Hi! I just thought it would be nice to have a general 'noticeboard' post at the top of my journal, but right now I can't think of anything particularly interesting to say. Isn't that always the way?
If you're looking for my fic/vids, the links are at the side of the page and/or in my memories. I've written a lot of fic in various fandoms, but the things that I've done that seem to have been most popular to date are both vids - namely Brokeback Hospital (House MD, House/Wilson) and Cat's in the Cradle (House MD, Sherlock, Fortysomething). The vid I wished more people watched is Last Day of Your Life (Third Star, Miles/James), just because I adore the movie and that particular relationship.
I attended Oz Comic Con 2014, and have had my picture taken with the 'batch, but it was a weird thing for me to do and I'm still conflicted about it. I have issues *g*. My transcription of his (Sunday) talk may be found on tumblr here.
I generally love chatting to people on lj - feel free to drop me a comment if you think we have interests in common :)
26 May 2012 - After five years, I thought I might actually try HAVING a tagging system. Update (slowly) in progress. My memories are still the best index, for now. I'm now also on AO3.
Shows I'm currently fannish about: Sherlock, Cabin Pressure
Also currently fangirling: Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Field, Mark Gatiss, Chris Barrie, Philip Quast
Shows I watch regularly but not fannishly: Almost Human, Drop Dead Diva, Elementary, Hannibal, Hawaii 5-0, Luther, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice.
Originally posted by kimberlyfdr at It's Our Content Now - Fan Vidding Research Survey Now Open
The IRB approval / exemption just came through today, so it's time to make the survey active! As many of you know, I'm currently completing my thesis for a Masters degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in the area of fandom research, specifically fan vidding. I am conducting a 1-month survey within the fan vidder community in regards to fan creators' identification with entertainment media in visual storytelling. There will be an option to take part in a later follow-up survey to expand upon certain answers within the survey, but that is voluntary. I will be posting reminders about the survey on a weekly basis until the close date of September 13th.
I would greatly appreciate if you would redistribute this survey to your social media circles, friendslists, fellow vidders, etc. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the study or the survey. Thank you!
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project Title: Fan Creators’ Identification With Entertainment Media In Visual Storytelling
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Lynn Workman
IRB Number: 16-1907 (This submission has been reviewed by the Office of Human Research Ethics and was determined to be exempt from further review according to the regulatory category 2.Survey, interview, public observation under 45 CFR 46.101(b).)
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this research study is to gather information about fanvidders' engagement in fandom as a result of their fanvids, the vidders' interactions with media owners, the extent to which vidders align their identities with the media they are vidding, and what reactionary steps vidders take when identification with media goes astray.
Overview: You will be asked your opinion about the target areas listed above, as well as completion of a section to self-identify and/or consent for follow-up questions.
Duration: This survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete.
Statement of Confidentiality: Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may cease completion at any time and your answers will not be saved until your final submission. You have the option to provide an email address for follow-up questions, but this section is not a requirement for completion of the survey. All data collected from this survey will be reviewed by the principal investigator only, accessible through a password-protected site where all survey data will be stored. The information will be summarized for use in infographics as part of a Masters thesis project, as well as later utilized for academic publication. No identifying information will be used without consent.
Qualifications: In order to participate in this study, you must be a fanvidder above the age of 18. Fanvidders are defined as those who have participated in the act of vidding, creating music videos that combines source content from popular media through video and audio materials and re-purposes it in a new way.
Questions: You are welcome to ask any questions about this research, the study, or the follow-up interview questions at any time. Please contact Kimberly Lynn Workman through her official UNC-Chapel Hill email address (email@example.com) or her fandom email address (kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com).
Survey Link: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV
Characters/Pairings: Mycroft Holmes/John Watson
Word count: 9,100
Warnings/contents: missing scenes, slash, d/s themes, dinner
Notes: I started this over eighteen months ago and got stuck, but I really wanted to finish it as best I could, even if it is a bit, um, random. Pure self-indulgent fluff, because I really do want Mycroft to be happy once in a while. Honest.
Summary: Mycroft consults John on the outcome of the Irene Adler case, and then invites him to dinner. In all senses of the word. Sequel of sorts to Resolutions, but the backstory is pretty obvious.
Read at: AO3.
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For the rest of you, here's Philip having a bath on Play School, and Javert looking unimpressed.
Coincidentally, we were actually IN Canberra (the capital of Australia, and seat of government) over the weekend for family stuff, nothing to do with the election. But we did visit Parliament House on July 3rd, where the guides studiously avoided talking about politics, at least in that sense. I did the obligatory school visit as a kid, but that was to what is now known as Old Parliament House, so hadn't seen the shiny new one.
