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WHEW!! WITH just MINUTES TO SPARE!! *wipes sweat off brow*

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THE STORY

Jensen's just left his entire life behind in Chicago to prove to himself once and for all whether he's born to be a dancer. He really doesn't think so, but fellow dancer Jared has never been more sure of anything else. When Michael Jackson dies suddenly, leaving this whirlwind of a tour at a stand-still, Jensen, Jared, and the rest of the dancers struggle to make sense of the fact that all they just worked so hard for has just exhaled into a fading sunset.

The goal of any artist is to be able to celebrate passion, creativity, inspiration, and the relationships that get us through it all. Jensen's journey tells the story of Michael Jackson's influences, the impact he's had on everything that came after him, and how this elite group of modern hip hop dancers pulls it all together and makes it their own. --> STORY MASTERPOST



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[Password: bigbang]
YOUTUBE || DOWNLOAD [AVI, 43 MB]


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Banner - Act I

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Banner - ACT III

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[CLICK TO ENLARGE]

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That night, tense from a tough day of rehearsals, they all drive to the beach. It’s something quiet, probably private, outside of Santa Monica, and they fearlessly stake their claim for the night.

They dance in the sand, run, chase, tackle, holler until they’re exhausted and the emotions are beaten out for the day.


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Jensen swings himself down onto the edge of the stage. He closes his eyes, silences his mind, and focuses on his breathing. Things are good; things are together.

Jared sits down next to him, and he looks over, briefly interrupting himself. Jared silently offers the rest of his water, and Jensen accepts. He drains it and casts the bottle aside, and is appreciative when Jared closes his eyes, inviting Jensen to return to stillness.

Everything falls away: the sweat cooling on his back, the glaring lights overhead, the tinkering of the organ and Orianthi’s guitar strings. Jensen feels his breath, and hears it in his ears, and is totally within himself. Mind blissfully blank, he allows himself to rest.


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Devin's Playlist

Chuck's Playlist

Tyne's Playlist

[All music downloads can be found WITHIN THE STORY
or at the MASTER MEDIA POST]


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PROJECT NOTES: [Added: 07/29/10 | 12:46PM]

This is the first time I've attempted art for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. I’ve been amazed and enamored with all the work and time and energy that people have put into this challenge each summer for all of us in fandom to enjoy for the rest of the year. I think it’s a brilliant show of fandom at its best, and I’m overjoyed to have had the time to participate this year.

Originally, I had had my mind set on just picking some schmoopily cute J2 rom-com to try my hand at vidding a basic slick movie-like trailer. Instead, this one from the summary alone grabbed me by the shirt collar and would not let go. I knew it would require a much bigger task than I originally intended, and yet, for some reason, I just could not let it go. I was drawn in by what the story was really about. Inspiration fueling a passion. Being given a chance. Finding that self-confidence to make it a reality. And dealing with the people around you who got you there.

The ridiculous thing is, I was actually just about the furthest thing from a Michael Jackson fan you could get. I have a huge 80s pop aversion, couldn’t find one MJ song in my huge iTunes library, in my ‘filled to the brim with music’ house even, and literally only one MJ song I could distinctly remember (thanks to the Centerstage (2000) dance number to ‘The Way You Making Me Feel’ which I had no clue was MJ until I heard it on all the tribute news programs last year). So yea, suffice to say, I got a music education outta the deal. Michelle sent me album copies and three months later, I can now be found at any point and time with MJ song beats stuck in my head. It's undeniable that Michael Jackson, the person, became a controversial figure at best over the years in the public eye. This story doesn't change the fact that I think he's probably Hollywood's best poster child for the ills of fame at such an early age. But Michael Jackson, the artist, who's creative vision and infectious passion is evident throughout his artistic life, is one I have developed a new-founded respect for through working on this project.

