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fan video - 'prelude 12/21'

Song/Artist: 'Prelude 12/21' by AFI

Fandom/Pairing: Once Upon A Time, Regina Mills/Emma Swan

Vidder: Masque


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fan video - 'fairytale'

Song/Artist: 'Fairytale' by Alexander Rybak

Fandom/Pairing: Once Upon A Time, Evil Queen/Snow White (Regina Mills/Mary Margaret Blanchard)

Vidder: Masque



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fan video - 'especially for you'

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Song/Artist: 'Especially For You' by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

Fandom/Pairing: Warehouse 13, Myka/Helena

Vidders: Post-It Productions (Regent C, achompchompchomp, Artie-Fact and FerretWhisper)
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fan video - 'accidentally in love'

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Song/Artist: 'Accidentally In Love' by Counting Crows

Fandom/Pairing: Once Upon A Time, Regina Mills/Emma Swan

Vidder: Masque
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can now be found on tumblr

http://masque101.tumblr.com
What you'll find:
- a little less serious
- a little more fan girling
- some of what you've already seen before (hey it's a new venue!)
- some stuff you haven't seen before (so go look for goodness sake!)

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fan video - 'donovan'

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Song/Artist: 'Macguyver' by Randy Edelman

Fandom/Character: Warehouse 13, Claudia Donovan

Vidder: Masque
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fan video - 'lattimer'

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Song/Artist: 'Angel' by Darling Violetta

Fandom/Character: Warehouse 13, Pete Lattimer

Vidder: Masque
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fan video - 'myka: the artifact hunter'

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Song/Artist: 'Buffy, The Vampire Slayer' by Nerf Herder

Fandom/Character: Warehouse 13, Myka Bering

Vidder: Masque
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music video - 'causing a commotion'

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Song/Artist: 'Causing A Commotion' by Madonna

Fandom/Pairing: Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena/Callisto

Vidder: Masque

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music video - 'circle in the sand'

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Song/Artist: 'Circle In The Sand' by Belinda Carlisle

Fandom/Pairing: Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena/Gabrielle

Vidder: Masque

  
    


I first made this music video back in 1999. It was the music video that made me aware that I wasn't simply throwing clips together to go along with the lyrics on a song, it was when I realised that somewhere in there I was telling my own story. This video still remains my favourite of all the music videos I have made for that reason alone. I watch it and evaluate it on a critical level, where it should have been cut quicker, where maybe a different clip should have been used, but I still feel the emotion that I captured in it. I once attempted to remake it after season five and six were complete, but I just couldn't seem replicate the same feeling. So here it is, 13 years later, it may be old but recently someone reminded me that it was important.
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It has reached December and I haven't, as yet, received that all important telephone call or email from my parents asking me what I would like to appear under my tree this year. (Complete with tag inscribed with their fondest greetings and best wishes for the season. A tag I will promptly ignore as I tear into the wrapping paper and watch my mother wince as she resigns herself to the fact that it is a piece of paper that will not be returned to the Christmas box for re-use next year!)

I conveyed my troubled thoughts to The Boss earlier and she informed me that my parents were not going to get me anything for Christmas this year as they didn't want me anymore. I informed her that if my parents didn't want me then she would have to adopt me. Oddly enough she was not enamoured with that idea.

And so I begin my search for my new parents. I have decided that despite my 33 years of age and 15 years of being out that I would rather like to have lesbian parents. But not just any lesbian parents, femslash lesbian parents.

I have immediately discarded Sarah Connor and Cameron Philips because apart from having enough on their plate with the impending apocolypse and raising an ungrateful, whiney emo brat I'm simply not in the market for a bullet proof vest this Yule. Also out of the running are Myka Bering and Helena Wells; I'm still new to them and still getting comfortable with them as people, not to mention I'd be terrified everytime Helena picked up her fork during the Turkey Dinner. I'm ruling Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles out mostly because after Mama Rizzoli has interogated her daughter about why she can't find a man and why her daughter's 'best friend' finds too many her questioning eyes would turn to me and I'd feel awkward having to explain the situation on one of the most sacred days in the Catholic calendar!

So I've narrowed it down to three prospective couples:

Xena and Gabrielle
Upside: Drinking, dancing and debauchery at the Amazons christmas party.
Downside: Mom and Mom are likely going to be there to witness the aforementioned naughtiness.

Kathryn Janeway and Seven of Nine
Upside: Replicating presents instead of all that nonsense with shopping.
Downside: Voyager is still on rations so Christmas dinner will be cooked by Neelix.

