zoetrope: (SGA - The synopsis said John/Rodney!)
So, I've been thinking of making a series of SG:A matte paintings, sort of story snippets in image form, or BYOP (Bring Your Own Plot!). This might end up being a series, as I hope, but might just be this one, depending on whether inspiration strikes again, I suppose. And how crazy work gets.

So, tentatively, this is the first in a series of BYOP!images.

Title: Drowned Valley

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A clue in the crossword I'm doing right now is: "Imaginative penetration".

I assume we're looking for an answer more sophisticated than 'the backwards cowgirl'?
zoetrope: (Misc - Feminism)
Wanna be scared? This beats Blair Witch, The Shining, and Knocked Up for sheer terror value.
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I just made my first proper page edit on Fanlore. *bites nails*. But it was exciting! I can see how it could become completely addictive.

Meanwhile, OTW has made an awesome series here about vidding - the hows, whys and wherefores. Really great stuff, it made my afternoon pass much more quickly yesterday (yes, I should have been working. Shut up.) It was a little scary though, in a weird way. I feel a little like an amateur, messing around with the toys of the professionals. They all have, like, whiteboards! And special vidding drives! And I just prat around, really *g*
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So, in my recent foray into crack-land, I made a somewhat interesting discovery. That the pilot for Stargate: Atlantis is almost the exact plot of The Wizard of Oz. There are two main differences: that John takes (most of) his friends with him - although they are all virtual strangers, so I'm not sure this one counts anyway - and that John stays in Oz Pegasus at the end of the episode. Crucial, of course, for a TV series. I'm sure Dorothy would have stayed in Oz, if she'd had a 22 episode commitment.

Meanwhile, we have a run-in with the Wicked Witch, whom John inadvertently angers, and this culminates in he and his friends being held in the witch's castle, John having to defeat her in order to save the day. In this telling, I would say that the Wizard of Oz is arguably Atlantis itself, a mysterious and somewhat dangerous being. As well, Atlantis looks almost identical to the Emerald City in the original movie. Just... bluer.

Rodney is of course the Cowardly Lion. Ford, in an unkind reading, could be seen as the Scarecrow (especially in later episodes - prime/not prime being a good example). But who needs a heart? Teyla? The metaphor being her necklace/the ties to the loves of her past and family culminating in her and John finding an emotional connection?

Anyway, er, this amused me muchly. And that's all really!

New Vid

Nov. 15th, 2008 09:42 pm
zoetrope: (SGA - The synopsis said John/Rodney!)
Here's a little bit of fun for you. My love letter to SG:A fandom:

Title: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
Length: 2:19
Pairing: Gen! Or... "there is no way that a Shep vid to a song made famous by JUDY GARLAND is GEN, but thank you for playing! BWAH." Ces.
Summary: Over the rainbow.
Spoilers: Through season five aired eps.
File size: 46.5 MB




Hope you enjoy! :)
zoetrope: (Misc - I'm not even supposed to be here)
I'm kind of over this whole being-a-grownup, working-for-a-living thing.

The place I'm working keeps extending my contract which, on the one hand, yay money. On the other hand, I've been looking forward to lazy unemployment for a while now.

I've got three (3!) vid ideas that I want to work on - one of which I have a rough cut of - but I can't do that until I can get away from London and back to my home town where my beautiful computer lives. So all these fun projects are on the back burners for a while, and every time I start counting down to when I'll be able to work on them, the date is pushed back once more.

All this is probably not helped by the fact that, while the place I'm working is perfectly pleasant, no one really goes out of their way to be friendly, so I'm fairly isolated. I sit in this little section of the office on my own, and no one greets me in the morning or invites me out for lunch. And my mental health hasn't been great recently, which is not helped by this enforced isolation. I spend most of my time bugging people via email!

On the other hand, it's awesome being in London and getting to see Juicy and DMJ all the time, and my lovely iPhone now means that I'm no longer feeling stranded without internet at my dad's house.

Also, podfic is my refuge at the moment. It occurred to me today, as I was buying my breakfast, that it feels delightfully subversive to be handing over my £1.20 while listening to a pretty hard-core sex scene. I had to fight from blushing, but I was still pleased. My own personal rebellion. Yay for fandom, slash, and podfic, say I.

I'm more than ready for it to be Christmas already, please, any time now, okay?

Things I've been enjoying recently:

Newsweek's 'Inside the Election 2008' article. Long and fascinating. Good way to kill time at a boring job!

We Feel Fine: An exploration of human emotion, in six movements (but less pretentious than it sounds!)

