02 January 2014 @ 04:51 pm
5 Favorite Buffyverse Fanvids (Gen/Buffy-centric)  
All of these are Buffy-centric and/or "gen" vids that remind me why I love the Buffyverse, and Buffy Summers, so much. The same superlatives applies to each of them: presenting ideas, themes or arcs in the verse in new or unusual ways; excellent editing to the beat, rhythms, mood and lyrics (as applicable) of the music; matching visual movements from one shot to the next. Listed in alphabetical order by the vidder's screenames.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tribute Trailer" by Afterthebattle -  Finished in time for International Women's Day 2013. I've seen a lot of so-called "epic btvs vids" but this one truly is epic; set to a remix of Ennio Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold".


"Once" by Afterthebattle -  Unusual in it's focus on Buffy's relationship with Dawn, who gets more "screen time" here than any character save Buffy.

"Die Young" by kaydeefalls - another meta vid about violence in SDHS, Seasons 1-3 that is both funny and dark.

"Buffy Summers, A Tribute" by MrMorda898 - Somewhat similar in feel and quality to Afterthebattle's tribute trailer but more Buffy-centric.

"It's Not My Time" by MrMorda898 - Another gen tribute trailer from MrMorda but the upbeat title song by 3DoorsDown gives it a very different feel from the other vids on this list.

(One caveat: I'd love to see all vidders remember to include the song credits (title and artist) as the music used is very often new to me.)
 
 
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petzipellepingo: buffyversetop5 spike by eyesthatslaypetzipellepingo on January 2nd, 2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oooh, excellent choices. Thanks for posting.
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 2nd, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'd like to work up another one as I had to leave at least one or two off, trying to stick to the 5 recs rule! (maybe if I include some Spuffy, Fuffy and Bangel(us) next time.)
Dragon's Phoenixdragonyphoenix on January 2nd, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
I liked the first video the best but I liked the song on the second vid, Caleb Kane's "Once" I believe, the best.
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 2nd, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't bother to look that song up so thank you! That really is one of the BEST "this is perfectly Buffy" songs in any vid I've come across. (The pairings of images and lyrics is fantastic.)

The vids by Afterthebattle are the ones I've watched most often (dozens of times, at least), in part because I found them earlier. (Once is one of my favorite ever buffy character studies along with nvrbnkisst's "No Longer Feels Like Home.) If I do a second list I'm probably going to include a couple more of AtB's vids - I may be able to wring out another five tomorrow!

endeni: Timebombendeni on January 2nd, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yay, more vid recs! And I'm totally with you about the easily traceable song credits (these days half of my mp3 reader content comes from fanvids music - the other half being mostly movies and tv soundtracks... LOL)
red_satin_doll: Familyred_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
these days half of my mp3 reader content comes from fanvids music

*nods* Ten years ago when I was into Moulin Rouge fandom, fanvids were the #1 way I discovered new-to-me artists and songs, and that's still true w/Buffy vids as well. (Including instrumental pieces.)

Considering the fact that song selection is half the video, basically, I'd think that giving full credit would be common sense. (When I edited some short films/videos in college, we couldn't make a single cut until we had the music picked out to pair with the images. Music plays a part in the structure, story, shot selection, mood and tempo.)

Sorry for the rant-y. It's a thing with me. (But then again proper credit to artists and writers regardless of medium is a thing with me, period.)
velvetwhip: Angelus/Willow by Spikesredqueenvelvetwhip on January 2nd, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this list! I have to check out these vids.


Gabrielle
red_satin_doll: Hush Willow-Tarared_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! I'll put up some more recs today.
yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on January 2nd, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting point about the vid credits. It used to be you'd always get them at either the beginning or end of a vid, though I suspect that this is because vidders tended to come out of networked groups where they all shared this practice. But I've come across videos where I've no idea not only about what the vid title or song is but even who the vidder is!
endeni: Terence Hillendeni on January 3rd, 2014 10:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I do to! I find that the credits practice is more a shared one for the LJ/DW community of vidders, while the youtube ones are often more "free" in that sense and do whatever they want. Possibly that's a sign that they're not terrible experienced vidders yet?
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
Possibly that's a sign that they're not terrible experienced vidders yet?

Not necessarily - Afterthebattle's vids being a case-in-point.
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
But I've come across videos where I've no idea not only about what the vid title or song is but even who the vidder is!

This is also true of art (including icons, etc). I find tumblr extremely confusing because many times someone is "reblogging" someone else's work and you have to notice the tiny link to where they got it from, which may not even be the original creator's blog etc etc....Imagine having to do that with fiction.

Somewhat OT -When my sweetie got back into art, I had to nag her for the longest time to SIGN HER WORK (painting, sculptures, drawings etc). Even now it's the last thing she does and sometimes it's barely visible. I kept reminding her that the history of art is filled with women's creative works being appropriated by and credited to male artists. (Even going back to elementary school when we were taught that "cavemen" painted "cave art", that all works by so-called "primitive peoples" are presumably created by men.

ETA: Thank you for putting up the tags btw! What does "recruiter vid" mean in this (fandom) context?

Edited at 2014-01-03 04:55 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: DevilYouKnow: indulging_breckyourlibrarian on January 3rd, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'll let Fanlore answer that :)

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Recruiter_Vid
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I tried just googling the term and that, as you can imagine, went nowhere.

I tend to think of those sorts of videos as just "tribute videos" but then I can't imagine wanting to watch one of these vids w/out having seen the show first. (Spoilers, and all that jazz.)
Butterfly: [Angel] Bookwormsnogged on January 2nd, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec list. I'll have to check some of these out for sure!
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
LiveJournal: pingback_botlivejournal on January 3rd, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
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Naomi: Buffy Triangle by sparkz0rfrelling_tralk on January 3rd, 2014 11:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recs!
red_satin_doll: Familyred_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I'm always happy to spread the love for all types of fandom creativity.
Shapinglight: Buffyversetop5shapinglight on January 3rd, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs.
red_satin_doll: Chosen One - purplered_satin_doll on January 3rd, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
I've just put up another five if you're interested!
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