18 August 2009 @ 10:11 am
VID: "The Way I Am" (Veronica Mars, VVC '09 Auction)  
This vid closed out the auction show at VividCon (and therefore was actually the last vid of the con - no pressure there at all, hee!).

Vid: "The Way I Am"
Musical Artist: Ingrid Michaelson
Fandom: Veronica Mars
Summary: "Who's your daddy?" Made for jackiekjono.

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If you were falling, then I would catch you
You need a light, I'd find a match
Cause I love the way you say good morning
And you take me the way I am

If you are chilly, here take my sweater
Your head is aching, I'll make it better
Cause I love the way you call me baby
And you take me the way I am

I'd buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches to all you tear
Cause I love you more than I could ever promise
And you take me the way I am
You take me the way I am

At last year's VVC, sweetestdrain and I basically dared each other to sign up for the '09 auction ("I will if you will!" "Okay!"). And then when we did, I got on the list and she didn't because she had done auction once before. So there went the grand plan. :) But I am so so so happy that jackiekjono won me, and that she gave me this beautiful song and concept. I hadn't made a vid since collabbing with [info - personal] laurashapiro on 2006's Goody Two Shoes, and three years is a looooong time. I was actually rather afraid that I'd completely forgotten how to vid at all. But then Jackie said "You wanna make a Daddy Mars vid?" and I said "Hell yeah!" Because Keith Mars defnitely deserves a vid proclaiming his awesomeness. :)

I was initially worried that since the song was very mellow and I didn't have a particular story to tell other than "best dad ever, y/y?", I wouldn't be able to sustain audience interest in the vid from start to finish. But the short length of the song (barely over 2 minutes) helped, plus Jackie suggested including bits of either the S1 or S2 detective plotlines, which I managed to bring in in the last verse/chorus and that provided the necessary backbone and narrative (such that it is) of the vid. I limited the footage to Season 1 because, well, I didn't really need anything else. And also because the ending of that season, with the confirmation that Keith is Veronica's biological dad and with him risking his life in the fire to save her, was the perfect climax, IMO.

This was the perfect vid with which to re-enter the vidding world and begin to relearn everything I used to know; it was fun, it was fairly easy to put together, and it was very low-stress. I didn't have to freak out about impressing anyone with my mad technical skillz or my Deep Intellectual Thoughts. If I'd been given anything complex or overly ambitious, I probably would have panicked and been unable to vid anything at all. But this was an absolute blast, and I'm very pleased with the final result. I hope you are too. :) Many thanks to renenet and sweetestdrain, who were my fantastic betas.

Comments and constructive criticism are ALWAYS appreciated!
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the fandom librarianmeretricula on August 18th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I love this song and I'm really excited to watch your vid, but I think the download is still locked somehow? I keep getting a 403 Forbidden message.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: DS: thank you kindlypipsqueaky on August 18th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Oops! It's fixed now, thanks so much for letting me know! :)
(no subject) - meretricula on August 18th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pipsqueaky on August 20th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Laura Shapirolaurashapiro on August 18th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
This vid made me inordinately happy. I found it really moving, and I don't know these people at all.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: FS: John/Chiana - the space betweenpipsqueaky on August 18th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Laura! *hugs*
Pauline: Stock little girlpauline_73 on August 18th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Hee, that was so sweet! You collected some great moments with the two of them, and it reminded me how great their relationship is. With the song AND the clips, the video put a huge smile on my face! Great job!
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: FNL: Tyra - one tall drink of waterpipsqueaky on August 20th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you! Glad to know it made you smile!
Alice: vm - veronica - pilotbeerbad on August 18th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Very sweet. :) And it kind of makes me miss the show like whoa.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: VM: Mac - in her elementpipsqueaky on August 20th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah, it did the same for me too as I was making it. I did a rewatch of S1 as prepwork for the vid and fell in love with the show all over again, heh.
Charmaxcharmax on August 18th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
This has made me extremely nostalgic for the show. Lovely vid.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Carnivale: Libby/Sofie - joypipsqueaky on August 20th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jayne L.: dwwavesserrico on August 18th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Aww, yay Keith! And yay Veronica for recognising how awesome her dad is! You put both those characters across very well. :)
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: DWho: Martha - made of awesomepipsqueaky on August 20th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So good to hear you say I did them justice, because I love them both to bits. :)
peeps wanna see peeps boink: it will take all your breathmusesfool on August 19th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)

