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For the Fandom Appreciation Challenge I finally wrote something I've been planning for months: recs for my favorite vids about Elizabeth Weir. It was through these vids that I fell in love with Elizabeth (at least the version in my head; headcanon > canon)

Just as a warning, I always feel that I'm very bad at describing what I love about vids. All of these are gorgeous and make me want to flail a lot, point at the screen and say "that! Did you see that? Isn't it brilliant?", and I've seen each of them easily more than ten times. Just imagine a lot more exclamation marks.

1. Welcome Home by [livejournal.com profile] permetaform
Summary: Her, city
Did I say ten times? I must have seen this one close to fifty times, I love it so much, and it's one of my favorite vids to watch when I had a bad day. It's a bit like dancing - the scene with the doors opening, just like the beginning of a dance, brilliant. The song has no lyrics, but the clips are perfectly chosen to fit the music and tell a story effortlessly. It's so beautiful when watching, and then there are the connections you discover, and just – wow. This is Elizabeth Weir as heart and soul of the Atlantis expedition.
(More and more eloquent recs linked here on fanlore, if you need more convincing.)
ETA: This one currently seems to be unavailable as well :( I hope it's only temporary, it was working fine yesterday.

2. Static by [livejournal.com profile] kitakatzz
Summary:The relationship of Elizabeth and McKay, from Elizabeth's POV. & fast-forwarded.
For some reason there are very few Rodney/Elizabeth or Rodney&Elizabeth fanworks, even though they were clearly very close. This wonderful vid shows their mutual affection, and it's also a great look at Elizabeth, with some lines that hit the nail on the head and perfectly fitting music and everything. The parts about Elizabeth and everyone's expectations about her and "I've been listening" because she cares and she wants to be found and just, yes.
(The old download link is invalid :( I asked the vidder if they could provide another one, but in the meantime it's unfortunately unavailable. I love this so much that I still recced it, though, just in case.)

3. Stand in the Rain by [livejournal.com profile] obfreak
Summary: A Leader must stand up against anything that comes at them, even when everything is falling down around them.
Oh, Elizabeth. This vid shows how strong she is, the enormous pressure she's under and how she's fighting to stay strong and keep standing. Sure, Elizabeth makes a lot of mistakes, but that's not surprising considering her position. Many great clips of her face, and then the ending.

4. Digital Ghost by [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl
Summary: A eulogy for Elizabeth Weir...Just take a closer look at what it is that´s really haunting you.
The key word for this vid is "haunting": Elizabeth and Atlantis and John, all haunting each other. A beautiful vid with a lot of delicious meta about Elizabeth and her relationship with the city and her people, especially John, with some simply brilliant transitions and a perfectly fitting song. The kind of vid that makes you dig deeper and find treasure.

(Coming (hopefully) soon: Vid recs for Teyla, John, that one Ford vid I found, and hopefully many more. There are so many great SGA vids.)
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For the vid commentary challenge on [livejournal.com profile] vid_commentary I wrote about Coming to Your City, a SGA vid chronicling the Atlantis crew's trail of mayhem across the universe. It was more work than I expected, but it was fun!

My commentary is here. If you watched the vid - which parts where your favorites? :D
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I had all the best intentions to go to bed early, but my roommate decided to host another "informal gathering" that included too much alcohol and bad singing and it is now past midnight.

Have some vid recs! These are all vids from fandoms I don't or barely know, but enjoyed anyway.

We Rule the World, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, by [livejournal.com profile] cherryice
Ponies! Awww. This vid made me want to watch colorful ponies having fun and adventures. Cheerful and bouncy.

We Go Together, multifandom, by [personal profile] thingswithwings
As I said in my comment, I would never have thought that a kink bingo vid for watersports would become one of my favorite cheer-me-up vids. (Actually this rec list is part of my cheer-me-up list. I'm saving the less cheerful and/or fandom-specific recs for another time.)

Seven Nation Army, multifandom, by [personal profile] charmax
Humans fighting against evil robots. But they are shiny robots!

Paul McCartney, Will&Grace, by [livejournal.com profile] jarrow
This was an actual show? On TV? Hee. Lots of people doing silly things to cheerful music.

Get the Party Started, Leverage/White Collar, by [personal profile] rhoboat
People having fun doing illegal things to cheerful music.

Snakes on a Plane, Harry Potter, by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny
GO, HARRY!

Vogue, 300, by [personal profile] luminosity
Great editing to the music (the colors and occasional slow-downs are very effective), a wonderful sense of movement, and many pretty men with not much clothing on. (A lot of violence, not surprising considering the fandom.)

Can Delight, multifandom, by jescaflowne
Dance! Cheerleaders and fighters and sparkles. It is very hard to sit still or not to smile while watching this vid.

