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Title: When I Go (AO3)
Fandom: American Gods (TV)
Characters: The old gods, the new gods, Shadow Moon, Salim, Mrs. Fadil, Essie MacGowan, Laura Moon
Music: by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
Length: 4:04
Summary: And the wind will long recount the story, reverence and glory when I go
Content notes: Death and dying. There are also briefly spiders (1:13-:17), sex (1:29-:32), a noose (2:28-:31), and fights/beatings (:41-:45, 2:37-:39).
Physical notes: Flashing lightning (:53-:56)
A/N: A treat for [personal profile] bonibaru for Fall Equinox 2017. This vid was originally going to focus on Anubis & Thoth, but it quickly grew as I realized I wanted to tell more of the old gods' stories along with this beautiful song. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

I'm not sure how much sense this will make if you're not familiar with the canon (book or show). Here is a quick, spoilery guide if you'd like one.

Thanks: to [personal profile] revolutionaryjo for beta, [personal profile] bessyboo for putting us in touch, and [personal profile] cinco for giving this a look despite not having seen the show.

Embed & lyrics )
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Title: Best of Enemies [AO3]
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)
Characters: Sisko and Dukat, plus cameos
Music: Audio excerpts from The Lego Batman Movie
Length: 1:23
Summary: Pffft. You think you're my greatest enemy?
Content notes: Hurt feelings.
Physical notes: The clips from "Waltz" have flickery firelight.
A/N: A belated [personal profile] equinox_vids treat for [personal profile] purplefringe, who requested:
if you're more a wacky-comedy-vid sort of person, I would absolutely love a vid about Sisko and his many nemeses! Gul Dukat, Kai Winn, Michael Eddington, Solok the Vulcan...who is his one true nemesis??! They all think it's them! :-D
Sorry it took so long! Needed to wait for the movie to come out on DVD so I could use the audio.

(Er, also I reserve the right to change the ending later -- I had to stick in some clips so the credits would render correctly!)

Embed + text )
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"My name is [personal profile] bironic. I like things in space and things with vampires," I wrote at [personal profile] st_aurafina's friending meme in January, then realized my 5 Festivids consisted of 3 set in space and 2 involving vampires, one of which was set to a Byron poem.

This year I made:

Sunny Days (Dark City)
For onewingdippedinblood. My actual assignment.

Something's Going Wrong (Waxwork)
For onewingdippedinblood. I hadn't heard of this movie before reading onewingdippedinblood's Festivids letter, but watched it, was delighted, and thought of a vid song right away. Kudos to [personal profile] mific for guessing that I made this! #onbrand

Behind Blue Eyes (2001: A Space Odyssey)
For cherryice. Because the song match was too terrible/great to pass up.

Going through space with the world (Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield)
For thirdblindmouse. Because space and science and a joyous expansion into celebrity.

She Walks in Beauty (Let the Right One In)
For quizkwatsh. I'd been wanting to make this one for a while and wish it had gone over better; I wonder if it's because people don't know the source or if the vid itself is not compelling.

More notes on each vid at the posts linked above.

As for those vid-related remarks I couldn't share at the time... )

Also, it turns out [personal profile] elipie is the one who made "To The Edge" for me! Check it out, with vidder's notes. I know the subject matter will not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a very good vid, at once cerebral and visceral, and it didn't get a lot of love and it deserves more. ♥
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onewingdippedinblood's Dear Festividder post excited me the most of anyone's during signups, so I was very happy to get them as my assignment. Dark City was the original plan, but the description of Waxwork & Waxwork II sounded right up my alley, so I watched those as well, discovered that we liked some of the same parts, and ended up with a treat idea.

Title: Sunny Days
Fandom: Dark City
Music: Theme to "Sesame Street" by The Kids
Length: 1:53
Summary: Can anyone tell me how to get to Shell Beach?
Content notes: Syringes in heads, dystopia, physical and psychological manipulation, major movie spoilers.
Physical notes: For some reason, the director decided lights needed to pulse and flicker in half the scenes. I'm sorry. There's also some quick and possibly vertiginous cutting around 1:04-1:11.
Thanks: to [personal profile] deelaundry and Mr. [personal profile] deelaundry for audiencing.
A/N: For [ profile] onewingdippedinblood for [community profile] festivids 2016-2017. Originally posted here.

Dark City is a long-favorite movie, but round after round I couldn't come up with a song to vid it to. Then, this. I don't even remember what made the Sesame Street theme occur to me, but once it did, I knew I wanted to make it. It felt like such a wonderfully discordant match, highlighting the dystopian nightmare as Murdoch tries to find his way out via Shell Beach. I had fun resisting my usual impulse to tell a clear, linear story and instead play up the confusion and glorious weirdness.