Olivia Benson and Alexandra Cabot
Upside: The possibility that they might invite Casey Novak over for drinks on Christmas Eve.
Downside: Getting raised eyebrows from Liv and Alex on Christmas Day because the walls are thin!

Maybe I'll give my parents a call tomorrow, see what perfume Mum is running short on and what latest book my Dad is after.

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warning... 'ping'

Please be advised that over the last couple of weeks I have discovered Warehouse 13. But more importantly I have discovered Myka and HG. I have a shed load of screencaps and access to DVDs and the ability to have fun with both. You have been warned!

Also, expect the icon on this entry to change once I have picked my favourite HG and Myka images!

That is all for now.

lindsay.jane.angie.

Have just spent a large part of the weekend (between dusting, laundry and ferreting out duplicate music tracks on my computer) reading Women's Murder Club fan fiction. Months ago I downloaded a whole bunch of Lindsay/Cindy (because they really are the one true pairing of this show... unless you count Jill/Denise) stories, snippets, scribblings and the like and decided it was time to actually read the stuff and decide what was good and what was not.

It reminded me why I loved this show and why it was so sad that it didn't survive the writers strike. Maybe it wasn't the writers strike that killed it, maybe it was the sudden panic and introduction of Muffin Man Pete, maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part! It also reminded me about why I was so hesitant to start watching this new series all my friends kept asking me about, some show called 'Ravioli and Ice Cream'... or was it 'Ramses and Isis'... whatever, it was that new show that Angie Harmon was in where she plays a cop called Jane Rizzoli, and somehow Claire (the amazing medical examiner), Jill (the stylishly dressed flirt), and Cindy (the perky walking wiki) had miraculously converged to become Maura Isles. Oh, that's what it's called!

It somehow felt like I was being unfaithful to Lindsay Boxer. At the start of this weekend I felt like I was cheating on Jane Rizzoli. But despite my initial 'oh Angie Harmon is playing practically the same character' Lindsay Boxer and Jane Rizzoli are actually very different characters and Angie Harmon has made them really distinctive from one another. I've been trying to put my finger on the differences. Want to keep me amused? Hold up a picture of Angie as Lindsay and another of Angie as Jane and I'll spend hours flicking between the two trying to work out how they look different, because they do. They also speak differently, move differently, act differently and react differently, (unless there are children involved, Angie Harmon is a mother and that can not be hidden!)

So, with definite boundaries in place I can watch both Women's Murder Club and Rizzoli and Isles, and read fan fiction for Lindsay/Cindy and Jane/Maura and not feel guilty about it! Thank you Angie Harmon!

Also there is not enough Jill/Denise fan fiction out there! If anyone has written any or has read any please point me in the right direction.

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my parents new place by the sea

I moved out of my parents house, my family home just over three years ago. Shortly after that my Mother and Father, along with my older sister Naomi bought a flat in the small south costal town of Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck. They said that it was going to be a little weekend place, but soon the weekends began on a Wednesday evening! It wasn't long before they were looking for another place, a more permanent place and in December 2010 they locked the doors to their Barnehurst house, my childhood home, for the last time.

Their new home doesn't have a number, it is simply called Stonecroft. And whilst it has a postcode that places it in the town of Durlston, the view from the lounge looks over their beloved Swanage. It took nine months for me to finally manage to come down for a visit; I had my reasons: there was an audit at work or I was busy working on a script or a video production or I was out of the country! But with my mother's 64th birthday looming a trip was organised and crept up on me before I realised it had even arrived.

I threw some clothes into a bag, hopefully including something I could wear for a dinner party, climbed into Naomi's car and set off for the Jurassic Coast. (It really is called that, I'm not being sarcastic about my mother's age!)

We're told to head to The Red Lion pub because the parental units have been out dancing and are now out drinking with their other modern jive friends and Mum doesn't want me to see the house before she is there. So we go to the pub and meet some of their new friends and sometime after midnight I finally get to see their new house for the first time.

I get taken on the grand tour. (Most people downsize in their retirement, but not my parents.)

