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15 December 2006 @ 08:42 am
New vid: "My Little Drum" / House S1 / A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Vid Title: My Little Drum
Fandom: House
Artist/Song: "My Little Drum," from A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi
Duration: 3:14
Summary: Christmas-themed season 1 overview and House character study with a touch of House/Cameron
Characters: House, House/Cameron, ensemble

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The idea for this one came from two places.

One was my impression of season 1, which I finished watching about a month ago. There was a dark, feverish kind of pace to the cast chemistry, but there were layers of caring (for each other as well as the patients) beneath that. They almost seemed to be working to heal each other, none more so than House. My favorite moments of the season were when they would realize that, see the good they were doing, and see how they were becoming a better person because of it. That reminded me of classic Christmas stories like "It's A Wonderful Life" or "A Christmas Carol." The show's personality also seemed to fit the jazzy, reflective Vince Guaraldi score for the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

I also got a request for a vid in this fandom as a Christmas gift for one of the members of the Reverie vidding forum.

Hope you enjoy the vid and have a very happy holidays.
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laurashapiro on December 15th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
I really liked this. It's got a wonderful impressionistic quality, as though we're inside House's head. Excellent cutting to a very challenging song.
bradcpu: Francesbradcpu on December 16th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
It's humbling that you enjoy it. My wife and I are huge fans of your vids, so I really appreciate hearing your thoughts. The song was challenging, but it was quite inspiring at the same time - as was the character and show, for that matter. I'm so glad you liked it.
laurashapiro on December 16th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
That's very flattering, thank you. (: I've only seen two of your vids (this one and the one you sent to BASCON), but I've liked them both very much.

Yes, House seems very challenging to vid -- so many talking heads! But after having vidded The West Wing, I'm convinced that any show is viddable. It just takes a keen eye and perseverance...and potentially a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth.
bradcpubradcpu on December 17th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Speaking of BASCON, I got the DVD from the con this week and I wanted to say how nice it is to have I Put You There off the computer and onto the big screen in the living room. We had already watched it an unhealthy number of times, but now we can force it on family and friends.

I'm envious that you tamed The West Wing. I'm not keen on vidding talking-head fandoms, but my inspiration doesn't seem too picky. It's random and merciless, and I will do as I'm told.
laurashapiro on December 17th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly. I do think IPYT, like most vids, looks much better on a bigger screen.

I am not sure I *tamed* The West Wing; "Circles" is one of my more ambitious failures, IMNSHO. Several people seem to like it, though. (:

Following one's random and merciless inspiration is what fandom is all about!
Nickyobsessive24 on December 15th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! This is amazing!! And you know I wouldn't say it (with so many exclamation marks) if it weren't true. The way you brought all the characters together is fantastic. Absolutely brilliant parallels all through. Did I mention SQUEEE?!?

Stylistically it's just faultless. I think you used pretty much every awesome shot that this season has to offer. :D Like laurashapiro said, excellent cutting, and I'm very jealous of the great way you used extended clips.

All your tech problems aside, I think the xvid version looks beautiful and very very clear, with no aspect ratio problems that I can discern. So it's all good, really.

Loved the quick cutting on the paperwork at the start, brain pictures changing on the beat.
0:06 - 0:07: loved that continued movement as well as the focus on the hands, and yay for little twitch!
0:10: great static IV shot leading into the zooming perfectly in tune to music
0:15: LOVED the way her hands turned on the beat
0:20: lovely connection
0:26: Gorgeous shot, and so well placed on that piano bit, again following through with her walking through the clip from the actual Christmas episode.
0:31: love the flow-through here. I think it was nifty how you integrated the first cross-fade from source, and then cross-faded again to a different clip with the blinds. Looks flawless. More great moments of internal motion with the ball and the meds.
0:36: it's not often that I actually see music-playing synced up so nicely. Looks perfect.
0:39: LOVED the eyes looking up on the piano
0:41: arms shaking to the music! Hee.
0:42: Ooooh, how much do I love that pan across. Gorgeous motion.
0:49: Nice connection between the senator and House! I wouldn't have realised it on my own. Ditto the leprosy kid and House on the floor. (Love the "psych symptoms" overlay and the underlining on the beat.)
0:55: More seizures to the music. It's like a private joke to you, isn't it? ;)
0:59: Continued camera motion! *flails* Love love
1:02: That part had me in stitches, and sort of sums House at that point up perfectly, with the minions all shaking their heads exasperatedly in the next bit. Again with the lovely overlays of "witholds pain, control" etc.
1:07: Nice positioning of the two clips
1:09: like the fade to black, makes for a great "new chapter" feel.

