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dS vid: Fallen Leaves

Fandom, Character: due South, Fraser
Summary: Maybe one man can't save them all, but that won't stop Fraser from trying.
Song: "Fallen Leaves" by Billy Talent
Rated: PG
Thanks to: My beta, annieb1955 for helping me get this posted in 2007.
Feedback: Pretty please? Any and all feedback will be welcomed with heartfelt cries of joy, including concrit.

Download the 18 MB DivX avi from my website or watch the streaming version under the lj-cut.

I hitched a ride, until the coast.
To leave behind, all of my ghosts.
Searching for something, I couldn't find at home.

Can't get no job, can you spare a dime?
Just one more hit, and I'll be fine.
I swear to God, this'll be my one last time!

In a crooked little town, they were lost and never found
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.
Run away before you drown, or the streets will beat you down
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.

When it gets dark, in Pigeon Park
Voice in my head, will soon be fed.
You are the vultures, that circle round the dead!

In a crooked little town, they were lost and never found
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.
Run away before you drown, or the streets will beat you down
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.

I never once thought, I'd ever be caught.
Staring at sidewalks, hiding my track marks.
I left my best friends, or did they just leave me?

In a crooked little town, they were lost and never found
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.
In a crooked little town, they were lost and never found
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.
Run away before you drown, or the streets will beat you down
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground.

Run away before you drown!
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground
Run away before you drown!
Fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves... on the ground

Fallen Leaves from keerawa on Vimeo.




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Dec. 31st, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I like it. :D
Dec. 31st, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, eledhwenlin! It is tremendously comforting to me that I can post in the middle of the night and you are always there, always supportive. *hugs*
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Dec. 31st, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
God, that was gorgeous. "circle 'round the dead"--brr.
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, spuffyduds!
I'm sure I'd seen it before, but I hadn't really noticed that memorial Fraser's dad had created to his mother in the Borderlands until I was ripping for this dead. Those are some nasty bad guys.
Dec. 31st, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! ::downloads excitedly:: Your Train to Jackson is one of my absolute favourite dS vids!
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Rosie, I hope you like this one!
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Dec. 31st, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yes! I really like it. The lyrics make so much sense to me with the clips you use. I also like how the music has this driving pulse, it really fits with running and the action scenes. dS has so many stories that fit with the chorus... and yeah, Fraser does try to save them all.

The only thing I didn't quite like was when you had two smaller screens with different clips, because I just didn't have time to see what was on them both. Of course, maybe they're really clever choices and will make sense to me after more viewings...
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you liked it, luzula!

And thanks so much for letting me know that you had a hard time seeing what was going on in the two smaller screens. I was worried that might be an issue. Were you downloading, or watching the streaming vid? I think it's easier to see when downloaded. But you don't really have to watch both to catch the point. In each case, they are complimentary.
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Dec. 31st, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
if there is a better new year's present than a new vid from you, i don't know what it is. YAY!!!

i really love this picture of the harshness of chicago, and of fraser's role there. it's sad, and frightening and hopeful all at once, but really throws in to relief fraser's convictions, and what they cost him. you really did a great job of telling that particular "story" of fraser with the images and the SONG. wow.

i watch a lot of vids, and many of them use the same scenes over and over again, and this one is FULL of scenes i've never seen vidded before, which was a pleasure. i felt as if i was being reintroduced to the show, in a way, reminded of things i'd forgotten.

i'm going to go watch it a few more times, and i'll come back if i have any other thoughts.
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)

I'm really glad that all came through, Zabira. Most vids are, at heart, relationship vids. This one's telling a very different story about Fraser, so I got to use a whole bunch of unusual scenes.

And you're watching it a bunch of times! *twirls happily*
Dec. 31st, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Yay! Very nice work. I just rewatched the first disc of DS and the context of all the clips was fresh in my mind. Wonderfully done. (:

And as a side note, a personal project has had me wondering what CKR would sound like singing, and you just dropped the answer in my lap. Thanks!

Dec. 31st, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you univacgrl! This is a very context-heavy vid, so I'm sure having just watched the episodes enriched it.

