestiny's Firefly vid Rodeohead, except that it is.




Notes

We split this up into 15 sections/vidlets, with each of us editing about half of them.

The intro and graphics were made by Milly
"Wannabe" was edited by Brad
"Flagpole Sitta" was edited by Brad
"Ghetto Supastar" was edited by Milly
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" was edited by Milly
"Walking on the Sun" was edited by Brad
"Intergalactic" was edited by Milly
"Tubthumping" was edited by Milly
"Ray of Light" was edited by Milly
"Push" was edited by Brad
"Semi-Charmed Life" was edited by Brad
"The Dope Show" was edited by Brad
"MMMBop" was edited by Milly
"Sex and Candy" was edited by Brad
"Closing Time" was edited by Brad

Last winter I did a test version of Flagpole Sitta (the Angel segment) to show milly the kind of tone I was thinking for the vid as a whole - and to convince her that this crackiness may actually work. She laughed - in a good way - so it was game on.

We started planning by assigning it the way you see above - along with some, er, intense negotiation over who got to do Ghetto Supastar. Then we talked about transitions, how to go from one character or plot point to the next. milly created the master file in Premiere and worked on her segments on her laptop, while I worked on a desktop PC in another room. As I finished each of my parts, she'd import them into her timeline.

Each of us had total control of our segments, but we tried to end them in a way that led into the start of the other person's segment. So, for instance, milly knew that I planned to start Walking On The Sun ("the Slayer segment") with Riley and Adam standing up during the dream in "Restless," so she ended Everybody with a shot from earlier in that scene.

We wanted to keep it as chronological as possible, with Intergalactic being the major exception because it just screamed for the Troika. (Or duo, on this case... Milly kept Warren out of that segment for the most part because she found that whenever you saw his face the vid tended to stop being funny.) We batted around the idea of using Giles, Xander, and Spike in Tubthumping, or just one of the three - likely Giles. In the end we went with Giles and Xander mainly because they were the most underrepresented elsewhere in the vid. There were so many other arcs and characters we had to mostly leave out - Oz! Tara! Cordy! - but they just didn't fit as well and we wanted to keep the focus on the core Scoobies.

Some of the sections go to a pretty heavy place, so we used lots of sped-up clips and silly faces to try to keep it from getting *too* emo. Also, holy crap that song is fast! When you're clipping you tend to hear the original (non-polka) version in your head and picture it that way, and then you put it on the timeline and nothing is ever fast enough. Or wacky enough.

milly mentioned at one point that she got all of the silly parts and I got all of the adult ones. But it all seemed pretty fun to me. It's Buffy!


Hope you enjoy the vid.
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Nicky: rivalobsessive24 on August 18th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha this was awesome, what a great note to end premieres on. Lots to be impressed by but I think what really got me was how beautifully you guys planned it out so that it not only covered all important developments but also did so in pretty much chronological order, so very clever but of course with lots and lots of heart too.

[Arnie] I'll be back. [/Arnie] with guesses
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
So glad you liked this one! Yeah, the planning was a thing - there was a whiteboard hanging in the house with the different parts and assignments written on it for months, and we talked a lot about chronology and transitions and such. It's wonderful to see your reaction. :)

[Arnie] I'll be back. [/Arnie] with guesses
I fully expect you to win the vidlet. No pressure.
(no subject) - obsessive24 on August 21st, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
counteragent: shoecounteragent on August 18th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thoroughly enjoyable! Great job--the coherency was awesome; can't believe how much you fit in! What a beast.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
It was indeed a beast to plan and wrangle, which makes your comment incredibly nice to read! We missed you at the con.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kitty: tvd: caroline-dancewinterevanesce on August 18th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
LMFAO! *crying*
So much fun!
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks you!
NOW GET BACK TO VIDDING!
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
vesperregina.dreamwidth.org: Utsumi Kaoruvesperregina.dreamwidth.org on August 19th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
So well-done, both of you! I appreciate the attention to detail in the covering of all the big moments. I adore this off-the-wall type of humor and the clip-to-lyric matching is sheer genius.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! No matter how much we included, it felt like we were leaving out a ton.

the clip-to-lyric matching is sheer genius
Aww, thanks! This kind of mutli-song vid is tough to resist as a vidder for that very reason: You want to line up the lyrics with certain moments.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
jarrow: bvs-grew upjarrow on August 19th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
This was the vid of the con for me.

I look forward to watching over and over and noticing new things each time. It had me grinning like an idiot in Premieres and sitting on the edge of my seat, just waiting to clap and cheer. THAT'S MY SHOW.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
You're so awesome. Your reaction really meant a lot to us at the con. I really do hope it continues to bring you a smile from time to time, or at least some nice memories from that weekend.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Cesperanza: deathcesperanza on August 19th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I loved this, not just as a Buffy fan but as a meta fan and a vid fan! Superstar! Tubthumping! my heart!
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It's tough to avoid vid meta or at least nostalgia when making a Buffy vid, so why try to avoid it? :) Really glad you liked this.
(no subject) - cesperanza on August 21st, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Buffy/GrlPower: heroine addictkita0610 on August 19th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
This was fucking glorious.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks! And I LOVE the icon.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Destinadestina on August 19th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
This vid made me laugh so hard, I cried, which is basically the best compliment I can think of. *g* I cried a lot at this con! But the kind that comes with grins is a better kind. Thank you both for making this.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much, destina! That's about the best compliment I can imagine too, especially when coming from you.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
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bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ahaha! I wish we could have been there. Though I suppose that would have been a bit creepy. What I meant to say was, thank you!
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
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bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
It was just as fun to make! Thank you so much for watching it and having a laugh with us.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
Leslie: Supernatural - Cool Guy Samsilver_venus42 on August 20th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
This is possibly the most ridiculously perfect thing in the world...*BLOODMIST*
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
I can vouch for ridiculous! But I'm happy to read the other part too. :) Thanks.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
dancing till the world ends: buffy: one girllynnenne on August 20th, 2013 12:01 pm (UTC)
That was too much fun!
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds like exactly the right amount! Ha, glad you liked it.
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
master beta: anime avatarrenenet on August 20th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
OMG I love you guys so hard!!!!!!!!!!!!
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Ditto! (and thanks) :)
(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
flaming muse: btvslifeanddeath mistress_tinkflaming_muse on August 20th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
This was utterly delightful, and the "Semi-Charmed Life" section was so great I skipped back to watch it five times before I could move on. :)
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
D'AWW! Thank you so much! We really enjoyed putting together that section. It just screams for season 6.
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bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 21st, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaat?? That rule breaker!!
(no subject) - milly on August 21st, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - milly on August 23rd, 2013 01:34 am (UTC) (Expand)