Nickyobsessive24 on December 15th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
Wonderful use of the precious little Christmas footage. Foreman and Chase each with their most significant patient of the season, carrying through to their interaction with House. Wonderful narrative, gorgeously carried out.
1:46: Eye-lift on the piano. I love how playful the editing is in this, all those little winks you give to the music.
1:52 segment: H. watching himself. Pretty high-concept! :D Yet it's told in such a clear, touching way. I love that Stacy is so clearly alluded to but isn't there; she's been superceded by Cameron.
2:08 - love the pan across to Cameron & stopping right on the music cue there. Even though I'm not into House/Cameron, I got a little shippy right there.
2:12 - another great leg-connection that I didn't pick up before. Loved the cutting to H & Stacy's hands. In my opinion it can be read two different ways: as contrast (H left alone in the end c.f. the musician's happy ending) or as a signal of hope as it immediately follows the Cameron segment, with the idea already in place that Cameron is starting to replace Stacy.
More great Chase & Foreman scenes. Man, I love those guys.
2:30 pill, through to H/C, back to pill. It's an amazing representation of a moment of hesitation.
2:34 cork popping! Whee! Rubbing away the whiteboard! Everyone happy! So cathartic. But then Cameron leaves and it feels like the happiness is short-lived.
2:45: carry-through on Chase leaving. LOVE this prolonged shot.
2:51: nice close-up & great on-beat action as usual
2:58: nice connection between the clips! Walking stick clomping down on the beat, the end.

I love this vid. Seriously Love it with a capital L. It works on so many levels, as an ensemble or a H character or a House/Cameron, and that's what makes it great. It's so expansive and the emotional content is amazing. Plus, extra points for fab narrative given it's an instrumental. Loads and loads of love. You should be so very very very proud of yourself right about now.
bradcpu: slayerbradcpu on December 16th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
Oh, man, how much do I love you! Your reaction to this vid made me feel so amazing. It was like Christmas morning for me. : ) But without the burnt turkey and awkward family conversations.

Seriously, thank you. You know how it is - when you pour yourself into something like this and have no idea how it's going to come across. And then someone completely gets it - the way you hoped it would be - and it's just the most rewarding thing ever.

I think you used pretty much every awesome shot that this season has to offer.
Oh, certainly not! I pulled more than 100 clips that I didn't use, and a good 30 or 40 were as good or better than what I have here, visually. In the end they got cut either because they didn't fit with the pacing or they said the wrong thing at the wrong time (or nothing at all) in terms of narrative. But so much pretty got cut.

I'm glad my conversion struggles weren't horribly noticeable. Even now I watch the uncompressed AVI and think the xvid looks awful by comparison, but I guess there's only so much you can do with 30mb. I hope to learn and improve in that area from now on, too.

A few notes about the timestamps:
-One of my first ideas for the vid, visually, was him tossing the ball up and it turning into the pill. But once I got in and started editing, it just seemed to work better linking to the lobby/Wilson shot.
-I was secretly stressing over the crossfades for the past week after your reaction to the Bascon vid. :P Really thought you'd dislike this vid because of that.
-Originally had the vid opening with a pan in to his apartment as he plays the piano (source audio) then stops and has a drink, but I thought it looked too much like I Feel You.
More seizures to the music. It's like a private joke to you, isn't it?
Apparently not so private. :) Gotta have the wistful_fever homage. I mean, c'mon!
That part had me in stitches ... Again with the lovely overlays of "witholds pain, control" etc.
At first I was worried that that part would come across as too funny when it's actually kind of sad - but I see now that's the wrong way to think about it. The show itself is funny in the same way - silly funny, in spite (or maybe because) of the tragic main character and somber setting.

I have to admit I was scared out of my mind that the House-watching-himself vignette wouldn't connect properly, and then suddenly the vid is a big "wha?" It's so cathartic that you see that clearly, take it for granted, and then move straight into thinking about the shippyness and the meaning.