Just so you know, "Billy Talent" is a Canadian band named after CKR's character in Hard Core Logo, but that's not his voice. I still think it kinda sounds like him, though!
Jan. 1st, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Wow! I cannot wait to see this vid! zabira and I were watching our favourite dS vids in the hotel room on Saturday and she was shocked to learn I hadn't seen "Train to Jackson," which shocked me as well. I always forget that you do vids in addition to all the incredible writing, and "Train" was an instant favourite. You've got such a gift for marrying image and lyric, tone and mood - it works just like your fiction to evoke strong emotional response from the reader/viewer, and I know "Leaves" will be brilliant. (I have to watch it when I have good earphones handy, so I have to wait for the opportune moment).
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks Nos! I'm glad zabira got you to watch "Train to Jackson", and that you FELT it. I can't wait to hear what you think of "Fallen Leaves"!
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Jan. 11th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
i really like this! i just recently started to watch due south & so i'm still very much in the *squee*-omg-i-love-it phase, *g* good for you & your vid ;)

i love the way you made the vid about fraser, but so much of the vid was actually clips of other people, that already says so much about his character. & the bittersweet tone of the vid is also beautiful - on one side it's kind of upbeat, fast music & fraser, who always looks unflappable; but on the other hand the lyrics are kinda dark & the vid shows very well what an effect all the events have on fraser... 'run away before you drown' - the city drags him down.

*sigh* i really love fraser, you know? *g* - lovely vid!
Jan. 13th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I do love that first blush of fannish excitement with a show. You're the first person to comment on that aspect of the vid, with the city dragging Fraser down at the end, so that he needs other people to save HIM.

Thank you for the comment, tearful_eye!
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I like the idea behind this very much; it's not just another relationship vid. It's a fresh look at secondary characters and how crime beats down everyone in Chicago without someone to battle it. Using a Billy Talent song is also interesting, in the six degrees sense. I think your cutting and timing all work well.

I just can't get past the song's inappropriateness for Fraser, though. I don't think it works for him at all; it's not his kind of music, but more than that, Billy Talent's voice isn't right to speak for him, as an internal voice or narrator. When the song is first-person POV, it really has to mesh with the character. I also think you worked in some literalism that didn't quite work, like "can you spare a dime"—the line is about the speaker asking for money, but the clip is about others asking for money from Fraser.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'm glad to see you doing new vids.
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for watching and commenting, m'lyn, especially the concrit. You're absolutely right that the music style and voice of the song doesn't fit Fraser.

When the idea first occurred to me, it threw me for a loop for just that reason. Fraser ≠ post-punk. But, even though the song lyrics say, "I", I don't see this as a first-person Fraser vid. It's an outside narrator, speaking for different characters in the story. In the section you called out, "can you spare a dime", we hear the people calling for help. At the end "run away before you drown", 'you' is Fraser.

In my head, it all makes perfect sense. To other people? Apparently not so much, and I'm really grateful to you for pointing that out.
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Jan. 19th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
In short: yay, vid!
Having watched this vid several times before reading the comments on this post, I feel like I'm sneaking a look at the answer key. One of the things I like about the vid is that I wasn't entirely sure what it was saying, so it still kept my interest through repeat viewings. I immediately loved the song choice (which I'd never heard before) and the focus on minor Chicago characters. Underused clips--what a relief! What I really like is the implication that although Fraser appears to be a bright light amid all the dingy "fallen leaves," he himself is also a fallen leaf. The fact that he chooses to be in this environment suggests to me that the environment is somehow a reflection of himself. But I've been spending a lot of my free time puzzling over Fraser's rather inscrutable motives and may have superimposed my thoughts on the narrative here; another commenter said that it was the city that dragged Fraser down in the vid, which I completely missed, so I'm going to have to rewatch it. In either case, this vid does an excellent job of foregrounding elements of Fraser's character that don't get a lot of screen time.

P.S. The ending was fantastic! I was moved.
Jan. 25th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: In short: yay, vid!
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you on this, aethel. You are absolutely right - Fraser is also a fallen leaf, and he needs the people that he is out there fighting to save to save him in return. That's where I was trying to go with the ending. I think that Fraser blames the city for the corruption he sees, but I start off the vid with the primary example of corruption, betrayal, and murder - Gerard murdering Bob Fraser in Canada.

