bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
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(Okay, whatever, I made it and here it is. Forgive me if I promote it again later; not sure many people will see it this weekend.)

I saw this 15-minute film and found it really moving. With luck, the vidlet conveys some of those feelings.

Title: Awakenings
Fandom: "Machine Love," from Robot Stories by Greg Pak
Pairing: Archie/Lydia
Music: "Dr. Sayer" by Randy Newman, performed by Philip Aaberg (edited)
Rating: PG-13
Length: 1:55
Summary: Two androids fall in love.
Content notes: Workplace sexual harassment/assault.
Vidder's notes: Unbeta'd. Let's also call this a Kink Bingo square for mechanical/technological.

Streaming on YouTube and Vimeo | Download mp4 (14 MB)

ETA: This vid screened at WisCon 40 ("If..." vid show)!

Date: Feb. 7th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, that was lovely! So lovely and so sad.

Date: Feb. 8th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
ext_2047: (RSL neil window)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I'm so glad you found it so. Thank you for watching.

Date: Feb. 9th, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, that was really lovely! Definitely conveyed a lot of feeling.

Date: Feb. 9th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
ext_2047: (RSL neil window)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so glad. The movie made me full of feelings, so it is good if some of them were conveyed here. Thanks for coming by to watch!

Date: Feb. 21st, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just to say I enjoyed the vid, and it prompted me to finally watch the DVD of Robot Stories that I've had for about fifty million years now *g* This turned out to be such a spot-on summary of that particular section - evoking the same feel in a much more compressed fashion.

Date: Feb. 22nd, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
ext_2047: (RSL neil window)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, awesome. So you can see through my tricks now. :) The edited song length was good for keeping the vid tight, but I did miss being able to include clips of stuff like his little wave to his coworker buddy and the scene where everyone gathers to watch him watch her from the next building over and get permission to pursue.

What did you think of the DVD? I was of mixed feelings about its execution but found that some of the stories stuck, particularly (this one and) the second one.
Edited Date: Feb. 22nd, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)

Date: Dec. 28th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
futuransky: Centurion cylon from BSG with pink heart superimposed (centurion heart)
From: [personal profile] futuransky
I just saw this link in your year-end roundup and I think Robot Stories is such an interesting film so I watched – this was absolutely beautiful! The pace of the music is perfect for the slow and awkward android movements, giving them such grace. I'm really glad I found this!

Date: Dec. 29th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
futuransky: socialist-realist style mural of Glasgow labor movement (Default)
From: [personal profile] futuransky
I actually watched the films because Wendy Hui Kyung Chun has an analysis of them in her essay Race And/As Technology – it's in a book you can download here if you like ( – discussion starts on page 52 though I do recommend the whole essay and book!)

Date: May. 19th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
futuransky: socialist-realist style mural of Glasgow labor movement (Default)
From: [personal profile] futuransky
Update... I would like to show this in my vid playlist at WisCon! I think the audience there is exactly right to appreciate all the things I love about this vid and the film it comes from. :)

Date: Jun. 11th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
runawaynun: (scott & bailey)
From: [personal profile] runawaynun
This vid is so lovely and creepy and adorably awkward at the same time! AH!


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