Anything I ramble and try to show in this panel is from my area of tumblr. Everyone experiences a different tumblr. My tumblr is not your tumblr. Your tumblr is not your mom's tumblr. It's a microblogging platform that allows users to post multimedia, so it could be text, images, links, conversations, audio, video, and many combinations of those. You choose who to follow; you can blacklist anything you don't want to have on your dashboard. Everyone experiences a tumblr depending on who you follow, time of day when you log on, what's in the news, or if someone fannish you follow has recently become obsessed with a new show. Your live feed is a living thing that changes, so in this panel always assuming that I'm talking about my own corner of tumblr, which is different from your tumblr, which is different from everyone's tumblr.
such_heights recently broke down vidding into celebration, analysis, transformation, and critique. I agree. The same is true for tumblr, with an added category or subcategory of blissful utter nonsense. Tumblr is a great place for shenanigans as well as serious business. I'm going to touch on how the images bring out parallels and can help you visualize a vid, how scrounging for mundane seeming images can create the life of a story, how tumblr achieves those beautiful Unrealized Realities for AU vids, all of which lead to a tumblr aesthetic, which I will try to break down simply.
My corner of tumblr uses stock images and textures liberally. Sometimes the actual characters themselves (meaning the actors) are secondary in the piece, like a well timed after thoughts. At times some of the art can look like it's been found in my gramma's attic, getting it a strange musty and kitschy feel. Text is a well developed tool for communication in tumblr images and/or along side them. Put a flower crown on it! I promise to only name drop one non-tumblr artist in this panel.
One of my favorite uses of tumblr is doing my homework for me for vidding. It's great for research because chances on are, if you surf the right tags or the right people, there's a visual analysis and critique that will provide meat for a vid or help you along if you are starving for it.
From my own vidding specifically I was studying the lyrics and brainstorming interpretations for an Orphan Black vid when I saw these gifsets and realized I needed a section of Kira and her influence on Sarah and the other clones for a lyrics about "banging in my chest." Someone could easily take these gifset of Amy and Rory as research for a vid. This parallel I had already planned to use in an Erica vid, but I had to save the gifset because it was so perf. Someone pulled together all the instances where Effy looked to camera and smiled at the end of an episode. Again, could be research for visuals in Scully and Mulder vid. I have this saved as reference when I need clips of them together in the same shot and I can't remember. These perfectly outline some of what I want to hit on in a Hannibal vid. Fannish tumblr as a whole is talented at spotting visual narrative strands and collecting up ways characters interact on a similarity level.
When discussing the aesthetics of tumblr, I debated where to begin and I settled on the fandom for Welcome to Night Vale, which a podcast for a fictional town's radio show. The array of visuals is almost completely fan-created and driven. Some visuals are created in a dark tone, while other artists lean towards the more whimsical "Pushing Daises"-like atmosphere in the source.
The fandom artists are provided with the audio and they've created traditional art images, picspams weaved together using images from other tv shows, movies, photo shoots, as well as stock photos and their own photos. Practically any image is fair game for use in the art.
Whether instinctively or not, many tumblr artist from my corner emulate a Saul Bass minimalist style. The tumblr art aesthetic is often a sophisticated and distinctive look, which happens to use the pretty to frost over the more wild and cracktastic nature of the subject, which could fall into a static or dull presentation without imagination.
The fandom has created fancast picspams as well. Without visuals in the source, anyone can be Dana the intern - or her double. There are many visual markers from the source that those familiar with it would proclaim, "oh yeah, that's Erika changing a light" or "of course, that's the Whispering Forest," even though those images look different. It's shared visualization from experiencing the same source in varied ways and expressing it in different aesthetics.
The podcast of Welcome to Night Vale itself, as far as I know, has only visually presented logo-type things on the website from which to draw direct inspiration, which is seen in the way purple, green, and grey are utilized with more frequency than some other colors in the tumblr art.
