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14 August 2009 @ 11:31 pm
New vid: "Go With the Flow" (Dollhouse)  
I know who I am. Do you?

Vid title: Go With the Flow
Length: 3:07
Fandom: Dollhouse, season 1
Artist: Queens of the Stone Age

Vid is currently offline

Premiered at Club Vivid, VVC 2009.

Thanks to aycheb, bananainpyjamas, buffyann, and cyren_2132 for their beta work.


What I found inspiring about the season was what it said about the strength of self, and who people are on the inside. As Echo/Caroline put it, "You can't program a person." People will be who they are, and that strength of self breaks through barriers and fantasies and equations and logic, and is... for better or worse.

Because of that, not only did I feel like Echo was the one with the real strength throughout the season, I felt like she was leading non-dolls to (sometimes less-pleasant) self-awareness. It felt to me like she was in control, despite everything.

That kind of raw power that comes from deep down inside, from the part that can't be stripped away, is what appeals most to me about the series, and that's what I was trying to show here. And also to, you know, make it danceable and shiny and stuff... because after all it is Club Vivid.

I did quite a bit of effects work on the vid, but the goal was just to reproduce the source effects and make them all blend with each other. So hopefully what I did doesn't stick out.



Lyrics

She said I'll throw myself away
They're just photos after all
I can't make you hang around
I can't wash you off my skin
Outside the frame is what we're leaving out
You won't remember anyway

I can go with the flow
Don't say it doesn't matter
Matter anymore
I can go with the flow
Do you believe it in your head?

It's so safe to play along
Little soldiers in a row
Falling in and out of love
Something sweet to throw away
I want something good to die for
To make it beautiful to live
I want a new mistake
Lose is more than hesitate
Do you believe it in your head?


Hope you enjoy the vid! Please share your thoughts.
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pixielady: FANGASMkuwdora on August 15th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
hooooomg *FLAIL*
bradcpubradcpu on August 15th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
We missed you tonight.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on August 15th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
I"m doing shots right now, but no one has taken away my intneret, so OMGYES, Brad vid.
bradcpubradcpu on August 15th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you have more brain cells left today than I do. (and that you like the vid)
kassrachel on August 15th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
I liked this a LOT -- it's very visually rich, and I think you did a great job capturing the palette and the "feel" of the show and its effects.
bradcpubradcpu on August 15th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I think the highest compliment you can pay a vid effects-wise is the idea that the vidder's influence blends in with the source, so I appreciate that it comes across that way. Glad you liked it!
Dayln: dollhouse; sierra; lining up for thegigglemonster on August 15th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Hee shiny indeed. I thought the effects you used blended totally seamlessly with the show itself.
I loved the idea behind this as well, and a lot of it felt like a fight to keep the deep down person once it was found....if that makes any sense at all lol
Basically it's awesome, as always ;)
bradcpubradcpu on August 15th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
W00t! Thank you!

a lot of it felt like a fight to keep the deep down person once it was found
That does indeed make sense, to me at least. I'm really glad you were able to connect with the concept. It's so rewarding to read something like that. Plus, you know, shiny is good. :)
Jayne L.: dwwavesserrico on August 15th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
*reads your notes*

Oh, you *did* some of your own effects work? Because HOLY COW, whatever you did works *seamlessly* with the source footage. *awe*

Favourite bits: your use of Alpha the first couple of times we see him (in Alan Tudyk form), his Active blandness completely failing to hide the menace of his real self from those of us aware of his storyline (especially in the "play along" clip, which is kind of blackly hilarious, IMO *g*); the Whiskey/Doctor Saunders section ("to make it beautiful to live"), which is just *awesome*; the way you used Echo throughout, not only as our narrator/the subject of the song, but as an active person as opposed to just an Active (the clips you used with her interacting with other Actives work very well to show her as a person of strength); ending on the Dollhouse employees' fear and guilt and horror while Echo seems very very...peaceful. *g*

So...basically, this rocks. :)
bradcpubradcpu on August 15th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Because HOLY COW, whatever you did works *seamlessly* with the source footage
Aww, thanks! The show's effects were easy enough to duplicate, it just took some time to analyze them and then make sure they didn't look totally out of place.

your use of Alpha the first couple of times we see him
Ooh, I'm so glad you like that! I wanted the voice at times to be an external voice, kind of putting words in Echo's mouth for her ("she said I'll throw myself away"), because a lot of times that's how the fandom as a whole felt to me. Alpha seemed like the right device for that.

I was also geeking out that you picked out the "beautiful to live" section. :) Was trying to show the contrast in who people really are there. Or as you put it "as an active person as opposed to just an Active". You say it so much better than I can!
Jacqui: dollhouse echo dreamywily_one24 on August 15th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Oh, dear lord, you've done it again.