The main idea of the story alone made it a DREAM to vid and make art for. I mean EPIC WORLD STAGE DANCING J2, how awesome is that??? Layered on top of that, using J2 as a vehicle to explore the more personal impact of a national news event most others experienced just from their distant television screen was…well, ambitious. I honestly had not planned on doing this much art for BigBang, yet I was so completely drawn in by this world she created, these dancers working so hard and being so invested in an event that never was able to happen. Artistically, there’s a real tragedy there. The more I talked to her, the more I adored her idea to make this fic more than just a fic, but an actual EXPERIENCE, in combining the already inspiring words of her written story and melding it with meaningful sound and image. It was different and a little out there, but I could tell she wanted this to be a celebration of the inspiration MJ had created and she had the will to put the extra work through to sell it home. And I gotta commend her. She had a fabulous creative vision for all this, and I do believe she saw it through. I was absolutely THRILLED to have been part of the process.

VID NOTES
Right from the get go, it was easy to see how this story was made for a promo. The easy part was having a definite clip source in the ’This is It’ film and DVD extras. And of course, because I couldn’t conceive doing this promo without using Michael Jackson songs, in having a set discography to pick audio from.

But it ended up being a bizarrely different vidding experience, because I actually had to storyboard the vid BEFORE having any set audio track. And then literally constructed the audio track piece by piece, before even laying any clips. Because while I wanted to use MJ songs, I soon realized there was no ONE song that could capture the story written. Or at least the elements I felt were most necessary to highlight. So I started cutting bits and pieces and MY GOODNESS, WAS IT MADNESS. I had over 40 minutes of spliced 00:02-01:00 pieces. For a long time, I gave up that it would EVER work. In some miraculous way, it eventually came together. The final draft I believe was 36 audio clips, including audio from 8 MJ songs total, which ended in the MONSTROUSLY LARGE three minute promo you see if front of you. Would you believe in the beginning I swore this would be no more than 1:30? *facepalm*

At any rate, my main goal was simply to sell the story Michelle created, so if the promo makes you want to read her fic, then I have done my job! Hope you all can enjoy it! :D

GRAPHICS:
I'm really not a graphics artist. I have enough of an eye to notice when something looks wrong. And many times, I can visual what it’s SUPPOSED to look like, and yet I very rarely feel like I can GET it there. It’s frustrating. Combine that with the fact that it’s been a while since I’ve even attempted to work with more than picspam and you get a girl who literally did more hand-wringing over the banner than a three minute vid. I wasn’t until last week, after working through five different versions, that I finally arrived to something that I didn’t hate! *facepalm*

But the things I didn’t need to do, the rest of these little pieces, came together surprisingly easy. And I’m not sure why really. Perhaps because I was thinking of the vid and the banner as the two necessary pieces, while everything else was simply extra diversions during times of procrastination. So I just had fun with them! The layout banner used in this post came together quite randomly, but quickly became my favorite, so I was pretty glad to be able to turn the design into functional 'Act' banners as well.

Of course, I also GRAVELY miscalculated just how much of a headache all of these little pieces would be once they were created. REVISIONS. UPLOADING. CODING. AHHHH!! Safe to say, the last week has been madness to get this post together. And yet, I’m sure it’s nothing compared to Michelle’s job in managing and coding her 30+ posts. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW SHE DID IT ALL.

As for the internal art, I have literally zero drawing ability otherwise the first thing I would have raced to recreate would have been the end of the beach scene. Followed closely behind by completing a side view of the Js onstage in that mediation moment. Alas, that was not possible! But it did occur to me that I could possibly play with silhouette source. I happened to stumble on that beach picture [original linked below] and messed with the figures enough to somewhat resemble some of the dancers. At the time, I thought it could serve as a sort of surreal emotional extrapolation of the end scene, though it ended up fitting perfectly in the beginning of the scene instead. The stage moment I still really wanted to recreate, and figured with a silhouette the best would be back shots. Only, how many sitting back shots do you know of the Js?! So I went searching. And searching. And searching. And finally found silhouette source, one for each of the boys that I thought resembled them enough to pass (from far away at least!). Randomly, the hardest source to find was a theater shot from the stage outward. Go figure!