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Also visited the National Gallery. I really liked this sculpture - I can't remember the name of it, but I think it was meant to evoke the idea of 'empathy'. I just think of it as 'man with blobfish'.
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I made a special pilgrimage in the rain sans umbrella just to see this plaque, which is outside a shopping centre *g*. And yes, DAAS are originally from Canberra.
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Also visited the Royal Australian Mint, had dinner at a fabulous Japanese restaurant, and went to the Dinosaur Museum on the last day.
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En route, we also paid a brief visit to the Big Merino at Goulburn, which is part of an Australian fixation with "big" things. And people think we don't have culture...
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Read The Fireman by Joe Hill, which I was looking forward to, but it's probably the novel of his I've liked least to date. His earlier ones were quite compact, but this was a 700+ page epic that imo showed signs of needing a good edit. And this is an odd thing to say, because I don't think I've ever really said this about a novel before, but I didn't 'believe' his characters. I mean, I've read books with protagonists capable of virtually anything and everything and not turned a hair, but I've never read a protagonist I've found so... idk, detailed, yet internally inconsistent? ( Read more...Collapse )
But it was very readable, and engaging, so I guess that's still a good thing?
Saw a few things at the Sydney Film Festival, which has just ended. First there was High-Rise (Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons) which was visually stunning - in many ways - but otherwise not my thing at all. I thought it did quite accurately capture the spirit of the book in that I disliked almost everyone in it and found the plot both illogical and annoying. But it looked great, and stylistically did have that 70s groovy schlock-horror vibe to it, and there was a lot of sex and screaming and gratuitous violence if you like that kind of thing. Normally I would, but eh. All very arty, but not very satisfying if you want story rather than set-pieces.
Then Ten Years, which is a Hong Kong compilation where five young film-makers were asked to make a short film about what life might be like in Hong Kong in ten years' time, with most showing particular emphasis on life under Chinese rule. Unsurprisingly, the film opened in HK, and was then pulled from cinemas by the PRC Government, in the finest traditions of irony *g*. ( Read more...Collapse )
Also Under the Sun, which is an odd combination of film and documentary. A Russian film crew were invited to film a documentary about an 'ordinary' North Korean girl and her glorious journey towards becoming a member of the Children's Union on the Day of the Shining Star (Kim Il-Sung's birthday). However, this is not that 'documentary', but rather a combination of scenes that were filmed, coupled with footage of things that happened during the shoot. So it shows Korean handlers instructing the family what to say and how to act, and details how the father, who is actually a print journalist, is shown in the 'documentary' as being the brilliant head of an exemplary garment factory, while the mother, who works in a cafeteria, is shown to be a worker at a factory producing soy milk. ( Read more...Collapse )
Theatre-wise, saw the wonderful Philip Quast 'in conversation', which was such a joy. I think he has my favourite musical theatre voice in the world, but I haven't heard him sing live for years - he was based in London for so many years (winning a record three Oliviers for best actor in a musical), and then mainly did acting roles once back in Australia. He's getting on in years, but has retained both his amazing falsetto and earth-shaking baritone. Just incredible, especially at close range (we were in the second row). He had some fun stories, too, such as baking Ian McKellen a cake for his 70th birthday when he attended La Cage Aux Folles with 70 guests and complained that it apparently takes two straight guys to play a gay couple (Quast was starring in La Cage Aux Folles with Roger Allam - my god, the entire theatre must have vibrated with those two) *g*
Lastly saw Heathers (the musical) at the Opera House which I thoroughly enjoyed, much more than most of the musicals I've seen recently. Loved the movie - whatever did happen to Christian Slater? - but had forgotten just how dark the comedy was, and the 80s nostalgia was fun to visit all over again. The songs were well done - properly integrated into the story (for a change) and with some very clever and funny lyrics into the bargain. Good singing, great acting (admittedly tuned to High Camp), and interestingly pared-back but effective set design, with movable banks of lockers being used in versatile ways. Might need a movie rewatch...
Except for the book, that was all in the space of the last week and a bit, which was not ideal timing, but couldn't be helped. Now I just need to stop coughing *g* (In case you're wondering, I managed to not actually cough during performances - it seems to be triggered by changes in temperature and position, so as long as I'm warm and sitting still, I'm fine. LOL.)
