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posted by [personal profile] astarte at 02:40am on 18/12/2011 under

Artist/Song Title: Lamb - Butterfly Effect
Subject: The X Files, Scully PoV, Scully/Mulder, Vid-Challenge Season5 + Fight the Future: Recovery
Summary: 'And we'll take a trip to hell exponentially.' We just had a near-life experience! (Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club)
Length: 03:41 | Size: 47 MB | Format: 720x400 - AVI - zip
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Butterfly Effect from Astarte XX on Vimeo.

After two month of intense soul song searching and going meticulously through my music library and WHAM! Xandra saves the day without even trying. My gratitude was immense and groveling at her feet never felt so good. I was ready to despair and vid just about any song, which would resemble what I had in mind in the slightest and I have five projects set up to prove my desperation. Xandra talked me down from the abyss several times and then randomly gave me a youtube-link to a soundtrack song she remembered for no reason whatsoever. It came completely out of the left field, while I was ready to restore my sanity by watching some Community. I followed the link and found the sound cool, clicked through other tracks of Lamb till I hit the jackpot on the third track. 'Butterfly Effect' was everything I had in mind for S5 and then some. It connected instantly with my idea - the atmosphere was pitch perfect and then the lyrics came on and I was halfway to the moon and back.

My main problem with Season 5 is that the most iconic Scully moments are tied closely to Mulder and therefore a lot are either not real, she can't remember them later or she is unconscious for them. This is a common theme for TXF - not as bad as Arthur being knocked out whenever a magical rescue happens by Merlin. But close. You kinda have to give it to SPN that Dean and Sam always remember - everything, even hell eventually. In all horrific, bloody details.

But back to TXF: It felt like a hospital season for Scully, even with her cancer recovery in the mix. Although I don't think she was more often in a hospital than during any other season. Three to five times seem to be the annual quota. I think what tilts the impression is the way the camera lingers on Mulder's anguish every time she is down. We start out season 5 with him contemplating suicide even with Scully alive, because he feels responsible for her cancer and can't handle his guilt. Maybe I never got over that image. Maybe he never moved far from that in my opinion, because Scully became Mulder's lifeline after her return in season 2. If she would die, he would follow her into the dark shortly and that is beyond fucked up, but makes for very compelling TV.

I didn't want to cut out my favorite scenes for a narrow PoV, so I went for a more omnipresent one. Xandra and I hit a weird place with the first draft I sent her and her pointing out the PoV issues lead to the conclusion that we truly share a brain. Because me muttering on that I ended up with an universal Scully in Mulder's head PoV doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It would have been crazy nonsense for anyone besides Xandra, but my explanation was her own conclusion. Heh. I tackled the narrative this week and voila, here we are.

A few random things: It's hilarious how I still hate Diana on sight. My revulsion to her the first time around was even worse than Scully's. That didn't happen again on such visceral level for any fictional character, but it left a deep impression. I suppose another actress could have been more convincing for me in that role or a less dramatic entrance. Mimi Rogers did nothing for me and just made me question Mulder's bad taste in lovers further after Inspector Phoebe Green. I liked Spender more this time around. I know they set him up to replace Mulder, if DD would have pulled out after the fifth season and I wonder, how that would have played out. Scully's first meeting with Spender had an interesting dynamic to it, so I think it could have worked out fine. Another casual observation was the beauty of Scully's 'Mulder, for fuck's sake, please be the crazy one again'-expression and how it evolved over the season. She was uncomfortable in the believer-part of their relationship and was beyond relieved when Mulder finally decided that aliens were real after all. I know a lot of people grew frustrated with Scully's lack of conviction in the paranormal, but for me, she was trying to keep it real and not blindly believing in everything under the sun. Plus there was often a teasing undercurrent to her statements and she could solve cases on her own, she just preferred to play the sane woman to Mulder's crazy.
There are 8 comments on this entry. (Reply.)
posted by [identity profile] at 01:47am on 18/12/2011
Lovely essay dearest. It was Moulin Rouge, and don't ask why I was thinking about it.

Loved the vid, omnipresent worked much better for pov and you know I love it when you need me. Scully's story stayed dark this year.

Oh Diana, it's funny for me how I can vid things I hate.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:59am on 18/12/2011
I never got the hang of that particular skill - I either deconstruct it into something I at least find interesting or I won't bother. Diana had a prominent role in 'Pavement', but it can be summed down by quoting numerous characters on Arrested Development with Scully going, 'Her?'

And yes, Scully's story was dark and she had to deal with a lot of asshole-behavior from Mulder. I come down on immature defense mechanism of a kindergarten boy who pulls pigtails. Plus he can't handle when Scully gets emotional, never. I think a fuse in Mulder's brain burns through and he wants her to snap back to normal, because otherwise they both go crazy or fuck against a wall.

I'm happy with the changes, you know me and my drafts and what to expect, but I was surprised that you ended up with the same conclusion, because it didn't even make sense in my head. So you going, yeah, I thought that was what I thought was strange. Heh.
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posted by [identity profile] at 11:29am on 18/12/2011
That was really gorgeous.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:23pm on 18/12/2011
Aw, thank you, glad you enjoyed the vid.
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posted by [identity profile] at 12:04am on 20/12/2011
This this this this this.

I loved it in the first five seconds. I'm going to have to watch it about ten more times before I'm in the headspace to give you a proper comment. But I fully intend to.

Oh, I'm so happy this vid exists!
posted by [identity profile] at 11:13am on 20/12/2011
Yay, I'm so happy you loved the vid and let me tell you, I loved vidding it. The song has this perfect X-files atmosphere in my mind and I seriously had an unholy amount of fun with S5-Scully. She is all grown-up and in control of herself.
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posted by [personal profile] icepixie at 01:51am on 02/01/2012
This is awesome! One thing I really like about your vids is how you do a lot of fast cutting, but it never feels overly rushed; you pick just the right images, which make this immense impact in just a fraction of a second, and so the sequences with a lot of fast cuts feel measured rather than jerky. I like the way you linger on the odd clip, too.

Some moments I really enjoyed were the lights at 1:33, the section right after that where the singer does those really fast "la la la la"s, and the X-rays at 3:20.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:25pm on 02/01/2012
The 'la la la'-section made me giddy, when I first heard the song, because I knew I could use some lighter moments there. It had this perfect whip splash moment later, when the mood switches to really dark and threatening at 1:57. The X rays were one of the first clips I edited at the end. It was such a perfect eclipse in the show of what Scully and Mulder belief these chips mean and who or what put them there. Scully is really uncomfortable pushing the 'Alien did it'-angle, even when she is convinced that there is more going on than men destroying human test subjects.

What I enjoyed while editing S5 were the visual call backs to several big moments in the past, like Scully's abduction or the image of the tests on the pregnant women. The way the show incorporated the myth arc into American history and the ufo paranoia was also a cool touch and I had a blast constructing the beginning. I don't always succeed in making the fast cuts flow the way I want them to, but I really liked how it worked out here. So thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and I'm so happy you enjoyed the vid.



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