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New Ashes to Ashes music video: The Wizard and I
Title: The Wizard and I (download here)
Fandom: Ashes to Ashes; S1
Music: The Wizard and I from Wicked (music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, performed by Idina Menzel)
Stats: DivX (48.9MB) and WMV (26.9MB), 3:19
They're Oz's favorite team.

Hi, have some crack! Oh, I argued with myself about this one -- I got the idea way back whenever while watching the S1 finale and was all: TOO CRACKY, SELF (and also? u r drunk). But then later (soberly) on, I kept thinking of ways in which it was undeniably true and I caved. Though then I was delayed by various real life stuff (already chronicled here to some degree, so let's not delve again) and it took longer than it should have.

What really kept me on board beyond the crack aspects are the darker parts of the song (Elphaba's vision, which is quite true in a twisted way...this works for Alex as well) and how they tie into A2A. The song is cut and restructured significantly and I even got to play with vocal extraction in order to create the few seconds of intro that open the vid (which are actually not instrumental in the song).

When I meet the Wizard
Once I prove my worth
And then I meet the Wizard
What I've waited for since...since birth
And with all his Wizard wisdom
By my looks, he won't be blinded
Do you think the Wizard is dumb?
Or, like Munchkins, so small-minded?
No! He'll say to me,
"I see who you truly are
A girl on whom I can rely"
And that's how we'll begin
The Wizard and I

Once I'm with the Wizard
My whole life will change
'Cuz once you're with the Wizard
No one thinks you're strange
No father is not proud of you,
No sister acts ashamed
And all of Oz has to love you
When by the Wizard you're acclaimed
And this gift or this curse
I have inside
Maybe at last I'll know why
Oh, what a pair we'll be
The Wizard and I
Yes, what a pair we'll be
The Wizard and...

My future is unlimited
And I've just had a vision
Almost like a prophecy
I know -- it sounds truly crazy
And true, the vision's hazy
But I swear, someday there'll be
A celebration throughout Oz
That's all to do with me!

And I'll stand there with the Wizard
Feeling things I've never felt
And though I'd never show it
I'll be so happy, I could...melt!
And so it will be
For the rest of my life
And I'll want nothing else
Till I die
Held in such high esteem
When people see me, they will scream
For half of Oz's fav'rite team:
The Wizard
And I

All feedback is appreciated times one billion. Yeah, that much!

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44 comments or speak!
fahrbotdrusilla From: fahrbotdrusilla Date: July 15th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)

chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm so glad!!
jagwriter78 From: jagwriter78 Date: July 15th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh that was totally fabulous!!! What a cool idea, he! The Gene Genie is a Wizard LOLOL You really merged the clips so nicely with each other and then with the music and lyrics on top. Awesome! I am going to keep :)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much for the nice words! LoM had more Wizard of Oz references than A2A (they went the Narnia route), but the idea *seemed* to make sense, in the way that crack does :)
kelbelle From: kelbelle Date: July 15th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shit, that was fucking AMAZING.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, thank you very much -- I'm so pleased you thought so!
charmax From: charmax Date: July 15th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is crack but of the very best kind. Fantastic vid!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whew, I'm so pleased that you thought it was good crack versus "oh, God, no" crack! Thank you kindly!
sekkie From: sekkie Date: July 15th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is just BRILLIANT!!! I loved it, and I haven't even seen the show yet.
sekkie From: sekkie Date: July 15th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's also making me more excited about "Wicked"--I got the soundtrack today, so I can be annoying and mouth the words. :)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!! You'll have to erase your memory of the vid when you watch A2A (and you have to -- remember, 80s music like Vienna!) because it's ever so spoilery. And that's too funny that you got the Wicked soundtrack today! You can hear how I butchered the song (I mean, I *had* to because there are references to her being green and stuff, which doesn't work so well for A2A). And I can't wait to be annoying together when we go see Wicked and are singing along with everything :)
From: cibby Date: July 15th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just like Gemini made me want to see Jekyll, this vid has made me wonder about Ashes to Ashes. I've not seen the show but you are fantastic as always. It was a *beautiful* video. I hope I enjoy the show as much as your work.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 15th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, you are too kind -- thank you! Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes are well worth your time at some point (but like I told Sekkie, this vid is totally spoilery, so just purge your brain before you watch the show/s, heh).
frelling_tralk From: frelling_tralk Date: July 15th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant video!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 16th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
hollywoodgrrl From: hollywoodgrrl Date: July 15th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Chasa, hand to chest I gotta say that this is the BEST looking A2A vid that exists on the interwebnets. You are AMAZING. But dammit, woman. Why must it be crack??? Make me a srs bzns A2A vid about Alex and her emo! Doooo it.

