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vid title: Devil Said
music: "Dirty Horse" from Gram Rabbit
source: Merlin BBC, King Arthur, and Mists of Avalon
duration: 2:49
notes: Thanks to [ profile] heyiya and [ profile] millylicious with [ profile] deathisyourart for the betas. Warning for nudity. Posted for [ profile] halfamoon.
summary: Ohhh. Morgana(/Gwen)

download: 30mb avi

Now the devil said, “come on and walk with me
I’ll show you some things that you may not ever see
It’s time that I made myself real clear
and if things are cool, we’ll stop off and grab a beer"


Well, I never wanted to start any type of fight
I always wanted to make things just real right
But Jesus is mad and he’s blaming it all on me
when the problem is you, it’s very plain to see

Jesus said, “Ohhh”
And the devil said, “Ohhh”
And the angels said, “Ohhh”
Coyote said, “Ohhh”
The white rabbit said, “Ohhh”
The little yetti said, “Ohhh”
And we all said, “Ohhh”

Date: 2009-02-13 09:03 pm (UTC)
ext_3674: pete wisdom says, "Gotta love those happy endings." (prayers and praise)
From: [identity profile]
Now that was just incredible. I just love how you blend the various sources - it's seamless, absolutely stunning. And Morgana's dream (of the future?) of Gwen's death, of her own rage, becoming Morgan le Fey... I love it when people take Merlin footage and manage to make it dark, serious, and you've done that so well.

(and by the way, if I didn't tell you already, I did get the video you sent me. It, too, blew me away. I'm really very excited to be working with you.)

Date: 2009-02-14 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL at Barney icon.

Thank you.

It's weird to take a show like Merlin and turn it into something entirely serious. A lot of vidders have done so.

I'm super excited about doing [ profile] artword and working with you. :)


Date: 2009-02-13 10:34 pm (UTC)
ext_2208: image of romaine brooks self-portrait, text "Lila Futuransky" (morgana/gwen)
From: [identity profile]
At last! I love this, and you, SO SO SO MUCH.

The way you weave Morgana's story here is just breathtaking. I love the way you intercut her fighting with the King Arthur footage, the myth and the various tellings of it all together; the movement forward and back through time gives me additional shivers down my spine, especially combined with the little repeated movements of footage in time to the music. Reading the lyrics to the song I'm even more struck with its perfection: Jesus is mad and he's blaming it all on me---YES.


Date: 2009-02-14 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
w00t! Thank you.

This song is Morgana. I'm convinced. You should listen to the whole song too.

Date: 2009-02-14 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Ohhh. Morgana. No kidding. That was beautiful. And beautifully blue. Love the song, too. I'd heard it once before, but I never knew what it was.

Date: 2009-02-14 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I'm a bit in love with Gram Rabbit right now. They're weird in a really great way.

Date: 2009-02-14 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is beautiful! :D And I'm loving taking advantage of how easy it is to slip into a more serious reading since I've seen so little Merlin. ;)

Date: 2009-02-14 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I always think it's amazing how so many serious vids have come from Merlin.

Date: 2009-02-14 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yup. That was kinda incredible, wasn't it? I love the roar. And well, it's a Morgana vid so I am pleased. But man, I gotta commend you on the song choice. You always have such unique taste and this REALLY works. Awesome.

Date: 2009-02-14 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww, thanks. The whole song seemed so perfect for Morgana and I'm still grooving on Gram Rabbit's music.

Date: 2009-02-14 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've seen a ton - and I mean a TON - of Merlin vids. (And probably a half-dozen Morgana vids) But this is the first time I've seen one that makes the show look ominous. Yet it does it in such a beautiful way. Also, creepy.

And hypnotic. Did I mention that part? *rewatches*

Date: 2009-02-14 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. Morgana is a favorite of fandom. I goal was to put you in a trace and trick you into doing a monkey dance. :)

Date: 2009-02-14 04:07 pm (UTC)
ext_7850: by ev_vy (Default)
From: [identity profile]
That was beautiful! I loved the intercutting between Morgana and the footage from King Arthur.