Do you know how many times I squee when I see a new vid from you in a fandom I watch now?

Seriously, I had multiple fangasms over this. It was (the word I use most when describing your vids) AWESOME. It took my breath away, this is exactly why I watch the show. You have captured it perfectly.

I love you. Seriously.

Off to rec in my journal.
bradcpubradcpu on August 15th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
I heart you so much. Seriously Jacqui, nothing makes me feel as good as when you love one of my vids. I definitely need to vid your fandoms more often.

Reading the way you reacted to this makes the whole thing so much more to me. You make me love my vids more. :) Thank you.
Nickyobsessive24 on August 15th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
This is a thrill ride and a half. I honestly can't tell what's source and what's added effects, but knowing you, I'm leaning toward something like 90% source and 10% added, trusting you to pick out moments in source that the rest of us rarely see and never utilise. But maybe I'm wrong on that count because you did mention you are more effecty than usual with this one. Regardless, it all blends beautifully together.

0:20 - love the speeding up all here.

0:29 - camera roll!

1:32 - love the effect here on the guitar! And the bit with the heart a little bit after. Oooh, and the awesome shower quick stepping through stills, ending with Victor looking over his shoulder. <3

1:59 love this shot, mostly because of the guy's motion after he releases the arrow. Isn't that weird? My eye is automatically drawn to how he looks down and moves away. It's surprisngly perfect.

~2:30s - that look on Topher's face, in particular, is incredibly telling. And I love that jump cut to him looking just so lost.

People will be who they are, and that strength of self breaks through barriers and fantasies and equations and logic, and is... for better or worse.
I find that notion very interesting, and agree that seems to be what the show is saying as well. (Although less so after seeing Epitaph 1, possibly?) I'm not sure exactly how they plan to delineate between Echo and Caroline but I guess that blurry line in some ways forms the heart of the show. And perhaps the answer is neither Echo or Caroline but "Omega" as we've seen. Whoever she is, she's so much more clearly at peace than the non-dolls. That aspect came through for me quite well.
bradcpubradcpu on August 18th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you enjoyed this one, Nicky. I'm hoping it'll be one that people can enjoy watching on a first view and then get something out of it on rewatch, you know? And your fb made me feel a lot more confident in that.

knowing you, I'm leaning toward something like 90% source and 10% added
You know me well. It was basically just some coloring/lighting work to match the "mindwipe" effects, and then some fly-away overlays that weren't there in source.

Thanks so much for the timestamps. :) The song and source played nicely for the most part, so the musicality seemed to come pretty easily. The only question was how much to emphasize the guitar over those hard beats, and DC was a big help on that front.

Isn't that weird? My eye is automatically drawn to how he looks down and moves away
There's kind of a time toggle bump (in source) that makes him sort of suddenly jump to the left and down, plus the focus shift, so that makes sense.

~2:30s - that look on Topher's face, in particular, is incredibly telling
As is often the case, you've picked out the key image for the overall theme for me. That's the one that led me to this specific concept.

Whoever she is, she's so much more clearly at peace than the non-dolls. That aspect came through for me quite well
That's a big Yay! The objective was to have the "blank slate" look less blank at the end... almost powerful.

You know how much your comments mean to me, so I hope you know how much I appreciate you saying all of this. :)
WeHo M.: DH - Empty shellsafrocurl on August 15th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Here from wily_one24, but that was an amazing vid. The pacing in the footage matched the rushed feel in the song.
bradcpubradcpu on August 18th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
buffyannbuffyann on August 15th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I keep watching this over and over again and I cannot get over how good it is. WHat I love the most about your work in general is how it's always both well constructed from a narrative pov, as seamless, dynamic and organic it is from an editing pov. One doesn't overpower the other, it just wonderfully works and never lets you down.

This is certainely true for this vid, where it goes fast and in all directions, dragging your eyes to awesomeness but also building an interesting POV on the actives and Echo's nature.
I've praised this during beta process, but I think this is definitely one of my favourite vid of yours. I know it's CVV so it's entertaining, but this is way more than that. I honestly can't believe how GOOD this is. Plus, the song is love. and you used it in an epic way too, the build up is fabulous culminating at the end with everyone depressed and crying.

Editing wise, everything's so on point. Your effects melt perfectly with the ones in the show, and you don't let any beat and musical element go away, you use them all, which makes the ensemble so organic and fantastic. The chorus and end are particularly awesome in that way. *clap clap*

Some highlights that need to be timestamped (again ;)):

0:00 - 0:15 Intro made of win
0:20 Superb use of movement and speed up footage and I loved the connection to the movement of yoga session that follows
0:40 love the work on "outside the frame"
1:25 loved the connection from the fight to the lying on the couch.
1:32-1:36 loved this "in and out of love" section. I particularly like what you did on all the "mmm ooooh" singing thing throughout the vid.
2:02 Gosh do I love this shot of crazy alpha here
2:41 - 3:01: My favourite part of the whole vid including the awesome shot of alpha at 2:47.

