As I continue to see clips from the special features of The Hobbit:the Battle of the Five Armies-Extended Edition floating around the fandom, this fanvid really stood out to me when I stumbled across it recently. it documents, through still photographs, Richard’s journey in relation to his involvement with The Hobbit franchise. along the same vein, I happened to read an older fandom discussion yesterday that centered around where Richard’s career was headed, pre-Hobbit, and so the way this video touches upon all that he has seen and done because of Thorin Oakenshield- it hit me in the feels!
I Lived by KingAslan4
I particularly like the use of Richard’s Twitter selfies and how they highlight the geographical places he has visited: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Soccer Jersey and his trip to Brazil, the Great Wall of China and exercising in the park,etc. Richard has traveled the world because of/for The Hobbit– the places he’s seen, the people he’s met, the experiences he’s had, on top of the chance to portray such a complicated and iconic character as Thorin Oakenshield. that’s the stuff dreams are made of, and he’s lived it.
‘Good For You’ by Girl of Gisborne. I can watch this video again and again without losing that initial feeling of having stumbled upon a treasure. it’s classy and edgy, sensual and mesmerizing; it represents it’s subject very well. The perfect fanvid to coax me back into Fanvid Fridays!
[this video is no longer online]
First of all, I really like the rendition of the song used in this video. It’s originally by Selena Gomez but this acoustic version by Anton Hagmanswitches the gender of the lyrics, while giving it a raspy sensual sound.
The images chosen for the video are all taken from filmed versions of Richard Armitage photoshoots. the contemplative stance perfected in the Fault shoot, the sensual sophistication of the black & white Esquire shoot, the fashion highlights of the Glamour shoot, among others.
Some of my favorite bits of editing include: the way the video chops up to match the beat of the song as Richard walks by the reflective window; how the lyric “I’m gonna wear this suit you like skin tight” is matched to a quick shot of a dress shirt stretched across Richard’s chest in reaction to his body’s movement; the slight way the film shakes and fades from the color of the taxi cab to an artsy black & white, as we hear the final strum of the song.
the only complaint I have is that it ends just as I become consumed by it! no worries though, that’s what the replay button is for…
Since a lot of us RA fans seem to be Outlander fans too, I didn’t think you’d mind if I went “off topic” a bit and featured an Outlander themed Fanvid Friday. As someone who appreciates the creative nuances that some vidders place in their fanvids, I could not pass this one up!
“Uptown Funk” by E. Jamie
(Warning: several instances of nudity appear)
Yes, it’s that “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. And that’s one of the reasons I like this vid so much, because it’s such an unexpected song choice for 18th century Scotland! That funky beat starts and you wonder what am I getting myself into? Here are some of my favorite parts:
-the hand slaps that go along with the music in the beginning. I didn’t realize there was so much touching in Outlander…
-Jamie’s quick finger kiss after the lyric “kiss myself, so pretty”
-Geillis’ “hot damn!” LOL!
-Jamie’s slightly arrogant smirk after “say my name”
-that whole first set of “Hallelujah”s. Brilliant!
–“fill my cup, put some liquor in it”. the sheer amount of choices that could have been used for this part…
-the women waulking wool in time with the music
-Claire’s hand sways
*another Outlander fanvid by E.Jamie that I like is “Bohemian Rhapsody”. again, a song that you wouldn’t expect, but she uses the music and lyrics to her advantage.
I haven’t done a Fanvid Friday in awhile but thanks to a retweet of this video that I saw on Twitter, I couldn’t resist!
See What I’ve Become by MsEleanorShelby
This video is superbly done, I have to say that first and foremost! it’s almost like a show-reel of some of Richard’s most dramatic performances but put together in such a way that it becomes it’s own performance.
The opening scene sets the mood: Thorin opens the door to Erebor, bathed in dusty light with blackness all around. a simple low-key piano rhythm keeps time with the flash of several different character faces. (the voice over is part of the original song here) then a black screen with the words “see what I’ve become”. and the ride begins!
String instruments speed up the music. lightening type effects match drum beats. and we start to hear sound bites from our favorite characters to go along with the poignant scenes chosen.
Guy: you do not speak to me!
Lucas: You destroyed me and then you chose to let me live!
I owe you nothing!
We follow Robin’s arrow as we hear him scream, “Gisborne!” and now everything is stepped up into a climatic frenzy! several recognizable scenes flash before us: Thorin blocking Bilbo’s way with his sword, Lucas breaking down a door, Thornton facing an angry mob, Porter punching Collinson… then the eyes. Thornton’s eyes. Lucas’ eyes. Thorin’s eyes. Guy’s eyes. and as we come back down, we follow the image of footsteps down the hallway.
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this fanvid!
please hop on over to youtube and give it a “thumbs up”! and be sure to check out her other Richard Armitage fanvid as well, it’s full of Richard’s smiles. it will make you smile, I guarantee it!
Since Harry is my sunshine, I thought this video by Angela C. Ryan appropriate
maybe an overly sentimental song choice but I don’t care (I’d not heard this version before, it’s really nice) it was one of my favorite songs as a child and something I often sang to my kids when they were babies, so all good associations already; add Harry to the mix and that just makes it even better!
As for the video itself, I like it specifically for the ending: Harry’s proposal is heard over the song and then we get that sweet end hug between him and Geraldine. Richard needs to do a historic project about the Transcontinental Railroad next so that someone can make a vid using my favorite childhood song, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. I’ll be Dinah…