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New Vid. "His Wings (II)" 
23rd-Aug-2008 10:10 am
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Title: His Wings (II)
Vidder: Ash
Music: Gabriel by Lamb
Category: Bro!love - kinda schmoopy!
Length: 3.15
Size 26.5mb
Summary: Dean is Sam's angel.
watch: Youtube
download/stream: 4Shared

Vid comment:

I won't deny that this vid was hard. I think the more I make vids the more I know how much better they could be and this one particularly so. I adore this song and really just wanted to do it justice. It's very simple really- nothing flashy in terms of effects etc. It was the lyrical interpretation that was killing me! I wanted to show all the ways in which Dean is there for Sam - in terms of what he "gives" him. I suppose I count a lot on viewers understanding of the context in which these moments occur also.

I can't thank my wonderful beta _sharvie_ enough. She truly is a talented beta. I'm kinda amazed she stuck through me with this - it's because of her I actually finally finished it. *squeezes tight*

I also had a lot of hand holding with this one. Special thanks to Gaby, Coastal5 and Gentlesideofury for some much needed inititial feedback.

And a very special thanks to the lovely deirdre_c for, well,.... she knows. *hugs*

I'll be keen to know what you think. :)

23rd-Aug-2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Oooh I thought that was lovely! Thanks so much for sharing! :)
23rd-Aug-2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks so much. I'm thrilled you thought so! :D
23rd-Aug-2008 08:46 am (UTC)
As you say, simple - but that's what this song called for. Simple, very beautiful, and paced just right. Lovely work.

You say you count on the viewers understanding the context of these moments, but I think that's OK. After all, most of your viewers are going to be like me, totally bought in to these characters and their relationship already. So, it totally worked for me. Gave me a lump in my throat, even. Well done.
23rd-Aug-2008 04:43 pm (UTC)

simple - but that's what this song called for.

I'm so glad you thought that too. I didn't really want to "clutter" the song too much. Thank you. :)

And thank you for the comment regarding the context. I always get a little nervous about the assumptions I make. I'm so glad it worked for you. Thanks so much for watching and commenting.

23rd-Aug-2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Wow, Ash, I think this might be my new favorite video of yours. While I adore your crackvids to smithereens, this one really connected with me on an emotional level.

I loved the overhead shot of Sam and Dean walking that leads into the opening titles. There's just something about the playful shove and the composition of the frame that make it really effective.

Also, the sequence from 1:54-2:07 was just beautifully edited, with the seamless transitions from the first fire to the second, and then from black and white to color.

And I really have to hand it to you on your clip selection. Non-literal, conceptual lyrical interpretation is always the hardest thing to do. I thought you undoubtedly succeeded in capturing the "guardian angel" aspect of the brothers' relationship. *wibble*
24th-Aug-2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh hun - you have no idea how pleased that makes me to hear that!

I loved the overhead shot of Sam and Dean walking that leads into the opening titles.

I almost didn't start with that instrumental section as the beginning - it was Shavie who suggested I did. That was the first clip that sprung to mind for that opening.

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It means a lot.

23rd-Aug-2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful. What I like is how this seems to show Sam's strength as a person, on his own, but why and how he still needs Dean, and everything Dean does for him.
24th-Aug-2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.

It was the part of the song that I really liked - that he has strength even on his own - but Dean just makes it all so much more bearable.

Thank you so much for watching and commenting. I appreciate it! :D

23rd-Aug-2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
1. Usual surge of excitement to see a new vid posted.
2. Great editing, pacing, atmosphere beautifully created. Loved the colour choices.
3. Did Sam really smile this much? Damn, but it's a pretty thing!
4. At first it seemed Sam was the angel, 'cos three sequences of turning to look at Dean, and then so many shots with so much love in his eyes slanted to Dean; phew! The love!!!
5. Second viewing - yeah, ok, can see how Dean's the big brother/angel.
6. Great song, matched mood perfectly.

