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SPN Vid - Black Helicopter

Vid Title: Black Helicopter
Vidder: cylune
Song and Artist: Black Helicopter by Matthew Good
Category: character study
Characters: Sam, mostly.
Format/length: wmv / 4.22
Summary: A Sam character study focusing on his struggle to overcome his dark issues.

Graphic by jellyfrog 

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ETA: Since I usually get a little more feedback on my vids, I figured I did something wrong with this one. So I've restored the video to fix the ratio issues and changed some of the clip sequences I thought could be improved. I've also got rid of the awful CW tags. Maybe it's a little better now. Hopefully. (I know, I should be vidding for my personal enjoyment and it shouldn't matter if my work is well received or not. But I can't help it. I haven't reached level 42 of wiseness yet. sigh)

Today is July 25, 2010. I don't usually provide notes with my vids since I'm not very  good with words! However, there's some little things I did in this vid that I'd like for them to be noticed, in the event that the vid might be watched by someone. Maybe. 

Song choice - Black Helicopter by Matthew Good
After I completed my first spn vid and realized how much fun I had with it, I knew I wanted to vid spn again! Thing is, I'm the type of vidder who will get inspired by a song to vid a story, not the other way around. I'm usually not looking for a song to tell a story, it's the song that will dictate what my vid will be about. This vid was no exception - It's the song that inspired the video. For years I wanted to vid either Matthew Good or Our Lady Peace so I've spent a long time listening to their songs on the bus. When I heard Black Helicopter, I thought it would be a great background to Sam's story in season 4. I was especially excited by the following lyrics:

Hey Sammy ain't you hear
Only killers call killing progress

By 'Sammy' I think Matthew Good meant 'Uncle Sam' and not some random guy called Samuel but sheesh, I'm going to take it!! 

Circles and Helices
The vid start with the black helices from Bobby's 'panic room' and it's a recurring image throughout the vid. It was meant to give the vid cohesive visuals and also to represent Sam's decent into dark territory and his focus on vengeance. In addition to the panic room helices, I've also used images of circles to provide a common theme to the vid. 


The Narrative

The narrative of the vid is very straightforward and almost chronological. It starts with Sam having to deal with Dean's death and not having been able to keep his promise to save him. Dean's death pushed him into trusting Ruby and using his powers to exorcise demons. I'm also using clips of season 5's Samifer to emphasize that the choices that Sam is making is exactly what is expected of him from the big bad guy.  I've also wanted to juxtapose clips of Sam being extremely powerful to him looking miserable in Bobby's panic room. Sam wanted to have power over his life but the more power he was gaining and using, he was less and less in control of his own life. The sequence with Alistair was meant to show this  - the juxtaposition of him killing Alistair like he was a fly and then the ones of him looking miserable in the panic room was to demonstrate that irony. 


Starting at 1:18, I'm using Dean as a sort of representation of Sam's conscience. Sam knows that what he's doing is wrong but can't stop himself since, at this point, he's addicted to the power and the blood. He's got only one thing in mind and it's killing Lilith. 

Fall on me
Black Helicopter
There're all I see


At this point, he doesn't even know why he's so focused on killing Lillith but he keeps on going because it allows him to exercise more power and to have a reason to continue drinking demon blood. And with that attitude, he's making the Yellow Eyed Demon, Ruby and Lucifer very proud. But in his mind, he thinks he's doing this for Dean's good and the rest of the world. 
I got demon blood in me Dean and I'm just  trying to take this curse and make something good out of it. 

I'm following this line with a clip of Sam throwing some demon in the air and obviously enjoying it very much. He's deluding himself by thinking he's doing this for the greater good. This leads to the big fight with Dean and then all hell breaks loose.

After this, around the 3 minute mark, I thought my story was over. I was thinking of ending the vid there but believed it might be interesting to show the aftermath of Sam's decent into darkness and  how he handled it (the damaged relationship with Dean, his continuing addiction to demon blood, Lucifer and the start of the Apocalypse). The vid ends with his redemption, being able to lock Lucifer in his cell and possibly face eternal torment as a consequence. I had to include this shot of Sam in the vid because, to me, it represented Sam taking ownership of his destiny and making his own choices. 

The last clip of the vid was of the helices, this time not to represent Sam's decent into darkness but his redemption instead. It also created a sort of bookend to match the first image of the vid. 



( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 8th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
Damn it! I. WANT. TO. WATCH. IT.
Jun. 8th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
LOL! And I so want you to see it!!!! But you'll have to wait until you watched all seasons. Sorry.

Hmmm. Ok, you can watch the first minute without getting too spoiled. :)
Jun. 8th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
You think I can watch the first minute and then stop? Uh huh.
Jun. 8th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
Oh SAM. That was such a fitting song. I don't suppose you have it for download anywhere?

ETA: This vid, I mean. La la this is why I don't comment before coffee. :D

Edited at 2010-06-08 12:10 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! I need my coffee in the morning too to function properly. ;)

D'oh!! Totally forgot to include a download link. Thanks for reminding me.

Jun. 8th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous vid! Great synchronization with the music.

I love Matt Good's songs. Did I hear correctly that the lyrics referred to "Sammy"?
Jun. 8th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I've been a Matthew Good fan for a long time. I saw him in concert last December and it was very sweet. He's a very talented guy.

Yep, Sammy. You heard right. :D
Jun. 9th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Oh, that was awesome! Great song choice, I love Matthew Good (and MGB). Definitely downloading, thanks :D
Jun. 9th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! :D
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Aw man, so beautiful. You made me cry.
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
awwww!! Really? Thanks!! :D
Jul. 5th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I think you did a good job here portraying the darkness that surrounded Sam's life and how he succumbed, only to defeat them in the end. I really loved the lines "you're gonna take what you can get" because after losing his Jessica, John, and Dean, he feels lost and he'll do anything he has to to feel SOMETHING, even if means drinking demon blood and going darkside. I like how "fall on me, black helicopter" is sung so sweetly that it almost seems like Sam is begging for the darkness, going along with what I just mentioned.

Admittedly, I'm not sharp enough to understand all the metaphors you had going on, but I think the above is the gift of it, yes? :)

Minor critique: for the next vid, maybe you can try and make all the scenes the same ratio (assuming you're not using WMM). I saw a few 4:3 clips in there and it distracted me.

Nice work, Cinthia! I'm so glad you're vidding SPN these days! :D
Jul. 5th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks Maria! Maybe I shouldn't try so hard to be clever and stick to the cool looking and fun stuff. ;) That's what I prefer vidding anyway.

All the clips from 4.22 are 4:3. *sigh* I had technical difficulties with the episode but I fixed it recently so I think render again with the correct ratio... Thanks for giving me the extra push I needed to get off my lazy ass!!
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, oh wow! The Sammy angst! I'm glad you went on to include him redeeming himself. Because it was never a simple addiction to power; part of him really did believe he was doing the right thing.

Thanks for the notes. I probably wouldn't have picked up on a lot of it. The circle theme is so cool... So many of them represent prisons, don't they? And then in the end the prison is also Sam's redemption. Awesome!
Jul. 29th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad the vid notes were useful! I'm usually too lazy to include vids notes but I'll get off my lazy a** next time. ;)

I'm still missing graphics for my last two vids so if you ever feel like it, there's room for some. ;)
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