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Title: Colorblind
Song and Artist: Colorblind by Counting Crows
Fandom/Pairing: Battlestar Galactica/Felix Gaeta (with appearances by Baltar, Dee, Starbuck, Sweet Eight and Adama)
Size/Lenght: 39MB/3:32
Warnings: clips up to Blood on the Scales
Note: I suggest you download as there is some audio problems with the imeem streaming.

This video was a long time coming. I wanted to make a video about Felix Gaeta since April 2008, the start of season four. However, given the very little screentime the guy gets, I decided to wait until I had every clip available in order to make the best vid I could. I was hoping I wouldn't be able to star until the end of the series but unfortunately, it happened before.

I'm not good coming up with words and descriptions about my vids. But I'd like to say a few words about this one since I was so conflicted about it. To be honest, after watching "The Oath" I didn't want to have anything to do with Felix Gaeta and even less make a whole vid about him. After the anger faded, after watching "Blood on the Scales", I realized that I loved the character even more. And he deserved a tribute video!

The song idea came from falafel_musings and the ending was inspired by her fic A Prayer for Felix Gaeta. Thank you so much for giving me the song suggestion Cappy! It's a beautiful slow song with quiet parts that allowed me to insert audio. I don't do audio very often because it's very difficult to get it just right but, in this case, I thought it worked very well. I wanted to show how trusting Felix was and how it lead to disaster - for himself and the remaining of human kind. I also wanted to show his heroism and his goodness. He always wanted to do the right thing, even if it had terrible consequences to himself (and yes, admit it, others). A tragic character and I hope I did him justice in this video.

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webeh
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Squee!!!! I heart this video!! The dialogue and editing really worked out here. :)

Felix, being my favourite BSG character, I'm glad he got such an awesome story arc before his death. It's a pretty tragic one, but I love it nonetheless. I don't think many other characters had such an affecting storyline before their demise.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

I don't think many other characters had such an affecting storyline before their demise.

heh. This seem to be falafel_musings and I constants: our favorite characters die is spectacular affecting way. Took me a while to appreciate the storyline but I do now. He really was a tragic, misguided, naive but ultimately well-meaning character. I miss him but in terms of good-byes, it rarely gets better than this. For a secondary character, he sure got a lot of screentime during the last season.
pacejunkie
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Fabulous. I missed your vids so much. The audio was used to great effect here. Usually I find it distracting but this informed the song and the clips and added an emotional layer. Beautiful song choice, so simple and yet it describes him perfectly. I particularly loved the "I am ready" part, it reminded me of the way he tragically resigned himself and welcomed his death as a relief in the end. Loved this.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! I miss vidding too - it keeps my mind off everything else. I'm satisfied with the audio part and I agree, it can easily be distracting.

he tragically resigned himself and welcomed his death as a relief in the end.

Little Felix deserved some peace. I'm glad he got it, even in such tragic circumstances.
anonymousblu
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Guh! This was just beautiful. Editing, timing, all lovely.

I loved the "I am ready" repetition and the "I know who you are Felix" at the end. Bravo! Thank you!
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wanted to use "I know who you are Felix" earlier in the vid but that darn beautiful music in the background made it impossible to do so. I compromised and included it in the ending credit...
safenthecity
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
:( I knew that was going to make me sad. But I watched it anyway.

It was really good. I still think the mutiny should have won, but I'm quite biased.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I biased too. Felix had some good points but nobody would listen to him. Not sure what else he could have done to keep the cylons off the fleet's FTL drives (which was an insane idea in the first place. I would have been on the mutiny side being on one of those ships).
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daybreak777
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
Aww, Cylune. This is a lovely, lovely tribute. I want to have proper words for it but I'm very moved right now. I'm not always sure about audio in vid sometimes. But here? Here it works perfectly. It's like hearing what Felix is thinking. You know him so well, this really illustrates what a good person Felix was, and how he got caught up in this war.

I should mention some of the most poignant parts to me. Felix with the Raptor Eight and the feelings that play across his face. His voice rising when he talks to her, the anguish. The small moments at the end, the tears in his eyes in Adama's quarters. And Gaius. The quiet sincerity of Gaius Baltar. Gosh. All clipped together with this quiet pacing that give you space to feel.

It kind of ripped my guts out, the vid did. That's means you're good. It's Felix and no one should feel less than gutted at what he went through and how it ended. He was so good for so long and a real hero, even though he got lost along the way. He found himself. And you found him here. It is a lovely tribute to Felix and who he was. Thank you so much for making it and sharing it with us.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much for that wonderful, wonderful comment. I'm glad it moved you! (but it wasn't really difficult given the subject of the vid...)

Felix story line made me feel nauseous, proud, disappointed, angry, sad, devastated, outraged... how much emotion can this guy produce out of me? I think it's the mark of an awesome character. I'm glad I knew him.
trovia
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
I liked this a lot. It leaves me with a really bad feeling (which means you did good). There was such an underlying, understated sense of irony to it, like in the scene with the Quorum.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Poor Felix, he really had no idea what he signed up for - the election fraud, Baltar, New Caprica, Zarek. His naiveté is both endearing and dangerous.
falafel_musings
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
I squealled when I saw this had been posted this morning! I wasn't expecting it so soon (and you are making another one?? Squee!). I've already watched this six times over. It's stunning, Lune. Just as powerful as The Noose. You are so good at capturing the characters inner conflicts through your vids, first Gaius, now Felix. And like Daybreak I often don't care for audio in vids, but it was used to perfection here. It definitely felt like broken thoughts and memories in Felix's head. It reminded me of how you used audio in Let Down. Don't we just love characters when they are fucked in the head?

