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Real Life stress has been keeping from Internet Life this week. Short version: grandfather back in hospital, parents staying, father having kidney surgury next Wednesday. However, I gather from various incoherently joyful posts from the attendees that the VividCon Premiere show has now finished. I've been waiting for a reaction to the final version of this vid for an eternity, so I had to post it. (Anyone commenting to sympathize about the RL suckiness without commenting on the vid will not be making me feel better *g*. Anyone wanting me to fix something on the Multiverse archive: I'm working on it.)

Title: Ophelia
Artist: Natalie Merchant
Technical Details: Zipped Divx .avi.
Fandom: Babylon 5
Spoilers: Through Day of the Dead.
Summary: Sometimes the dead girls come back.

It's up here - right click and save. I have a lot to say about how this vid got here, but for now I should let it speak for itself. (For those who have seen it before, the beginning is the same and the end is different ...)

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Date: 2006-08-13 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trustanti.livejournal.com
Wow, this surprised me quite a bit to see up. I don't know if you remember, but I wrote up a beta response for you on it about a year and a half ago. (I was actually afraid I did an awful job because I never got a response from you, but in retrospect it might've been eaten by a spam filter.)

I still haven't seen Babylon 5, but the vid itself is really lovely. It's much clearer, and I was able to pick up more things in-context (and those that I couldn't confused me much less and obviously made their own internal sense that I just wasn't picking up). I realized I actually still had the old version you'd originally sent me, and comparing the two is really enlightening just to see the little changes that get made, and how much they affect things. This is a gloriously clearer version, and beautiful overall. I'd love to come back to it after I finally do watch Bablyon 5 through, so I can properly appreciate it. (And good luck with those things in real life. I hope things are all right, or will be.)

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Date: 2006-08-13 12:16 pm (UTC)
wychwood: chess queen against a runestone (Default)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Oh, wow, that's gorgeous. I love your song choice (as always! You keep introducing me to awesome music). And you just about broke my heart, there. All those loves lost and left behind...

I really like the way you've matched characters to verses. Delenn the nun, and Talia the suffragette. And Adira, of course, who is just perfect. Also, that line about "pre-war Babylon" is a *gift* *g*. Anna as the "tempest cyclone", too - that really worked for me.

And the use of Day of the Dead was just gutting. Watching them all leave like that really got me. I think that would probably work even for a non-show viewer, but for someone who can see the context, it's heart-breaking. The dead girls can come back, but they can't ever stay, and you always have to lose them again in the end... Watching Dodger and Lennier and Adira and Anna and Bester (poor Bester; I think Ship of Tears is the only time I ever genuinely felt sorry for him, though I always loved the character). So sad! And all in different ways, too.

More technically:
- that moment at about 28 seconds in where they lift their hands together is great
- the "cigarette" / coffee thing, especially with the... post-coital implications of the whole parallel *g*
- I like the way that Caitlin points on "sweetheart to" (c. 40 secs)
- the "black satin evening gown" / Shadow ship is spookily cool
- the whole Adira verse is just perfect, and desperately sad (poor Londo)
- also, great job of summarising the entire Z'ha'dum storyline in, like, fifteen seconds. Seriously.
- the "help me to forget" montage is just tragic. SO SAD ANDRASTE WHY YOU SO MEAN?
- poor Lochley in that closing shot! Perfect.

I love the shot of the station there near the end (around 180secs), too. I think it adds a nice "pull back" from the individual tragedies to the broader picture, and the sum of the losses, too.

Things not so good: The lyrics aren't as readily audible as I'd like (not your fault, naturally! But I felt it detracted). I watched the vid the second time with the lyrics up on my screen, and suddenly I was getting a lot more out of it that I'm not sure I would have picked up after half-a-dozen viewings without the written lyrics.

But, yeah. Basically, I loved it, you MADE ME SAD, and now I want to re-watch all of B5 because of you. Also listen to more Natalie Merchant. So I think that's a win for you *g*.

(PS: Hope the RL stuff gets better soon.)

