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Okay, I know your birthday isn't for another almost three weeks,… 
7th-Jul-2012 10:38 pm
Alan Rickman
Okay, I know your birthday isn't for another almost three weeks, but I have to post this before I lose my nerve.  teddyradiator, you had mentioned something about this months ago, and I decided to take it on, and make it for you for you birthday.  Well, I have been working on it for months.  Yes, months.  What takes most people a couple of hours took me months.  It's not all my fault, though.  See, the Hubs likes to play with computers.  Like building them kind of playing.  And I had started on this project, and then he would 'play' and erase everything on the hard drive.  Not once.  Not twice did this happen.  But six times.  Finally, I told him that he better not mess with it anymore until I completely finish my project.

Well, after working on it since nine this morning, only stopping to eat, and get a new keyboard, I am finally finished.  Beware, this is the first time I have every attempted something like this, and I am most definitely not a pro at it.  It will most likely be the last time I take on a project like this.

Teddy, you have been such a wonderful friend since the moment I have met you.  I truly hope that you enjoy this (and understand it, because the Hubs had no idea what was going on, if you don't I will be more than happy to explain it).  You deserve everything good the world has to offer and so much more.  You may look now, or wait until your birthday, but I'm gonna guess that you can't wait that long in suspense.

8th-Jul-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
Holy COW, pink! I cannot thank you enough. I just sat here with tears running down my face. The Hubs walked in just as I started it, and he and I just sat, spellbound, watching it.

Thank you for you spending all that time and hard work just for me. I have no idea how these things are made, but this was so beautiful. I am honoured and humbled, and thrilled, and I will watch this over and over. I know it took you a long time, but every moment you spent is a gift to me, and I am so happy and proud of this marvelous, touching, moving gift.

Yes, this music seems to speak SS/HG to me so much, and for you to put this beautiful video together for me has just blown me away.

I realise I'm babbling like a loon here, but I am so overwhelmed. The images you used just gripped my heart. Oh, wow. I am sending you so many hugs right now, they are going to knock you over! Thank you. Thank you.

I am blessed. Your friendship is a treasure, and I am blessed. I love you.
8th-Jul-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
I am so, so, so happy you like it!! I was incredibly worried that it would turn out like crap and no one would enjoy it.

And babble away! It makes me feel so good inside!

I was really worried that the point of the story I was trying to create wouldn't get across. And I got even more worried when I showed it to my husband, and he was completely lost as to where I was trying to take it.

But you really shouldn't thank me, it was all Charlie. When you had first said something, he was right there, tapping me on the shoulder and giving me a pointed look. And then yesterday while I was working on it, he was there, helping me with the timing of the clips, the order of everything, and what the overall feel should be. Charlie had everything to do with this, and every time I watch it, I can feel it. There was no way I could have done it without him.

And I love you, too! So much! Happy early birthday!
8th-Jul-2012 07:35 am (UTC)
I've seen a lot of vids, and your timing and combination is just..exquisit. The music however , it is hard to hear her lyrics. What I do get is a lot of angst, and I am an angst junkie. What a lovely gift for Teddy, and those that see this.

Now for your hubs the computer geek. Really, how hard is it to do a simple file backup before screwing around with the computer? Seriously dude, have you not heard of a hard drive back up? LOL. -sighs- pets my chip drive. We always back up data files, (pics art fic) before messin' with the software!
8th-Jul-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
You'll walk unscathed through musket fire, no ploughman's blade will cut thee down, no cutless wound will mark thy face, and you will be my ain true love.

And as you walk through death's dark veil, the cannon's thunder can't prevail, and those who hunt thee down will fail, and you will be my ain true love.

The field is cut and bleeds to red. The cannon balls fly round my head, the infirmary man may count me dead, when I've gone to find my ain true love.
8th-Jul-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Le sigh
Le angst
Le sorrow....

8th-Jul-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! Thank you! I was really aiming for the angst, and I am so happy that the point came across. I'm sorry you can't really hear the song, but every version that I have heard is really quiet. And I am not too great at the program I used to fix that issue.

