bop_radar: (The Fall Alex kiss Roy)
A highly unproductive year! Which I am relatively calm and zen about. :D YAY ME!

summary beneath cut )
bop_radar: (Kalinda)
Title: This Is The Last Time
Artist: Keane
Source: The Good Wife
Summary: Alicia and Will kid themselves that it's the last time.
Thanks to: [profile] m_a_r_i_k_s for betaing and cheerleading
Download: 44 MB mp4 (zipped)
YouTube beneath cut )
Notes:
shippy chatty chat )

Bad friend

Dec. 24th, 2011 09:05 pm
bop_radar: Boppy default (Boppy default)
I have been a very bad LJ/DW friend this year, thanks to a bad case of workaholicism, especially these last few months. While initially motivated by legitimate financial issues, I kind of have a problem: a tragic inability to turn down work even when I've got more than enough. It's led to me not having a day off in months, and being completely exhausted... working 40 hours weeks even when I'm really sick and so on. It doesn't help that the one question nearly everyone asks you when you're freelance is 'do you get enough work?'/'are you still getting work?' That hits my anxiety buttons STRAIGHT away--it's always easy to believe the next job will be your last, and too often I let anxiety and not my instincts decide whether I take a job or not. That's got to change. Even if it means taking longer to get out of debt or having to cut back on some things.

Anyway, today being my first day off, I logged into my fannish email inbox for the first time in a couple of months today... I haven't checked my friendslist in... god I don't even know... but it doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about any of you. I hope my friends here are well and that if you're celebrating a holiday, it is a restful and relaxing time for you and your family!!

While I can't ever hope to 'catch up' exactly, I do hope to have a little more time to myself, to watch some vids or maybe even do a little vidding myself, and to reconnect with people, over the next few months. Life's too short to keep torturing myself like this.

So anyway, sorry for sucking, hopefully I'll suck less in 2012, and best wishes to all!
bop_radar: (Lee)
\o/

Soooooo clooooooooose.

http://vimeo.com/30797061

I love him playing at being an 'Aussie' in this boardshorts. LOL. And I'm glad he got to bask in the glorious weather we've been having this spring.

It's so good I'm not a stalker. I had no idea he was in my hometown. (THANK GOD.)
bop_radar: (Leekara)
Hello LJ/Dreamwidth peoples! I have been extremely absent of late... eaten alive by work and guilt about work... which isn't at all fun and must be rectified soon!

Breaking internet silence for selfish reasons, but I can't overlook this because it is so precious and rare and beautiful to be given such a gift:

[personal profile] tree has compiled an incredible vid commentary of Some Time Around Midnight. It's beautiful (visually and emotionally!) and very thoughtfully put together and gives me that extraordinary gift of being able to see my own work through someone else's eyes.

I hope you are all well and that your lives are rich, creatively and otherwise. ;)
bop_radar: Boppy default (Jessica)
It's a good thing I didn't really promise myself I'd post this any more regularly! ;) But here's the rest of the vidding meme...

answers for rest of vidding meme )
bop_radar: (Lee)
4 – Do you have a "muse" character or fandom that speaks to you more than others? Who are they, and why did that character/fandom became your muse?
Lee, Deb )

5 – If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a vid, what did you do about it?
the pushy bitches )

6 – When you vid, do you like vidding a certain kind of male or female archetype?
the messed up girls )

7 – Have you ever had a vid (of yours) change your opinion of a character?
Gaius Baltar )
bop_radar: (Lee)
2 – Name the fandoms you've vidded in, and how many vids you've made in that fandom, and if you still vid in it.
fandoms )

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to vid?
characters )

This just makes me want to vid more characters (and sources).
bop_radar: (Kalinda)
Posting [personal profile] sdwolfpup's Vidding Meme

Day 1 – How did you first get into vidding, and what was the first fandom you vidded? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
Smallville, Battlestar, and how my first vid ended up being Kara/Leoben, ahahahahahaha )
bop_radar: (FNL silhouette)
I'm yet to see most of the treasures from Vividcon, but must insta!rec [personal profile] barkley's Welcome Home, a Friday Night Lights ensemble vid for all five seasons.