THE FIC:
There is SO MUCH I love about this story conceived here, I could sit here and gush about it for hours. I love that [livejournal.com profile] standing_fic saw that moment of Misha Gabriel in the opening of This Is It and thought, ‘wait, there’s a story there’. I love that, even as a J2 AU it has a NON-AU feel, dropping the Js in a real world event of just last year to expand on the myriad of emotions that might have been experience by those who put so much work into this grand production that never happened. This just feels like a story begging to be told, fleshing out these months and J2 acted as the perfect vehicle to explore it. It's almost like a redo of This is It, from the dancers POV, exploring inspiration through the affect MJ had on these young dancers to say something about the power of an artist‘s work. But perhaps what I love most, which I experienced in this weird way of listening to his music AFTER reading this story, is how much of the style and verse of her writing in this literally reflects the sound and style of MJ‘s discography. There is something really quite brilliant about that. Mostly, I am just in AWE of all that she has accomplished with this.

I'm not kidding when I say, I've become so addicted to this story, and the characterizations Michelle has created here. I’ve read it three times now, in a series of different drafts, and I still can’t WAIT to get a chance to read the final product. I came in knowing nothing about these other dancers and throughout the progression of this I’ve become so enamored with all of them through her writing. It’s hard enough to get Jared and Jensen’s voices down, but to have nailed the other nine dancers characters too, is beyond fascinating. And I completely blame her for passing on the Misha love to the point where I can't STOP WATCHING THIS GUY DANCE (seriously, stuff like this? It's MESMERIZING.)

So please, START READING THE STORY! It is definitely one not to be missed! Simply follow the arrow below. The numerous sections seem a little daunting at first, but I promise it is totally worth the experience. At 30K, the snapshots laid out in this way really just help to highlight single moments of the whole story. I know for myself, I kept finding they made me slow down to better appreciate the words and experience their unfolding. Which combined with the video and sound, brings the story about as close to feeling like a real LIVE production as fic can get!

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THANK YOUS.
To [livejournal.com profile] standing_fic, for UGH, EVERYTHING. For sitting in a theater watching Misha Gabriel opening quote and thinking, ‘There’s a story there’. For having the creative foresight to imagine all that could be done with this. For putting up with me and all my spastic crazy emails, and numerous drafts and links and coding madness. For creating this grand-scale fic production where art could shine with words. I could gush FOREVER about how wonderful she has been to work with, brilliantly talented, fiercely dedicated, and absolutely full of excitement. I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect bigbang to immerse myself in for the last two months, or a more perfect author to work with, and I am so beyond thrilled to have been given the chance. If any of this art is worth anything, it’s because of her creative work that inspired it.

To [livejournal.com profile] leucocrystal, whose huge MJ Tribute Picspam post was the whole reason I have any decent MJ photo stock to work with. The gorgeous toe point photo is completely accredited to her findings.

Also a ridiculous amount of thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for all the work and dedication they put into [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. You ladies are brilliant and amazing for creating and maintaining this space for epic fandom creativity. I am in absolute awe over all that you do, especially with this year’s absolutely monstrous size. Without question, you both deserve fandom saint status at this point.

DISCLAIMER:
Nothing contained within the promo is mine, other than the editing which I have done myself. I claim no ownership over any of the photography used. All photography sources are listed below. Only the font and manipulation of images are my work.