There's a subgroup within tumblr's Supernatural fandom that reminds me of the Welcome to Night Vale fandom in the sense that they're both fiercely passionate online groups that create individualized and stylized pieces of art. This subgroup of tumblr's Supernatural fandom has created a universal view of the character Claire Novak.
Most of vidding fandom can relate to the plight of a viewer's frustration with a story line. There's a group that have intricately orchestrated a parallel story line for a sort of proclaimed Team Free Will 2.0 involving a younger generation of hunters, mainly Ben, Claire, Jesse, with additional Haley, Tommy, Aaron, Hunter, and many others who were mainly episode characters that have continued to live their lives as the series progressed. The most visually interesting subfandom of that subgroup is the one for Claire Novak related things. She's grown up killing angels and looking like a fierce little hipster.
Visually I collected images from a few artist that tend to create the most reblogged and discussed pieces of art. Not only are the older characters recasted with different actors, they are also used by others in non-fannish posts to make them into fannish posts, seemingly to give a mundane image meaning in fandom, which pieces together a life for Claire Novak. There's actually a vid that works on this same premise... [Brothers & Sisters vid excerpt from http://obsessive24.livejournal.com/121743.html ]
I know a lot of fans are enjoying Supernatural less and are watching it more as an obligation. It's not true everywhere, but from what I've see there's more critique of the show than there is of celebration. I assume that the lack of interest is coming from the underdeveloped interesting female characters. In certain corners of tumblr those characters are visually celebrated. The same with the underused story lines of late. Specifically, there's a group, subgroup, in fandom that assumes season 9 is going to suck and probably won't include the types of content that they want. So a few artist did their own. They focused visually on interesting black and white contrasts, motion, as well the use of constructed dialog. The images are often hazy, blurry, with manipulated lighting. I wanted to use a lot of Supernatural images for this panel because there's plenty of visual source that is being transformed into something new and exciting in that fandom. Supernatural's been on for such a long time, but it can still come across fresh with somebody else's perspective and talents.
I mean, this stuff is pretty gorg, right? And it could be translated into a vidding perspective as well.
There are also these fantastic genreswap and genderAU gifsets and images that lay out possibilities to imagine in your mind, which could be for AU vids. Genreswap or genre AU, however you say it, is probably the most visually arresting for some people. There are visual guides that have been embedded into our brains that signal where we are being taken when we watch something. The sudden cuts to bloody gore telegraph horror, monochromatic or mutes tones suggest a thriller, you can tell a lot from the choice to change the saturation as well. Black and white or sepia tones generally hint at a 1920s/30s era, which is fully utilized in this vid... [Together like the Devil and Me vid excerpt from http://mithborien.livejournal.com/127186.html ]
Specific sources can be manipulated to match as well. Either sincerely or humorously, like a welcomed whoopee cushion to a dramatic source.
AU vids, gifset, or picspams employ a somewhat different set of narrative tools than a general summary. Modifying the image, as well as the sequencing of the images, becomes important in how the images are viewed. Much of the time transitions, frame edits, visual overlays, zooms, masks, other effects, cutting techniques, and more are used to set the point of view apart from others. The visual continuity of the original source is either adhered to or melded into the aesthetics of the external source that's used. A melded universe within the work is created where the sources are generally cropped, the frame itself cropped, to avoid visuals that are not congruent to the created universe. Like a toaster in a time before toast. Or a car or architecture, whatever.
Overlays and masks are often used to lend credibility to the melded universe by smooshing more than one character together in a frame for generated interaction. Or artfully pasting a character elsewhere. These tools aren't always needed to create a shared universe as with this vid clip... [Flithy Mind vid excerpt http://sol-se.livejournal.com/105057.html ] And this one... [Flithy Mind vid excerpt] Color effects are often employed to denote changes in perception. Visual sameness across the board can be usually achieved quicker if the images are all homogenized one tone, like sepia or black and white or a push to green, or a push red even, which is used prevalently. The hope is that the viewers can suspend their disbelief for a moment and sink into the images.
