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21 January 2009 @ 09:49 pm
New vid: "Forsaken" (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed)  
Length: 3:34
Fandom: Star Wars The Force Unleashed (2008 video game)
Song/Artist: "Chop Suey" by System of a Down
Summary: "Trust in my suicide." Overviewish character study.

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Password: inyourheart


Forsaken (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) from bradcpu on Vimeo.



Thanks to geezola for her beta thoughts.


This is my first vid using animated source and my first vid using digital/downloaded source. Look at me trying new things!

I rented this game on a whim a few months back, and was shocked to discover how good the story was. I've played games since Atari 2600 in the early 80s, and this is one of the best stories I've ever seen in a game. Certainly one of the most epic.

The story is set between the Star Wars prequels and the original trilogy and focuses on a child who was taken from his Jedi father when he was a toddler and raised and trained by Vader to weed out and brutally assassinate the last of the Jedis. This young apprentice knows nothing of his past, and is merciless and fiercely loyal... until he starts to suspect that not everything he is being told is true. His eventual fate forms the foundation of a key part of Star Wars canon.

I love the game's art style, and I think the fact that I was able to use gameplay footage and not just cutscenes in the vid says a lot about how far games have come in the last few years.

Another interesting little tidbit - kiki_miserychic pointed out that Vader's apprentice was motion-captured and voiced by Sam Witwer, who was Crashdown in BSG, among many many other recent TV roles.

It was a very interesting experience using animated source. It was almost like doing a vid using someone's storyboard instead of the actual footage. I'd imagine that every shot looks just the way it did in the head of the animators, with no real-world variables to get in the way. It was great in the sense that composition and movement were always perfect (in source), but it also showed me how much I often rely on those real-world "flaws" that were absent from the source here.

And, yes, I am aware that my past few vids have had Daddy Issues. Vidding is the new therapy.



"Chop Suey" by System of a Down

(we're rolling suicide)

wake up (wake up)
grab a brush and put on a little makeup
hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
(hide the scars to fade away the shakeup)
why'd you leave the keys up on the table?
here you go create another fable
you wanted to
grab a brush and put on a little makeup
you wanted to
hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
you wanted to
why'd you leave the keys up on the table?

I don't think you trust in my self-righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die

wake up (wake up)
grab a brush and put on a little makeup
hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
(hide the scars to fade away the shakeup)
why'd you leave the keys up on the table?
here you go create another fable
you wanted to
grab a brush and put on a little makeup
you wanted to
hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
you wanted to
why'd you leave the keys up on the table?

I don't think you trust in my self-righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die
in my self-righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die

father father father father

father into your hands
I commend my spirit
father into your hands
why have you forsaken me?
in your eyes
forsaken me
in your thoughts
forsaken me
in your heart
forsaken me

trust in my self-righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die
in my self-righteous suicide
I cry when angels deserve to die


Hope you enjoy the vid. Please share your thoughts.
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Millymilly on January 22nd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
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Just saying. Be right back with feedback.
bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Guh. Hope you're not disappointed. This is so... different for me.
(no subject) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
Terra Firma: Labyrinth | Costumelast_archangel on January 22nd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I had to look up the story of the game on Wiki, but even before that, the syncing of the music and the action were incredible. With the added plot...it's astounding. I must watch it again, now that I understand.
bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
My synopsis not good enough for you?!? :) Seriously, I'm really glad you enjoyed it and very appreciative that you watched it even though you didn't know the source or story.
(no subject) - last_archangel on January 22nd, 2009 04:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
(hide the scars to fade away the shakeup)
The lead guy looks exactly like Crashdown. You know... the guy from a season of BSG that you haven't watched. :)

I enjoyed this vid and that's saying a lot coming from me because I'm tired to death of that song and I don't like Star Wars. I feel asleep a dozen times trying to watch the old ones. So when I say I like, that's like me making out with the Queen of England. The action and movement is so good. It feel very instinctual. There's emotion in the vid as well. Whoa, that 2:14-2:30ish is so freaking good. It's fast and hard hitting just the way it should be.

