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18 December 2008 @ 12:31 am
vid - Ding! Dong! - Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles  

vid title: Ding! Dong!
music: Sufjan Stevens
source: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
duration: 2:59
summary: Sarah Connor should be dead.
notes: Thanks to heyiya and cathexys, who are better betas than they think. Also, this is the most depressing Christmas vid ever.

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One mother rises
Pulling the sheets from the crib
All the disguises
Wandering stars, what she did
All the king's horns
All the king's men
Saddled and worn
Raise the dead
Holy, an infant
He came to raise up the dead

Wandering wise men
What did you bring to his bed?
Shapeless surprises
Incense to bring to the dead
Nothing is wrong
It's what she did
All the king's horns
And the king's men
Nothing is wrong
It's what she did
All the king's horns
And the king's men

Nothing is wrong
It's what she did
All the king's horns
Raise the dead
Nothing is wrong
It's what she did
All the king's horns

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feeling: gloomygloomy
listening to: 40-Year-Old Virgin
Lila Futuransky: sarah connor futureheyiya on December 18th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
How badly do I suck? I was JUST THIS MINUTE writing you an apologetically late email saying that I loved the new draft. *shame*

I guess you can have edited highlights of my additional comments as feedback instead. :)

I think the textured effect really strengthens the vid, there's something about the feeling of age it adds that brings the burial imagery and the sense of distance between Sarah and those close to her right into the medium of the vid.

You make fabulous use of the clips from 213. The episode was really just made for your vid, no? The spinning knife... *shivers*. And the timing at around 1:40, with all the heads turning, is absolutely stunning.

I love depressing Christmas vids. I love Sarah in this vid; I love how you take the distance that's developing between her and the people she is supposed to be closest to and protecting and show how central to her character it is and has always been. I love the looming danger of John and Cameron, in John's brooding resentment and Cameron's smiling violence. I love how close Sarah lives to death, how this vid is the answer to the question Eileen asked in 213 about whether she feels the fear any more. I feel privileged to have had however small a hand in it.
kiki_miserychic: t:tscc ~ cameronkiki_miserychic on December 18th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
You are too sweet. I'm a sucky vidder when it comes to betas. I was pretty much done and wanted to let you see how I changed it. *head desk*

In my earlier draft, the grave and death imagery wasn't hitting the right notes, so I added a tinytiny 3% color burn layer over the whole vid of the grave in the first clip. I hope it meshes better with the tone of the music.

As I said before, I'm positive that tptb gave me the last episode because they knew exactly what my vid needed. My eyes went huge during some scenes because I knew the perfect place to lay certain shots in.

I can't make a happy holiday vid. I tried last year and it didn't work either. There's always next year!

Sarah is such an amazingly layered and complex character. I still can't get over how the vid can be nearly summed up by the quote from Eileen in the trailer: “You’re a mother. You’re a seeker. You’re a soldier. You’re everything but you’re nothing.”

You and cathexys had a great hand in bringing the focus in more and helping me to be less opaque. Seriously, the 2:13 moment wouldn't have happened at all.
Becka: zayne gonebeccatoria on December 18th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Dude, that's beautiful.

I'm missing some of the nuances because I'm about three or four episodes behind on TSCC (I plan to catch up over Christmas and definitely rewatch this vid when I am) but even so, you capture like...everything about Sarah's character so deftly and creepily.

It might be a Christmas song, but the messiah/mary parallels are so riddled through the show it actually just fits regardless of the time of year. And wow, this is an amazing song.

I think one of my favourite things about it is how it manages to blame Sarah for everything that's happened, while not blaming her at all? Is that even clear? "It's what she did." Which it is. All of this is because of what Sarah did. But nothing is wrong either because what else could she have done?

My personal response to it was also that I liked how John was kind of absent. I mean, he wasn't because everything Sarah does is about him. But he's the "infant" the future promise. He's going to come back and raise up the dead. But that's distant and abstract and he's not really real yet; he's just an idea Sarah has. That compels her into doing...what she did.

And I really need a TSCC icon...
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 18th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. You'll enjoy the last few eps. I'm in love with how creepy Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album is.

So much of Sarah's world is influenced and dictated by her relationship with John, yet it was so easy to have John not in the vid unless I needed him.

And I really need a TSCC icon...
I need a good Sarah one.
Alice: t:tscc - sarah - bloodybeerbad on December 18th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Um, BEST HOLIDAY VID EVERRR. You win at life. \o/

Also, I really liked what you did with clip speed. :)
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 18th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks.
Semi-Obsessive Me: The Connorssol_se on December 19th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I love this so much!
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Goes well with your icon too.
Talitha: disprove woman one shoetalitha78 on December 19th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
First of all, Sufjan Stevens=automatic win.

