arefadedaway: made by oxoniensis at LJ. (x-men; our history is just in our blood)
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Song: Rolling in the Deep
Artist: Adele
Fandom: X-Men Movie Series (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X3: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class)
Details: 4:03 minutes, 52.3 MB, avi
Summary: "And I will always be there, old friend." Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, from beginning to end.
Warnings: Predictable song choice (I’m so sorry, I had to), spoilers for all four movies, blood, mild violence, concentration camp imagery, shooting, stabbing, choking, brief suggestions of torture, multiple deaths. Such a happy vid!
Disclaimer: This video was made purely for entertainment purposes only. The X-Men films  in all rights and forms belong to Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners, and any other respective owners. I am making no profit whatsoever from this video, and no copyright infringement is intended.

Download: Mediafire | Streaming:  Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/27344888


This was not the song I planned to vid Charles/Erik too. At all. I had ideas of picking something obscure and atmospheric, not...well, um, the most popular song in the world at the moment that can be used for any fictional love story gone wrong. But Adele tapped my shoulder and whispered HEY VID ME VID ME, and I couldn’t resist, not when images fell into place in my head without even trying. It clicked with me, and when that happens, you don’t argue with it, you just let the inspiration take you where it leads. I love somewhat-pop songs with incredible beats and gorgeous instrumentation, and Adele has that in spades. I think I’ve found my new vidding soulmate. You and me, Adele, you and me.

I nearly named this "ALL THE FEELINGS," because it’s an accurate description. All my feelings, ever, about Erik and Charles and Erik/Charles and four movies worth of (most of the time) perfection with regards to their relationship. This has been my baby for the past three weeks, and I'm starting to become a little concerned that it ate my head during the process. (Locked myself away, hardly talked to anybody, practically forgot to eat, didn't watch any vids or read any fic or participate in the First Class fandom, just worked day and night until it was done from the moment I had the idea. That can't be healthy.) It certainly ate my heart. Superheroes give me more emotions than any other fandom, I swear. Between this and Thor and Captain America, my heart’s about to explode. (But that’s another vid post.) The lyrics naturally align themselves with Erik’s story and his POV, and he tends to have the more visually impressive moments ideal for a vid, but I tried to ensure that as much of Charles’s side, his emotions, and his story were represented as I could within the structure of the song. There’s a tiny blip of footage before the bridge that’s not in high quality, which makes my inner perfectionist scream in agony, but hopefully it’s not too distracting or off-putting. Many thanks to silver_autumn at LJ for betaing!

(The font I used for the end credits is called "Magneto." I lol'ed.)


There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your ship bare
See how I'll leave with every piece of you
Don't underestimate the things that I will do
There's a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can't help feeling
We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

Baby, I have no story to be told
But I've heard one of you
And I'm gonna make your head burn
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Making a home down there
As mine sure won't be shared

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can't help feeling
We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside of your hand
But you played it with a beating

Throw your soul through every open door
Count your blessings to find what you look for
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold
You pay me back in kind and reap just what you sow

(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
We could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
It all, it all, it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

You could have had it all
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)

But you played it
You played it
You played it

You played it to the beat
.

 

 

 



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Date: 2011-08-05 08:13 pm (UTC)
giandujakiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
Oh, that's gorgeous!

Date: 2011-08-05 09:43 pm (UTC)
trouble: Sketch of Hermoine from Harry Potter with "Bookworms will rule the world (after we finish the background reading)" on it (Default)
From: [personal profile] trouble
I really like this vid! I had actually forgotten how X-3 ended and I think you really picked up the poignancy of Magneto, the chess metaphor, and the broken relationship between these two powerful men.

Date: 2011-08-06 01:32 am (UTC)
primetime: (Default)
From: [personal profile] primetime
Oh that's really wonderful. It was moving all the way through, with great timing and really amazing connections between the lyrics and the images, but I have to say that the first rendition of the chorus, leading up to the moment where Charles leaps off the boat to "We could have had it all," sends actual chills up my spine every time I watch it. Really well done!

Date: 2011-08-06 01:50 am (UTC)
kouredios: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kouredios
That was just stunning. I haven't been keeping up with the movies at all, but I know the comics and so, knowing the story but not the images, your vid's going to be my cinematic canon. :D

Date: 2011-08-06 04:13 am (UTC)
kuwdora: Pooka - card 60, brian froud (Default)
From: [personal profile] kuwdora
OMG I CANT EVEN BEGIN TO SHRIEK MY GLEE LOUD ENOUGH

Date: 2011-08-06 10:10 am (UTC)
gorgeousnerd: Amy Pond from Doctor Who, eyes closed, touching her fingers to her forehead. (Amy Pond.)
From: [personal profile] gorgeousnerd
I've seen this recced in three different places in the last few hours. And every single person was right. Simply amazing.

Date: 2011-08-06 10:41 am (UTC)
dodificus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dodificus
Holy crap, this was fucking unbelievable.

I haven't seen the First Class film, but I've been reading a lot of fic for it and this was just so jam packed full of emotion and I loved that you included clips from all the films. It was just brilliant and worked for me so well, I felt like I was holding my breath through most of it<3

Date: 2011-08-06 11:40 am (UTC)
sqbr: (up and down)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
This is an utterly perfect encapsulation of the Charles/Eric dynamic. ALL THE FEELINGS indeed :)

Date: 2011-08-06 12:09 pm (UTC)
anatsuno: (cyborgs R us)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
Whoa, that is amazingly good. So powerful! Thank you. :)

Date: 2011-08-06 01:58 pm (UTC)
jenab: (xmen - charles/erik suits)
From: [personal profile] jenab
That is gorgeous.

