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Sophinisba Solis ([personal profile] sophinisba) wrote2012-12-30 01:41 pm
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Merlin vid: Red Football

Title: Red Football
Music: "Red Football" by Sinéad O'Connor
Fandom/source: Merlin
Starring: Gwen, Morgana + ensemble
Length: 2:48
Contains: n/a
Summary: I'm not no red football to be kicked around the garden.
Notes: omg here is my first Merlin vid! I had this idea almost three years ago, and this past month I was finally able to make it. Season 5, you hurt me real bad, but you also gave me some marvelous footage.
As you may know, I have a lot of feelings about the ladies of Merlin. Some of those feelings are ANGER!
Spoilers up to 5x08, not the series finale.
Thanks to [personal profile] thingswithwings for technical help and to [ profile] flammablehat for responding to the million drafts I sent her and making sure I didn't give up.

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Red Football by Sinéad O'Connor

I'm not no red football
To be kicked around the garden
No, no
I'm a red Christmas-tree ball
And I'm fragile

I'm not no animal
Though I am to you
I'm not no crocodile
Like the one in Dublin Zoo

Who lived in a cage the length and breadth of his body
With a window which people would look through
And throw coins on his back to taunt him
Though he couldn't move
Even if he wanted to

I'm not no animal in the zoo
I'm not no whipping boy for you
You may not treat me like you do
I'm not no animal in the zoo

My skin is not a football for you
My head is not a football for you
My body's not a football for you
My womb is not a football for you
My heart is not a football for you

I'm not no animal in the zoo
This animal will jump up and eat you
I'm not no animal in the zoo
And I've every intention
Of leaping up and getting you
thingswithwings: dear teevee: I want to crawl inside you (a dude crawls inside a tv) (Default)

[personal profile] thingswithwings 2012-12-30 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow, this is gorgeous, and angry-making, and sad. I love the way you recut the show to prioritize these narrative, and the AU world you put together here, especially at the end - how I wish that were the way the show ended! Really well done. I love the shot of the dragon at the end.
chaila: by me (she will save you if you let her)

[personal profile] chaila 2012-12-30 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I've not seen this show, except for a few eps a long time ago, but I loved this anyway. Your cuts and choices created such a perfect emotional progression, from the angry and sad at the beginning, which made me sigh, to the fighting back at the end, which made me cheer. I especially love how the lady becomes an actual animal, like they're using all the things that dudes feared to be like, yes, all of that is true, and we are more dangerous than you even thought? I would totally watch the show you put together here! Which also of course serves as satisfying meta rage.
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[personal profile] baranduin 2012-12-30 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh wow, this is really good. I liked especially the shift in scene content when the song moved to the lalala part!

ETA: loved the dragon!
Edited 2012-12-30 19:18 (UTC)
caisin: (Destiny)

[personal profile] caisin 2012-12-30 07:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I was thinking earlier this year that this would be a PERFECT song for Gwen. So so happy that someone else had the same thought!
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[personal profile] netgirl_y2k 2012-12-30 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)

By which I mean that this is wonderful, and has just given me a massive feelings attack. I'd never heard this song before, and, gosh, what a perfect song for the Merlin ladies. NOT OVER IT. NEVER GETTING OVER IT. And the clips that you've matched to the lyrics just... GUH.

Really, properly excellent and clever and meta-ish and angry making in the good way.
isis: (animated girlie)

[personal profile] isis 2012-12-30 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I've never seen the show, but you tell a compelling story - and YAY the women get back at them in the end! (At least in your vid...)
shopfront: Source: Teen Wolf. Close up of Lydia smiling with her chin raised. (M - [Morgana] future strength)

[personal profile] shopfront 2012-12-30 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
This is awesome, I love the end and also wish the actual show had gone this way!
mfirefly10: (Merlin - happy!Gwen is gorgeous)

[personal profile] mfirefly10 2012-12-30 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
This is FABULOUS! And also rage-inducing but you fixed it with the ending so it's all good :)

Ugh, this show and it's incredibly horrid way of treating the women :(

[personal profile] wordsplurge 2012-12-30 11:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Great video, although it should have included the other wronged women in the series. This show is just so bad, right up to the end,it was a woman of course who was the spy and all. I hope they have a spin off about the women.
settiai: (Gwen/Morgana  -- nicirara)