I'm just so thrilled that you love the vid!!! I had a hard time classifying it - overview, character study, shipper vid, etc. - but the bottom line is that it's a vid about healing. Judging by your interpretation of some of the later scenes, that seems to have come through as well.
Nickyobsessive24 on December 16th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
It came across very well. Nothing felt forced and you can understand the main argument from the very first watch, though you also know it's going to be one of those vids where you pick up more from with each viewing. I think it's funny that you were so worried that certain parts wouldn't be understood properly, like the House-watching-self part - to me everything is told very matter-of-factly and the narrative makes perfect sense.

I'm sorry my bitching about crossfades got you worried. :D I was mainly talking about shorter ones, and only pertaining to vids on DVD, but at any rate they look great here.

Fabella homage is a must with every vid. ;D

At first I was worried that that part would come across as too funny when it's actually kind of sad
Nono, that's exactly how it came across to me. Funny-in-a-sad-way. I didn't express myself too well with what I said there; it came across exactly as you intended. Little bit of humour juxtaposed against the greater backdrop of sadness which, of course, is pretty much your raison d'être. ;)

I think the best vids are the ones that escape classification. It reads more into specifics set against a greater backdrop. And that's what this vid did. And so Christmassy to boot! It's the first thing that's actually gotten me a bit fuzzy about Christmas this year, so go you.
the kid with the bullet soul: BSG Kara in the shadowsexsequar on December 15th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
This was excellent, I enjoyed it very much! It's been a while since I've seen S1, but nevertheless the feel and the way you made connections between clips told a very clear story. Unique music choice and editing style - very fresh and intriguing. Great job! :)
bradcpubradcpu on December 16th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm relieved that the story came through properly. I knew if the narrative and the emotion felt disconnected, the vid would lose all of its impact, so - yeah, big relief there. Thanks so much for watching and letting me know.
Dualbunnydualbunny on December 15th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful. :D The feel of the song was perfect for the show, and I adore how you alternated between cutting to piano notes and letting them accent internal motion.

It's a beautiful vid. It floats along, but never loses its momentum. Loved the motion and character parallels as well. It's such a treat to watch. :}
bradcpu: Francesbradcpu on December 16th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
The music had so many interesting cues in the audio and such personality that it was just a joy to work with. Really helped give me a focal point.

It's a surreal kind of flattering to read comments like these from such an amazing vidder, but more than anything I'm just really happy that you enjoyed watching it. Thank you for telling me so.
aychebaycheb on December 16th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
It usually takes me two or three re-watches to fall for a vid in a fandom I don’t know very well but this was love at first viewing.

I think the thing that strikes me most (apart from the sense that there’s much more to see) are how, although it’s a very mobile vid, almost all the motion is external, camera movements or cutting that keeps shifting the point or the depth of focus. House, the protaganist, moves slowly and effortfully if at all. There’s a real sense of life rushing around him, brushing past him and yet the tone of the vid is not cold or alienated but fundamentally affectionate. I think that comes partly from exploiting the Christamassy associations of the tune (which almost stand in for lyrics) but also that, despite the pace, there are so many subtle shots of people connecting and healing (even it’s just what they do for a living). It’s A Wonderful Vid. *g*
bradcpu: Francesbradcpu on December 17th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Wow, that's incredibly insightful - one of the most intelligent, thoughtful comments I've ever seen. You explained what I was trying to do (and why you feel that it worked) much better than I ever could, which is an very rewarding feeling as a vidder.

And it's even more flattering. I'm impressed that you'd even watch this if you weren't a House fan, so your reaction is just overwhelming.

It’s A Wonderful Vid.
:) Insightful, flattering, and clever. Seriously, thank you.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
no lyrics for me to quote... wait... bumbumbu...
I really like the music you used for this vid. It has just the right touch of Christmas, sadness, happiness, etc. First, I started downloading, got impatient, and watched it on imeem. I got ready to write up my feedback, but imeem has the flaw of no time counter. Luckily, the download had finished, but I had to work and never had time until now. I’m always a few days behind on feedback. :)