I don't know what the source is, but holy shit. That's so cool. I love the way you used the dynamic action. The weaving of not!Crashdown looking at the inside of a lightsaber(?) through the vid until it comes apart is cool.

:11 - best lighting ever of a lightsaber.
1:20s - Nice screaming.

Darth Vader is a jerk for trying to beat up a little kid with a lightsaber.

Dude, you made Star Wars look cool to me.

Welcome to the world of vidding Daddy Issues. There's a couch and a fluffy pillow for you.
Millymilly on January 22nd, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup)
I was wondering why he was so familiar! Perhaps the actor was the guy they used to record motion and etc? And they modeled the face after him as well.
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - milly on January 22nd, 2009 05:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - cyren_2132 on January 22nd, 2009 05:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - bradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: (hide the scars to fade away the shakeup) - kiki_miserychic on January 22nd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
ain't no party like a dalek partyarefadedaway on January 22nd, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
This is amazingly excellent. What you've done with the source here is phenomenal, and you maintained a steady balance between action and narrative perfectly. The musicality is fluid and instinctive, and the storyline brutally hard-hitting exactly where it needs to be.
bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much. I had never tried using animated source, and this was such a different style of music for me, so I was just trying to do what the song and source told me to do. I found the storyline in source to be pretty hard-hitting, so it's reassuring that it came across that way for you. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me so.
Dualbunny: vids yay!dualbunny on January 22nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Very fun watch! Loved the way you used all that swoopy motion to really build up the intro, and I think you nailed the energy of the song wonderfully. Plus I had no trouble following the narrative, so, whee, added bonus for unfamilar source! :D Just a blast to watch on all accounts.

Also, after reading your guys' comment threads, consider me eternally cracked up by the fact that Sam Witwer cameoed in the only other vid (an Angel vid from like six years ago by Wicked Amp) I've seen to this song. *g*
bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
You're an absolute goddess for (among other reasons) even watching this. Seriously, you so rule at feedback. The world doesn't deserve you.

I really thought this vid was going to fall through the cracks in terms of not being the right source for the LJ audience and not being the right style for the AMV audience, but everything you said here is SO reassuring, particularly the fact that it was fun to watch and you were able to follow the narrative. Thank you SO much!

Sam Witwer is everywhere. Like Santa Claus.
buffyannbuffyann on January 22nd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Okay, really not my kind of music but I just had to watch :) This is what you get for being you ;)
So, of course, gorgeous work ! I watched and it made me think of DC's vids. The editing is really impressive as usual. and without much context, I could still follow the narrative and connect with the character.
Trying new things suits you :)
bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, really not my kind of music
I think I'm noticing a theme. :) As with Man In The Box, I appreciate you watching despite that, and I'm glad you seemed to enjoy it regardless. This, especially, is wonderful to read: "I could still follow the narrative and connect with the character". *hug* Thanks, Alex.
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bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was not expecting to get emotionally invested in the narrative or characters of that. And here I thought all the love of Star Wars in my soul had died
Aww! That sounds like *exactly* the reaction I had while playing through the story, which makes it that much more awesome to read as a reaction the vid. Thank you so much, NC! I'm really glad you liked it.
DC: Death Note - Misabananainpyjamas on January 22nd, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEEE. BRAD AMV!! SET TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS!! OMG. *hyperventilates*

