Mary Van Deusen
|Name:||Mary Van Deusen, Mary S. Van Deusen|
|Alias(es):||Mary Suskind Lansing, Catherine Bell|
|URL:||Mary Van Deusen's website for downloads, Mary Van Deusen's YouTube, Mary Van Deusen's livejournal|
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Mary Van Deusen (Mary Suskind Lansing) was an influential vidder in the 1980s and 1990s. She has vidded in a wide variety of fandoms and is still creating vids today. She has a long history of mentoring new vidders.
Role In Vidding History
During the 1980s, Mary was one of the few fans with access to professional video editing equipment. She taught a great number of vidders not just how to vid, but also how to approach visual narrative, how to use songs and clips. In turn, those vidders went on to teach others. Mary Van Deusen's aesthetic focuses heavily on character and narrative. Telling a story was key to this aesthetic, it was also known for very strict cutting with edits being made strictly to the beat. More info can be found in the Genealogy of Vidding. One of her vids - Temper of Revenge (Miami Vice) made with Caren Parnes was showcased in the recent "24/7" DIY Video Summit.
Also see My Background in Making Song Videos, written about her early years in vidding] (which included BetaMax VCRs!!) and What Are Literary Music Videos? (an article about what Mary she calls "literary music videos," (their history, some how-to...). She credits Pam Perry with inspiring her to make music videos in 1985.
In 1986, Mary made a tribute video to many of the friends she has made in fandom over the years, including Patricia Frazer Lamb, Linda Sax, Crystal Ann Taylor, Camille Bacon-Smith, Gayle F and her husband Richard, Mickey Dupree, Caren Parnes, Linda Ploetz, Jessica Daigenault, Bev Lorenstein, Flora Poste and her brother, she and her husband, Lyn Bates, Judith Gran, and others of the Philadelphia Crew.
A copy of the video tribute can be found here.
By the time Mary attended 4-Play in Phoenix in the 1980s, she had completed over 3 hours of songvids. By the end of 1991, Mary she released over 8 songtape collections, releasing new versions incrementally. She would also release custom songtapes upon request,combining all of the vids in a specific fandom made to date. Most of the songtape collections contained no playlists or videocassette covers or labels.
In November 2010, Mary began remastering many of her older vids, as well as experimenting with a 16:9 aspect ratio in order to achieve better quality on wide-screen televisions and computer monitors.  These new and remastered vids were posted to her site, as well as being announced on her livejournal and the main lj vidding community, vidding.
In March 2017 Mary Van Deusen put up on YouTube many of her videos. They are organized into playlists by fandoms. There are currently more than 500 of her videos on YouTube.
BioAbout her involvement in fandom Mary has to say this:
"I got into Star Trek because my mother died and the show often showed Kirk or Spock being thought dead, then being found. It let me grieve for mother just enough to keep the teakettle from boiling over. One day at work I suddenly saw mother's death in terms of Kirk and Spock and wrote my first story in 3 hours. I brought it with me to an IDICCon (a slash convention) and the first person I showed it to broke out crying. From then on, I always knew where the story was in the room by who was crying. I never looked back.
Early on I created music video sets for Creation Cons (commercially run conventions). It was terribly exciting. That's how I created the distinction between living room videos (living room vids) and auditorium videos (or con vids). I would stand in the back of the room and watch people react, and realized that they could only handle the top layer of complexity. So I built videos for those crowd scenes, and different kinds of videos that we'd analyze together in my living room.
Other than vids and stories and teaching workshops in vidding, I got deeply into vampires and ran the video room for a Forever Knight convention. Also made a whole set of "things" to sell - like wreaths of black roses which were symbolic of characters and relationships in Forever Knight.
For a year I ran a 1/2 TV showing of my videos on local cable TV. Part of the fun was designing ads that I put up in the local stores. There were people collecting the ads, as well as the videos.
At one point, one of the gentlemen from the studio began leaving me notes on used french fry containers, commenting about my videos."
I'd also like to hat tip to Pam Perry, whose wonderful Starsky and Hutch videos are what got me into vidding. I bought the same machine she did, and fell into a bottomless pit of music from which I still haven't dug out.
Fandom is more than just a hobby. It also became for me a profession. Because of vidding, I talked an IBM VP into moving me out of computer language design and into video editing/multimedia. Later I had my own small company for making industrial videos about computers."
The fan writing led to my actually writing, though never selling, movie and TV scripts. I had a 2 year contract with John Grisham's NYC book agent and was subcontracted out to Writers&Artists in Hollywood for my vampire script, and my script about a baby werewolf. Talk about living in interesting times! One agent I turned down had me write TV episode summaries because he was sure he could sell my vampire script to Fox. But he wanted to turn my funny family into something dark. Another agent I turned down got permission from the NYC agent to try to sell a TV script to Forever Knight. That agent mailed the script on Tuesday and the producer called on Thursday asking my credits. I had none. He also wanted a Canadian writer. Terrifying and stressful, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.And all of that came directly from fandom!"
Visual Representation of Changes In Vidding Technology
- Mary Van Deusen, New Videos up on site Posted November 14, 2010. Last accessed November 30, 2010.
- Material quoted on Fanlore at Mary Van Deusen's request, November 30, 2009.