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Date: 2006-08-13 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_medley_/
I have goosebumps, I tell you. This is just gorgeous and sad. I love all of it, but it was the "projected through five flaming hoops" bit that started the goosebumps, I think. Also, I loved the "Your common sense / your best defense / lay wasted and in vain," as Sheridan prepares to knowingly walk into the trap. And let me not forget the Adira parts. Lovely and painful. ::goes to watch again::

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Date: 2006-08-13 11:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] calapine.livejournal.com
That was gorgeous. The music was beautiful, and the pacing perfect. Particularly adored the section with Anna from Z'ha'dum.

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Date: 2006-08-14 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barkley.livejournal.com
I just got back from VVC, and I had to come and tell you how awesome this vid was. It was just wonderful and lovely and it tugged at my heart in a big, big way. I absolutely loved it.

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Date: 2006-08-14 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kakodaimon.livejournal.com
I like Delenn as Lennier's Ophelia, dying with the transformation.

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Date: 2006-08-14 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] falzalot.livejournal.com
This vid was so awesome! I need to watch it again and again! I'd forgotten some of the minor characters, and in fact, never even saw S5, but the emotional resonance was so strong it didn't matter. When this was discussed at vid review, there were people who hadn't even seen B5 who were commenting on how you managed to focus on the characters so well, it was the first time they realized there was more to the show than ships & a big war.

And thank you for my PeteyDoc vid! I don't care how many times I see it, that ending gets me every time! I ran into the only other rabid DW fan afterwards and she was all, "OMG ANDROZANI! WAAH!" and we did "OMG why did he die for Peri?!" bonding. :->

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Date: 2006-08-15 10:54 am (UTC)
wychwood: chess queen against a runestone (Default)
From: [personal profile] wychwood
Couple of posts you might not have seen?

[livejournal.com profile] minnow1212 mentioned your vid in passing:
Briefly and completely not exhaustive in any way: there were several really lovely character portraits of female characters, some of whom I knew and some where I wasn't familiar with the source material: Gwyneth's Roslin-centric BSG vid; Andraste's Babylon 5 vid Ophelia, which evidently takes a lot of minor female characters and brings them to the forefront; Bunniqula's Bound vid to Comin' Up From Behind.


And [livejournal.com profile] yhlee said:
"Ophelia" by Andraste (Babylon-5)
A parallel study of women and death on B5; quietly moving, although I suspect there is some later-season stuff that confused me because I was trying to fit it into S1-S3 (I've only seen through the very beginning of S4). I might show this one to Joe. (My husband has trouble parsing most live action vids. It probably doesn't help that I keep wanting to show him Buffyverse vids, and he hates the Buffyverse.)


Not that I'm, um, stalking my flist looking for people talking about this vid, or anything *g*.

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Date: 2006-08-16 12:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] hammerxsword.livejournal.com
Am very happy to see this in its finished formed! And comparing the one you sent me before (and I'm note sure if my rather late comments on it helped or not...) is interesting. I think this one is definitely a lot clearer than the earlier version (the ending works better) and there is a slightly more elegiac tone here.

I really need to actually watch the rest of B5 to fully appreciate it, though.

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Date: 2006-08-17 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] voleuse.livejournal.com
Though the vid lovely, I don't have anything coherent to say about it, I just. I cried. Wow.

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Date: 2006-08-17 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] obsessive24.livejournal.com
Oh my goodness. I've been going on a downloading spree since the vvc vidders started coming home, and a lot of commentators have been saying that they've started crying at a lot of the vids, but I've seen most of the ones they mentioned and sort of just went, "sad, but meh."

But this. Oh my word. I'm bawling my eyes out. I wasn't expecting you to focus on female characters other than the regulars, so imagine my surprise and delight when you started branching out to the guest stars.

I always saw Ophelia as being defined by the three men in her life, and I feel like that was also the case with the characters here, linking them and their tragedies primarily through the men in their lives. (With the exception of Lochley's friend, whose name escapes me; and Talia/Susan - though I suppose if one of them has to be the butch one it'd be Susan.) Even Delenn here is anchored by a man, although - and I thought this was especially adept - not by Sheridan but by Lennier. And oh my god! I love that you went to the Bester place. So gorgeous. So heart-rending.

