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New Jekyll music video: Gemini
Title: Gemini (download here)
Fandom: Jekyll; S1
Music: Darkness by Peter Gabriel
Stats: WMV (47.1MB) or DivX (47.1MB), 4:03
Beneath this skin these fragments caught.

Crossposted to jekyll_bbc and vidding.

Note: spoilery remarks in the notes under the cut. If you have any intention of watching Jekyll (and right at this moment, I am focusing all the feeble energies my brain can muster to COMPEL you to watch it...does it tickle?), then you should avoid this vid for a bit (but, you know, COME BACK afterward) as there are some excellent twists served up by Steven Moffat and it's a ride best taken unspoiled.

The vid progresses thematically in much the same way as the series -- there's internal conflict between two warring personalities (mild-mannered Jackman/Jekyll and menace-monster Hyde), each of whom would ideally like to shut the other one out and be in control; but a greater external threat presents itself and in order to face that, the two must co-exist (and face their respective fears about what it means to become "we"). There are POV shifts throughout the vid and I had considered doing color work to distinguish that...Jackman and Hyde don't look dramatically different (one of the things I *love* about the show, really, because it's all about Nesbitt's performance -- but it did give me something to ponder when planning the vid). Ultimately, I decided against color manipulation and used the extreme closeup "eye" shots as a transitional device. If you haven't seen the show, it's still potentially confusing as there's a lot of the same actor running around in the vid with slightly different hair and chin and eyes...but that was kind of a given no matter what sort of technique I considered employing.

As per usual, I did extensive surgery on the song. Well, even more than usual, as Darkness clocks in at almost 7 minutes long. I love Peter Gabriel's Up like mad, but nearly every song on the album is incredibly long. This one was fairly easy to cut without butchering the structure. I also did a tempo adjustment, which shaved off a bit more length. Oh, and this is one of those songs with really LOUD sections and really quiet ones. The worst of this is the quietness of the intro, because if you adjust your volume upward in the first 15 seconds, you're in for a rude surprise when the first loud section kicks in! I boosted the volume of the intro (in addition to the overall normalization I always do) to try to even that out bit...it's still quiet, as it should be, but the volume gap isn't as big now.

i'm scared of swimming in the sea
dark shapes moving under me
every fear i swallow makes me small
inconsequential things occur
alarms are triggered
memories stir

it's not the way it has to be

i'm afraid of what i do not know
i hate being undermined
i'm afraid i can be devil man
and i'm scared to be divine
don't mess with me, my fuse is short
beneath this skin these fragments caught

when i allow it to be
there's no control over me
i have my fears
but they do not have me

i'm afraid of being mothered
with my balls shut in the pen
i'm afraid of loving women
and i'm scared of loving men
flashbacks coming in every night
don't tell me everything's alright

when i allow it to be
it has no control over me
i own my fear
so it doesn't own me

walking through the undergrowth, to the house in the woods
the deeper i go, the darker it gets
i peer through the window
knock at the door
and the monster i was
so afraid of
lies curled up on the floor
is curled up on the floor just like a baby boy

i cry until i laugh

Comments are always gorgeous! I know there's probably not a huge audience for this vid, so you can be doubly sure I'll treasure every word of feedback :)

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Current Mood: peaceful peaceful

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wickedfox From: wickedfox Date: September 5th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I have been eagerly, impatiently awaiting Jekyll videos since the process is completely alien to me. I must say that this one, without a doubt, blows all other videos I've seen out of the water. Seriously, the production value is incredible. I dare say the editing tops the actual show itself. The song chosen is so emotive and perfect and the video flows just as perfectly along. You're efforts are appreciated. Wonderful, simply wonderful. I can't say enough how impressed I am by this. Thank you so much for creating a beautifully worthy vid for this brilliant show. And thank you for sharing. As you suggested, there may be a small audience for this vid but a dedicated one for sure. I'm off to pimp.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 5th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for creating a beautifully worthy vid for this brilliant show.

That's the sort of remark that just makes me stupid with happiness :) I have massive love for Jekyll and wanted to do right by it, show it off to its best advantage. I am really grateful and more than a little relieved to hear such enthusiastic praise from someone who also loves the show. Thank you many times over!
obsessive24 From: obsessive24 Date: September 5th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Steven Moffat is LOVE.

I am torn! To watch or not to watch! On the one hand, I have no immediate plans to watch Jekyll and it's you, which automatically means uber greatness; but on the other hand if I do watch it at some point I would like to be unspoiled. Decisions!!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 5th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Steven Moffat is LOVE.

Truer words have never been spoken. I should have known how hard I'd fall for this show, given that!

