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05 January 2009 @ 10:46 am
New Vid: Mermaid Blues (Atonement 2008 Joe Wrignt)  

Vid title:Mermaid Blues
Fandom: Atonement
Music by: Tom McRae
Category: Romance/Angst
Vid by: saltwatergirl
Duration & File size: 4:20 minutes, 44.4 MB & 27.8 MB
File Type: .wmv
Summary: Sometimes letting go is hanging on.

Thanks to carnivouroslamb for the beta!

Download: 44.4 MB || 27.8 MB (standard quality)||

Atonement, I love the movie and I love Tom McRae, so naturally I made a vid. The Mermaid Blues is set to elementally symbolism, which fitted the general mood and narration.

Mermaid Blues

Ice has formed
And there's snow between the tracks
And I have seen the surface tear and
I can't look back

And cool low sun
Has blinded you for days
From horizon to horizon
Can I dream this all away

But over the water
Over the water
Over the sea
There's you shining bright
In a sea of fools
Oh I can sing you out of this
Can shake your mermaids blues

Come with me
For alone I fear the tide
It's calling me and dragging me
And I think it's time

Shape your mouth
To fit these words of war
I see the arrows falling backwards
Burning for a cause

I'll swim with you
Until my lungs give out
Oh I can raise you from the deep
Or drown with you in doubt

But over the water
Over the water
Over the water with you
With you, with you

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: You are not the Sun- Brand New
Nickyobsessive24 on January 5th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
I love this vid. Lots and lots and lots and lots of love. First, I love the film and the book, and I love Tom McRae too like whoa, and I love *your* work, so even before I downloaded the vid I knew this was going to be good.

But boy, I didn't realise how good it was going to be. It completely kicked me in the gut, which doesn't happen often with vids these days, and I'm just so impressed and in love with your narrative style, the way the story is retold in tides of emotions and associations rather than a strict linear narrative. Which - given Atonements' own narrative structure - I felt was definitely the way to go.

It's interesting because I've been thinking of making my own Atonement vid, but I've always thought of the approach as one from Briony's POV and I was both surprised and fascinated by the fact that you approached it from Robbie's viewpoint and focused on so many elements that I sort of just filtered out when I was processing the text. It really, really drives home the whole point about differing viewpoints and, well, filters on an objective situation. Ha.

The thing that particularly struck me was your emphasis on Dunkirk, which to me had always felt like the filler scene between the house and the hospital; but again, that is just an observation on how *I* saw the source versus how you see it, and I love how you brought up the horrible gravitas of that and how sensitively you treated the subject. And, the sea, the waves, the gorgeous water and symbolism. Just, wow.

This is such a challenging song to vid. I've always loved it, but was completely intimidated by the waves of feedback and distortion. Yet you managed to work all of those elements to your advantage and the build-up of emotion over those sections is simply sublime.


0:30 - "I have seen the surface tear and I can't look back". I love the gravity of that, and the pull you put on Robbie to mimic the early camera pulls.

0:57 - I love how the shot of Cee/Briony cuts into the shot of the schoolchildren. It really brings the micro-drama into the macro context.

1:21 - "there's you shining bright". The camerawork in that scene is so beautiful and you just used it perfectly here.

1:42 - I love the running shot and how the obstruction pans across on the piano beat.

2:06 - "over the water" with the amazing backwards shot of Cee in the smoke. I love that you evoke the concept of water not only through water, but through other elements that can be visually representative of it.

2:19 - I love that plane shot, both from a visual perspective and as a representation of the things to come.

2:22 - 2:44 wonderful fast cuts and added movement on the clips. I love the connectedness of the clips through the emotional content and visual similarities, the amazing intimacy of the sex vs Dunkirk and the running and the hands!

3:04 - love the empty hospital corridor fading into the tube station. And when the water comes in at 3:08 it's just insanely beautiful and tragic. I LOVE how you held onto the shot until 3:16. It reminds me of a Margaret Atwood line that goes something like (paraphrasing) "life is a struggle to keep your head above water, and when the water rises above your eyeballs you drown." Lots and lots of shiver-making.

And then you cut straight to the life by the sea, the fantasy life lived out in fiction. It's unbelievably brutal.

~3:40 - "over the water". I love their parallelled positions, right before death, and the pan you put on the clips. And the sheet over Robbie cutting into the wave rolling in at 3:48. And the gorgeous water accent at 3:51.

This is a beautiful, haunting vid. Thank you so much for posting it.
Brisaltwatergirl on January 6th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
WOW. I don't know what to say. I'm a sucker for tragic epics that leave me in tears. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback it was wonderful to read and it's really thoughtful of you to take the time to go it to detail. :)
Milly: (TW/DW) Rose/Gwenmilly on January 6th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
That was simply stunning, and mesmerizing. The water imagery through it all and the emotional punch of the parallels was just beautiful. The waves intercut with the blanket being drawn over Robbie's body was probably my favorite part, but the whole is really just amazing.

Edited at 2009-01-06 01:44 am (UTC)
Brisaltwatergirl on January 6th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
When I saw that in the movie I thought to myself: they both laid down and never got up again, it just so sad.And thank you for the lovely feedback! :)
Kittywinterevanesce on January 6th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
That was absolutely stunning! I love Tom Mcrae and Atonement <3!
Brisaltwatergirl on January 6th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Irish guys with gorgeous voices (Tom McRae, David Gray and Damien Rice) make WONDERFUL MUSIC. :) Thank you so much for the feedback!

Charmax: Vidiconcharmax on January 6th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
what a breathtakingly beautiful and emotionally powerful vid! Fantastic!
Brisaltwatergirl on January 6th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the feedback. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! :)
fabi: sgatearful_eye on January 7th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
oh wow. this is so beautifully heartbreaking, i really love it!
Brisaltwatergirl on January 8th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! :)