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"The Only One" - Evanescence (An Isaac Mendez Heroes FanVid) 
11th-Mar-2007 08:14 pm
Grave Lying
Yes it's that time again. I couldn't help but do up a vid for Isaac Mendez, my poor little tortured artist. This is one of two I had on the burner, and depending on who made the most appearances first determined which got attended to first. Isaac won. Mind you I was thrown into a state of utter confusion after seeing Ep 16 because I had searched so hard for a song to fit him, and suddenly I wasn't sure if I'd made the right choice. Nevertheless my hectic real life led to such a delay that even more footage shown in Ep 18 helped me dig my heels in and stick to the choice.

This video is about a tortured young artist by the name of Isaac Mendez. Through his life he has struggled with his own inner demons and it has had adverse affects on his relationships. He sees a light of redemption in his prophetic paintings, a way of making up for past mistakes by preventing the chaotic future he depicts. His drug dependency worsens as he searches for answers, and he finds himself suddenly caught up in a web of lies and deceit where he no longer knows who to trust. He can't trust anyone, not even himself. And so he lies to the people he loves, who in turn also lie to him, and through all the good he tries to do tragedy soon befalls him.


The Only One - Evanescence (An Isaac Mendez Heroes FanVid)
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Warning: Features Season 1 episodes 1-18.

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11th-Mar-2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that was so good! I think you did a great job of showing all Isaac is or could be, and dang if I wasn't reminded how much I do love him well! I'm also in total awe of your transitions - some of those were the best I've seen in a long time. Kick-ass vid!
12th-Mar-2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! *hugz* I meshed a lot of the past and present and threw in the transitions of how his paintings come to life. I'm totally like you, just doing this showed me how much I love him! Honestly, half the time, I felt as if I'd just pulled scenes from thin air. I feel as if things that happened to Isaac often get drowned out by other storylines, and to piece them all together we start to uncover the heart of the character. Honestly, throw Santiago a bone and he'll try his best to make it look meaningful. I'm glad there's something out there for Isaac drooling now! :D

And after all that ramble, just wanna thank u again :$
12th-Mar-2007 07:27 am (UTC)
This vid was awesome! So good, loved the mention of "opening the eyes" as Isaac opened his to paint, and it's so cool to watch Simone coming in to get the pictures for Lindermann, especially since we know he knows all about them!:) Even saw some I didn't remember seeing before. Loved the song, it fits him! So tragic and yet there's that flicker of wanting to make a difference, excellent!
12th-Mar-2007 08:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! *glee* Yeah that was the one scene that was most prominent in my mind. It was the key phrase I was looking for when searching for a song also LOL Oh and u picked up an underlying Linderman thing there did u? ;) I was only trying to convey how his paintings mirrored real life, but again Simone got caught up in a lot of that. Was very cool. And, another underlying reference, you can see how much he's trying to convince everyone that what he's painting is true - he wants to inspire that confidence to have someone to trust and believe in him, and how it just backfires over and over. Poor boy *huggles him*
12th-Mar-2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Oh, this is a fantastic video. Congrats, and great job! Sighhh, Isaac.
12th-Mar-2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Thanks hon *hugz* hehe
12th-Mar-2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh wow another superb video from you. I thought you captured Isaac very well in it....

Fiona
13th-Mar-2007 09:02 am (UTC)
Thanks hon! :D I'm glad it worked into a nice little summary. I appreciate u commenting.
13th-Mar-2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
OMG Jules!! You seriously have to consider getting into making trailers for tv shows/movies, or promos and stuff.... you are scarily talented at this for an amateur, seriously

I'd never heard that track before, either, so you are educating me too LOL...

The whole tone was spacy, matching the "getting high" scenes and melancholy, yet building up to something. Again I like the literal stuff like the tie ins with not believeing his lies, for Simone, and falling down etc...but it was pretty deep, when you were saying he is not the only one, was that meant as a jealousy thing about Peter, and the role he has in Simones life, or is it hopeful about there being other Heroes , that he is painting about? What was your take...

It was so sad and moody, though wasn't it, he really is coming off like a tragic character, did you purposefully mean that, or is it how you are feeling about him now?

You really make him and Heroes look like the coolest must see movie to see though I was amazed LOL. Hands down the best Isaac vid I've seen so far, especially as a central character...
14th-Mar-2007 08:38 am (UTC)
:( If NBC wants me for Heroes they can have me! hehe

Seriously, I've LOVED doing this all my life, even when I was doing my music business course my teachers and the professional vid guy who came to see my class were astounded by my attentive enthusiasm for it. I wish I could do it for work or something. And having done it so often now I totally empathise with the length of time these guys need to string something together. All the magic happens in the editing room!

Good to know I'm getting more songs out there! :D If anything, that's my mission LOL I love promoting stuff.

