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02 March 2006 @ 11:56 am
New vid - Firefly series overview - Rusty Cage/Johnny Cash  

Vid Title: Rusty Cage
Band/Artist/Song: Johnny Cash
Duration: 3:05
Character: Pretty much all, heavy on Mal
Episode/s: TV series and movie
Format: WMV
Notes: A Firefly/Serenity series overview. Fast moving, lots of action. I tried to capture the spirit of the series by using some new (to me) techniques for the different sections of the song to make it feel like a journey. Hope you enjoy the ride.

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lvs2readlvs2read on March 2nd, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Wow! Shiny! Loved the music, but then I'm a Cash fan from way back. *g* Loved the juxtaposition of Mal/Kaylee on the floor, Wash/River in the pilot's seat, the horse/Serenity at the end, so much more I can't remember it all! Oh, yeah, the dinner scene bookending the whole thing, loved that too. *g*

On another note--are you feeling better? Hope so. You hadn't posted for a few days, so was beginning to wonder.

BTW, Have you seen 'Walk the Line' yet? Saw it this last weekend--two thumbs up! I hadn't been to sure about Reese Witherspoon, but she did an excellent job.

bradcpubradcpu on March 2nd, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's cool you're a Cash fan. I've just recently started listening to his stuff, but more than anything his cover of this Soundgarden/Cornell song really seemed to provide a great voice for a series-summary vid. Haven't seen Walk The Line, either, but it's been a hot topic at the office for months.

I am feeling better (thanks for asking), but I had just locked myself away for a few days until I finished this vid.
lvs2readlvs2read on March 2nd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
his cover of this Soundgarden/Cornell song really seemed to provide a great voice for a series-summary vid Knowing what I do about him, from a strictly fan POV, I think he'd be honored you think so. Not only did his music cross all genres, but he was known to act in western themed shows (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman comes to mind). Given the opportunity, I bet he would have happily appeared in an episode of Firefly. *g*

Glad to know you're feeling better. When I saw the vid, and how much work had to have gone into it, I wondered if that also might have been the reason for your absence. Welcome back! *g*

bradcpubradcpu on March 3rd, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I think he'd be honored you think so

I really hope so. I have a lot of respect for the man.

When I saw the vid, and how much work had to have gone into it, I wondered if that also might have been the reason for your absence

Actually, the flu helped with the vid. Details here.
Jacquiwily_one24 on March 2nd, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
As always, I am flabbergasted.

Yes. Nobody gasts my flabbers like you do. (gosh, that sounds a lot dirtier than it did in my head).

♥ ♥ ♥

You really do know how to get down into the heart of a matter, don't you? I really loved this.

You know what I love about your vids? You're not afraid to do things. It sounds weird, but it's true. A lot of people are still wary of using any Wash harpooning clips (omg, you *can't* show him dying! It's, like, totally offensive or something), or showing that the characters are weak in any way.

But most of all, you have the emotional ties between everyone down pat. You get right in and twist it around. You really should do this professionally.
bradcpubradcpu on March 3rd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
You know, it's especially nice when I can gast your flabbers, particularly when I know you haven't been having such a great run of luck lately. It really, really means a lot to me that you enjoy my vids.

Since my last one was big on subtleties and such, I was trying for straightforward primal emotions with this one - sort of the "on the raggedy edge" vibe of the series. The ebb and flow of defiant, hurt, and fed-up. I didn't want to show Wash being killed, but if other Firefly fans are anything like me, they've been conditioned to cringe when they see that spike crack the window, and that's one of those primal emotions I was going for. Plus the scene worked so well with the lyrics.

Hope I can keep up the gasting.
Кристаtwilight_krista on March 3rd, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
It was totally awesome! You are the Talent (capital letter:)
I've never seen anything like this made in WMM (and in most other programs)
The train-thing (is it a train?)used as transition is original and just fascinating
You also made some other shots to look like transitions (like the moment with the Game with Uncivilized rules, as Simon said)
And the whole fading to black effect used at almos every shot works just great!
One of my favorite moments is Kaylee&Mal running around 1:25 and River/Kaylee/Mal on the floor right after that (hm...thta sentense sounds bad at the end, isn't it?)
The rhythm of the song changes and the whole 1:43-2:09 moment is just...whoa!
The horse/train/Serenity ending mentioned before is magnificent!
It really felt like a journey especially with the Kaylee's "Come on board" line at the very beginning
*My english teacher would've praise for the usage of adjectives of awesomness*
Anyway, i'm starting to clean up the Vidding Crown while waiting for you to get another programm.
Cause you are The Vidding King :)))

bradcpu: cornellbradcpu on March 3rd, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a train. A lot of Johnny Cash songs have a train-song sort of sound, so I thought that would be a good analogy for early in the vid.
The black effect was actually a fade in instead of a fade out. I thought the beat asked for that.
I really enjoyed using the grate of Serenity's floor to link the scenes. Finding parallels and comparisons like that is probably what I enjoy most about doing vids.
The part with the gun "firing," the blood dripping, and the merged stills... that was my first idea for the vid. I basically did the vid so I could do that part.

Glad you liked it!
Inconceivable!nomdeploom on March 3rd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Heh, Johnny Cash and train visuals. Yer like....brill. Anyway I love this. I like your music choices. I really liked some of the techniques in this (though I've no idea about which ones you were talking about being "new to you") that intro... "all aboard" come on... so nice. haha. And the sections of still image transitions are nice. Also, from the birdy grenade thing, to the mountain getting blown up.. *oooOOo*

It's totally right that when you had Mal say "the wheel never stops turning, Badger" in the context of the "rusty cage" song... I was supposed to picture hamsters on their excercise wheel? Right? hahaha.. j/k.
bradcpubradcpu on March 3rd, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
The "new to me" technique - the one inspired by the flu - was taking a series of stills a few frames apart, then merging them together to imply motion. I actually had to do each of those as a separate mini-movie, then import them into the big movie, then add effects... it was a whole big thing.

Now I'm picturing hamsters too... BadgerHamster? With the hat? Hi-larious.
afterThoughtafter_thought_ on March 7th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
Yes, this is another good one! Sorry it took so long for me to review. I'm finding that vids to music I'm not used to puts me off initially and I need to come back to it a couple more times in order to truly appreciate it. I have to say, you're certainly one to broaden my musical horizons, lol!

I think my favorite parts of the vid were the "wheel never stops turning" pause, and the breakdown at 1:40ish. The still of the gun with the fire flash and the music captured a 'perfect' western feeling for me. I also really liked the River-morphing. Oh and the quick cuts between Mal and Kaylee on the floor stood out for me as well. Good job!

bradcpubradcpu on March 7th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean about music and how it can keep you away from a vid. I can almost never watch vids set to music I wouldn't normally listen to. That said, I don't normally listen to Johnny Cash. His version of this song just fit so well for a series overview.

By the way, the gun fire flash was the steam rising in the cargo bay when Simon hits the button to close the doors after the "barnswallow" Reaver escape early in the movie.
firefly_cafirefly_ca on July 18th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
I recommended this over here.
bradcpu: Malbradcpu on July 18th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks you! I'm really flattered by your response to this one.