Sunny Days )

Title: Something's Going Wrong
Fandom: Waxwork (1988)
Pairing: Mark/China, Mark/Sarah, China/Dracula, Sarah/Marquis de Sade
Music: "Is She Really Going Out With Him" by Joe Jackson (edited)
Length: 3:07
Summary: Alas, poor Mark. He just wants China to like him. Or Sarah. Or any girl, really. But they keep falling for classic horror hunks.
Content notes: White male tears, a phallic weapon, whips & chains
Physical notes: Strobe lights intermittently 2:19-2:46
Thanks: to [personal profile] thedeadparrot, [personal profile] deelaundry and Mr. [personal profile] deelaundry for audiencing.
A/N: For [ profile] onewingdippedinblood for [community profile] festivids 2016-2017. Originally posted here.

"I also ship China/Dracula and China/Stephan. And, I have such a wrongdirtybad love for Sarah/Marquis de Sade," onewingdippedinblood wrote in their Festivids letter. And you know what? So did I after watching the movie. It's too bad the vid had to be from the POV of the sadface dude character who kept trying to be smooth with the ladies and failing (and then, even worse, not failing), but I think the vid makes enough fun of him to make up for it.

(I did make a mistake, though, because I misremembered the male character's name and thought that onewingdippedinblood liked the trio featured here, when in fact they liked the two young women and one of the other guys. Oops.)

P.S. Watch the movie, it's fun. The sequel, though less well paced, also has lots of fun with intertextuality as the hero and heroine go movie hopping through Frankenstein, Alien, a Bruce Campbell thing, and more.

Waxwork )
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Title: Behind Blue Eyes
Fandom: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Music: by The Who (edited)
Length: 2:13
Summary: HAL just wants to be loved.
Content notes: Morbid humor, character death.
Physical notes: Some camera spinning and odd angles/vantages.
Thanks: to [personal profile] synn for beta comments, and also [profile] disgruntledowl and R.
A/N: A treat for [profile] cherryice for [community profile] festivids 2016-2017. Inspired in part by I Think We're Alone Now by [personal profile] sweetestdrain. Originally posted here.

Look, it just happened: I was skimming the requests list alongside my song collection, thought of this match, saw cherry's Dear Festividder letter -- "You could go against type and work with delightfully incongruous music" -- and knew I had to give it a try. Quite possibly the idea wouldn't have occurred to me if it hadn't been for sweetestdrain's Club Vivid vid cited above. Two drafts later -- after the first attempt, I felt the middle needed to be sped up more and beta watchers felt the end needed to be slowed down more -- we have this.

Slowing down music in Premiere is a b*tch, by the way; there's no time remapping feature. Possibly all you Premiere vidders know this, but I did not. Because I preferred to do it in Premiere and not, say, Audacity, I ended up cutting the audio track into pieces and slowing down each one a certain percentage more than the last, cross-fading where needed and checking the box to maintain the original pitch. Of course, not even that worked the first time, because there's a bug or something in Premiere where doing the above makes the whole edited section go mute. Turns out you have to switch the timeline settings from 44100 Hz to 48000 Hz or vice versa so it's whatever your song isn't.

Anyway, enjoy this vid that may be either hilarious or creepy depending on your POV. Personally, I cackled through making it. The slow zoom I added to HAL's eye on "to be hated" and the rise of the shuttle pod on "my dreeeeeeeeeams" are some of my favorite parts. On the creepy side, I also really like Dave's head tilting right after "vengeance."


ETA: This vid screened at Vidukon 2017 (Festivids vid show)!
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Title: Going through space with the world
Fandom: RPF – Chris Hadfield
Music: Intro to "Act on Impulse" by We Were Promised Jetpacks
Length: 2:08
Summary: From "day in the life of an astronaut" videos to international stardom; or, Chris Hadfield and his adorable mustache.
Content notes: None.
Physical notes: The camera is generally stationary, but microgravity = lots of things float around + Hadfield often appears sideways or upside-down.
Thanks: to [personal profile] stultiloquentia for beta.
A/N: A treat for [personal profile] thirdblindmouse for [community profile] festivids 2016-2017. Title from Hadfield's TED Talk; footage from the Canadian Space Agency and other sources. Originally posted here.

