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13 August 2016 @ 10:42 am
New vid: "Psychosocial Baby" (Harry Potter)  

The preservation of the martyr in me.

Length: 3:35
Fandom: Harry Potter
Song/Artist: "Psychosocial" by Slipknot vs "Baby" by Justin Bieber with Ludacris, mashup by Isosene
Premiered at VividCon 2016
At AO3 / On Tumblr

Thanks to laurashapiro and milly for their help!


This started life a year ago as a planned dance vid for Club Vivid. In the end I had some concerns about it just not quite being the right fit for Club Vivid, so it turned into my Premieres vid at the con. Which was handy, since it was already done and I didn't really have time to do another vid for the Premieres show at that point.

The original idea was for a fun, somewhat cracky exploration of Tom/Voldemort's point of view. I'd imagine that he felt pretty constrained by a system that was slanted against Slytherin, to the detriment of all magical kind (from his perspective). It's kind of Voldemort as Magneto in that sense, I guess.

Anyway, it was supposed to be more cracky than this. Hopefully the "Baby" misdirection at least caught a few people off guard.

There's not a ton of tech work here. Most of the time-consuming structural work just involved intercutting of dream sequences and parallel images - with liberal use of jump cuts - to sell the Voldemort POV.

I did my time and I want out
So effusive - fade - it doesn't cut
The soul is not so vibrant
The reckoning, the sickening
Packaging subversion
Pseudo-sacrosanct perversion
Go drill your deserts, go dig your graves
Then fill your mouth with all the money you will save
Sinking in, getting smaller again
I'm done! It has begun!
I'm not the only one!

And the reign will kill us all
We throw ourselves against the wall
But no one else can see
The preservation of the martyr in me
Psychosocial! (x6)

There are cracks in the road we laid
But where the temple fell
The secrets have gone mad
This is nothing new, but when we killed it all
The end was all we had
Who needs another mess?
We could start over
Just look me in the eyes and say I'm wrong!
(I'm going down, down, down, down
and I just can't believe...)
I think we're done! I'm not the only one!


When I was 13, I had my first love
There was nobody that compared to my baby
Nobody came between us, no one could ever come above
She had me going crazy, oh I was starstruck
She woke me up daily, don't need no Starbucks
She made my heart pound
and skip a beat when I see her in the street and
at school on the playground
but I really want to see her on the weekend
She knows she got me dazing cause she was so amazing
And now my heart is breaking but I'll just keep on saying

Fake anti-fascist lie! (Psychosocial!)
I tried to tell you but (Psychosocial!)
Your purple hearts are giving out (Psychosocial!)
Can't stop a killing idea (Psychosocial!)
If it's hunting season (Psychosocial!)
Is this what you want? (Psychosocial!)
I'm not the only one!


Thanks for watching!
laurashapiro on August 13th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
I still really enjoy this. (:
bradcpubradcpu on August 16th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Laura. We missed you this year. It feels incomplete when you're not there.
laurashapiro on August 17th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
I missed you too, and was so sorry not to meet the baby! I'll be there next year for sure.
klia: flowersklia on August 14th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
This was so well done -- deftly-edited, terrific storytelling, great song choice (I will say, though, Corey Taylor's vocals are the auditory equivalent of shoving an ice pick into my ear -- awesome for Voldemort POV vid, not so much for my ear :D).
bradcpubradcpu on August 16th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Klia! I totally understand about the vocals. Voldemort is one of the few narrative voices I'd use this for! :) (Random note - this was originally going to be a vid about Freddy Kruger. So I guess that's another voice I'd use it for.)
Millymilly on September 27th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
As I've told you a couple of times already, this is one of my favorite vids of yours. The lyric interpretation is so smart and the clip connections feel so new and clever. Really love the time toggling and the flowing motion. There are so many layers and I feel like I see more stuff with every viewing (and I've watched it A LOT over the past year)

Only you would make such a complex, serious yet hilarious, intricate & gorgeous vid to a song like this and make it work.