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24 March 2008 @ 11:49 pm
A2A/LoM Vid: Ashes to Ashes  


Song: Ashes to Ashes
Artist: David Bowie
Spoilers: A2A to 1x07 | LoM all of it
Size: 44.4 MB, wmv
Download: here
Streaming: embedded

Summary: "This happened to him. It can't happen to me." How Alex Drake discovers that the man she really fears is none other than Sam Tyler.


Notes: It's very odd how "Ashes to Ashes" (the song) can be interpreted to be partially about Sam, while "Life on Mars" (the song) fits a bit with Alex. As much as I hate the notion of vidding
a song that's so crucial to the soundtrack of one of these shows, this one was just too perfect to pass up. It really lended itself to go somewhere INSANE.

Here Sam becomes a villain. He's Major Tom and what he's addicted to is death. (More specifically it's the idea of wanting to die, hence his constant suicidal behavior.) In the end he, of course, succeeds. Alex, as his psychologist, knows this. So when she ends up in his fantasy with what she thinks is a bullet in her head, her number one priority is to get out! Her objective becomes to live and, therefore, what scares her the most is not Arthur Layton, the man who shot her, or the Bowie Clown that's constantly after her, but the horrifying idea that she's experiencing the same things that happened to Sam who, in the end, died in both worlds.





ASHES TO ASHES

Do you remember a guy that's been
In such an early song
I've heard a rumor from Ground Control
Oh no, don't say it's true

They got a message
From the Action Man
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved
All I've needed to love
Sordid details following"

The shrieking of nothing is killing
Just pictures of Jap girls
In synthesis and I
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
But I'm hoping to kick but the planet it's glowing

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a
A junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

Time and again I tell myself
I'll stay clean tonight
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light
But no smoking pistol

I never done good things
I never done bad things
I never did anything out of the blue,
Want an axe to break the ice
Wanna come down right now

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom's a
A junkie
Strung out in heaven's high
Hitting an all-time low

My mother said
To get things done
You'd better not mess
With Major Tom



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mood: sleepysleepy
tunes: david bowie - the man who sold the world
 
 
 
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(no subject) - hollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
t-bone, the disco spider: a2a; bollyknickersprettyquotable on March 25th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
*SCREAMS WITH EXCITEMENT*

YAY MY FAVOURITE FANVID MAKER FEEDS MY LATEST OBSESSION. I am soooo downloading this. It really couldn't be better timed to appear on my friendslist, either, hahaha. Downloading the zip, will definitely be back to squee at you once I've seen it. :P
t-bone, the disco spider: a2a; ust omgprettyquotable on March 25th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
SO now I've seen it, and duuuude. This was totally, completely awesome. Your editing never fails to blow me away and the way you've spliced the two shows so seamlessly together just blows me away. Fantastic, will definitely be recc'ing this in my LJ. :D

(And oh Alex. :( I want to hug her so badly.)
(no subject) - hollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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chug-a-lug, donna: tv [MI5] // heeeeellloooo t-shirtohvienna on March 25th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
*takes the pic of sync_slaying watching awesomeness, for that is such win*

AND YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS VID IT LIKE MAKES ME INSANE.

cortexiphan juice box: [mi5] it's all in the eyeshollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
*takes the pic of sync_slaying watching awesomeness, for that is such win*
AH KNOWS! That one tuned out
mighty smexy
good. :)

