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11 January 2009 @ 02:54 am
Vid: Unsteady Ground (Merlin)  


Title: Unsteady Ground
Fandom: Merlin
Music: Unsteady Ground - Catherine Feeny
Summary: Morgana can see the shape of things to come. (Morgana, Ensemble)

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Unsteady Ground
At night we plant bones
in the dark as you children sleep
you should know by now
there is always something moving
under your feet

Black water runs deep
underneath these titanic plates
where you build your homes
you tie up your safety nets

When these plates meet
it is mountains they make
yeah when these bones shift
there's an earthquake

Watch your step
you should keep your head down
you never know what tomorrow will bring around
hold onto what good fortune you have found
for you are walking on
unsteady ground

We will drill the earth
and you'll ride that slick
when it dirties your hands
it's a dirty trick

But it's like quicksand you know
to distinguish the top from the undertow
it gets harder
as your eyes and your bellies grow

Watch your step
you should keep your head down
you never know what tomorrow will bring around
hold onto what good fortune you have found
for you are walking on

You love God
yes, you love your president
you want them both
but we must keep them separate
the left hand don't know where the right hand is at yet
the children don't know yet that we're bombing Baghdad

Keep your head down
for we are walking on
we are all walking on


Notes: First of all, many thanks are extended to the always fantastic obsessive24 and elynross, for beta. Another round to wildmachinery, for audiencing and keeping me grounded.

As for notes related to the vid itself: When I was younger, despite being a voracious reader, I had trouble with Arthurian legend. I couldn't shake the foreknowledge of the tragedy awaiting everyone involved. Merlin is a fun show -- and as unfaithful as it may be to mythology and history, we as viewers already know how the story will end. It is something I can't shake myself. We have Morgana, who, as a seer, is likely beginning to see the shape of things that are to come. She's untrained, has little real knowledge of magic, and sees fragments of a future that must be horrifying.

This vid is my attempt to bring these characters and portents together, to look at some of the places where the cracks are already forming.
 
 
 
Nickyobsessive24 on January 11th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
You posted it! *happy dance* I'm off to rec.
Cherrycherryice on January 11th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you.
Amy: merlin: the past is prologuesuch_heights on January 11th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh wow. This is fantastic. I love the clips and parallels and movement of it, I felt like I was seeing bits of the show in an entirely new way. *runs to rewatch*
Cherry: merlincherryice on January 11th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you ever so much. I really wanted to work with a reexamination of the source, so I'm glad it worked for you.
Enderenderwiggin24 on January 11th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
your vid breaks my heart in all places , but in a good way :)

and sorry, I am neither english nor american nor history anything, but anytime I see someone saying this "as unfaithful as it may be to mythology and history", I feel like an smartass pointing out to this meta essay, but somehow, I feel the urge to need to defend at least some honor of the people behind merlin *g*:
Negotiating the Boundaries of Legend, or, yes Merlin pays close attention to Arthurian Legend
http://icarusancalion.livejournal.com/824859.html?format=light
Cherrycherryice on January 11th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for watching!

Thank you for the link -- it's quite an interesting writeup. I know there are many iterations of Arthurian legend -- to me, however, Merlin feels much like the same sort of early reimaging as Smallville. I really don't mean any insult by that, and I'm sorry if I offended you. As much as anything, I'm amused by the presence of fresh garden-cultivar strawberries and sandwiches. :)
I'm sorry if I offended you. - enderwiggin24 on January 15th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
obsessive-compulsive squirrel: le feyacari on January 11th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
This is stunning work. I will have to watch it a couple more times to figure out all the different threads you are weaving, but that is so not a hardship.

I love it. Thanks for sharing.
Cherry: merlincherryice on January 11th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you ever so much. I honestly feel that a desire to rewatch is one of the highest compliments a vidder can be paid.
jo_winchester: Dawniewinchesterjo on January 11th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
That was a really beautiful video. The transitions between clips was absolutely flawlass, and good song choice for Morgana too ;D
Cherrycherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. I was incredibly lucky to find this song to work with.
fabi: merlintearful_eye on January 11th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
oh wow, it's absolutely stunning. so beautiful!

i love this (like i love all of your vids), your editing, the music, everything just seems flows just so naturally... wow.
Cherry: headphonescherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
shardsofblushardsofblu on January 11th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
You've definitely captured the inevitable darkness of the Arthurian legend here, and having it from Morgana's POV is just downright perfect. Knowing the future like that is a blessing and a curse all at once.

