[sticky entry] Sticky: Vid Index Post

May. 9th, 2011 04:19 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
These are all the vids I have released. All of them are currently available in zipped files that you'll need to download and unzip before you can watch them.

Vids await you below the cut )

18. Drive My Car

Fandom: Heroes

Music: The Donnas

Summary: "Our life of legend begins!"

File: This vid is now available on the AO3 with streaming and download options.

19. Walk the Walk

Fandom: Doctor Who

Music: Poe

Summary:  Welcome to the world, Rose Tyler.

File: This vid is now available on the AO3 with streaming and download options.


Oct. 5th, 2017 01:21 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
After months of saving up for parts, I am typing this from my rebuilt desktop instead of my laptop!

Still don't know quite what went wrong with it - it's a bit Ship of Theseus in there now, with a new hard drive, power stupply, motherboard and CPU. (Plus new RAM, because the old RAM would of course not fit in the shiny new motherboard. I feel vaguely guilty about wasting good RAM, but what can you do?)

Sadly, it looks like whatever happened has killed the E: drive, which his where I keep vids in progress :(. Lost my in-progress remakes of Brothers in Arms and Bicycle Race and will probably have to start over, although I do plan to try a few things and maybe consult an actual professional. Also, I have yet to figure out how to plug in the optical drive, as the motherboard says it has six SATA ports but ... doesn't? So the floor is still covered in cables and screwdrivers and the computer case is still open, but basically everything works.

Mostly I am happy that I will once again be able to vid and play games made during the last decade. Moreover, the new parts are a considerable upgrade over the old ones. (Which is part of why I waited instead of buying straight replacements.) Also, there is something uniquely satisfying about using a computer that you put together and/or fixed yourself.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Despite having watched The Defenders within four days of its release, I feel like I'm well behind the rest of the internet in commenting on it. Still, here are my thoughts!

Brief, non-spoilery version: I enjoyed it a lot, despite not finding the central plot very interesting. However, even though I was over the Hand two Netflix series ago the character interaction was great and I adored what they did with the soundtrack and the colour palette. (Some people mind find the colour scheme too obvious and attention-grabbing, I guess, but every colour-coded frame delighted my vidder heart. Can't wait to see what fans do with the footage ...)

Netflix and Marvel have been promising us this team-up for literally years, and it's the relationships we see forming or developing here that make it worth watching for fans. Both inside and outside of the core team, there's a lot of interesting conversations going on here.

Who missed me? )
andraste: Chibi Starscream (Lil' Formers Starscream)
After months of putting it off, today I started the project of cleaning out all the boxes of toys in my cupboard. Which means that my floor is now covered in hundreds (many hundreds?) of action figures because obviously I had to take them all out of their poorly sorted, poorly labeled boxes before I could do anything about organizing them.

Because of this, it has come to my attention that I have TOO MANY TRANSFORMERS.

I mean, I'm sure most non-collector type people would look at my floor and say I had too many toys in general. (Meanwhile, the type of collector who keeps stuff mint in box would be horrified by the fact that they were on the floor at all.) But while I spotted a few duplicate characters among the Doctor Who, Marvel, DC and G.I. Joe stuff than can probably go, it's only the giant pile of Transformers that made me feel like I'd gone wrong somewhere.

The trouble with Transformers is that literally the whole point of the franchise is To Sell Toys. The fiction exists for no other reason, and the fact that it's sometimes good is more of a happy accident than anything else. And it is very good at what it does!

For example, when I first got back into the franchise a decade ago, I bought the version of Starscream that was in the shops because he was easily available. The Animated came out, and I bought Animated!Starscream, along with every clone I could get my hands on. Then I got my glorious Masterpice Starscream, who is perfect, only then Prime came out and I got Prime Starscream as well. So that's four Starscreams and a bunch of other Seeker jets.

Now replace 'Starscream' in the above paragraph with 'Megatron' or 'Soundwave' or 'Waspinator' and change a few details and before long it turns out I have multiple versions of a bunch of characters. Some of which I am totally giving to charity because that is TOO MANY TRANSFORMERS even for me. Maybe some actual children will play with them at some point!

... and maybe once I've cleared some room I'll finally get that Masterpiece Megatron.

(Look, I have Starscream and Soundwave in that size class and they'd make a really cool display that would fit on my shelf just right!)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Unexpected Allies (3500 words) by Andraste
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age (Video Games)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Fenris (Dragon Age), Zevran Arainai

Fenris meets someone elses's old friend on the road.

andraste: Chibi Starscream (Lil' Formers Starscream)
So, I have finally finished watching the first season of Iron Fist. It was ... not good. And enraging because Marvel and Netflix could have been spending their money and time on something that was not terrible instead.

