Author Topic: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)  (Read 5812 times)

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This one was a very special commission. Imagine my surprise when I got asked to do a tribute video... for Mercedes Lackey, and her characters Belladonna Aura and Zach Marlowe.

We chatted extensively about what she wanted, hammered out a script based on the storyline she'd given me, and then she cut me loose. "Make me cry," she said. Well, I think she did.

The end of Bella and Zach's story was forced upon Mercedes by COH's closure, and for two creative spirits, this was a heartbreaking event for us both. Still, out of sorrow comes something of meaning. I am privileged and grateful that I was able to make this for her, thus preserving a story that might otherwise have been lost.

The music, as chosen by Mercedes, is VNV's "Illusion."

http://youtu.be/FXv7Da0ueso?hd=1

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Something of interest - when VV first sent me the script, she said she wanted me to use VNV Nation's "Illusion." I, however, just could not read the script without hearing another song as the music. So I recut the video to a different track as well.

She said, "Hell, upload them both."

So I did. This one uses "Sleep" by Poets of the Fall.

http://youtu.be/T8S0GMdpK-U?hd=1

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« Last Edit: December 05, 2012, 04:31:25 PM by Samuraiko »
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 05:52:18 AM »
Zach Marlowe's player, Andy Wein, left the game years ago, due to having a couple of wee ones.  When he left, he decided he didn't want to just fade out, he wanted to go out with a bang.  So his character, Zach "Bestial Boy" Marlowe, Bella's true love, died saving Washington DC.  The whole story is over on the CCCP site, www.cccpgroup.us

I didn't know about demorecording then, and I have regretted never getting vids of Zach and Bell together.  I regretted it even more bitterly when the shutdown was announced.

Then I remembered that Samuraiko owed me a vid....

I am not ashamed to tell you this has made me cry, so hard....but I am so glad to have it. 
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 06:01:46 AM »
ARBITER FABULOUS APPROVED!

*wipes eyes a bit*

Well done!

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 06:02:58 AM »
Fantastic work, Samuraiko.
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 06:09:30 AM »
Brilliance shine through as usual, 'Ko.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 06:15:19 AM »
That's beautiful.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 06:52:34 AM »
You sold me at VNV Nation.  Nicely done!
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 07:25:38 AM »
Great Video. Especially if you have to leave for work immediately after........with red watery eyes ...

Perfect job!
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 07:51:47 AM »
Beautiful. Just beautiful. (snif)

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 01:57:56 PM »
Zach Marlowe's player, Andy Wein, left the game years ago, due to having a couple of wee ones.  When he left, he decided he didn't want to just fade out, he wanted to go out with a bang.  So his character, Zach "Bestial Boy" Marlowe, Bella's true love, died saving Washington DC.  The whole story is over on the CCCP site, www.cccpgroup.us

I didn't know about demorecording then, and I have regretted never getting vids of Zach and Bell together.  I regretted it even more bitterly when the shutdown was announced.

Then I remembered that Samuraiko owed me a vid....

I am not ashamed to tell you this has made me cry, so hard....but I am so glad to have it.

Thanks for providing us with the back story to the video.

Damn thing had me crying, too.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2012, 02:46:34 PM »
Zach Marlowe's player, Andy Wein, left the game years ago, due to having a couple of wee ones.  When he left, he decided he didn't want to just fade out, he wanted to go out with a bang.  So his character, Zach "Bestial Boy" Marlowe, Bella's true love, died saving Washington DC.  The whole story is over on the CCCP site, www.cccpgroup.us

Thank you for the background, and thank you even more, Samuraiko, for another great video.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2012, 03:35:01 PM »
Great video... a little hard to see through tears since I barely made it through the opening scenes...

Loved it!
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2012, 04:40:05 PM »
I'm glad folks are enjoying it. Check out my modified original post to see that there's now a recut version using a different track, for those who want to see how the same video goes with two different songs.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2012, 04:40:47 PM »
That was amazing. Better story in 5 minutes than most networks can crank out in a season. Real tear factory too.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2012, 08:52:05 PM »
That was beautiful. You made me cry.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2012, 09:11:27 PM »
As I've said elsewhere, due to a combination of events that includes the closure of CoX, I have become emotionally vulnerable. For the past few weeks, I have had a harder time choking down fear, disappointment, and grief than I have been in the past. My facade cracks more easily now than perhaps it ever has at any point in my adult life.

I knew it was a risk to click, and to watch, but I did it anyway.

The tears still flow, but I don't regret watching. That was heart-breakingly beautiful, and I thank you for sharing it.
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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2012, 03:39:48 AM »
I actually made myself cry with the Poets of the Fall version - not so much on the VNV Nation one, but to each their own. As long as people like them...

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2012, 09:27:43 PM »
Excellent Video, Michelle.  Damn excellent video.  I steeled myself from getting emotional watching it. *FAIL*

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2012, 04:53:19 AM »
Excellent Video, Michelle.  Damn excellent video.  I steeled myself from getting emotional watching it. *FAIL*

Of all the things I am going to miss about CoH, one of the greatest losses will be no more Samuraiko CoH videos.

I'll see what I can do.

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Re: Safe Within You - A Bella/Zach Tribute (made for Mercedes Lackey)
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2012, 08:31:42 PM »
Great video once again Samuraiko.  ;D Watched it twice, darn allergies.  :'(