SOURCES: (To be completed soon!)
- Video source: Dancing With The King of Pop | Misha & Devin dance to loud pipes | FAME (2009) Film Trailer | This Is It (film and dvd extras) | SPN Paley Festival | A Day in the Life of Jensen & Jared
- MJ source: Fifty Years of Michael Jackson [PICSPAM] by [livejournal.com profile] leucocrystal
- MJ Dancers source: NICK | DANIEL | MEKIA 1, 2 | MISHA | CHRIS | SHANNON | DEVIN | CHUCK 1, 2 | TYNE
- J2 source: HOODIE JENSEN | DANCE CARD JENSEN | BANNER JARED | DANCE CARD JARED | COVERART JARED
- Shoe Photography source: RED AIR SHOES | STAGE HEELS | NIGHTLIFE FLOOR | HIPHOP STEP | BENCH WAITING SHOES | DANCE STUDIO SHOES | ICON #5
- Silhouette source: STAGE JENSEN | STAGE JARED | BEACH FUN | JUMPING JENSEN SILHOUETTE
- Light source: 1 [title banner] |


Date: 2010-07-29 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] afrocurl.livejournal.com
Damn hon! This all looks amazing! I can't even begin to say what I love most about it.e

Date: 2010-07-29 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Would you believe the only REAL pieces were the promo and banner? That's what my brain kept saying, the rest were just "procrastination diversions". Until like two weeks ago when I ended up going, AHHH NOW THIS ALL HAS TO BE FINALIZED, AND UPLOADED AND SHIT. Hahaha, it's been nuts, but awesome to hear you think it looks good! Graphics SOOOO do not come easy to me. (The promo was kinda the easier part!) ;)

And please, CHECK OUT THE STORY. I was like the furthest thing from a Michael Jackson fan at the start of this, and yet I want to write LOVE SONNETS to the story Michelle crafted here. I can't wait to finally get the time to experience the final product myself.

Date: 2010-07-29 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mementis.livejournal.com
Wow, this looks incredible! What a tremendous amount of effort and what an awesome payoff. I especially love the character cards but it's all just beautiful. Congratulations! :)

Date: 2010-07-29 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Oh, wow. Well, thank you for the high praise! I'm so glad to hear you found them enjoyable! The character cards were a fun little extra idea I ran away with after miraculously finding photoshoots of the other 9 dancers. A little rough around the edges as larger versions, but quite randomly I found out how much of a fun, colorful collage they formed when smaller and massed together. So yay, unexpected art! Hee!

Date: 2010-07-29 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkmoonsshadow.livejournal.com
This is awesomely amazing!! Loved the trailer! I'm off to read the story!

Date: 2010-07-29 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
YAY! It's the best thing EVER to hear the trailer convinced you to read, since it's like, the ultimate goal of the promo and all. SO glad to hear you enjoyed it! Have fun with the story!! :D

Date: 2010-07-29 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twivamp92.livejournal.com
ok all of this art is insane, great job!!!

edit because I just saw the vid.
you win at life.
and this is like the most appropriate gif:
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Edited Date: 2010-07-29 04:57 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-07-29 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qblackheart.livejournal.com
This clip was all I could think of when I saw the vid!!! Awesome gif. Amazing Jensen, lol!

Date: 2010-07-29 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
SHUT UP. WHAT????!??? THAT EXISTS? *facepalm* I officially fail for not knowing that existed while attempting to make this promo. GODDD, where on earth was that from?!

Ahem! Sorry! At any rate, so glad to hear you liked the art! :)

Date: 2010-07-29 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twivamp92.livejournal.com
looool, it's only existed for about 4 days xD
It's from the s5 gagreel that was shown at Comic Con on sunday
it's here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0nD5v4-Bdo)
if you wanna see it (it's the best quality one out there, but I still suggest listening to it with headphones or something x]

Date: 2010-07-29 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
OHHH!! Haha, okay, that makes me feel better. Though a part of me is still thinking, DAMMIT JENSEN, you couldn't have done EPIC DANCING SPINS on LAST YEAR'S GAG REEL?! It'll require a heck of a lot of restraint not to revise it once the dvd is released.

As it is though, you're awesome for providing 'jensen actually dancing' footage! See, in another life, it's totally possible! XD

Date: 2010-07-29 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ancastar.livejournal.com
I'm practically babbling like a fool here, blown away by the magnificence of all you've created. This is amazing. I just forwarded this page to a friend of mine who doesn't even read SPN and said, "Look! Look what's being done for the SPN/J2 BB!!!"

