Dear Equinox Vidder
absternr
Thank you so much for making me a vid! I’m very easy to please, so don’t feel too constrained by the suggestions in this letter—I’m sure I’ll enjoy whatever you make. In terms of music, I’m a fan of hip-hop, especially Midwestern hip-hop like Dessa and Doomtree. But I listen to pretty much every genre and I really don’t care about the genre of the music if it fits the subject matter well.

I feel like I’ve maybe implied below that I don’t want a sad/dark vid, and that’s not entirely true. I can definitely love a dark or serious vid, but given recent world events I’d rather not receive anything completely hopeless. Use your judgment! Other than that caveat, there’s no genre of vid I don’t enjoy. I’m excited to see what you come up with!

General likes – found family, friendship/team vids, cool space visuals, explorations of sci-fi worldbuiding and concepts
General dislikes – relationships with a significant age/power difference, very slow angsty vids (especially ones that are heavy on voiceovers), excessive focus on character death, space Nazis treated as anything other than outright villains

The Martian – I love how hopeful this movie is about humanity and the future. Anything that captures that would be lovely, either on the level of the crew and NASA working together and doing amazing science, or on the level of everyone on Earth rooting for Watney. I also ship Watney/Johanssen/Beck, so if you’re interested in doing something in that vein, go for it!

Ender’s Game – so I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen this movie since it came out in 2013. I love the books and I wasn’t 100% sold on this adaptation, but I remember the visuals being pretty on point. I’m interested in the future world that has been shaped by the war, and the effects of growing up as a child soldier in that world. I’d love a vid focused on Ender’s toon and/or his relationship with his siblings—I’m less interested in a solely Ender-focused vid.

Rogue One – I know this could be tough given the source material, but I’d prefer a vid with at least a somewhat hopeful tone. Found family would be good here, as would anything focused on the rebellion as a whole and the fight being carried on from generation to generation (if you want to include footage from other Star Wars media I’d be totally into that!)

Firefly –Every member of this crew is near and dear to my heart (but especially the ladies, and especially Zoe). I know I’m hitting found family about every 3 sentences in this letter, but I feel like it goes without saying here. Anything about how they keep moving and surviving and supporting each other is good content. Also, I’m very fond of heists. Space heists! Train heists with spaceships! Undercover jobs involving costumes and bad acting!
 

Festivids 2016: Get Better
absternr
Fandom: Hawkeye v4 (2012-2015, Matt Fraction)
Music: Get Better by Frank Turner
Summary: I'm trying to get better because I haven't been my best.
Length: 1:52
Streaming:


Notes: This was my first time ever vidding a still source! Getting the assignment was very intimidating (even though elipie's letter was very sweet and encouraging!) and I almost committed to making a Nightwing vid before I stumbled onto this song pretty much by chance. Once I had the song, the whole concept really clicked for me. Then it was just hours and hours of GIMP and trying to match cuts to beats. After starting out completely at a loss, I ended up with a bunch of ideas I couldn't include for time reasons, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
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Dear Holly Polly 2016
absternr
Dear Holly Poly Creator,
Thank you so much for making a gift for me! Huge apologies for not getting this letter up sooner, I’ve had a pretty ridiculous week. You are (of course) not at all obligated to do anything suggested here. If you came up with an idea you like before reading this letter, by all means run with it! I’m just excited to be getting a gift and I’m sure I’ll love whatever you make for me. I'm a complete lurker on LJ, but you can check out my tumblr for more information about what I like.

For fic:
Likes: hurt/comfort, fluff, angst with happy endings, competence porn, found family, complex relationships, fake dating, casefic, worldbuilding
Dislikes: PWP, BDSM, A/B/O, significant power imbalance in relationships (including large age differences), anything remotely abusive or dub-con-like in the main pairing (more generally I have no problem with it as long as it’s not treated as healthy)

For art: Same as above! Also, I’ve just noticed that between the Aries 3some, my weird Les Mis prompt, and Mr. Dog Star in my HP request, there’s a lot of space in this letter. Space-related art would be lovely for any of these ships.

For vids: I like pretty much all kinds of vids! Especially vids showing affection between characters, and vids playing with the interesting visual aspects of canon. I’ll enjoy any genre of the music if it fits the subject matter well.

