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10 May 2011 @ 10:31 pm
vid; strange and untrue; vampire diaries; ensemble  

an ensemble vampire diaries vid; by crickets

title: strange and untrue
fandom: the vampire diaries
song; artist: open your eyes; snow patrol
summary: an ensemble video featuring elena, katherine, bonnie, caroline, stefan, jeremy, tyler, matt, damon, vicki, rose, anna, jenna, john
warnings: spoilers for the entire series to date (seasons one and two)

length; format: 4:40; mp4 & avi
download MP4: right-click save-as
thanks to: slybrunette & gigglemonster
art by: gigglemonster


The thing is, I don't have any notes. My thought before making this vid in terms of the themes I would present were pretty much "angst" and "epic." Nothing more than that. Basically, I love this show. That's what this video is born out of. Well, that and I have really been dying for a decent ensemble video to this show, and if there are any out there, I certainly haven't found them. So this video is a gift to myself. But I hope you all enjoy it as well!

I did bookend it though; because basically Elena = Katherine now.


♥!
 
 
 
Daylngigglemonster on May 11th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Proper review tomorrow but for now!
YAY!!
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Look at what you did! *Points to art!* It's so gorgeous! You deserve a nap!
Stephanie: tbd. t/j. the moment i said itslybrunette on May 11th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
EPIC.

And that's from little old me who doesn't watch, so you know I mean it. Honestly, I've talked your ear off on my thoughts on this over the course of the past few days, but I really do find it stunning and everything that an ensemble video should be. Especially during that last minute and a half. Chills, woman, I have chills. I can't imagine how anyone who actually knows these characters feels when they watch this, but I'd be willing to bet floored and speechless are good guesses.

It was a pleasure getting to see this from start to finish. Lovely work.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dums: VAMP. e; mirror mirror on the wall;crickets on May 11th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Your icon is pretty!

Thank you! I really can't thank you enough actually. And yay! Although I'm going through that "post partum" stage right now, so it is good to hear that it is chill-inducing, even to the uninitiated such as yourself.

Thank you for your encouragement and your amazing patience.
(no subject) - gottalovev on May 11th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - crickets on May 11th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
Lady Pennyface: [tvd] honestly he's a wolf is disguiseoregonblondie on May 11th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
This is AWESOME. I could watch the last minute and a half over and over again. Such a perfect example of why this show is so great (and insane, and really pretty). I especially liked the part with all the hugs, and ending on the penultimate episode footage. This is perfect for being like "hey guy! here's why you should watch this awesome show".
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Great, Insane, Pretty! I think that pretty much sums it all up! Please do use it for those purposes! LOL. I would love it!
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Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Wow thank you. I am really flattered by that. *beams*

Aren't they though? GOSH.

(no subject) - gottalovev on May 11th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
garnet_words: b&w elena looking gorgeousgarnet_words on May 11th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
This is such a gorgeous vid <3
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Thank you. By the way I've added you. And also, I'm still working it out. Heh. Taking longer than projected! I really appreciate you giving me the head's up like that.
(no subject) - crickets on May 22nd, 2011 05:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
ozmissage: TVD. we must become lion hearted girls.ozmissage on May 11th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
This is beautiful, you captured the spirit of the show perfectly and I love that you managed to give every character at least one moment. It's so awesome to see an ensemble vid! There's never enough of those as far as I'm concerned.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you, love! I really tried. The only one who really got the short end of the stick was Alaric in terms of regular characters. I do what I can! LOL.

Thank you so much! I really really wanted an ensemble vid, so I got one! LOL
dhfreakdhfreak on May 11th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
Wow... this is just so amazing. I loved it... Download it...
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks a million. I'm so glad you liked it! :)
Nikki: The Vampire Diaries - Caroline Stefansucksucksmile on May 11th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Oh my god.
That was so gorgeous.

Absolutely insanely good.
My entire body had goosebumps.
I'm definitely going to have to add that to my list of fanvid recs.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
My entire body had goosebumps.

Wow. That's an amazing compliment! You're awesome! Thank you! I would very much appreciate it!
Silvia Kundera: tvd-elenasilviakundera on May 11th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
This is incredible! I was riveted from beginning to end - had to watch it 3 times in a row. Your love for the show definitely comes through.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dums: VAMP. e; mirror mirror on the wall;crickets on May 11th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wow thank you! I'm glad that it did! Cause I really love this show, haha.

Your icon is so pretty!
LadyoftheLight: * Jessica Albamarilla_pm67 on May 11th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
Holly .....

okay I didn't watch the last few TVD episodes, but now, I have too ...

Wonderful vid, good choice of music...

Thanks
Sam
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh you definitely have to! I would say that I hope I didn't spoil you too much, but I think it's a bit late for that haha! Glad you enjoyed! :)
- KC
Dualbunny: VampireDiaries - OT3 lipsdualbunny on May 11th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
I *love* this! It's a beautiful, epic, *exciting* look at the show, and the show-love just comes pouring out. :DDD
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! As a big fan of your vids I gotta say that's high praise! Much appreciated!
counteragentcounteragent on May 11th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
This is utterly gorgeous editing and I felt very emotionally engaged with the show even though I've never seen it.

Beautiful, beautiful work.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Wow thank you that's a great compliment. (I totally just typed complicated instead, haha.) You should definitely give this show a shot. I have this feeling to outside observers it just looks like a show about two vampire brothers and the woman between them, but I hope you could see from this video that it is oh so much more than that!