It reminds me why I love the show so much, why I love the characters (Tyra, Matt, Tim, Vince, Jess, Tami ... etc) and why I love vidding. May our hearts soar us high as these kids!
bop_radar: Boppy default (Default)
Title: Dynamite
Artist: Taio Cruz
Source: Dhoom:2
Summary: Dance gods Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan invite you to 'light it up'.
Thanks to: [personal profile] kuwdora for cheerleading as epic as the basketball... and generally inspiring and nursing it into existence
Notes: Er, no explanation really possible, but here goes anyway: dancing, rollerblading, jewel theft, paragliding, sandsurfing, flying motorcycle, exploding helicopter, epic basketball-in-rain madness? In Rio. With star-crossed lovers and a slash interlude. There, I think that was reasonably accurate.
Download: 62 MB mp4 (zipped)

bop_radar: (FNL silhouette)
This many tears must mean I finally watched the Friday Night Lights finale.

This week has been horrible in a self-inflicted way... sometimes recently it's felt like my heart is constricted between or under some bricks or something, and it's hard to break through the walls of anxiety.

Somehow it felt like a good time to watch FNL... maybe because it gives me something safe to sob about.

spoilers for final season arc within )
bop_radar: (Kalinda)
I have no Nikita icon. :(( This is quite tragic and must be rectified. I'll compensate with Kalinda because those two would be pretty damn ultimate together.

I post to flail briefly about how brilliant the season became... since I finally watched all of Season 1 (spoilers within) )
bop_radar: (Lee)
[profile] m_a_r_i_k_s has posted her Vidukon premiere, Merry Go Round--for those of you who didn't attend, you can now see this extraordinary piece.

It's a vid that is deeply personal to me as a viewer, and one I recommend without hesitation for anyone interested in Lee. I will probably write at length about it at some stage, as it's a vid which I am still in the process of discovering myself. I was lucky to have the first viewing of it in private with [profile] m_a_r_i_k_s and [personal profile] brokenmnemonic, a second viewing during the premieres show, and now endless rewatching in the intimacy of my own home... this last feels very appropriate because it is a vid about a character's inner world, and specifically the inner world of an emotionally withdrawn character, one whom many people misread or fail to connect with. It's a vid to take one's time and patience with, if you have an open heart. I don't think I can put into words how privileged I feel that [profile] m_a_r_i_k_s shared it with us--it would take a vid to convey that. Maybe. :)

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about this piece is how full of love and beauty it is despite the violence and pain, directly or indirect, in it. It's what makes me cry and marvel and feel underneath a deep happiness.
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Song: Every Goliath Has Its David
Artist: The Boy Least Likely To
Fandom: 매리는 외박중, horribly translated as either 'Marry Me, Mary!' or 'Mary Stayed Out All Night'
Summary: Indie musician and big-time music producer face off for the love of a girl (Mary). Arranged marriage versus long-term dating relationship... which will be the ultimate winner?
For: [personal profile] alexandral--thanks for pimping me this show!
Notes: I am head over heals for this couple, and particularly the guy, Jang Geun-Suk, who plays the charming Mu-Gyul in this drama. The drama itself is pretty low-key but the chemistry between the couple is so stellar it's no wonder they rapidly became the biggest couple of the year in Korea.

You absolutely do not need to have watched the drama to watch this--it's straightforward romance (with some quirkiness).

some notes on its creation )

Streaming
YouTube

Download
71 MB mp4
bop_radar: (Nodame wow)
Song: Hug My Soul
Artist: Saint Etienne
Fandom: Nodame Cantabile
Summary: Megumi Noda expresses her love for Shinichi Chiaki through their shared passion (music)... and an invitation
Notes: Vidukon premiere, but actually I first made this vid as a 'thank you' to the YouTube viewers who made Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying my first vid to hit 10,000 on YT. They are, predominantly Japanese teen girls (thanks YouTube stats feature!). I meant to have another vid ready for Vidukon, but ran out of time, and so I submitted this instead. But it is meant first and foremost for the Noda fans. &hearts

That said I think this is a pretty accessible vid and if you watch it and feel your life is lacking such joyful romance--dancing teddy bears, champagne-bubble-exuding-pianos, joy rainbows and so on... let me know and I can pimp you into hook you up with this gorgeous show.

Streaming
YouTube

Download
61 MB mp4
bop_radar: (The Fall Roy)
My RL BFF, Cat, aka the author of Captive Prince is being interviewed at [profile] the_slash_pile.

It's always really interesting hearing her describe the writing process to others and seeing it viewed from the 'outside' so to speak--when I'm used to being on the 'inside' as beta and run the risk of taking the insights we mutually gain along the way for granted. I really enjoy having a close friend whose creative work is in a different medium (writing) to my own (vidding). It often allows us to compare and contrast the different creative processes necessary and has helped me think 'outside the box' in terms of not feeling trapped by the 'shoulds' of the vidding world...