Requests
Sirius Black/James Potter/Lily Evans Potter – I love, love, love this ship. I love the canon evidence we got of Sirius and Lily’s affection for each other, and I love that they supported and cared for each other during wartime. They’re all such flawed but fundamentally good people, and they were all so young. I want to know which Marauder Lily befriended first, how they all got together, what their life was like post-graduation during the war, how Sirius would fit in to their parenting. I also wouldn’t mind an Everyone Lives AU set a bit further in the future.

Joly/Musichetta/Bossuet/Grantaire – Joly, Musichetta, and Bossuet are such a solid trio in most of fandom (and canon, arguably) but I feel like they would be such stable and healthy partners for Grantaire as well. I’d love to see pranking, domesticity, general antics, or H/C with any combination of hurters vs. comforters. Canon era is fine (modern AU is also good, as is any other AU that strikes you as interesting) but no canon death, please!

Enjolras/Combeferre/Grantaire – There are so many things I would like for this pairing. Hurt/Comfort! Negotiating a poly relationship! Pretty much any AU you’d like to stick them in! Okay, bizarrely specific prompt time: Combeferre definitely knows about the Three Body Problem, which governs the motion of three stars or planets in orbit around each other. Combeferre almost certainly knows that the problem is not generally solved and that the celestial bodies usually end up crashing into each other or flying off into space. Combeferre is probably trying really hard not to see this as a relationship metaphor.

Chris Beck/Beth Johanssen/Mark Watney – The previous prompt probably gave away my love for science and space (and science in space). I also love competence porn, which this ship has in spades. And they’re such nerds!!! I’d be interested to see what their relationship would look like if they were together before/during canon. How do Beck and Johannsen deal with Watney’s “death” and return? Or if they got together post-canon, what were Beck and Johannsen’s reactions to Mark basically setting them up from Mars? Does the rest of the crew know? Does NASA? Does the rest of Earth ever find out?

Thank you again for writing/drawing/vidding for me!

Dear Festividder 2016
absternr


Hi! Thank you so much for making me a vid! I like pretty much every type of vid so I'm excited to see what you come up with. I'm especially into team/ensemble/friendship vids, character studies, and vids that play with interesting visual aspects of the source material. I'm not looking for any specific ships, but if you feel a shippy vid idea calling to you, go for it! (I really like femslash, although I'll ship pretty much anything.) I'm just happy to be getting a vid, and I'm sure I'll love whatever you make.

In terms of music, I’m a fan of hip-hop, especially Midwestern hip-hop like Dessa and Doomtree. But I listen to pretty much every genre and I really don’t care about the genre of the music if it fits the subject matter well.

I'm a lurker on LJ, but you can check out my tumblr for more information on what I'm into if you'd like! Onto the requests:

Blazing Saddles [Movie] - This movie was a favorite of mine as a kid! It's hilarious and charming, and the entire cast is excellent, especially Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn. I love the slapstick, the Wild West tropes mixed with anachronisms and meta humor, and the Bart & Jim friendship. There are so many fun/funny vids to be made here! (Please leave out the n-word though.)

The Get Down (2016) [TV] - Ugh, these kids <3 All of the young characters in this series are so passionate and talented and I want them to succeed. The various friendships/relationships of the show are the highlight for me: Zeke and Shao, Zeke and Mylene, the Soul Madonnas, the Get Down Brother, the Kipling family, etc. etc. I'd be pretty up for a Shao/Zeke/Mylene vid if you're interested in going in an ot3 direction. The visuals (the use of graffiti! the magical realism! the '70s costumes!) and the soundtrack are also excellent. A vid set to period-appropriate hip hop would be awesome, although you shouldn't feel limited to that!

Gotham Central (2002-2006) [Still Image] - Working with still images can be tricky, but I would be super excited to get pretty much anything from this fandom! It's a great comic focusing on non-superpowered detectives in the DC universe, and I find all the characters and relationships (especially all the detective partnerships!) really compelling. Renee Montoya is also one of my favorite characters ever, and if you wanted to do a vid about her which brought in other sources (Question comics, DCAU, Gotham the tv show), I'd be super here for it.

Janelle Monae videos [Audio, Music Video] - I love everything Janelle Monae does: her sci-fi aesthetic and storytelling, her politics and activism, really just her whole deal. I'd really love a vid set in the Cindi Mayweather universe, maybe incorporating outside sources since the only canon footage comes from a couple of her music videos and some additional promotional videos. She's created such a fascinating story and setting with her albums and I think that world could really use some exploration! If that's not your style, I'd also welcome a more RPF-type approach celebrating any aspect of her life and work.

