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Title of vid: Smoke and Mirrors
Recipient: nicole-anell
Vidder: obsessive24
Fandom: Mad Men
Music: Smoke and Mirrors by Gotye
Summary: A temporary bandage on a permanent wound.
Content notes: I prefer not to give content notes (viewer proceeds at their own risk: could be anything)
Signed length: 03:38

Link to signed vid post.

Lyrics
http://www.metrolyrics.com/smoke-and-mirrors-lyrics-gotye.html

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merkuria
Jan. 19th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Well that is brilliant. Loved the pace, the recurring themes, the juxtapositions, music, just, all of it, completely. I can't remember the last time I saw a vid this satisfying, and packing such an emotional punch, bravo.

I can't wait to see who you are, vidder.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it so much. Thank you!
hollywoodgrrl
Jan. 19th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
I AM A FLAILY MESS RN, VIDDER. I REFUSE TO CENSOR MYSELF AT THIS MOMENT AND YOU GET A CAPSLOCK COMMENT FROM ME BC THIS IS LITERALLY LITERALLY LITERALLY THE GREATEST MAD MEN VID I'VE EVER SEEN.

THE SONG CHOICE IS AMAAAZING WHICH MAKES THE MOOD OF THE PIECE INSANELY PERFECT, AND YOUR EDITING AND A;KSBFSKDJBF CLIP CHOICE?!!! YOU HAVE PUT FORTH AND HIGHLIGHTED EVERY SUBTLE LITTLE THING THE SHOW DOES THAT CAN EASILY GO OVER PEOPLE'S HEADS. THIS VID DOES SO MANY THINGS I CAN'T EVEN LIST THEM ALL, BUT I ACTUALLY, AUDIBLY GASPED WHEN THAT BLACK AND WHITE BRA AD AND BETTY/MEGAN JUXTAPOSITION FIRST APPEARED. I HAVE NEVER EVER DONE THAT BEFORE WHILE WATCHING SOMETHING. AND THEN I SAW WHAT YOU WERE DOING WITH THE STORY STRUCTURE AND THEN THE "MOTHER" SECTION STARTED AND THAT'S WHEN THE TEARS CAME. I AM BALLING FROM THE SHEER BEAUTY THAT IS THIS VID. YES I CRY FROM AWESOME VIDDING THAT IS A THING I DO. AND THEN THE END!!!!!! IT'S JUST EVERYTHING I FEEL AND KNOW ABOUT THIS SHOW PUT INTO THIS BEAUTIFUL, POWERRRRRFUL AND STYLISH (SHIT, I KNEW THIS WAS GON' BE GOOD FROM THAT OPENING TITLE CARD. COME ON!) PIECE OF EDITING.

CONGRATULATIONS, VIDDER. I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE WON FESTIVIDS.

(ALSO NICOLE, I'M TOTES JELLO THAT YOU GOT SUCH A VID! SKDGBKSDJBG;KSBDJF)
anoel
Jan. 19th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
A++++++ TO THIS COMMENT! IT IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. I'm still all HOLY SHIT BEST VID OMGing over here.
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dianora2
Jan. 19th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Friend of nicole_anell, she sent me over here. :) This is fantastic. Parallels I never even noticed before. So well done. Excellent work!
juliedarling
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
What she said.
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bananainpyjamas
Jan. 19th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
This is SO GOOD. I've only seen a handful of episodes but the themes are so crystal clear. I also love how the vid is structured and how you can feel everything spiraling out of control by the end. Amazing work, this is one of my favorites so far!
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so very glad to hear it, thank you! :D
obsessive24
Jan. 19th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated by the idea that Don, Pete and Roger peddle in images of suburban bliss, eternal youth and "finally, something beautiful that you can truly own", but life never measures up to that and it’s all eventually dead-ends and freefall. I really enjoyed this vid.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
:P
ohvienna
Jan. 19th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Woooow this vid. I feel like I could write a thesis around it. Seriously brills.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you! :)
blithesea
Jan. 19th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Breathtaking! I would find it extremely hard to vid to such a beat. And such a dramatic build-up! Simply wonderful!
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
kiki_miserychic
Jan. 20th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Love the music choice right off the bat and the visual image choices. They bring along a rich history to someone having watched the show and understanding the interplay between them.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re:
Thank you! :D
danielleleigh
Jan. 20th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
this is crazy good -- I feel like I could watch this 10 times and still work on unpacking all the meaning here. Seriously, this is just incredible work, pulling at all these threads in the show and weaving them together so flawlessly.

