New vidding forum: Reverie
Also, I realized something about myself. I went to visit morgandawn
the other week and we were talking about writing and vidding and morgandawn
asked whether I considered myself more a writer or a vidder and I said both equally. Both morgandawn
have written fanfiction. morgandawn
was talking about how she and permetaform
both write as vidders, and their writing is very visual.
When I write, I am a total dialogue whore.
But what I didn't realize at the time, and what I couldn't explain to them, was that when I am writing, with no visuals, pouring my whole self into the dialogue, this is not separate from the way I vid. It's not that I have this vidding side of my brain that's visual and this writing side of my brain that's dialogue centric. See dialogue, to me, is audio. It's music. I hear it in my head. The audio, for me, dictates the visuals. I can't read bad dialogue because the voice in my head sounds wrong, and then I can't match it with the person I'm supposed to be visualizing. I need the dialogue in order to recognize the characters. Without it the characters are flat and empty to me.
When I sing along with music, I don't just follow the tune like most people I know. I'll imitate the singer's intonation. I'll make my voice crack when the singer's voice cracks. I'll basically do everything I can to make my mouth, throat and vocal chords, even the way I inhale imitate the singer as closely as possible, and I'll do it automatically. If I'm to sing in my own singing style while singing along to the music, I must make a conscious decision to do so. And in the past occasionally I've found that I've memorized the lyrics to a song without even realizing what the words were because I memorized them phonetically.permetaform
loves soaring visuals. That is what she finds most moving when she is watching a vid. Continuous, sweeping motion. She puts much more care into working these sorts of visuals into her vids than I do. I rarely pick visuals for the visual's sake. I pick them for the music. I never thought about color until the eighth vid I made. I thought of visuals more in terms of what they could communicate intellectually and how they complemented the music than what they actually looked like on their own, without music behind them. Now I do take that more into consideration, and I definitely think it has improved my vids, but it's still third down on the list.
The second vid I ever made was my Oz
vid to "Pretty When You Cry" by Vast. Or, more accurately, it was my "Pretty When You Cry" vid to Oz
. I wasn't in the fandom. I didn't read the fic. Worse, I didn't watch the show. I managed to pick out the scenes I wanted by reading episode transcripts to figure where the money shots were. Most vidders I know would never even consider making a vid without knowing what their source footage looked like. But then, for most vidders, the visuals are the point of the vid.
For me, from the very beginning, the music was the point, and the visuals were merely a tool to clarify that point. A very rich and versatile tool, but a tool nevertheless.
I used to play piano, from ages five to seventeen. I never learned how to read sheet music properly. I used to compose pieces, though. I miss playing and composing and I think in a way I've sublimated that into both writing and vidding. Writing dialogue is like writing down notes. Vidding is like harmonizing with an existing piece, or remixing it. Both writing and vidding allow me to communicate my thoughts more clearly and fully than composing piano pieces ever did. It's easier for me when I have more than one medium with which to communicate an idea. In a sense, vidding is easier for me than writing, because with writing one of the two mediums exists only in my head, and I'm trying to force one to compensate for the fact that the other is silent. Of course, that's when I have to step back and assure myself I don't really need all those italics, that if the writing is good enough the reader will hear the emphasis without irritating visual aids.
Uh...insert conclusion here.
In other news, I am a lazy ass, but I swear ficbyzee
. Tomorrow morning first thing I will work on you beta. Then, once I e-mail that, if your online we can do the aspect ratio tutorial thing. This afternoon, rather, since it already is tomorrow morning and holy Jebus I can't believe I'm going to bed at 5:30am.