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Title of vid: Always 1895
Recipient: purplefringe
Vidder: dkwilliams
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (1984-94 Granada TV series)
Music: Love Theme from "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" by Miklos Rozsa
Summary: No matter what changes occur in the real world, for Sherlock Holmes and his Watson(s), it is always 1895.
Content notes: No standardized notes apply
Signed length: 01:20
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Date: 2015-01-31 05:09 pm (UTC)
kivrin: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes looking elegant (Holmes (wens))
From: [personal profile] kivrin
I did not know that there was a recording of Basil Rathbone reading the Starret poem. That alone might have killed me with feels, but add in all the beautiful JB and EH and DB... oof. A tremendous combination.

Date: 2015-02-16 11:25 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Glad you liked it! I found the Basil Rathbone recording when I was searching through audio recordings of the poem. I had originally thought to use Starret's recording of it, but when I found the Rathbone one, I knew that I had to use it.

Date: 2015-01-31 05:21 pm (UTC)
thingswithwings: festivids! (yt - festivids! for the restavids!)
From: [personal profile] thingswithwings
Aw, this was very sweet and gentle. I love how you used the Watson fainting moment from The Empty House especially - the way it's like he's dreamed Holmes alive again, as one of the fans who wanted him back. Lovely.

Date: 2015-02-16 11:32 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Glad you liked the vid. I love that faint; it says so much about how Watson feels about Holmes, even if you keep them platonic.

Date: 2015-01-31 06:11 pm (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
Oh, festividder, this is beautiful and lovely and full of FEELINGS and I love it <333 Thank you so much! I had no idea that there was a Basil Rathbone recording of this poem - but it's perfect, and has added whole meta layers of HOLMESness to this vid. You've used the source footage to illustrate the poem perfectly - the gas lamps, and fog and 'England is England yet'.

I love the use of the War footage, which makes it seem like this Holmes and Watson really are part of our world, even as the poem insists that they 'never lived and so can never die'. Such meta, wow :-) (I have meta thoughts, but can't articulate them just now because I am too full of love)

Oh oh and 'only those things the heart believes are true'<333333 That was PERFECT. Their FACES. THEIR FACES ARE SO GREAT.

Thank you so much!

Date: 2015-02-16 11:43 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
So glad you liked the vid! I dithered about what music to use and then came across Starret's recording of his poem and knew I wanted to use that for part of it. After that, it was all about the meta.

Personally, I love "playing the game" and I think that in some alternate universe Holmes and Watson are real.

Date: 2015-01-31 09:46 pm (UTC)
isis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] isis
This made me smile!

Date: 2015-02-16 11:44 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
So glad that I could make you smile! Thanks!

Date: 2015-01-31 10:29 pm (UTC)
actiaslunaris: Yukawa Manabu - smiling fondly (solved it)
From: [personal profile] actiaslunaris
Granada Holmes is my favorite incarnation, but to have the music and spoken word from other creations focusing on Sherlock Holmes just elevates it into some perfect stratosphere of combination. Such a beautiful melding of sources!

Date: 2015-02-16 11:53 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Jeremy Brett is my Holmes, too, but I enjoyed bringing in other elements as well.

Date: 2015-02-01 12:47 am (UTC)
rthstewart: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rthstewart
AMAZING how this links so many elements of the great Holmes works together. The layering of this is stupendous.

Date: 2015-02-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Once I found the Rathbone recording of Starret's poem, I knew that I wanted to bring in more adaptions as well. My big regret was that I couldn't think of a way to bring in the Russian versions in some way. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

Date: 2015-02-01 01:41 am (UTC)
franzeska: (Default)
From: [personal profile] franzeska
Aww. Nostalgia!

Date: 2015-02-16 11:56 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! There is something so wistful and nostalgic about Starret's poem, and I thought that the Private Life music really emphasized that.

Date: 2015-02-01 02:27 am (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
Oh, this was a lovely piece of work. Rathbone AND Private Life AND Granada, and not just Granada, but so many shots that recreated the Paget illustrations... A lovely multi-layered illustration of how these two have never died.

In addition to the Paget recreations, I especially enjoyed the quiet moments -- Holmes and Watson walking along together, having just scattered the boys who were messing about with the produce stand! -- and your bringing in outside source to concretize the turning-point of WWI (and the consequent nostalgia for 1895)...

As I said, it's a lovely piece of work.

Date: 2015-02-16 11:59 pm (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! I am glad that you enjoyed all the layers - and got the Paget illustrations as well! I looked those up to try to find the Brett scenes that corresponded as I knew that they tried to recreate them. I really wanted the Speckled Band one but unfortunately they put the closing credits over the best view of Holmes beating the snake. I wish I could have included something from the Russian series as well, but I couldn't figure out how to do that. And I love the quiet moments, too, when they are just being Holmes and Watson.