Sooo much Baltar/Gaeta goodness. I liked how you developed the theme of Felix trusting people too much and how this leads to disaster. You did a great job of showing how it all grew out of his crushed ideals over Baltar. I loved how you showed his heroism on New Caprica and it still burns me to see Felix being treated so badly by the same people he risked everything to save. I like that the clips are in chronological order so you can see how much Felix physically changes. He looks so pale, tired and devastated by the end. I was surprised that even though you left out key moments - the whisper of doom and his final conversation/execution - the vid still seemed very complete. You captured Felix's fall from grace so movingly.

Thanks again for making this. I'm so pleased my fic could inspire you (the final quotes were breathtaking) I hope I can succeed in making Mercy Seat. I've got my ideas playing on a loop in my head. It's just getting the pieces together and then hopefully having the skill to edit it.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
It reminded me of how you used audio in Let Down. Don't we just love characters when they are fucked in the head?

Audio can be so messy! But done well, it can be very powerful. Most of the audio has distracting background noise or music that makes the vid not flow very well. There's some audio that is really loud, others very quiet so you got to use different volume settings. So yeah, I usually stay away from audio unless I really feel it going to bring something positive. My favorite audio bit was when Felix is covered in blood in the Raptor and Baltar says: "There are far worse things than being a traitor, aren't there Felix?" Because that is exactly what Felix was thinking at that moment. He was a fool for trusting that cylon and a lot of people paid for it with their lives (I'm not blaming him, but that's what he was thinking at that moment and it was great to show it with sound) and that's what motivates him for the mutiny. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. He's not going to let the cylons corrupt human's trust again.

I was surprised that even though you left out key moments - the whisper of doom and his final conversation/execution - the vid still seemed very complete.

I know!!! I felt really bad for leaving those moments out but I was running out of time and I had to leave stuff on the cutting floor, so to speak. I really wanted to use the "last meal" moment with Gaius but he's constantly... talking! (rule of thumb in vidding is not to use talkie clips. It was an amazing scene but vidding wise, not so much. The scene with Adama's wings(?) was better because it's all showing and not talking.

I hope I can succeed in making Mercy Seat. I've got my ideas playing on a loop in my head. It's just getting the pieces together and then hopefully having the skill to edit it.

I'm sure you'll do great. :D Key is to find the good "vidding" clips - the best are moving clips that show emotion. BSG is big on fast cutting so it's a little difficult but there's some gems of good scenes to use out there. I'll get you the clips and songs you need (sorry I didn't do it earlier but as I said to pace, when I'm vidding, I can't do anything else!!).
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cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I know he was past the breaking point... poor baby. He deserves to rest in peace.
let_fate_decide
Feb. 22nd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Wow. This is actually creepy. I stopped listening to this song on my iPod the day after Felix's last episode because the song was so him, it hurt so much. :(

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cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Really? wow, that is creepy! o_O
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prophetkristy
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, Felix.

I wonder how long it'll be until I can bring myself to watch "The Oath"/"Blood on the Scales" again?

That was beautiful and heartbreaking....just like our boy. The dialogue did work nicely.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I haven't re-watch "The Oath"/"Blood on the Scales" either. :( I know those episodes were amazing but they still make me feel nauseous! Just watching the clips for that vid was painful... that's why I used very little of it and concentrated my efforts on New Caprica/Collaborators.
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lls_mutant
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I finally got a chance to watch this, and it was beautiful. I've felt for a long time that Felix is one of the most tragic stories on BSG, and this distilled his story down to the essence, and... ::whimper, but in the right way:: This was amazingly gorgeous (and I'll echo everyone else on the audio bits), and it just fit perfectly.

One thing I thought was really powerful about your choice of song was the lyric "I am fine." That was one of Felix's lines that really stuck out to me, and having it repeated through his story... OUCH. Beautiful!
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm glad you found it moving because that's exactly was I was aiming for.

I am fine with how things turned out, really Gauis. I am.

*wails* falafel_musings deserve the credit for the song choice... and that was months ago. So fitting it also turned out to be some of Felix's last words.
blue_crow
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
You just made me cry like I haven't been able to since he actually died. That was beautiful and was just such a great timeline to the end for Felix, starting when things were already dark.

Thank you for this.
cylune9
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
You're really welcome, thank you for taking the time to watch and comment. I wanted this vid to be emotional... sometimes crying helps. I know I did while making it.
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cylune9
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Well, Kara was at her worst with Felix. I still like her but it's difficult when she's such a bully toward my fav, you know?
mresundance
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Very powerful. Usually use of audio irritates me (because it's easy to mis-handle), but this was deftly done and a moving tribute to a wonderful character who always tried to do what he thought was the right thing. Well done.
cylune9
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I agree audio can easily be mis-handled; it can be too loud, not loud enough, too much background music & noise. I worked hard to make it seamless and I'm so relieved it worked. Thanks again!
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cylune9
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! I agree Alessandro is amazing! I glad he got a meaty storyline to play with that showcased his talent. I love the guy.

I also loved your clip choices and I actually liked the fact that some clips were lastings a few seconds.

Oh, gosh! I struggled so much with clips length. I have a tendency to use short clips too and I actually did when making my first draft. But...It just didn't work! I had to re-do the entire first minute from scratch because it was way too fast-paced for the music. I went against my natural tendencies and let the clips run a little longer... thanks for validating my choice!
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