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16 March 2009 @ 10:03 pm
LotS Vid: Bedtime Story  

Song: Bedtime Story
Artist: Madonna
Spoilers: Up to 1x15
Size: 49.6 MB, avi
Download: here
Streaming: embedded | BAM

Summary: A surreal journey through Richard's subconscious.

Notes: I owe this vid to two incredible sources...

The first is Madonna's actual Bedtime Story music video. I used to have (first a VHS then) a DVD of Madonna's various music videos and this one was always my favorite. I suppose that's what you get when you have a song written by Bjork and a video directed by Mark Romanek. In the mid-90's this was the shit! The images are incredibly surreal and I remember how much they stuck with me. My favorite? The Whirling Dervishes. And how might you ask is this relevant? Why yes, there was a day not too long ago where I found myself chillaxing with some LotS and then I went a bit cuckoo while oogling Kahlan's various battle twirlings and swooshings. See there's always a moment when her skirts and sleeves billow, her arms come out, and the movement is slowed to expand the ethereal quality of the motion. And that took me right back to that Whirling Dervish I used to obsess over which made my thought process suddenly jumped to, "Hey! Is this song viddable?!" (Then immediately, "And I have a fandom that provides with enough pretty to do it justice!") So here my intentions were to emulate that floaty dream-like quality of the song and combine it with as much surreal crap as I could manage. I wanted it to be a dream that Richard has, so that his thoughts and feelings become jumbled with the experiences he has had. Everything becomes a rush of emotion, a kind of sensory overload. But always surreal, always messing with him.

The second inspiration and catalyst for this vid came from one of the hottest vids out there...charmax's Boom Boom Ba. I wanted to give Richard and Kahlan something as NGUUHHH as what charmax gave to Xena and Gabrielle. (The lust! Oh the lust is epic.) And isn't it amusing how the Sam Raimi/Rob Tappert syndicated programming always manages to pull off the most incredible SEXY TIEMS on telly?

So there you have it. Now watch and enjoy. ;)

Password: Mother Confessor


Today is the last day that I'm using words
They've gone out, lost their meaning
Don't function anymore

Let's, let's, let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious honey

Today is the last day that I'm using words
They've gone out, lost their meaning
Don't function anymore

Traveling, leaving logic and reason
Traveling, to the arms of unconsciousness
Traveling, leaving logic and reason
Traveling, to the arms of unconsciousness


Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious
Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious

Words are useless, especically sentences
They don't stand for anything
How could they explain how I feel

Traveling, traveling, I'm traveling
Traveling, traveling, leaving logic and reason
Traveling, traveling, I'm gonna relax
Traveling, traveling, in the arms of unconsciousness


And inside we're all still wet
Longing and yearning
How can I explain how I feel?


Traveling, traveling (repeat twice)
Traveling, traveling, in the arms of unconsciousness

And all that you've ever learned
Try to forget
I'll never explain again.

Check the memories for more vids and other fun things.

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tunes: archive - again
four words and a digit.: (ls) steel horse.bytheshoreline on March 17th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I just dropped my laptop like a dumbo, so I'm borrowing a computer and I can't watch this right now and it's kinda killing me. But I will come back as soon as I can and give a proper review that doesn't go something along the lines of: "SEXY TIEMS YAY!"