This source request caught my eye during the nominations period, and after seeing tbm's Dear Festividder letter, it actually became the first vid I started making, while assignments were still being determined. I had only known Chris Hadfield from a couple of those "What happens when you wring out a washcloth in space" clips and his music video, but soon after starting research for the vid I fell for his other "how to" videos, his smiles and sense of wonder and commitment to education.

I wanted to make something that showed the expansion of joy from schoolchildren to science/space fans to celebrities and guest appearances and was on the lookout for an instrumental piece that built accordingly without being super long, so I was glad to re-stumble upon this song in an NPR guide to last year's SXSW.

And as surmised, a couple of people did guess that [profile] cherryice had made this, because science + Canada. :)

Hadfield )
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Title: She Walks In Beauty
Fandom: Let the Right One In
Pairing: Eli/Oskar
Music: by Sissel Kyrkjebø and Nicholas Dodd, adapted from the poem by Lord Byron
Length: 2:07
Summary: All that's best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes.
Content notes: Blood, brief gruesome injury, underage relationship.
Thanks: To [personal profile] anoel for cheering me on on Twitter, even though she didn't know this was the vid I was struggling with.
Physical notes: I don't think any.
A/N: A treat for [personal profile] quizkwatsh for [community profile] festivids 2016-2017. I'm sorry this turned out more Eli/Oskar than just Eli. Originally posted here.

This vid took four or five tries to make, including a couple of afternoons where I was ready to throw the whole thing out the window. Despite that, and even though I hadn't expected the middle sequences to feature so much linear narrative, I'm glad it finally came together; I'd been wanting to set this source to this song for a while and to try to play up the haunting quality of the refrain, the mix of horror and allure bundled together in Eli's character. I wonder if it worked for people, since the original post didn't get much feedback.

Personal favorite parts are the opening clip, Oskar making up his mind and hugging/accepting his new vampire friend as the music swells, and the cute "grr"s at the end. I had hoped to make that arm-stroking clip quite long, overlaid on the attacks, but I couldn't figure out how to do it the way I envisioned. Oh, well.

In other news, I thought this vid had "bironic" written all over it, but no one guessed me for it at the guessing post. Or rather, no one took a guess at all for it. Maybe because few people watched it? IDK. Stealth achievement unlocked?

eli )
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Title: Me Gustas Tú
Fandom: Elf (2003)
Pairing: Buddy/the world
Music: by Manu Chao (edited)
Length: 2:59
Summary: I like Santa Claus, I like you.
Content notes: Excessive cheer, questionably un-PC antics involving Peter Dinklage.
Physical notes: I don't think any.
Thanks: To [personal profile] anoel, [personal profile] jetpack_monkey and [ profile] SerenadeStrong for beta.
A/N: Because someone nominated Elf years ago for [community profile] festivids and I never got to give them this—and because we need more happy things right now, however small.

Embed, download, lyrics )
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Title: Sing
Fandom: Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
Music: by Travis (edited)
Length: 3:30
Summary: "You have to find the hero within yourself, Crysta."
Content notes: The habitat of cartoon animals is threatened.
Physical notes: The camera does some swooping, panning and zooming.
A/N: Ah, the environmentalist movie of '80s children's hearts. Made at the last minute for Vividcon 2016, inspired by a Festivids nomination. Many thanks to [personal profile] cinco for beta comments.

Streaming, download, lyrics )

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.
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Title: "Ancillary Justice" book trailer
Fandom: Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie
Music: "Nad Dunaem" by DakhaBrakha and "Epic Drums" by Immediate Music (edited)
Length: 1:28
Summary: Nineteen years, three months, and one week ago, I was a troop carrier.
Content notes: Several people get shot or are threatened with guns by members of a military force.
Physical notes: Zoom effects on some of the titles and clips.

Notes & acknowledgements )

Streaming, download, lyrics )

ETA: Okay, for the record, because wow: Ann Leckie's blog post/Tumblr post/tweet, Metafilter,
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Title: To the Grave
Fandom: The Body Snatcher (1945)
Music: "Secret" by The Pierces (edited)
Length: 3:12
Summary: "It's like Burke and Hare all over again!" Or, Boris Karloff's amazing leers and a cameo by Bela Lugosi.
Content notes: Graverobbing and murder for fun and profit. On-screen strangling and implied (below frame) surgery/dissection. A bread loaf gets stabbed and a cat is stroked evilly.
Physical notes: Lightning flashes ~2:54.
A/N: Made for [personal profile] jetpack_monkey, who won me in the 2016 Vividcon Auction. What a delight of a project. Thank you to [personal profile] heresluck and [personal profile] corbae for helping us search for songs; this gem was [personal profile] corbae's find.

