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(Vid) Do You Hear The People Sing?

24th March 2008 (23:05)
accomplished

current mood: accomplished

Well, when I say 'vid' I actually mean "collection of still images from the 'Angel:After The Fall' comics, with zooms and scans and fancy transitions to bring them to life, set to music." But I'm pleased with it anyway. Even if Spike wouldn't be...

This vid contains spoilers for A:AtF issues 1 through 5. Srsly.



SPIKE: Hey, after we save Fred, we should hit the West End, take in a show.
ANGEL: I've never seen Les Mis.
SPIKE: Trust me, halfway through the first act, you'll be drinking humans again.
(From 'A Hole in the World')

Title: Do You Hear The People Sing? (English version) / À La Volonté Du Peuple (Version française)
Music: From 'Les Misérables'
Images: From 'Angel:After the Fall' issues 1 - 5.
Summary: Does the beating of your heart echo the beating of the drum?

Download links (WMV, 23 MB each, 640 x 480). Right-click and Save As:

Do You Hear The People Sing? (English version)

À La Volonté Du Peuple (Version française)

...Yes, that's two versions of the vid - there are a few minor differences apart from the language. Take your pick. :-) 


Thanks to frenchani and candleanfeather for assistance with the French version. Feedback is love; constructive criticism is tough love. :-)


Do You Hear The People Sing?

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance?
Some will fall and some will live,
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!


À La Volonté Du Peuple 
(With my own translation)

À la volonté du peuple
Et à la santé du progrès, 
Remplis ton coeur d'un vin rebelle
Et à demain, ami fidèle.  
Si ton coeur bat aussi fort 
Que le tambour dans le lointain,
C'est que l'espoir existe encore
Pour le genre humain.

To the people's will
and to the health of progress,
fill your heart with a rebel wine
and to tomorrow, faithful friend.
If your heart beats as strongly
as the distant drum,
It's because hope still exists
For the human race.

Nous ferons d'une barricade  
Le symbole d'une ère qui commence.
Nous partons en croisade 
Au coeur de la terre sainte de France. 

We will make from a barricade
The symbol of an era which begins.
We are leaving on crusade
To the heart of the sacred soil of France.

Nous sommes désormais
Les guerriers d'une armée qui s'avance.

We are henceforth
The warriors of an advancing army.

À la volonté du peuple
Et à la santé du progrès,
Remplis ton coeur d'un vin rebelle
Et à demain, ami fidèle.
Si ton coeur bat aussi fort
Que le tambour dans le lointain,
C'est que l'espoir existe encore
Pour le genre humain.

(As before)

À la volonté du peuple, 
Je fais don de ma volonté;
S'il faut mourir pour elle, 
Moi, je veux être le premier: 
Le premier nom gravé   
Au marbre du monument d'espoir!  

To the people's will,
I make a gift of my will;
If I must die for it
I want to be the first:
The first name carved
In the marble of the monument of hope!

À la volonté du peuple
Et à la santé du progrès,
Remplis ton coeur d'un vin rebelle
Et à demain, ami fidèle.
Si ton coeur bat aussi fort
Que le tambour dans le lointain,
C'est que l'espoir existe encore
Pour le genre humain.

(As before)
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Comments

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 00:07 (UTC)
VM wink

That is quite possibly the awesomest/craziest thing I've ever seen. :) Other than the mock credits, I don't think I've seen any comics-based fan vids, and these two (yeah, I watched both) of course appeal to my unhealthy obsession with love of musicals. (Spike's got terrible taste, btw. Les Mis is fantastic. But then, I've actually studied it, so I may be a bit biased.) Really great work, and props for doing the French version, too!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 00:17 (UTC)

Well, Joss Whedon is apparently also obsessed with musicals, so you're in good company. :-) I'm not a huge fan myself, but I went to see Les Mis with a friend about 10 years ago, and this is the song that stuck in my mind ever since. And a week or so ago I searched it out on iTunes to remind myself how it went... found there was a French version on there as well... and this was the result!

Glad you liked it. :-)

Posted by: sl_podcast (sl_podcast)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 00:24 (UTC)
awesome - Chuck

Excellent! Doing videos off of still images can be tricky, but you pulled it off well with the selection and movements.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 00:38 (UTC)

Thanks!

I'd had some practice by doing opening credits for Buffy:Season 8 and Angel:AtF, but this was the first actual vid with a story and everything I've tried. I did try to keep a sense of movement going all the way through; I think it works better in somce clips than others!

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 07:15 (UTC)
AtF Foreplay

Brilliant vid. Loved what you did with the images from the comic. They fit perfectly with the song!

ETA: Just came home from work and had to watch the french version. The french text fits even better than the english one, especially the last verses.