AND YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS VID IT LIKE MAKES ME INSANE.
SQUEEEEEEE! YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES ME INSANE? YOUR ICON!!! THE TEEEEESHIRT!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOL!
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cortexiphan juice box: [actors] ga; blowing kisses bye byehollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh WOW, thanks! I'm so glad you liked! :D It's really the sort of vid that exploded from my own personal insanity for this show, lol. So pleased that you partake in the insanity as well. :)
feline paparatzzi: a2a - Alex/Genefahrbotdrusilla on March 25th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
That was fantastic.
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] deperir a grishollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Means a lot that you liked. :)
junior miss tough chick of the universe: a2a; my name is alex drake. I'veyourfavoritesky on March 25th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
.........
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.........
.........
.........
MARRY ME?
cortexiphan juice box: [dw] they're not all blondehollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
VICTORIAN LESBIANS!!! (Assuming we can get a TARDIS to take us back to Victorian London.)
(no subject) - yourfavoritesky on March 25th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Leviathanleviathan101 on March 25th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Even though I never could get into LoM, I always enjoy your editing. Great job!
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] what's so special about you hollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! Well I'm very grateful that you took a looksee. :) Now in terms of LoM, it's a bloke show for sure. But I highly HIGHLY recommend A2A. You might enjoy it more. ;)
Cartoonedcartooned on March 25th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Brilliant! I love how you blended the two shows together.
cortexiphan juice box: [dw] even the hair is buzzed on coffeehollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked. Thanks for watching! :D
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on March 25th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
This was awesome, hon! I don't know the source material but I love all the jumps. So good.


And might I add, Gah, you stink! Hahaha. Now I wanna watch these shows. (This is the second multi-fandom vid for both of these to show up on my flist in two days.)
cortexiphan juice box: [multi] sci-fi triumviratehollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Ah HA! You gotta watch 'em! YOU GOTTA! (Especially A2A, but damn, you gotta know LoM. But there's only 16 eps of that! You can do it!) ijsbbsdkvjbkvbk;jdbv;s

That said...thanks for watching! :)
einhorn_13: [bsg] k - porn!einhorn_13 on March 25th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Gah, THANKS A LOT WOMAN! NOW I'VE GOT THE DAMN SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD! I'M HAPPY! HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY, TOO!

Haven't actually had time to watch it properly, what with having it running while I was getting dressed, drying my hair and brushing my teeth. But it was enough to a) GET THE DAMN SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD. AGAIN! and b) MAKE ME WANT TO WATCH LIFE ON MARS. AGAIN!

Guh, my ovaries are going to explode on Friday. Or you know, Saturday, when I will wake up after nary a few hours of sleep, seeing as how I'll be getting home after midnight and I'll need to be up at like 4am to start the BSG download as soon as it is up. I AM HAPPY, HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY, TOO!

[And you know, thanks for getting me into A2A, wench. You know I love it. Still haven't had time to read your meta. But I'm at work and not in the mood to do a damn thing. That generally involves LJ.]
cortexiphan juice box: [mi5] it's all in the eyeshollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
WELL I AM HAPPY, AND I'M GLAD YOU'RE HAPPY TOO! BECAUSE I AM A DAMN JUNKIE!!!! AND I'M INSAAAAAAAANE! I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THAT SONG ON REPEAT FOR WEEKS! BECAUSE I HAD TO! AK;FJBAK;FB;ksdbv;ksbv;kjbv

Dude, the Fandom Apocalypse is SO SOON! GAH!!!!!

[And you know, thanks for getting me into A2A, wench. You know I love it. Still haven't had time to read your meta. But I'm at work and not in the mood to do a damn thing. That generally involves LJ.]
MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ahem. Yes. It's good for you! :) Also, don't worry about the damn meta. I just make those posts because I NEED TO GET IT OUT. I think about this crap 24/7!!!!

there he goes, brave heart in paco rabanne: a2a: Alex. reaching out to you.in_the_end on March 25th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
LKSJG;SKLNGJH;LMN\RE;GLDFJHGP;L

I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU TO MAKE THIS FOR SOOOOO LONG.

OMG ILU.
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] class a prossiehollywoodgrrl on March 25th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
LMAO!!!!!!!!!! EEEEE! ME TOO!!! SO INSANE!!!! GLAD YOU LIIIIIIIKED! :D
raspberry_splat: LoM stayraspberry_splat on March 25th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
I know I probably should have waited to watch this, as I've only seen LoM and none of A2A, but I love this song and love your work..so I just couldn't help myself. It's just.....magnificent.,..stunning upon stunning. And even though I don't know all the A2A, I'm getting enough to be thoroughly and indescribably amazed. Your seamless fusion of both shows to tell your vid story is incredible. Your editing leaves me out of breath and permanently in awe. I wish I could write more here now....but my brain is stuttering!