Damn you, the workday is going to seem that much longer now. *taps foot until she can get home and watch*
bradcpubradcpu on January 22nd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Pressure. I'm so not good with pressure.
(no subject) - bananainpyjamas on January 23rd, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bradcpu on January 23rd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Balistik: Cable gunbalistik94 on January 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
All I have to say is DAMN! That vid is a knockout. The source and the song surprised me so that made the vid even more powerful. The way you used the music especially the vocals is fantastic. I love when you invert the clip before fading to black this is the right effect at the right moment. You really took advantage of the singer's unpredictable flow. And on top of that you managed to create emotion and make the viewer connect with the character. The year has just started and you're already dropping bombs...
bradcpubradcpu on January 23rd, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Man, it is SO awesome to see how much you liked it. I know the song and source was kind of left field for me so I had no idea if other vidders would even *watch* it. But it just seemed to... fit, you know? And when something fits in your head you have to vid it. Anyway, I'm just beyond flattered by what you said about it. Thanks so much.
petetheprince on January 23rd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Terrific video Brad. Firstly, I have to say that I'm not too into System of a Down (That may be generous). I'm not particular fond of the song "Chop Suey" either. With that being said I still enjoyed the video. I thought your musicality was excellent as you matched the energy of the song throughout. It was very entertaining, especially considering it was a video game video. I guess you can do it all... no surprise there really. Can't wait to see whatever else you have in store. Two things you've done back to be back that I'm not to fond of and I still love it... that's not easy to do with me.
bradcpubradcpu on January 23rd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
It's such a great feeling that you were able to enjoy this despite the fact that it's not really your type of thing. I seem to have a knack lately of getting inspired to do vids using songs and source material that people aren't into, and the fact that you're still watching and liking it is *such* a huge compliment. This is the only System of a Down song I've ever heard, and I only heard it for the first time about three months ago (on Rock Band 2, of all things), and I certainly never thought I'd be doing a video game vid - *especially* a Star Wars video game. So I'd say I was at least as surprised as you.
Anoel: vidding fandomanoel on January 27th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
This looks so cool! I love how you use the music for maximum effect especially at those super fast parts. The "father" part were especially great with the emotional aspect of being abandoned. Great work making this and trying something new :)
bradcpubradcpu on January 28th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
That's so nice! I really appreciate you going out here on a limb with me. It's kind of an awkward place to be, but at least the view's different. Really happy to hear you enjoyed this one.
mranderson71: badassmranderson71 on January 29th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
My newsletter has arrived!

Gosh I haven't heard this song in like, forever. Are these guys still around? There were all over the scene but they seem to have all but disappeared.

This was a fun vid to watch and certainly brought back some memories from this great game - both good (force throwing Stormtroopers everywhere) and bad (fucking Star Destroyer level).

The "wake up!" sections are the real standout sections of the vid - they are pitch perfect in both beat sync & narrative. It was a nice touch to go negative on the last frames before hitting a small black section, it really added an exclaimation point to each line of the song.

Im not going to participate in your vidding truth thread (or anyone elses for that matter), but instead I'm going to give you something resembling con-crit for this vid right here, right now. I would have loved for you to have used dissolves during the slower sections of the song (at 1.03-1.19 & 1.43-2.15)instead of hard cuts - I feel it just would have taken the flow to another level. The mixing of the vision even over 8-12 frames would have served that meandering guitar riff so much better in those sections.

Even with that said, its still a two thumbs up kind of vid!
bradcpubradcpu on January 29th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
The first time I ever heard this song was about three months ago on Rock Band 2. So no idea if the band's still around, or even what year this song was released.

Glad it was a nice trip down (somewhat nice) memory lane. Eesh, I know what you mean about the star destroyer level. I thought the platforming in the Death Star was the worst part, personally.

Thanks for the concrit! I never considered that about the dissolves (obviously).

Glad you liked it as a whole, Mr. A.
(no subject) - vchrusch on January 31st, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bradcpu on January 31st, 2009 04:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
Nickyobsessive24 on January 31st, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
As usual, your musicality is just amazing, and it's very cool to see it adapted to an AMV environment. As far as narrative goes I would like to think that I got the main gist of the story, the emotion of it certainly came through in any event.