Date: 2009-02-14 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. Aww, cute Valentine's Day icon. :)

Date: 2009-02-15 09:43 pm (UTC)
ext_218: (femslash by grrliz)
From: [identity profile]
I love how badass Morgana is in this! the jumpcutting/fades are awesome. Merlin has never looked so good. and ohhhhhhh indeed!

Date: 2009-02-16 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Morgana is such a badass, except not on Merlin BBC that much. She will be!

Date: 2009-02-16 05:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not even familiar with the show, but I enjoyed this very much none the less. It's downright hypnotic, and captivatingly eerie.

If I may ask, is there any chance you could point me in the direction of where I can get my hands on the song you used? I really liked it.

Date: 2009-02-18 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. ;)

Date: 2009-02-18 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love this so much! A few of my favorite parts:

* the title font, and the way it collapses

* the beginning, with the cuts between Uther/Morgana and Morgana/Mordred, which I just realized reverses the red and blue-green on their capes and hoods. AWESOME. Love the reversal. That ties in so nicely to the blue-green at the beginning and end. Morgana reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood here, and with the "White Rabbit" at the end, she also seems like Alice, being led down the rabbit hole.

* baby!Mordred on "the devil", and Morgana's look on :55.

* all the little crossfade jump cuts - they work beautifully with the music

* the jump cuts and the lyric tie around 1:50. How perfect.

* you have such a great sense of color - the orange spot in the sea of blue at :16 and :21 is lovely, and the pan into the white lily. And how the little bug starts crawling to kick off the vid.

* the jump cuts to Morgana in the forest around 1:57. LOVE THAT. Very, very clever.

* the reflecting eyes of Mordred and Morgana at :43, right on the beat, and the broken mirror. I keep finding more amazingness while I'm trying to write this.

* The look and the lyric tie on 1:55.

* how you used the blue-green color to tie it all together, as well as the castle, and to match the beginning with the fighting footage at the end.

* how the arrow at :30 and at 2:03 serves to bookend the vid and mesh it with external to BBC source. The blending at 2:03 is really nice.

* how it emotionally climaxes with the crazy fighting at the end.


* everything from 2:23 to 2:27.

I love how to you play off of the religious tension inherent in the text, and tie together magic, homosexuality, feminism, and the villain narrative. It is fab.

Date: 2009-02-18 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG, thank you. You are so cool for taking the time to give me feedback. You called out quite a few things I was hoping people would get, like the capes.

Child Mordred is so very creepy.

Meshing the source is always a struggle, so it's good to read that what I tried worked for you.

Yay and thank you.

Date: 2009-02-18 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha, I don't know if I read more into it than you intended, but I liked it. :)

Date: 2009-02-18 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not at all. I'm super pleased with your reading. :) With the villain aspect, I playing more with the Dead Lesbian trope where one woman is killed, so the other turns into a villain to get revenge. I'm all for people constructing their own meaning around vids.

Date: 2009-02-18 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol. Well, I'm rooting for her. ;)

Date: 2009-02-24 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ohh wow, how do you do that? you vid so fast & each vid you do is absolutely stunning - you're a vidding machine! :)

...cause this vid is so wonderful. i really choked up while watching it - it's so beautiful, & heartbreaking somehow. you show how much morgana will change (even if she maybe doesn't want to), nothing/no one can prevent her destiny from coming true. i also love how you bring gwen into this & how it will be her death that changes everything for morgana... (don't know if i 'watched' that right though). & of course the way you merge the series with the movies is very cool, and the jump cuts, and... everything, ♥.

Date: 2009-02-24 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been working on more than one vid at a time lately. Now I have 4 vids along various stages. 1 in beta, 1 in first draft, 1 being clipped, and 1 in the middle of editing. I vid a lot in my head too, so by the time I do the actual editing, it's mostly done.

Thank you so very much. Yes, you got what I was doing with Gwen's death. Thank you. :)

Date: 2009-02-24 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Loved the roar as Morgana wakes up. And her face in the shattered mirror.
Devil and Modred's face = awesome.

I can't tell you how much I loved this vid. It showed how strong Morgana is, and canon forgets that too often. Her powers and strength of character might eventually lead her down the wrong path (devil said come on and walk with me, *glee*), but it's so nice to see how full of spunk and kick-ass moments she is.
And the Morgana/Gwen moments were lovely.
*mems and goes back to rewatch*

Date: 2009-02-24 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much. I'm really glad you enjoyed all those things. I really want Morgana to kick some more ass next season.