[personal profile] settiai 2012-12-31 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow. This was absolutely amazing.
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[personal profile] swatkat 2012-12-31 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, this is lovely! <3 Great song choice - I've never heard it before, but it's so perfect. And LOVED your use of Aithusa in the narrative.
themadlurker: (gwen/morgana hug)

[personal profile] themadlurker 2012-12-31 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Omg you posted! And it is so good (and sad and angry-making, and all the feelings at the same time). Going to watch again, and again.
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[personal profile] promethia_tenk 2013-01-01 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Only just watched Merlin this year and almost certainly wouldn't have made it through if I'd tried to watch it as it aired. Still very much needed this vid, though. Thank you <3
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[personal profile] such_heights 2013-01-02 05:12 pm (UTC)(link)
This is really fantastic. I'm so glad you made this. OH, MY DARLING GIRLS.
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[personal profile] happydork 2013-01-02 07:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, how gorgeous! This, yes, so much this!
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[personal profile] secondsilk 2013-01-02 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)
This is great. And I am so glad that you managed to get an upbeat ending out of it! well done on that.
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[personal profile] cantarina 2013-01-03 07:52 am (UTC)(link)
This is hitting all of my Do Want buttons. Thank you reframing the narrative so deftly!
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[personal profile] calvinahobbes 2013-01-03 09:18 am (UTC)(link)
This was so satisfying! By which I mean that the ending completely took me by surprise -- I was watching and feeling sad and going, "Yeah, they're really shafting those ladies :( " and then the lalala's start up and ladies started fighting back and it was glorious! \o/
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[personal profile] trouble 2013-01-03 02:53 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm really glad I watched this. :)
jelazakazone: drawing of Mithian, Morgana, and a little Aithusa (mithian/morgana)

[personal profile] jelazakazone 2013-01-03 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I could have watched that all day long. Well done!
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[personal profile] fleete 2013-01-04 06:14 am (UTC)(link) I'm sitting kind of quivering and speechless, and really on the dirty verge of tears, because holy shit, this vid is about all my feelings about women in Merlin, and I just felt so sad and angry all the way through, because YES, EXACTLY YES, THIS, my skin is not a football for you, ugh. And then that la la la started up, and you went to the images of Morgana and Gwen being aggressive and violent and angry and proud, and I was just swept up in a wave of vindictive pleasure and sort of stuck between the desire to laugh and the desire to cry, and I have never in my all my time in this fandom felt such perfect empathy for Morgana and the terrible, rage-filled path she took.

Jesus Christ. I need to chill out now.

Bravo, and thanks for making it. I'm gonna go rec this to high heaven now.

ETA: Oh, and Hi!! I've admired your work for a while now, so I'm gonna go follow you over on LJ so that I keep up with your stuffs better. And, er, comment more often. HI. *waves*
Edited 2013-01-04 06:26 (UTC)
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[personal profile] kaizoku 2013-01-05 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
Love it. Amazing. The first time I watched it I got shivers, and the second time I teared up.

Also so awesome that you included Ygraine. And Vivian!

(Though... it kind of makes me really sad that you had to go back to the first season for the happy ending clips? Waaah I don't know if I can stand to watch S5. Except MORGANA AND AITHUSA OTP!)
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[personal profile] yue_ix 2013-01-06 05:17 pm (UTC)(link)
This was awesome. Congratulations for seeing it through!
I'm a bit gutted even after watching is a couple of times over a couple of days, so this won't be as eloquent as wanted. Poor Gwen, always thrown around by men, and ending being a symbol as much as a decoration as Queen/christmas tree. And turning Morgana's hair petting after a nightmare with "I'm no animal" then her handling... ouch, that was strong. It also starts the animal symbolism that, slkajffsakh, damn it writers.

Leading me to cheering so hard when Ygraine-Morgana's-revenche grabbed Uther and the "lalala" started.
emei: (muholi)

[personal profile] emei 2013-01-14 12:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, oh, gorgeously done! Rage-inducing and satisfying and I love the way you craft their ending fighting back.

I think I gave up somewhere in season 4 and haven't seen any of 5 expect for gifs and reaction and the like, but really all I want at this point is Gwen's face being queenly, so. And this satisfies perfectly.

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[personal profile] tieleen 2013-02-04 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
I love this show! The one on the BBC, not so much, but the one you show here? Oh yeah. Awesome rage vid.

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