Again, great job!
Cherry: terminatorcherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. This is the type of story where knowing what is to come must be harder that walking into it blind.
Kathyh: Kathyh Merlin M&Akathyh on January 11th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
This was stunningly beautiful. Loved the flow of movement between the clips and the echoes of darkness to come. Gorgeous work.
Cherry: boomercherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much.
bradcpubradcpu on January 11th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
The use of light and motion in this is just stunning, and the pacing is just brilliant. The emotion of it is very evocative and so consistent. Some incredibly effective use of time toggle and repeated clips throughout, and I absolutely love your sense of musicality.
Cherry: merlincherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, wow -- thank you ever so much. I'm so glad that it worked for you in all of those ways.
Purpleyin/Hansmissyvortexdv on January 11th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Really beautiful vid. Have downloaded for rewatching. :)
Cherry: terminatorcherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you for watching. *g*
Danielle: blackbirdsrae1013 on January 11th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
That was beautifully done. ♥
Cherry: seasonalcherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.
i was always like thisbionic on January 11th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
that was beautiful!
Cherry: headphonescherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly.
four words and a digit.: (me) le fay.bytheshoreline on January 11th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I have been waiting for someone to make a vid like this, and you blew my expectations out of the water. Seriously. There are so many levels to what you've made here, connections to be made. The end gave me chills. I am so saving this and putting it on my iPod :)
Cherry: merlincherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much. It's a vid I'd been wanting to see for quite a while myself, and when I found this song, I couldn't resist.
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Cherry: boomercherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon. :) It's a BBC show.
amchara: morganaamchara on January 11th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely vid- you wove together the hints of the future very well, and oh, it's kind of heartbreaking to see it all laid out like that.
Cherry: merlincherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. In all the fun of the show, I find I can sometimes forget exactly where everything is heading -- but it's all in there.
RevolutionaryJo: Merlin and Arthurrevolutionaryjo on January 11th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is stunning. It gave me goosebumps and makes me all misty eyed. Absolutely the kind of vid I could watch over and over.
Cherry: morganacherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much. I really do think that a desire for someone to rewatch is on the of the highest compliments a vidder can be paid.
devohoneybee: crescent moondevohoneybee on January 12th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous vid. I like the show, am not smitten with it, but AM smitten with your vid and through that, the show, now. Hauntingly beautiful.
Cherry: seasonalcherryice on January 12th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you ever so much. I, myself, found that it wasn't until around the 8th episode that things really start to click for me. I'm so glad that you liked the vid.
ain't no party like a dalek party: merlin; oh calamityarefadedaway on January 12th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
This is just hauntingly, achingly beautiful, and stunningly put together; your flow is flawless and the evocative imagery you put to use here, like the parallels and the water, is complex and hypnotic. Absolutely the best Merlin vid I've seen to date.
Cherry: morganacherryice on January 16th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. There are a number of gorgeous Merlin vids out there, so that is a high compliment indeed. Thank you kindly.
cortexiphan juice box: [mrln] good night sweet princehollywoodgrrl on January 12th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
I can't begin to describe how delighted I am by this vid. It reminds me of why I really love this show, the sullen sadness, the feeling of foreboding, it's all there when you dig a little beneath the crack. You suddenly find yourself with pangs in your heart, watching these characters you so dearly love slowly destroy themselves as destiny has called. That is this vid. It feels very soft and feminine, like fingertips on flesh. It feels very Morgana and I adore that.

Another thing I can't help but flail about is the way you always manage to cut in some random clip of gorgeous motion, like at :04 and 1:24. And I love how you matched textures with the texture of the music at 2:08-2:18. All your "elemental shots" of grain and water and trees were phenomenal as well. I love it to pieces. Srs bsns Merlin vids are my weakness.
Cherry: morganacherryice on January 16th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much. You're right that everything is right there -- how close it was to the surface almost surprised me. They're destroying what they'll build before they've even dreamed of it, and it hurts to watch.

I'm so pleased that you like this! It was a much more organic for me to make than most, and I'm grateful to hear that showed through in the texture of the vid.
redbrunja: Suffer For My Sins (Faith)redbrunja on January 13th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
This vid was so delicious that I went and downloaded the first episode.

Morgana is unspeakably gorgeous, as a side note.
Cherrycherryice on January 16th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much.

As for the show -- I found for me, personally, that it was the back half that really clicked. I watched the first bit, walked away from it for a bit, and was convinced to try again. 1x08 is gorgeous, and for me it's where things really kick into gear.
茶: such miles have i traversedteabrewing on January 13th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
This is a gorgeous, gorgeous vid. I don't quite know what it is about the Merlin fandom that inspires such a bounty of vids in a relatively short time, but I'm glad it does.
Cherry: music (out of my head)cherryice on January 16th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. I was almost afraid to release this vid into the said deluge of Merlin pieces, because they've all been fantastic.
Stellastarsstellastars on January 13th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Here on a (well-deserved) rec! Truly lovely work! Absolutely stunning!
Cherrycherryice on January 16th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much.
Morgan Dawnmorgandawn on January 13th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
are you going to submit any of your vids this year to escapade? there won't be a Bascon convention this year and Escapade is looking for vids.
Cherrycherryice on January 16th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
You know, I hadn't thought about it -- I've only ever submitted to VVC before. It might not be a bad idea, though: the worst they can do is not show it, which is a similar result to that achieved by not submitting.
Vera: proserpinacopracat on January 13th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
What a beautiful and sad vid.
Cherry: boomercherryice on January 16th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly.
Polly Plummernutkin on January 14th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I actually don't watch Merlin, but I followed a rec here and I have to say that this is just a really beautiful vid. It's not the kind of song I would automatically associate with this source, but it works seamlessly and really creates something moving and powerful. Great work!
Cherrycherryice on January 16th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you ever so much -- it's always gratifying to hear that something is clear enough to work without knowledge of the source. I was initially having a hard time matching the source to a song, but the lyrics and rhythms of this piece won me other.