Edited at 2008-03-25 11:16 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 13:43 (UTC)

Thanks!

Although to be honest, I did choose the clips to fit the English lyrics primarily - the French version has a few swapped around and a couple of new images where the originals really didn't fit the words. (Plus I had to change all the timings by a twelfth of a second or so...) Maybe the English was too literal?

It's funny that the English song is about people singing angry protest songs, and the French song is about people drinking wine...

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 15:52 (UTC)

English is a bit faster than french, isn't it? My french is sadly lacking (I can hardly read more than comic books), but if english texts are translated into german they usually end up a good deal longer.

French wine goes fine with everything even with revolutions :)
It's really interesting to compare the texts. I had never heard the english version of the song before. It's funny how it seems to be more "get rid of slavery" in english and more "down with the establishment and power to the people" in french.

I've watched them both several times now and I love the french singer that goes with Spike.
I think my favorite part is where you put the pictures of Wes and Gunn with the lines about sacrifice and dying first.

Edited at 2008-03-25 22:48 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 26th March 2008 01:29 (UTC)

I don't know if French does take up more space than English, although I suspect yes. "Une vidéo de StephenT" has 25% more words than "A StephenT video", after all. But since the song has the same tune in both languages, it should in theory have the same number of syllables. Even so, I ended up having to make some clips longer and others shorter - there was no consistency.

What struck me about the words was that the French were talking about progress and hope and making the world a better place - being positive about the future - while the English were all about being angry and defying your masters and becoming free. It's probably because the French are drinking all that wine: they're more relaxed about things. :-) (And maybe less able to stand up afterwards...)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 08:32 (UTC)
Oh wow! by eyesthatslay

Eeeee! AtF vid! *claps in the manner of Dru*

(Sorry, it's early so that's the best I can manage in the way of feedback!)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 13:45 (UTC)

*Brutally tortures and murders people, also in the manner of Dru*

Glad you liked it! :-)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 14:10 (UTC)
Spike'n'Dru - School Hard made by kathyh

*Brutally tortures and murders people, also in the manner of Dru*
*tries to resist the urge to say 'Do it again! Do it again!'*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 20:35 (UTC)

By the way, I hope you appreciated the clip of Spike supporting a wounded Angel while the singer was singing "Who will be strong and stand by me?" ?
;-)

Posted by: Mrs Darcy (elisi)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 20:36 (UTC)
Spangel by Urru and stormwreath

Oh I did. Very much. :)

Posted by: Kathyh (kathyh)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 09:34 (UTC)
Kathyh Buffy peachy

Wow! That was terrific. I really loved the way you managed to inject movement into the static comic images. Bravo.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 13:47 (UTC)

Thanks! (My own favourite is the shot of Angel on the ledge with the sun and moon in the sky behind him, that moves down then opens up to show the full scene. I'm proud of that one.)

Posted by: thedothatgirl (thedothatgirl)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 11:57 (UTC)

This looks intriguing - as soon as I've caught up with the latest issue (I've not had chance to pick it up) I will definitely check it out.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 13:49 (UTC)

Thanks! Hope you like it...

Posted by: mrs_underhill (mrs_underhill)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 14:55 (UTC)
Walking ME

Loved it!
And you hit on my dream theme that I very much hope to see in Angel:ATF: to see people of LA joining the fight of Angel and Co, and stop being just victims/damsels in distress - and also for them to take part in the decisions Angel & Co make on their behalf.
So your scenes with citizens of LA were music to my heart. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 15:21 (UTC)

Thanks! And that's exactly what I was trying to show... but there weren't enough scenes of ordinary people joining in the fight so I had to concentrate on Angel and the gang coming together...

Posted by: mrs_underhill (mrs_underhill)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 17:51 (UTC)
S&A

May I rec this vid on IDW board?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 25th March 2008 20:32 (UTC)

Please do! (Assuming that Chris Ryall, Brian Lynch and Franco Urru aren't going to turn up at my house tomorrow morning with baseball bats for a little 'chat' about copyright law, at least...)

Posted by: Carin (carinas_carinae)
Posted at: 30th March 2008 23:39 (UTC)

This video made my laugh with joy on a cold day in the Pacific Northwest.

I am friending you. I was supposed to do so months ago and failed. :-D

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 31st March 2008 09:47 (UTC)

Always happy to provide joy. :-)

Speaking of which, you're actually the 100th person to friend me since I started this LJ. I feel like there should be lights flashing and music playing andsome kind of ceremony...

Posted by: Carin (carinas_carinae)
Posted at: 10th August 2008 22:51 (UTC)

Hi! Just checking in to say again how much I enjoy this video. It's so awesome. I hope you're going to be making one for Spike: After the Fall as well. Please?

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