(OK, I make no promises.)
cortexiphan juice boxhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Haha! Ok, well I'll take what I can get get. ;) Hope your puter feels better!
i can't contain my heartbeat: m: my little gamma raybrightly__wound on March 17th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
OMG ♥____♥
cortexiphan juice box: [mrln] good night sweet princehollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Wheeeee! You enjoy that now, y'hear? ;)
tray_lord: LotS-RichardKahlan_kisstray_lord on March 17th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
I knew there was a reason I couldn't sleep. It was my subconscious telling me I had to watch this video. And wow! Words truly fail me at the moment. That was...stunning. I loved the motion in it. Visually stunning, and HAWT! Wow.
cortexiphan juice box: [lots] let's get unconscious honeyhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Wheeee! Thanks so much!!! I hope you had pleasant dreams from the HAWTNESS. ;)
Brittanyertheuponerthe on March 17th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
That video is amazing! What program did you use to edit it?
cortexiphan juice box: [lots] billowing out luna rivierahollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I use Sony Vegas 7 to vid.
carpenyx: lots | kahlancarpenyx on March 17th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
... I don't even know how to put into words how hot that was. It was ... just... well, hot.
cortexiphan juice box: [lots] mord-sith!kahlanhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHA! Well yes. I have achieved hottness. *puts a checkmark on the list* Whee! :D
Amsie: New Dawnshadowserenity on March 17th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
While I'm not super hot on the song, I'm super hot on the vid. Amazing editing, as always! You always do the best work, my dearest :D.
cortexiphan juice box: [bsg] the lord's prayerhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Not a Madge fan, lol? Eh, I feel like I'm on drugs when I hear that song. I can see why others might not like that sensation. ;) BUT THANKS SO MUCH FOR WATCHING, HUN!
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cortexiphan juice box: [lots] let's get unconscious honeyhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
AHAHA! *spins* ILU! :D
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sally albright: gene and alex are awesomesofteranswer on March 17th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
i don't watch this show, but i checked this out merely because i think you're a great editor. if you don't work for a design house well...you should. (or at least i think you should) :)
cortexiphan juice box: [30r] not in front of the gayshollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
*GASP* What a glorious commodity of a comment! I all verklempt! Thank you, BB! *tackles*
Nickyobsessive24 on March 17th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Downloading now and saving until I've seen 1x05. I just finished the double pilot last night. Squeeage and much looking forward!

And randomly, because it makes me laugh, the guy who plays the Big Bad went to high school with littleheaven70. New Zealand is so fucking incestuous.
the sundance kid: LotS - want to do what?mresundance on March 17th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
You know you'll want to vid. This. Show.


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Pervy Elf Fancier: walk into the lightemily_reich on March 17th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
ZOMG dude, I seriously had one of your vid pages open and clicked on the "vids" tab to find a different one when, lo and behold, at the top of the page... A NEW LOTS VID!!111!!!

Is it possible to squee yourself to death? Because I think I might have just now, yus.

Pervy Elf Fancier: this can never beemily_reich on March 17th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
O.M.G. I just watched it. THERE ARE NO WORDS.


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Heather: lots-an undoing (aka voyeurism ftw)hjea on March 17th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
Hot damn! I loved the look of this, you captured the dream-like quality SOOOOO well!

Favourite bits: Kahlan the Whirling Dervish! Anytime Richard jumped through the air with his sword! (See? I like fights in vid form. *g*) And I loved how you intercut the possession!sex with Richard and Kahlan's first kiss. Mmm... sexy tiems for all.

cortexiphan juice box: [lots] paper hearthollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! *fist pump* I do my part for the fandom. ;) Yay so glad you liked! :D
Deej: [lots] kahlan's dressdeej on March 17th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Jaw, meet floor.
HOLY. FREAKING. MOTHER. You have completely outdone yourself and set a whole new bar for hot vids LIEK WHOA. So very glad you added all the background info because I'd never seen the clip for Bedtime Stories (and had no idea what whirling dervishes were!), plus the 4 mins of watching the original clip was like foreplay because the song is so surreal and I got srsly excited about seeing what you were going to do with it :O *watches again*

At 1:15+ with Kahlan mid-faint and Richard spinning from the potion and then into hypnotic whirling (!!!!!!) — definitely a favourite moment! And then with the HOT CRYPT LOVE, my gawd. Plus from 3:00+ your use of the Denna clips is palpable—it felt more violent than the show! I am floored, am adding this to my iPod asap, and ...

