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New Dexter music video: Keep Breathing
Title: Keep Breathing
Fandom: Dexter; spoilers for all of S1
Music: The Trick Is To Keep Breathing by Garbage
Stats: WMV (34.2MB) and DivX (35.6MB), 3:11
Maybe she'll get what she wants this time around.

Deb character study, because I love her and she needed a vid, too. Many plot spoilers. Will do DivX render tomorrowish (it's up!)...isssss tired now. Cross-posted to vidding (here), dextervids (here) and dd_dexter (here).

Love feedback! Particularly yours.

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fahrbotdrusilla From: fahrbotdrusilla Date: April 9th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
aww! I love this so much. I especially loved Dex's pov on her.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 9th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!! (and I saw your rec, which was so very kind :)) I'm really glad the POV thing came through...the "always the one who has to drag her down" and "I won't be the one who's going to let you down" lyrics were a great opportunity to bring Dexter's perspective (and actions) into the story.
ok2nv_theoracle From: ok2nv_theoracle Date: April 9th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Shiny!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 9th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, darlin'!
dualbunny From: dualbunny Date: April 9th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! Very compelling--you do such a wonderful job building up both sympathy and respect for Deb. And it's also deliciously shiny. :}

And since I don't think I've mentioned it yet, I also adore "Vibrate". The contrast between peaceful and nearly suffocating (by way of stunning little collage sections--especially the spinning) is fantastic. And the final overlay is incredibly arresting. :)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 9th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! Very compelling--you do such a wonderful job building up both sympathy and respect for Deb. And it's also deliciously shiny. :}

I appreciate your kind comments so much! "Respect," that makes me happy to hear...I did want to show a lot of Deb's facets, and not *just* the victimization. I did give in to the lure of shiny toys in this vid, maybe more than was strictly necessary, but I go through phases with that stuff :) And Garbage is so full of interesting sounds that it makes me want to play with shiny things.

And since I don't think I've mentioned it yet, I also adore "Vibrate". The contrast between peaceful and nearly suffocating (by way of stunning little collage sections--especially the spinning) is fantastic. And the final overlay is incredibly arresting. :)

Wow! Double win on comments! Thank you again. That song was so evocative and enjoyable to vid.
vaeltaa From: vaeltaa Date: April 9th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! Loved the editing and the music choice; everything. *applauds*
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 9th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your icon is soooo cute that I want to pinch it!! Go, MCH, with the facial spazz!

Thanks so much -- makes me very happy indeed to know that you enjoyed it all around :)
sekkie From: sekkie Date: April 9th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE IT!!! I love how it is a study of Deb, it's also revealing of the Deb/Dexter relationship. And, I love how the lyrics incorporated into the whole relationship/events. Beautiful!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 9th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that you loved the things you loved! *hee* No, seriously. That is exactly what I was hoping to do...a study of Deb, but also of Dex and Deb's relationship via the use of his POV (I love that he doesn't let her down when it counts...HE'S VERY FOND OF HER...*squee*). I had to cut one irrelevant chunk of song where the lyrics totally went in a different direction, but other than that, it really applied well to them! Thank you!!
sol_se From: sol_se Date: April 9th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely love this! Excellent job!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 9th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so delighted that you enjoyed it -- thank you!
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chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 10th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
subtle__sarcasm From: subtle__sarcasm Date: April 10th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stunningly beautiful, amazing music choice. Incredible work, as always. ♥
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 10th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those lovely compliments are truly appreciated :) Now if only September would get here already, bringing with it new footage for more Dexter vids...
subtle__sarcasm From: subtle__sarcasm Date: April 11th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, one more reason I'm looking forward to the new season ;)
From: cibby Date: April 11th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
SO GOOD! Which is no surprise when it comes to you, lady. You're just that good. But I love this one because it really brings out how Deb is more than a bit character. Sometimes the supporting characters of a show can really fade into the background. Not for lack of wonderful acting or writing. But because when they are "supporting", you'll often watch the main character. Well, what I mean is I will. This brings out how much Deb impacted the first season. She's more than just a supporting character. She's a huge part of the story. I give this two thumbs up!!

