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09 May 2006 @ 04:56 am
New vid: Out of Gas - Disappearing One - Chris Cornell  

Vid Title: Disappearing One
Artist: Chris Cornell
Duration: 3:57 wmv
Characters: Mal/all
Episodes: Out of Gas only
Summary: A eulogy for the series disguised as an Out of Gas episode video.

26.9mb zipped wmv

High-quality stream - Enter password: iwillcomeagain

Disappearing One (Firefly) from Vimeo. (Download available)

This isn't supposed to be an episode vid in the strictest sense, though I hope it can be enjoyed in that way if that's what you're looking for.

The goal of the vid was to show what it feels like to be a Firefly fan; to fall in love with this glorious ghost of a show that's long since dead but is never too far away. It's a unique cycle of emotions when you become a fan... the joy, the pain, the anger and frustration at its death, the flickers of hope. But ultimately what defines the Firefly fandom - for me at least - is the unity of the fans, and how we all draw strength from the fact that we all feel or have felt this way about the show. It brings us together, keeps us celebrating what was and what might be again.

That's why Firefly will never really go away, and that's the feeling I was trying to capture in this video. We're all a little bit Mal here.


Disappearing One - Chris Cornell, Euphoria Morning

What have you done my little spark
Cursing my name cause again I put you out
Falling apart, you tell yourself you are
Dreaming only of the ones who never dream of you
I'm your disappearing one
I vanish when the curtain's drawn
But I will come again and you will let me in
And you'll see I never disappear for long
Into your room I stumble now
Too tired to cower and it's too late to draw you out
And there you lie like a painting of Christ
Bleeding on the hands of the ones who nailed you down

This is my final Firefly vid for the time being. I hope everyone enjoys it, and please share your thoughts.
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Nickyobsessive24 on May 9th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
Your use of directional movement is always excellent, but I really LOVED it in this vid. The way you followed through on push-ins in particular, like at 0:19. It's so fluid and lovely. I liked how the "shaky frames" on each of the gold-toned characters felt like heartbeats. Was that deliberate? Very metaphoric and nicely done. Loved the panning up (I know you can't "pan up", but so far no one's told me what the tech term is) at 0:54 - I get such a huge happy whenever anyone uses it in a vid. It's such a handsome shot. :D

When we're dealing with such conceptual works it's sometimes hard to remember to also compliment you on the more basic areas such as internal motion, but that was also really well done here; I especially liked the stumbling-down-stairs sequence.

Excellent cropping as always. I really love that you pay attention to every clip and only focus on what's important in that scene, drawing the viewer's attention to it by cropping out peripheral detail. It feels "orchestrated", in a good way. Because it shows you really thought about what you wanted to say with all your clip choices.

2:29 was very cool. Ditto 2:50, 3:00 and 3:37, as well as the whole stills sequence from about 1:09 - 1:15. Awesome way to echo the lyrics and very tight thematically. And the ending really brought your point home. Wonderful work!
bradcpubradcpu on May 9th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nicky! I really felt like this one is the closest I've come to executing the concept I originally had, which must mean I'm improving on the editing end.

I was deliberately focusing on internal motion here, cutting off-beat to let the motion punctuate the music cues. I thought that would help bring across the sense of struggle I was trying to show. This song's beat is meant to have a heartbeat-like quality to it, and the editing style you noticed an attempt to bring that out. Glad it worked! That segment was supposed to establish the Out of Gas "flashback color" so that I could use that color later to show that everyone but Mal is gone and watching him in a sort of ghostly way. I always put a lot of thought and time into each clip, but that sometimes translates into dense images and awkward pacing.

I really appreciate the attention you give vids (mine and others). Because of that, it means so much more when you compliment something, and I take them all to heart. I'm also thrilled you like it because (1) I'm happy with it (which always makes me edgy) and (2) I was very nervous about it being my introduction to the new vidder board.
like watching you yourself when you yourself is on: Joss is a slashershamoogity on May 9th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
What a great concept and execution. Now I'm depressed for three reasons: the episode, the end of the show, and the end of your FF vids. Hopefully you'll eventually return, as you're without a doubt one of the best vidders in this fandom.
bradcpubradcpu on May 9th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, don't feel depressed! Well, actually I was kinda going for that so... But there's supposed to be hope too. Feel the hope!

