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Much paranoia and even more technological failure later (and really kind of slightly late now S2 has just started, but oh well) - a Sleepy Hollow vid! Mostly finished just last week, this only contains clips from S1.

Cold War
edited by [personal profile] purplefringe
fandom: Sleepy Hollow
characters: Jenny (& Abbie)
music: Cold War by Janelle Monáe
summary: Do you know what you're fighting for?
notes: Spoilers for all of S1
warnings: Some fast, stuttery cuts, some depictions of violence

HUGE thanks to [personal profile] shinyjenni and [personal profile] beccatoria for wonderfully insightful and articulate beta-ing via email! <3 <3 <3 And also, as always, to [personal profile] such_heights who watched this particular vid on her holiday, and then numerous times since :-)

download: 54MB @ mediafire


pointless ramblings:
I loved Jenny whilst watching the show over the last few weeks. I loved her complexity, her personal cocktail of brittleness and anger and unexpected humour. I loved her even more in the context of her relationship with Abbie, which is one of the most beautiful, intense depictions of a pair of sisters that I've ever seen. They gave me so many Feelings, omg. (sidenote: someone should vid the pair of them alongside Buffy and Dawn, and maybe Anna and Elsa, and other amazing sisters who fight and hug and save each other and prevent the apocalypse. Please.) BUT. Jenny was never my favourite! Abbie and Ichabod have my heart and soul, and I thought if I were to vid any relationship in the show, it would be theirs. Maybe I will in the future…I do have a seriously cracky Ichabod vid brewing.

Anyway, the realisation that Cold War needed to be a Jenny vid hit me very suddenly in the middle of the night, about two hours after watching the S1 finale, and about twelve hours after declaring dramatically to [personal profile] such_heights that I *really wanted* to make a vid but COULD NOT BE BOTHERED TO MAKE ANY CLIPS UGHHHH so might have to work on one of the dormant projects pre-clipped and half-finished on my hard drive.

Ha. Hahahahaha. NOPE. Vid Farr set in suddenly, and, er, this happened. I have Thoughts about what I set out to vid (surprise surprise), about Jenny's arc and about my interpretation of the song lyrics...but have learned from extensive email correspondence with my lovely betas that actually other people can explain the jumbled mess inside my head waaaaay more coherently than I can, so I should just leave you all to it.


Lyrics

So you think I'm alone?
But being alone's the only way to be
When you step outside
You spend life fighting for your sanity

This is a cold war
You better know what you're fighting for
This is a cold war
Do you know what you're fighting for?

If you want to be free
Below the ground is the only place to be
'Cause in this life
You spend time running from depravity

This is a cold war
Do you know what you're fighting for?
This is a cold war
You better know what you're fighting for
This is a cold war
You better know what you're fighting for
This is a cold war
Do you know what you're fighting for?

Bring wings to the weak and bring grace to the strong
May all evil stumble as it flies in the world
All the tribes comes and the mighty will crumble
We must brave this night and have faith in love

I'm trying to find my peace
I was made to believe there's something wrong with me
And it hurts my heart
Lord have mercy, ain't it plain to see?

That this is a cold war
Do you know what you're fighting for?
This is a cold war
You better know what you're fighting for

This is a cold, cold war
You better know what you're fighting for

Do you know? It's a cold...
Do you?
Do you?

It's a cold ...
You better know what you're fighting for
bye bye bye bye, don't you cry when I say goodbye...
bye bye bye bye, don't you cry when I say goodbye...)

Date: 2014-09-30 01:51 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (abbie + ichabod)
From: [personal profile] beccatoria
::insert sound of like five minutes continuous shrieking::

Dude, so great, so gorgeous. Captures so many of her complexities so well. The section we were talking about via email is one of my favourite parts now. Just, mega achievement unlocked with this. It's awesome.

Date: 2014-09-30 07:04 pm (UTC)
veleda_k: Stock picture of a book with my screen name (Default)
From: [personal profile] veleda_k
I'm so glad to see this! This is one of my favorite songs and Jenny is my favorite SH character. Thank you!

Date: 2014-09-30 08:31 pm (UTC)
sally_maria: Ichabod looking over Abbie's shoulder. (Sleepy Hollow)
From: [personal profile] sally_maria
Jenny is such a great character, and it's lovely to see this perceptive take on her. Thank you for sharing. :-)

Date: 2014-09-30 10:10 pm (UTC)
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
From: [personal profile] raven
Ah, perfect song choice and this is a wonderful vid. I love how it showcases how tough Jenny is, how powerful, despite the world that would make her sit down and shut up - and using Janelle Monae really underscores that, it really brings race front and centre, where it ought to be. (It's a cold war - yes.)

Date: 2014-10-01 02:07 am (UTC)
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (tscc - jesse)
From: [personal profile] chaila
Well I really need to watch The Mills Sisters Show! I haven't even seen most of this show, but this was great anyway. Love the use of this song. The editing was fab--the fading from Jenny to the demon and back! <3

Date: 2014-10-08 04:14 pm (UTC)
saturnofthemoon: (Jenny Mills)
From: [personal profile] saturnofthemoon
Downloading, this is gorgeous!

Date: 2014-10-16 12:31 am (UTC)
killabeez: (Default)
From: [personal profile] killabeez
Oh, yes, yes! This made me so happy. I love everything about this show, but it's Jenny who makes me take it seriously.

Date: 2014-10-21 10:00 am (UTC)
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Sleepy Hollow: Jenny)
From: [personal profile] frayadjacent
Beautiful vid! I loved how you showed Jenny's resolve and toughness, and how difficult her relationship with her sister has been. I love those two and you totally did them justice. I'm so glad this vid exists -- yay vid farr!

The section that shows her connections to other characters -- Macy, Frank, Corbin, Ichabod -- was wonderful too, as was Jenny's internal struggle with the demon. Ugh so many feels now. And I loved how you picked up the pace toward the end, with faster cutting and one badass shot after another.

The end was super interesting -- I sort of expected you to fade out the music before the part that transitions to Tightrope, and the fact that you *didn't*, that you held the hugs over that, works really well. The music is vaguely ominous (that's not quite the word I want but it's the best I can come up with right now). It suggests that everything is not all better, even though Jenny is clearly in a better place than she was when the show started. Tension is still there, the trauma is still there, and of course they still have an apocalypse to avert.

Also, when I was watching the beginning it occurred to me that you could read some meaning into the word "patient" on the back of Jenny's shirt when she's locked up. She's been fighting this fight longer than Abbie and is playing the long game. She's had to be hella patient in fighting her cold war. Anyway I don't know if you intended that but I liked it. :)

Date: 2014-10-22 10:36 pm (UTC)
frayadjacent: Buffy smirking over Giles with quarterstaff (Sleepy Hollow: Abbie)
From: [personal profile] frayadjacent
YES, totally agree with you about the audience and Abbie's journey in learning more about Jenny and what she's been up to and been through. Such a great series of reveals.

I love the thing about Jenny turning her back, building her resources! Awesome. <3

Date: 2014-12-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tearful-eye.livejournal.com
oh my heart.
this is so great!

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