There are many gifsets that pull in outside source to set out flashbacks that might not otherwise be available in the primary source. Either the flashbacks weren't fleshed out visually or they're used to create a new reality by borrowing from other sources. Much like what vidding already does for AU vids, obviously. There are also amazing gifsets and picspams where the fan recasts the roles using different actors/actresses for various motivations, like changing the gender, un-whitewashing a cast, or aging a character to be younger or older.
When discussing AU, I have to mention genderswap, genderAU, genderbending, there's a lot of names. It comes with the same visual cues as other AU with the addition of how the notion of gender is perceived in the universe of the vid. Use of certain clips, coloring, saturation, etc. can denote changes, especially in how the clips are edited. Assuming a binary system, there are genderwaps where typically the male to female swap leads to sexualized females due to the source, so it's important to keep that in mind when editing. Is it an aesthetic the vidder wants to keep or creatively edit out? Same for how rigidly gender constructs are adhered to. When gathering gifsets and such from tumblr it was interesting to note that the majority of genderAU was binary male to female. I couldn't find a single Deanna Winchester that was not Amber Heard, so it seems fandom has agreed on exactly one thing.
And if anyone is still there, thank you and goodnight.
Together like the Devil and Sin
Brothers & Sisters
Please note that some of the links below are likely no longer working. Tumblr users can change their usernames, which means links that worked last month don't today, but might tomorrow. Sometimes you can find a reblog of the missing post by going to Google and putting in the information you have. I tried to track the images back to their original source as much as possible, but at times, it's rather impossible.
panel part one tumblr links
In the Springtime we fell in love . And then Spring ended . yet I remained the fool
i was an angel of the lord
The last thing that I do is bring you down / So I bare my skin. And I count my sins / And I close my eyes and I take it in / I'm bleeding out / I'm bleeding out for you
teen wolf on shuffle: hate to see your heart break by paramore / For all the air that’s in your lungs / for all the joy that is to come / for all the things that you’re alive to feel / just let the pain remind you, hearts can heal
companions (via jongnim)
Other planets, wanna check some out?
Such a waste of a young heart.
MJ and sherlocks asked for: Lydia + pink
Lydia is the one who seems the most normal.
The Second Dance: a civil war between Daenerys Stormborn and Aegon the Pretender
"Let him be the king of ashes," she cried. "Dracarys."
Castiel’s story told by objects and sceneries
behindmylove (via blacksmoke)
“There’s nothing to be afraid of. they were right. it’s painless. it’s good.” come. sleep.
AU MEME » Game of Thrones, Cersei & Ned + Invasion of the Body Snatchers (in space!!!)
“Is it all lies, forever and ever, everyone and everything?”
greyjoyss (via stannisbaratheon)
“Is it all lies, forever and ever, everyone and everything?”
Excerpts from Charles Stoker’s letter to India Stoker.
I’ve been gradually becoming different / somebody else
MJ and sherlocks asked for: Lydia + pink
wolfsgrave (via velificantes)
-Jack: Tell me how you see The Ripper, Will.
-Will: I see him as one of those pitiful things sometimes born in hospitals. They feed it, keep it warm, but they don’t put it on machines. They let it die. But he doesn’t die. He looks normal. Nobody can tell what he is.
A little bit of history repeating.
Remember what it feels like. All of those times in school when you see him standing down the hall and you cannot breathe until you’re with him. Or those times in class when you can’t stop looking at the clock because you know that he’s standing right out there waiting for you.
The Hale House
She’s the only thing that really matters, you know?
This is my only chance of seeing him again.
I faced it all.
”Protect Myrcella with your life. Defend her … and her rights. Set a crown upon her head.”
2x07 / 2x10 / 7x02
I lost him.
Apéritif | Savoureux
So killing somebody, even if you have to do it… it feels that bad? / It’s the ugliest thing in the world.
good night, night vale. good night.