Thank you so much for the thoughtful feedback!
Jan. 26th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Dude, Keerawa. WOW. I belatedly got around to watching this, and am in love. It's so refreshing and smart and beautifully put together. I adore seeing Fraser through the prism of all the people/influences he deals with. I adore the last shot, which is such a hard-won bit of hope and joy, and that fresh, boyish smile in the rain after everything was delicious and deliciously Fraser-y. And parallels you drew and Fraser switching hands on Lady Shoes and... You rock so hard. \k/
Jan. 27th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
I'm so very glad that you liked it, L!

I just watched it again, and this one really does make me happy. a hard-won bit of hope and joy is exactly right! After all the corruption and betrayal, Fraser can be saved, too. Which parallels are you thinking of, if you don't mind me asking?

Thanks for the feedback!
Jan. 27th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
Oh man, at first I was like Billy Talent and...due South!? But it fits SO WELL. Really great job with the clips and the pacing. Awesome. :)
Jan. 27th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
It is a bit of a brain-blender of a combination, isn't it? I worked hard to make the clips drive at the same fast pace as the music. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it!
Feb. 2nd, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I just rewatched this and realized I hadn't commented. Bad me, because I love it!

There are so many things that pull at Fraser's compassion and that chip away at both small and large pieces of his code of ethics. (That scene where RayV purposefully causes the fire to excuse his break-in has always bothered me, and I love that you included it.) So many lost souls, including his father's partner, his childhood friend (brilliant Mark scene choices!), his childhood mentor -- and so many children.

(Interesting, too, that your scenes of RayK are of him being a victim of corruption, but not corrupted. ;-)
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, green_grrl, I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed and even rewatched it!

The scene with the break-in bothers me too! I wasn't even sure if the clip was recognizeable, so I'm excited that you commented on it. I see RayV, when Fraser shows up, as ... not a dirty cop, but someone willing to take short-cuts, bend the law, do things that are unethical. Whereas I think of RayK, underneath his cynical attitude, as something of a frustrated idealist. Due South is full of lost souls. The problem wasn't finding enough for this vid, but cutting them down to just the handful I used. Fraser's attempts to save people, while still enforcing the law (and seeking justice!) create an interesting tension in the show.
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May. 5th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
Great characterisation. I don't know the series that well, and even for me you brought the message across clear as a bell - great job!
May. 7th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
That's great to know, that it made sense even though you aren't very familiar with the canon. I treasure the rare happy ending I manage to find for my stories and vids. Thanks, holde_maide!
May. 5th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
I esp. liked the ending, as it adds something of a positive spin. :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
Oh, man, I'm so sorry, I wrote this feedback in July and never finished it to post, and I just saw your response to your 5 Questions meme about wondering if you were doing something wrong because you were getting so little feedback on your vids and smacked myself in the head for forgetting about it. I promise you, you make amazing vids. Earlier today I was rewatching Undying (which I forgot you made until I was looking up your announcement post for Fallen Leaves!) and considering building a list of Torchwood vid recs around it, because I love it so much and it's such a great, no-nonsense thematic exploration.

So, again, I apologize for not leaving you feedback earlier, because I really enjoy your vids. Hitting the Post Comment button is just not one of my strong suits. *rueful grin*

You have a wonderful talent with unusual clip choices, and in a vid so deeply steeped with the idea of corruption and struggling against it, I really liked that you started with the mess Fraser's father was involved in. I think one of your stories included a line about Kowalski not believing Fraser could possibly be so naive about police/government corruption, because he had experience with it even in idealized Canada, and the intro reminded me of that. It's not something I see dealt with very often in due South stories, that Fraser was dealing with that kind of corruption in Canada, though, it was just less - ever-present? I mean he spent most of his time with caribou, there were less people around to be disappointed by. *grins*

'To leave behind all of my ghosts' - I like that clip before the build-up of Fraser trying so hard to be everything to everyone from the moment he walks out into the American airport. He's always had that rage and violence, and I wonder if some of his deep desire to help others stems from - trying to compensate for that? I've always been a little thrown by how blasé the amnesic Fraser was in Flashback, and how much the drive to help others at the expense of his own safety seemed to disappear. Not that Flashback was, um, the best episode for character insight, but still.

