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Fanvid: Queen In-Hyun’s Man “Magical Play”

Another one! This time, fun and short.

Queen In-Hyun’s Man “Magical Play”

Song: Nice Play (City Hunter OST)

 

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  1. I replied on YT, too.
    Love the music, love how you showed us his sexy thinking.

    PS Last week, this site had 1000 hits, and this morning 14K!
    That is excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2012
    • joonni #

      I know, I’m astounded myself. I guess it shows the popularity of QIM. Yay!

      May 16, 2012
      • I think it was thundie was said how much more traffic she started to get using the word “recap” instead of “review.” IIRC, it was 10X more hits, or 20X. People discover you because of QIHM, and as long as you WANT to recap anything, we will continue to follow you! You are a rare and generous soul!

        May 16, 2012
  2. Hahaha I LOVE this! Thanks for this fanvid, I’m so in love with the Lie To Me one but this has such a fun vibe that taps into the show’s charm too. Loving your blog, Joonni! Keep ’em posts coming!!

    May 16, 2012
    • joonni #

      Thank you, thank you!

      May 16, 2012
  3. Sabah #

    Truly, beautifully choreographed. I enjoyed it immensely, as well as the other musical videos.

    I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that you have a good feel for this art. You are able to create a wonderful flow that moves in tone and beat to the music. That is more difficult when you use an instrumental piece like this, because it relies heavily on the tone of the music and the hidden nuances as well as subtle changes rather than a song where it would be easier to match scenes to lyrics. NOT easy just relatively easier.

    The tone of the piece of music is mischievous which makes it even more difficult to choreograph than say romance or tragedy. However you pull it off proficiently. The first phase of the first 10 seconds, with the jittery music brought in to emphasize his jolt into present reality, then as the strings come in you use scenes to emphasize his emotions moving and mind stirring until at about 35s, the strings become sharper as indeed so does he.

    Finally ending with that comical scene, tipping the overall tone towards light hearted humour. Cleverly done. Thank you for sharing, it was a pleasure.

    May 16, 2012
    • joonni #

      Thank you so much for this detailed compliment!
      I’ve been using the free version of iMovie and created “Same Sky, Different Time” with that. Then I got my grubby little hands on the trial version of Final Cut Pro to make “Lie to Me” and “Magical Play.” Final Cut helps me make cleaner edits and play around a little more so I’m loving. I have yet to master that thing and hope I can make better ones in the future.

      It really is a choreography. The first time I ever edited was for a language class and we had to produce a mini drama. I spent so much time on it but it was so much fun. I loved the thrill of getting the exact timing, or the perfect cut-away. Considering it was my first time, I thought I did a good job of it and everyone in the class laughed at the story.

      I’m really enjoying this editing thing although I find myself going over a piece over and over, trying to get it right. And yet, at the end, I never feel it does, except for some parts. I really like the first and last part of “Magical Play” too. It’s hard trying to comedy when there aren’t a lot of comedy from Boong-Do. Why does he have to be so able-minded?!

      Thank you so much for the encouragement!

      May 16, 2012
      • Sabah #

        Please don’t thank me, it was a pleasure. The one time I tried making a musical video with windows movie maker, I got so frustrated and was on the verge of throwing my computer out of the window. Let’s just say, my computer survived only because I deleted WMM off it.

        A while later, upon someone’s suggestion I tried Final Cut Pro 9 and although it was much easier to use, I just didn’t find the process enjoyable. I mean in terms of a medium to express my thoughts in a creative way it is second to my preferred choice of words. I think that is the difference between you and I, even though as you say, you aren’t always completely happy with the final result, you are enjoying the journey there too.

        Of course I should also mention you naturally talent in this art too. It isn’t just about technical ability in using software, there is much more to it. I have seen plenty of videos which end up being a montage of scenes to a good song and nothing less. However you intricately segue from one tone to another through clever editing of scenes. In Lie to Me, you use a wonderfully dramatic song (I am glad you used Grey’s version since its instrumental tone fitted better than say Ariande’s heavier beat version) whose opening is electric enough that would entice a ‘listener’ to watch more. However I loved that you built on that, with each edit, emphasizing each impactful line with a scene.

