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Title: The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Homes and Watson!
Song: "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us"
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Movie: "Sherlock Holmes" (Guy Ritchie's; 2009) [and a couple of sneaky clips from "Finding Neverland"]
Comments from the vidder: Yeah, so I'm not really super proud of this one, but you know, whatever. I do enjoy it, and I hope you do too. I found the song difficult to vid for -- it's a bit quirky and ponderous (I edited out a few big chunks of it and it's STILL almost 5 minutes long) -- but I couldn't squelch my desire to do it. Every time I listened to it, I thought of H/W and UST. In my mind, the wasp (or crow? can we pretend a crow works?) represents both the prick of love and desire, and the the oppressiveness of (Victorian) society and ideals which make that love impossible. Enjoy.

Download: My copy of SH isn't great (it's very dark) and WMM isn't great, of course, and on YT it just becomes even worse. So if you're interested in a slightly better quality viewing, here's a download link: here. [28,169 KB; 4 minutes, 56 seconds]
YouTube Link:

Date: 2010-06-06 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll have to get the download, but the part I watched on youtube looked very good.

Date: 2010-06-11 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Is/was the download link working?

Date: 2010-06-11 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was, indeed, and barring a greenline across the top, the vid quality was fine. I did love the narrative, and the way you blended scenes.

Date: 2010-06-06 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought this had a great narrative. The way you picked your moments actually had me reconsidering the way I had watched those moments in the context of the larger film. This was quite romantic and lovely, and the song worked very well (and you worked well with the song).

Date: 2010-06-11 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a great compliment. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed and glad it made you see a few things differently.

Date: 2010-06-06 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow, I adore this song so so much and so I was of course interested in watching your vid. And as I watched I was impressed by how appropriate it is through the shots that you chose. I really loved the pacing of long, panning sequences paired with the instrumental, flowing parts of the song. I've been kind of fading out of the Holmes/Watson fandom lately, but this really made me remember why I believe so much in them but also why they're so troubled. So really: excellent song choice and great vid.

Date: 2010-06-11 10:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I'm glad I did the song justice(ish) for you. And I'm glad I could remind you how wonderful (and yes, troubled, if we accept canon and Watson's marriage(s?)). Have you read [ profile] katieforsythe, btw? Generally she's what I read that always gets me remembering why I love them (although the movie was what got me into it in the first place) -- I think I really had "The Sign of Change" in the back of my mind as I made this vid.

Date: 2010-06-12 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
No, I don't think I have read but I will certainly look into her. I actually had never gotten around to reading any Sherlock Holmes until the movie, even though I'd always meant to, you know, the same way I always meant to read Giovanni's Room but haven't gotten to it yet, so that (the movie) was really my first introduction to their huge gay love. But now I've finally started reading (I'm currently in the middle of The Hound of the Baskervilles).

Date: 2010-06-07 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm afraid I don't have much substantive to say, but I enjoyed it - unusual song, but I liked the way it worked with the footage.

Date: 2010-06-11 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's cool, you don't need to say more. :) Glad you enjoyed it.


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