And I am just no help with your dilemma: of course, I want you to watch the vid immediately (if not sooner) because, VIDGLEEDELIRIUM! But at the same time, I firmly believe that Jekyll should be watched unspoiled and so you should wait on the vid if you think you *might* watch the show. Oddly, no mental dissonance from holding these two opinions simultaneously (brain might be fried).
kiki_miserychic From: kiki_miserychic Date: September 5th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shall return!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 5th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whee -- hope you enjoy :) And now that I've got this done, I need to get back to watching/feedbacking VVC stuff, including your Sylar vid!
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chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 5th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's very flattering that it was recommended, and I'm glad it didn't disappoint! Thanks so much for the nice words about the editing and song -- that you took the time to comment is really appreciated :)
fahrbotdrusilla From: fahrbotdrusilla Date: September 5th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this, especially the change in tone/cutting when they're both thinking about Claire and his family.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 5th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks a lot! I really, really love the contrasts in the song...ideal for vidding in general and particularly for this show.
raspberry_splat From: raspberry_splat Date: September 6th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey you! As soon as I saw your posting of this I felt quite a happy jolt go through my heart, I should have known you would be an admirer of this amazing show, too. I haven't even downloaded your vid yet, but had to come here to say how extremely excited I am that your glorious vidding self has taken Jekyll onto her magical timeline!!!! I got hooked on this series immmediately and adore it, James Nesbitt is beyond fantastic. Anyway, I am blathering on when I should be downloading. But just wanted to say hi..send a few hugs...and let you know how thrilled I was to see this!! I know I'll be magnificently knocked out by the time your creation has reached the end of it's 4 minutes and 3 seconds.

PS: It's Pam aka RAS btw, in case you didn't recognize my LJ name. :) Think of you lots...and miss you. Hope we can catch up sometime soon!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 6th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
PAM!!! How absolutely great to "see" you! And you have the Jekyll love, too -- I am so excited to hear that (and it will give us more squee fodder in the future)! I have it as bad for Nesbitt as for CE, I fear...I was totally bowled over by him. Hope you enjoy the vid :)
subtle__sarcasm From: subtle__sarcasm Date: September 6th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
*not reading spoilers*

*bookmarking for later*
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 6th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you enjoy the vid once you've finished Jekyll!
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chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 7th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray, I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. And yes -- Scaper for sure :) Did you go by samati on Farscape boards like FMD? Because I definitely remember that name!
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raspberry_splat From: raspberry_splat Date: September 8th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew I'd be completely and utterly blown away, but what I am feeling upon post veiwing, turns that previous notion into a complete understatement. I need to watch this a dozen more times at least to absorb it all...,brilliant is too insignifigant a word to even begin to tell you what I think of this piece of art. I bow to you a thousand times over and over...in complete awe forever and ever. If I could have one vidding wish, it would be to have for one day one 16th of the skills and talent contained inside your amazing heart and brain! This show defines the word stunning on every level, the emotion, humor and fear are an ever constant rollor coaster ride...and the horror sails us into an almost heady state. Your vid manages to take me even beyond these marvels, enhancing them and letting us soar through, experiencing Jekyll as never before. Sighhhhhhhh.

Good Lord, what a superb show this is. I am thrilled to be able to join you in mutual admiration of it. And now that you've knocked me out cold with this creation...I'm gonna try and pick myself up and watch the vid some more.

I so look forward to catching up with you...and now that we're 'friended', that will hopefully aid in keeping us more regularly connected and a good chat night looms in our near future. I'm still happily floating in CE/Nine mode as I am sure you can see by the looks of my LJ :) and am even half way throuh a Doctor vid, but at the moment it feels painfully simple after viewing something as masterful as this. But hopefully my love of the doctor will see me through to a fairly decent completion!

Looking forward to 'seeing' each other soon!!!

chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 8th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so, so pleased that you feel it lives up to the show!! It was really fun to get sucked into Jekyll -- for whatever reason, the promos I saw didn't impress me very much and I almost didn't give it a try. And then, OBVIOUSLY, I fell head over heels and it was a whirlwind of excitement and creative inspiration and *squeeeee* :) It came at such a good time and I was happy to immerse (and you'll understand this part -- I was also happy it was a six episode show versus something longer! this helped streamline my incredibly tedious vidding process a little bit.).

Yes, let's catch up soon! I'm around for all of September, so let me know when might be good for you and we can have a proper crackchat, full of Eccleston/Nesbitt sighs...I'd love that :)
faos From: faos Date: September 27th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Finally watched, after having seen the show... this is just terrific. And my god, that is the PERFECT song to vid Jekyll to....

And despite how totally confusing it should be (same actor, little physical differentiation, as you noted), it was very easy to follow the shifting POV, thanks to your edits -- the "eye shot" transition -- and the song structure.

(I had no idea how much sheer glee I'd get out of the show -- and the quote you've got at the top of the page is just the absolute best out of many great ones!)

Really, really enjoyed it.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: September 27th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you many times over! I'm so excited that you loved the show (my Jekyll glee still can't be contained) and enjoyed the vid.

And my god, that is the PERFECT song to vid Jekyll to....