:00-:04 – Love the opening medical test and results editing. Very well done.
:08 – Twitch!
:11 – The focusing on the beat it amazing.
:20 – Wow, love how you went from one scene of House throwing the ball into another different scene of him catching it. A nice touch.
:28-:32 – Lovely connection with the blinds in the scenes.
:34 – Great drop on the beat.
:30’s – I’m a real sucker for when the piano playing syncs up with the music.
:40’s - Love the connections between the patients and the doctors. When they diagnose the patients, they diagnose what they see of themselves in the patients.
Love the overlays of the whiteboard over some parts. It works well partly because the show lays the groundwork and you took it and ran with it.
1:11 – Excellent pacing change with the music.
You went with just the right clips throughout the vid.
You come to rest a bit with Foreman, Chase, the patients, and House, which I love because it settles in and watches them for a bit.
I actually liked the Cameron section, despite not liking her, so you accomplished something right there.
1:50’s – Very, very cool having House in the brown tones looking in on House in the past. And the turning away kills me.
2:08 – Love the use of the sweeping camera shot.
2:45 – You follow Chase right into House and then go in for a close up of House’s hands, which I love for some reason I can’t explain. Maybe it’s going from so faraway to right up close.
2:57 – Great fade from one cane twirl to another. The on beatness of him dropping down the cane is wonderful.

Amazing work on taking a whole season and boiling it down to such a concise vid.
bradcpubradcpu on December 19th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: no lyrics for me to quote... wait... bumbumbu...
Oh how much do I love you and your timestamps? (Hint: A lot) You know you don't always have to leave timestamps, though - more than anything I'm just really glad you enjoyed the vid. Hope it got you all Christmasy and jolly.

The opening montage gave me fits because I had pulled to many detail shots of that type. So I ended up with five times as many as I needed, then I couldn't figure out which ones best carried the music... Eventually I just had to stop tinkering with it and move on.

Love the overlays of the whiteboard over some parts. It works well partly because the show lays the groundwork and you took it and ran with it.

You know, I was really hoping it would come through that way - as a nod to the way the series uses that. But I was afraid it would just look like "OK, here's a random overlay now."

For what it's worth, I didn't like Cameron either. But her dynamic with House in S1 was still pretty compelling. And then I hated myself for liking that plotline.

You follow Chase right into House and then go in for a close up of House’s hands, which I love for some reason I can’t explain. Maybe it’s going from so faraway to right up close.

Hopefully you can't tell that's from three different episodes.

Speaking of imeem, where's my Blood Red Summer? Gah! I need it for favorites and links and playlists and so on! For The Damaged Coda would be nice to have too. I'm just sayin. Wait, you're not Santa! Or are you...
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: no lyrics for me to quote... wait... bumbumbu...
You know you don't always have to leave timestamps
Yeah, but me love the timestamps. They're so hopeful sometimes to point things out. :)

The opening was worth it.

a nod to the way the series uses that
Works wonderfully.

For what it's worth, I didn't like Cameron either. But her dynamic with House in S1 was still pretty compelling. And then I hated myself for liking that plotline.
EHeheh, she annoys the living crap out of my sometimes.

Hopefully you can't tell that's from three different episodes.
Seriously? Awesome.

Speaking of imeem, where's my Blood Red Summer? Gah! I need it for favorites and links and playlists and so on! For The Damaged Coda would be nice to have too. I'm just sayin.
I've been trying to upload some, but they keep failing. The whole process takes a day because it lies and says it's uploaded. Now I can't upload anything because my aunt is downloading a whole season of Unwrapped. It's taken 4 straight days and it's at 89%, so I'm not downloading or uploading anything, so it will go faster. Which also means I don't get to get this week's episodes for a while. :(

Wait, you're not Santa! Or are you...
I am one jolly mofo.
bradcpubradcpu on December 20th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: no lyrics for me to quote... wait... bumbumbu...
Wish I could help you out with the uploads. I'm in my own personal imeem hell over here trying to figure out why every vid I put up looks like a slideshow.
DC: stormbananainpyjamas on December 24th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Drive-by review before I go to pack: how awesome was this?? I Feel You is still my favorite of your vids but I really think this is up there with your best. Even though I've never seen the show I could actually tell there was so much amazing contextual insight that was flying over my head. ;) Love love love the editing in the intro. Hell the editing everywhere is fantastic but that stood out to me. Also love the way you used motion. One of my favorite moments is when runs his cane across the blinds and then you dissolve into a pan in the same direction across a window with the same blinds (maybe even the same window - I couldn't tell).

