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[personal profile] raven
This vid was made for [personal profile] silly_cleo's wonderful Aims vid project, in which a group of vidders are each making one vid for each song on Vienna Teng's new album. I highly recommend it. I am very grateful to [personal profile] such_heights and [personal profile] purplefringe for their kind commentary and technical advice on this vid, not to mention many glasses of wine and their sofa to sleep on!

A small fact which may aid in your enjoyment of this vid, if you did not already know it: in Europe, India, Australia and most of the rest of the English-speaking world, the standard voltage for mains electricity is between 230 and 240V.

[vid] Landsailor [multifandom]
by Raven
We're gonna need a bigger boat.

music: "Landsailor", Vienna Teng feat. Glen Phillips, from Aims
content notes: none standard; some disturbing images of fire.
password to stream: 230V / download from mediafire, 100MB

landsailor from Raven on Vimeo.

Sources in order of appearance:

Swades (We, The People); Master and Commander; 3 Idiots; The Dish; The West Wing; Parks and Recreation; Flight of the Phoenix; NASA archive footage; Apollo 13.


landsailor, sail on time
rain or shine, I know you can

cloudraker, share your finds
all your wonders at my demand

tamer of night
blossom of hours unleashed

make me a lawbender
all equalized
saved from the chill and heat
your power flows through me transformed
here’s where I was born

deepwinter strawberry
endless summer, ever spring
a vast preserve
aisle after aisle in reach
every commoner made a king
noble and prized
feed me beyond my means

hello worldmaker
never denied
build all my wildest dreams
but there’s a storm outside your door
and I’m a child no more

headless and faceless
tireless and seamless behind these walls
this is my progress
when you don’t notice my lines at all
I split the world open
delve ever deeper in my alchemic arts
I crack the ciphers to free up your mind, your life, your heart

oh landsailor I’m your landsailor
in the bed that we’ve made in the bed that we’ve made
may every nail be shown may every nail be shown
great lifebringer great lifebringer
the price that we pay the price that we pay
time that you made it known time that you made it known
I want to be your bride in full oh be my bride in full
shield my eyes no more shield your eyes no more
oh I am altered now for good altered now for good
shield these eyes no more shield these eyes no more

on 2013-12-02 05:55 pm (UTC)
jb_slasher: melissa mccarthy (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] jb_slasher
I love this effect of going through time, the astronaut beckoning the sailor to come with him on this journey of discovery. This is beautiful and it feels somehow festive.

I am bad with words. Simply, this is beautiful!

on 2013-12-02 05:58 pm (UTC)
shinyjenni: Kitty Cobham, windswept, gazing into the distance (kitty cobham)
Posted by [personal profile] shinyjenni
I love this vid, especially how you've used the voltmeter all the way through, and the water images, and all the movement. And it's so moving, even though I don't know most of the fandoms. ♥

on 2013-12-02 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] cosmic_llin
This is gorgeous. I feel like I'm going to need at least a couple of rewatches to take it all in. <3

on 2013-12-02 06:59 pm (UTC)
chaila: Diana SWORDFIGHTING in a BALLGOWN. (world map)
Posted by [personal profile] chaila
Oh this is really beautiful and interesting. I only know a couple of these fandoms, but the themes that tie them together are really clear. I love the focus on exploration and discovery, human innovation in different ways, and accomplishing big goals.

on 2013-12-02 07:29 pm (UTC)
silly_cleo: black and white image of Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, text: an almost all greek thing (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] silly_cleo
This is BEAUTIFUL, and simultaneously everything I was hoping for but also nothing like what I was expecting! Definitely going to need some re-watching but eeee, it exists! And it's lovely! <3

on 2013-12-03 12:42 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] sophinisba
I enjoyed this very much. <3

on 2013-12-03 01:07 am (UTC)
opusculasedfera: stack of books, with a mug of tea on top (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] opusculasedfera
I love how everything you make has an intense affection for people trying hard and doing even little things. It's very satisfying. This was beautiful. I don't feel like I have the right vidding vocabulary to talk about it, but the way the clips moved and motion went through them all was breathtaking.

on 2013-12-03 05:33 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] livrelibre
I love your belief in the human project <3 Well done!

on 2013-12-03 08:27 am (UTC)
lizbee: A diamond-shaped yellow road sign reading "floodway", almost engulfed by floodwaters. (Random: Floodway)
Posted by [personal profile] lizbee
THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL. And positive and joyous. I loved it.

on 2013-12-03 03:48 pm (UTC)
beccatoria: (vid all the things!)
Posted by [personal profile] beccatoria
Oh, man, I looked at those fandoms - and I don't know them all - and I wondered what your take was going to be, and then, *flails* it's about engineering. It's about the beautiful, optimistic, problem-solving wonder of engineering. And of course there's no line between building a spaceship and building a community. What a beautiful use of the song. ♥

on 2013-12-08 01:36 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] hedda62
This is really really lovely. The transitions work surprisingly well, because the theme is thought out and consistent with the music. Building and functionality and progress and people, making light and reaching for the stars.