Help, I can't stop adding vids! But it's finally quiet now, so maybe I can get some sleep.

ETA: Okay, one more: I Swear, Smallville, by [livejournal.com profile] dualbunny.
Pure crack. Lots of it.
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Two days before I flew to Moscow a friend of mine offered me the complete new Doctor Who series, including Torchwood. (It was our debate coach. Have I mentioned that our debate club is full of geeks/fans/however they want to call themselves? It's wonderful.) Unfortunately I didn't have the time because he lives on the other side of the city. I regret that now: I keep seeing Doctor Who squee and vids, but I don't want more spoilers than I already know. I only watched Handlebars, but that doesn't count. Everyone should watch "Handlebars", it's great.

Actually I haven't even had the time yet to watch Firefly. I'll only become busier, so it doesn't look good, but I will find the time. I have the DVD since March!
(What if it's really, really good? I don't want another fandom! I'm busy with SGA and vids right now, and it's comfortable. I don't have the time or energy. /whining)

Instead I've apparently decided to watch all the vids. There are so many of them, and they are so shiny! Why have I never seen them before? And why does the download take so long?

I want to rec lots of them, but that turned out to be harder than I thought because I have things to say about many of them without yet knowing how, exactly. I have an entire folder titled "Oh John Sheppard" and almost all of the vids are fairly dark/sad (add to that the John/pain/meta vids), I have four Elizabeth vids that are absolutely fascinating to compare, and the "funny" folder is worth gold on stressful days. I have some Rodney and Teyla vids, hardly any Ronon, and no Woolsey or Jennifer :(
And some vids for other fandoms or multi-fandom that are just stunning.

Do you have any favorites that I should see? *puppy dog eyes*

The only one I'm reccing right now is Scarborough Fair by [livejournal.com profile] keewick, because it was already down and they were so nice to put it online again at my request. Go see before it's gone again :)
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Getting interested in vids now might not have been such bad timing after all. After I recently found out that vids are awesome (note to self: rec! Or just point people at kuwdora's SGA vid rec list.) I started thinking that there should be a place to discuss them - what does this image do here, do you think this part was meant to be taken seriously, what is this part supposed to do, how does that image fit the line from the song and all that stuff - and I've found one!

[livejournal.com profile] vid_commentary hosts a Vid Commentary Challenge where viewers or vidders post about a vid and how they saw it. Quote:
The original objective of this challenge was to write or record commentary for a vid that is not of your own making. Vidders LOVED them, and viewers got to flex their powerful *cough*geek*cough* analytical muscles. This community was and is still not looking for reviews, critiques, or recommendations, we want to know what you, the viewer, believe the vid is doing. How a vid works, and why it works for YOU is what we are curious about!

I'll sign up as soon as I decide which vid I want to do. :D

To be honest, it's a little bit intimidating: most of the comm members seem to be experienced vidders and I've only started regularly viewing vids about a month ago. But there's no wrong way to talk about how I see a vid, so. :)

Sign-ups are until September 10th, Saturday. Apparently not a lot of people have signed up so far, which is sad, because vid comments are fascinating. There's no way to do it wrong, the opportunity to talk about a vid you love and, in the process, watch it many times and discover old and new things - you could try it, too!
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Randomness instead of the rec post(s) I keep meaning to make.

first two are on youtube:
Cosplay Fever: Raise Your Glass - cheery, geeky, fun. Wonderful.

Avatar: Do You Like Waffles? - A:tla, random, wonderful crack.

Avatar Dance Mix by [personal profile] sholio - all the fun of A:tla, with both hilarious & touching moments.

SGA: Men of Devotion (also youtube link) - a vid by [livejournal.com profile] chayiana, who makes the bestest fun vids. The best assortment of funny John & Rodney faces. Awww. Download link from her vid page here, don't forget "I wanna be a Rockstar", "The Pinky and the Brain" (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] saphirablue) and "The Lost Button". "Liberatio" is also great, but less cheery.

SGA: Welcome by [livejournal.com profile] permetaform - the vid that showed me Elizabeth Weir as the soul of Atlantis. Perfect music.

SGA: Another Sunday by [livejournal.com profile] jescaflowne - the city SPARKLES!

Stargate: Cartoon Heroes by [livejournal.com profile] mamoru22 - they really, really are.

Sometime in the last few weeks/months I have come to love vids. Vids are wonderful, and perfect for cheering up. Vids can convey so much atmosphere and feeling and sometimes even story in three minutes, it's amazing.
The same feeling of immersion I often only achieve after half an hour of reading. I think it's because vids have an advantage in using both images and music, both of which connect to our hindbrain more easily than text where we have to imagine pictures and sounds ourselves. /speculation

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