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18 August 2007 @ 04:37 am
New vid: "Working Class Hero" (Firefly)  
Vid Title: Working Class Hero
Fandom: Firefly/Serenity
Song/Artist: "Working Class Hero" by Green Day via John Lennon
Duration: 4:13
Summary: "If you want to be a hero well just follow me." Mal/River via Simon, Zoe, Jayne

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"Working Class Hero"
by John Lennon
performed by Green Day

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
'Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you cant follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

When they tortured and scared you for twenty odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function youre so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and tv
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like all the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be

If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Hope you enjoy the vid. Please share your thoughts.

Also, I had a couple of non-premiere vids shown at VVC. If anyone would like the links, they're here:

Vertigo (House) - shown in Daughter of Experimental Vids
Living Dead Girl (BtVS/AtS) - shown in Nearly New
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Nickyobsessive24 on August 18th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
It's posted! SQUEEEEEEEEE

*paces impatiently while downloading*

*watches*

Argghhh my eyes! The shiny! My eyes!!

*calms down a bit*

Okay, timestamps.

opening - oh, gorgeous setting of the scene.. I feel it's a bit of an HL homage as well. Beautiful flow through to the soldier kid getting shot in the chest. Love the lights on beat. The ensuing few clips just carry that motion so well, with gorgeous little bits of internal motion all through, and such wonderful use of light
0:19 - I'm curious about this shot as I don't remember it at all. Gorgeous moody long shot with lovely shots down below, though.
0:22 - LOVE the movement of the planes flying in
0:37 - you know, that handheldy pull-out on the Alliance ship is one of the BEST shots in the show. And you used it just perfectly here.
0:49 - I really liked the "hit you at school" as a looser connotation as opposed to something more literal.
0:51 - you know I love that shot. Can't get enough of it.
1:02 - love that flow-through motion. You're the master of it, so you would know. Ditto Mal at 1:06.
1:12 - lovely little tie-in of Simon & River turning
1:14 - the ball!
1:20 - again with the clip connections! This must stop, otherwise I will run out of commenting space. :P
1:24 - pan across to blue!!!
1:28 - I love how the light across Mal's face plays over to Simon opening the door.
1:30 - oh my god the light. That's GORGEOUS.
1:39 - the guy in the foreground flashing across on beat gives me a happy.
1:43 - River sitting. Oi, I told you to stop it!
1:46 - love the time toggle on the fill, punctuated by that flame going up
1:52 - took me a couple of watchings to catch the parallel, but I got there in the end!
1:55 - the falling man/the falling statue. SO good. And I love how you pulled it together with the Jayne/Mal shot.
2:01 - jump cut of goodness!
2:02-2:04 - Ooooh, the shiny of that. And then the time toggle on that rogue cop walking forward!
2:09 - TV=bible. Brutal but lovely.
2:13 - light on shoulder on beat. You are sick with your attention to detail! Sick, I tell you!
I don't have much coherent to say about the ensuing sequence, except that it all flows together brilliantly and you did such a fantastic job with the pacing.
From 2:42 onward there's these lovely sticky guitars, which provided a fantastic playground for your new crossfade fetish. Love it, especially Mal on ground at 2:54.
3:00 - funny in the movie, much more poignant here.
3:24 - that light really got me.
I think I'm gradually getting lazy with the timestamps cos I can't handle all the awesome. But 3:46 is a particularly awesome piece of awesome. Oh, the movement. *swoon*
3:50 - dig that flow-through motion
3:53 - Zoe the war amazon! Freaks me out every time.

It's gorgeous and breathless and just so meticulously done. No notes? What's that about? I wanna hear your thought processes on this one.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 19th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
Planning to email you with elaboration as I don't want to bore everyone (only you!), but I do want to give you a heartfelt thanks for being such a wonderful feedbacker and being so patient as I whined about the vid over the past month or so. Reading this reply when I woke up today was one of those Big Sigh, weight-off-my-chest moments. Then came the grin as I kept reading.