I totally can't imagine any other song for this vid now, but interestingly (to me, heh), I started out using a different song. I was still in the planning stages for the vid when I realized that it was really NOT going to work, and I was all emo about it because I loved the song and had invested a lot of time in editing it. I made a pass through my CD collection to see if I had something else that would work, and found Darkness within, oh, 60 seconds or so. And though I had to talk myself into the change initially, as soon as I put the first clip on the timeline (the rushed pan to Hyde in the chair when the first violent section starts at 0:14) I was all, "Girl, you are SO STUPID. This is the only song for this vid. The only song EVER."

I'm completely pleased that you found it easy to follow! I worried a little about that during planning, when I was debating how to switch POVs...but once I accepted that there was no way that it could NOT be confusing without some knowledge of the show, it was easier to just make a decision and run with it.

Thank you again! I really appreciate your comments, as you might be able to tell by my rambling reply ;)
From: fieryhands Date: November 5th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful editing all around. Hard to express my feelings other than I really like this vid. I haven't seen the show since it was on BBC America, but now I have a desire to watch it again.
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: November 5th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for the kind comment (good to "see" you, too)! If it makes you want to watch the show again, then I've done my job :)
girlguidejones From: girlguidejones Date: November 22nd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's really a shame that Jekyll doesn't have a bigger fandom (although, not sure what we can ask, given it's six eps! ha!) because this deserves to be seen and pimped and marveled over by a lot more people.

The editing is amazing, every bit as frenetic as "Hyde" can be, and then with sudden, unpredictable switches to peaceful bubbles. The song choice and lyrics work great with it for just that reason.

I love the repeating mirror-ing you did, both with actual, literal mirror scenes (awesome!), and then with clips chosen to bring out the similarities and contrasts as to what's going on and who is who. Again, perfect for this show and the whole concept of dual nature and stuff.

You're amazing. I'm always tangentially proud when I see your stuff. "Hey! Look! See that? That's *my* friend! Oh yeah, that's right."

chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: November 23rd, 2007 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it -- both the show *and* the vid! Thank you so much for all of the nice things you said about it (the vid. hee.)!

I think it's probably the strongest editing I've done and much of what's good about it comes from the song choice. The song's variations just work SO WELL for the topic, building to that pivotal moment of integration (the dual personalities shaking hands to join forces), owning your fears so they don't own you. It was a very satisfying vid to do, and given the short length of the series I was able to make it pretty quickly and while still in that first rush of show love. 'Twas nifty :)

In news of vids that aren't so easy to achieve in a speedy way, around cleaning the house today I've gotten to the last disk on my rewatch of FNL and clipping for the vid. I have so much footage, though, that I need to do something I've never done before -- a spreadsheet that lists the clips and what's in all of them. Or I will never be able to find anything or make sense of anything, ever. Literally, *headdesk*
rivkat From: rivkat Date: January 15th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great song choice and very nice editing -- I'm so pleased to find a Jekyll vid, and even more pleased that it is so exciting and so much in the spirit of the show. Thanks for sharing it!
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: January 22nd, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
So sorry for the delayed reply to your kind comment -- was away on vacation and just now getting caught up. I am really, really happy to know that you enjoyed this vid and thought it fit the spirit of the show. Thanks very much!
dualbunny From: dualbunny Date: February 28th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen Jekyll, but I confess to a weakness for watching vids that are all brand new to me. At least when I know they're going to be fabulous. :} And somehow this got buried in my vids folder after VVC, and I just now got around to watching it.

*Wow* it's gorgeous. What a fantastic song choice for the concept. I loved how hard the louder harsher sections hit me when I didn't know they were coming. And on rewatch, I had even more appreciation for what you did in the softer sections. And for the tragic aspects of the story as well. On first watch, the creepy bits and the overall beauty of the source bowled me over. :}

Wonderful work! :D
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: February 28th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen Jekyll, but I confess to a weakness for watching vids that are all brand new to me.

And I totally win because of that weakness -- hooray! I was *so* excited and grateful to read your kind comments. I think the song choice made this vid work, and I dodged a bullet on that one since I was using another song initially...one that would not have offered the opportunity to showcase such contrasts. Really pleased to know that you liked it :)
jackaholic From: jackaholic Date: April 30th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I just stumbled across this now, and oh wow am I in love :P

This vid is AMAZING ♥ The song couldn't be more perfect, but your editing is just to die for. Seriously. Its flawless. And brilliant. And action packed, and flashy, and really moving... all at once! And its a JEKYLL VID! I think this is literally the only Jekyll on lj (that i've seen anyway), so thanks so much for making it. You just made my day ♥

*goes to rewatch*
chasarumba From: chasarumba Date: April 30th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
You just made my day

Well, right back at you, because you've totally made mine by taking the time to leave such amazing feedback :-) It was always destined to be a vid with a limited audience (until my plot to get the whole world to watch Jekyll succeeds, anyway), so every comment has been precious and I am seriously thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed it!
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