At :44 you use a long shot of Fraser walking away from the insurance fraud (I believe?) guy, which I love. I'm a sucker for vids that use a lot of shots that aren't straight close-ups, like environmental shots and shots from other angles and so forth, not only because they're more visuallyinteresting but because they seem to really open up a vid and the universe it's drawing from. It's also an interesting scene to use, tonally - it's Fraser trying to help someone who isn't looking for his help, who is in fact probably relying on the fact that no one is likely to jump out into the street to knock him away from a car. And on the surface it's a failure for Fraser, who tried to save a man's life and walks away only to see that he's been hit by a different car. It works really well there on a lot of different levels.

The first 'fallen leaves' stanza (complete with an environmental establishing shot!) is wonderful, and probably the closest due South can get, footage-wise, to the kind of helpless desperation of sisabet's Two Words vid, which is what it reminded me of. I love Vecchio's frustrated pound on the car, and his last-minute save of Fraser saving the girl is a great visual display to me of why despite Fraser's somewhat solitary nature he needs a partner - someone to catch him when he overextends himself trying to help.

[Continued in next comment.]
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
[Continued from previous comment.]

I adore the internal motion of of the hockey shot on 'crooked little town'. Man, that's awesome.

Fraser very consciously (and rather gracefully) coming to stand in front of man with a gun being pointed at him is just so Fraser, and his quiet victory in front of the city council makes the abrupt shift to his story with Victoria even sadder, because like everyone else Fraser vacillates between his best intentions and the worst parts of himself, but he also tries so hard to make everything and everyone around him better, tries to empower them to save themselves, and he not only utterly failed that with Victoria but he was ready to join her anyway, and that has to have been such an unspeakably low point for him.

I also love, as you pointed out in another comment, his little acquiescent nod to Victoria against the sad shake of his head to the woman who was mugged. Very subtle but really nicely done.

I really like your choice to bring in Kowalski by paralleling his betrayal by his mentor with Fraser's, and his own accusation of corruption when he comes to the Consulate for sanctuary. (And Vecchio lighting a trash can on fire so it's not exactly entering without a warrant amidst the other clips of institutional corruption. Ouch.) 2:31-2:35, Hewey(? I'm awful with names)'s death and the worn-down faces of the honestly good, decent cops is a wonderful, sad section.

That back and forth with Fraser beaten and on the ground for trying to help, to the split-shot of two maybe unlikely people coming to Fraser's aid, followed by Fraser's 'drowning' moment of causing a woman completely at his mercy distress and pain just because he could, followed by the split-shot of two men brushing past him without respect is - a lot of ouch. (What's on the bed before that, on the 'get away before you drown' line? I can't quite make it out.)

The ending is so much what of Fraser must see as happiness and vindication. Vecchio back and hugging him, Kowalski and his Chief standing with him, the young cadets coming forward to help, the man he loaned money to returning it - that final look of relieved, delighted, justified hope is wonderful. I saw in another comment that you mentioned originally planning a much less happy ending, and I think in a way either would have worked - the beginning of the vid is very much 'Fraser didn't stumble onto an alien world of corruption in Chicago, he left one behind in Canada only to get steeped in another, larger one', which in itself is a much less idealized version of the way this story is usually told within canon and in fanworks. This ending posits that he really can make a difference and find happiness in Chicago, that he can, at least a little, escape or change the corruption and darkness. I think I would have personally preferred the finding-a-body ending, because possibly I am a bad person and like tonally dark things, but this ending is very sweet and I think truer to Fraser's nature.

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Jan. 11th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Hey Keerawa -

The streaming Vimeo version is asking for a password and the download link on your website is not working.../o\

The download link on this post is still working, though. I was gonna link to the vid, and ran across the issues and thought I'd give you a heads-up...
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh hey! I finally fixed this. Doh! Thanks for letting me know about the problem.
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Jan. 4th, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Hey, there! I know this vid is old and I actually downloaded it a year or two ago, but I never did comment so here I am.

I love this vid! I think it's awesome how you drew parallels to the different crimes and everything matches with the lyrics so well! I love the parts where you put the scenes in two boxes on the screen. Pairing the sheets being pulled back on the dam (was it a dam? Man, I need to rewatch the pilot) and Bob, both people being hit, and Fraser being brushed by twice was inspired. I don't know how people catch similarities in shots like that. It's certainly not my forte. Anyway, great job!
Jan. 5th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, how obscure! I relish feedback on older works.

Yes, it was a dam that Bob Fraser was killed over. Thank you for teh specific, detailed feedback!
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