You really are wonderful.

I feel it's a bit of an HL homage as well
I think pretty much everything I'm doing at this point is an homage to you or to HL - or both.
0:19 - I'm curious about this shot as I don't remember it at all
It was the opening shot of the Dhu Khang flashback at the beginning of The Message. I wanted all of this opening segment to have the feel of a flashback but still feel in the present.

There was a real temptation to go literal with the lyrics since they often referenced images in the series, but I tried to just sort of surround the lyrics with the subject instead of shoving it in the viewer's face.
1:52 - took me a couple of watchings to catch the parallel
Yay, you got it! I thought that was probably the most opaque one.
2:09 - TV=bible. Brutal but lovely
It is brutal, isn't it? That's entirely Lennon's work, just a direct interpretation of the song. I thought this was one of the more literal ties, but I guess sometimes it's better to go literal to get the point across.
2:13 - light on shoulder on beat. You are sick with your attention to detail!
And you're sick in your ability to catch it!
3:00 - funny in the movie, much more poignant here.
I showed it to Kim when I did a finalish draft the other day, and I was holding my breath when it got to this point, desperately hoping she wouldn't laugh. Had a huge moment of relief when she didn't.
3:24 - that light really got me.
Another huge yay over here! I feared that was too subtle to even notice.

As usual, you bring the wonderful. Email coming soon.
(no subject) - exsequar on August 21st, 2007 04:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Fiona: Riverruafair on August 18th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Ok I'm not even going to attempt to match the excellent review above... I'd just fail miserably LOL...

But I will say, what an amazing piece of art, and yes it is art.... I'm not a fan of that version of the song (just my intense dislike of Green Day rules over the music LOL) but it did work so perfectly with the tone and pace of the video...

Brilliant video.

Fiona
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
I've never really gotten into Green Day, but every time this song came on the radio the images here just kept beating me over the head. Finally I had enough and just had to make the vid.

I'm flattered. I just want it to be enjoyable, no matter how it's defined in artistic terms. I guess that's true of most vidders and most vids, but it's especially true for this one. Thank you so much for the compliment.
shoopdancer: VM-- Dick wootshoopdancer on August 18th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Holy Shit!!
Excuse the swearing, but it had to be said.

That was all kinds of absolute brilliance!!! OMG!!! I am completely awestruck!! *rewatches*

I wanna give you a proper review, because this video just deserves it! Your editing was so simplistic, yet truly a work of art. The beauty in this video is the comparisons and the fantastic editing that comes with it. Two of my favourite parts, which almost come in succession, has to be at 1:53- 1:59 and 2:00- 2:09. Wow. The comparisons, especially the TV/Bible religion piece is so perfectly crafted, working perfectly lyrically and creating a deeper meaning. Also, the falling man off of the ship, combing with the falling statue was so pleasing on the eyes :P Also, the way you use natutal lights in the clips (I'm not even sure i they were added, as they seem to complement the clips so well) on the beat is so innovative. I especially love, the flame going up in the background on the beat at 1:48 (whether intentional or not) just really showed attention to detail.

I think, another thng that creates such beauty in this video is, of course, your movement. Every clip seems perfectly placed after the other with perfection. You also didn't go zoom crazy, which I think woudn't have worked with this song, so it was pleasing to see that you kept the editing simple.

I don't know what else I can say except it is absolutely amazing and I definitely need to make another vid rec post, just so I can rec this vid :)
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Thanks, Shoop! Wow. I'm really blown away that you liked it so much.

I was thinking maybe I was going a little nuts with the comparison shots and metaphors, but maybe that's not such a bad thing. :) No, I didn't do much to the clips in terms of adding lighting or altering it. I think there was a little flicker to highlight what was already there on a couple of clips, but that's it. The lighting in the show is so beautiful that you don't really have to do much to it but throw it onto the timeline and take credit for it.

the flame going up in the background on the beat at 1:48 (whether intentional or not)
Yep, it was intentional. I was trying to compare that to the previous shot of Serenity valley, to kind of emphasize that Mal's still at war.