Welcome to Night Vale: The Man in the Tan Jacket
Ladies and gentlemen, surely you have noticed. There’s a man in a tan jacket.
"Old Woman Josie and one of her angel friends reportedly saw Rita Hayworth getting gas at the Fuel-N-Go over by the bowling alley. Old Woman Josie said Rita was looking a bit older, moderately obese, and considerably more Hispanic, but the angel assured her it was indeed Rita.”
I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.
And now for a brief public service announcement.
“…good night, night vale. good night.”
If I said you had a beautiful body would it matter in this vast, incomprehensible universe?
The desert seems vast, even endless. And yet, scientists tell us that somewhere, even now, there is snow. Welcome to Night Vale. Welcome to Night Vale, Glow Cloud.
The arctic is lit by the midnight sun. The surface of the moon is lit by the face of the earth. Our little town is lit, too, by lights just above that we cannot explain. Welcome to Night Vale. Welcome to Night Vale, Station Management.
The sun has grown so very, very old. How long cold, fading death? How long? Welcome to Night Vale. Welcome to Night Vale, PTA Meeting.
We may not always be the best show in the universe, but we try.
You're very extistence is not impossible, but it’s also not very likely. Welcome to Night Vale."
Did you know there’s a faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home? It’s true. She’s there now, she’s always there, just out of your sight, always just out of your sight…
The Whispering Forest is a place where we can all plunge our feet and hands into the cool, soft soil, allowing our fingers and toes to grow and spiral into the earth, quickly and deeply intertwining with themselves, each other, snaking in and through a complex organic network to become one
Jasika Nicole as Intern Dana or her double, I’m not sure.
welcome to night vale fancast: tatiana maslany as intern dana and/or her double
Taye Diggs as Cecil Baldwin . Rodrigo Santoro as Carlos the Scientist . Kacey Rohl as Dana the Intern and/or Dana’s Doppelganger
Close your eyes. Let my words wash over you. You are safe now. Welcome to Night Vale
featuring; jj feilds as cecil | robert wisdom as erika | mikkel jensen as the apachetracker [what an asshole]| lucy liu as mayor pamela winchell | rodrigo santoro as carlos | tatiana maslany as dana the intern
A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.
That’s the sheriff’s secret police. They’ll keep a good eye on your kids, and hardly ever take one.
lamorne morris as cecil baldwin / santiago cabrera as carlos, beautiful carlos, the scientist / mikkel jensen as the apache tracker, what an asshole / julia louis-dreyfus as mayor pamela winchell / natalie morales as intern dana / robert wisdom as erika the angel, who, the city council would like to remind you, does not exist
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Carlos . Danny Pudi as Cecil . CCH Pounder as Mayor Pamela Winchell . The Dementors as the Mysterious Hooded Figures
"The future is what you make of it! Just know that your supplies are limited. Welcome to Desert Bluffs."
Can you believe this guy said he used Indian magics? What an asshole.</ljcut>
panel part two tumblr links
Team Free Will 2.0 - Ben Braeden - Emile Hirsch, Claire Novak - Sarah Roemer, Jesse Turner - Garrett Hedlund
tonight we do it big & shine like stars
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep / But I have promises to keep / And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before I sleep.
She was young and she was suddenly alone. There were some unexpected side effects.
Claire Novak as the city of cultivation and theology and sin: C a r t h a g e
I know nothing but black holes and silence and quakes like the gut of Jonah’s whale, leaving my carcass bare - skinned and longing for your still cold gardens, mapping time into my bones. Forgive me Father for I have sinned. Yet you leave me empty, and so I will fall to the multitude of subsistences warring over my hungry immortal soul, for you changed me and change I did become.
