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Blossom has updated her Frodo website, “In Dreams”

Posted on 2008.05.14 at 22:50
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Frodo at Amon Hen, by Blossom ~ detail.



This is to let folks know: Blossom has updated her gem of a Frodo web-site, In Dreams.

I made an extended presentation for her site in this journal back in February, here, and I know from the feedback that a lot of you were extremely pleased with what Blossom had to offer. Now there are two new sets of slideshows and two new music videos. Read about them below.



NEW SLIDESHOWS:

Blossom’s “slideshows” are of two types, both about one minute in length. A screencap slideshow is a series of key images of the given scene that moves along as the soundtrack (dialogue and music) plays.

An animated gif slideshow is the other type. In these, Blossom presents the clip from the movie, but with the dialogue missing (in most cases), but keeps the music.

Why watch these if you can watch the movie scene? you may wonder. Well, for some reason, images presented in different ways seem to bring out nuances that don’t emerge when the film is rolling ahead full speed in the normal way. For viewers who wish they could slow things down when they’re watching the film, the slideshow with soundtrack is a great thing. The eye can linger, which allows the mind and heart to respond differently.
And in the gif slideshows, for some reason the experience is again different. With the spoken dialogue missing, the faces are brought out more, as is the music. Personally, I love enjoying LotR all these different ways.

As a bonus, each set comes with its own gallery of gorgeous screencaps, done in Blossom’s unique style (discussed in my previous introductory post to Blossom’s site, here).

Blossom’s site now has two new sets of slideshows, all of them downloadable, as follows.



1. Gandalf’s Fall.


This set covers the escape over the bridge, Gandalf’s fall, Frodo’s reaction shots, and Boromir carrying him away as he protests. There are terrific caps in this series, as usual. Two examples of Frodo reaction shots are posted below:












2. Grief for Gandalf.


This series continues from the previous series, with some great shots of Boromir and Aragorn as they dash up the stairs, then focussing on the reaction shots of members of the Fellowship outside of Moria, finishing with Frodo’s famous one-tear turn. I actually like it better in Blossom’s screencaps, Again, there are some great images, and of all the members of the Fellowship. To give the flavour of the series, here are shots of Frodo and Sam:
















NEW MUSIC VIDEOS:


Now there are two new ones to add to the previous seventeen gems, both of them audio-visual contemplations of Frodo from Sam’s loving point of view. Whether you’re a gen or a slash fan, you will probably find much to love in these music videos. As with her other music videos, Blossom not only chooses music with words that suit the story, she finds images to suit the music beautifully, too.

Both new videos can be downloaded.


1. "One More Day" (3:26):

The song itself, from the soundtrack of Veronica Guerin, and Sinead O’Connor’s singing, combine for an experience that is both mournful and inspiring at the same time. I love this mix of emotions.


My love, more dear than this life you are to me
Your kiss more clear than the crystal of the sea
Please save me, I've fallen here
I'm lost and alone

An angel weeps
I hear him cry
A lonely prayer
A voice on high

Dry all your tears
Come what may
And in the end the sun will rise
On one more day
Hey

[verse in Gaelic]

Dry all your tears
Come what may
And in the end the sun will rise
On one more day
Hey

The sun will rise on one more day



I’ll let Blossom speak for herself. She writes about the piece, under the lyrics (in Elvish, too!):

I love how Sinead's voice is both tender and fierce, investing a raw emotion into the words she sings…. For me the lyrics speak of Sam's feelings as he witnesses Frodo's deterioration, pondering on what his master means to him. Perhaps he is speaking to a tormented Frodo as he holds on to the hope that a new and brighter day will come, when all will be well. 'Is everything sad going to come untrue?'




2. "You’re Still You" (3:45):

You don’t have to be a slash fan to love this piece, but this music video could end up as an S/F OTP icon. No matter what you think was the nature of their relationship, anyone who can resonate to the intense, devoted sort of love Sam felt for Frodo—a love in which this video is abounding—will be moved. Blossom’s match of images to lyrics is always noteworthy, but in this piece it is nearly uncanny. Even down to the dissolves, the visuals complement what is being sung.