You also didn't go zoom crazy
Honestly? I'm just not that good at using zooms. Really need to work on that. But I'm glad it didn't seem like I needed them here.

I really, deeply appreciate it, Shoop. Hope you keep enjoying the vid. That's why I made it.
(no subject) - shoopdancer on August 19th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Charmax: Mal/Inaracharmax on August 18th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I knew without watching that I'd love this because it's you plus Firefly plus one of my all time favourite songs. And yet I was unprepared for just how much I love this vid. It is a thing of beauty and awesomeness. I love the time toggles, the cross fades, the motion and the comparisons and the fact that you've blended film and show footage together so seamlessly. I would timestamp my favourite parts for you but basically it's everything between 0.00-4.13. It's the ultimate world weary, cynical, outcast song and the ultimate world weary, cynical, outcast crew and it is all good.

I'm just going to watch it again, and again.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Wow.

OK, the vid was officially worth it! Seriously feel all justified and content now.

It sounds like the vid really clicked for you the way it did in my mind when I was imagining it... the way I wanted it to be. I'm sure you know how satisfying it is to read that. I wanted it to be anthemic and Firefly-tastic, holding onto that defiant blue-collar (brown collar?) feel the show had. Now I feel like it did. :)

Also...
basically it's everything between 0.00-4.13
New best feedback ever!
Rinnyrinalin on August 18th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
*is awed*

Just. Fucking. Awed.

There are a thousand moments where I was drawn in, sucked in and amazed by. This song is so perfectly Mal and River... And the scenes you chose, the way that their spliced...

Damn it. Just AWED!
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 19th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
RINNY! Hey, I had to have a vid that would give me an excuse to show off the LJ background you made me. Have you noticed how well it matches?

I'm humbled by the aweing to the point that I feel unworthy to even reply. So I'll just say "thank you." Err... thank you.
buffyannbuffyann on August 18th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
YAY, new vid !!!
So I don't know Firefly/Serenity outside of a few glimpse of the movie I saw here and there so obviously, my review will remain superficial and I know there's layers there I did not see.
Now, it didn't have the effect on me as Vertigo did but that's probably related to not knowing the fandom.
You certainely used the song very well and the lyrics guided me through the story and helped me get more context even if I didn't understand every line and had to look at your post after for lyrics (but that's not your fault, I need bionic ears). I liked that the video feels like an almost ironic look at the "society" of this fandom. You don't know if you should laugh or cry, it's almost ridiculous how things works but it still brings pain and characters are struggling to live in this world. I could be totally off with this lol. Just telling you how I felt.
I loved your fades and motion. :)
0:25 Love this shot
0:50 beautiful
0:53 I love seeing this walk intercut with other clips
1:00 I love this here, perfect for the narrative and still visually perfect sync with music.
1:01 "fucking crazy", really nice moment here
1:24 WOW, so intense and PERFECT. R
1:24 - 1:31 This is really my favourite sequence, it's so intense and beautifully done. Incredible.
2:02 Again, you rock.
2:30 Another walk ! it's great again !
2:46 Beautiful fade here.
2:50 Again, beautiful
3:49-3:51 love this moment.

Great vid, brad. Speedvidding certainely works for ya :)



bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you liked it! You've quickly become one of my favorite vidders, and the fact that you enjoyed it despite not knowing the fandom is just wonderful. It's also really great to read the thoughts of someone who hasn't really seen the series because, as we discussed before, that's a different perspective on it.

I'm relieved that it didn't have the same effect on you as Vertigo! Heh. Definitely a different kind of vid.

You don't know if you should laugh or cry, it's almost ridiculous how things works
I suppose you could say the same thing about society in real life. I guess that's why I felt that the song worked for it.