Off to sniffle some more. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Date: 2006-08-20 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceridwyn2.livejournal.com
Wow! I was absolutely floored with this vid. It's very beautiful and well done. I can't wait to get my VVC discs (someone at at the con picked one up for me), to be able to see that on the dvd player.

Impressed!

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Date: 2006-08-20 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ase.livejournal.com
DLed this a couple days ago and sat on it; I love the song choice (you! Every time I download one of your vids, I wind up chasing down new bands!) and I love the use of the DotD footage, especially the nightfall/daybreak on the station. Many small moments got me, like the use of the Shadow ship on "in black satin evening gowns". It starts slow, but builds to a really cool ending. Thank you for making the vid, and sharing it!

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Date: 2006-08-21 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-bard.livejournal.com
Arrgh! Only downloading a tiny fraction of the file! Help?

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Date: 2006-08-21 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-bard.livejournal.com
Ah, now downloaded correctly. Ignore that last.

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Date: 2006-08-21 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nolivingman.livejournal.com
I just loved this. I liked what you did with Carolyn and the Shadow ship, and I LOVED how you matched the lyrics to Anna, and Stephen at "love at first sight" and "bride of god" as Dukhat removes the hood from Delenn. Just awesome.

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Date: 2006-08-21 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nolivingman.livejournal.com
And on rewatch, I adore what you did with "help you to forget" - that just stabbed me in the gut, repeatedly. In the good way, mind you.

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Date: 2006-08-23 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] viciouswishes.livejournal.com
Oooh. That's a really powerful vid. Enjoyed it greatly.

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Date: 2006-08-24 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenavira.livejournal.com
I found this vid through the VVC links lists, and I just wanted to say how much I adored it -- I find B5 hellishly hard to vid, but you did a fantastic job. I love the shot of the Brakiri skull setting up the second half of the vid; creepy and perfectly eloquent. Thanks for this.

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Date: 2006-08-24 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padawanpooh.livejournal.com
*waves* came here on a rec from
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*waves* came here on a rec from <ljuser = "calapine"> and am currently downloading. I can't wait to watch this one as I can tell it'll be a treat ;-)

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Date: 2006-08-24 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rashina.livejournal.com
I bet you can reach a lot more people if you upload this to youtube :)

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Date: 2006-08-28 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahala.livejournal.com
That was so good it hurt. Beautifully done!

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Date: 2006-09-02 11:10 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] yunitsa.livejournal.com
Just wanted to let you know what a gorgeous vid this is - I've watched it four times now (and made my completely-unfamiliar-with-B5 flatmate watch it with me) and love it more every time. And Brothers in Arms still sends shivers down my spine in places.

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Date: 2006-11-10 02:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fenlings
This was beautiful and powerful. I especially liked the "black satin evening gown" part.

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Date: 2007-11-25 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bats_eye.livejournal.com
I must agree with the crowd here. This is really beautiful. thank you.

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Date: 2009-02-10 02:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
This is beautiful, thank you!

Wow

Date: 2011-09-15 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] athena799.livejournal.com
(late to the party again, argh, I'm so sorry, I promise I'm not stalking just trying to catch up on interesting B5 works and this seemed the most likely place to comment on the vid)

So normally when I watch a fanvid I'm only effected by it the first time. Then I might download the song and it will from then remind me of the subject of the video, but whether I need to watch the video again or will even want to is up in the air.

When I saw this video this first time my heart actually shattered, particularly for the Adira parts but frankly all of it was so powerful and emotionally charged I just lost it. Then I watched it again later when I had calmed down, thinking the emotional impact might have died down a bit. Not the case. The song is wonderful, and I did download it, but I also find myself watching the video again and again (apparently I'm a masochist). It's by far the best B5 vid I've seen so far, even if its not focusing on my favorite parts of the series its just emotionally devastating and so fitting with the series.

Anyway, I was enjoying it so much I thought I should find some way to tell you.

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