Second: I think I just spoiled the hell out myself, but I can't bring myself to mind because that was terrific. Scary and brilliant and strong.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Sufjan Stevens is too awesome.

Thank you. Too bad it spoiled you though.
(no subject) - bloodygoodgirl on December 19th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. I was worried I couldn't bring everything together.
Coffeejunkii: human or machine?coffeejunkii on December 19th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
what a great character study of sarah! i'm impressed to see clips from this week's ep in it already. food for thought until the show returns!
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
I had a first draft before last week's episode, so it was more a matter of knowing where they needed to go. I was amazed at how they fit so perfectly.
counteragentcounteragent on December 19th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
arg, can't wait to watch, but I want to catch up on SCC. Soon, soon!
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 19th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
They're some great eps. :)
aychebaycheb on December 19th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
The right-wrongness of a Sarah Connor nativity story is brilliantly realized. Cameron the wise man. I love the way the movement first hesitates then pushes you forcibly from clip to clip. There’s something almost Brownian about it, which really captures the uncertainty of Sarah just at the tipping point. All the pieces on the board but the game not quite started. I love the ending intercutting seeker, mother, soldier. All that she is.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 21st, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy reading your comments, so thank you very much for your words. I love how you pick up on the little things I barely hinted at.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TSCC Sarahbop_radar on December 20th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
No! It's wonderful! Ok, well, it may not be very uplifting but since I've spent the last couple of days (sick) rewatching Season 1 of SCC, this vid could not have been better timed for me. I was just thinking 'I wish there were more SCC vids...'

I find this vid very powerful at charting the uneasiness with which Sarah views Cameron but also her own self--and the reflections on self that Cameron triggers. I loved your use of the dream imagery (which I found kind of tedious on the show, I admit!) and thought the song was an inspired choice. The semi-religious tone encourages reflection on all the religious metaphors in the show, and the lyrics (like 'kings' men') remind us of John's future role.
kiki_miserychic: t:tscc ~ cameronkiki_miserychic on December 21st, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
There needs to be way more T:TSCC vids out there. I think I can count all of them on two hands.

I have a major thing for dream sequences in shows and movies. Some of my favorite episodes are the dream ones, like Buffy's Restless. I think I'm drawn to the idea of mucking about in someone's brain.

Listening to the song, it bordered on perfect and absolutely wrong, so I'm glad it worked for you. I was really debating if it worked or not.
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defies decoding: GAY: Cameron inside her by holo_daxyprojectcyborg on December 23rd, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)

wait, did I say that out loud?

it's just that you captured so viscerally the perverse family dynamics of a show about Sarah Connor as mother. SO MUCH WRONGNESS. the vid is mesmerizingly edited and also difficult to watch because it immerses you in Sarah's deranged fantasies. I love when she looks at herself! perfect perfect song and mythology for this.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on December 23rd, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
EHhehehe, I didn't mean the child molesting in a literal scene, but a creepy and messed up family. But it's open to interpretation. :)

Thanks. I'm very into Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album because it's more creepy than anything.
Jayne L.: sccchillserrico on January 5th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Yay, SCC vid! But that's by no means the only reason I really, really like this--I love the perversion of the family unit here; the use of Sarah as mother *and* warrior/protector *and* soothsayer *and* pawn of fate *and* actor of destiny. You manage to hit every aspect of her character within such a short amount of time, and it ends up *awesome*. :)
kiki_miserychic: t:tscc ~ camfakerkiki_miserychic on January 5th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
:) Thank you. I really wanted to bring together the different aspects of her character in the vid. I'm super happy that worked for you!
Joana: Sarah Connor backana_jo on January 6th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
This is a beutiful, beautiful video! *downloading*
Everything fits together perfectly. I love how you show so much of Sarah Connor and how you used the three dots and interpreted them.

So again, wonderful job. You're a true artist and i love your work!
kiki_miserychic: t:tscc ~ sarah/cameron gunslovekiki_miserychic on January 6th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I love being called a true artist. That's one of the nicest comments I've gotten on a vid.\

Sarah is an amazingily interesting and layered character. The three dots are part of the arc this season, but I wanted to use them in a more personal way for Sarah.

Once again, thank you.
Anne-Elisaetrangere on January 7th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
I loved this.
kiki_miserychic: t:tscc ~ camfakerkiki_miserychic on January 7th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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kiki_miserychic: t:tscc ~ sarah/cameron gunslovekiki_miserychic on June 6th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
:) Thanks for the feedback.

I owe a lot of the tension to the music itself and the way Lena Headey holds herself when she's in character. There's so much in her face and body language.

The intercutting of them in the hallway felt like the perfect visual way to show how their relationships evolved.