The Hubs did back everything up to an external hard drive. Unfortunately, he didn't know I was working on a project, and I didn't tell him because I was embarrassed of the work that I had done, it was not good. So what I had done was saved, but when he backed it up, it didn't save in the right format, and I couldn't open it up again. The last time he 'played', I told him he wasn't allowed to mess with the computer any more until I finished. When I told him what had happened, he felt really bad, but I didn't blame him, he didn't know about it.

But it turned out to be a good thing. The previous work that I had done was crap. It gave me plenty of practice to make this one.
8th-Jul-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)

LOL!!! Usually let hubby know if I am working ons omething and to save photos.
8th-Jul-2012 08:52 am (UTC)
This is so beautiful! And haunting. Teddy is one lucky, lucky girl to have such talented friends.
8th-Jul-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was worried that the story wouldn't come across right, but it seems that people are getting it.
8th-Jul-2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Beautiful and so sad! What a lovely gift for Teddy!

On a side note, your husband is extremely lucky; mine would be sleeping in the yard at that point!
8th-Jul-2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
If mine did that (*6* times? Really?), they'd never find the body.

Fortunately, mine comes with a large sense of paranoia, and has an external hard drive that we to back up both the laptop and desk top computers. :D
8th-Jul-2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
He backed everything up, but it didn't save in the right format, so I couldn't use it again. But they were crap anyway, this one is so much better.

And he didn't know about the project in the first place. When I finally told him about it, after the sixth time, he felt awful about it, and tried to retrieve it, but it wouldn't happen. Oh, well. Next time I will make sure he knows about my project as soon as I start thinking about it.
8th-Jul-2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was really, really worried that the story wouldn't come through. The Hubs had no clue what was going on, and when I explained it, he still didn't know. I think he was thinking more about the movies that the clips were from than just watching what I had made.

He is a pretty lucky man. The only reason he didn't get into too much trouble is the fact that he didn't know about it, so when backed everything up on the hard drive, it saved in the wrong format, and I couldn't work from it again. If he had known, he would have made sure that it would be saved correctly. It wasn't his fault, I should have told him about it.

But it turned out to be a good thing. Those were practice tries. And yesterday I felt Charlie with me all day, coaching me through all my work. I hadn't felt him the other times I was working. So all those deletions were a blessing in disguise.
8th-Jul-2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely amazed and impressed. What a haunting song and you picked such powerful images to complement it. You didn't try and manipulate the images to show the two of them together; you let the song bring them together, and it's beautiful.
8th-Jul-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! When Teddy had posted the song and said that it had seemed fitting for Severus and Hermione, every time I had listened to it from that point, that would be all I could think about.

I really tried to pick moments that would convey the emotions of the song, without being too overbearing. And I don't think I could manipulate them together in the scene if I tried. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, and I am ecstatic that you and others enjoy it!
9th-Jul-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
Oh my, that's simply beautiful! As someone who has absolutely no capacity to create something like this, I am in awe of your talent. Lucky, lucky Teddy!
9th-Jul-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I honestly had absolutely no clue how to do this when I started. But, after hours and hours of googling and watching youtube videos, I kind of figured it out. After that it was just touch and go.
9th-Jul-2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh!! Teddy... you're soooo lucky! And Pink... it's so beautiful! I adore this song... and for the longest time it's made me think if Severus, especially during the Final Battle. It gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. Beautiful job!
10th-Jul-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! It only took about forever to finally finish, but I think it was well worth the effort seeing as how many people have enjoyed it.

After Teddy had posted this song, and said that an SS/HG video had to be made of it, I knew that I had to make it and gift it to her. After listening to it so many times, I don't know if I could listen to it again without thinking of Severus and Hermione. It is almost like this song was meant for them. It is hauntingly beautiful.
11th-Jul-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
And ladies, may I just say that I feel especially blessed. The very first time I heard the song, it sounded like a protection spell to me. It has always moved me that a woman would love a man so much that her love would protect him from harm. That's a thought that floors me every time I think on it, and this video shows that so stunningly well.
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28th-Jul-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Welcome to the neighborhood! Everyone is great and I hope you enjoy it here!
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