* Saw Pennsylvania Avenue at the Opera House starring Bernadette Robinson. I've been a casual fan of hers for a long time - she's an Australian cabaret-style singer who has a knack for accents and impersonations, which I enjoy very much. In this one-woman show she plays an assistant at the White House on the brink of retirement who looks back at the Presidents she's served under, and the celebrities she's seen passing through. The show opened with her amazing Marilyn Monroe (vocal only) impersonation, "Happy Birthday, Mr President" and went on to tell the story of her character's life, intermingled with glimpses into each Presidency, ending with Clinton. Along the way, she performed songs in the style of singers like Eartha Kitt, Bob Dylan (accurate and hilarious), Peggy Lee, Sammy Davis Jnr, Maria Callas (amazing), and a few more. Really enjoyable just for the sheer talent on display - she also used a variety of American accents to emulate her various supervisors and successive Presidents - but at the same time, as an Australian, I was somewhat bemused by the entire concept. I don't know whether other countries use the term "cultural cringe", but as Australians, we often automatically think other countries are somehow "better" - more interesting, more important - and this felt like another iteration of that. I do think, however, that if she were to take it to the US, it'd go down very well.
* Oooh, speaking of Australian things, I stumbled across this ultra-low-budget locally-made web series that I found hilarious, and which may appeal to some of you. Now, I'm not a big fan of superheroes, but the thought of Superman, Batman, Aquaman and Bruce Banner (yes, he knows it's the wrong franchise) sharing a house just makes me laugh in general. That's the premise of The Justice Lease. Superman does the ironing, Batman is obsessed with his tragic past (and his various movie portrayals), Aquaman is trident-happy, and nobody can stand Banner unless he's angry. And they're all apparently and inexplicably Australian. Just go with it. Oh, I remember how I found it now - Philip Quast has a cameo in the second series as Commissioner Gordon *g*
* Then I saw the remnants (their words *g*) of the Doug Anthony Allstars at the Enmore Theatre, which if I'm honest was lovely on one hand, but also an odd, bittersweet experience on the other. As many of you might know, my username is a tribute to them, and Tim, Paul and Richard were a defining influence on my late teens and early twenties. DAAS split up in the mid-90s for reasons which were not disclosed at the time, and although all three of them went on to subsequent TV and radio work, for a long time there seemed to be bad blood between Paul+Richard and Tim. As it turned out years later, Tim left the group because he'd been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and it had become simply too exhausting for him to perform at the level required for the shows. Of course, he didn't TELL anyone about this (dare I say, typical male) - he just quit.
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I still love what's left of them, and I'm glad I went, but it was a vivid reminder that time moves on.
* Made time to watch Margin Call at last, which was quite gripping. I think if you're already financially inclined, it's much more enjoyable than The Big Short, but then it's really a different genre. The global financial crisis as tense thriller rather black comedy.
* Oh, and today I went out to see The First Monday in May, which is a documentary covering the 2015 Met Gala (China: Through the Looking Glass), that big fashion do put on by Vogue and Anna Wintour. I... don't really have much interest in fashion, but it seemed the best thing that happened to be on at the movies that I hadn't already seen. I think if you're into fashion you'd really enjoy it, though. This is probably blatantly obvious to most of you, but when they were going on about fashion being "art" rather than, well, clothes, that was seriously a minor revelation to me (oh, do shut up *g*). I really had never quite understood why people would design outrageous clothes that couldn't actually be worn under normal circumstances. But okay, as art it makes perfect sense. Which I think shows you how much of a non-fashionista I am. I like to look presentable, and I do like a bit of style and colour, but am relentlessly practical above all else *g*. As an art display, the clothes were, admittedly, gorgeous. I felt like I'd gone on a museum tour, except in this case the museum had come to me. And I also belatedly realised that Zoolander is a satire of the fashion world in the same way Dilbert is a satire of large corporations - that is, not at all. OMG. These people cannot be real. Must read The Devil Wears Prada now *g*
* Lastly, saw last week's The Hollow Crown (Henry VI, part II), which was surprisingly great. I'm not a big fan of the Histories, and began half-watching it while net surfing, but it ended up drawing my whole attention. I do feel they must have cut quite a bit - I was pleased that I had no problem understanding what was going on even without ever having read the play, but ( really, can this be called a spoiler?Collapse ) What on earth happened there? Anyway, I enjoyed seeing BC, obviously, but I wasn't entirely convinced by his performance. I thought he was great in the ensemble work, but tended towards being OTT in the soliloquies... which was weirdly the opposite of how I found him in Hamlet! Huh. Queen Margaret (Sophie Okenedo), on the other hand, was cool. Looking forward to Richard III tomorrow (for me).
So, what did you all think?