Oh, my heart, Keith Mars is the best daddy ever.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: News: Maddow - heart!pipsqueaky on August 20th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Isn't he, though? YAY PAPA MARS. :D Thanks for your feedback!
Dayln: vm; lookin down she tells megigglemonster on August 19th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Aw dude this is the sweetest thing I've ever seen!
Even made me get a little misty eyed ;)
They are the best team and their relationship was by far one of the best aspects of the show and you captured it perfectly! Plus this song couldn't be more fitting. Love this SO so much!
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Glee: Finn/Rachel - don't stop believingpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Aww, this is wonderful! I'm so glad you like it! Thank you! (And yes, I adore their relationship too, hee.)
Destinadestina on August 19th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I don't actually know this source at all - believe it or not, I have never seen VM, because, not enough hours in the day! - but I thought it was adorable and charming, and I really liked it very much. It is a definite awwwww! kind of a vid. *g*
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: PD: Chuck/Olive - yay!pipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
"Awwww" is definitely the reaction I was going for. :) And it's really good to know that you got something out of the vid even though you'd never seen the source; I attempted to make it fairly accessible to everyone in that sense, so yay. Thank you!
Kass: veronicakassrachel on August 19th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I love this vid like crazy.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: FS: Aeryn - woohoopipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Yay, that makes me very happy! Thank you!
This Space Intentionally Left Blank: FNL-TamiThumbsUpbarkley on August 19th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
This was a fantastic last vid of the con! It made me so happy.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: FNL: Eric/Tami - best married couple evapipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! (I was only slightly terrified about ending the con, hee.)
Vilyvily on August 19th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I never would have thought of that song in that manner, but it works so well. And Daddy!Mars.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Heroes: Hiro - yatta!pipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Yay Daddy!Mars! Glad to hear the song ended up working for you. That was all jackiekjono's genius, hee. Thanks for your feedback!
Sorrel, the artist formerly known as goddessleilasorrelchestnut on August 19th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
That was an awesome look at just why Keith was the best dad in the world. Sincere and sweet, left a smile on my face.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: TP: Cooper - llama llama dalepipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
He is TOTALLY the best dad in the world! Thank you so much. :)
Vonnie: Veronica pilot smilevonniek on August 19th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
This vid made me so happy, I damn near cried. OMG KEITH MARS. Best Dad Ever.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: DWho: Ten - all dressed uppipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
I KNOW RIGHT. Yay Keith! ♥ Thank you for the lovely feedback!
belmanoirbelmanoir on August 19th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD!!! Keith is my favorite TV dad and this vid made me feel warm and fuzzy in all the right ways. i was trying to pick a favorite moment or something, but really all i've got is "THE PARTS WITH HUGGING!" ♥♥
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Chuck: group hug!pipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Hee, the parts with hugging are my favorite parts too! So glad you liked the vid. Thank you!!
[formerly annasanna1985]: smilecoppering on August 19th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say that I LOVED this so much.

I think he is one of the best dad's on television, and their relationship makes me smile all the time. You did a wonderful job capturing it. :)
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: S&A: Kate - green sweater grinpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! Happy to hear you liked it!
heaven has a hardware problem: Veronica/Hurtimwalde on August 19th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Oh, I LOVED this. It made me a little teary! There can never be enough Keith Mars love.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: BtVS: W/T - the morning afterpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hee, so true! Thank you very much!
Nickyobsessive24 on August 19th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
OMG! I'm so glad I watched all of VM only about a week ago, because this vid puffed up my heart and put such a huge smile on my face and I'm just about to burst into tears (like Veronica when she found out Keith was definitely her father, so in a good way) and, Oh. This is such a sweet, gorgeous vid. I love it to bits. Thank you!
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: DWho: Rose - turn the world on w a smilepipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D
scintilla10: victoire de samothracescintilla10 on August 19th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
So lovely! Oh Keith.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: FS: Crichton - floating above earthpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh Keith, indeed. :) Hee! Thank you!
counteragentcounteragent on August 19th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Just lovely. Great use of the climax...I haven't seen VM but I could tell what was going on.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Glee: Rachel - everybody wants a thrillpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am very glad to know that you could follow it even without context. Thanks for your feedback!
wedjateyewedjateye on August 20th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
That was absolutely lovely. Such a happy song, such a wonderful Father, all brought together so beautifully in your vid.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Misc: girl - lost in the woodspipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Glad you liked it. :)
drinking the otp kool-aid: :D sampocky_slash on August 20th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, my heart. This is just so adorable and full of love. I have no words! I wish I still had my DaddyMars icon! ♥
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: SGA: John - quick! look heroic!pipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yay Daddy!Mars! Thank you very much! :D
curves in all the wrong places: [vm] stick it to the man!littledust on August 20th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
This is so incredibly adorable!
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: News: Maddow - she wants YOUpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (I love your icon, BTW!)
Cats. Not to be trusted.: flailpoint greg and ed closercatwalksalone on August 21st, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Keith Mars wins my vote for best TV dad ever and you've encapsulated that absolutely perfectly with this vid. I have a brilliant dad myself, but man would I KILL to have Keith Mars hug me the way he hugs Veronica. Their relationship (and by extension this vid) makes me SO HAPPY. Perfect ending as well.

And now I miss him omg. Must rewatch vid.
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: HCL: Joe/Billy - cutenesspipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I miss Keith Mars too! I know exactly what you mean about having an awesome dad, but damn, Keith wins the trophy. (I was finishing this vid right around Father's Day, too, and I might possibly have called up my own dad and blubbered at him for half an hour about how fantastic he was, hee!)

Thank you so much for your feedback!
oxoniensis: fandom: vm earth to marsoxoniensis on August 21st, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
That was lovely - it made me feel so nostalgic for the show. And best dad ever, Y/Y was more than enough - the answer's definitely YES!
Daisy Sweetfuck and her Mean Tambourine: Politics: Obama - can't stop the signalpipsqueaky on August 21st, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hee, yay! Glad the answer is yes! :) Thank you so much!
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