After seeing the first episode, I debated not bothering with the rest, but I have watched every other MCU thing, and I do want to watch Defenders, and after it was successful despite the awful reviews I didn't feel too bad about giving it another pair of eyeballs. First time ever I have given the Thumbs Down to a Netflix show I watched all of, though. At least I got a lot of Pokemon hatched while it was on?

Previous Netflix/Marvel co-productions have had their issues - some pacing problems, plus the Hand plot in the second half of Daredevil Season Two was weak. (That was probably a bad sign given what Iron Fist is about ...) But they all worked because each of them is about something.

Daredevil is about the difference between justice and what various characters are willing to do to protect the society they live in. Jessica Jones is about rape recovery and personal responsibility. Luke Cage is about what it means to be a bullet-proof black man in contemporary America.

Meanwhile, this show wants to be about legacies and traditions and making your own life after you find out the world is not like your parents told you it was. None of that is a bad ideas for an Iron Fist show. However, none of the parental or quasi-parental relationships in the series have enough weight to make the theme work.

Spoilers about why if anyone cares. )

There was a lot of (justified) criticism about the casting of the lead in this show. I have no idea if Iron Fist would have been good television if Danny were played by an Asian or biracial actor, but I do know that it might have forced the show to ACTUALLY BE ABOUT SOMETHING other than boring corporate machinations and boring ninjas, and that could only have been a good thing. There were individual scenes and moments I enjoyed, but if I never have to hear about the Rand Corporation or the Hand again I will be happy. (Yeah, I know there is more Hand coming, but fingers crossed it will be enlivened by the interactions between Matt, Jessica, Luke and Danny.)

Still, I have hopes that Danny Rand will work better as a character in an ensemble show. Finn Jones wasn't charismatic enough to make this watchable, but he was far from the worst thing about the show. And unsurprisingly Iron Fist is getting a new showrunner for Series Two, so maybe they can even turn it around if Raven Metzner has an actual story to tell and not just thirteen episodes to kill before Defenders starts.

At least I enjoyed watching Sacha Dewan? And Jessica Henwick. Please, Netflix, give us Daughters of the Dragon and put this unfortunate interlude behind us.
andraste: Oh, Pants. (Happy Death Day)
You know, probably I should feel bad about all the sexist nonsense posted since Jodie Whittaker was announced as the new Doctor. But the truth is that I have not had this much fun rolling around in misogynist tears since Free! was on. The complainers are just so angry and impotent and convinced that the silent majority agrees with them! Since they've already lost and can't actually accomplish anything other than a lot of pointless bleating, even the worst things they say just make me want to point and laugh even harder.

My favourite bit of misogyny so far is the guy who tweeted RadioFreeSkaro: "Shocking decision. No Doctor Who should be wank fodder." Partly because it sums up so many faulty assumptions in so few characters. All women are sex objects, and that's all they're good for! No men are, because men are subjects! Straight women, gay men and bi/pan people do not exist! But mostly because of the deluge of delightful responses he received before he deleted the tweet, often accompanied by shirtless pictures of earlier Doctors.

Because buddy, I hate to tell you this, but that ship has sailed. It sailed so long ago that it already circumnavigated the globe and returned to Spain with only eighteen of its original crew, then got refitted and sailed for a few more decades before sinking with all hands.

(That metaphor got away from me a bit, but the Victoria was a great old ship. The Doctor should go see what happened to it some time. And then take their shirt off.)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So, I've spent the past six days re-watching The Talons of Weng-Chiang in honour of the death of Trevor Baxter. I'm always happy to have a reason to return to this bit of the Hinchcliff era (regardless of its evident flaws re: Being Hella Racist) although I could wish for a different excuse this time around.

The eternally surprising thing about Jago and Litefoot is that they don't even meet each other until part way through the fifth episode. And yet, the minute that Litefoot opens the door and Jago mistakes him for his own servant, something truly magical happens and they become the ultimate Holmes double act. It's partly the writing, partly the acting and partly an extraordinary chemistry between Benjamin and Baxter that makes their bonding feel inevitable instead of misplaced. Even before Big Finish came along I found it impossible not to imagine their lives continuing outside the frame. Much as I can't imagine Ian and Barbara not getting married, I could never imagine Jago and Litefoot not being Best Friends Forever and having lots more adventures in Victorian London.

Fortunately Big Finish ensured that they finally got their spin-off show, and IMHO it's some of the best stuff they've ever done, in large part because the leads are a complete joy to listen to no matter what they're doing. One of those pairs of actors who could read a phone book at each other and make it funny or touching or both at once.