Something this great, you've got to share. :-)

Date: 2010-07-30 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Okay, so your comment has left ME babbling like a fool here. Seriously, it's a high compliment when you hear something like that! I'm thrilled it excited you enough to share! There was sooo much hand-wringing and second-guessing myself through all of this, but hearing something like that really is just the best thing ever. Really though, if the art here is worth anything, it's because of the fic that inspired it. Michelle set the bar high right out of the gate with her first draft. I was just working to match it. And spent many a time thinking my crappy graphics were totally going to undersell her fic for what it really was. So it's gratifying as all HELL to hear it reflected well. Thank so much for commenting! :D

Date: 2010-07-29 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] callistosh65.livejournal.com
Amazing array of art - it as all fabulous and so beautifully presented. Well done!

Date: 2010-07-30 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Oh, thanks so much! I'm so glad you could enjoy them! And the presentation, hee, I am kind of a nut about layouts, as Michelle can now attest, but had a bit of fun with the headers to keep capturing that color scheme. So it's awesome to hear you thought it lent itself well to the rest of the pieces.

Thanks so much for commenting! :D

Date: 2010-07-30 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] standing-fic.livejournal.com
LOL TRUTH. and i loved every second of it.

Date: 2010-07-29 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] qblackheart.livejournal.com
Just a great job! I adored the Vid! Nicely done to splice in those clips of J2 with the other clips. Congratulations!

Date: 2010-07-30 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Oh, man! A lot of headaches went into try to splice the Js clips with the rest of the dancers to make them feel not so out of left-field. I'm not sure I was entirely successful, Jensen and his collared shirty shirts don't make for the best dancing attire, but I did try the best I could! Glad to hear you thought it worked well! And that you could enjoy it! :)

Date: 2010-07-30 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] standing-fic.livejournal.com
Jensen and his collared shirty shirts don't make for the best dancing attire

dude we have each others' backs -- because i totally wrote that into the beginning of the fic, where mack is packing nice stuff for him to wear outside of rehearsals! IT TOTALLY WORKS.

Date: 2010-08-01 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Ha! Yes! When I saw that, I thought SCORE!! Shirty-shirt Jensen source will work! And then I went and threw Jensen into the audition part and...collared shirt. Jeeze, Ackles, why the aversion to t-shirts in video, huh?

Date: 2010-07-29 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-eilthana.livejournal.com
Wow. O_O
Really well done!!

Date: 2010-07-30 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
HAHAHAHA, YOUR ICON!! I can't stop looking at it and cracking up! Over and OVER.

At any rate, thank so much for commenting! Glad to hear you could enjoy the post! :)

Date: 2010-07-31 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-eilthana.livejournal.com
I like it, too. That moment was just too funny. XD

Date: 2010-07-29 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dugindeep.livejournal.com
Gawd, I have no words for how fabulous all of this is. The video to the headers to the mix covers to ... seriously, it's all gorgeous, gorgeous art. You did a FANTASTIC job with this, and having read parts before being posted, I so feel like you've matched Michelle, heart to heart, with how much was invested in this project. AWESOME job.

Date: 2010-07-30 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
OH HEY! I think I have a revised draft with your name on it! ;D

No, but really, it means a HELL OF A LOT to hear from others who saw this story early as well. Honestly, Michelle set the standard high right from the start, I was just working to get visuals that could somewhat reflect the story and work she put into it. So, the idea that you think the art matches it is BEYOND AMAZING to hear. Thanks so much for dropping by to comment!

Date: 2010-07-29 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] j24lyf.livejournal.com
oh wow, all of this is just amazing. awesome job

Date: 2010-07-30 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! It's been kinda a nutty ride, but it's worth it to hear people are enjoying it!

