Vividcon 2005
2005 Action

When the music's driving, the characters are flying through the air, and the vid audience is on the edge of their seats, you've got a successful action vid. Action vids can have theme, story, comedy, darkness--antying any other vid can have--as long as they also relentlessly move forward, imparting energy to the audience as they go. So put subtlety aside for an hour, and let's see what can be achieved without it. VJ: Sandy Herrold

# Title Vidder(s) Song (if different) Artist Fandom(s) Duration Download URL
1 Bawitdaba Melina Kid Rock The Shield None
To me, this vid is the epitome of a "hard action" style vid—each beat pulls at you until you are completely swept up in its drama.
2 Swordplay Wild Swan Pompeii E.S. Posthumus Multi None
You see the overt repeated motif first, and then notice the more subtle repeating characteristics.
3 Atom Bomb gwyneth Fluke La Femme Nikita None
The rhythmic power of the song is used to emphasize Nikita’s strength, and the strength of the forces opposing her.
4 Time is Running Out Un4Scene Muse Lost None
I liked the solid use of the source camera work in the vid, and the way the vidder varied the clip length, trusting the driving music to keep the energy up even when using long clips and relatively still clips.
5 Friction Jill, Kathy and Kay The Church Stargate SG-1 None
This is action put together with intricate care—the individual beats may not be as hard-hitting as in some vids, but each hit is a surgical strike.
6 Speed Racer Margie TV Theme Song The Invisible Man None
Not just a good action piece, but also a good character piece. The vid also escapes a common flaw of action vids: running too long.
7 Are You Gonna Be My Girl aar and js Jey Farscape None
Interestingly, this vid uses comparatively little source camera movement—it creates most of the vid’s movement through its fast cuts and inserted black and white space. It also shows a lovely use of serious moments seamlessly inserted into a fairly silly vid.
8 Cartoon Heroes mamoru22 Aqua Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 None
Can you have too much action in a vid? Let’s see!
9 Sex on Wheels Luminosity my life with the Thrill Kill Kult Angel None
Here, action is a dance that reminds us of the blurred line between violence and sex.
10 The Burden AJ Sevendust Spider-Man None
This vid shows awesome cross-pollination between styles of vids for live-action media and vids for anime.
11 I Just Wanna Take You Home Merry Nick Carter Smallville None
Fun, fast, and silly—perfect example of the source material.
12 In the Middle HappyMe Sugarbabes Farscape None
Among other things, it shows the power of a repeated motif.
13 What Really Happened Smutcutter You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi Once Upon a Time in Mexico None
Using a well-known song can make your audience more willing to engage with source they’ve never seen before. (Of course, making them laugh in the first 5 clips helps too!)
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