Legally Blonde series [Movie] - Elle Woods is a national treasure. Her arc in the first movie, from following a guy to Harvard to gaining a ton of supportive female friends to realizing she's better than the guy and ditching him to follow her own ambitions, might actually be the best possible character arc. Overall Legally Blonde is the best because lets femininity be associated with power and intelligence, lets feminine-coded knowledge be valuable and celebrates female communities. A female friendship (or femslash) vid would be great! So would a vid about Elle just generally being a competent badass.

Sky High (2005) [Movie] - This is just a fun, cheesy movie and I would love a fun, cheesy vid for it! I love Warren Peace and his unwilling adoption by the sidekicks. A vid that focused on them, the setting, the ridiculous superpowers/cast of characters, and/or the goofy caricature of a superhero universe they live in would be wonderful. I'd rather not have a vid focusing soley on Will, although it would be pretty natural for him to appear in ensemble or friendship vids.

Tanis [Audio] - I just got into this podcast recently and I love the atmosphere of it! The air of mystery combined with the Pacific Northwest setting really works for me. I also love how Nic's obliviousness and lack of self-preservation are gradually taken to absurd levels (if all your friends are telling you not to go into the creepy magical woods, maybe don't go into the creepy magical woods??? Just a thought, Nic.) The whole cast is great, especially Nic, MK and Geoff. Obviously feel free to pull in other sources, since canon is entirely audio. It also might be possible to do something cool with the images in the notes section of their website.







Festivids 2015: Dance Apocalyptic
absternr
Fandom: Hamilton
Music: Dance Apocalyptic By Janelle Monae
Summary: If the world says it's time to go, tell me will you freak out?
Length: 1:59
Streaming:



Notes: This vid was mostly made as stress relief in breaks from working on my BLM vid. Hamilton footage is so much fun it was hard to resist playing with!

Festivids 2015: Say Her Name
absternr
Fandom: RPF - Black Lives Matter
Music: Hell You Talmbout (Say Their Names)
Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records
Summary: A tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Warnings:
References to murder and police brutality.
Length: 5:15
Streaming:
password: blm




Notes: I really wasn't planning to make this vid--as a white person without a particularly strong connection to the movement I am incredibly underqualified to comment. But the amount of negative coverage of BLM out there is really upsetting, and I thought I could at least help tip the scale slightly in the other direction. Whenever possible the clips used are of protests relating to the person whose name is being said. The historical footage used during the Emmett Till section shows Civil Rights Movement protests and marches which occurred after his murder, but not as a direct response to it. Again, I am very open to criticism. Please let me know if I did something wrong!

Dear Holly Poly Creator 2015
absternr
Thank you so much for making something for me!!! I love all these pairings so I’m excited to see what you come up with. I wrote this while in the mood for fluff and it shows, but don’t feel limited to that! I have a lot of interests and I’m sure I’ll be happy with whatever you write/draw/create. I'm a complete lurker on LJ, but you can check out my tumblr for more information about what I'm into.

For fic:
Likes: Fluff, angst with happy endings, hurt/comfort, competence porn, found family, complex relationships, fake dating, casefic, AUs (modern, canon divergence, sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural – whatever floats your boat [with the exception noted below]), worldbuilding
Dislikes: PWP (some porn is fine though!), BDSM, A/B/O, necrophilia, significant power imbalance in relationships, incest, anything remotely abusive or dub-con-like in the main pairing (more generally I have no problem with it as long as it’s not treated as healthy)

For art: All of the stuff elsewhere in this letter applies, so I’ll just note here that I love fluffy art. So fluffy. The fluffiest.

For vids: I like pretty much all kinds of vids! In terms of music, I’m a fan of hip-hop, especially Midwestern hip-hop like Dessa and Doomtree. But really, I don’t care at all about the genre of the music if it fits the subject matter well.

Fringe
Peter/Olivia/Astrid, Peter/Olivia/Lincoln, Alternate Charlie/Alternate Lincoln/Alternate Olivia – for all these pairings I’d like to see teamwork, bonding over cases, banter, etc. For the blueverse ones, maybe Peter and Olivia getting together with Astrid and/or Lincoln, or convincing Lincoln to stay in their universe.