It's neat reading your timestamps and getting a sense for how the vid looks with little fandom frame of reference. It's really cool that you hit on many of the things I was hoping to emphasize - the walks, the transition points in the narrative, and the key moments in the pacing. I don't think I'm the best at instinctive vidding and musicality, but I do always work really hard to pay attention to detail (that's why it always takes so long), so it's really nice that came through.

Speedvidding certainely works for ya
Yeah, you gotta love those month-and-a-half "speed vids". If I really took my time with a vid, it'd probably be done in 2009.
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Kitty: JC!!winterevanesce on August 18th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to let you know that this video is amazing!! - like every one says. I love everything about it. The clip selections were perfect. I've never watched Firefly, only Serenity. This is just a really fantastic video and a real treat to watch. Excellent job as always, brad.
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 19th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's especially nice hearing that since you've never seen the show. I really appreciate you watching it despite that and letting me know you enjoyed it.
littleheaven70 on August 18th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
I think Nicky summed it up :o) Lovely flow, pace, clip choice. Fantastic song for the subject matter. *prostrates*
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you liked it! This is my first vid with you on my flist, so... no pressure, eh? :)

(Oh I love your icon!)
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Sharvie_sharvie_ on August 18th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh no! You did a vid to GD's version of Working Class Hero and my computer just died. *cries*

I'll be back, I guarantee it.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Hope it does the song justice! Good luck with your computer. I've been there. Recently and repeatedly.
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cyren_2132cyren_2132 on August 18th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sure more specific thoughts will follow, but right now I'm thinking there couldn't be a better ending to a day of driving and hauling stuff up stairs than using someone else's open wireless service to find a new vid! Very good!
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Hey, welcome back! We're looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Now take my job, please!
frogfarm on August 19th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Stellar work, as always.

(I don't like either the original or the remake of this song, so it probably says more about me that I couldn't think of anything other than, "You know what the definition of a hero is?" :)
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
I couldn't think of anything other than, "You know what the definition of a hero is?"
Yay! That was definitely one of the lines I was hoping to call to mind. (Despite how it might appear at first glance, the vid's not supposed to be very complimentary of Mal.) Had a lot of fun with the lyrics and the different ways to interpret them.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee concentratingbop_radar on August 19th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
Ohh, wonderful! *applauds* Me likey. I suck as a Firefly fan, though I did adore Serenity, but I really appreciated the darkness of this vid. It seems a perfect choice for Mal and I worked my way into it for River (who I never really understood--my issue, not yours *g*). I think my favourite part was the juxtaposing of Mal pushing the guy off the hovercraft thingy/Jayne toppling his statue. And I really loved the last few seconds as well.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Boppy! I knew you weren't a fan of the show going in, so it means a lot to me that you even watched it.
I really appreciated the darkness of this vid
It is quite dark isn't it? It wasn't like that when I originally came up with the idea. I was all "oh this is gonna be fluffy puppies and rainbows and sunshine," and then I start the project and there are corpses and decomposing bodies everywhere. :P

Also glad that you picked out the Mal-Jayne moment there. I was trying to twist around the "working class hero is something to be" lyric several different ways, and that was one of the key ones.

So glad you liked it!
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LadyStarlightladystarlightsj on August 19th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Dloading, thanks for posting. I love this song and love Firefly so it should all be good!
bradcpu: Serenitybradcpu on August 19th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Hope it is all good. Or at least mostly good. :)
lisaatneptunelisaatneptune on August 19th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
AWESOME! Really great job.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
mranderson71mranderson71 on August 20th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Im putting myself under a Firefly/Serenity vid curfew as Im about to commence watching the series/movie very, very soon. (I have a mate who has the whole shebang on DVD).

Yours will be amoungst the first cabs off the rank when Im done.

*austrian accent*

I'll be back.
bradcpubradcpu on August 20th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Man, I envy you. I also pity you.

You're about to watch a series that you'll soon hate for making you love it so much. Ah the sweet sweet agony of discovering Firefly.
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