Thanks again!
...a kind of sweet metaphysical blur...: control yourselfhitlikehammers on May 11th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
This is so well done, doll: there's this pervasive sense of apprehension and energy that just moves the entire story -- and the collective action of the vid as a whole -- along, that encompasses all of the clips and makes them cohesive, and it's brilliant <3
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
:D Yay!

You know? Even your feedback is lovely, haha. And I appreciate it very much!
stainofmylove: VD; Elena; think you know who you arestainofmylove on May 11th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Man, I love this so much. You captured so many things about the show that are just fantastic, and I really love a few of your more ironic clip placements (like Caroline compelling her mother for the first "open your eyes" ... *cries*).
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Irony is so my favorite. I had reservations about using the literal "open your eyes" interpretation, but I feel like for this show, that sort of resonated in a way that it couldn't with others so I went with it.

Gosh, that scene! I felt so bad for her. For both of them. I hope they patch things up soon. (And also, is there a way to uncompel someone?) Besides turning them into a vampire, haha.

Thank you thank you!
sakurarose88: TVDsakurarose88 on May 11th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Wow. I don't know what else to say but wow. This is just amazing. I especially love the instrumental bit at the end.
I just absolutely love this!
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hee! I lover rendering people speechless.

Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to watch!
Megan: TVD - my girls have hug!timezmfirefly10 on May 11th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
This was absolutely gorgeous and the ending made me sniffle.

Also, I LOVED the hugging montage and how many THESE WOMEN ARE AWESOME scenes you managed to work in :D
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Okay truth? Vidding these sad parts over and over for four days. I cried/got misty eyed quite a few times. Bonnie and her grandmother? I could not stop myself. Elena at the funeral too. But eventually I did stop. That's when you know you've been vidding too long, I think. Haha.

Thank you! I really really really wanted to include parts of the show that showcased that aspect.

Edited at 2011-05-11 07:59 pm (UTC)
Dayln: ✠ c. sweet carolinegigglemonster on May 11th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure there's too much left for me to say that hasn't already been said. Cuz still, chills! Even after watching it so many times! It's one of those vids that every time you watch it you see another nuance that you missed before.

I think my favorite parts though have to be Stefan in the beginning at 'get away from these liars' - the way you cut that is absolutely gorgeous
And Jeremy's "death" before the instrumental starts. Oh man, my heart. That part is just so emotionally stirring, it's amazing.

Also, between the way you used a few of the clips in this and a certain section of the last fic you wrote - I'm shipping Matt/Tyler kind of hard right now lol /random

BASICALLY THIS IS GORGEOUS AND PERFECT AND NO OTHER TVD ENSEMBLE WILL EVER COMPETE
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 11th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh I dunno, I could probably hear some more. ;)

It's so awesome how this came together and you were such a huge encouragement to me so thank you! And also thank you for the gorgeous graphic which took you like 5 seconds to make. Insanely pretty. Even nicer than the vid itself, lol.

Dude, they are so bro-mancey. It's kind of hard not to ship them!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :)
Stephanie_takemeaway_ on May 12th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
This is lovely! I love that you did a whole cast video - I feel like we get caught up in shipper land pretty easily in Vampire Diaries, but the whole ensemble is really great apart from that. Great job.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 12th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really wanted to do an ensemble. It seemed like it would never happen because just the idea was kind of daunting. But I got the idea for this song in my head and it just kind of came together. Thanks again!
americanfairy: Super Excitedamericanfairy on May 12th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God. Just... Wow! This video is absolutely amazing!
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 12th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate it!
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Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 14th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I hope your excitement for the finale paid off! I really wanted to make a great ensemble vid for this show. I'm glad you liked it. :)
Margalo Streussal: tvd - s/e - keep you safestreussal on May 12th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is fantastic. I've been having issues with the series lately, but this takes so much of what I love and god this show can be so epic when it gets it right. I love that you did this with the ensemble - the fanvids for this series tend towards shippy, so it's nice to see more variety. (That's part of what makes it epic!)
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 14th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
It can really be epic when it gets it right. For sure. Seriously, I know what you're talking about and the shippy vids -- although there are some character-centric vids that focus on one or more characters, but I haven't found many ensemble vids. Hence, this!

Thank you so much!
the lollipop of mediocrity: (Dean) Epic shitkilynn16 on May 13th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME. Snagging the avi because I can tell this is one I'll be wanting to watch again and again. Well done! <3
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 14th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

About that AVI. I've been trying to fix my download and ended up rendering a slightly different version. I'll comment here when I have it up!

ETA: Here ya go.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KWVQPN9Z

Edited at 2011-05-14 02:07 am (UTC)
(no subject) - kilynn16 on May 15th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ema: damonlunequake on May 14th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
OHMYGOD. That video is amazing! I haven't seen many vd videos, but I'm sure if I had that would have still blown me away. The lyrics and video and the pace and the images. It's all so amazing and perfect.

Downloaded and it's going on my iPod.
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 14th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, well thank you so much! I would like to think so. ;) Thanks for watching, and I hope it enjoys it's home on your iPod. I'm flattered you'd put it there!
♚ you've got dirt on your nose.: no use living if you gotta be goodgrayx3eyedsoul on May 14th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
WOW. That is amazing! Love it. It all flowed together so well!
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 14th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million! ♥!
Adeline: lost: ...in another lifeadeline on May 14th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
That was really, really cool. Thank you for sharing. ♥
Ambassador Dummy Dummy Dumb Dumscrickets on May 14th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! And thank you for commenting. :)