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TSCC Fan vid: Lost Inside (Sarah)

My video is finished. Finally. What did that take me, like two weeks? Well, I hadn't done any video editing before, so I was learning as I went along. That tends to slow things down. Also, I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to creative projects (in fact it's killing me that after I uploaded this, I noticed one transition spot didn't turn out quite like I thought it had!!!!!! Heh. Oh well).

Special thanks to schmacky0 for pointing out my sloppy transition work early on and to sabaceanbabe for doing the full beta, which prompted experiments in graduated slow motion. And I've also learned plenty just from viewing their own vids.

The video is about Sarah (see, you might not know this about me, but I'm kind of a Sarah Connor fan) and the impact of losing her connection to John. It's set to Avril Lavigne's "Nobody's Home". This is my first fan video, but I don't think it'll be my last. I really enjoyed making it.

Watch it on Youtube.
Watch it on Vimeo.
Download it (46mb, 640x360 Quicktime movie).





On a personal level, this video represented everything I have been unable to do since I quit smoking. I haven't been able to stay focused on anything and I've had no creative ability. But Sarah Connor came through for me, as always. Somehow I latched onto this idea and was able to stick with it to completion. It's just a simple fanvid, I know. But for me it was a milestone and I feel like I'm back :)



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adam_0oo
Nov. 21st, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Great work, really well matched with the music.

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roxybisquaint
Nov. 21st, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
LOL @ that comic.
valhallalilly
Nov. 21st, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
yep still love it!
I really also like the part "She's falling behind" The music and the scene work so perfectly and you so empathize with Sarah. The whole song fits perfectly ans makes you feel the character :)
Sarah is so amazing.
roxybisquaint
Nov. 21st, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Sarah is amazing and awesome and badass and... we need more of her! Thanks to Lena's ability to say 1000 words with every expression, it wasn't hard to find great moments to use for this vid.
the_narration
Nov. 21st, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Glad to have you back. :-)

Not a fan of Avril Lavigne, but this vid was very nicely done. Timing John slamming his hands on the table in frustration to the cymbal crash was a nice touch.

(You never use the same screen name twice, do you?)
roxybisquaint
Nov. 21st, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's good to be back.

Maybe you have to be a girl to like Avril. Although by the time I finished this, my husband was humming along to it. I mostly worked with earphones in, but he heard it enough times that it got drummed into his head.

Timing John slamming his hands on the table...

That was what I enjoyed the most about making this. It took a while to settle on the various clips and get them more or less into place. But reworking every shot frame-by-frame to get things timed to the music and the lyrics was a lot of fun.

Oh and sideofcrazy was a fluke. I'm really just Roxy (roxyb, roxybisquaint) and allergygal everywhere... except for all my user names that are unrelated to fandom ;)

the_narration
Nov. 22nd, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Maybe you have to be a girl to like Avril. Although by the time I finished this, my husband was humming along to it. I mostly worked with earphones in, but he heard it enough times that it got drummed into his head.
Heh. I know how easy it is to get songs stuck in your head, and it's usually not the ones you'd want stuck there. Happens to me all the damn time.

This is probably the least annoying Avril song I've ever heard. It actually doesn't sound like the stuff of hers I was previously familiar with. Maybe her style has matured?
gothamite66
Nov. 21st, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)

Awesome video!!
roxybisquaint
Nov. 21st, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
spectralbovine
Nov. 21st, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Nice job! I've always wanted to learn how to vid, so I'm impressed, you first-time vidder, you.
roxybisquaint
Nov. 21st, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks and you should definitely try it. It was a lot of work but very cool to do. I've already got a list of possible songs to use for future vids :D
lenageek
Nov. 22nd, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Great vid Roxy! It really highlighted the loneliness that plagues Sarah Connor. Also reminds me of one of my favorite lines from BTR - 'I believe you have participated in the miraculous and the terrible and through it all you have maintained a moral and good soul.'

And as for having your choice of Lena expressions to choose from - you captured all the right ones to go perfectly with the music. Sigh...I <3 Lena...I miss SCC!
roxybisquaint
Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
She's so lost without John. I wonder what season 3 Sarah would be like, when John was not only emotionally gone, but physically gone. Would be crippled by the devastation and give up all hope or become even more hard core and go after Kaliba/Skynet with a vengeance?

More TSCC please. More Sarah Connor please.

'I believe you have participated in the miraculous and the terrible and through it all you have maintained a moral and good soul.'

Oh, I love that line too. So much.

lenageek
Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Would be crippled by the devastation and give up all hope or become even more hard core and go after Kaliba/Skynet with a vengeance?

I think it would have been a combination of both. Sarah would have gone hard core after Skynet since it would be the only thing she had left. Yet, I would have loved to see Sarah in the quieter moments (if she had one, being on the run again and all) where she could grieve for her loss. Lena woulda kicked ass acting in those scenes.

What sucks the most about loosing SCC is that I have no idea how Josh F. and co would have moved the story forward with everyone in different timelines/alternate realities of the future, etc. He's much smarter than me! ;D It would have been truly awesome to see.
roxybisquaint
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
I think it would have been a combination of both.

I think so too and I'd really like to see it :(


What sucks the most about loosing SCC is that I have no idea how Josh F. and co would have moved the story forward with everyone in different timelines/alternate realities of the future, etc.