0:07 love that on-beatness
0:12 Hee. Now we know we're in the SW-verse.
0:14 the ship coming in is such a gorgeous bit of musicality on the guitar strums, ditto the rapidly flying things at 0:18.
0:22 continued upward movement
0:28 that shot gave me such a SoT flashback. :D
I really like the narrative development in the action sequence as the music hits. It's mostly fighting, but spliced in there is this vaguely uneasy feeling of introspection and something going wrong, and then that's really nicely offest by the "wake up!" at 0:49.
"Here you go creating another fable", to my limited knowledge of the source, seems like a really good lyric match.
1:02 - hee, smoke on beat.
1:03 I really like the continued motion of him walking from one scene to the next.
1:08 very cool musicality with the swinging whatsits.
1:12 I can't really tell the context of this scene, but I like how you tied the word "suicide" to the "we're rolling, suicide" at the start with nearly the same image, and I'm sure it means a lot more in context as well. It's a very neat hail-back.
1:22 LOVE the vibrations on the guitars.
1:25 very cool blip to address the music.
1:29 I'm not sure what's happening here but it looks like he's dreaming that Vader stabbed him in the back, leading onto the next "wake up". I think it drives the whole "he's starting to feel something is wrong but not sure what" concept really well.
I felt like the next bit was quite contextual. I can recognise Princess Leia but that's about the extent of my understanding what's going on. Um, I think 1:50 looks as though he is regretting killing that woman? Which to my mind aligns to calling her an "angel" in chorus 1. And then that is being paralleled by the blonde woman in chorus 2.
2:09 gorgeous use of camera movement
"When angels deserve to die" is a fantastic setting-up of the calm before explosive action. It feels extremely expectant and I love that.
2:23 on - even without context I can see that he's struggling with his memories as a boy and the fact that he seems to have different notions of who his father is and how and why his father had forsaken him. It's very fitting editing to this section in the song. I like the added motion on the protagonist to further heighten the emotion of the moment.
The emotion of this segment really came home for me at 2:48, when he touches his family crest and flashes back to him as a boy trying to fight Vader.
2:53 gorgeous vocal editing, probably my favourite shot of the vid.
3:13 ha, LOVE the three pairs of legs running past ALL on beat.
From what I wiki-ed of the game, it seems like he met his actual demise during the purple fighting with the Emperor(?), and the part with him falling is more of a metaphor of his willingness to die for the cause. Am I reading that right? Even if not, I think the *intention* of this segment is clear, regardless of which part is context and which part is metaphor. I certainly think the motion in the falling is the key visual that carried this segment.
bradcpubradcpu on February 1st, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
You totally didn't need to reply to this, but I really appreciate all the time this must have taken you and everything you said here.

0:28 that shot gave me such a SoT flashback
Ha! Now there's and odd juxtaposition. Hmm. Jedi River?

The first vocal segment/chorus is Vader issuing his missions (to kill specific Jedi). The second is Vader killing the protagonist (that wasn't just a dream) and then bringing him back to life to continue on his mission - it's a big twisty plot thingy. Second chorus is the protagonist's turn to the light and sympathy for the people he's supposed to kill.

It sounds like most of that came through for you, at least on a general level. And the ending certainly came through exactly as I hoped.

The added motion from the "father" segment was something I picked up from your recent vids.

2:53 was the clip/music connection that made me want to do the vid.

Thank you again, Nicky. You totally didn't have to do this. But I'm glad you did.
Ridiculously Fanatic: ewan whee by _chocoboxnel_ani on May 9th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Late feedback is late, but I just came across this and...oh man, be still my heart. Still bitter that the PS2 version of Force Unleashed isn't as awesome as the 360 version, but... FORCE UNLEASHED! Oh, Starkiller, how so awesome?

To sum up: this vid? WAS AWESOME.
bradcpubradcpu on May 9th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh man, thank you! It's so great to hear from a fan of the game! God I loved the character and story so much, I just had to vid it.

Really really glad you enjoyed it. (Also that there's going to be a sequel!)
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