The Telegraph have a crazy signs section, some of which I think are fake, but many of which are completely hilarious. This is my current fave:

zoetrope: (SGA - The synopsis said John/Rodney!)
I was up at three am here in the UK, watching the final votes come in from the West Coast, and eventually tearing up during his speech. What an incredible victory. Congratulations.
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I'd never really thought about it before. I mean, in principal I was very much behind its aims, but in practise it had always been a very abstract thing for me.

That is, until Youtube took down the vid for Missed the Saturday Dance due to copyright violation of the song.

My automatic reaction was disappointment, but I wasn't all that sad. In some ways (see how useless I am at saving copies of vids, artwork, etc.) the things that I make for fandom are ultimately transient to me. I put them out there and then let them float away, if you like, and have never been very good at actively making an effort to preserve them. So I figured MTSD would float away and that would be that.

What did slightly worry me, however, was the potential for litigation. In my wilder moments, I envisioned a snowball effect of each piece I'd done being targeted, resulting in my eventual expulsion from the internet as a whole. (Hey, I said 'wilder moments'.)

So when [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza contacted me to say, basically, "Hey, this is what OTW is for!" to suddenly have this whole organisation behind me, felt amazing! People that know about things like laws and rulings and, er, stuff. Basically, people that have got my back. And yours!

So my vid is online again, and OTW are taking a fighting stance on it; hosting it and everything, so, yay.

If you can, take a moment to go to see MTSD at Open Doors and watch the vid again; a little mini take-a-stand-against-the-man *g*

And if you're feeling extra-affluent, donate to or become a member of OTW! I did *g*

Well, fuck

Oct. 18th, 2008 05:24 pm
zoetrope: (SGA - The synopsis said John/Rodney!)
Just had an email from youtube stating that the vid for MTSD has been taken down because the copyright holder on the song has claimed ownership. Yay.
zoetrope: (Misc - I'm not even supposed to be here)
1. Does anyone have a copy of my trailer for Hindsight? I never back anything up, and so don't actually have a copy of it anymore (I'm useless, I know), and I've had a couple of requests for it to be reuploaded... any help will be much appreciated. And I'll try not to be so crap at saving stuff. Lazlet is Queen of the world. Yis.

2. I walked past Jack Davenport in Soho the other day. Yes, that's right you lot. NORRINGTON. I walked past NORRINGTON. I may have swooned a little.

3. My nephew had this conversation with his teacher this week:

Teacher: That's a lovely drawing, L. What is it?
L: A boat.
Teacher: And what's this bit here?
L: The wanker.
Teacher: ...the what?
L: The wanker.
Teacher: And, ah, what is the wanker?
L: The wanker! To stop it wolling away!

Hee. He's so adorable!

4. I think I've lost faith a little. Since MTSD my creativity has been at an all-time low. I've done the odd thing, but nothing off my own back. Nothing that is a story I want to tell. Either I rehash tried and tested formulae, or I do something that compliments someone else's work - safe, safe, safe. It seems to be a combination of fear and laziness. While the majority of the response to MTSD was positive, in the wise words of Vivian from Pretty Woman "The bad stuff is easier to believe". I'm a little afraid to put anything out there again, and it's starting to frustrate me. I want to experiment and make weird and wonderful things, but... eh. Maybe I just don't have any good ideas. That's probably it. :)

5. Meantime, I'm alternately stressed at work or unemployed, fighting rabidly against another slide into mental ill-health, trying and failing to diet, because I'm stress-eating like a bitch. Sometimes life is just too darn hard, don't you think? I wish there was a company where you could hire a person to take over a portion of your life for you. Like, I'll deal with the job stuff, if they do my daily commute for me.

6. However, I'm loving 30 Rock and LEGO Batman, and my cute coworker, very much ;)
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Summary: 2 atoms in a molecule (or Why John Sheppard is an Emotional Simpleton)

Notes: This vid is a sort of companion piece to Absolutely Cuckoo. If AC is Rodney saying "Don't fall in love with me, I'm batshit!", 2 atoms is John's response: "Don't worry. Love is for suckers."

Warnings: Erring on the side of caution... clips used up to and including 5x06 'The Shrine'. One promo pic used from a later episode, but all context cut out, so not really a spoiler. Don't watch if you're really sensitive!

Watch online: http://zoetrope.talkoncorners.net/twoatoms.htm
Download avi (38.5 MB): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5K92V5WK

Song: '2 atoms in a molecule' by Noah and the Whale

A question

Aug. 27th, 2008 09:33 pm
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Ok, if I'm currently making a vid and I use a *still* from a future ep, but basically just cut out the main character so the only way it could be seen as a spoiler is for the way a character is standing... should I warn for spoilers? Or not?

New podfic

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:37 pm
zoetrope: (SGA - The synopsis said John/Rodney!)

