no clip is just itself
July 16, 2017 4:41 PM   Subscribe

Videlicet is a one-off vidding zine that tells the history of fanvids, breaks down vidding techniques, and provides critical analyses of classic vids. Edited by lim, a fan artist whose work was recently shown at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

  • Lyrical Interpretation, demonstrating lyric/clip connections through example:
    Dissecting lyrical interpretation is making the brushstrokes visible. Picasso did not paint the world as he saw it. He painted it as he processed it in the same way that vidders do. Vidding is a lie that makes people see the truth. When working through a lyrical interpretation of a vidsong, aim to make choices that strengthens that truth you are trying to vid and let that drive the lyrical interpretations.
  • A History of Vidding:
    Kandy Fong, a Star Trek fan based in Phoenix, Arizona watched “Strawberry Fields Forever” and realized she could do something similar for her favorite TV show. Her soon-to-be husband had access to film clips from Star Trek TV episodes. These were actual clips of 35mm film that had been left on the Desilu Studios editing room floor during production of the series in the 1960s. These film clips were then mounted into slides and sold to collectors. In addition, Kandy had a slide projector carousel and a cassette tape player. She now had music, video, and source, the three main ingredients to making a fanvid.
  • Sound and Story, an essay about soundwork in vidding and in the popular Marvel fanvid 'Glitter and Gold':
    It’s the soundwork that emphasizes their physicality of the characters, reminding us of the opening lyric of flesh and bone; we are cued not to think of these superheroes as 2-D comic book cutouts but as real three-dimensional bodies. The sounds of human effort are layered into the music with perfect synchronicity, so that we hear grunting, the crunch of bone, the crack of gunshots – things that mark the collision of people and things in a way that makes the fighting feel real; we can feel it in our teeth.
  • How to Leave This Show, about a fanvid which combines clips from the Golden Age of Hollywood with Glee's Kurt Hummel:
    Lola’s song choice is “Sort Of” by Ingrid Michaelson. It’s about a couple in an unequal relationship. The singer is too intense and too invested in a lover who doesn’t reciprocate her feelings. The lyrics, read as a single, coherent arc, are not a perfect, literal match for the vid’s thesis, but rather shift in implication from clip to clip, verse to verse. And though Kurt’s boyfriend has an important role to play, Lola’s primary interest isn’t shipping. Michaelson’s refrain goes, “My love’s too big for you, my love.” Lola’s “you” isn’t Blaine, though, but—well. Kurt is a gay boy in a small town. It doesn’t matter who or what is the object; Kurt loves many things. His love is always already too frightening and too big.
Still have time on your hands? Check out the vidder profiles, tips for new vidders, or their collaborative playlist of 89 classic vids.
posted by galaxy rise (5 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
This is fab! I'm going to fall down the rabbit hole for hours on this one.
posted by sldownard at 11:53 PM on July 16, 2017

Yes, this is lovely. I know a lot of these vids and vidders already, but it's fun to poke around and read the stories and analysis.
posted by suelac at 10:04 AM on July 17, 2017

Loved the analysis of Glitter and Gold, one of my favorite vids of recent years. I confess I'm not a particularly nuanced vid watcher, and all that sound stuff kind of went over my head on my first couple watches of the vid.
posted by yasaman at 12:08 PM on July 17, 2017

This is fantastic.
posted by dinty_moore at 5:45 PM on July 17, 2017

Thank you for linking to this!
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