Thank you for the deeply humbling compliment, seriously. I'll definitely do another Firefly vid someday. This was just the last of my FF ideas for the moment.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on May 9th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
:25 - The movement of Mal on the beat then into slow motion was nice.
:30's-50's - The effects here are cool and go well with the music
:56 - Your transition with the table is awesome. I see that in shows (Scrubs, My Name is Earl, etc.) a lot and it's interesting to see it in vids.
The still frames are cool too and add another dimension of interest.
1:30's - Love the sequence with Mal's purple face over Serenity's hall
1:50's - The editing between the conversation they had outside the infirmary and Mal staggering there is lovely.
2:00's - Again, I love the editing of Mal falling over and over with the beat.
2:20ish - Great cropping in on Mal
2:42 - The part with Kaylee disappearing in the window is cool as hell.
The end sequence is great as well, especially at 3:49 with Mal disappearing then showing the empty dining area with everyone happy over top, then fading to it empty.

This is me watching: "I love Chris Cornell, aww Mal, dude, that's so cool, so cute and sad at the same time, ohhhh, pretty, cool, supercool, cooler than cool, now I want to rewatch the entire series again, that's awesome, sweet editing, omg, amazing cropping, ohhh, aww, the big red button didn't need to be shown because everyone knows it's there, ohh, pretty, oh the sadness and joy, my feedback is going to suck for this even though the vid is so good."
bradcpubradcpu on May 9th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh god I think I injured myself internally laughing at the last graph. It's interesting you mentioned the big red button - I thought fans would know it was there and non-fans would understand what it means. I swear Cornell's songs work so well for Firefly (and Buffy) I think I could vid every song on that CD.

Your timestamps mentioned almost all of my original concepts for the vid - the first-person stumbling down the hall, Mal falling over and over (yay someone liked that!), and the disappearing images. Hope they were as impressive as they were in my head. The pan up to the dining room table was just a happy accident, with me discovering a transition that fit the source footage as I was editing it together and going "hey, that works."

I'm so happy you enjoyed it. You're such a talented vidder, so it really means a lot.
thedothatgirl: shepherdthedothatgirl on May 10th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Brad, I snatched five minutes last night and watched it. I adored it.

I like to say why, when I am not buried under stuff to do before I go away Friday. So just to say 'bloody fantastic' in a kind of 'Gilesy' tone and I'll be back with some details later.
bradcpubradcpu on May 10th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! Opinion seems a little divided over this one, but I'd have to say I'm as pleased with it as I have been of any of my vids. It's definitely the vid I wanted to make when I set out on this project.

Oh, and yay for Gilesy tones. Kim and I are rewatching Buffy now to prep for the Spike vid, and I completely forgot what a riot Giles is.
thedothatgirlthedothatgirl on May 10th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
'opinion seems a little divided' pfftt opinion doesn't know a good vid when it sees it.

'A New Man' S4 - Giles as a Fyarl demon in a car chase with Spike, I never tire of the episode. Espenson at her best.

Nickyobsessive24 on May 11th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Jane Espenson is just all sorts of awesome. My love for that woman never runs out. :D
johnsheppardluvjohnsheppardluv on May 12th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
great job dude! :) i dled the small version &...

i liked the visual "heartbeat-like" moments that are spotlit on each of the characters in mal's life. it was a very clever idea. its like each one supplies him with another heartbeat, another moment of time to live & try & fix his ship.

i also LOVED the scenes fading into each other with the fullness to the emptiness or vice-versa! Awesome pacing too! :):)

Heck, it was an AWESOME vid in EVERY WAY! :)

bradcpubradcpu on May 12th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for watching and sharing your thoughts.

The heartbeat moments and the empty-fading were my two basic concepts for the vid in terms of expressing the sense of loss. It's a complex thing to try get across, so I'm glad the message made it.

And I really appreciate the compliments.
firefly_cafirefly_ca on January 31st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I'm still going around and recommending all my old favourite videos, and I wanted to let you know that I'd finally posted the review for this one. It's here if you're interested in reading it :)
bradcpu: cornellbradcpu on January 31st, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you so much! I'm really looking forward to reading it. :)