Song: Wings by Little Mix
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Summary: A celebration of female characters with focus on showing their competency not just through violence but through their friendships, determination, self confidence, intelligence, leadership, and skills. Part a remix, part a conversation with the vids that have come before, and part love letter to these awesome ladies and the people who vid them.
Warnings: some fast cuts ~.2 secs per image
Vidder Talk: This vid came out of the fact that I *love* mutlifandom vids about ladies. There are some amazing vids out there! But one thing I noticed was that often demonstrations of female agency and celebrations of women were celebrations of females showing their skills/agency/badassery through violence. Sometimes that was beating up men, sometimes that was overcoming an attacker, sometimes it was just “I look freaking cool with this gun/martial arts form, watch me conquer”. I am all for awesome aggressively competent ladies but I was saddened that in some of my favorite vids I didn’t see the thinking or other moments of brilliance. So, I decided I was going to try to make a celebration of women vid with no violence. Obviously I missed that mark, this vid includes 1 rocket launcher, some dragons, and one scene with shooting. That said, I think I did mostly create the vid I wanted to see, and having ~20 seconds of that whole have some violent connotations was, in the end, something I felt okay with.
I do think (or hope!) I managed to include female characters who don’t always show up in these kinds of vids. The list of characters I “must have” in this vid was about twice as long as the number of awesome ladies actually appearing, so this is by no means a ‘only these characters’ there are so many others who could/should have been included. The other challenge that I worked on in this vid, was creating a vid that only used footage from other vids. So the end credits work a bit like a rec list of all sorts of vids with amazing female characters.
I wanted to talk about what images we find iconic and emblematic of our fannish experience, and in doing that talk about how vids show agency (relating back to the lots of violent images), because beyond just violence there are so many vids that show women being awesome in all sorts of different ways, and I wanted to bring all those moments together into one vid, so why not make a shout out to those vids for having those moments? This is another area in which I didn’t precisely succeed. There were no vids of Gravity at the time I made this video so I used the movie trailer, similarly Perks of Being a Wallflower. I had a vid with a particular moment from the Hunger Games that I wanted to use, but my computer couldn’t convert the file (not divisible by 16). Happily the Hunger Games trailer also had that moment so I used that (though it was inspired by the original vid!).
I hope that this vid gives you as many positive, happy, awesome female character squee feelings as it does for me! I think this was a well spent ~3 months \o/
Appreciation: Thanks to Beckaandzac for introducing me to Little Mix and therefore being directly responsible for the existence of this vid. Thanks also to Myira and Paul for beta.