Here’s what Josh Grogan sings:


Through the darkness
I can see your light
And you will always shine
And I can feel your heart in mine
Your face I've memorized
I idolize just you

I look up to
Everything you are
In my eyes you do no wrong
I've loved you for so long
And after all is said and done
You're still you
After all
You're still you

You walk past me
I can feel your pain
Time changes everything
One truth always stays the same
You're still you
After all
You're still you

I look up to
Everything you are
In my eyes you do no wrong
And I believe in you
Although you never asked me to
I will remember you
And what life put you through

And in this cruel and lonely world
I found one love
You're still you
After all
You're still you




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~ Blossom's 'In Dreams': a Frodo Website.



Comments:


Mariole
mariole at 2008-05-15 04:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the steer!

I just played "One More Day". What a lovely joining of song and image. Beautiful! Well done, Blossom. I look forward to poking around some more.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 12:18 (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! When you said "steer" I was thinking of the kind in 'Hud'. Must be the steak my husband ordered the other night.

Blossom really has a talent for this, I think. She knows the actual LotR story backwards and forwards, and the films. She also seems to listen to enough music to spot songs that will work really well. A lot of music videos just seem to be the result of people liking a particular song and then accompanying it with visuals they happen to like. Blossom has really made an art of this form.
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verangel
verangel at 2008-05-15 10:29 (UTC) (Link)
I have to look at later. I have to say that picture of Blossom's is so beautiful it makes my heart hurt. hugs you xoxoxo v
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 12:21 (UTC) (Link)
Her screencaps are little works of art, Verangel. If you haven't looked at my old post linked above, do so, then scroll down to the part where I compare her photoshopped screencaps to my comparatively humdrum ones. Then you'll really see what a lot of art she brings to her screencapping.

When you have the time, you should look at the screencap galleries that come with all her "slideshows". I've saved all of them, they are so beautiful. (Remember to enlarge them fully if you are saving them, or you'll end up saving the smaller versions.)

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aliensouldream
aliensouldream at 2008-05-15 14:08 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for the update Mechtild. And welcome back! *hugs* Hope your RL things are not too stressful.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, AlienSoulDream. It's good to be home. :)
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(Anonymous) at 2008-05-15 14:18 (UTC) (Link)
My Dear Mechtild,

Thank you again for pointing your LJ readers in the direction of 'In Dreams.' I'm sure my little Frodo website would have gone virtually unnoticed if it were not for your gracious recommendation. I hope anyone who takes a look will like the new additions.

Gratefully,
~ Blossom.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 14:39 (UTC) (Link)
Blossom, it is my privilege, truly. You offer us beautiful things, made with knowledge, skill and love, and all for free!
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Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't the interplay of word and image superb in that music video? Blossom is always good at that, but the skill she shows in that one is exceptional. Watching it is an intense experience. I feel as though I am "inside" Sam's perspective when I watch it, vicariously experiencing his love. It's a love I've personally never experienced, which is perhaps part of its attraction for me.
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not_alone at 2008-05-15 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
I know I don't need to tell you how much I love Blossom's site, Mechtild - and now there are even more goodies to enjoy:) Wonderful!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, she's added some more *great* stuff!
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Prim
primula_baggins at 2008-05-15 18:39 (UTC) (Link)
OMG, the music at Blossom's site--it's haunting. My dear, dear hobbit.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-05-15 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
She knows how to pick songs that suit the material, doesn't she? I love the way she uses the images so that the songs clearly reflect Frodo's story, yet somehow the songs she chooses bring out new nuances in the LotR material, too.

Really, I am not a big fan of LotR music videos, except for a few really funny ones, but Blossom's work is so well-done, so tasteful, and so grounded in the story, I can't help being a true fan.
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pearlette
pearlette at 2008-06-22 16:15 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness! I HAVE been missing out!

I was too busy to research Blossom's site back in February. Now I've bookmarked the site. The work she has done here is GORGEOUS.

I'm going to be downloading some of her gorgeous wallpapers for sure to my hard drive. *swoon*

Just watched Too Lost In You: heh, my Frodo swoon just came back, or at least gave me a nostalgic twinge. A music video celebrating the loveliness of the character and the charming boy who played him to the sound of the Sugababes: it really works. :D

I'll definitely be commenting on her guestbook and recommending In Dreams elsewhere.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-06-22 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't her site an utter gem? I love it. Yes, do comment in her guestbook. She really does very fine work, very on board with Tolkien's work, but with obvious love for the films and Frodo in them.
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