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September 22, 2006 11:45 AM   Subscribe

Closer, starring Kirk and Spock, courtesy of T. Jonesy and Killa, creators of the Star Trek Camelot video (previous MeFi link). If you haven't seen the original Nine Inch Nails Closer video directed by Mark Romanek, here it is. Both links YouTube, last link NSFW.
posted by fandango_matt (24 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw this a few days ago, and immediately proceeded to show it to everyone I knew. As I shouted to them, "I never really got the whole Kirk/Spock slash thing... UNTIL NOW."
posted by Greg Nog at 11:49 AM on September 22, 2006


Kirk/Spock 4eva!
posted by Hildegarde at 11:55 AM on September 22, 2006


That meme is older than most of the people posting to Mefi.
posted by CynicalKnight at 11:57 AM on September 22, 2006


YouTube removed the Nine Inch Nails video. Here's another link. (NSFW)
posted by fandango_matt at 12:01 PM on September 22, 2006


that was good.
posted by I, Credulous at 12:34 PM on September 22, 2006


When I first saw this I was 'bah lame' until the first chorus. You must watch it until at least that point.
posted by felix at 12:37 PM on September 22, 2006


Henry Jenkins has an interesting discussion of the recent phenomena of fanvids leaking onto youtube.
posted by redbeard at 1:56 PM on September 22, 2006


I stuck a link to this in the last Trek thread, but nobody was reading it by then.

Brilliant mash-up, and I'm an unabashed fan of both NIN and Trek. Thinking about how many hours of TOS they had to rewatch to collect clips (and you'd want to watch the bad ones too!) ... nerdland. ;-) They probably could have easily mined a lot more BDSM-esque footage, too, to be truer to the Romanek, but they went their own way and I respect that.
posted by dhartung at 2:05 PM on September 22, 2006


Damn, redbeard's link is fantastic, and answers my last question. It's interesting how just producing fanvids clues someone into the difference between something you produce for a convention crowd or for a living room audience. Also, I only had the barest inkling of the depth of the fanvid subculture, and now wish I had more of the context being discussed.
posted by dhartung at 2:14 PM on September 22, 2006


oh. oh my.
posted by whatnot at 2:18 PM on September 22, 2006


Indeed, dhartung, it's a whole subculture that many of us know little about. Kind of fascinating. I highly recommend textual poachers as a fascinating exploration of the creative side of fan culture.
posted by redbeard at 2:43 PM on September 22, 2006


That was awesome!
posted by bstreep at 2:44 PM on September 22, 2006


Fsk. I never get to see these. All the videos have been deleted by YouTube. Anyone have a link to a still-live instance?
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:10 PM on September 22, 2006


I was going to say that the nin video was viewable on Mark Romanek's website, but it looks as if he removed the videos from the site at some point in the last couple of years. Boo.

But the link to the Spock/Kirk fan vid still works, at least.
posted by litlnemo at 3:29 PM on September 22, 2006


The makers of the vid in question did not load it to youtube. They have LJs and this and vidding in general has been the hot topic in the fannish LJ circles for a while now as a result.

Some reading if you're interested in the discussion: metafandom round-up post.
posted by FunkyHelix at 3:30 PM on September 22, 2006


Still work for me (except the one already noted as a takedown).

Romanek probably took down his copy around the time of the dualdisc DVD of The Downward Spiral.
posted by dhartung at 4:38 PM on September 22, 2006


Redbeard's link was fascinating - but probably for the wrong reasons. Part of me sympathises with their desire for fanvids to be appreciated in the deeper context with which they were made; part of me thinks 'well, you made it to be seen - why complain when people see them and appreciate them, whatever the level'.

And another part of me is laughing at them for not seeing the irony inherent in stealing someone else's hard work, remixing it out of context, then bemoaning the fact their artistic vision is destroyed when people view it outside of their context...
posted by Pinback at 6:19 PM on September 22, 2006


Wow. That is simply brilliant.
posted by Enucleator at 6:42 PM on September 22, 2006


And another part of me is laughing at them for not seeing the irony inherent in stealing someone else's hard work, remixing it out of context, then bemoaning the fact their artistic vision is destroyed when people view it outside of their context...

I don't think it's so much that their artistic vision is being destroyed. From the article:

When I did Poachers, the music video makers were the only fans who asked not to be named in the book: they were concerned because their raw materials drew clips directly from the films and television episodes but also drew songs from top recording artists. They felt most exposed to legal prosecution and felt they had the weakest case that their works would be protected under Fair Use.

Having the RIAA sue you because you made a derivative work isn't exactly a pleasant thought. Besides which, I don't think the comparison is apt. The people who make the videos are fully aware of the original context of the images and songs they repurpose, and the original works were made for mass consumption. Neither is necessarily true of the fan videos; the general public is less likely to understand the context of the remix, nor were they really intended to see it in the first place.

I myself was a bit disappointed with the article, mainly because it did nothing to explain the overwhelming quantity of ANIME music videos on YouTube. Speaking of the general public not getting the point of what you do, I am completely lost as to why there are so many anime music videos, and what subtext is inherent in episodes of Dragonball Z.
posted by chrominance at 7:49 PM on September 22, 2006


That's hot.

No really. That was incredibly well done. Thanks for this.
posted by biscotti at 8:13 PM on September 22, 2006


Hey great! Can we get a ban on youtube links here on the blue yet?
posted by phylum sinter at 4:41 AM on September 23, 2006


There is one already, just mouse over links to see their URL before clicking them and use the "decide" option built right into mefi. It's brilliant!

(Neat post btw....kinda makes me wonder if there's a brokeback enterprise spoof out there somewhere)
posted by samsara at 7:45 AM on September 23, 2006


This is roughly a trillion times better than the original Closer video.
posted by stammer at 8:29 AM on September 23, 2006


along with the french baby singing the magma song, this is my favorite thing on youtube
posted by stemlot at 12:29 PM on September 24, 2006


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