Scarlet Ribbons

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Vid
Title: Scarlet Ribbons
Creator: aycheb
Date: Aug 2008
Format: DivX .avi
Length: 3:32 minutes
Music: "Scarlet Ribbons" by Sinead O’ Connor
Genre:
Fandom: Buffy
Footage:
URL: vid announcement
a graphic used by vidder on her announcement post. It depicts the moment on Buffy when slayers were created simultaneoulys across the world by sharing the power of the Slayer. Below it she placed the text: Your faces, O my sisters! Your faces filled of light

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Scarlet Ribbons is a Buffy fanvid by aycheb with a focus on all the slayers who appeared on Buffy. The vid premiered at Vividcon 2008. It was reviewed by alchemise on July 30, 2009 at the vid commentary LJ community.

Vidder's notes: "I’ve vaguely wanted to vid this song for a long time. It has a fairy-tale creepiness to it that’s very evocative. Scarlet ribbons, red shoes, little rivulets of blood trickling down a girl’s face."

Reactions/Reviews

  • "It's amazing how such a quiet song can support such an *epic* vid. The enormity of taking on the slayer mantle comes across so powerfully. I love your use of the first slayer and the way we see Buffy evolve from a scared kid to a strong woman and entwines that with all the other slayers." ~ charmax's feedback at the vid announcement.
  • "I love this as a meditation on slayerhood and womanhood and also as a piece of heartrendingly beautiful art." ~ counteragent's feedback at the vid announcement.
  • "I really like the slow and steady feel of the opening. The repeated fire images are beautiful. The stillness of the vid is what gets to me. The places were you decided to hold a clip and when you decided to cut are really interesting. There's a real sense of the mythology and power that is connected to being a slayer. At the same time the consequences of this power and the origin is fully realized to a startling degree. The blood images coupled with the fire feels like the true nature of the vid." ~ kiki miserychick's feedback at the vid announcement.
  • "I interpret the POV of the song as the Slayer her(it)self: not any particular slayer, but slayer-hood, slayer-ness, as it were, though personified in the First Slayer; and the transition the show takes us through, from when becoming a slayer is frightening and painful and isolating, through to the joy of finding one's power, and then to the greater joy of shared power, of self-discovery through discovering community. The way the First Slayer was alone, and can't quite comprehend -- but comes to comprehend -- the strength that Buffy finds in her friends and her team. I've always loved the ending of the series with a passion beyond telling: from early on in the show it seemed that the only, the best, way to end it, dramatically, would be to kill Buffy, but -- that had already been done, you know? And instead Joss killed "the Slayer," killed the idea of "one girl in all the world" by asserting and showing that power shared isn't lost, it's expanded; that every girl who can be a Slayer will be a Slayer, and they and we are all richer for it. (Which also feels very feminist to me: the idea that power isn't a zero-sum game, that by giving you some of my power I have strengthened myself as well as you, and that together we are greater than the sum of our individual selves.)" ~ shoshanna's feedback at the vid announcement.
  • "This is the type of vid that rewards multiple viewings, as more of the subtleties of the story being told are revealed on every rewatch. This is particularly awesome, because it meant that a vid I loved the first time I saw it kept getting more complex and powerful the more I watched and thought about it." ~ as reviewed by alchemise.