My Immortal (Queer As Folk vid)

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Title: My Immortal
Creator: J.L. Reimer aka Janet
Music: "My Immortal" by Evanescence
Fandom: Queer As Folk (US)
URL: off line (note: link on the reel review page redirects to porn site)

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"My Immortal" is a Queer As Folk (US) vid by J.L. Reimer aka Janet.


This vid was reviewed by Paraka at the reel vidding community on September 30, 2006:

"Overall impression: Very angsty, and slow moving. Some of the clips are too long, but overall it worked for me.

Titles: I really like your use of scenes from the new credits at the beginning and end. They're nice and soft, and really compliment the mood of your vid. The credits are nice subtle and to the point.

Music choice: Ahh Evanescence, much like Linkin Park it seems every fandom must a vid set to at least one, if not all, of your songs. Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that these are really used songs, it works for me. I like Evanescence, and enjoy vids set to their music. With me if I like the song you're already halfway there to me loving it. It is something to be aware of though when making a vid to a super popular song: there will be people who love the vid *just* because of the song, and also, some people might not feel the need to watch and/or keep a vid that they already have vid set to the same song.

Narration, Tone and Movement: Well for starters this is a very slow moving vid, with many long clips. I generally *hate* vids that have long clips (what can I say, I have a short attention span), but I have always loved this vid. It's been in my favourites folder ever since I downloaded it well over a year ago. Taking a closer look at the vid, I'd have to say it's because of the strong narration. This vid always remains on topic. It's all about the angst, and it just keeps coming (was season 4 really that angsty?)

Cuts, Transitions, Effects & Colouring: I'm not quite sure what the vidder was going for when they were cutting. As I try and go through this clip by clip, I'm baffled at some of the clip changes. The cuts don't appear to be going by the beat, or a background chord, and some of the cuts occur in the middle of a word. The whole vid has a floaty feel to it, so I find it easy to just go with the flow, but it's kind of jarring when you're paying close attention to the vid. For example, the cut seems to be delayed at 0.27, I would have cut at 0.25. It's also a very short clip.

Specific vid & music notes: When I took a closer look at this vid, I found much of the editing puzzling. At times the vid was *very* literal (1.07, 1.38), somewhat literal (0.22, 0.27) and other times completely ignored (1.40-1.55) the lyrics. It really made me feel disconnected from the lyrics. I mean, the clips, over all follow the meaning of the whole song, and I think it would have been better had they not put literal clips and keep it about the general meaning. The literal clips draw you into the lyrics so you expect them to be followed so it's weird when they don't. Had the vidder stayed away from the literal clips (like handholding at 1.07) it would have made for a better over all feeling since the story line of the vid is the same as the storyline for the song, even if the clips aren't following the words.

Final notes: This was a hard vid for me to review. When I analyze a vid, I focus a lot on the technical, and there was very little in the way of technical effect in this vid. A lot of the appeal in this vid is the emotional turmoil that is portrayed, and I am oh so very bad at discussing the emotions behind a vid, other then mentioning that they were evoked within me as I watched.

As I mentioned before I had already seen this vid before I reviewed it and liked it. Delving into details made me love and hate this vid. I really picked up on the angst that the vidder was trying to portray, but the oddly timed cuts and disconnected lyrics were also brought to my attention. Normally I'd find those enough to turn me off from the vid, but... for some reason whenever I watch the vid, I really have to concetrate to notice them, the vid always seems to catch me in it's flow so that I don't notice."