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13 February 2006 @ 02:13 pm
New vid: Personal Jesus - Firefly relationships study  

Vid Title: Personal Jesus
Band/Artist/Song: Depeche Mode
Duration: 3:51
Character/Pairing: Pretty much all pairings, conventional and otherwise
Episode/s: All TV series and movie
Format: WMV
Notes: Book offers faith, salvation, an anchor in a chaotic life - but he comes to see that everyone's already found it in each other. Almost everyone. This is the most complex message I've tried to tell with a vid, so it's heavy on the metaphor and symbolism. It's really about... well, I'll let Book tell you what it's about.

51.7mb zipped wmv

Enter password: belief

Personal Jesus (Firefly) from Vimeo. (Download available)

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Jacquiwily_one24 on February 13th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Holy Crap!

This has to be, I'm thinking, your best vid ever. It was just so great. I was trying to picture it as you described it and really couldn't do it, but this... this was... brilliant.

I am in awe.

You did everyone on the crew so much justice.
bradcpubradcpu on February 13th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)

"Best" is subjective, but it certainly took more knowledge of vidding to make this one than any of my others. I'm pretty sure I couldn't have done this one a few weeks ago.

I was trying to not play to certain 'ships (and not leave any out), but some just worked better in this narrative and some didn't. Plus I was using River as my Christ figure, so that made it really tough to do any River pairings. Except River-Simon, because Simon was kind of her Mary Magdalene. (bizarre comparison ahoy)
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Криста: kaylee/nabootwilight_krista on February 13th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
May i create your fanclub?? :)

This was soooo great!
The old movie effect works here amazing - it gives that western feeling along with fitting the song. And transitions to color are gorgeous and very well timed.
For a strange reason i mentioned Kaylee at 00:27 - she is on her place :) And Simon right after her. The telephone moment at 1:06 - you are genious! And Book at 1:24 - he... i forgot the words :) He's wonderful.
01:45-02:14 - what a great stuff! Though i've made something similiar about 4 days ago in my vid, in yours it works better.
And how did you get this effects at 3:08, 3:16, 3^24 and so on? the zoom-thing? I mean - i don't know how to get it in WMM.
Oh, i'll just go and watch your id for the fifth time - it's extremely powerful.
You're my hero :))
bradcpubradcpu on February 14th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
You're just the sweetest! Thank you so much.

i mentioned Kaylee at 00:27 ... And Simon right after her

I picked those clips because they both looked like they were searching for something.

The telephone moment at 1:06

Most of the video was symbolic, not literal "telephone" or whatever, so I wasn't going to use the telephone shot unless it worked within the vid's story, but I thought this did.

01:45-02:14 - what a great stuff

Thanks! It took a while to figure out how to do that the way I wanted.

And how did you get this effects at 3:08, 3:16, 3^24 and so on? the zoom-thing?

I placed the whole scene on the timeline, cut it where I wanted, then took a picture of the final frame. Then I dragged the picture onto the timeline where the scene ends and added the following effects to the picture: brightness increase, zoom in (or out), fade out to white.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was tough to get the right mood and emotion in the vid, but I tried to do it as well as I possibly could. I wanted it to be "powerful," so thank you for saying that. :)
lvs2readlvs2read on February 13th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
This was simply stunning! I loved the sepia tones, with sudden shift to color whenever someone "reached out." The movement of the characters matched the music so well you would have thought it was originally filmed that way. Too, too many things to comment about individually. Fabulous! Well worth the time it took you to do!
bradcpubradcpu on February 14th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked. Hopefully I did the Pretty Fits crowd proud. The idea of sepia-tone-to-color was my first basic concept for the vid (reality sort of coming into focus when people connect and find faith in each other).

Well worth the time it took you to do!

My wife would probably disagree.
Rinnyrinalin on February 14th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Oh. Oh my.

That was brilliantly done. The sepia tones were beautiful fading to color. I loved the connectiveness between the crew, and how Book so subtly seeped into their lives. I never would have thought this song would work with this crew and it does.

I'm so very, very impressed.
bradcpubradcpu on February 14th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Rinny. I think my whole motivation for making vids is to show why I associate certain songs with this show, and that's definitely the case here. It's so rewarding when the vid comes close to showing what you've always seen in your head when you heard the song.

I guess you caught the Jaylee stuff? :)
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wedjateye: FF special hellwedjateye on February 23rd, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
Hi again. I recced this vid to two friends - neither of whom were able to get it from your links above, so I uploaded it to YSI for them. It is the big (52MB) version.

Here's the link - http://s14.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3A18E7GHD1VN003OHZGNWOFFAE
bradcpubradcpu on February 23rd, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks so much! I've tried all sorts of solutions for uploading vids, but everything has its unique problem. The last time I used YSI to post a vid, the download limit busted in like 30 minutes. Megaupload is just plain difficult to use. Got my own site, but the bandwidth limit makes me reluctant to debut vids there.
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afterThought: sun logoafter_thought_ on February 24th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Really loved this vid. Yet another song you've stuck in my head, lol! My favorite parts were the moving (zooming) stills - I love the effect it gives. I'm sure there are levels of meaning built into this vid that have just escaped me (I suppose multiple viewings are required.) but on a purely superficial note, nicely done.
bradcpu: frances ruffelle-michael ballbradcpu on February 25th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. I tried to make something that can be enjoyed on many levels, including superficial ones. And all my life I've wanted superficial beauty. :) Thanks.
DarkEmeralds: Applauseemeraldsedai on February 24th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
wedjateye recommended this vid to me, and wow, am I ever impressed. Great song choice, great use of sepia, brilliant layering of ideas, and I've rarely seen such excellent clip choices put to such good use.

I've only watched it once and will be rewatching many times to get all your nuances. I heard you were new to vidding, and that you're using less than optimum tools, which makes this vid a regular tour de force.

Brilliant work.
bradcpu: inuyashabradcpu on February 24th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I really am humbled by the compliments. I am (very) new to vidding, but I feel like I'm learning vast amounts with each new vid - as in being constantly amazed by the depths of my ignorance. I've actually come to like the limiting software because it forces me to get creative in expressing concepts since I can't rely on great tech tools.

Love your icon, btw!
(no subject) - emeraldsedai on February 25th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
txlsplashtxlsplash on March 11th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
I really love this video, great work! The coloring effects were beautiful.
bradcpubradcpu on March 12th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Coming from you, that's a huge compliment. I started vidding less than 2 months ago, but I'm trying to learn and improve as fast as I can... Faster. Thanks so much for letting me know you liked this.
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