Title: Four Years
Song: "Life Less Ordinary" by Carbon Leaf
Video Artist: Fabella (wistful_fever — )
Summary: Four years of John loving Rodney. Rodney is a) oblivious, b) deliberately ignorant, or c) not as smart as he likes to think he is. Mckay/Sheppard. John POV.
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Format: xvid avi
Warnings: Spoilers up to episode 4x10, M/M
Disclaimer: Stargate Atlantis does not belong to me. The song does not belong to me. No money is being made from this creation.
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Links Last Updated: 12/21/07
This video was honestly one of the most difficult I've ever worked on. Stargate: Atlantis has a very challenging source. Issues: camera movement, uniform clothing, static locations, lack of solid character arcs, the list goes on. Sure, there are a lot of lovely things about vidding SGA, as can be said of most sci-fi shows, but it is also SO SO hard. I'm glad this was the fandom selected for me to vid to, because otherwise I would have given up. I only kept struggling through because I absolutely had to. I don't know how many SGA vids I've quit over the years.
Having said all that, trust me when I say this was also one of the most satisfying videos for me to complete. It feels... really really good to watch it. I enjoy it. That's why I called it "four years". To me, this is all about John loving Rodney, and all that is mixed up in that (thegoodthebadthecitytheeverythingthetea
I also wanted to keep a very light touch with this video, so it's all about the barely-there effects, and believe it or not, NO color work, which is a big deal for me, because I ALWAYS do color work. (DUDE. This is JOhn. He has so many masks already that color would be distracting.) I did let myself play a little fast and loose with the music. The nature of the song is very interesting. The lyrics often over-run the beat, so I emphasized that some here, starting a clip before any defining beat so that the definition is actually on the action/reaction.
I suppose this could have easily been a Rodney POV, and I set out to do it that way in the very beginning, but the lyrics kept drawing me back to John... especially after this season. I kept thinking about where John was and where he is now. How lonely he must have been before Atlantis. The lyrics 'I'm a saddened man, I'm a broken boy, I'm a toddler with a complex toy, I'm falling apart... since the ambush on your hear' could not become anything but John POV in my head. Rodney is the most complex ride John has ever been on, and then there's Katie, which totally confuses John, and... *handflail*
Making this video has left me all flaily about the show. If you see someone stumbling down the street mumbling quietly to herself, "he called him, 'John!'" -- that'd be me.