In case you didn't notice, I quite love this vid. :)





Edited at 2009-08-15 08:55 pm (UTC)
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
The way you reacted to this meant so much to me, Alex. I mean, it always does, but especially with this vid. I really poured myself into it, and I feel like it all came through for you. :) The things you said about it made me feel so fulfilled... it made the creative process feel complete, you know?

On TOP of that, I got an amazingly helpful beta from you. I'm so incredibly indebted to you for everything you said and did with this vid. Thank you.

I know it's CVV so it's entertaining, but this is way more than that. I honestly can't believe how GOOD this is
That's *exactly* how I feel about your Thriller vid! So, wow, it's awesome to read that.

0:00 - 0:15 Intro made of win
Hee. I think this was DC's favorite part. I just saw it *so many* times during the creative process, so it's difficult for me to judge. But I'll try to see it through your eyes.

I particularly like what you did on all the "mmm ooooh" singing thing throughout the vid
It was tough at times to figure out how much to emphasize lyrics or guitar or beat. I'm glad my decisions paid off. :)

2:41 - 3:01: My favourite part of the whole vid
Whee! I was stressing the most over that part, because it has to be kinetic but also the most personal and emotional part of the vid.

*hug* You're kind of awesome.
littleheaven70 on August 16th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I haven't watched Dollhouse yet, so no idea what was going on, I was too busy just boggling at the perfect, holistic, stream of images in front of my eyes. The whole way through I just kept thinking "this is so beautiful" and it's so balanced and expertly crafted.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
It's awesome that you watched and enjoyed this without knowing the show! I was hoping that it could be visually entertaining in addition to the other stuff. Thank you so much for saying so!
giandujakissgiandujakiss on August 16th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
That's excellent. I particularly like how you ended it - with Echo triumphant and the Dollhouse staff/clients breaking, and then with her eerie blankness again. And I thought your effects to make the footage look like effects on the show was seamlessly done.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm really glad you liked the ending! I was hoping to show her power through recontextualizing, but I wasn't trying to go AU or anything... just show my interpretation of (the most inspiring aspects of) canon. Thank you so much for checking it out.
counteragentcounteragent on August 16th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
VERY cool. I was swept away by the motion and the energy. On first watch, before reading your notes, I definitely think Echo did come off as a victor here, even if the margin seemed slim. I will have to rewatch with your notes in mind. Never seen Dollhouse, but that doesn't hamper my enjoyment of the visual feast and adrenaline kick!
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
I'm loving that you were able to enjoy it even on just a motion-and-energy level. Was hoping that I had layered it enough so that it was possible to do that. :)

I definitely think Echo did come off as a victor here, even if the margin seemed slim
The objective was to bring the viewer to a place where the "blank slate" at the end looked decidedly less blank and decidedly more confident/powerful. But even if you don't get there, it's nice to know you're able to enjoy the ride!
Alice: buffy/faith - push upsbeerbad on August 16th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Definitely the best Dollhouse vid I've seen, you make the show look so much cooler than it actually is! ;) Your effects were completely seamless, and the vid's pace fit the fast pace of the song perfectly. Well done!!
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! The show can definitely be uneven, but I was trying to highlight the things I like about it here. Really glad that came across.
V.aurora_84 on August 17th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
Woah!! For some reason this one really hit me in the gut and broke my heart. So good.

And your editing/movement is just breathtaking.
bradcpubradcpu on August 19th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
For some reason this one really hit me in the gut and broke my heart. So good
:) It really means so much to me that you were able to connect with it on that level. I was afraid no one would. Thank you so much.
N: dollhouse - sierra boydamber_protocol on August 19th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Here via obsessive24.

Wow, I really love this, and the song choice is great. The ending is particularly awesome, with everyone involved in the DH breaking down (employees, the client and even Ballard himself) and yet Echo, who's considered the "weakest" one of them all, is still strong.

I also like the sequence around 1:38 showing all the dolls in their sexual missions and then the shots of Sierra and Victor with the "something sweet to throw away" line. It's heartbreaking, and also shows how they're still deep down in there somewhere.
bradcpubradcpu on August 21st, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I was working really hard to take the viewer to a specific place at the end, and it sounds like I got you there... and that you enjoyed the ride. I particularly love the way you phrased this:

Echo, who's considered the "weakest" one of them all, is still strong
That's *exactly* what I was shooting for.

You also nailed the contrast I was trying to show on "something sweet to throw away."

It really means a lot to see it come across so well to you. Thank you for telling me so.