some_stars: (aaaaaace)
fifty frenchmen can't be wrong ([personal profile] some_stars) wrote2010-04-30 04:24 pm
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VID: "On Your Wings" (Doctor Who)

On Your Wings

Fandom: Doctor Who (classic)
Music: Iron & Wine
Size: 40 MB
Summary: Every road takes us farther from home. Ace's journey.
Notes: A whole lot of people helped me with this one, though I wasn't able to take all their advice. Thanks to all of you. Lyrics and further notes inside.

Download: Megaupload
Streaming: Youtube


God, there is gold hidden deep in the ground
God, there's a hangman who wants to come round

How we rise when we're born
Like the ravens in the corn
On their wings, on our knees
Crawling careless from the sea

God, give us love in the time that we have

God, there are guns growing out of our bones
God, every road takes us farther from home

All these men that you've made
How we wither in the shade
Of your trees, on your wings
We are carried to the sea

God, give us love in the time that we have

So this was an exercise in two things: 1.) blatant symbolism and 2.) terrible, terrible quality of source material. It's kind of tragic--if these episodes had been made with modern standards, you could make two gorgeous vids out of Fenric and Survival each, by themselves. As it is, I was kind of forced to make a slower, more contemplative vid for sheer lack of stuff to work with. But what there is, is AMAZING. Ace's episodes are incredibly rich with visual symbolism--there's the obvious ice/fire imagery of Dragonfire, where she comes out of her frozen dormancy; the water motif in Fenric and the fire in Survival, both of which deal with different aspects of her sexuality/coming of age. And even the episodes without an obvious symbolic theme have amazing visuals--the only reason I didn't harvest like half of "Greatest Show in the Galaxy" is because the directing made it impossible to use; the only reason there's not about five times more Ghostlight in this is because so much of it was too dark.

And then there's also the issue of the image quality itself--I have to say, I don't recommend watching this fullscreen. I took as much as I could from DVD, but nobody is ever going to release Dragonfire on DVD (and, I mean, they're probably right that nobody besides me would buy it *g*) so there are quite a few clips that are mostly likely originally from aging videotape. There's not much I could do about that, sadly.

As always, comments/feedback are greatly appreciated. Previous vids can be found here.
shinyjenni: Ace talking to Mel (ace and mel)

[personal profile] shinyjenni 2010-04-30 10:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I love this. I think the slower pace works very well with the song - it gives it a dreamlike, slightly spooky quality that I really like.
eisen: Max & KW (and you called it good). (a holy grail for you to hold.)

[personal profile] eisen 2010-05-01 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
That was haunting and poetic. As much as that may be due to the source material's awkwardness, I like the end result anyway!
darchildre: seventh doctor and ace, moody and muted (ghostlight)

[personal profile] darchildre 2010-05-01 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
That was beautiful.
darthfangirl: the thirteenth doctor (doctor who - ace/shou yuing - kindred sp)

[personal profile] darthfangirl 2010-05-01 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know much about vidding, but I know what I like, and I definitely like this.

Also, I would totally buy Dragonfire on DVD.
selenak: (Ace by Kathyh)

[personal profile] selenak 2010-05-01 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
Aaaaace! Absolutely fantastic vid.
avendya: blue-green picture of a woman's face (Default)

[personal profile] avendya 2010-05-01 04:24 pm (UTC)(link)
This is really awesome - Ace! I am surprised how lousy the source is - my Key to Time DVDs aren't much worse, and they're from the 70s, rather than the late 80s - and amazed how much you could do with it anyway.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (Default)

[personal profile] such_heights 2010-05-01 04:51 pm (UTC)(link)
This is absolutely wonderful - yay for Ace! :D
petra: Barbara Gordon smiling knowingly (Default)

[personal profile] petra 2010-05-01 08:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I really liked this. Oh, Ace. Oh, 80's production values.

[identity profile] 2010-05-01 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
oh, this is absolutely stunning.
i adore the song & you used it so beautifully - you show how ace's strength so well, and it's also haunting & full of such gorgeous melancholy. i really really love it.
beccatoria: (Default)

[personal profile] beccatoria 2010-05-02 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I loved this. I love Ace so much and this captures the intelligent, haunted side of her so well without denying her exuberant, pro-active attitude. I have a powerful desire to watch the Curse of Fenric, Battlefield and Ghost Light again. <3
odessie: (Default)

[personal profile] odessie 2010-05-05 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, that was beautiful! You did a fantastic job with the rhythm of the slower song; it has a lovely kind of haunting quality to it. And great use of less than stunning quality footage to make something so lovely. :D
rustydog: (Default)

[personal profile] rustydog 2010-05-06 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, really neat. And yay, Ace!

I know what you mean about the dark lighting in Ghostlight. I love it, but it's hell to screencap and try to icon, too.

[identity profile] 2010-05-07 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, lovely. Thank you so much for this.
sol_se: (Default)

[personal profile] sol_se 2010-06-26 06:30 am (UTC)(link)
I love this!!
the_jack: a low-res style drawing of Te and Jack (Default)

[personal profile] the_jack 2010-07-03 03:53 am (UTC)(link)


(Anonymous) 2010-12-17 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, this is lovely, so dreamy and contemplative.