Title: Ordinary Life
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] astolat & [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza
Reader/cover artist: [livejournal.com profile] zoetrope
Pairing: McShep

"They all think I’m your boyfriend anyway," John said.
"Yes, so? You are my boyfriend," Rodney said. "Why is this a problem?"
"They thought I was before I even was!" John yelled.

File info: Two MP3 files, zipped, with cover art. Section 1: 50 minutes (69 MB), Section 2: 1 hour (83 MB)


Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dodificus & [livejournal.com profile] tacittype for beta... er... 'listening'. *g*
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Would anyone be willing to beta a podfic? Just under two hrs long in two mp3 sections.

ETA - Found someone now! :)
zoetrope: (SGA - The synopsis said John/Rodney!)
Firstly, I'd like to point you in the direction of my website, now hosted by the gracious and wonderful [livejournal.com profile] svmadelyn, here.

It should all be up there, but if you find a dead link of any kind, please do drop me a line!

Thanks so much, [livejournal.com profile] svmadelyn!

Secondly, I've been making covers today for what is quite possibly my favourite story in SG:A: Ordinary Life by [livejournal.com profile] astolat and [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza. I'd been considering podficcing it, but then someone on sgapodfic said they were doing it, and I don't want to step on toes... so I decided to be arty instead *g*. Plus it's about time I exercised that muscle. So to speak. Anyway, I couldn't decide which cover I liked best, so I made a kind of mosaic of them all. Click the tease for the full version


Hope you enjoy! :)
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Oh, the adventures that have been had since my last post!

Housesitting in Surrey was on the whole sunny and delightful, with a lot of time spent in pubs with friends, and not all that much time fending off daddy long legs - always the preferable balance.

My soon-to-be ex-flatmate [livejournal.com profile] rossywar and friend N visited for a long weekend, and we had adventures going on these things called 'walks', which I'd never really heard of before. So their sense of adventure took us away from the world, and my sense of direction bought us back. If you've got [livejournal.com profile] rossywar on your friendslist, she was doing that posting pictures meme during her time there, so you can take a peek, but they're flocked. Otherwise, I've posted a couple of her pics and a couple of mine behind the cut.

...and lashings and lashings of ginger beer! )

So that was nice.

The next main adventure was that of the Near Death Experience, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the RAC.

Juicy, DMJ and I had all been for a rather stimulating day out at Warwick Castle.* On the drive back to London in my father's piece of shit car, on the M40, going 90mph in the fast lane (don't tell the cops), one of the rear tyres burst. Yay!

Juicy said afterwards that, if I'd sworn colourfully she'd have known nothing was wrong. But as it was, I just went. "Hmm, okay then," in a Very Calm Voice, and put the hazard lights on.

Life on the hard shoulder isn't as much fun as you might think. We didn't have to wait too long for the RAC though, and in the meantime two police patrols stopped to make sure we were ok, and one of them took my number so he could check in with us, so we felt relatively safe. They did, however, advise us to get out of the car and onto the bank, in case we were hit by a sleeping driver, so we ended the evening watching the most amazing sunrise and singing songs by the side of the road, wrapped in blankets and scarves. If I'd got with me my USB cable, you could have had pics, but those will have to come at a later date.

We made it home after midnight, in true Cinderella style, but not before I'd inadvertently answered the phone to the police while I was driving. Yeah, probably not the best idea.

Side-of-the-road CD, coming soon!:
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Bless Yore Beautiful Hide
I Wanna Be Loved By You
I Say A Little Prayer
and more!

Since then it's been mostly watering my dad's six billion bonsai trees and getting work applications out (*groan, never gonna get a job, etc. etc.*).

Yesterday I escaped from my father's unique brand of idiocy and escaped north to my mother once more. The train was packed, as always, and on the way off the train, through a crush of Mancunians, I accidentally hit a little boy in the face with my handbag. I was so flustered by this, that I flailed a little trying to get it out of his face, and accidentally poked the guy standing next to him in the eye. Or the nose. I'm not sure; I just knew my finger was wet.

So then I had to stand there until the conductor opened the doors, with a wet finger - I obviously couldn't wipe it, that would be impolite *g* - with giggles crowding into my throat like bubbles, but unable to let them loose. I cackled my way from the train to the car, though, causing a few people to look at me askance!

Anyway, yes, it's been a busy few weeks. Hope you're all well out there in LJ land!

*I really can't recommend it enough. Men dressed as stableboys everywhere. What is it about breeches, soft boots and a laced-up shirt that makes even the least sexy man in the place at risk of me climbing him like a tree? God, I have such a Chatterley kink. Also, I love the dungeon. But not in a kink-way, I swear. It's just gruesome and weirdly compelling.
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