Apparently Trevor Baxter used to joke that he'd have nothing to live for if they cancelled the series, and I don't think you can say fairer than a run of thirteen box sets (plus extras!) that was only ended by the death of one half of the principal players. I hope he knew just how much his work was appreciated by fans everywhere.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)

... I should go to bed since it is one-thirty in the morning here, but I foolishly put soup in the slow cooker because I thought the tennis would run longer. Oh, well, I think I'm too excited for sleep right now anyway. Time to watch people whose opinions I hate throw tantrums on the internet!
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Look an actual fanfic, that I am posting. As part of a series I last added to four years ago. Nobody faint!

You don't need to read the previous installments of Our Better Angels to understand this one. But if you were going to read a Doctor Who daemonverse AU anyway, you probably might as well?

Sea Legs (1991 words) by Andraste
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Amy Pond/Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Characters: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Daemons
Series: Part 3 of Our Better Angels


All daemons settle eventually. A Pond family portrait.

andraste: Cthulu (Cthulu Browses the Menu)
Holy crap, I just hatched a shiny Weedle! I have been trying since last October, on and off. Sometimes it felt like my hobby wasn’t so much playing Pokémon as fruitless Weedle farming. She is, for the the record, Weedle #2002. (Yes, I was using the Masuda method. My previous shiny hunt record was 728. Maybe I did something to anger Arceus.)

The worst part is that actively dislike Weedles and had to stare at literally thousands of them. The best part is that SHINY BEEDRILL IS MINE. Well, she will be when I evolve her tomorrow, anyway. Then I just need to EV train her, stuff her full of rare candy, teach her a couple of tutor moves and finally import her to Sun. Then I can put my X and Sapphire cartridges away for good! Maybe I’ll get around to finishing my next shiny breeding project before the end of November.

... right after I release another thousand Weedles into the endless void.

(I am crossposting this from Tumblr, because anyone who cares about this probably reading there not here, but I know I am going to want to be able to check the details myself some day and Tumblr is awful about letting you look up old posts. Anyway, carry on.)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
I got up this morning and read that Adam West had died - sad news, although at least eighty-eight is a good innings. His Batman was a staple entertainment of my childhood Saturday afternoons, as it was for people decades older (and probably decades younger) than I am.

In memorium, I sat down and watched Beware the Gray Ghost, the episode of BTAS in which West played a washed-up actor who used to play Bruce Wayne's favourite hero and ends up putting on the costume again to help Batman fight crime. One of my favourite episodes of the show, and a fine piece of meta commentary to boot. BTAS always had a great way of getting to the human truths behind the superhero concepts, and it's a great look at the downsides of that very specific type of fame and the benefits. Batman being revealed as a huge fanboy who keeps a cupboard full of Grey Ghost memorabilia in the cave will never fail to be both funny and touching.

And then I watched Kinky Neighbours for the one millionenth time, because we all know the other thing West should be remembered for: playing the kinkiest Batman ever. (And it's not like there isn't any competition ...)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
A bit more than twenty-five years later: finally, more Twin Peaks!

I have been preparing myself since November by slowly rewatching the previous twenty-nine episodes. You know, I don't think it was until I was watching the first few in the wake of horrible US election news that I really understood the emotional appeal of horror. I've read/watched various horror things over the years because they had some aspect that interested me, but I've never been that interested in the genre itself. And yet, I was somehow deeply relieved to be watching a show where all kinds of awful things happen and many of them are scary but none of them have anything to do with federal elections. (Not that Twin Peaks isn't deeply political, in the sense that it shines a light on a lot of American ideals. But it's not political in a way that's really connected to who's sitting in the White House.)

Having dragged myself through the back two thirds of Season Two over the course of several months, I finally got around to watching Fire Walk With Me on Saturday. I thought it was great while also seeing why it was panned on release - the people who liked the TV show obviously wanted it to be like that, and people who hadn't seen the TV show must have been completely bewildered. It's a very different beast to the TV episodes, entirely without the charm that relives the horror there - because this time we see the town through Laura's eyes, and why the hell would she be charmed by Twin Peaks, given what it's allowed to happen to her? I've long thought that the big problem with the later part of Season Two is that we lose Laura as a character once the question of her murder is resolved, and despite being dead she was the most complex and interesting person in the show. So I appreciated seeing this story that puts her back at the centre of things, even though it was extremely harrowing to watch. I don't know that I'd say I enjoyed it, exactly, but I certainly admired the hell out of both Lynch's direction and Sheryl Lee's haunting central performance.