Streaming, download, lyrics )

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.
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Title: Wreck of the Good Ship Atlantis (also on AO3)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis (SGA)
Pairing: Gen/ensemble
Length: 4:26
Music: "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot (edited)
Summary: The tale of the good ship Atlantis, lost at sea with all hands on board.
Content warnings: Implied character deaths.
Physical warnings: Frequent lightning and flickering lights.

Notes: Cut for length )

Thanks: To [personal profile] yevgenie, [personal profile] zulu and [personal profile] thedeadparrot for their honest input on a first draft. Don't blame them for things that don't work here. To [personal profile] sheafrotherdon, whose advice kept me from doing something potentially offensive. To [personal profile] cinco for assuring me that doing a literal match of source to lyrics and tone was okay. And to [personal profile] deelaundry and [personal profile] synn for their support throughout the process.

Download, embed and lyrics )
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Second, I made... this, whatever it is, as a treat for sol_se. IDEK. Once I saw the third movie, I knew this vid had to exist.

Title: He Drives Me Crazy
Fandom: Night at the Museum series
Pairing: Larry the night guard/Dexter the capuchin
Rating: PG-13
Music: "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals (edited)
Length: 2:10
Content/physical notes: Temporary character death (animal); implied zoophilia.
A/N: For [personal profile] sol_se on the occasion of Festivids 2015-2016. Originally posted here and here.

Embed, lyrics )

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.
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I made two Festivids this year. First, here was my actual assignment.

Title: Sailboats
Fandom: Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World
Pairing: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Rating: PG
Music: by Brooke Fraser (edited)
Length: 2:12
Summary: A love song and a lullaby.
Content/physical notes: None, I don't think.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to R. and [personal profile] cinco for watching the first draft and assuring me that the song wasn't too saccharine.
A/N: Made for Festivids 2015-2016 for [personal profile] rhivolution, who wanted some Aubrey/Maturin in love at sea. Originally posted here and here.

Embed, lyrics )

I'd never vidded something this sweet before, which made me nervous; but friends gave reassuring beta feedback, and here we are. The sequence where Stephen pulls the bit of shrapnel out of Jack's neck still feels awkward to me -- I would've preferred something about Stephen's doctoring in general, playing on the "your love is healing" line, including poor little what's his name who lost his arm, but I just couldn't make the available footage work -- but I really like the quiet nighttime sequence, Jack and Stephen's introductions, the crew singing, and, as rhi requested, the clips of their duets toward the end.

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.
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Title: Feels So Electric
Fandoms: Hahaha. Multi. See complete list below.
Music: "Electric" by the DNC feat. Miss Amani
Length: 4:10
Summary: "Pure electricity. In my pants."
Content notes: A lot of flickering lights. Some quickish zooms and pans, if motion effects on still images bother you. A few clips depict nonconsensual zapping.
Dedication: For Club Vivid 2015 & Kink Bingo. Also on AO3.

Acknowledgements )

Embed, download, lyrics )

Or: What happens when you want to make a vid of the movie Powder and then find a song that invites you to add a few more sources...

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.

ETA: This vid screened at WisCon 40 ("The Safeword Is..." vid show)!

x-posted to vidding (DW), vidding (LJ), Tumblr
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Title: Everything In Its Right Place
Fandom: Black Swan
Music: Radiohead (BBC Radio 1 Sessions) (edited)
Length: 4:16
Summary: There are two colors in my head.
Content notes: Mental breakdown, body horror, self-harm, inappropriate instructor/student touching.
Physical notes: Camera pans several times as dancers spin.
A/N: For [personal profile] goodbyebird for Festivids 2014-5. Originally posted here and here.

Links/embed/lyrics )

Thank you again to [ profile] synn, [ profile] deelaundry, [ profile] cincodemaygirl, [ profile] thedeadparrot, [ profile] stultiloquentia and [personal profile] unfinishedidea for various forms of audiencing and feedback.

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.
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I'm glad I read [ profile] franzeska's Dear Festividder letter before signups ended—otherwise I wouldn't have discovered that I knew what "Chee & Leaphorn Mysteries" meant.

These were three Masterpiece Mystery movies directed by Chris Eyre (who also made "Smoke Signals"), based on books by Tony Hillerman and starring many of my favorite Native American and First Nations actors, including Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Graham Greene and Tantoo Cardinal. I only knew the movies by their individual titles: "Skinwalkers," "Coyote Waits" and "A Thief of Time."