Also? As usual the effects are crazy good. I bow before the master!!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 12th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Homefry! Thank you! It was a bit of a challenge for me to vid Deb because I always have POV characters on a show...and on Dexter, it is (unsurprisingly) Dexter who I relate to most strongly. So, I had to stretch a little to do something that was not all about him, though I certainly worked him into the vid as much as possible ;)

(now, don't ask me to do a Farscape vid that isn't about John or Aeryn, though...I'm not up to that kind of challenge!)
obsessive24 From: obsessive24 Date: April 12th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
DAMN! When I saw this posted I was like, "okay, gotta actually sit down and give some proper feedback this time cos I shafted you last time with the 'melting brain' comment and nothing else." So I was gonna watch this and write feedback with timestamps and everything.

But of course I watch this, and my brain's been melted again. And you ain't gonna get coherent feedback this time either. All of it is just insanely amazing. You're so confident with a whole range of effects, ranging from subtle to very stylistic, and they all look absolutely fantastic and always so gorgeously synced to audio. The timing is impeccable, starting from the very first shots of the cars crossing her as she crosses the street. Amazing pacing, LOVE what you did with the lights and lighting flares.

Thematically I love that you took a step away from the usual approach of a Dexter vid and made it about a person who is more subtly damaged. More than that, I love that Dexter's voice comes through clearer and clearer as we go on and it becomes as much about Dexter as it is about Deb.

Amazing, amazing, amazing! You are my new vidding god.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 12th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now, don't get me wrong -- this is the kind of comment that would send me into flailing glee no matter WHO left it, but the fact that you're a vidder who has melted *my* brain (with Post Blue...still gah over that) makes this really humbling to read. Multitudes of thanks for your kind feedback and the time you took to give it!

You're so confident with a whole range of effects, ranging from subtle to very stylistic, and they all look absolutely fantastic and always so gorgeously synced to audio. The timing is impeccable, starting from the very first shots of the cars crossing her as she crosses the street. Amazing pacing, LOVE what you did with the lights and lighting flares.

As I mentioned in a previous comment, I kind of go through phases with effects and using/abusing/not using them...I feared I might have gone a little overboard here but 1) all of the electronic sounds in Garbage really invite that sort of play and 2) I'd rather go overboard and wince about it later than not give it a go. I'm really pleased that you felt the range of effects worked, by and large. I'm definitely a beat whore and a motion whore...addicted to using as many musical accents as possible and matching them up to effects, cuts, internal motion, etc. And those lighting flares are so fun! That plugin for After Effects (Knoll Light Factory, though it's a limited version since the full one is hundreds of bucks) came with a tutorial book I got and was used in one of the lessons...so I'm all, "hey, I know what that thing does, kind of," versus all of the other shit in AE that I still don't know jack about. *g*
bop_radar From: bop_radar Date: April 14th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so happy to see another Dexter vid from you, but even more elated that it's a Deb character study. She's my favourite character and you've done her such beautiful justice here. Your vidding's so seemless and flowing I just let the whole vid melt over me--it's hard to pinpoint a favourite part, but everything felt perfect. Much awe and admiration, and I'll definitely be watching this one again.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 15th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm thrilled that, as your favorite character, you think I did her justice -- it was very important to me to try to achieve that! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it...thank you for the kind comments!
kiki_miserychic From: kiki_miserychic Date: April 20th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Always the one who has to drag her down

I’m so glad that someone has done a Deb vid and I’m especially happy that it was you. Love the effects and toggling you used in the beginning as she walks across the street. The coloring and effects really work with what you did to the music and the fast cut sections. You drop little hints along the way, but you don’t make things too obvious and in your face. I like that you don’t go too far and keep things to what Deb knew about Dexter and Rudy. The sex section is handled amazingly and with those great static effects that don’t feel cheap. I love that you used the flare at around 1:55 and the other at around 2:11. Great POV too. The ending is perfect; her looking at the camera smiling and, of course, breathing and going on.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 23rd, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Always the one who has to drag her down

I like that you don't go too far and keep things to what Deb knew about Dexter and Rudy.

It was really important that this NOT feel like Vibrate all over again. I knew I would have to cover some of the same territory, but I wanted to keep the focus on how those events related to Deb.

The sex section is handled amazingly and with those great static effects that don't feel cheap.

Whew for "not cheap"!!! I tried a static filter in Premiere first (part of a set of plugins), but I wasn't satisfied so I went into After Effects instead...more options/refinement available there, like being able to apply the static with a blending mode (which made it look a bit more subtle).