Edited at 2008-03-25 07:39 am (UTC)
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] what's so special about you hollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
You are absolutely GORGEOUS for watching this without seeing A2A. I'm so glad you liked it and thank you for your wonderful comment! I'm absolutely beaming! :D

That said, it's time for business: GO WATCH A2A IMMEDIATELY!!!!! AABFBSDJHFDBSBKJASB;KKJ!

:P
marah_sarie: subliminal Ashes to Ashesmarah_sarie on March 25th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
This is an incredible vid -- I'm not ashamed to admit I actually shrieked out loud not once, but several times watching this vid. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] class a prossiehollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Heee! Yay! Well if there was much shrieking then I know I did something right. ;) Thanks so much for watching!
ladysarahii: life on marsladysarahii on March 25th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
Lovely. And the image of Sam watching her at the end, the mixing of the clown and Sam, was gorgeous and so, so chilling. I love it so much. Awesome work, yo!
cortexiphan juice box: [dw] i keep the wolf from the doorhollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! That was probably the moment that inspired the whole vid. :)
Charmax: A2A criticscharmax on March 25th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
What a great vid. So many fantastic visual parallels.
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] ah shaddup you facehollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
First of all, thank you! Second, and most importantly, YOUR ICON PWNS ALL! It's such trufax. *pats Keeley and Alex*
hewey: [a2a] one pure thoughtgeekrock on March 25th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Fantastic. Your editing style is beautiful, and you actually have symbolic associations between the extracts, rather than just simple, graphical associations. The majority of the cuts actually make sense rather than just being convenient or stylish. I like that you attached a story to the video, and the visuals had meaning within the context of the lyrics and the music.

I really think this video should be shown to anyone who "poo poo"s the idea that A2A and LOM share no similarities. They're incredibly different shows, but the way you've edited these clips together actually draws both programs back to exactly what Graham and Pharaoh aimed for as their cores: escaping from somewhere alien, whether it be through life or through death.

By the way, do you use Final Cut to edit? And if you do, how do you go about importing/converting your clips? I get all my downloads in .avi, so any time I convert them to .dv I get a file WAY too large to be able to keep on the hard drive. I've tried .mov as well, which solves the space problem, but my converting program obviously encodes them with something unusable by FC. Such a tetchy program, tut tut.

PS. Besides all the wonderful film editing yumminess, I still think the best bit in the video is where you've placed Gene's "tortured hero" shot over the line, "They got a message from the Action Man." Perfect.
cortexiphan juice box: [actors] a2a ganghollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ah! What a LOVELY comment! :D It must be the film schooler in you that I connect with. ;) *cheers*

But in all honesty I don't understand anyone who criticizes A2A about anything. That show owns me. But you can't help but chart Alex's story in comparison to Sam's. That's the whole point of it! What makes their stories different is their own individuality as people. They react differently and create different environments for themselves. It's just such a brilliant concept.

I actually use Sony Vegas to edit vids, but I use Final Cut at work. I've actually heard that there's no good way to get the file sizes lower when vidding with FCP, but I could be wrong. You might want to pose this question (or actually search around in the tags or mems) of vidding_tech or vidding. I'm fairly certain I've seen people discuss this.

PS. Besides all the wonderful film editing yumminess, I still think the best bit in the video is where you've placed Gene's "tortured hero" shot over the line, "They got a message from the Action Man." Perfect.
:) Oh Gene. *sigh*
Pervy Vulcan Fancier: {TW} Teh teamangeliquesg on March 25th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, this and your last Torchwood vid are awesome! And I'm downloading both to watch over and over. ♥
cortexiphan juice box: [tw] and you'll always be my whorehollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Aw yay! Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed them both. :D
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Sandra: DH - SGA: Wait a minutesandrainthesun on March 25th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, New vid!

