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21 April 2009 @ 02:54 am
VID: Open Your Eyes (John/Vala)  
....and now comes an end to one of the longest gestating vids in my vault. I had originally planned on finishing a John/Aeryn (Farscape) video as promised, but this one was weighing on my mind (and I seem to have hit a J/A mental roadblock).

The story to this vid is based mostly from the S3 SGA episode "Common Ground" in which Sheppard is confined to a cell next to a hungry wraith (later named Todd). I thought "why not put Vala in that other cell instead?" and thus this video was born. Ultimately, I kept the 'villain' somewhat ambiguous so that one could either see it as the Genii, the Wraith, or the Ori as they so chose. Hopefully, the unfolding story makes sense! I am no grand SGA expert, so I have to offer a great many thanks to those of you who helped me out with Sheppard clips (or offered help): nodoubtfan92, sezjara , kjcharmed , the good folks at the JF/Sheppard GW thread, and to anyone else I'm forgetting, please feel free to remind me and I'll edit this post with your name!! Also, a super special thanks to my beta milena_d who has been cheering this video on for the better part of a year and a half.

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Stef: won't say goodbyescifi_tv_addict on April 30th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Well, as a Sparky fan, know that I didn't steal their scenes out of spite. If Sheyla scenes had worked, I would have stolen those too...Sparky just has better material ;)

Stories are a....unique challenge, which is why this vid has been a nearly one and a half year labor :p It doesn't help that I'm not well-versed in non-Sparky Shep scenes. There's something exciting in creating a whole new story, I've been increasingly drawn to them these days. But thank you so much for the comments, manips have always my biggest insecurity...because I know what they're SUPPOSED to be, but what other people see them as is always up in the air!

I use Sony Vegas now. I used WMM for the longest time because I didn't want to deal with the headache of learning a newer, more complex program...but now I can't imagine living without my sweet Vegas *pets* Hey, I totally know what you're talking about with WMM. I think I used it up until like 4 videos ago...if someone said my vid sucked I'd just be like 'I use WMM! It's not my fault!' :p But WMM works fine (aside from the constant crashing), but for a video like this I needed the big guns.
borg_princess: mulder/scully-sweet nothingsborg_princess on April 30th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Sparky just has better material ;)

Heh. It's almost a compliment to Sparky, if you squint and look at it a certain way... :D

WOW, I can't believe you spent so long on it! I've got a few vids languishing in unfinished hell, but if it takes more than a month, I'm pretty certain I'm never finishing them. Year and a half? DAMN, the commitment! *iz impressed*

I know telling you not to be insecure will never work, but I gotta say, the vid's level of sophistication is amazing, I never would've thought it'd work out based on the concept, but you excelled with the execution, it's just shiny and gorgeous and moving. You can be very proud! [God, I sound like I'm congratulating you on a kid or something, lol]

I use WMM 'coz I have no other choice! Is Sony something you have to buy or can you d/l it or something? Tech-novice here, I'm frustratingly ignorant regarding these computer things.
Stef: won't say goodbyescifi_tv_addict on April 30th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, it was a compliment ;)

Don't think I spent the whole 1+ years actually editing it. The way I work is: start a video, add some clips, bang my head against a wall, put the video aside and swear to never work on it again, start a new video and repeat the process. It's rare that I will begin a vid and finish it within the month...it takes a strong bit of inspiration, which is why only a handful of vids can makes that claim :p

*blushes* You and your flattery! (although I do appreciate it ;))

Well *cough* you're SUPPOSED to buy it (and it's pricey) but I got it a few years back through...other means ;)