We start with the formal dining room, the table already laid with ten place settings of crystal and china for the dinner party tomorrow evening. It's then into the lounge with the Purbeck stone fireplace and wing back armchairs, where you can sit and admire the view of the bay. Through to the informal dining room, so informal that my Mother's computer sits on an antique bureau in there. The kitchen is twice the size of the one they had before and they actually have a pantry but still need another room to house the fridge, freezer and fridge/freezer combo (known as the inside fridge, the inside/outside fridge and the outside in the garage freezer!) at least they're all together now, along with the washing machine and tumble dryer. Back through the hallway and up the stairs to a landing that has an even better view of the bay than the lounge and into the master bedroom and en-suite, better known as Mum and Dad's room. Then there's the first guest bedroom, equipped with a double bed and something looks suspiciously like my old wardrobe. The second guest bedroom has two single beds and something that looks suspiciously like my old chest of drawers! The third guest bedroom has been turned into Dad's study and that looks suspiciously like it did in the old place, cluttered. Somewhere there's another bathroom and lavatory but I may need a map to find them again. There are a lot of doors in this place, it will take a while for me to work out what leads to where, but I will not stop until I find the one that leads to Narnia! I'm already fairly sure that a certain Mr Potter is lurking behind the one under the stairs.

Dean asked me if it felt weird seeing all the things from my childhood transplanted into a house that wasn't my childhood home and suddenly it hits me, the reason for my hesitance, my reluctance in seeing the place my parents had moved to: saying goodbye to a childhood that I didn't really want to acknowledge was over.

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pc to mac

I had such plans for this weekend. There was going to be laundry and dusting (haven't had a chance to do a proper spring clean in the bedroom since returning from my travels). There was going to be some video editing (trying to re-edit some old Xena music videos and have an urge to make a femslash trailer for Ruthless and Maven). There was even the thought of some gaming (either LEGO Pirates of The Caribbean on the wii or Lord of The Rings Online on the PC). Instead it appears that I am channeling Sheldon from 'The Big Bang Theory' because reformatting my PC and restructuring my documents folders suddenly seemed so much more appealing than anything else on offer!

When things in my life feel the most out of my control I always seem to turn towards my computer to find some order. Weird. I don't understand most of the things that it does, don't use half of the applications it has on offer, but double click on my documents and enter 'The World According to Masque'. I can name things so that they appear in the order I want them to, make sub-folders to keep everything where I think it should be and make little slate icons to poke out of the little folder to tell me what is inside, even though the title underneath actually tells me that anyway... it's my way.

So as I watch umpteenth episode of Bad Girls transfer to another hard drive (Voyager episodes had to be transferred over night there were so many), I'm trying to get to grips with the systems and operations of my new iMac. It's a whole different way of computing.

Thus far I have worked out that 'Finder' is somewhat like 'Michaela', in other words it contains the documents, pictures, music, video and downloads folders. I have also learnt that you never want to hit the 'FaceTime' icon without being fully prepared for the consequences because I never want to see that face so early on a Sunday morning. (Also, the close button is at the top left instead of the top right of the window, that throws me everytime!)

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i'm not at my best first thing

Upon waking in the morning I can not function, I'm disorientated and do not have all my faculties about me. And apparently telling your girlfriend that you've just had a rather intensely erotic dream about another girl is not the done thing. Then to later in the day get a text message from the aforementioned girlfriend saying she was 'surprised it wasn't the other one' is a little disconcerting to say the least!

(No the current music choice is not indicative of anything!)

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writer's block: life in the boob tube

What fictional television show would you want to live in? What character would you play?
The answer to this largely depends on what day it is and what mood I'm in. I have characters in Babylon 5, Xena: Warrior Princess, Bad Girls, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager (Yes I can have characters in both! Do you know how many guest stars appeared in more than one of the incarnations? And don't even get me started on the actors who had more than one character in the same series!), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI. Some of those characters even have names! All of them have jobs, or a mission of some description. Right now. . . I think I'd most like to be in my Law and Order: Special Victims Unit persona. It could be because I'm missing the show and waiting for the new series to start. It could be because Stephanie March is going to be back as Alexandra Cabot. But it's most likely because Diane Neal is coming back as Casey Novak and my character in this universe is completely, utterly and devastatingly in love with her! Yeah, that's probably why!

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i can do this, i can do this

My most terrifying day on set so far, but also my favourite.
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LOCATION: Greenslopes
CAST: Kate Logan
SCENES: 19, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 75
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Today was my first day as a solo director. Okay, so it may have just been a skeleton crew and one actress but that's not the point. It wasn't planned that way, it was just how it went. After having an initial freak out I took that deep fortifying breath that I've heard so much about and informed the cast and crew that I would be in charge today - or words to that effect, I may have mumbled 'it's just me today' in a very timid and apologetic voice.

While Logan sorted hair and make-up and Jamie got her into her first costume of the day I wandered around the house, made some notes and consulted with Rob on some ideas and discussed how we were going to get it done.

