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Video - Before the Dawn (Kara & Lee)

I believe this is my best video ever! It really helps when you are motivated.... After I saw gigglemonster 's Surrender vid, I felt the urge to make an effect-heavy vid too. I first heard the song 'Before the Dawn' in a beautiful Jacket vid by Michelina and I fell in love with it... and contrary to almost all other Evanescence songs, this one hasn't been vidded to death!!

As for the vid theme, I wanted to make a video about Kara and Lee that wasn't overly shippy - they could be brother and sister and you could seriously watch that vid without any irk factor! I wanted to parallel their experiences with Zak's death, parental issues, destiny issues... I wanted to highlight their deep connection. 

As for the technical side, I don't think I've done a vid this complex before! I hope it was worth all the efforts!

graphic by jellyfrog

Title: Before the Dawn
Song and Artist: Before the Dawn by Evanescence
Fandom/Pairing: Battlestar Galactica, Kara & Lee
Size/Lenght: 37MB/3:15
Warnings: clips up to Crossroads part II, very spoilery.

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( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 10th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I love your editing skills :]
the song fit perfect. This was beautiful <3
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
I wanted to vid this song for ages! Thank you for the nice comment!
Dec. 10th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I feel like I get more out of this vid every time I watch it. :) I meant to tell you that when it says "let me never ever wake again", with the lights flashing on Kara's face (in time to the music, of course :D) and then Lee sinking under the water, it gives me chills every single time. It's so awesome! :)
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you noticed the lights on Kara's face... it was a total accident! I put the clip on the timeline and when I played it, it was perfectly on beat with the flashes. Then I knew I couldn't move that clip at all. :D

And using those clips for that part of the song...I had in mind from the beginning. A lot of things changed after the initial planning stage but that part stayed. It's one of those "obvious use of lyrics".
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Dec. 10th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Really??? Oh wow! Thank you so much! :D
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Excellent job on this. The effects you added, the transitions, it all flowed so beautifully with the music. And there was such a melancholic tone throughout, it all fit together.

Great video!
Dec. 10th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
Oh, a fellow Canadian!! Thank you so much! It's such a great compliment coming from you... I LOVE your vids, especially "Everything Changes"!! Thanks again!!
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Dec. 10th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
as a vidder i really enjoy this! What program do you use? I have a love hate relationship going with windows movie maker, it doens't have the effects i would like but it works well when using multiple episodes.

Great work!
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
You have a love-hate relationship with wmm? I simply have a hate relationship with it! ;)

I use Sony Vegas. I heard the only thing it cannot do is prepare breakfast in the morning... but then again, I'm not sure. It's very amazing. Thanks so much for the nice comment!
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Dec. 10th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Most of the time I'm not a huge fan of vids that are heavy on the effects, probably because they are usually so very heavy-handed or poorly done, but your effects lend so much to the narrative of your vid and it's really quite amazing.

Thanks you so much! That comment means a lot to me... believe it or not, I'm not fond of special effects myself... they are often cheesy looking and even if well done, I find they rarely add to the story you're trying to tell. I've been guilty of that many times myself!

I think you really hit the right note in terms of the deep connection between Kara and Lee. There's a sadness and longing to the vid and as much as I love the emo angst between those two, it's those subtler emotions that I find the most interesting and touching, so it's nice to see that in a vid.

They have so much in common without even realizing it.... I'm a shipper but I enjoy their friendship and sibling-like relationship more than the romance part of it.

Anyway, sorry for rambling. Needless to say, I'll be downloading. :) Do you mind if I rec this on my journal?

Oh, please don't be sorry! I adore long comments! As for the rec, please!!!! Thank you so much!!!! :D
Dec. 10th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
Any excuse to watch this vid again.

It played just fine for me on youtube.
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks elf...

youtube has been relatively nice to this one...
Dec. 10th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything to add except that I love this vid and comments rock so, there you are. Great work.
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, comments rock!!! Thanks again pace! :D
Dec. 10th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
This is one of the most beautiful vids (not just of BSG vids but of ALL vids) I've ever seen in my life!

I truly got goosebumps several places along, particularly when Kara's Viper exploded. This is a perfect example of how meticulous but subtle beat use can take a great vid and make it truly magnificent! All of the movements, even the little ones, hitting right with the music... That was just masterfully crafted and executed!

I'm one of the guilty "heavy-handed, over-effect" vidders *blush* but this is the real way effects are supposed to be done, where they create the story and the mood rather than detract from them in any way. There's nothing more that I can say other than... I hope I can grow up to be a vidder like you one day! ;) *applause applause applause* ♥♥♥!!!
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh, don't be silly!!!! You're the master at using innovative techniques to tell an original story! (or gimmick as you call them!). I was more talking about effects that take away from the story... not the ones that enhances it, like you do all the time. How else could you have pull out the Red Hot?? :D

Thank you so much for that wonderful comment... coming from the queen of vidding, it's such an honor! Goosebumps? really??? Oh, do I love that word. :D
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
That was really pretty! :)
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Thanks Paul! :D
Dec. 12th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous video. It's so beautifully made. I love the song you used and the editing was fantastic.

Thanks so much for sharing this. :D
Dec. 13th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
My pleasure! :D Thank you so much for watching and commenting!!
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Recc'd here by humansrsuperior. Such a sad yet beautiful vid! Thank you for sharing. :)
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Funny, I often got 'sad and beautiful' comments with my other vids... maybe it's a trend! Thanks so much for commenting!
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Lovely video-your use of effects was masterful! The parallels were also artfully made and the song choice was very intuitive to the scenes.
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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Dec. 17th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Poetry? wow! Thanks so much!!
Mar. 7th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
this is so beautiful. Wonderful video!
Mar. 7th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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