15 January 2017 @ 05:03 pm
Vid: English Summer Rain (How I Live Now)  
Title: English Summer Rain
Fandom: How I Live Now
Music: English Summer Rain by Placebo
Length: 04:00
Summary: "I guess there was a war going on somewhere in the world that night but it wasn't one that could touch us."
Content notes: war, violence, bloodshed
for [personal profile] theletterelle, Festivids 2016.
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This vid was basically finished in my head since 2014. I've been stubbornly offering this fandom for 3 years and promised myself that if nobody would request it again this Festivids, I'd finally make it for a con this year. I'd always much rather make vids as gifts though, so I'm glad it was finally requested!

Of course it ended up being somewhat weird/funny/awkward timing for that. I went into Festivids feeling inspired and motivated and then November rolled around and things happened in the world and they never stopped happening and I had this vid to finish that was about AWFUL THINGS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, things that suddenly felt real and conceivable in a way they hadn't before.

What I always liked about How I Live Now was that it felt more realistic than other movies about people caught up in wars and global catastrophes; closer, to me, personally, because it is set in Europe and managed to invoke that feeling of "this could happen here".

But in the middle of everything that was going on in the last few months, this movie started feeling too real. I almost defaulted because I couldn't find the mental strength to dive into all that darkness and turn it into the vid I really wanted it to be when I first had the idea years ago. I never quite got to the point where I was okay with the end result, until I decided on the last day before the deadline to scrap the whole last minute, which used to be a lot darker than it is now. It was important to me to end it on a hopeful note, with the prospect of a new beginning; start again, start again, start again.

This quote from the book, which I also almost used as the vid summary, resonated with me: "Things happen and once they start happening you pretty much just hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop."

Lyrics

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English Summer Rain seems to last for ages
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English Summer Rain seems to last for ages

I'm in the basement, you're in the sky
I'm in the basement, baby, drop on by
I'm in the basement, you're in the sky
I'm in the basement, baby, drop on by

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English Summer Rain seems to last for ages
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English Summer Rain seems to last for ages

I'm in the basement, you're in the sky
I'm in the basement, baby, drop on by
I'm in the basement, you're in the sky
I'm in the basement, baby, drop on by

Hold your breath and count to 10
Then fall apart and start again
Hold your breath and count to 10
Start again, start again

Hold your breath and count to 10
Then fall apart and start again
Start again, start again, start again...

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English Summer Rain seems to last for ages
Always stays the same, nothing ever changes
English Summer Rain seems to last for ages

Hold your breath and count to 10
Then fall apart and start again
Hold your breath and count to 10
Start again, start again

Hold your breath and count to 10
Then fall apart and start again
Hold your breath and count to 10
Start again, start again, start again...
 
 
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Anoel: got arya pointy[personal profile] anoel on February 26th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
After seeing the movie, this vid is even more beautiful and emotionally affecting! The song works so well for the source and it told the story really well and yet it's still really fun to watch after knowing what's going on. I love the juxtaposition between the hawk and the helicopter and how you parallel the dark moments with the happy moments throughout that makes it more emotional (like Issac looking up with joy at the planes). I LOVE when you have them crash into the water with that GORGEOUS blue and yellow water shot to the music which was really powerful. I like how you use the basement to be the water shots and the sky to be the bird and the girls flying into their arms. All the happy, cute childhood shots like the swinging were so sweet and provided that perfect idyllic childhood moments to counter the later darkness.

I love how you showed the changing of nature to bring in the war beginning to effect them and the use of the snow rose was really pretty. The bullets coming in at the music change was awesome and scary and I love how you paralleled the boy falling off the truck with the beautiful water shots, super powerful. The dead goose imagery also really stuck out for me as well as the continued seltzer water shots (and drain) that all fit so well with the lyrics and how "start again" is them keeping to it while looking to leave and start anew. You used the green shots SO beautifully with the music that brought that fearful feeling so well. The Issac part makes me cry even more than the movie, I love how you did the flashbacks to younger him. I love the bird in the water shot and all it symbolizes with the hawk leading them home. It was so wonderful how "start again" becomes them trying to make the home beautiful again with all the little signs like the nature shots and lights coming on and I love how you flashback to happier times before you show the hand holding shot. And the rose blooming at the end was SO perfect!

I am really impressed and thankful you finished this with all the RL drama that happened. It does give me a little hope and I LOVE that book quote, thanks for adding it. Again, I love the vid and am always so impressed by your beautiful cutting and emotional editing <3
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redcirce: cephalopod[personal profile] redcirce on February 27th, 2017 04:31 am (UTC)
I have not seen this movie, but I love this song and I'm glad I clicked because this vid was wonderful.
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hollywoodgrrl[personal profile] hollywoodgrrl on March 4th, 2017 05:48 am (UTC)
I loved this vid so much! It was definitely one that stood out for me from Festivids. I was already predisposed to love it as I know and love all the sources (book + film + song), but your editing and structure just really took it to the next level. Really brilliant work!
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theletterelle[personal profile] theletterelle on May 12th, 2017 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry it took me so long to give you a real comment on this vid. Let me just say, it's incredible. Also that you're literally my favorite vidder, and I don't feel like I deserve something this awesome in my very first vid exchange. (I'm serious about that-- the first vid of yours I ever saw was Na Na Na and it blew me the hell away, it was so perfect. I admire you like crazy.)

And honestly, if you'd defaulted and I'd read your reasons, I wouldn't have blamed you for a second. I had the same reactions to finishing my vid, and mine wasn't even a story close to what was happening-- I was just hurting so badly that I could barely focus on showering or eating. And, like I said in my comment on the Festivids post, I couldn't even watch the vid for weeks, and when I did, I literally fell to the ground and sobbed. It was just a good movie, back before everything happened, and now it feels like yes, this isn't fiction anymore, this could happen here. Everything could change.

I'm doing a lot better now, and I hope you are too. I've gotten more politically involved than ever before, and I think that in the US we're making things better than they would have been. I have hope. And now that I'm better, on to the vid comments!

Opening: Excellent job with juxtaposing the mundanity of travel with the glimpses of the helicopter and the soldiers holding their weapons. Right from the start, even through the golden haze, we see something's not right, but the greeting from the cousins sweeps everything away. Puppy kisses!

I love the way you match the cuts to the beat, but the scenes to the lyrics. (I'm learning a lot about cutting just by watching this carefully, tbh.) The quick snippets work together to give the impression of this golden, perfect summer.

And then the planes come, and the drumbeat stops, and everything turns gray as the ash falls... I think I started to cry here.

I've only done a few vids, and none of them have involved this much cutting. The cuts make the story easy to follow, which seems weird for having such tiny snips, but it really works. Ugh, the shot of Daisy's face crying followed by looking back through the tiny mesh window. It says everything.

The boy getting shot, cutting back and forth to the memory of the idyllic summer-- I definitely cried here, because I didn't realize how good my life was until it suddenly got so bad, and I longed to go back to when I felt safe and happy.

That shot of the fox as they find Joe in the plastic sack. The fox hearkens back to their summer in the fields, and Joe was so happy, and now his glasses are broken and he's gone. That's where I full-on sobbed.

And then "Start again" with a glimpse of that golden light, the power coming back on, all three of them back home. Things won't be the same, but they might be able to start something new.

This vid is beyond anything I could have asked for. I'm afraid you're going to ruin me for all others. :) I'm really glad I gave you the opportunity to make the vid you wanted, and I'm so grateful you were able to finish it. Thank you so much.



Edited (Got the names wrong) 2017-05-12 07:27 pm (UTC)
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