First scene sees Logan's character working at her computer, getting distracted by thoughts of the girl she kissed the previous night and deciding to track down the aforementioned girl. We ran the scene a few times with Logan playing different emotional responses: eager to track down and see the girl she likes, nervous because she knows that a Magic dating a Cannon is a bad idea, and determined because no matter what she really likes this girl. At one point Logan asked permission to squeal because she thought her character would squeal in the privacy of her own bedroom, but instead she pressed a kiss to the screen before dashing out the door to sweep the girl off her feet.

A quick reset, which involved throwing most of Logan's skate outfit and equipment around the bedroom. A quick costume change and we're ready to shoot her opening sequence for the beginning of the film. This will be intercut with Imogen's opening sequence to really highlight their different attitudes towards Roller Derby. Imogen's character prepares with military precision and focus, Logan's character not so much. In Imogen's sequence I want the movement to be in the camera, where as in these clips the movement comes from Logan. I don't know why that's important to me, I think it just gives another dimension in the differences between them. There was tripping over in the bedroom, swearing in the laundry and stumbling in the hallway. Logan was amused that I was so concerned about her falling over in the bedroom, especially given the number of times she fell on her butt at the weekend.

The day finished out on the veranda as we made another attempt to get Logan playing her guitar and singing the song for the second montage sequence. As we set lights and camera and audio Logan and I get into a discussion about my name. Not my real name, my other name. I told her that my fake brother had given me the name when we were at school. She's decided she likes it, she's going to call me it. The name Masque sounds incredibly natural when she says it, maybe it's the accent.

We shared a cab home. Logan and her guitar in the back seat and myself and a very confused driver in the front, and with talk of fake siblings, preferred names and catholic upbringings I don't really blame the guy.

It was a good day.

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back at it

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LOCATION: Digi Skate Arena
CAST: Miyuki Lotz, Samantha Jane Faircloth, Sarah Lovai, Nikki Sharpley, Emma-Kate Thornley, Belinda Morris, Sera Gardinar, Amanda Naggs, Sharon Glasswell and Sarina Hayden
SCENES: 36, 20
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Today was supposed to be a big day of filming with the Cannon skaters at their arena. We have all the Cannons except for Imogen. She's done some serious damage to a ligament in her leg - it sounds like Iguana, it isn't but that's what we're all calling it anyway.She's not allowed to skate for the next eight weeks and not going to be back on set for at least the rest of the week. So we're attempting to soldier on in her absence, cleverly filming training shots that we can hopefully, seemlessly drop her into later. We also needed to film one half of a scene so that Nikki could deliver her lines and Imogen can film the other half of the scene when she's back. In the meantime my head in a helmet and my shoulder in an anonymous black tee-shirt is filling in for her. (Oh. Dear. God!)

Also with us today are Melissa Hayden and Sarina Hayden, better known in the Roller Derby world as Pyscho Babble and DeRanged. They skate in the United States for the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls, and they are quite possibly two of the best skaters on one of the greatest teams on the planet and they're both going to be in the movie. They were with us over the weekend, Psycho helped out with the choreography of the jams and DeRanged strapped on the steady cam rig and picked up some amazing motion/action/in the pack footage.

We also have Quadzilla on the set. Also from the United States, he heads up his own skate equipment company (a couple of our actresses are wearing his Antic skates, one set specifically custom made for us). And also an amazing trick skater who has agreed t help us out with a little promo that involves him jumping over eight members of the Star Cross'd Jammers cast! I held my breath as he started his lap around the track and skated towards my cast and cleared the whole lot. It was actually pretty darn cool, I'm glad I decided not to close my eyes, or leave the building until it was over.

But the the most amusing moment was watching DeRanged put her helmet on backwards and pretend that she couldn't skate and fall over her own feet. The look on her face was almost as good as the look on Psycho's face who has, in 25 years, never witnessed her sister fall over, ever.
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it's not getting better any time soon

Woke up to emails that three members of the crew have quit the project and one actress has sustained a serious injury. Not the most auspicious start to my career as a film writer/director. I can take the loss of the crew members, we'll figure something out or muddle our way through somehow, but I'm really worried about Imogen.

After taking the first part of the day to get ourselves together Penny called some emergency meetings with Jamie (Head of Wardrobe) and Imogen, Logan and Peita. We talked about a lot of things; replacing crew, re-scheduling, communication, mistakes, but all I really remember from the proceedings is making sure that Imogen's heat pack was kept warm.

The amusing highlight of the evening was the drive home. Logan, who had driven Peita and Imogen to the meeting, offered to drop me back at the apartment. It was the first time in a long time that I'd been outnumbered by straight girls!

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