Date: 2010-07-29 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trueshellz.livejournal.com
That is awesome!
I love them
x

Date: 2010-07-30 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! So glad to hear you could enjoy them!

Date: 2010-07-29 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cirramin.livejournal.com
this is INCREDIBLE. i just came from reading the fic, and every time a piece of art would show up throughout the story i just stopped and stared. you are fantastically talented, and you and michelle both seemed to pour your hearts into this project, and it shows so hard. i loved your colours and how they lifted the energy in the story even higher; i loved the headers and seeing a new pair of dancing feet gave me a thrill each time. so much art here, so much time and effort, i'm in awe. wow.

Date: 2010-08-01 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
I've totally been stalking Michelle's post, reading reactions, and for the record, your comment there was SUCH a bulls eye. You captured EXACTLY what I've been trying and failing to express about it for months.

But it is so FULFILLING to hear that the art added something for you while reading! TRULY. Michelle really set the bar high right at the start with her story and research and energy about it all, and it was a process of three months to try to match it. I had worried for so long that my crappy graphics would totally undersell her story so hearing the final product works within the story is, UGH, such an amazing thing.

I am LOVING that you mentioned the colors and energy lifting thing! That's so awesome that you found that! I’d been all absorbed in SPN color meta this past season, and that definitely bled into this. The film had this title card in bold red and yellow font that I thought would be perfect, but quickly found that red and yellow alone? Just looks like McDonalds yuck without more dimension of pinks and oranges. Thus, the color scheme that resulted. ;)

And the shoe headers! Hee! That’s awesome that they kept being fun throughout! I had an idea early on to open the vid on dancing shoe shots, and it kinda got transplanted to the headers instead. I really can take no credit for them outside of finding and cropping. But the photographs themselves were GORGEOUS, and I was so happy to have found them. (Though it was interesting searching for ‘feet/shoe shots’, HAHA!)

Thanks SO much for dropping by to comment!

Date: 2010-07-29 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inanna-maat.livejournal.com
MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!

wow... incredible video, incredible artwork, incredible EVERYTHING... you rock... my god... WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW...

Date: 2010-08-02 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Wow, way to bring the enthusiasm! Thanks so much! It's awesome to hear you could enjoy it! Really though, if this art is worth anything to look at, it's because of the incredible fic that inspired it. I recommend so highly that you give it a shot, MJ fan or not, I think everyone could get something great out of it.

Thanks so much for dropping by to comment! :)

Date: 2010-07-29 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akasha-lilian.livejournal.com
Wow, that's pretty amazing!!! Loved the trailer as well, so definitely off to read!

Date: 2010-08-02 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! It's excellent to hear the trailer convinced you to read the story! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

Date: 2010-07-29 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] standing-fic.livejournal.com
shannon, everything about this post is fantastic. i am so happy you are showcasing not just the extent of how much art you did, but are including such detailed notes -- because you totally went to the depths with me on this, just followed me in my crazy lofty ideas, and trusted i could do it, and made me realize immediately that you had the will and capability to make it happen for me.

i am so glad you are such a research bunny, and were so willing to consider such a breadth of subject matter with me. because dude, i was obsessed. i can't even believe how much random crap i looked at, read, listened to. i can't believe how much internet scouring you did, how dedicated you were to the fonts and color scheme, how willing you were to love these dancers and watch all of that shaky-cam footage on youtube with me.

HEY REMEMBER WHEN, IN THE FIRST DRAFT OF THIS, EVERYONE THOUGHT MISHA WAS MISHA COLLINS. haha oh man. so glad i stuck to my guns, and to these dancers, because they're awesome, and it's 50% your fault.

i have to tell you i listened to the mj playlist on the way home today, and during that moment in "will you be there," I TOTALLY TEARED UP, THINKING ABOUT THE TOASTER MOMENT. ugh. for real. epic, that vid is epic.

i emailed you a bunch of notes way back after the first draft but i'm putting them here because they belong here:

-- i adore that you started it with misha gabriel's quote, because i swear to you that the very first time i saw that exact moment, sitting alone in a dark movie theatre, i was like: "i need to write this." so for me it is absolutely fitting that the entire story start with that.