My name is Claire Novak and I know what stars taste like. And I'm going to burn every one of them to ash.
she wears halos on her wrists like athletes keep trophies on their shelves
covered in coal dust, waiting for the moment the canary sings
Claire Novak -> Blue / played by Sydney Imbeau and Brit Marling
From the timeline (October 2016)
sisterlas (via issafly)
The therapist hands Claire a pen and says, “Draw him for me.”
scydiaas (via callowyn)
Claire swallows purgatory
Brothers & Sisters
Anne Rice | The Tale of the Body Thief Ladies of SPN | Season 8
and I saw a star fall from the sky unto the earth; and to the angel was given the key to the bottomless pit. [Revelation 9:1]
S9 Sample Posters a.k.a. Ways CW can promote S9 in a non bullshit way: 1/∞ ; Angels + Their landing sites
S9 Sample Posters a.k.a. Ways CW can promote S9 in a non bullshit way: 2/∞ ; Angels + Perception Change
S9 Sample Posters a.k.a. Ways CW can promote S9 in a non bullshit way: 3/∞ ; Two Headed Dragons
S9 Sample Posters a.k.a. Ways CW can promote S9 in a non bullshit way: 4/∞ ; Witness Accounts
S9 Sample Posters a.k.a. Ways CW can promote S9 in a non bullshit way: 5/∞ ; A long overdue conversation with God
a billion bees trapped in my chest / nails on chalkboard every time / till i watched your fingers sneak towards mine
panel part three tumblr links
things i’d like to watch but don’t exist → a clever, edge of your seat BBC drama with bits of funny and lots of sexual tension; starring billie piper as a vampire and david tennant as her slayer.
deckards (via blacksmoke)
we follow the code. the starks as werewolf hunters.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN: joan/sherlock; vampire au - sherlock & watson are vampire hunters until one of them gets bitten.
i’ve returned for retribution, harm yourself and your loved ones tonight.
no matter what happens, no more bloodshed. no more violence.
AU MEME » Breaking Bad + vampires for @shireens
teen wolf au | stiles and derek fight their way through the zombie apocalypse.
AU MEME » teen wolf + anarchistic, dystopian future
in the year 2025, the best men don’t run for president, they run for their lives.
Sterek AU: Warm Bodies
STEREK does WARM BODIES
Star Trek AU -In a post-apocalyptic world, Captain James T. Kirk is the leader of a specialized team created to fight zombies and keep them away from the shelters where the surviving population remains.
teen wolf au - zombie apocalypse -
"Step 1: kill the infected. Step 2: containment. If containment fails, then step 3: extermination."
AU Game of Thrones | Crime/Thriller
nighimpossible (via fuckyeahstilesderek)
what should happen in teen wolf s3 » Stiles gets buried alive, and only Derek can find him
captainsamcarter (via becketts)
parks and recreation : sci-fi au → requested by rufustfirefly
sobrightanddelicate (via missyourflight)
The Hour as a drama set in present day
MERLIN AU : during the twenties
Supernatural as a Film Noir “This isn’t an episode of the freakin’ Twilight Zone!”
Together like the Devil and Sin
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU!
frompillow (via blacksmoke)
“Can you hear my heart beating like a hammer”
AU meme → Legend of the Seeker as a superhero movie → asked by confessorlove
Teen Wolf - STEREK AU - fast&furious
teen wolf meets hocus pocus
"Where’s your Alpha, Mowgli?"
Previously in my life… a weird man came to the joke shop looking for a banana costume. I said, “banana costume? Well, aren’t you bananas!” He laughed (I am hilarious, thank you!) and said...
I am where you belong, the right kind of wrong
The Doctor and Rose meet Sherlock and John in a parallel universe.
AU - Run, Wolves, Run. - Eventually the Doctor will draw extremely unamused looks from Derek when he beckons them with, “Come along, Stilinskis.”
AU - We Get Plenty Of Time Travelling Folk Around Here - The Doctor and the Winchester’s run into each other. In the wild west. In the 19th century.