Leverage
Eliot/Hardison/Parker – competence porn and just huge respect for each other and each other’s abilities. I love how supportive and understanding they are of each other’s pasts and issues.

Les Mis
Grantaire/Joly/Bossuet/Musichetta – Anything with them being wonderful supportive friends. Domestic fluff? Grantaire getting together with the existing trio (or however you think they got together)?! AUs are good anywhere, but especially here.
Eponine/Cosette/Muischetta – I’d love to see some exploration of Eponine and Cosette’s shared childhood! And Musichetta being the badass we all know she is.

Hamilton
Eliza/Hamilton/Laurens, Eliza/Angelica/Hamilton – I’d also enjoy combination of the two, and feel free to throw Lafayette in as well! Things I'd like to see include anyone/everyone teasing Hamilton about his work and poor decisions, Hamilton introducing his wife to his boyfriend, modern AUs? Hamilton being a disaster on social media?

Dear Festividder 2015
absternr
Thank you so much for doing this!!! (Sorry for the delay in getting this letter up.) I like pretty much every type of vid so I’m excited to see what you come up with! For most of these fandoms, I’m mostly interested in gen/ensemble vids or character studies rather than any specific ships. In terms of music, I’m a fan of hip-hop, especially Midwestern hip-hop like Dessa and Doomtree. But really, I don’t care about the genre of the music if it fits the subject matter well.

I'm a lurker on LJ, but you can check out my tumblr for more information on what I'm into if you'd like!

Attack the Block
This movie has a really cool understated sci-fi concept and I love its aesthetic. There's a cool political angle there too! Moses is easily my favorite character, he's so stoic and determined and loves his gang and his block so much. I don't want to say much more because I'll be open to pretty much anything you do with this movie!

Hamilton
This is pretty much my top fandom right now. I love this show, I love the music, the history (revolution!), the politics (immigrants: they get the job done!), the characters (Hamilton, Eliza, Angelica, Laurens, but really just all of them), the cast (LMM, Renee, Daveed), every ship. But, I feel kind of awkward for requesting it because I’d rather not get a vid made from a bootleg, which leaves maybe 20 minutes of footage floating around on the internet to work with. Feel free to use any other sources that are available--historical documents, behind-the-scenes, whatever you can find! Alternatively, I would welcome an RPF-type thing focusing on the cast and production. (But no RPF shipping please!)

Janelle Monae vidoes
Several directions you could go here: Janelle Monae is so cool IRL and something focusing on her politics and activism would be awesome. Equally awesome is the whole Cindi Mayweather sci-fi concept she has created, and her use of sci-fi in general.

Les Mis Dallas
Normally when it comes to Les Mis I’m mostly a fan of Eponine and Les Amis, but this in this production I’m all about Fantine, Cosette, and Marius. And Jean Valjean. And Eponine. Something focusing on classism/criminalizing poverty could be really cool, but I would love something focusing on the characters and their (platonic/familial) relationships as well. I’m okay with the use of a bootleg for this one (here’s a link) but also feel free to broaden the topic--do Les Mis more generally (although I’m not a fan of the movie and I prefer versions with nonwhite characters), or use other sources if that’s more your style.

Step Up
These movies are so, so terrible and I love them so much. I’m gonna reiterate here that I’m not interested in specific ships, but I really enjoy all the team-building/found family and of course the ridiculous over-the-top dancing. I’m really just looking for something cute and fun here, nothing too serious.

Ocean’s Eleven
Again, this is just a really fun fandom. Teamwork! Heists! I do ship Danny/Rusty pretty hard, so this is the one fandom where I’d be happy to get a shippy vid, but I’d also really enjoy gen.

Willow and Jaden Smith
I added this one on a whim, so I don’t have much to say about it, but these are some really cool kids who are made fun of way too much. I just want a celebration of their weird awesomeness.

Festivids 2014: Know Today (The Brain Scoop)
absternr
Also for sol_se!

Fandom: The Brain Scoop
Music: Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson
Summary: Emily being cute and doing science.
Warnings: Some slight gore and dead animals
Length: 1:00
Streaming:
password: science


(download available on vimeo)

Festivids 2014: The Bullpen (Nicki Minaj)
absternr
For sol_se!

Fandom: Nicki Minaj RPF
Music: The Bullpen by Dessa
Summary: Fire from the hip, talk a little shit...
Warnings: Quick cuts
Length: 2:07
Streaming:
password: bullpen

(download available on vimeo)

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