Yeah, it was a cruel place to leave us. I have mixed feelings about where it was going, though. I really want to know, but I'm also afraid!
cj2017
Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Hell, y'already know I love it, but I'll add a WOOT! here as well seeing as I am the ultimate at Youtube FAIL ;-)

WOOT!

There ya go.
roxybisquaint
Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
So you hate it?
cj2017
Nov. 22nd, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hate it. Needs more Sarah ;-)
miss_atom
Nov. 22nd, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
AMAZING! AMAZING! God I miss TSCC :( especially Sarah
roxybisquaint
Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And OMG I miss TSCC too (especially Sarah!). We need MORE!
gega_cai
Nov. 22nd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Very nice!

You inspire me to get into fan vidding, which I am clueless to begin. Online tuts seem to vary from one another and there are so many programs to choose from as a result.

Also, big kudos to quitting smoking. I wonder if Sarah went through the same. She smokes in T2, but I do not recall a scene of her smoking or a hint of it (broadcast TV doesn't do smoking in shows, right?) --Actually, I'm reading a T2-era book and it is touching on Sarah's struggle to quit smoking and drinking at her son's insistence.
roxybisquaint
Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
You totally should! I was clueless too before I started working on this. I got a copy of Final Cut Express, imported the song I wanted to use and all 31 episodes and then just started playing around (and did a lot of googling). I really like how this turned out and the only thing I'm sure I'd do differently if I was more skilled is pack in more clips.

kudos to quitting smoking. I wonder if Sarah went through the same.

Thank you. In some ways it's been easier than I expected and in other ways much harder. Sarah's a determined chick, though, so I have no doubt that when she decided to quit, she'd have dealt with it better than I have! They touched on her former smoking in SMWWSMS: "I quit smoking years ago. I've got too much excitement in my life." :P
lenageek
Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sarah's a determined chick, though, so I have no doubt that when she decided to quit, she'd have dealt with it better than I have! They touched on her former smoking in SMWWSMS: "I quit smoking years ago. I've got too much excitement in my life." :P

Kudos to quitting! Just remember, we are all Sarah Connor! :D

And as far as I know, Lena quit smoking this past year, so I hope our fav Brit sticks with it too!
roxybisquaint
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's been seven weeks now and I don't see myself ever going back to it. I smoked for way to long!
tackdriver56
Nov. 22nd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
You Rock Rox!
I love what you've done with this song and the memorable faces from our shared 'verse.

The kiddling is troubled by the fact that I actually *like* Avril Lavigne (especially "Wake Me Up"), but let her be puzzled.

I'm glad you've broken out of the recovery funk. It's great to have you back in form.
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Thinkin about Sarah smoking after her escape from Pescadero, it seems a little odd, doesn't it, that she would be addicted? Do they really let people who are involuntarily committed for paranoia and violent psychoses play with matches in a mental hospital?
That seems... insane. :P
roxybisquaint
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: You Rock Rox!
Thank you. And if you really want to freak out the kiddling, start playing Lady Gaga :P

I had a funk relapse, but considering I had like 4 good days in a row, I feel sure all the bad is just part of the recovery and it is getting better. And really, that's all I needed to know — I can handle the bad when I can beyond it. Making this video helped a lot, I think.

Funny you should mention smoking and Pescadero. When I was in college, I signed up a couple times to be a research test subject at a mental hospital. One of the tests was to check eye movements before and after smoking (you sat in a little dark booth and then followed a bright dot with your eyes and they charted it). Apparently, most psychotics smoke and also have some distinctive eye movement irregularities. So they were trying to determine if cigarettes were a factor in the eye issues. Point being that the psychotic inpatients were allowed to smoke. Of course, that was also back before smoking was kicked to the great outdoors.
tackdriver56
Nov. 24th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: You Rock Rox!
OK, so I've heard the name Lady Gaga. A lot.
Now that I've actually *listened* to some samples of her, and watched "Bad Romance", I'm inclined to agree: the kiddling would freak if I started playing Lady Gaga.

The woman would probably file papers.

I like a strange mix from Patrick Alger to Led Zeppelin, but the techno-synth component is down in the single digit parts-per-million. Rewatching T1 reminded me how much techno irritates me.

There was a lot going on in that Bad Romance video... not sure I got it all.
Not sure I want to.

The kiddling does like Matt Nathanson. :-)
I need to make her a "Best Songs of All Time" CD.
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If making videos helps, keep 'em coming!
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I took experimental Psych in college too. I was a tachistoscope guinea pig for some grad student. It would have been more enlightening if we'd been given copies of the paper when they finished it.
You should write a journal entry about your experiment, if you know what the results were...
It's a little off the usual topics, but, hey, it's not like there's creative TV to write about.
drenkrelar
Nov. 23rd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Bravo!

Great song choice, and the visuals fit the lyrics really well.
roxybisquaint
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
sabaceanbabe
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Roxy, hon, I just watched this vid again and I still can't frakking believe that it's your first vid. SO! GOOD! And SO! WELL-EDITED! And SO! GORGEOUS!
roxybisquaint
Dec. 11th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. You're making me blush :)

And I might be working on another vid already... about Sarah and Derek. It's a bit more ambitious, so when I finally finish it, I'll come-a-calling for your beta expertise.
sabaceanbabe
Dec. 12th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Woohoo! I can't wait. :)
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roxybisquaint
Dec. 21st, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. I'm rather in awe of some of the fan vids out there (including yours) so now that I've gotten my feet wet, I'm hoping to get better at it.
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