Date: 2009-02-25 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh wow. I love this! Absolutely love it! I'd never heard that song before, but it's wonderful, especially combined with the sharp editing. ♥

Date: 2009-02-25 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. Gram Rabbit is excellent and very creepy.

Date: 2009-03-06 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Righteous edit!
The blending of the sources was beautifully seamless-I had to check your description cuz I thought it was all Merlin 'til I thought I saw Keira Knightly (Not sure I spelled her name right :/) plz forgive my source ingorance. Was she dreaming?

Date: 2009-03-06 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. Source ignorance can sometimes work. KK is actually the Gwen character in King Arthur, so it might work better without actually knowing she's not the strict Morgana character.

Yep, she was dreaming, like many other Morgana vids. Originality fail.

Date: 2009-06-03 08:55 pm (UTC)
ext_1770: @ _jems_ (fandom: merlin the flag flies high)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, that was a fantastic story - I so love it when vids tell a story and sweep me up in it. Gorgeous!

Date: 2009-06-04 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, thank you. :)

Date: 2009-07-13 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, Morgana, indeed. This is amazing on so many levels. The narrative, the music and clip match up, the source blending. And I loved the Gwen/Morgana.

Date: 2009-07-16 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. Gwen/Morgana and Morgana herself are awesome

Date: 2009-10-15 12:46 am (UTC)
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
From: [personal profile] sophinisba
This is such an awesome vid! I loved the way you mixed in the other sources, and I don't know a thing about editing but the look of this is really impressive.

Date: 2009-10-16 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. :)

Date: 2010-01-03 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am watching Merlin vids, so have a late comment! This is ridiculously well-edited. The only source of those that you used that I've seen the whole of is The Mists of Avalon, but your editing made it easy to infer who was who (or to guess, anyway, I could be wrong!), i.e. I'm assuming the little boy is baby!Mordred and I took Keira Knightley as Morgana (though I see from comments that I'm wrong, I don't care!) I love how revolutionary and powerful this makes Morgana.

Date: 2010-01-03 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I love late comments. It remind me of the vid and makes think about it again.

In the movie, King Arthur, Keira Knightly is Guinevere, but for my vid I made her Morgana. Actually, I think her character was more Morgana than it was Guinevere. For the vid, she has the same facial bone structure as Katie McGrath. I like the mesh of sources that let me make Morgana into something I could see her becoming in the future.

Date: 2010-08-07 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was just incredible! Loved how you used the King Arthur footage and Gwen, and Morgana just shines in this.

Date: 2010-08-08 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much. :) I wish there was more Morgana and Gwen in the show.

Date: 2012-06-27 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
And from which Merlin movies did you get this excellent result !?.

Thanks and have a nice life.Best regards from Sweden / The Viking.

Date: 2012-07-09 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Mainly Merlin BBC. The Kiera Knightly as Morgana footage came from King Arthur. The scenery shots, like castles, came from Mists of Avalon. The sex scenes are from The L Word. Towards the end, older Mordred and the cave paintings are from Mists of Avalon.

I made it as a companion piece with Between the Bars (

Date: 2012-06-27 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I am obviously cutting my sword in stone this time when i later could see your source of the movies involved at the top of the page.

Again, best regards from Sweden / The Viking.

Date: 2012-07-09 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No problem and thank you for watching.

Date: 2014-04-25 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey! This vid is AWESOME and chilling. Would you be happy for me to show it as part of the 'Constructed Realities' show I'm running at this year's Vidukon? :-)

Date: 2014-04-26 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
AHYIS!!!! I never realized how many AU vids I've made until now.

Date: 2014-04-26 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, I never realised how many there WERE in the world until I started asking for recs for this show! Thanks for this one.

Date: 2016-05-23 04:16 am (UTC)
ext_218: (bsg hybrid)
From: [identity profile]
OMG I had this downloaded on my hard drive like a TIME TRAVELER :D. I love it so much – it's visually stunning, features PORN, and has a meta angle, which are three of my MOST FAVORITE things. I'm going to screen it in my "Speculative Femslash" playlist at Wiscon – I'm so excited for everyone to see it!!


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