-- the ipod shot to "billie jean" and michael's footwork is freakin ingenious.

-- THE AUDITION VOICEOVERS AHHH <333333 and the set of ladies doing their sassy snap to michael's "ch ahh-ahh-ah" omfg. HOT.

-- the moment of transition to "black or white" where everyone is squeeing is AHH! especially that there is TOTALLY TOTALLY TOTALLY a chuck/tyne moment! SHUT, UP. i do not remember seeing that but WHAT UP, i love you. also right in there, the mix-in of jared hugging jensen HOW DID YOU DO THIS!

-- "everything is bigger and more intense than before." i loved that, spliced with all the show's huge digital segments and showing the magnitude of the project.

-- jared watching the news coverage, ALSO PERFECT. is the glass-break from "jam?" LMAO.

-- GUH the waking up bit?! at 1:50 where "will you be there" kicks in, and the sequencing of the toasters? DEAD. hand slapped over mouth in squee. so perfect. the end-all, be-all moment of this vid.

-- i love the feel it/want it/believe at the end. the "want it" moment with nick doing the horizontal aerial is my favorite moment from all of the jackson 5 segment stuff. that move ROCKS, MY, WORLD. dayum. thank you for seeing it too, and putting it in there.

the final version, ugh. you not only brought in j2 so well, but found a lot of other really gorgeous moments of the dancers to add in! mekia hugging shannon and his hat falling off AHH! also the moment where they're in the practice studio, and asked, "can you do it again?" and kenny saying, "raise the bar on yourself!" SHUT, UP. i almost passed out at how perfect those two details were.

dude also the hand grasp as they face out in silhouette, and the movie credit at the end. the music blending is gorgeous, and i just cannot even conceive of how painstaking a process it was for this to all come together.

amazing, amazing. thank you for such intense excitement and dedication. this is gorgeous stuff, madame. your first big bang is officially a smash!

Date: 2010-07-30 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] standing-fic.livejournal.com
i never commented on something that totally made me scream: the staples center graphic, and that tiny image on the left of nick and shannon doing the arm linked salute during the drill sequence! WHICH I TOTALLY WROTE INTO THE STORY AHHHH <3 you are killing me, sister. killing me.

Date: 2010-07-30 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zimshan.livejournal.com
I was actually the least happy with the staples one, and had I not had that last minute vid fix to do, I totally would have revised it. But that arm-link I threw in was VERY POINTED, HAHAH. When I found that clip in the film, I was like AHHH!! THAT MOMENT!! IT ACTUALLY EXISTS! And HONESTLY, had I had any skill in manipping at all (which I learned through this process, I HAVE NONE, I tried, and seriously that shit is impossible to do), I would have J2 manipped that shot. Instead, I figured I could throw it in there. Very small. AND PRETEND IT IS THEM. My gift to you. XD

Date: 2010-07-29 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earthquakedream.livejournal.com
You really brought this story to life through your graphics and that video, man, it is absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you chose this fic because you added so much to it. ♥

Date: 2010-08-01 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloudno9.livejournal.com
WOW!!! The graphics are beautiful and the video is amazing. It encompasses the excitement, the elation of the dancers who auditioned and got selected as Micheal Jackson's dancers as well as the devastation that not just they, but all of his fans, felt when we heard the tragic news of his death. I am a Micheal Jackson fan, have been listening to his music since I was in junior high. I watched "this is it" and cried while doing so. Watching your video brought a lump to my throat. I have a feeling that reading the story will have the same effect.

Great work. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Date: 2010-08-07 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enablelove.livejournal.com
God I can't even tell you how AMAZING all of this is. You totally went above and beyond and did absolutely GORGEOUS art! <3

Date: 2010-08-09 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Wow this is seriously awesome!

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