To hell with dignity. I’ll leave when the job’s done. or AU where Peggy Carter became M
The one where Dean Winchester and Tony Stark have a showdown Dean: Cas, cover your ears! / Castiel: Dean, what-why? / Tony: Hey there / Dean: Just do it! / Castiel: But Dean- / Tony: I’m Tony Stark / Castiel: Dean, I have the sudden urge to remove my clothing / Dean: NOOOOOOOO
Hannibal invites Gordon Ramsay for dinner; it does not go well
Femlock AU . Lara Pulver as Sherlock Holmes
Anonymous asked you: In the spirit of switching ages, what if one or both of the Holmes brothers had been Holmes sisters?
fem!lock au - "I’d be lost without my blogger."
fem!lock au - mr. hudson makes breakfast
fem!lock AU - No means no, Sherlock
fem!lock AU - Moriarty’s reveal
Boardwalk Empire Fancast: Gina Torres as Madame (“Queenie”) St. Clair
$$ LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG BAD GIRLS DO IT WELL $$
AU MEME » Rashida Jones/Diane Kruger + buddy cop comedy for @anonymous.
let him bleed.
GENDERSWAP » Breaking Bad for @observr
Mary-Louise Parker as WALTER WHITE . Gillian Jacobs as JESSE PINKMAN . Timothy Olyphant as SKYLER WHITE . Regina King as HANK SCHRADER . Gina Torres as GUS FRING . Joan Allen as MIKE EHRMANTRAUT . Allison Janney as SAUL GOODMAN
I saw it & the path was a circle, round & round. So I changed it.
GENDERSWAP » Looper for @anonymous
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as JOE . Madeleine Stowe as OLD JOE . Scoot McNairy as SARA . Kirsten Dunst as KID BLUE
Pacific Rim genderswap
Anna Torv as Magara* ‘Mag’ Hansen . Imogene Poots as Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Hansen . Mark V Striker Eureka co-pilots.
New Testament genderswap
Indira Varma as the apostle and betrayer Judas- Judith
Dance of the Dragons → Battlefield
Aegon captures Rhaenyra but he leaves it for later to decide about her fate
Lannister Meme | Three memories ﹄ [1/3] Cersei’s Wedding
-You still wake up sometimes, don’t you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.
Kandyse McClure as Clarice Starling
modern au starks
We can either eat each other… Or eat everyone else. GENDERSWAP (PARTIALLY)»
James Bond for my own indulgence.
Bérénice Marlohe as BOND/007 (because I am bitter and you know she’d make a great spy) . Janina Gavankar as VESPER LYND . Joseph Gordon-Levitt as MONEYPENNY . Michael K. Williams as FELIX LEITER . Tilda Swinton as RAOUL SILVA . Jeremy Irons as M . Anna Mouglalis as LE CHIFFRE . Zoe Saldana as ALEC TREVELAYN/006 . Jon Kortajarena as SEVERINE (not pictured)
Harry Potter Series - The Keeper of the Keys
WINTER IS COMING. GENDERSWAP » Game of Thrones, House Stark for @dellorefice
Jennifer Ehle as NED STARK . Kevin McKidd as CATELYN STARK . Andrea Riseborough as ROBB STARK . Eddie Redmayne as SANSA STARK . Caleb Landry Jones as ARYA STARK . Vanessa Kirby as JON SNOW
supernatural au - Dean born as a girl (Deanna played by Amber Heard)
Supernatural Genderbend AU: Chloe Moretz as young Deana Winchester and Aryana Engineer as young Samantha Winchester.
-Genderswap: Amber Heard as Deanna Winchester and Katie McGrath as Castiel
Carry on my wayward daughter. There will be peace after the slaughter.
Additional tumblr links that I wanted to use, but either couldn't fit or didn't have the panel time to get into. I still wanted to share them, so happy clicking if you do.
http://kashmir1.tumblr.com/post/33614749351/devildoll-achilles-sterek-x-you-who = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moYnBnXOEQA
illuminating something you didn't see
allison argent looking fly