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Vid Title: Ain't No Reason
Vidder: kiki_miserychic, miserychic47@hotmail.com
Musical Artist: Brett Dennen
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica: Razor
Characters: Kendra, Cain, Gina, Kara
Summary: A character and relationship study of the women of Battlestar Galactica: Razor.

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There ain't no reason things are this way
'S how they've always been and they intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way
We do it everyday
Preachers on the podiums speaking of saints
Prophets on the sidewalk begging for change
Old ladies laughing from the fire escape, cursing my name
I got a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same
A window and a pigeon with a broken wing
You can spend your whole life working for something
Just to have it taken away
People walk around pushing back their debts
Wearing pay checks like necklaces and bracelets
Talking 'bout nothing, not thinking 'bout death
Every little heart beat, every little breath
People walk a tight rope on a razor's edge
Carrying their hurt and hatred and weapons
It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen
Or a thought or a word or a sentence.
There ain't no reason things are this way
'S how they've always been and they intend to stay
I don't know why I say the things I say,
But I say them anyway.
Keep on building bombs
Gonna drop them all
Working your fingers bare to the bone
Breaking your back, make you sell your soul
Like a lung is filled with coal, suffocating slow
The wind blows wild and I may move
But politicians lie and I'm not fooled
You don't need no reason or a 3 piece suit
To argue the truth
The air in my skin and the world under my toes
Slavery stitched into the fabric of my clothes
Chaos and commotion wherever I go
Love, I try to follow
There ain't no reasons things are this way
'S how they've always been and they intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way;
We do it everyday.


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Date: 2007-11-25 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buffyann.livejournal.com
Wow, that was beautiful ! and I figure it didn't take you too long to vid this given that Razor is all new so all the more impressive.
I was particularly impressed with the seamless transition, you really played well the the movement of the scenes. Like at 0:36, or the beautiful 2:04. The clip choices are great. I especiallyt liked the "People walk a tight rope on a razor's edge, Carrying their hurt and hatred and weapons" section.
The vid has a really nostalgic and painful feeling with it. Really great vid to start my sunday ! :)

And question: why this random shot of Atlantis towards the end ?

Date: 2007-11-25 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
Sorry to butt in. :P

And question: why this random shot of Atlantis towards the end ?
I think that's a shot of Caprica from the opening credits. :D

Date: 2007-11-25 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buffyann.livejournal.com
oh really ? *shame* it looked so much like Atlantis ! I should have known it was something else !
Thanks for the info :)

Date: 2007-11-25 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
Is cool. I got Atlantis on the brain as well. And now I wanna see a cross-over. ;)

Date: 2007-11-25 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thank you. I actually downloaded a reair screener that was floating around and I've been waiting for it to air on tv before posting.

The song is much less painful in feel, but I edited out all the uplifting parts to leave it unresolved.

Caprica does look a bit like Atlantis. :)

Date: 2007-11-25 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aycheb.livejournal.com
This was great! I'm just beginning to process Razor and this vid captured everything I loved about it.

Date: 2007-11-25 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thank you. I wondered if I should have waited longer in posting...

Date: 2007-11-25 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
First of all I'm just psyched at the prospect of finally getting some new BSG vids!!! Not only because I myself am gonna vid it (as soon as that DVD comes out) but because great editors such as yourself are making them now! Yes!!!

That said, I must agree with the comment up top regarding the nostalgic feel of this vid. You can see it in the shots of Kendra that you chose. My favorite has to be that shot of Cain at 0:53. That is so moving.

Also this song. If Razor was a motion picture nominated for an Academy Award, this song would be nominated for Best Original Song. As in, it feels like it was written for Razor. Incredible.

Date: 2007-11-25 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
It feels like there's only a handful of really great BSG vids out there, so hopefully the movie spawns some fresh and interesting ones.

I adore the way that BSG is shot. It's almost like a more refined Firefly style. I wanted to use all the beautiful shots.

When I heard the song I decided to vid it for Razor after the "preachers on the podiums speaking to saints / prophets on the sidewalks begging for change" section. The "people walk a tight rope on a razor's edge / carrying their hurt and hatred and weapons / it could be a bomb or a bullet or a pin / or a thought or a word or a sentence" was the section that cemented it in my mind. It really does feel like it was written for Razor.

Date: 2007-11-26 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
It feels like there's only a handful of really great BSG vids out there
OMG. Like 99.9% of those are Lee/Kara vids. *eyeroll* It's just been dead on the BSG vidding front lately. I dunno, I'm really hoping that this will spring it.

I adore the way that BSG is shot. It's almost like a more refined Firefly style. I wanted to use all the beautiful shots.
Totally agree.

It really does feel like it was written for Razor.
Yup. Like it would play while the credits are rolling.

Date: 2007-11-26 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
OMG. Like 99.9% of those are Lee/Kara vids.
I have some good ones saved on my laptop. I'll have to dig up the links to them.

