Fanvid Friday: Stay

a North & South fanvid by TeaRoseProductions

Most North & South fanvids I’ve seen simply retell the story but this one focuses on the feelings themselves; I like the tone that comes across in the video because of that. We see John Thornton in his sincerity, the different feelings that consume him, not just the brooding and heartsickness; the scenes that are chosen really show the honesty in his face. And by the same token, Margaret’s eyes show her confusion instead of her haughtiness. I also really like the personal touches of the clock and the telescope lens effect.

My favorite parts? I’m not sure I can break them down into pieces because I like the video as a whole, it flows so well! I do like the opening with Thornton’s profile in the mill, there’s a softness to it without evoking fluffiness or sadness but just him being pensive, like a painting “Mill Owner, Lost in Thought”. and then it moves on to show that same profile looking out the window: the way he juts his chin up to steady himself. that little gesture sends a big wallop straight to my soul! The changes in the music during those parts helps those feelings along wonderfully.

I also really like the way Margaret and John give each other that long look at the :47 mark, before Margaret dips her head down. And then when he abruptly turns away from her at 1:34, how her body is then almost pulled toward him of it’s own volition. I can feel that one physically!

I’ve fallen even more in love with this vid as I’ve written this post. maybe it’s one of those “right time, right place” instances that we’ve been talking about lately in regards to the effect North & South can have on some of us but right here-right now, the John and Margaret that I see in this video have reached something inside of me that has been closed off to them before.