- Finally saw Victor Frankenstein (on the plane, to which it was perfectly suited). I do think I would have been disappointed if I'd made a trip to the movies specifically to see it, but as a gap filler it was fine. Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) is a hunchback who works in a circus, but has a flair for medicine. Victor (James McAvoy) rescues him, straightens him out (literally) and we're on our way. I don't remember much of it except that there were shots of twitching flesh, bolts of electricity and cries of "It's alive!" - so, pretty much like every other retelling of Frankenstein, ever. Obviously this one was made a little different by the takeover of the Sherlock cast - Andrew Scott as an suspicious policeman, Lou Brealey as... someone (I think she was a girl in a bar, but whatever) and Mark Gatiss as... someone in the lab. IIRC, he had one line: "AAAAAAAGH!". And that was the movie *g*
- Also saw Clue on DVD, something I'd been meaning to do for a while, mainly because 1) I adore Tim Curry and 2) for that infamous Madeline Kahn "I hated her sooo much, it, it, flames... flames on the side of my face" gif which I also love. Yes, a movie based on the the board game. Six guests gather at a mansion in response to a mysterious summons, people are murdered - whodunnit? It was incredibly cheesy, sure, and packed to the hilt with cheap jokes, but they were thoroughly entertaining cheap jokes, and the movie was surprisingly well-structured. Tim Curry was glorious, and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Would watch again someday.
- Saw Eddie the Eagle in an open-air cinema while on holiday, which was a lovely experience - deck chairs under the stars. The movie wasn't bad, either. Based on the true story of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics, qualifying as the first British ski jumper under quite unlikely circumstances. Sure, he kind of sucked compared to the others, but he also did his country proud by getting there. Eddie was played by Taron Egerton, who I remember from Kingsman, with Hugh Jackman as his coach-with-a-dark-past-who-is-dragged-un
- Then as soon as I got back there was Ghost: The Musical, which... yeah, it's based on That Film. Which I actually did see, all those years ago. I mainly saw this because it starred Rob Mills (Sam), who I really like, and Jenna Rix (Molly), who has a lovely voice. I think probably everyone knows the story - Sam and Molly are in love, but Sam can never bring himself to say "I love you". Then he's killed, but finds himself hanging around on Earth to unravel a conspiracy around his death and protect Molly. In this endeavour he's reluctantly helped by a fraudulent psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who is surprised and not entirely happy that she's not quite a fraud after all. I'd say it's still a really solid story, and the staging was interesting, with a lot of use of projection to evoke the New York environment, plus some nifty stage magic to produce some "ghostly" effects. The singing was enjoyable, and Wendy Mae Brown (playing Oda Mae Brown, which did made me double-take) ended up being a major highlight who pretty much just walked away with the show. Nothing could stand before her or her character. But... much like the musical Kinky Boots, I found the musical aspect entirely pointless. The songs were pleasant enough, but so uninspiring that I was mostly waiting for them to be over so they could get on with the plot. I still did begrudgingly ended up enjoying it, but that was as a result of the storyline and the talent on display. Unchained Melody remains the show's most memorable song. Musical or not.
- A week after that there was the NT Live production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Christopher Hampton), which remains such a fabulous play (yes, I know it's based on the book). But I was impressed with the writing all over again. I did see a stage version with Hugo Weaving about four years ago which was brilliant, so I wasn't sure this would live up to it, NT cast or no, and I have to say that it had an entirely different feeling to the Sydney Theatre Company version, partly because that one was done in modern dress. This one was full period, as you'd expect. But I think with the change in costume came a certain change in style as well - the Sydney production was very sleek, almost minimalist, and there was a certain clinical intellectual quality in the games and sparring between Valmont and Merteuil. Whereas the NT production was extravagantly OTT in sensousness. So the Sydney one seemed to emphasise love as a game, while the NT focused more heavily on the decadent sexuality of it. I suppose it's telling that on the whole I did prefer the Sydney interpretation, while also appreciating this production. Another major difference was the vibe of the ending - the Sydney one seemed to echo the movie interpretation (for me) where Merteuil has won, but she's also lost everything that made the game worth playing. But in the NT production I felt like it hurt her terribly, but she lifted her chin and kept on going full steam ahead, because she's a survivor. I think both aspects are implied in the ending - but again, with different emphasis.
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- Lastly, there was Sherpa, which I'm now sad is the last item because I'm tired of typing, but it was the best of the lot. Amazing, incredible, all the superlatives. Everest is one of my pet interests anyway, and this documentary follows the 2014 climbing season, which was the deadliest in history, with 16 Sherpas killed (in case you're not aware, the Sherpa are actually an ethnic group, but because they're so acclimatised to altitude they have become synoymous with Everest guiding). This obviously devastated the Sherpa community, who demanded better working conditions and government regulation around the industry, and who effectively brought the entire climbing season to a halt by refusing to work the rest of the season. I read a review describing it as the world's most picturesque industrial dispute, which... yes.