Also, you sold an album for Vienna Teng. It's gorgeous.

on 2014-01-12 06:52 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (ⓕ meow)
Posted by [personal profile] goodbyebird
I know very few of these sources, but you made that not matter at all. And what a lovely topic for a vid <3

on 2014-01-12 10:29 pm (UTC)
revolutionaryjo: Leslie Knope (Leslie Knope is my hero)
Posted by [personal profile] revolutionaryjo
So gorgeous and moving. Really, beautifully made!

on 2014-01-12 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] spiderwolves
Oh, my - this is absolutely beautiful.

on 2014-02-23 11:25 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] purplefringe
Iona, you already know how much I love this vid because I flailed at you about it when you were here. But I'm going to tell you again, because I just rewatched it and it literally gave me shivers down my spine. <333 It is the most graceful, awe-inspiring thing. The way you seamlessly mesh all these disparate sources, pulling out the common themes of hope and industry and community throughout history and effortlessly move from one to the other (that clip of the soaring hands that links The West Wing to P&R!) - it's really beautiful. You use the music perfectly, particularly with the repeated water shots, and when it builds up to its crescendo. Obviously I always flail over Leslie and Ben, and over the clips from Three Idiots (<333) but I can't really get over how you have created a vid that's about something so much bigger than the small list of sources initially suggests. It's prefect.

on 2014-06-30 10:42 am (UTC)
anehan: Elizabeth Bennet with the text "sparkling". (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] anehan
I watched this, inspired by your post on Vidukon to do so. I wish I had something intelligent to say beyond "I loved this", but I don't. So I'll just leave you with this thought that I had: this makes me want to vid. ♥

on 2014-08-02 01:31 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] brainwane
I don't have the words for how deeply I love this vid. I tweeted about your vid in May, and I still can't be coherent about it, it's so good.

I already loved the song. I'm Indian-American, diaspora, and seeing desi representation in this vid about engineering and infrastructure, things that I care about a lot, well, now I'm crying again. And the "Apollo 13" clips are always guaranteed to get me. You illustrated the things we make together, and the work that goes into that, and the grief, and the joy.

Thank you for making this.

on 2014-08-11 03:30 pm (UTC)
luzula: a Luzula pilosa, or hairy wood-rush (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] luzula
I am just really happy to see a vid (and a song!) that engages with these kinds of questions! I really like what you did here.

There's one bit in the vid that struck me with "I would totally have gone with something different here": on the line "but there’s a storm outside your door/and I’m a child no more", you have the failure of a high-risk space project. That isn't something which impacts ordinary people's lives. I mean, the main positive image that stayed with me from this vid is the hydroelectricity and people working together to make it work, and the celebration when the voltage meter reaches 230V. For the negative image, I think I would've gone with some negative impact of hydroelectricity (people losing their homes and agricultural land to a dam, fish not being able to migrate, etc). I think that would've been more true to the problems of technology/civilization?

But you know, this isn't really a criticism, just a sign that the vid made me think. : ) Ha, also a sign of my background in the environmental movement.

on 2014-08-24 08:46 pm (UTC)
starlady: David 8 holding the holographic Earth in wonderment. (when there is nothing in the desert)
Posted by [personal profile] starlady
This is really great, and I'm glad that you made it, because I feel like the combination of sources and the themes is something that only you as a vidder would have come up with. Which is all to say, it's really great and really interesting, and I'm really glad you shared it with us!

on 2015-07-05 08:41 am (UTC)
esteefee: (shuttle)
Posted by [personal profile] esteefee
Oh, lovely. I loved following the voltmeter like hopes rising, and the matching themes of all the images (the bringers of wonders and dreams). The final image was just perfect. <3

on 2015-08-15 06:39 pm (UTC)
brightlywoven: Pickwick the dodo, one of a kind, hand made by my stepmum (dodo)
Posted by [personal profile] brightlywoven
I've just played it 3 times with actual shivers and that hollow feeling I get in my chest from something so perfect.

And Iona! You have Tom Long and Kevin Harrington in your vid about enormous human achievement. Oh, this hits me where I live - I want to talk all about Seachange and home and land and The Dish and The Castle and a time 20 years ago when my homeland was headed on an entirely different path.

You are such a clever, talented artist, with so much heart.

(Whyyyyy didn't I watch this before?)

on 2013-12-03 07:57 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] gamesiplay.livejournal.com
Oh, god, this is so lovely, even though I only know about half the sources (& of course Vienna Teng). Thank you.

(Pettiness: auuuugh how are you so good at EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH I am so jealous. But also so happy to know you. <3)

on 2013-12-03 05:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
<3 <3 thank you, wonderful you. (Also, true story: I wrote that summary, and immediately thought of you! How could I not. :))

on 2013-12-04 01:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] gamesiplay.livejournal.com

on 2014-01-05 10:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] tearful-eye.livejournal.com
oh, this is absolutely lovely. i enjoyed the way the vid progressed & travelled through the different versions of discovery/exploration SO MUCH <3
(i was wondering if you posted this to tumblr by any chance? or if you would mind if i recced it over there)

on 2014-01-12 07:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] loneraven.livejournal.com
Ah, thank you so much! I didn't post this to tumblr, but I don't mind you reccing it there, not at all! I'm really pleased you liked it.

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