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Giandujakiss is a multifandom vidder. She is also one of the moderators of Festivids, a fannish vid exchange inspired by Yuletide. In May 2010 she participated in such heights' Merlin Vidding Workshop. Her answers and comments can be seen below.
Merlin Vidding Workshop: Meet The Vidder
Intro: I've been vidding for almost exactly four years (my, how the time has flown) in many different fandoms. I've never really considered myself that much of a visual person, actually, it's just that once rivkat introduced me to the concept of vids, I got a couple of vid bunnies that pounded at my brain until I couldn't stand it any more and I had to break down and learn how to make them.
I've made two Merlin vids so far: Beverly Hills, which is a general introduction to the show, and One Foot Boy, which is a Merlin/Arthur 'ship vid. I love the source because it's just so pretty and easy to work with, and though I don't have any other Merlin vids in progress at this time, I have no doubt that I'll squeeze more out eventually.
Save One Vid: If all but one of your vids are erased from history, never to return (you can't reconstruct them, nor can you get anyone else to do it for you), which one would you keep and why? If I had to save one of my own vids, it would probably be Origin Stories. I mean, it's gotten a lot of attention for its message - which of course was thuviaptarth's - and I guess for that reason it's the most significant of the vids I've made.
AND, if all but one of the vids that you've ever watched are erased from history, never to return, which one would you keep and why? As for what had a formative influence, that's actually an easy one - Killa's Highlander vid, In Your Eyes. And the reason that's easy is because it was one of the very first vids that made me "get" it - get what vids were for, get what they were about. Until then, I'd seen ones that were good and well-edited, but I was just being introduced to them and I hadn't seen ones that were my 'ships or my fandom. And you know, I've heard people say that a lot of people who say they don't like vids just need the right one - they need to see the one that's in their fandom or has their 'ship, and suddenly it clicks and they understand what it's all about. And for me, that vid was In Your Eyes - an extremely well-edited HL vid, with a Methos/Duncan 'ship, and I found it so evocative and emotional it was almost overwhelming. And I'd ave to say hand in hand with In Your Eyes would be Luminosity's HL vid Don't Panic - I saw them both at the same time, and they had the same effect on me.
And, name ONE vid that's had a formative influence on you as a vidder and tell us why. (I'm sure there is more than one that's had a formative influence on you as a vidder. Suck it up and whittle it down. ;) ) I agoized over this, I certainly couldn't possibly name a favorite vid for a million dollars. But the thing that comes to mind is Killa and T Jonesy's Closer. Which is a boring choice, I admit, but it not only shows what vidding can do, and it's not only still a model for everything that came after, but what I love about it is how it reads so differently to fans and non-fans. If you're not into fandom or vidding, it seems to read like a humorous parody - for fans, however, it tends to read as dark and really disturbing, and that kind of division really highlights fan culture, and how fans view the text, and the art, differently.