My only real problem with it was spoilers for a movie that's more than twenty-five years old. )

So all this brought me up to yesterday, and the first two episodes of Season Three. And make no mistake, this is Season Three, not any kind of soft reboot. The first two episodes are a magnificently weird (almost) two hours of television - maybe weirder than the original show, maybe the weirdest television I have ever seen. To quote someone on Reddit, "I don't know what the fuck I just watched, but I want more of it."

(But not for another week. I've decided to stick to stealing the episodes that have actually been on TV, so as to follow the proper schedule and not have to wait three weeks for more. I'll be trying to dodge spoilers for Episode Three and Episode Four for a bit.)

I have no idea what anyone who last watched the first two seasons a couple of decades ago will make of any of this, let alone anyone who hasn't seen them at all - but it's obvious that Lynch and Frost have decided that they don't care. I hope Showtime knew what they were buying, but I guess you don't let David Lynch direct eighteen episodes of anything if you expect it to have mainstream appeal?

Anyway, a few specifics from those first two hours.

Meanwhile ... )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Walk the Walk by Andraste
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rose Tyler, Ninth Doctor

Summary: Welcome to the world, Rose Tyler.

First made in 2005, finally remastered with DVD footage and a few minor tweaks. (Only seven more vids to remaster and then I will actually be done!)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Dear Yule Writer,

First of all, thank you for offering to write about one of my favourite things! Before we begin, I hope you have fun. (Also before we begin: vast swathes of this are copy-pasted from previous years. What I have to say about fandoms I've requested before hasn't changed a lot.)

I'm pretty easy-going as far as content goes. I love all of the fandoms and the characters I requested. I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Christmas stories are fine. The only thing I really don't want to see in your story is animal harm.

General Stuff I Like: Gen, het, femslash, slash, and whatever other genre or combination of genres you come up with. Characters solving problems together. Characters failing to solve problems together. Crossovers, of both the fusion and 'someone fell into another universe' variety. Five Things stories.

You can ignore everything here and just write me anything you want with the characters I requested, because optional details are optional. However, I know most people like to have prompts to bounce off. Feel free to combine prompts.

Fandoms: The Black Tapes, Grim Fandango, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Nimona, Within the Wires. Also a closing note about Yule Porn )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
First of all: I apologize for my appalling exchange etiquette. This letter should have been up before assignments went out, and I hope I didn't inconvenience you too much by being stupidly late. I am sorry if I got your ficathon experience off to a bad start :(.

Now the good news: you have been assigned to make me something in one of my favourite fandoms ever, so I will be easily pleased!

I'm pretty relaxed as far as content goes. I like gen, slash, femslash, het and whatever other genre or combination of genres you care to come up with. The only thing I really don't want to see in is animal harm. (I don't know how that would even come up, but I thought I'd mention it.)

I am equally comfortable with any rating from G to NC-17. I don't mind angst and/or unhappy endings. Fluff is fine. Character death is fine. Violence is fine. Sex is fine. Tricks and treats are equally welcome, same for fanfic and fanart.

You can ignore everything here and just do anything you want with any of the characters I requested. Optional details are optional, but I know many people like to have prompts to bounce off so here are a few.

I apologize if these prompts are things that work better for fic than for art; I love fanart but I don't make it myself and I'm probably less effective at working out what might inspire it. Draw any of the people I mention below doing anything you like and we're good!

Fandoms and prompts below the cut. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
The people I went to the midnight screening with last night will attest that the first thing I said when the credits started rolling was 'man, film critics are weird.'

I mean, I can see why many critics - or, indeed, many other people who are not X-Men fans - might not enjoy this movie as much as I did. But phrases like 'franchise-destroying disaster' have been thrown around in reviews, and I ... do not get it. Sure, it's a bit of a mess, in much the same way Avengers: Age of Ultron was a bit of a mess. There are probably too many characters, and too many things going on. There was also one part of the plot that I actively disliked. However, I am not sure why anyone would walk out of this thinking that it was actually falls short of what its aiming at - it moves along at a good clip, the action scenes are exiting, the cast is uniformly good and everyone looks great in their new costumes. What, precisely, were critics expecting? In what way is this remotely as bad as Wolverine: Origins? (If that did not destroy the franchise, this certainly will not. Disney/Marvel is not getting the mutants back any time in the next decade.)