        That opening ‘hazy day’ scene with Hee Jin and Boong Do smiling, those first fluttering of love, for ‘future seemed so bright’ which you contrast with that forlorn Boong Do in ‘darkness’ as you increase the tension with sword wielding. That ‘wicked schemes, new extremes’ edit was just inspired, as he charges the car at her! As you flow into ‘always be my hero’ and that sword fight. Electric, I loved it!

        That shot helpless shot of Hee Jin for ‘just gonna stand there and watch me burn’ the stillness after action, really effective. That moment ‘like the way it hurts’ brings out all those nuances in Hee Jin’s expression, yet set against the tone of this song, changes the original scene making it more wistful than desire. Very impressive, I love how you play around with scenes and music, which I said earlier hints to me that you enjoy the process. Like that scene in Good Will Hunting, when Will explains why he proficient at maths, that he is just able to play with numbers. I get that sense with you, that you just play around with this stuff, that you enjoy doing that and most of all, you are very good at it.

        Back to the video. Other highlights for me, was the stillness of the scene for ‘love the way you lie’ at 1:11 which you mirror at 2:38 adding symmetry to your piece as well as tying everything together, so as I said it isn’t just a pastiche of scenes. Then that sadness for ‘gravel in our voices’ just heart wrenching. Really well done.

        I loved, JUST LOVED, that moment @3:11, just beautifully done, as the scene cuts at each string. The whole tone is just so beautiful and heart warming. Excellently done.

        However, the thing that showcases your talent is best seen at the end, just like in Musical play, where you set the tone or theme throughout and then deliver a punchline. So here @3:44 , for each ‘love the way you lie’ it has been Boong Do pulling her in for kiss or hug, but suddenly this time, he doesn’t he just smiles at her, teasingly. So for the final ‘love the way you lie’ as the song has been suggesting through tone and lyrics, she is at breaking point, she can not bear it anymore AND so she kisses him! Just ingenious! I am in awe at your detailing. Just beautifully done. Thank you.

        Sorry about the length of this post, I am still trying to attain the virtue of conciseness. WIth love, Sabah

        May 17, 2012
        • joonni #

          I love your eloquence. I die over people who write well. Please, keep whatever response you write as long as possible.

          It’s like you went into my head and read all the reasons why I made those cuts and arrangement, and sometimes you tell me what I myself didn’t know.

          I am having the opposite problem where I am in a position in my non-drama-related life during which writing should be my preferred mode of expression but editing is making me happier. Can you please send some of your enthusiasm for writing my way? 🙂

          May 17, 2012
  4. Sabah #

    ^^ Although I fear you are being very kind to me, I would be honoured to read your words. In fact the only reason I haven’t replied on other posts is because I am a little behind in watching QIHM and have only been skimming through your recaps.

    Give me a day to catch up on QIHM and I will oblige. If there is anything specific you wished me to read, please do let me know.

    “editing is making me happier…” Although I would say storyboarding, choreographing and editing are relatively harder, writing does seem to be most people’s preferred choice of expression. I think maybe if you weren’t restricted or limited to using scenes and songs designed by others for other purposes, you might find yourself able to express yourself more fully through editing. In fact a friend of mine went into directing/editing her own short films after beginning with making fanvids during her freetime whilst in hairdressing school. Its funny how people find their paths in life.

    However from what I sense from your words, you need to get scratch that writing itch too, so please do share anything with me, and I would humbly proffer my thoughts, limited as they may be. With love, Sabah

    May 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      A good writer who offers her editing abilities?! *Dies*

      I find myself itching to shoot something myself also. It is extremely hard working with the scenes that I am already given by someone else.

      May 17, 2012
      • Sabah #

        Maybe not ‘good’ but I do consider myself a writer, to the embarrassment of the writing community.

        Hehe, very funny. Actually, that is something I can not do; write humour.

        Yet, you manage so wonderfully.

        OK, I will post some feedback on your writing tomorrow, since I would have caught up with QIHM by then. If there are other pieces that you wish me to take a gander at, please do let me know. I would be honoured.

        May 18, 2012

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