For people who aren't familiar with the source, which I assume is nearly everyone, all you need to know is that Jim Chee (Adam Beach) is a Navajo tribal police officer and medicine man-in-training who partners with the more experienced and secular Lt. Joe Leaphorn (Wes Studi) to solve crimes that often have a supernatural element to them. And that Leaphorn's wife, Emma, is great.

Title: Two is the loneliest number
Pairings: Jim Chee/Janet Pete, Jim Chee/Dr. Stone, Jim Chee/Joe Leaphorn/Emma Leaphorn
Notes/embed/lyrics )

Title: I Only Have Eyes For You
Pairings: Adam Beach/Wes Studi RPF
Notes/embed/lyrics )

Title: Don't Let It Bring You Down
Characters: Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, Emma Leaphorn, Ashie Pinto, Wilson Sam, Ruben Maze
Notes/embed/lyrics )

For all of the above: Thank you to [ profile] synn, [ profile] deelaundry, [ profile] cincodemaygirl, [ profile] thedeadparrot, [ profile] stultiloquentia and [personal profile] unfinishedidea for various forms of audiencing and feedback.

Thanks also to Dee, stulti, synn, [ profile] nightdog_barks, [ profile] corbae and [ profile] daasgrrl for trying to help me find a song for what ended up as "Two is the loneliest number."

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.
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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.

Embed behind the cut )
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Fannish accomplishment of the day: All my vids are indexed at the AO3! Until the archive lets you sort a user's works by media type, I created a series for them.

This involved (1) excavating my first five vids (from House/Wilson to The Professional to SGA tentacles), which were made with the wrong aspect ratios and terrible codecs and sometimes interlacing, and which were also gone from the internet after deleted everyone's stuff a few months ago. Remastering the clips would have been too much work, but I was at least able to (2) fix the aspect ratios on the divx files (mostly) and (3) re-save as mp4s. Those got uploaded to the Vimeo collection, so (4) that index is now complete too. It's just too bad Vimeo doesn't let you backdate; the oldest, worst-looking stuff comes up first now, and later it'll be all mixed up in the middle of an otherwise chronological list. [/OCD] Anyway, last but not least, (5) all the download links on the AO3 and LJ pages should be functional from Mediafire in place of poor broken Megaupload. Well, no, last but not least will be (6) filling in caption files.

Everything remains indexed under the "vid" tag here too, of course.

If you notice something's broken, do let me know and I will fix!


Now back to this work thing while in the background Sisko tries to teach everyone how to play baseball.

P.S. Finished A Game of Thrones and started A Clash of Kings. Starting to feel that itch of impatience, but at the same time it's hard to put down.
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1. Thank you to [ profile] grammarwoman for making Strange Times for me! It was the Strange Days vid I'd been hoping for for years.

2. If you haven't already, do check out [ profile] deelaundry's entry, Part of Me (Now You See Me), which I had the pleasure of beta-watching. I haven't seen the movie so can't comment on the whodunnit plot, but as another commenter said, this does a lovely job of conveying the joy and wonder of the characters' performance of magic.

3. I made three Interview with the Vampire vids for [ profile] sol_se for [ profile] festivids 2013-2014. This entailed more angst than even a vid involving Louis and Depeche Mode would have indicated, because I love [ profile] sol_se's work and wanted to make her something worthy and wasn't confident I had come anywhere close. But: She indicated happiness, and each vid received a couple of lovely comments that made me feel it was worth making. Weeks later, we (in the royal sense) have made peace with our creations.

Title: Precious
Music: Depeche Mode (edited)
Length: 2:57
Summary: "She should never have been one of us."
Content notes: Brief female nudity; graphic/lethal violence against vampires of all ages
Physical notes: None
Thanks: To [ profile] deelaundry, [ profile] synn and [ profile] ignazwisdom for trying to help me fix this when I was convinced it was broken, broken, broken, and to [ profile] cincodemaygirl for the extra reassurance.

Notes )

Embed etc. )

Title: Snake Song
Music: by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan (edited)
Length: 1:57
Summary: Santiago the trickster.
Content notes: Sexually charged male-on-male threat (:36-:42), brief gore (1:37-1:41).
Physical notes: None.
Thanks: To [ profile] deelaundry, [ profile] synn, [ profile] ignazwisdom and [ profile] cincodemaygirl for looking this over and letting me know the endings didn't work.

Notes )

Embed etc. )

One of these things is not like the others.

Title: Trouble
Pairing Louis/Lestat
Music: "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift (edited)
Length: 1:56
Content notes: Sorta nonconsensual seductive vamp-making.
Physical notes: I don't think any.

Notes )

Embed etc. )

Comments and concrit are always welcome as I try to improve my vidding.


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