Date: 2011-08-06 02:22 pm (UTC)
shadadukal: (BSG : Kara levels smoking)
From: [personal profile] shadadukal
OMG, OMG, OMG! Such a pleasure it is to see a vid so gorgeously edited! Everything about it is perfect. It's so moving.

Thank you very much for sharing!

Date: 2011-08-06 02:42 pm (UTC)
starlady: Charles/Erik: "Are you ready for this?" "Let's find out." (we are together at last though far apart)
From: [personal profile] starlady
That was beautiful, truly, and so technically excellent. *sigh*

Date: 2011-08-06 03:49 pm (UTC)
caliena: (fantastic)
From: [personal profile] caliena
This vid is...
I don't even know.
I have no words, my heart is busy breaking.

Date: 2011-08-06 04:25 pm (UTC)
livrelibre: DW barcode (Default)
From: [personal profile] livrelibre
Excellent!

Date: 2011-08-06 04:30 pm (UTC)
catbird: (Default)
From: [personal profile] catbird
The trilogy footage mixes so well with First Class! I never noticed how similar the two pairs of actors are in their body language - particularly Charles surprises me because McAvoy and Patrick Stewart look nothing alike and yet, watching this, they're clearly the same person. Extremely well cut! And if nothing else, X3 has some great moments for vidding.

Date: 2011-08-06 04:57 pm (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
I love this vid and I'm going to watch it 1 million times.

Date: 2011-08-06 11:33 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Plus INFINITY, man.

Date: 2011-08-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
chagrined: Winged Victory saying "FTW!" (ftw)
From: [personal profile] chagrined
How wonderful! Really gr8 combination of all the sources. (Haha, I even almost want to rewatch X3 now b/c I realized I remember nothing about it? Maybe I will just read the wikipedia plot summary, heh.)

Date: 2011-08-06 08:32 pm (UTC)
oliviacirce: (x//bleeding_muse)
From: [personal profile] oliviacirce
THIS VID IS SO PERFECT.

All the feelings, EXACTLY. I think this is really the vid I have been longing for since First Class came out, and it is even better than I could have dreamed.

Date: 2011-08-06 11:33 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
(Here via giandujakiss) Wow, GORGEOUS.

Date: 2011-08-06 11:52 pm (UTC)
dayblaze: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dayblaze
This is just stunning, thank you.

Date: 2011-08-07 12:02 am (UTC)
hellpenguin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hellpenguin
Holy crap.
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Holy crap. <lj-user="Dodificus"> recced this, and HOLY CRAP.

ALL THE FEELINGS

THIS IS AWESOME.

probably one of my favorite vids.

Date: 2011-08-07 12:11 am (UTC)
hellpenguin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hellpenguin
crap. I always forget how to do user tags.

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crap. I always forget how to do user tags.

<user="dodificus"> try that.

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From: [personal profile] hellpenguin - Date: 2011-08-07 12:11 am (UTC) - Expand

Date: 2011-08-07 05:45 am (UTC)
gen241: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gen241
I watched this and actually *cried* with all the Charles and Erik FEELINGS then watched it again. This is spectacular.

Date: 2011-08-07 11:37 am (UTC)
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
From: [personal profile] samvara
Wow I love this - love the song choice and oh my, at 2:50 your clip choices are fantastic.

Date: 2011-08-07 01:14 pm (UTC)
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: coffee spoons)
From: [personal profile] such_heights
Oh, oh wow. The sense of movement and motion and the way you blend the different films together so well is really extraordinary. I'm blown away.

Date: 2011-08-07 05:02 pm (UTC)
lorem_ipsum: (walking in the sky by delurker)
From: [personal profile] lorem_ipsum
Love the vid! At the beginning, I thought the song was completely (tonally) wrong for these two, but you won me over before I had finished my first viewing! Now I'm rewatching this twenty times trying to pinpoint exactly when you had me. I think it's at the first "we almost had it all"--the vid was definitely getting to me before then (flying Magnetos!), but the dissolve at 0:48-0:51 from fassy!Erik to mckellan!Erik really drives home the scale of their tragic doomed love, the way their relationship has shaped their *whole lives* even though they're not together and can never reach a meeting of minds.

I especially love Magneto turning the prison guard's blood to mist followed by Xavier's Dismayed Face. It's shortly after then when I start wanting to cry, because THE FEELINGS, I CANNOT TAKE THEM. And "throw your soul through every open door" with the clips of Raven, so adorable and sad. And the clip of Xavier's FEET, omg.

There's a thing that pretty much all my favorite vids have in common; the vid says things which change the meaning of the song. You definitely do that here, because it's a very angry song and yet the story is about so many other feelings, too.

Other special mentions: 1:10-ish with Charles uncovering Erik's happy memory; 1:50 when Charles pounds the airplane wall; 2:08-2:12 with Erik using his powers masterfully and scarily and the fact that the lyrics here make this bit parallel to the happy memory bit (which is about *Charles* powers--and so the connection is drawn between being "played" and the ethical implications of their powers).

And always when I get to the end I'm just flapping my hands and going AAAAAHHHH (in the good way).

THE FEELINGS.
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