And the song choice was just so inspired. I never would've guessed that it could work as well as it did, but then again, I know to trust your judgement when it comes to these things. ;) Really loved the bit with him playing on the piano over piano notes in the music. Too cute. ;)

Lots of awesome clip connections too, like House stumbling at the same time as that patient hooked up to an IV. And the cane-spinning at the end! Hee! Of course, I've come to expect that from you, master of the clip connection that you are. ;) Really liked what you were doing with overlaying the text on the white board too. I also loved that the shippyness was there but IMO was pretty subtle (at least as far as shipping in vids goes).

All in all this was so enjoyable to watch! Definitely a great way to start Christmas Eve. =) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I'll see you when I get back.
bradcpubradcpu on December 25th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that you were able to get that much out of it having never seen the show before. That in itself is a wonderful compliment. Then again, you're a pretty insightful viewer (giving yourself way too little credit there).

It's really cool that you enjoyed what I did with the motion here. I was trying to keep everything moving to give it more of a feel of an overview, plus I wanted to show how the series alternates between tension and reflection. Almost felt like I was "cheating" with the clip connections because S1 was so formulaic - it was basically the same series of scenes every episode. But I do appreciate the compliment on that front.

I also loved that the shippyness was there but IMO was pretty subtle
Subtle shippyness is my favorite kind. I suck at overt shippyness, but let me do it with a wink and a metaphor and I'm much more comfortable.

More than anything, I'm really happy to have been a small part of your Christmas. :) Hope you have a great time in Houston - and that someone giftwraps Spidey for you!
buffyannbuffyann on August 13th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Brad catching up marathon, vid n°2 :

ok, first thing that comes to mind: I love you brad !!!
Man, I knew you were a great vidder but this is so amazing...
I kept watching the vid thinking "wow, the song is perfect" yet, I don't even know how you thought of vidding the way you did with this song... I'm amazed. I really love your "sensitivity" (if that's the word) and how that transpires into your work. Really : *love*. it's so insane that, I don't know if it's because I'm tired, if it's the aftermath of watching "walk on the ocean" 3 times before or my love for christams, but I'm touched beyond words after watching this...and I'm almost crying ... You have a way of triggering something "real" and beautiful. Really brad, you rock !
You vid made me feel so much for House. His loniless despite people trying to reach for him, his refusal to be happy but yet, his will to help and how he can still be touched by patients... really beautiful...

Now, more tech wise, I love your editing and your use of the source overall and I would timeline every second honestly if I wanted to say everything I loved so this is just a few limited timeline stuff :
0:28 - 0:32: awesome. I love your sense of movement. god.
0:50 : love that fade
1:05: overlay of the "board". I love how its presence is there all around the vid like it's a part of House's brain. GREAT.
1:40: I love snow.
1:54: love that shot of House alone.
2:11: this compassionate and sweet caring look of cameron really fits here.
2:54: love the several house fade in his office. beautiful.

Thanks brad. :)

bradcpu: Warlowbradcpu on August 14th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
ok, first thing that comes to mind: I love you brad !!!
haha... You just give the coolest feedback! You seem to understand my vids in a way that is rare and wonderful, and I love you right back for it.

House season 1 was so brutal and violent at times - almost difficult to watch - but I thought that atmosphere made the sweet, caring moments much more touching. It was like they were all slowly healing each other, not just the patients. Some of the moments in the Christmas episode seemed to sum all of that up, so that's where the idea for the vid came from. I'm just overjoyed that you liked it so much.

I'm really touched that it moved you. It means a lot to me.
Semi-Obsessive Me: House benchsol_se on February 28th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
A very late comment here (catching up on your vids). I really loved this! I love how you've done a vid for each season, and they each have such a distinctive & different feel to them.
bradcpu: Zoidberg hookbradcpu on February 28th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Aww, you commented on My Little Drum! :) Sorry, but this vid has such a special place in my little vidder heart and it just makes me all melty to see a comment on it. Especially from you!

they each have such a distinctive & different feel to them
I'm trying to sort of get the pulse of each season, you know? Plus it's fun to try to test myself in terms of trying different things with mood and approach. Also, I'm trying to not bore people. :P
Semi-Obsessive Me: House benchsol_se on March 1st, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm trying to sort of get the pulse of each season, you know?
Yes, yes! I think that comes across wonderfully. I love that you're doing these season vids, and it's definitely not boring. *g* Now, get to watching the next season! (Just kidding.)