Non-Yeah, dial-up till the end of the week :(

I'll be back (but not like Schwarzenegger *g*)!
cortexiphan juice box: [sga] where i end and you beginhollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!! *smish*
ain't no party like a dalek party: ata; unstuck in timearefadedaway on March 25th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Eeee. Phenomenal. Your vids are consistently inventive, seamless, and raising the bar for everyone else. This is how it's done.
cortexiphan juice box: [fs] shooting makes me feel betterhollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
You're amazing for saying this. *blush* I can't even begin to tell you how much it means. Thanks again for the rec! :D
junior miss tough chick of the universe: lom; if this ever changing world inyourfavoritesky on March 25th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Alright, now that I've seen this vid a dozen times, I have this to say:

YOUR EDITING, IT COULD MOVE MOUNTAINS. In fact, I think your editing might've built the pyramids. Your editing could defeat an entire Persian Army on it's own (kinda like Xena did in that one episode)<-----more proof that you are the Xena to my Gabrielle (but I'm late seasons Gabrielle so we're both butch)

You are the 8th world wonder, and I would build a Taj Mahal for you. It's not just your editing that makes your vids so amazing (although your editing is obvisouly agh;;ashdjklhdasjklhs!!hkjjh so fucking brilliant) it's who you are. It's the way you think, it's your crazy obsession passion for the shows you vid.

I LOVE YOU LIKE A TOUSAND BURNING SUNS. YOU ARE THE AXIS THAT MAKES MY WORLD GO AROUND &hearts

Edited at 2008-03-25 08:48 pm (UTC)
cortexiphan juice box: [actors] mm & ll; battlestar girlshollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!

I just want to jump you not because you're YOU and ILU for being YOU who writes me these amazing completely insane and awesome comments, but because YOU MAKE WORDS THAT ARE LIKE THIS --> more proof that you are the Xena to my Gabrielle (but I'm late seasons Gabrielle so we're both butch)

HOW ARE YOU SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT A QUESTION! NOTICE THE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!! THEY ARE NOT QUESTION MARKS!!!! THEREFORE IT IS FACTZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's the way you think, it's your crazy obsession passion for the shows you vid.
MEEP! I takes it too srsly. :P It's what film school done to me. :D

I WANT TO SING TO YOU LIKE A BARD! EXCEPT I CAN NOT SING. I'LL PLAY YOU THE SOUNDTRACKS TO XENA AND HAVE LUCY LAWLESS SERENADE YOU WITH HER FAUX GRECIAN CHARM!

LALALALALALALALALALALA!
londonesquelondonesque on March 25th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Really excellent work, well done :)
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] guns at the ready boyshollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed. Thanks for watching! :)
From the land between Wake and Dream.: White Road - dark_branwensea_thoughts on March 25th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm not the only one who thinks Life On Mars the song is better applied to Alex than Sam. What a fantastic idea for a video, and you really do feel genuinely sorry for Alex here.
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] observe the eyebrows of woehollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Yes! So then if it's not just me or you, then it must be TRUTH! :) And for the record, I always feel sorry for Alex. How could you not when she makes her eyebrows do this??? *points to icon*
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gwendolynflight: lom vaultgwendolynflight on March 25th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
ooh, genius. ::shudders:: how did you make sam scary?!?! does not follow ... ::brain breaks::
cortexiphan juice box: [dw] i keep the wolf from the doorhollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
LMAO! Thank you! It's very odd how creepy Sam became! I even toyed with the idea of having him explode Alex's parents' car! But then I thought that strayed from the story. ;) He's just an evil bastard in this! :P
candogirl: Homecandogirl on March 26th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
It is entirely possible that you are a some kind of uber vidding genius.

This video is amazing, the sequence that starts around the 20 second mark (where Gene walks out of the office) until you see the car going down the street is absolutely beautiful.

I love the opening and then the editing of Sam shooting the gun and Alex getting shot is brilliant, I swear it gave me a shock.

I'll have to watch the whole thing again tomorrow and leave you another love note but I couldn't go to bed without singing your praises.
cortexiphan juice box: [a2a] we walked in the cold airhollywoodgrrl on March 26th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
LOL! Well thanks. ;)

Sometimes these vids just edit themselves, really. Certainly the part when Sam shot her was like WTF??? WHERE DID THAT COME FROM??? But it cut together so damn well that's it's actually frightening.

Thanks so much for the quick tune. If you do rewatch it, I hope you enjoy it even more. I know a lot of the story came from our many conversations about Annie and Sam and all that. :)