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Wow, never have lyrics from the vid I'm working on been SO RELEVANT to the act of working on the vid.

So, er, I started this one in February /o\ And to be fair, I did make fully two thirds of it in less than a week. It was just the remaining third that took, um, six months. I think that's a new record. (My last Clara vid was a mere two months late.) Most of that time was spent opening FinalCut, shuddering, and closing it again, so perhaps it only really took one month, spread over six months. ANYWAY, it was not supposed to be posted a mere 3 weeks before Series 9, but I'm too excited about it being A MERE THREE WEEKS UNTIL SERIES NINE to care much.

Pompeii
edited by [personal profile] purplefringe
fandom: Doctor Who (Season 8 with bits of Season 7)
characters: Clara, the Doctor
music: Pompeii. by Bastille
summary: does it almost feel like you've been here before?
content notes: Contains some fast cutting, and also spoilers for Season 8



download: 98MB @ mediafire

As usual, thanks go to the lovely [personal profile] such_heights for watching a millionty drafts of this, and making soothing noises at me when I complained at her about it. (I'm sorry I do that so much <3) And also for providing the last-minute technical support I still need, despite this being my 31st vid. Oops.

(Speaking of which - if anyone knows how to deal with those FUCKING SQUARE PIXELS that are marring their beautiful faces, please let me know. I don't know why they're there, I've never had this problem before, I want to throw my laptop out the window /o\)

ALSO on this occasion, huge thanks to the amazing [personal profile] elisi, without whom I would definitely never have finished this stupid vid. She went waaaaaay above and beyond the call of vid-beta-ly duty, and sent the most *incredible*, detailed, encouraging, thoughtful, analytical emails, in response to my somewhat pathetic call for help. She also helped me to clarify just what I was actually trying to say - there are one or two parts of this vid that were constructed clip-by-clip with her, via email. I hope you really did enjoy the process as much as you said you did. <3 This vid is for you! :-)



Ha, so, this song. This song struck me as being the perfect song for Clara and Twelve approximately five minutes after I left the cinema screening of Deep Breath. Honestly. Just listen to it. It was going to be my version of [personal profile] kaydeefalls' 'Stray Italian Greyhound', which is still one of my favourite Amy Pond vids. Made about halfway through S5, using just a handful of episodes and some trailer footage, that vid's about Amy Pond growing up and learning to trust and embracing life/adventure/time/space/the Doctor - but it's also about the viewer doing the same. S5 was glorious, but going in all we knew was that we had not only a new Doctor, but also a new Companion AND a new showrunning team. It was the start of a new era, and that takes some getting used to. Whilst the jump from S7 to S8 was not quite as all-encompassing, the change from Eleven to Twelve was so much more jarring than the one from Ten to Eleven. So I thought of this song, and thought I could do a similar thing - a vid for Clara and Twelve and the audience, to say, it's ok, we've been through this before. Season 8 is going to be GREAT.

Of course, I couldn't do it.

I am far too obsessive to make a vid using only half a season of a show, if there is more available. So I kept waiting, and the more episodes aired, the more different ways I realised the lyrics could be interpreted. (It's the same issue I had with 'Never Look Away'.) It got to the stage where the song would have had to be about an hour long, with a dozen iterations of each chorus, for me to fit in all the myriad ways the lyrics could apply to Twelve and Clara. That was what caused the epic hiatus between the initial week of vid-farr and this last couple of weeks where I actually finished the thing: massive indecision. Which interpretations are the most interesting? The most coherent? The easiest to represent visually? WHO EVEN KNOWS. WHAT A STUPID HOBBY. Fortunately, I had [personal profile] such_heights to tell me 'just put in some fun shots of them having adventures!' and later [personal profile] elisi to tell me how to get the meta in there and make it make sense, and indecision was defeated. HA.

So what I'm saying is that this has evolved significantly since my original idea and frankly I never want to look at any of those clips ever again. But I hope some people like it.



Lyrics
Eheu eh-o eheu eh-o [x8]

I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
In your pose as the dust settled around us

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Eheu eh-o eheu eh-o [x4]

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
Oh oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

And the walls kept tumbling down (oh where do we begin?)
In the city that we love (the rubble or our sins?)
Great clouds roll over the hills (oh where do we begin?)
Bringing darkness from above (the rubble or our sins?)

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

Eheu eh-o eheu eh-o [x8]
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