27 September 2013 @ 03:53 pm
i had no idea her wish would be so exciting  
For the record, this is not the high school Buffy vid I've been talking about. That vid is coming once I can wrap my head around revising it. This is the Wishverse Buffy vid I made in like a day and a half while the high school vid was in beta, because wtf brain.

brave new world
edited by kaydee falls
fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (& Angel)
characters: ensemble (Wishverse)
music: Theme from "Rosemary's Baby", by Krsysztof Komeda
summary: How do you know the other world is any better than this? A Wishverse vid.
watch: embed below, or on Vimeo
download: Mediafire (.mov, 37 MB)
disclaimer: not mine, no profit, don't sue.
warnings: explicit violence, character death, dark themes

brave new world (Buffy fanvid) from kaydee falls on Vimeo.

This was very much an experiment for me as a vidder. I've done plenty of character vids, but never a specific episode-focused vid in any fandom, so that's a different sort of storytelling -- although, for me, it all comes back to the characters anyway, because that's what I find so fascinating about "The Wish" as an episode. It's on my shortlist for top five best episodes of Buffy, hands down, despite utilizing a trope that I normally hate (no one remembers what happened at the end, negating any lessons that might have been learnt). But there are very much in-universe ramifications of this experience -- vamp!Willow's return, Anya's entire character arc -- and vastly more interesting to me, the Wishverse reveals quite a lot about the characters and the world they inhabit. WILLOW, jesus christ, there is so much foreshadowing for her future character arc in this episode, holy shit. ("Bored now." And for the record, I pulled that audio clip from "The Wish" and then was kind of amazed that it matched up so perfectly with the video clip from "Villains", a full three seasons later.)

The Wishverse is an alternate universe, yes -- but it's completely in character for every single person affected. Wishverse!Buffy may look like a humorless parody of Faith at that particular moment in the show (mid-season 3), but we already know that our Buffy does have that potential for hardness, for shutting down emotion, for a joyless devotion to death. This episode just brings those hints to the fore. (And again, goddamn, let's talk about the foreshadowing for her arc in seasons 5 and 6. For real, the Wishverse is like a fucking S6 trailer, except with way more vampires and less Spike.) Wishverse!Angel is perpetually stuck in that immediately pre-Buffy flashback we saw in "Becoming Part 1" -- cringing, ineffectual, not coping at all with his soul, but with vast reserves of endurance, determined to stay alive if only for his continuing need for atonement. (Redemption hasn't even begun to enter the picture here.) Wishverse!Xander is all of the shittiest elements of S1 Xander given free reign -- and now he's finally the coolest kid in school. And god, Wishverse!Giles just breaks my heart, and I don't even want to talk about that any more. Also, I definitely get some AtS!Cordy foreshadowing out of this episode -- learning compassion, and incredibly painful visions of a possible future.

I'd originally wanted to look at Oz and Larry more, but frankly, their arcs are less interesting in the Wishverse -- Larry doesn't have much of a viddable arc in general (bully to openly gay to death in battle is a cool story, but not many viddable moments), and Oz's arc is almost entirely wrapped up in Willow, and not in ways that I find terribly revealing in terms of his character. Also, there wound up being less Angel than I'd expected -- his character reveals in the Wishverse are way more about who he was before Buffy than who he becomes after her, which limited me. Although I am a little sad I couldn't find the space to juxtapose his Wishverse death with Buffy stabbing him and sending him to hell at the end of S2, because holy visual parallels, Batman. Ah, well, there wasn't room for everything.

So, BLATHER and FEELINGS is why this vid happened, basically. Also I wanted to try actually telling a horror story (not my usual or preferred genre) -- the Wishverse is pretty horrifying to begin with, but the really scary part to me is that question asked: "How do you know the other world is any better than this?" And is it really? Is Giles's leap of faith justified? (Yes, it is. Mostly.) It took me a while to find the right music -- I'd originally wanted the lullaby from "Pan's Labyrinth", but none of the versions of it on the soundtrack were quite right (either overly orchestrated or too strangely hopeful). So I wound up doing a google search for "creepy lullaby", basically (among other tries: "eerie ambient music", "horror soundtrack", etc). I liked Sakara's song from "The Ring", but too short, and a little too on the nose. But man, "Rosemary's Baby", still one of the scariest fucking movies ever, and that fucking lullaby, holy shit. The weirdness/creepiness of the vid also let me experiment with color and saturation and lighting effects -- the Wishverse is all desaturated, not quite black-and-white (you can just barely glimpse the blue of Cordelia's dress, the red of Willow's hair, the green flash of the pendant); "real world" flashbacks are in normal color; future foreshadowing is over-exposed, a bit painfully bright. I dunno how effective it is, but it was fun to play with.

ANYWAY. So this is my strange creepy little experimental vid. Sorry for all the blather.

This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you'd like.
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lilly_the_kid: gemmalilly_the_kid on September 27th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Very cool concept! I really like this, great vid!
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on September 27th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
tardis_stowaway: buffy team finaletardis_stowaway on September 27th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
CHILLS. Very cool vid and meta.

Yeah, "The Wish" is a strong enough episode when you see it for the first time, but it becomes even stronger in retrospect when you realize how many character arcs it foreshadowed.
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on September 27th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And, yeah, definitely got much more out of the episode on rewatch. UGH it gives me so many feelings.
kiki_miserychic: A Dinosaur and Kate Spade Shoes Fairytalkiki_miserychic on September 28th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Amazing concept. I loved thinking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a new way.
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on October 2nd, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
michelel72: Cat-Suzie-Beautymichelel72 on September 29th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh, very cool. Great connections between Wishverse and realverse threads!
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on October 2nd, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it worked for you.
Leslie: Movies - Strictly Ballroom - What A Feelsilver_venus42 on October 2nd, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Great job! I love seeing Buffy in new ways.
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on October 2nd, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Lime: ☎ librarytehlime on October 5th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Such an awesome video, I loved it!
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on October 6th, 2013 06:31 am (UTC)
Thank you!
gillo: You rockgillo on October 31st, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Here via a rec. This is amazing work - incredibly poignant and powerful. And, as you say, holy foreshadowing, batman!

Excellent. Just excellent.
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on November 2nd, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
The sanest lunatic you've ever met: misc: vidder at worksdwolfpup on November 1st, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
That was very cool, I really enjoyed it!
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on November 2nd, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
unfeathered: Giles ookunfeathered on November 1st, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Here via Elisi's rec, and this is utterly gorgeous! I wish I still knew Buffy back to front like I used to so I could really get the full impact of all those clips, but I remembered enough to really get the effect. I loved the different use of colour and, as you say, some of the foreshadowing is really, really creepy!

I want time to rewatch the whole of Buffy riight now!
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on November 2nd, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad it worked for you.
Butterfly: [Angel] Bookwormsnogged on January 16th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed the concept! I liked the juxtaposition between the Wish!verse and the regular Verse.

Good stuff!
kaydee falls: so many possibilitieskaydeefalls on January 23rd, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you!