Congratulations. Once again your usual high standard, and I remain in awe at your talent. Me waffling again, sheee! *blush*
24th-Aug-2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Wow - thanks so much! I get numbers too!!

4. At first it seemed Sam was the angel, 'cos three sequences of turning to look at Dean, and then so many shots with so much love in his eyes slanted to Dean; phew! The love!!!
5. Second viewing - yeah, ok, can see how Dean's the big brother/angel.

Ah yes - it was the POV that gave me some concern with this. I had always set out to make it Sam's, but I don't think I actually nailed that completely. It was actually really tricky. My original version of this was Dean's POV and looking back at that one - it was "murky" too.

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. It truly means a lot to me!

24th-Aug-2008 03:58 am (UTC)
That was beautiful. Thank you.
24th-Aug-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm so glad you thought so! :D
24th-Aug-2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Yay! I've wanted this vid (from anyone) for ages! (Check SVS if you don't believe me. lol) Thank you for making it so nicely! *smish* It's lovely! I especially love the splash of colour with the fire! :D
24th-Aug-2008 05:26 am (UTC)

Yes, I saw that thread and to be honest I was hoping someone would make it! :) I'd love to see what someone else would do with this song. I can't help thinking there's a better vid in here- but it was beyond me!!

I'm glad you liked it though - and I was really happy with the fire section!

24th-Aug-2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I truly enjoyed watching it but...*tears*. So sad and beautiful and well done.
Thanks for sharing!
26th-Aug-2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! For watching and commenting!

25th-Aug-2008 06:05 am (UTC)
This was absolutely beautiful! I remember when you posted a piece of this vid before. I'm so happy you finally finished it. Amazing job! Also the interpretation was perfect, you did do the song justice.
25th-Aug-2008 10:16 am (UTC)
That's wonderful to hear. Thank you so very much! :D
25th-Aug-2008 12:26 pm (UTC)

Oh darlin, it turned out so beautifully. I hope you love it, because it's gorgeous and moody and heart-warming and YUM.

You are such an amazing vidder, you have such a wonderful gift for lyricism, weaving together movement and music, and just an all around lovely sensibility. It's a joy to watch your work! ♥
25th-Aug-2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I'm kinda humbled - well, very much humbled actually. Thank you so much. Can you believe that I'm still in two minds about it!? But yes - I'm thrilled to have it finished and I'm pretty happy with it. There are bits I love though. :)

Thank you so, so much - for everything!! It means such a lot.

*mega smish* - which is not enough really!
4th-Feb-2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
God, break my heart, why don't you?
Beautiful vid.
5th-Feb-2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D Thanks for watching and leaving me a lovely comment! :D
3rd-May-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Okay gotta say this vid is so emotionally touching, I think I've watched it a dozen times. The song had the potential to be done a bit sappy but you prevented that entirely with your image choices, emphasizing not only the happier but the bloodier moments of brotherly bonding. Also I love that you chose black and white for this and the fuzzy border effect which added to the overall mood. It's joy and tears all rolled into one and for my part I can't imagine anything that could have done the song more justice.
4th-May-2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Hi. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It's really made my day. I angsted (not sure if that's a word!) over this vid for ages so it's really nice to know it worked for you.

Thanks again.

7th-May-2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I've had that on various projects, though it's been a while since since I've made anything I've shared broadly. I think the creator is often the most critical of a piece so I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it. Also I'm fairly sure 'angsted' is a word. If it isn't now it will eventually become one so we might as well use it and be ahead of the curve.
29th-Jul-2009 02:45 am (UTC) - His Wings
I have to say, I think this is one of the most beautiful vids I've seen in this fandom. I love how you put this together, and the lyrics to the song really work together incredibly well. For me, this vid is showcases exactly what the show is about - family, love, honor.
29th-Jul-2009 01:47 pm (UTC) - Re: His Wings
Hi there. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It means such a lot to me. I'm so glad this vid worked for you on those levels.

Thank you.
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