No but really, this is gorgeous, stunning, and beautiful. I worship you.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 16th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, thank you very much indeed! I am glad that you thought it was shiny.

And though it was simpler to just call it crack...don't tell a soul, but I'm entirely SRS about the whole second half of the vid. I love Alex's emo and this had to mean something, even if there was a candy crack coating.
arefadedaway From: arefadedaway Date: July 15th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is simply phenomenal. It's lyrical and lovely, and perfectly juxtaposes the light touches of humor from the song with the darker edge of the show. Your editing is always a revelation, and this is just out of this world superb.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 16th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
perfectly juxtaposes the light touches of humor from the song with the darker edge of the show

Ah, that is music to my ears as I really hoped to balance the silly with the tragic! Thank you SO very much for the lovely feedback.
raspberry_splat From: raspberry_splat Date: July 16th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant. And ooooooh yes, it does mean something..under it's 'candy crack coating.' I absolutely love love love this. God, you clever lady you. I wanna be Alex..and be with my Gene Hunt Wizard. I'll have to be playing my Wicked sountrack in the car now so I can see the fabulous that is your vid dance in my head. I remain, as always, in a permanent state of worship....YOU defy gravity!

PS I hope you are even still speaking to me after my completely going awol after missing our last chat. Again, so much has been going on, but my thoughts have been with you...and I so hope things on the job front are going in the right direction. {{{{{chasa}}}}}. I will be in touch and hopefully we can get back on track (if you aren't too fed up with me by now :( )

Edited at 2008-07-16 06:13 pm (UTC)
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 17th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you kindly! I am so glad to know that you loved it! I felt a bit bad about what I had to do to the song (which I love), but the stuff about Elphaba's verdigris just wasn't going to fly :)

(of COURSE I would love to hear from you...I hope it's been good stuff going on!)
ohvienna From: ohvienna Date: July 16th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
*glee* This is fantastic! Straight to the iPod, this. *G*
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 17th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hooray -- glad you found it worth an iPod spot! And thank you very much for the feedback :)
theanonsisters From: theanonsisters Date: July 17th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous! I can hardly pick a favourite bit it was all so professional looking and gorgeous :D
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 17th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it and I truly appreciate your comments!
dualbunny From: dualbunny Date: July 20th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this *so* hard. :D It's so sneaky getting under your skin with it's shiny-candy musical sound, and then before you know it, it's being all insightful and serious right along with those candy vocals. The juxtaposition is just so much fun to watch! And it doesn't hurt that it's visually gorgeous as well. ;}
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 20th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! It was a rather strange idea and I wasn't sure how it would fly, but the things you remarked on are exactly what I hoped it would accomplish. Thanks very much for the kind comment!
alto2 From: alto2 Date: July 30th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was just pointed here and love the vid! You've done a fabulous job!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 30th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks very much -- I'm *so* excited to know that you loved it!
dlasta From: dlasta Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy crap, that's *perfect*!

chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 23rd, 2008 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay and thank you! It could have easily been too "out there" conceptually, but I'm glad you thought it worked.
katie__pillar From: katie__pillar Date: August 24th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was wonderful - love the Guv as the Wizard. Definitely keeping to watch again.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: August 24th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so pleased that you liked the "casting" choice and that this is worth keeping! Thanks very much for the kind feedback.
tearful_eye From: tearful_eye Date: September 23rd, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
again: woah!

can i marry your editing? ...you vids are so original, it makes so much fun to watch (and i watch them over and over again). they're breathtakingly beautiful, somehow light, but have such an emotional impact... just amazing!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 24th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Your comments are so generous -- whee! And my editing says YES, yes you can marry it :)

you vids are so original, it makes so much fun to watch (and i watch them over and over again).

