Song: "I Am The Highway"
Summary: A lonely journey through a post-apocalyptic world.
Artist: Less Than Jake
Link to streaming version
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Sam and Dean discover that you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.
Premiered at Escapade 2006.
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(This is a vid I made years ago)
edited to add: at a friend's request, I add (somewhat tongue in cheek) vidder's notes. I normally don't post notes. But here is the short version: POV = Sam Winchester. He is asking the universe: "why me? why do I have to live this life? why did my mother and Jess die?"
The universe (not being into direct communication - kinda like a passive aggressive SO) uses the people in his life to answer back:
Mom - God says nothing back
Dad - Time says nothing back
Dean - Love says nothing back
Jess - Death says nothing back.
If you haven't picked it up yet: the universe (the bastard) isn't answering Sam's question ("I told you so"). Which leaves Sam, in the end, poised between hope (fire/doves & burning Madonna) and the demon. Gasping, out of breath, caught between fear and determination. additional in-depth commentary from a viewer of the vid here: edited 3/3/2015: removed the imeem link, added vimeo
In recent weeks there have been some exciting changes filtering through the vidding community. More and more fan made vids are making the news and coming to the attention of web culture enthusiasts. This is not such ‘new’ news: In some communities (anime) vidding has enjoyed a long history of lassiez-faire relations with the content creators (even going to so far as to pay one time license fees for the music used in vids in order to show them at conventions).
Live action vidding has been more cautious - and with good reason.
Having said all this: I would like to see fan vids becoming more mainstream. Both as a vidder who wants more recognition, more viewership and the ability to impact (in a small way) the hearts and minds of popular culture. As a consumer, I want more to see, I want it to be easier to see (streaming) and the ability to see what I want, when I want and at no cost. Balanced against this is my understandable caution/fear/distaste of becoming entangled with a media and music industry that, as one commentator explains: ""So you need to understand that [the music industry] people are really and truly crazy. They imagine that their industry is not, as you might have thought previously, merely a conduit for a specific type of product. Rather, they believe that their industry is the avatar of music itself, and flush with this knowledge they gesture from their litter, seeking tribute."
Which leads me to iMeem - a small video music sharing service that like Youtube, allows people to upload content and then stream it. It is better than Youtube in that the quality of the files are better - which is why (I suspect) many vidders are testing out the service.
But keep in mind:
1. Our fannish needs are not the same as iMeem 's goals. Their website has many technical limitations (some of which we’re exploring over here).
2. iMeem is (to me) an experiment. Can imeem handle the disk space/ server load? Do we fit into their business model? Will they want to continue hosting such large video files?
3. Also on the experiment front - will we face greater exposure as individuals on iMeem vs. some other site? I know (personally) several vidders who have been asked (by the media owners) to remove their vids from Youtube. Whether that happens on imeem is anyone’s guess.
But even if fandom vidding and iMeem turns out not to be a good fit - I think that it is a worthwhile attempt to branch out and stretch our wings to try new methods of distributing our vids and reaching new fans. And even if fandom vidding hits the ground - well, we all know that it takes most birds a few tries to make it aloft.
How far each of us is willing/able to venture out of our nest is up to each of us individually. More discussion of the pros and cons (and don't doubt for a minute that there are many cons to this question as it applies to our vidding community) is here: http://community.livejournal.com/
1. Fastest way to find a fan made vid is to type "vidding" into the search bar or use one of the fandom specific codes listed below. iMeem will break down the search results by category (ex. they will list as categories all the music labeled 'vidding" as well as the videos labeled "vidding." ) Alas, there is no way to type a more refined search ex: vidding AND spn (drop me a note if you find a way) so you are going to have to wade through the search results.
2. Allow the entire vid to cache or "load" before playing for the best playback. (caching = look for the grey bar below the vid to fill in all the way).
3. Tag as you go - if a vid is missing a tag, you can add it (see list of possible fandom tags below).
4. For both Fans and Vidders: Don't forget Playlists - as you watch a vid, you can add it to your own playlist (there is an option below the vid - if you don't have a playlist created, look below the vid and click to "add the vid to a playlist " This will allow you to start the playlist). What the playlist will do is create a mini-sequence of all the vids you like. As an example, I've collected all the Supernatural vids I've found to date and put them into this playlist: http://morgandawn.imeem.com/playlist/
If You Are Posting Vids
1. When uploading, consider your category carefully. Ex: I decided not to label my vids as music videos to avoid possible conflicts with the music industry. I chose "other".
2. More importantly, however, is your tagging. Vidding seems to be the more popular tag fans are using. [Note: if you are an anime vidder, you may want to use an anime specific tag since the site currently does not allow for multiple tag searches. Say: avs? Or some other one word combo). Consider also adding a fandom specific tag (see below) that is not too descriptive. One word tags only since iMeem will not tag more than one word.
3. Supposedly iMeem will also search your text box descriptions of vids - ex. if you type in the description: "This is my Supernatural video set to the music of Johnny Cash," someone could search for your vid by artist or tv show name. I have not seen this work (as of yet) - it is a something to consider when deciding how visible you want your entries to be.
4. Linking back to your website - another factor to consider. If you get a request to take down your vids, linking back to your website may also shut down the vids on your website. Or it may not. YMMV.
5. Don't forget the Home feature (small link at the very bottom of the page) - this will take you to an area where you can customize your profile - and more importantly allow you to look at your stats.
(we're compiling a list of acronyms over at the iMeem forum here as well as discussing tips and suggestions)