But then, I always qualify my opinion by pointing out that I am that one weirdo who likes X3 more than X1. (It turns out I like badly-made films about things I find interesting more than competently-made films about things I don't.) For the record, I'd probably rank the films like this:

Days of Future Past
First Class
X-Men 2
The Wolverine
X-Men 3
X-Men 1
Wolverine: Origins

So Apocalypse is right in the middle for me. (If pressed I would admit that The Wolverine is probably a better film, but it doesn't have nearly as much of Charles Xavier getting shackled to things.) The new Nightcrawler, Cyclops and Jean Grey are all delightful, and we finally have a Storm worthy of the name!

Possibly because I saw the film after midnight, after too little sleep the previous night, while drinking (we went to the luxury session where you can get them to bring you a Cosmopolitian half way through) I spent much of the film distracted by Charles's shirts. Or maybe it was because we were in the front row and the screen was giant. Or maybe that's just how I roll.

They're not quite as instantly hilarious as the seventies ones in Days of Future Past, but they are AMAZING when you look closely. At least I thought so. I spent the entire second half of the film wondering if the second one was cashmere or some kind of silk blend, and wanting to rub my face against it. (Look, it was late, I was tipsy, and it was on James McAvoy playing my favourite fictional person. And it looked really soft.)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Several years ago, I started keeping a list of Marvel characters that might show up in the cinematic universe, purely for my own curiosity. What can I say, I enjoy lists and the making thereof. Post-Civil War seems like a good time to update it, and I thought I'd post it here so I can look back at it in a few more years and see how wrong I was about who they'd put on film. (Because let me tell you, I would not have guessed that Scott Lang would make it.) The previous version of the list has been quite reliable, though.

I used comicvine's list by appearance function to compile a list of the fifty most frequently appearing Marvel superheroes and villains that haven't made the transition to the MCU yet. This only takes volume of appearances into account, and while that's a reasonable guide to popularity over the long term, it's a metric that breaks down for characters invented more recently. I think it's safe to say that Ms. Marvel would be a more popular addition to the MCU than, say, Speedball. But Speedball has been around decades longer and thus had more time to build up the numbers.

This list does not include people Marvel Studios clearly do not have the film rights to - all X-Men and X-Men adjacent characters belong to Fox, and so do the poor Fantastic Four. (I am actually fine with Fox keeping the mutants. I like what they've done with them from the most part, and I don't think that they would benefit from being included in the MCU or that the MCU needs them. I do sincerely hope that they stop abusing the FF, Doctor Doom, Galactus and the Silver Surfer and hand them over to people who might have some idea of what to do with them. Surely this has to be cheaper and less humiliating than making movies that bomb just so they can keep the rights?)

There are a couple of Civil War spoilers below the cut, and also casting spoilers for a bunch of MCU stuff that isn't out and in some cases won't be for several years. I also mention a couple of rumoured characters for Thor: Ragnarok, but who knows if the rumours are accurate.

Like I said, spoilers below the cut. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Well, that was about nine million times more fun than the comics event of the same name.

They certainly could have billed this as Avengers 3, but in the end I'm glad they didn't, as it puts the focus on Captain America, and that works for the narrative. (It also gives them a reason to leave out Hulk and Thor, and the film already has plenty of characters. Besides, they would have raised the level of unfortunate property damage even further.)

Reasons why under the cut. Also spoilers. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Another remake of a vid that was sorely in need of it! I only have eight more to go now. (Hey, it used to be ten. I'm making progress.)

Drive My Car by Andraste
Fandom: Heroes (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ando Masahashi/Hiro Nakamura
Additional Tags: Fanvids, Embedded Video, Download Available

Summary: "Our life of legend begins!"

I picked this one to remaster next because I'm keen to get my Heroes DVDs out of the house. (Since I have Netflix and Hulu now, I'm downsizing my collection a lot, and there's no way I was keeping those.) Going over it again actually settled a lot of my negative lingering feelings about the source material - turns out I still have a lot of positive emotions about these two and their dorktastic adventures.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Thanks to the wonders of geo-block dodging, I have just finished watching the Galavant finale! It was a unique, funny and surprising show - so of course it rated even more appallingly after its unlikely renewal and is probably never coming back to television. Naturally it ends with characters singing about how they'll probably have to look for work on a crummy cable network.

Fortunately, while the door is left open for a possible Season Three in case ABC take leave of their senses a second year running or they get rescued by Netflix, there's no horrible cliffhanger like the one we got last time. (Well, there are actually plenty, but not at the end of the season.) Season Two wasn't perfect, but it was mostly great and I'll miss it sincerely.

Spoilers still burst into song for no reason. )

All in all, here's hoping the Cancellation Bear somehow overlooks it again, but if it doesn't at least it went on a (literal) high note.


andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)

October 2017

1234 567


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags