13 February 2009 @ 02:19 pm
vid - Devil Said - Merlin  

vid title: Devil Said
music: "Dirty Horse" from Gram Rabbit
source: Merlin BBC, King Arthur, and Mists of Avalon
duration: 2:49
notes: Thanks to heyiya and milly with deathisyourart for the betas. Warning for nudity. Posted for halfamoon.
summary: Ohhh. Morgana(/Gwen)

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Now the devil said, “come on and walk with me
I’ll show you some things that you may not ever see
It’s time that I made myself real clear
and if things are cool, we’ll stop off and grab a beer"


Well, I never wanted to start any type of fight
I always wanted to make things just real right
But Jesus is mad and he’s blaming it all on me
when the problem is you, it’s very plain to see

Jesus said, “Ohhh”
And the devil said, “Ohhh”
And the angels said, “Ohhh”
Coyote said, “Ohhh”
The white rabbit said, “Ohhh”
The little yetti said, “Ohhh”
And we all said, “Ohhh”

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like a glorious car crash in iambic pentameter: prayers and praiseiambickilometer on February 13th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Now that was just incredible. I just love how you blend the various sources - it's seamless, absolutely stunning. And Morgana's dream (of the future?) of Gwen's death, of her own rage, becoming Morgan le Fey... I love it when people take Merlin footage and manage to make it dark, serious, and you've done that so well.

(and by the way, if I didn't tell you already, I did get the video you sent me. It, too, blew me away. I'm really very excited to be working with you.)
kiki_miserychic: how i met your mother ~ naked mankiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
LOL at Barney icon.

Thank you.

It's weird to take a show like Merlin and turn it into something entirely serious. A lot of vidders have done so.

I'm super excited about doing artword and working with you. :)
Lila Futuransky: morgana/gwenheyiya on February 13th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
At last! I love this, and you, SO SO SO MUCH.

The way you weave Morgana's story here is just breathtaking. I love the way you intercut her fighting with the King Arthur footage, the myth and the various tellings of it all together; the movement forward and back through time gives me additional shivers down my spine, especially combined with the little repeated movements of footage in time to the music. Reading the lyrics to the song I'm even more struck with its perfection: Jesus is mad and he's blaming it all on me---YES.
kiki_miserychic: merlin ~ ohkiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
w00t! Thank you.

This song is Morgana. I'm convinced. You should listen to the whole song too.
Talitha: lexandros talitha colourboxtalitha78 on February 14th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)

Ohhh. Morgana. No kidding. That was beautiful. And beautifully blue. Love the song, too. I'd heard it once before, but I never knew what it was.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm a bit in love with Gram Rabbit right now. They're weird in a really great way.
Dualbunnydualbunny on February 14th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
This is beautiful! :D And I'm loving taking advantage of how easy it is to slip into a more serious reading since I've seen so little Merlin. ;)
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Thank you. I always think it's amazing how so many serious vids have come from Merlin.
cortexiphan juice box: [mrln] i'm a slow dying flowerhollywoodgrrl on February 14th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Yup. That was kinda incredible, wasn't it? I love the roar. And well, it's a Morgana vid so I am pleased. But man, I gotta commend you on the song choice. You always have such unique taste and this REALLY works. Awesome.
kiki_miserychic: merlin ~ ohkiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks. The whole song seemed so perfect for Morgana and I'm still grooving on Gram Rabbit's music.
bradcpubradcpu on February 14th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
I've seen a ton - and I mean a TON - of Merlin vids. (And probably a half-dozen Morgana vids) But this is the first time I've seen one that makes the show look ominous. Yet it does it in such a beautiful way. Also, creepy.

And hypnotic. Did I mention that part? *rewatches*
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Thank you. Morgana is a favorite of fandom. I goal was to put you in a trace and trick you into doing a monkey dance. :)
giandujakissgiandujakiss on February 14th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
That was beautiful! I loved the intercutting between Morgana and the footage from King Arthur.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 14th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Aww, cute Valentine's Day icon. :)
{ jlr }: femslash by grrlizcyborganize on February 15th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
I love how badass Morgana is in this! the jumpcutting/fades are awesome. Merlin has never looked so good. and ohhhhhhh indeed!
kiki_miserychic: uther/morganakiki_miserychic on February 16th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Morgana is such a badass, except not on Merlin BBC that much. She will be!
Lady Not-Appearing-In-This-Film: death don't bring you downdemonqueen666 on February 16th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
I'm not even familiar with the show, but I enjoyed this very much none the less. It's downright hypnotic, and captivatingly eerie.

If I may ask, is there any chance you could point me in the direction of where I can get my hands on the song you used? I really liked it.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 18th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. ;)
nc: merlin angel coulby by lillie-poo-podncvids on February 18th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
I love this so much! A few of my favorite parts:

* the title font, and the way it collapses

* the beginning, with the cuts between Uther/Morgana and Morgana/Mordred, which I just realized reverses the red and blue-green on their capes and hoods. AWESOME. Love the reversal. That ties in so nicely to the blue-green at the beginning and end. Morgana reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood here, and with the "White Rabbit" at the end, she also seems like Alice, being led down the rabbit hole.

* baby!Mordred on "the devil", and Morgana's look on :55.

* all the little crossfade jump cuts - they work beautifully with the music

* the jump cuts and the lyric tie around 1:50. How perfect.

* you have such a great sense of color - the orange spot in the sea of blue at :16 and :21 is lovely, and the pan into the white lily. And how the little bug starts crawling to kick off the vid.

* the jump cuts to Morgana in the forest around 1:57. LOVE THAT. Very, very clever.

* the reflecting eyes of Mordred and Morgana at :43, right on the beat, and the broken mirror. I keep finding more amazingness while I'm trying to write this.

* The look and the lyric tie on 1:55.

* how you used the blue-green color to tie it all together, as well as the castle, and to match the beginning with the fighting footage at the end.

* how the arrow at :30 and at 2:03 serves to bookend the vid and mesh it with external to BBC source. The blending at 2:03 is really nice.

* how it emotionally climaxes with the crazy fighting at the end.


* everything from 2:23 to 2:27.

I love how to you play off of the religious tension inherent in the text, and tie together magic, homosexuality, feminism, and the villain narrative. It is fab.

kiki_miserychic: merlin ~ morgana looking awesomekiki_miserychic on February 18th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
OMG, thank you. You are so cool for taking the time to give me feedback. You called out quite a few things I was hoping people would get, like the capes.

Child Mordred is so very creepy.

Meshing the source is always a struggle, so it's good to read that what I tried worked for you.

Yay and thank you.
ncncvids on February 18th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Ha, I don't know if I read more into it than you intended, but I liked it. :)
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 18th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Not at all. I'm super pleased with your reading. :) With the villain aspect, I playing more with the Dead Lesbian trope where one woman is killed, so the other turns into a villain to get revenge. I'm all for people constructing their own meaning around vids.
nc: merlin angel coulby by lillie-poo-podncvids on February 18th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
lol. Well, I'm rooting for her. ;)
fabi: merlintearful_eye on February 24th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
ohh wow, how do you do that? you vid so fast & each vid you do is absolutely stunning - you're a vidding machine! :)

...cause this vid is so wonderful. i really choked up while watching it - it's so beautiful, & heartbreaking somehow. you show how much morgana will change (even if she maybe doesn't want to), nothing/no one can prevent her destiny from coming true. i also love how you bring gwen into this & how it will be her death that changes everything for morgana... (don't know if i 'watched' that right though). & of course the way you merge the series with the movies is very cool, and the jump cuts, and... everything, ♥.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 24th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
I've been working on more than one vid at a time lately. Now I have 4 vids along various stages. 1 in beta, 1 in first draft, 1 being clipped, and 1 in the middle of editing. I vid a lot in my head too, so by the time I do the actual editing, it's mostly done.

Thank you so very much. Yes, you got what I was doing with Gwen's death. Thank you. :)
Zelda - Beltenbelenustenebrae on February 24th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
Loved the roar as Morgana wakes up. And her face in the shattered mirror.
Devil and Modred's face = awesome.