Even if you're not a CP reader/fan, the interview may be of interest to you in terms of creative processes. For instance the fact that ideas don't just materialise--brainstorming takes work and various techniques for plotting.

Two things I have really learnt from Cat are:
- ideas take work, you can't just sit and wait for them to happen. For me this means getting on my timeline and clutching on to any little flickers of 'this might work' and actually trying them out to see if they do
- 'brainstorming' in whatever shape it takes can be integral to a work--for me, this means shuffling clips around randomly on the timeline and seeing what forms. I do this more and more these days. Associations form simply through juxtaposition and it's amazing how powerful these 'accidents' can be compared to my pre-planned logic-based ideas of 'oh XX totally goes with this bit in the music'.
- don't sweat the small stuff <--which I will eternally think of as Jonathan Kent's motto, but nonetheless is useful. Cat is incredibly good at knowing when to stop, when is 'enough', even when I occasionally go 'really? you don't want me to ... like... beta even harder here?!' And that is a GOOD THING. Setting and knowing one's own boundaries--even or especially where perfectionism is concerned--is really important.

I'm sure there are bazillions more things I have absorbed without realising, but those spring to mind.

And now the bad news for CP fans: I'm going to be out of the country for the next few weeks, so there won't be an update of Captive Prince until 20 April at earliest. I promise to beta as soon as my jet lag goes away on my return! But please hurl all rotten tomatoes/bricks and other objects of frustraaaation at me in the interim rather than Cat. :D TY!
bop_radar: (Kalinda)
Song: Threnody
Artist: Sophie Koh
Fandom: Nikita
Summary: Nikita's quest--and Alex's by extension--is one of hope, but the journey is a difficult and tragic one.
For: Made for [personal profile] thuviaptarth for [community profile] festivids

Streaming
YouTube

Download
53MB mp4.
bop_radar: (The Fall Roy)
[community profile] festivids reveals are up. I like to watch all the vids before reveals but I didn't get time this year. Damn! I forgot when reveals were due and thought I had a few more days. Bugger. But I'll still try and catch up, promise--as well as on the million other vids I've missed in the last few months. Sorry--have been very introverted.

On the plus side it DOES mean I get to say a huge thank you in person to [personal profile] sweetestdrain for the amazing Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts (The Fall), which I highly recommend to everyone for its sensitive use of the source.
bop_radar: (The Fall Alex kiss Roy)
So far 2011 has consisted of a lot of low-grade annoyances. Apart from killing my laptop, I have also lost my mobile phone and may have killed my coffee maker (eeeeek!). A big job fell through when I really need money for travel. And now my landlords are thinking about selling, which is a BITCH because it means months of inspections and then a potential (best case scenario) rent increase or (worst case scenario) move. There is no way in hell we'd ever find an equivalent place to live for the price/location, so my standard of living could take a sharp downturn. Naturally I feel all these things are TOTALLY MY FAULT and KARMIC REVENGE for being a shit person, so my self-loathing is in overdrive and I approach every day as a kind of mano e mano battle with this part of my self. *wields baseball bat at it*

I saw Black Swan, finally, the other day, and it was marvellous. thoughts beneath cut )

2011 also seems to involve a lot of asking for help... so in the spirit of that... I was given a sewing machine for Christmas (yes, I'm horribly spoilt), and I have been playing around with it. My last experience of a sewing machine was some horrible old clunky thing in textiles class, with which I managed to sew right through my finger (the needle broke off halfway through and poked out the other side). This contraption is a million times more marvellous and can perform such wonders as buttonholes and zips! \o/ I am greatly enjoying playing around and so far have achieved very simple pillow covers, a drawstring skirt and a wrap skirt, all reasonably ugly. I am giving myself six months to create something non-ugly. That seems reasonable, no? So I am very much in need of SEWING ADVICES!!!! Any tips for beginners with no natural talent?!

I have been scowering the net for help, with varying success. Two main problems so far:
a) the overabundance of fugly twee craft things that I would never in a million years make
b) so far I only know how to sew non-stretch fabrics (even though machine can sew stretch I am scared of it!) and it's hard to find even semi-attractive non-stretch fabric in the regular stores. This second one I've made progress with by shopping online or at a place near me where Project Runway get their supplies, but even so... I am also slightly hampered by my own shaky sense of style. I am sure if I had better taste and visual mind I'd be able to think up better creations! Any tips for developing these?

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