*eyeroll* It's just been dead on the BSG vidding front lately. I dunno, I'm really hoping that this will spring it.
I hope so. I can't remember the last one I watched.

Date: 2007-11-26 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
Hmm. I just haven't seen any go by on my flist. And usually I get the good stuff fro your hookup. ;)

Date: 2007-11-26 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
As I complied this list I nearly recc-ed you to yourself. Some of these I have in a folder waiting to feedback and some I've posted before:

Jesus Walks (http://community.livejournal.com/galactica_vids/93191.html)
Untouchable (http://txlsplash.livejournal.com/25928.html)
State of the Union (http://k-julia.livejournal.com/87548.html)
Digging in the Dirt (http://gwyn-r.livejournal.com/193848.html)
Imagine (http://kuwdora.livejournal.com/288103.html)
Lay Me to Sleep (http://dayln03.livejournal.com/31540.html)
What I've Done (http://community.livejournal.com/galactica_vids/189255.html)
Brokeback Battlestar (http://dayln03.livejournal.com/33533.html)
Battlestar Inferno (http://super-kc.livejournal.com/88753.html)
Scratch (http://super-kc.livejournal.com/86013.html)
The Humans are Dead (http://boom-queen.livejournal.com/34943.html)
Only (http://cherryice.livejournal.com/197308.html)
Headlights (http://buffyann.livejournal.com/4483.html)
They (http://txlsplash.livejournal.com/42155.html)

There's some others, but these I have on hand. Some are fun, some are more serious.

Date: 2007-11-26 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
As I complied this list I nearly recc-ed you to yourself.
LMAO! Was it A Bitter Song? :P

Ok, wow. You win. Seriously, thanks! I've definitely seen some of them (Headlights, Only, Lay Me to Sleep, Jesus Walks) but not nearly enough. And I trust your judgment. You rock the casbah a lot that way.

Date: 2007-11-26 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Yep and In the Cold Light of Day.

There's more, but they're on my laptop ALL the way in the other room, which would require me to not be lazy...

Date: 2007-11-26 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywoodgrrl.livejournal.com
Heh. Well thanks for the recs, yo. I'm gonna start making my way through 'em. ;)

Date: 2007-11-26 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bradcpu.livejournal.com
Argh. Must avoid spoilers, but... must download Whitney vid!

What to do... *sigh*

Date: 2007-11-26 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Wait an hour or so because I'm uploading my next one...

Date: 2007-11-26 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
When I said an hour I was exaggerating by 50 minutes. (http://kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com/102302.html)

Date: 2007-11-27 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kuwdora.livejournal.com

You blow me away with everything you do. I can't even begin to describe how awesome I find this vid. not to mention, like, WTF--the movie just aired on Saturday! How can your vid be that good in such a short amount of time! I hate you a little for that, but oh my god, I admire you all the more.

I especially love the pacing of the vid. and and and the texture of the vid. and and and.. well. Yeah. Just about everything I love.

Thank you

Date: 2007-11-27 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
I downloaded a pre-air screener of it a week or so ago. The editing took two days, then I just waited until it aired to release it.

I'm glad you liked the texture. I quite like using textures on my vids now. :)

Re: Thank you

Date: 2007-11-27 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kuwdora.livejournal.com

Yeah! the texture, I didn't notice it really until about half-way through (because I'm just that slow) and then on the fourth re-watching I realized how it's subtly is what makes it amazing. I mean, the vid is grimy just like the shoooow.

Re: Thank you

Date: 2007-11-27 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
I layered in a traditional artwork a made a few years ago to give it a different look and to echo Starbuck's red, blue, and yellow image:
Image
said the spider to the fly
(http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/35790250/)

Date: 2007-11-28 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williwawz.livejournal.com
Very nicely done vid. The first Razor vid I have seen and the investigation of Kendra's choices and world view were well matched for this song. Very tired and saddening vid-you really got the feeling that Kendra was tired of carrying the weight of the actions the world required of her. Very artful.

Date: 2007-11-29 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thank you for commenting. I thought the song matched to Kendra and the movie very well.

Date: 2007-11-30 11:46 pm (UTC)
aurora: (SGA John Dorky Glasses)
From: [personal profile] aurora
Oooh, I liked this a lot.

Date: 2007-12-01 11:55 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-19 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] projectcyborg.livejournal.com
this is a beautiful and gently political meditation on Razor -- love the song choice. and I thought you did a great job of evocatively incorporating its larger context of war and heartbreak via clips from further afield. putting it on the femslash masterlist!

Date: 2007-12-19 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Wow. Thank you so much for the comment. I'm glad my little undercurrent meanings came through for you. :) Could I have a link to the femslash masterlist? I've never come across it.