I can't tell you how much I loved this vid. It showed how strong Morgana is, and canon forgets that too often. Her powers and strength of character might eventually lead her down the wrong path (devil said come on and walk with me, *glee*), but it's so nice to see how full of spunk and kick-ass moments she is.
And the Morgana/Gwen moments were lovely.
*mems and goes back to rewatch*
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 24th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm really glad you enjoyed all those things. I really want Morgana to kick some more ass next season.
Semi-Obsessive Me: Uther darksol_se on February 25th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Oh wow. I love this! Absolutely love it! I'd never heard that song before, but it's wonderful, especially combined with the sharp editing. ♥
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on February 25th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Gram Rabbit is excellent and very creepy.
castorsfate on March 6th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Righteous edit!
The blending of the sources was beautifully seamless-I had to check your description cuz I thought it was all Merlin 'til I thought I saw Keira Knightly (Not sure I spelled her name right :/) plz forgive my source ingorance. Was she dreaming?
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on March 6th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Source ignorance can sometimes work. KK is actually the Gwen character in King Arthur, so it might work better without actually knowing she's not the strict Morgana character.

Yep, she was dreaming, like many other Morgana vids. Originality fail.
oxoniensis: fandom: merlin the flag flies highoxoniensis on June 3rd, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was a fantastic story - I so love it when vids tell a story and sweep me up in it. Gorgeous!
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on June 4th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you. :)
A Figment of My Own Imagination: Merlin BBC- Morganaveleda_k on July 13th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, Morgana, indeed. This is amazing on so many levels. The narrative, the music and clip match up, the source blending. And I loved the Gwen/Morgana.
kiki_miserychic: deadwood ~ joaniekiki_miserychic on July 16th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. Gwen/Morgana and Morgana herself are awesome
Sophinisba Solis: gwen by infinitesunrisesophinisba on October 15th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
This is such an awesome vid! I loved the way you mixed in the other sources, and I don't know a thing about editing but the look of this is really impressive.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on October 16th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
chaila: CVMchaila on January 3rd, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
I am watching Merlin vids, so have a late comment! This is ridiculously well-edited. The only source of those that you used that I've seen the whole of is The Mists of Avalon, but your editing made it easy to infer who was who (or to guess, anyway, I could be wrong!), i.e. I'm assuming the little boy is baby!Mordred and I took Keira Knightley as Morgana (though I see from comments that I'm wrong, I don't care!) I love how revolutionary and powerful this makes Morgana.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on January 3rd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love late comments. It remind me of the vid and makes think about it again.

In the movie, King Arthur, Keira Knightly is Guinevere, but for my vid I made her Morgana. Actually, I think her character was more Morgana than it was Guinevere. For the vid, she has the same facial bone structure as Katie McGrath. I like the mesh of sources that let me make Morgana into something I could see her becoming in the future.
Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blogbofoddity on August 7th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
This was just incredible! Loved how you used the King Arthur footage and Gwen, and Morgana just shines in this.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on August 8th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. :) I wish there was more Morgana and Gwen in the show.
(Anonymous) on June 27th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
And from which Merlin movies did you get this excellent result !?.

Thanks and have a nice life.Best regards from Sweden / The Viking.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 9th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Mainly Merlin BBC. The Kiera Knightly as Morgana footage came from King Arthur. The scenery shots, like castles, came from Mists of Avalon. The sex scenes are from The L Word. Towards the end, older Mordred and the cave paintings are from Mists of Avalon.

I made it as a companion piece with Between the Bars.
(Anonymous) on June 27th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
I am obviously cutting my sword in stone this time when i later could see your source of the movies involved at the top of the page.

Again, best regards from Sweden / The Viking.
kiki_miserychickiki_miserychic on July 9th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
No problem and thank you for watching.
purplefringe: pic#46521437purplefringe on April 25th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hey! This vid is AWESOME and chilling. Would you be happy for me to show it as part of the 'Constructed Realities' show I'm running at this year's Vidukon? :-)
kiki_miserychic: A Dinosaur and Kate Spade Shoes Fairytalkiki_miserychic on April 26th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
AHYIS!!!! I never realized how many AU vids I've made until now.
purplefringe: pic#46521437purplefringe on April 26th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
Heh, I never realised how many there WERE in the world until I started asking for recs for this show! Thanks for this one.
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