What I loved about this film is the focus on the Sherpas and their families. Virtually all Everest-related stuff focuses on the "foreign" climbers, but very few of them could have climbed Everest without the support provided by the Sherpas. It was particuarly entertaining to see the first summit of Everest recounted with the focus on Tenzing and his media appearances and the impact on his family and community, with Hillary effectively relegated to a sidenote. Because let's face it, even Hillary said it was an equal partnershp, but we all know who the Western media typically focus on. Anyway, I knew intellectually that the Sherpas did all the heavy lifting, but actually seeing what they did was both amazing and terrifying.
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If you have the slightest interest in Everest and the industry surrounding it, this is a must-see imo.
Ah, crap, that isn't even the last one, I completely forgot that I saw Captain America: Civil War yesterday. LOL. Um. You can tell I'm not really a Marvel fan. It was fine, and I liked it better than The Avengers, because the plot was more plotty, and the action less... action-y. Robert Downey Jr. continues to give Academy-Award-level acting in a superhero franchise, which I continue to find amazing. I wanted to find Spiderling annoying, but was charmed despite everything. I like Black Panther a lot. William Hurt! Martin Freeman contributed very little (sorry), and I kept thinking of Fargo. I actually managed to keep track of all the superheroes and who they were, so that's something *g*
Quick run down of stuff I've been seeing, just in case anyone would like to chat about it :D
- Arcadia (by Tom Stoppard) at the Opera House - it featured one of the lead actors from Holding the Man (Ryan Corr), and I wanted to see whether he could actually do stage. Turns out that he can, as could everyone else up there, which was nice. I'm not even going to bother trying to explain Arcadia - you either know it, or you don't. It's about love and chaos theory and history and gardens and uncertainty, and involves flipping back and forth across time, the modern replacing the traditional, and talk of the butterfly effect and recursive algorithms and their application not only to mathematics, but to relationships, and history. Plus the usual entertaining banter. Exactly my cup of tea; possibly not everybody's. I can't think why *g*
- 10 Cloverfield Lane - never saw Cloverfield, but I just liked the feel of the trailer and was intrigued by John Goodman, who I thought was pretty amazing, actually. ( discussionCollapse )
- Zootopia, mainly thanks to a highly positive review by shadowfireflame. I'm glad I saw it, and I did enjoy it a lot more than I would have expected from the trailer, but it just didn't make a huge impression on me - possibly because the message aspect was so blatant? It was worthy, and a lot of fun, and I don't really have anything bad to say about (even that bloody song was catchy) but I wasn't captivated by it the way I was by Inside Out. Maybe because I'm not really an "animal" person to begin with, idk. I did particularly enjoy Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) and Gazelle (Shakira) in relatively minor roles.
- Clone - mainly for the sake of Mark Gatiss, but I do like Jonathan Pryce very much as well. I'd seen the Gatiss sections on Youtube before, but never watched the entire series. I loved it, actually. Pretty much your typical cheesy British comedy, but there's nothing wrong with that. Jonathan Pryce plays Dr Victor Blenkinsop, a scientist who has managed to create the ultimate super-soldier. In future all soldiers can be cloned from this perfect prototype and be sent into battle, sparing the rest of the populace. But in the best British comedic tradition, it's an utter disaster - the Clone is sweet, childlike, and a complete and utter klutz. Victor and the Clone are forced to go on the run while Victor struggles to find the right "trigger" to turn him into the super-soldier he was always meant to be. In the meantime, the delightfully psychopathic Colonel Black (Mark Gatiss) is doing his best to find and destroy them so his superiors never find out. Colonel Black kills a lot of people, threatens to kill many more, and occasionally talks about his erection. It's that kind of show.
- The Devil of Winterbourne, written by and featuring Mark Gatiss. I'll just cut and paste from my tumblr review.
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Haven't yet finished The Night Manager, which improved a little from the first episode, but which I still find a bit silly. Tom Hiddleston is immensely pretty, but unconvincing to me as Mr SuperSpy. Hugh Laurie is basically playing English evil!House, which is delightful. His accent is so upper class you could cut yourself on the edges. Elizabeth Debicki is gorgeous - apparently her entire purpose - and Olivia Colman is engaging as a role that was originally written for a man, apparently. Why am I not surprised?
I think that's all of note. And so much other goodness as well - Doctor Strange pics, Mark Gatiss winning an Olivier and new setlock coming up, yay!