Sorry I got distracted from watching it for like the 5th time :D I CANNOT PUT SUFFICIENT WORDS TO THE AWESOMENESS YOU HAVE CREATED. I CANNOT.
cortexiphan juice box: [lots] whirling dervishhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Jaw, meet floor.
EEEEE!!! Well first of all, you're welcome for all the background stuffs. Madonna has had some cool videos in her time. And apparently this one is a permanent resident at the New York Museum of Modern Art's film and video collection. So that's neato. :)

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amandil12: (lots) kahlan - running for so longastudyinpanic on March 17th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Wow... that was just... wow!!! Don't really like the song but your editing is just brilliant!! Great job!!!!
cortexiphan juice boxhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ha! Thank you! I'm glad you were able to enjoy this. :)
the sundance kid: LotS - you are the lightmresundance on March 17th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
That was really lovely and interesting and different. I will have to watch it a few more times to see what I missed out of it in the initial viewing.

Some of the visuals in here and the use of movement is simply stunning. And DAYUM, am I jealous you made the little promo clips look AMAZING???? I have struggled with the quality of those forever. You use sony vegas 7, right? How do you get the quality out of these clips that you do? (If you don't wanna kiss and tell here, message me! Please! *puppy eyes*).

I think the song choice was VERY different and very out of the ordinary for the series and especially Richard/Kahlan with a focus on Richard's POV. I am not sure it entirely works for me, but then, I am one hung up on coherency-as-a-whole (is the whole thing make sense? do all the choices the vidder/author makes make sense in the big picture?). I think it works as beautiful work propelled by the hypnotic and lovely visuals.

As a narrative though, I frankly don't *get* what kind of story I'm supposed to clearly get out of this. And I thought if the POV was Richard's, it was rather loose and shaky at points. But like I said, I gotta re-watch it a couple times to see if I didn't overlook anything.

And Boom Boom Ba makes me go *squee*. I am actually allowed to play with it (for the same reasons you let me play with His'n'Hers and Ladies with pretty Hair :DDDDDDDD), and charmax . . . fooking amazing. I have a whole new level of appreciation for what she does!
cortexiphan juice box: [lots] mord-sith!kahlanhollywoodgrrl on March 17th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks! And what an intriguing comment, lol! So...*flexes fingers* First thing's first.

I do indeed use Vegas 7 and here's how I got the thing to look a'ight: I first converted it from flash to .avi using a converty program called Prism. You want the best settings and multiple passes on the compression, blah blah all that good stuff. It played well in Vegas, but I noticed that on the timeline it'd get incredibly pixely and strange. So I just took the whole thing and exported it as .wmv and then put THAT into the timeline and it played beautifully. Vegas likes things it has rendered. It knows its own. ;) Hope that helps!

Now in terms of the story, would it help you if I said I was somewhat influenced by bits of the book? Or what I thought would be interesting to translate from the book into the show? (Not that I actually want some of the themes translated, but in vid-form, in Richard's subconscious, I thought it would be fun to play with some crossover happenings.) There's an abundant focus on the sword, Richard being defined by the sword, by the rage, death and the possibility of destruction. That's why there's such an emphasis on sex and slaughter, because in the subconscious, the rush becomes the same as it was proven by the ancient Seeker. It's in the blood, like the power of Confession is in Kahlan's blood. Kalan is his salvation and his destruction, at least that's what he knows now. And here's the other twist, the Denna/Kahlan confusion. Certainly I wanted to focus on how important Richard's encounter with Denna was to build him as a character. It might be repressed, he might be fine with it, but in the back of his mind what if the stimulation Richard gets from Denna becomes warped with his desire for Kahlan? What happens when you mix lust with rage and the rush of doing something that's forbidden? Those are the things I wanted to play with and admittedly, my vid notes are lacking. It's probably too late to edit them. Oh well.

Anyway I hope this clears up some of that confusion for you and hopefully you can still enjoy the vid, if anything at least for gratuitous reasons of the sexy tiems? ;)
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Ilaria: UB Karajademacgrath on March 17th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
*fans herself* Whoa hun, that was really HAWT! Kudos!!
cortexiphan juice box: [actors] ks; oh look a tiny viperhollywoodgrrl on March 18th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Word! I needed lotsa cold showers while editing it. ;)
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