Date: 2007-12-19 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] projectcyborg.livejournal.com
sure! the masterlist started in bsg_femslash (http://community.livejournal.com/bsg_femslash/4576.html), but I'm currently working on converting it to del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/bsg_femslash/category:fanvid).
Edited Date: 2007-12-19 08:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-19 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Cool. I had no idea there was a masterlist. *starts devouring links*

I have a few fanarts you may be interested it too:
Six/Three and Six/Boomer (http://kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com/78923.html)
Caprica/Boomer (http://kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com/83189.html)
Boomer/Head!Six fanart (http://kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com/89410.html)
Six/Starbuck (http://kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com/100892.html)
</ self pimping>

Date: 2008-01-04 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] projectcyborg.livejournal.com
I love the manips! I haven't been masterlisting wallpapers/digital art. excellent use of smutty pictures, though, yum.

Date: 2007-12-24 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dualbunny.livejournal.com
The rhythm/pacing of this pulls me in and doesn't let go. I thought the way you changed the coloring complimented the sound of the song really well. It makes the source feel much more nostalgic. "There ain't no reason things are this way" on Cain and Gina is gorgeous and more heartbreaking for me here than on the show. I though the whole sequence from "razor's edge" through that section was really stunning. And your continued/echoed movement from one shot to another hits me perfectly throughout the whole vid.

Date: 2007-12-26 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. I've been trying new things with coloring, coneying emotion, and movement, so I'm glad you picked up those things.

Date: 2007-12-30 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bananainpyjamas.livejournal.com
This is a beautiful vid and is definitely one of the most emotional I've seen from you. I loved the coloring, it gave the whole thing a kind of grungy feel that complimented the music very nicely. There's some really nice work with cross-dissolves too, like at 2:15. The song choice is inspired; I almost thought it was written for Razor. Fantastic work as always, I'm crossing my fingers that you'll be bitten by the BSG vidding bug again. :)

Date: 2007-12-30 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. I've been trying to connect more with the subjects of my vid to get more emotion across.

I added a texture layer over the vid to give it that grunge look.

I don't use crossfades often, so ii was an experiment that hopefully helped me learn.

When listening to the song I can't believe it wasn't written for Razor.

I'm crossing my fingers that you'll be bitten by the BSG vidding bug again. :)
I have 5 ideas right now, but I think I'll be waiting for the final season to end before starting on them. :)

Date: 2008-01-26 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daybreak777.livejournal.com
Wow, you really captured the Pegasus and Kendra’s POV. Certain lines just hit for me. I really like at around minute 1:20 the way the lyrics are cut with “It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pin,” and at minute 1:52 with the line “suffocating slow.” If that line’s not Kendra, I don’t know what is. Everyone has said it but this song, this song! They say song choice is everything and they’re right, just this one line got me on my 3rd viewing, “Slavery stitched into the fabric of my clothes.” That’s the Pegasus too. Excellent, excellent choice.

I want to say the vid made me happy, but no. It rightly captured the despair, hopeless determination of one Kendra Shaw. Like the above commenter, I hope you keep vidding for BSG.

Date: 2008-01-26 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Those are the exact lines that I love the most. There's something about them in the song that sttod out for me and really felt perfect. :)

Date: 2008-07-29 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sol-se.livejournal.com
I somehow missed this when you posted it, so I'm just seeing it now. And WOW. I love this so much. Really, really wonderful!

Date: 2008-07-30 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
:) Thanks. It's extremely depressing.

Date: 2009-04-26 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaila.livejournal.com
The download doesn't appear to be working for me, any chance of a reupload? Pretty please?

Date: 2009-05-01 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Reuploaded :) 30mb, avi download, via mediafire (http://www.mediafire.com/?mtymmbgevzj)

Date: 2009-05-02 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaila.livejournal.com
Thank you! And I'm glad I asked because I love it as I suspected I would after seeing some old recs. You really captured Kendra's quiet anger here but you did an especially beautiful job meditating on the relationships between these women in a way that sort of gutted me. So a very late bravo!

Also the "pigeon with a broken wing" bit is now unintentionally horrifically hilarious post-finale.

Date: 2009-05-04 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thanks. :)

I'm oddly vindicated with Kara as a pigeon.

Date: 2009-08-22 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frolicndetour.livejournal.com
This is really powerful. It's been a while since I saw Razor, but I think you captured Kendra's quiet despair perfectly, with lines like "suffocating slow." And I absolutely love how Kara was brought in at the beginning and the end, when Kendra spares her. And the pigeon with a broken wing is both perfect in context, and, as [profile] chaila43 points out, oddly appropriate. ;) Excellent work!

Date: 2010-01-17 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiki-miserychic.livejournal.com
Thank you! LJ never sent me notification. :(

I thought Kara was perfect as the pigeon with a broken wing. It's oddly poetic and someone else at the show thought so too. :)

Date: 2010-07-18 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clueless-02.livejournal.com
Hi, I'm surfing in on a rec from [livejournal.com profile] daybreak777

And um... Wow! This vid is so very good! The imagery and the song are just perfect!

I have watched it twice now and there are moments that hit you over the head with their awesomeness; and then there are subtle moments like 'A window and a pigeon with a broken wing' and the flash to Kara that you catch on the second time round.

Anyways, this vid is brilliant and you did such a wonderful job with it!

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