Date: 2015-02-17 07:56 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
Brainstorming about a published vid is probably the very last thing you want, but in case you would ever want to know this for a future project: New Russian Holmes has gorgeous close-ups of Watson composing the text of the stories. The voice-over is always the exact text of the stories (in Russian, of course, although it's clear that the script he's using is Latin). I'm unsure if any of the close-ups are quite legible enough let you see that yeah, that's the actual text of Scandal or Musgrave or whichever, but if you're trying to slide an easter egg reference to another adaptation into something, there's a possibility there.

But as I suggested in my first comment, I think this vid is lovely and rich as it is. Thank you for making it! *snags a download of it for myself*

Date: 2015-02-01 04:09 am (UTC)
gabbysilang: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gabbysilang
Fantastic, fantastic choice of soundtrack. I love this.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:00 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! I loved melding the poem with the Private Life soundtrack - I thought they worked well together.

Date: 2015-02-01 04:26 pm (UTC)
cienna: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cienna
I really loved this. The reading of the poem worked perfectly.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:00 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Rathbone does such a great job with the reading of the poem, doesn't he?

Date: 2015-02-01 07:01 pm (UTC)
toft: graphic design for the moon europa (Default)
From: [personal profile] toft
How lovely!

Date: 2015-02-17 12:01 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks!

Date: 2015-02-01 10:59 pm (UTC)
valoise: (Default)
From: [personal profile] valoise
This is GREAT!

Date: 2015-02-17 12:03 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2015-02-02 01:36 am (UTC)
castalia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] castalia
This is so perfect. Wonderful!

Date: 2015-02-17 12:04 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Wow, thanks! Glad you liked it!

Date: 2015-02-02 01:52 am (UTC)
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
From: [personal profile] astolat
Such a deep fannish experience watching this. Beautiful.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:05 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! I tried to pull in as many different types of Holmes adaptations as I could, and I am glad it was a good experience for you!

Date: 2015-02-02 05:42 am (UTC)
aris_tgd: Festivids! Antique film projector in snow. (festivids projector)
From: [personal profile] aris_tgd
This is lovely and sweet.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:05 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2015-02-02 08:45 am (UTC)
echan: Kaworu Nagisa from Evangelion (Default)
From: [personal profile] echan
Inspired song/poem choice, you made this quite remarkably great.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:06 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! I love that poem and finding a Rathbone recording of it was a lucky find. Glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2015-02-02 10:43 pm (UTC)
semielliptical: yellow flower (flower)
From: [personal profile] semielliptical
Oh, this is so inspired and lovely! I know I will watch this many times.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:06 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Glad you liked it!

Date: 2015-02-08 10:52 pm (UTC)
revolutionaryjo: (Joan & Sherlock)
From: [personal profile] revolutionaryjo
You've included so many of my favorite Granada series moments! And Basil Rathbone reading this poem just seals the deal. Lovely lovely lovely. :)

Date: 2015-02-17 12:07 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thank you so much! I am glad that you liked those Granada moments - it is still my default Holmes.

Date: 2015-02-12 11:44 pm (UTC)
kuwdora: Pooka - card 60, brian froud (Default)
From: [personal profile] kuwdora
this is such a perfect combination of everythinggggggg omg what an amazing vid. &HEARTS; !!!

Date: 2015-02-17 12:07 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Wow, thanks! I am glad you liked all the bits I put into it!

Date: 2015-02-14 02:37 am (UTC)
swizzlespoon: picture of swizzlespoons in different bright metallic colors (Default)
From: [personal profile] swizzlespoon
Beautiful. And lovely layering of sources, if that makes sense. Feeeels, I have them.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:08 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Holmes)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks! Glad you liked all the layers involved in this!

Date: 2015-02-15 01:25 am (UTC)
brigittebod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brigittebod
I can't view it :( What's the password?

Date: 2015-02-15 01:53 am (UTC)
sc_fossil: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sc_fossil
Me neither. :( I'm getting an error message.

Date: 2015-02-15 10:49 am (UTC)
brigittebod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brigittebod
That's because the URL is not quite right. It's supposed to be https://vimeo.com/117105571, but that only gets you to the Private Video screen that demands your password.

Date: 2015-02-15 10:55 am (UTC)
brigittebod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brigittebod
Annnnnd I had a look at previous years, and the vidder kept the same password: it's 'myvids'. Phew. Now I've watched it and I'm all aglow with nostalgia.

Date: 2015-02-15 10:59 pm (UTC)
sc_fossil: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sc_fossil
Thanks. I shall give that a try.

Date: 2015-02-17 12:10 am (UTC)
dkwilliams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dkwilliams
Thanks for finding the error in the link and the correct one - and passing on the password. I was without internet over the weekend so I missed the panic!

And I am glad that you enjoyed it!

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