Ah, this is so lovely to hear...I tend to look around at other vidders' work and think how much more original theirs is compared to mine. I couldn't be more pleased to know that you find them fresh and worth watching repeatedly!
theanonsisters From: theanonsisters Date: July 7th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi :) I'd really love to try a commentary on this vid for vid_commentary - would that be okay?
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: July 7th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure, that sounds fun -- have at it! If you need any info about the vid from me in order to do it (I've seen the links for that comm fly by on my flist and haven't yet had the time to check it out properly), just let me know.
theanonsisters From: theanonsisters Date: July 7th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks :D
mareeana From: mareeana Date: June 14th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! I was led here through a comment from ages ago and I'd quite like to watch this. :) Is there still a working link anywhere?
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: June 14th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely -- the "download here" link in the vid title at the top of the post will still take you to my media page :-) Hope that you enjoy it!
mareeana From: mareeana Date: June 15th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh. Haha. I did try that before commenting but it was giving me a 403 error. Thank you! ;)

Warning: I sometimes write long comments on vids!

This vid is absolutely sublime! I love how the fact that the lyrics are mostly contradicted by what's going on ties in with Elphaba's delusions about meeting the wizard. I mean, you took an already sad song (because it's so hopeful and so wrong) and made it even sadder (because adding Alex's emo to anything makes it automatically more heartbreaking. I LOVE Alex's childhood traumas! ;P)

Having said that, the first part of the video is hilarious (except the "once I prove my worth" bit, that's... not hilarious. :[ And also the part with her parents because her parents always bring the sadness) with the "dumb" bit and Chris and Ray as Munchkins! :D And then, you know, the shifting point at around 1:40 is amazing and brings a whole new depth to the vid. The Alex-with-a-balloon + "my future is unlimited" bit is heartbreaking (it was before but with recent revelations it becomes even worse :[) And, well, the "celebration throughout Oz that's all to do with me" bit with the explosions made me cry everytime, true. :'( Still talking about the story, unlike with Elphaba's story, we do have a heartwarming factor here because Alex and Gene really are a good pair. :) I love how you showed their wicked coolness as well as Gene saving Alex from various explosions. ;)

Now, dude, your editing! It is awesome! I love all your effects. My favourites are the "since birth" part, the big Alex/little Alex Lens Flare of Destiny and, especially especially especially, the part at around 02:09 with Molly blowing the candles in sync with the drumming in the song. OH, THAT IS AMAZING, YES. Ooh, also, also, the "till I die" bit with Alex and the whiteboard and the bullet! Great, great stuff! And those are just the highlights, the whole thing is superbly edited.

So uhm, yeah, I kind of loved this. A lot. It's going on my ipod! ♥
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: June 15th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry that the site wasn't playing nice when you first tried, but I'm glad you were able to get it eventually and I'm SO GRATEFUL for your enormous comment, chock full of lovely things! The only "warning" you needed to provide was that you were about to spoil me with your generous words :-)

Alex's childhood traumas -- oh, they were so heartbreaking, weren't they?! Those balloon shots have such an innocence and hopefulness to them that really hurts, just like the "unlimited" section of the song when placed in the context of Wicked as a whole ("unlimited" becoming "I'm limited"...*sniff*). And you're right, it stings even more now in light of A2A's final revelations.

So glad you love the editing and effect-y bits as well! The "since birth" was definitely one of the lyrics that really made me want to go forward with this vid and I knew it would have to be effect-driven. I always have very grand ideas of the look I *want* to create and while I rarely achieve exactly what's in my head, I usually manage to come up with something in the general area and also end up learning something about the ever-enigmatic capabilities of After Effects in the process :-)

I'm thrilled that you loved it (and it's iPod worthy! \o/) and again, I really can't thank you enough for your kind comments! You made my day!
petronelle From: petronelle Date: June 27th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love how completely they fit this--it's a broken magical universe, and it's still theirs. Gene makes a perfect Wizard. I love your sense of timing and oh, the black, horrible, perfect humor of it all. Beautifully done.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: June 29th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's a broken magical universe, and it's still theirs

Oh, that's a beautiful way of expressing it! Thanks so much for your kind comments about the timing and black humor :-) It was an odd vid idea, but one that demanded to be done!
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