The ending is perfect; her looking at the camera smiling and, of course, breathing and going on.

I love that hint of a smile that starts right before she goes out of frame...I knew that had to be the ending. Not happy, but there's potential there. Like you said -- breathing and going on.

Your comments are so generous as always, kiki -- many, many thanks (and for the rec, too)!
kiki_miserychic From: kiki_miserychic Date: April 23rd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Always the one who has to drag her down

You have a nice little trinity of Dexter vids going and they don't cover the same ground over and over again. :) The blending modes look great. And that really is the perfect last shot.
jo_lasalle From: jo_lasalle Date: April 23rd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love this. Great study of Deb, and I adore the Dexter POV stuff.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 23rd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm beyond pleased to hear that you loved it -- thank you!
sextagteam From: sextagteam Date: April 24th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this! I love Deb and it was great to see an entire vid devoted to her and how much she kicks ass. Plus the song selection was spot on for her first season arc.

Favorite Moments:
0:23 - Love the way you use the extreme close up here
0:27 - 0:32 - This sequence just makes me happy. Yay Deb!
0:49 - The clip and effects work great together. Plus, its just adorable.
1:00 - 1:08- The juxtaposition between the clips and the lyrics here is so subtle and creepy, I love it.
1:14 - 1:17 - I like both the flash backs but this one is especially awesome.
1:45 - I love that you use this clip on "she knows the human heart." Perfect.
2:23 - 2:42 - This whole interaction between her and Dexter just breaks my heart.
3:00 - And in the end she lives to fight another day and continue kicking ass ;)

Thanks for posting!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 24th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, I have timestamp!glee -- it's so sweet of you to take the time to list favorite moments (and you may regret it, because now I will ramble)!

1:00 - 1:08- The juxtaposition between the clips and the lyrics here is so subtle and creepy, I love it.

This was one of the first scenes to go on the timeline...I was pretty sure that I wanted that hallway scene to be Rudy's introduction, but then there was the question of exactly where to bring him into the vid. I loved the juxtaposition you mentioned (ah, Deb, if only you could hear the lyrics...*hee*) and it felt right as soon as I put the clip there. It ended up being a structural anchor point for the vid.

1:45 - I love that you use this clip on "she knows the human heart." Perfect.

I'm so glad you thought it worked there! That's one of the clips that *had* to be used in a Deb character study, and it was just a question of where it made sense. Another anchor point, in a way, because from there I worked backwards and decided to use the sex scene during the section that comes before...to have that physical and emotional intimacy build up to everything falling apart.

2:23 - 2:42 - This whole interaction between her and Dexter just breaks my heart.

It wrecks me, too. I love that scene and it was very satisfying to get to bring the vid back around to the strength of Dex and Deb's sibling connection...stronger than he ever knew it was.

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!
beerbad From: beerbad Date: August 26th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Love love love it!! Deb is my favorite character, I love her bunches, and this vid totally does her justice. The song choice is effing perfect.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 26th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so happy that you loved it! Thanks loads for the lovely compliment :)
evenfers From: evenfers Date: September 7th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this one. The standout moments for me was that LOOK, at "how she feels about herself". Really lovely look at Deb as simultaneously brash/uncertain, cocky/ashamed. And of course the ending breaks your heart...
Very moreish!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 7th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's great to know that you liked it -- thank you! I love the extreme close-up you mention and knew it needed to be in the vid...she'll all cop on the outside, uniformed and hair pulled back, but her emotions come through anyway.
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chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: November 8th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Wow. Just wow!!!

Maybe I should fetch a thesaurus or something...

While you're at it, I'll look up more ways to say "thank you" -- because, really, I'm so grateful for your comments and immensely pleased that you enjoyed this one as well :) Definitely looking forward to vidding more Dexter now that there's a new season to work with!
beerbad From: beerbad Date: December 31st, 2007 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Just wanted to note that this is on my list of favorite vids of 2007! :)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: December 31st, 2007 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
That's so cool -- thanks for letting me know that it made your list :)
_la_mysterieuse From: _la_mysterieuse Date: July 15th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely loved this vid. Such a great song choice for her too.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much! I'm thrilled to know that you loved it.
lakrids404 From: lakrids404 Date: March 11th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
one of my farvorite video, thanks
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: March 11th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? That's great to know -- glad you enjoyed!
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