Edited at 2013-01-20 01:56 am (UTC)
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased to hear that you read so much from the vid. Thank you for your kind comment!
destina
Jan. 20th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Holy shit, that was amazing. I'm speechless.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled to hear this. Thank you! :D
counteragent
Jan. 20th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
I don't know Mad Men, or I didn't before I saw this vid. Now I do.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so very glad to read this. Thank you for your kind comment.
nicole_anell
Jan. 20th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Actual. tears.

God, just - wow. This is so incredible, I feel unworthy of having my name attached as the recipient! I watched this for the first time this morning on my phone and I was reduced to HANDS ON MY FACE emotion, I think I actively embarrassed myself in the middle of the coffee place. And then a few times after that, and I'm sorry this is the first chance I've gotten to leave appropriate feedback.

I love, love, love this. This is like the pinnacle of what vidding is for that I only wish for my own vids to aspire to.

You told such a clear and complex *story* here about these three men, the contrast of the superficial trappings around them and their interior lives. So often I find myself talking about the women on this show, but this made me focus again on Don and Pete and Roger and how the world of this show can have a similarly painful effect on them.

It's not just brilliantly edited but every image is so *intentional* and meaningful, so perfectly placed alongside others to make connections I'd thought about and ones that never even occurred to me. The Marilyn/Jackie ad, the flashes of Betty modeling and Megan on the screen, Adam and Lane -- just a few of the moments that made my heart clutch. And the song is just gorgeous, love the appropriateness of the "put on quite a show" line (ahhh Roger), and how you used the mother, mother repetitions, these desperate grasping relationships with potential would-be savior women. And all building to the suicidal imagery of the end, which just seems to permeate the whole series sometimes (right from the opening credits) and you used and explored it so well here. Just... perfect!

Edited at 2013-01-20 04:02 am (UTC)
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I am absolutely thrilled that you liked it so much. It is so lovely to read all the details that you enjoyed and I'm just very, very glad that it worked for you. Super, super yayz!
lilly_the_kid
Jan. 20th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
Stunning, beautiful and haunting, perfect in every way!
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
bironic
Jan. 20th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know the show really, but that was fascinating. Bravo.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you liked it. And it'd be additionally awesome if it gave you any additional inclination toward watching the show. Thank you for your kind comment!
bradcpu
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the parallels here, which form a great backbone for the narrative - a very transparent narrative, even to a fandom outsider.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it worked for you despite no context. :)
milly
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
LOVE THIS. This video is gorgeous and very compelling despite never having watched a whole episode of Mad Men. It feels very intricately crafted.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad that you found it compelling without source knowledge. :)
tafkarfanfic
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
You made me see things about this show I'd never seen before. I made connections I never had before. Thank you for making this.
obsessive24
Feb. 6th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad! Thank you very much for your kind comment.
ficbyzee
Jan. 20th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. This was really, stunningly good. I am just in awe of how well you used the repeating imagery and the stutter cuts, and I loved the continuous presence of the women and the men's misperceptions and fantasies about them. And the song choice is so unbelievably perfect. Really excellent job.
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad that the vid worked for you. :)
no_detective
Jan. 20th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
....holy crap, my head just exploded. This is INCREDIBLE. *flaily incoherence*
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm thrilled it worked so well for you.
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obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed it. :)
laura47
Jan. 21st, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
i think i need to watch this A LOT to keep processing all the things in here. WOW. Good job!
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Aww, Ling Ling! Thank you very much! :D
sweetestdrain
Jan. 21st, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Um, hi. This vid was amazing and now I need to actually dig up the season one box set of Mad Men that I bought on sale that one time and watch this show immediately.
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear the vid did some recruitment. This show is just amazing and I hope you do get into it!
theswearingkind
Jan. 21st, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
I held my breath through basically this entire vid only to blurt out "Holy SHIT" really loudly when it ended. This is the best bit I've seen in ages, probably one of the best I've ever seen.
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm thrilled to hear the vid worked so well for you. Thank you so much!
dancinguniverse
Jan. 21st, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant. I didn't know the song going in, and then partway through, I was like, "This is amazing." This is like a thesis about the show in vid form. I'm still blown away.
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that it worked for you. Thank you so much!
elipie
Jan. 21st, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
This is amazing, holy shit. I need to watch this show IMMEDIATELY.
obsessive24
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I hope you do watch it because this show is brilliant.
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