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A diptych from Janelle Monáe's Electric Lady album.

I haven't created a vid since 2012. It will probably be another 5 years before I can make the time again. But it was totally worth the sleep deprivation!

There was a lot of serendipity involved in this project. "Robot Love Is Queer" was the inspiration for and introduction to my WisCon playlist. I've always wanted to vid one of the talk radio interludes on Electric Lady. When I developed the concept, did I know that George Clinton put out a Metropolis-themed music video in 1996? I did not! I found it randomly after downloading a bunch of George Clinton material for DJ Crash Crash. Hat tip to [personal profile] futuransky for suggesting Westworld's Charlotte Hale to play Peggy Lakeshore. (Gaius Baltar was all me – he's the ultimate Josh.)

Tickled by the challenge playlist for guest of honor Kelly Sue DeConnick, I figured I could also manage a one-shot vid for the Emerald City episode that she wrote. It seemed appropriate to choose another song from the same album, and "Look Into My Eyes" was the shortest! It was perfect for the theme of media authorship as adaptation and transformation. I wanted to incorporate some comics since that's DeConnick's primary oeuvre. Did I know that Marvel did an Avengers reimagining of The Wizard of Oz? I did not! I found that by looking on Wikipedia.

Extra special thanks to [personal profile] metatxt for making it possible for me personally to bring these pieces to fruition – and for bringing Vid Party into the world for all of us!

"Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)," Janelle Monáe

Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang, 1927)
Westworld (2016- )
Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009)
Janelle Monáe, Many Moons (dir. Alan Ferguson and The Wondaland Arts Society, 2008)
George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You) (dir. David Nelson, 1996)

Warnings: fast cutting; short clip of choking/assault

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"Look Into My Eyes," Janelle Monáe

Emerald City (NBC, 2017), episode 6 "Beautiful Wickedness," teleplay by Kelly Sue DeConnick
The Wizard of Oz (dir. Victor Fleming, 1939)
Avengers Fairy Tales, No. 4 (Marvel, 2008)

Warnings: bright flashes and fast cutting; short clip of gun violence

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Date: 2017-05-31 01:43 am (UTC)
chaila: Minerva McGonagall, wand pointed, directing suits of armor like a badass. (hp - minerva)
From: [personal profile] chaila
TWO VIDS, look at these! The first one is so weird and cracky and hilarious, though I don't know half the source you're using. And I LOVE the melding of the different types of sources in the Emerald City vid, though again I didn't (yet) make it far into the source. The melding of the different tellings and especially the different mediums really works to comment on stories and characters and ownership, and to me, serves as rather an invitation to US into the big, wide world of something that has as many tellings as Oz. It feels like an invitation to be a fan, and to bring your own imagination and readings--if there are a gazillion official tellings of this story, why isn't the one you imagine as a fan equally valid? That is what I take away, and it's pretty great. <3

Date: 2017-05-31 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] runawaynun

I love how with both vids you can weave together such separate sources to make such visually arresting narratives. Both of these vids are so pretty and so complex. That is so amazing! <3


Date: 2017-06-02 07:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thingswithwings
LOVE THESE! Especially the Robot Love Is Queer vid - I will always remember watching it at vidparty and just clapping and gasping in pure delight. You made SO MANY GOOD DECISIONS. Absolutely genius melding of sources in both vids.

Date: 2017-06-03 10:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fightingarrival
Your playlist! Your intro vid for your playlist! So awesome! So fun and funny and very definitely queer! I feel like Janelle Monae was the unofficial queen of the vid party this year? which was a delight to me. I'm so glad I got to here you talk in vid discussion about how about the effects you used and your framing and nonframing of 4:3 clips. It was so interesting. Thank you.




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