You know you've described it as exactly what I was looking for. That was my struggle with finding a track for Isaac - I needed something haunting and etheral to capture those soft looks, the uncertainty of the unknown, something that explained to you that he lived in a world outside the real one (cause that's what artists do ;) hehe), but at the same time I also needed something that was aggresive, that showed the hard grit of life, the danger he was putting himself in, and then ultimately (this is the part that had me all freaking and undecided) the violence that came about from the darker aspects of his life. Then, also, I needed something that lyrically matched. And I'm glad that this song had some semblance of meaning to his character. You're right, I always go for the literal, and I'm glad that's noticable ;) But yeah, I always do try to tell a story with it.

"You're not the Only One" initially I was using that to show him and the Heroes he painted, how they're reflected in real life. The meaning, as far as that, was interpreted as he wasn't the only one who had powers, he knew this, and he's not the only one trying to save the world, he knows this too. Yet, unfortunately, he's not doing too well in the group situation of trying to band everyone together to make something happen. He wants redemption so much he's taken the complete weight onto his shoulders and feels he must do something, he must prove his worth, but because he can't do it alone he turns to the one person who he believes he can trust and who he knows has some degree of power/influence - HRG. However, you're also right, that it does manifest also in a jealousy towards Peter thing (you know I never noticed how angrily he was cleaning those brushes til I cut that raining window scene LOL). Isaac sees Peter as a perfect replacement, a better version of him, what he should be. Peter can do everything he can do - without drugs. Power-wise he can replicate his powers, and personally he can be everything to Simone that Isaac was not. So, in a sense, Isaac is let down by himself and to keep from heaping the self-blame onto himself he starts blaming Peter for everything that's happening. It's his fault Simone left him. It's his fault Simone got killed. U get the drift ;)

Isaac is a tragic character with all the struggles he goes through *nods* And so full of angst. This is what I want the Heroes writers to embrace, they've planted all those seeds, they just need to do something with it. The melancholy really came with the song, though I did put some cheerful moments in. Unfortunately not enough time for everything.

Aww thank you! *hugz* I hope that it'll kick some interest into people out there. And I so feel like I'm doing a series of extensively long character vids now LOL Got Isaac, Mohinder, Niki/Jessica, the Petrelli brothers, Claire and Zach... (*whispers* and more to come)
15th-Mar-2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Absolutely fabulatastic (yup, that's a word :P). Once again you managed to capture a character perfectly in under 5 minutes, the song fitting the scenes we see amazingly well. I have never even tried my hands on vidding but seeing your vids always makes me think I shouldn't even try >.< Looks way too complicated, besides you make all the great vids out there so no need for me to even start lol

Little commentary while waching again:

"We're all grieving, lost and bleeding" Best. choice. of. scenes. EVER.

(although the one straight after it about calling and not believing is nearly as awesome).

"So afraid to open your eyes" and then he opens his white eyes, just wow.

And you even managed to include Candice! Totally amazing.

"Don't look down on the world beneath me--don't fall" <---- Awesomeness (not necessary the lyrics, but the way it goes along with your scene choice).


(random: your vid made me realise that a question I wrote down yesterday -about the dart gun- is in fact true).
15th-Mar-2007 10:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad u pointed out that was a word, cause I didn't read it as that word when I first read it :P hehe (funny how my brain straightens things out).

Anyways, thank u! :D As I said to Sam, I feel like I'm just rolling out the character vids now so NBC will hire me for promos which is all very cool, and by the time the 2nd season comes around I'll probably have plenty under my belt. Mind u I may need to clean my computer out if I keep going at this pace...

I'm glad I'm all inspiring! :D You probably imagine it like I do your PSing/iconing skills. I can't even imagine spending so long on a picture, yet I'll spend 12 hours-2 weeks+ on a vid LOL Crazy. It's fun though :D

Oh are u talking about the first one? Cause ZOMG how rockin' was it when I found "lost Hiro" following a trail of blood leading to Isaac. Worked beautifully with the slow pace of the music. I didn't even remember that shot!

Yeah *claps* if I can be so selfish as to like my own handiwork LOL I'll agree with u. And Candice came in as an afterthought. How lucky I got held up making the vid! LOL

*grin* Yeah I totally imagined that scene for that lyric before I found the scene. Then I was a bit miffed it didn't run as fast or interchanging as I remembered, but oh well LOL it still works.

Ooh *intrigued* did u post to Heroes questions with it? :P And what was it? :$
17th-Mar-2007 12:33 am (UTC)
OOOH I just finished watching the vid at its amazing like everyone said above. I actually didn't even remember half the scenes in that video so it was kind of a revisiting of Isaac's character for me and it reminded me of how much he has been through. dammit has there ever been one whole day full of joy for him ;_; It is all so tragic and guh I love that tone in the song and the scenes onca again went completely with the words on screen <333
17th-Mar-2007 01:15 am (UTC)
*yay* Thank u muchly! *looks proud* You know that's exactly like what I was saying, I kept thinking I made the scene up cause, seriously, how is it that a scene could be there that I've watched a zillion times but never really "Seen" it. Isaac so gets drowned out by the other Heroes far too often :( So, yeah, it's a little like revisiting the character, isn't it? It shows you who he is, the problems he has, what he's tried to do. It shows you all the things that make him a great character and the potential the show has to do something with it. And I know his world looks so tragic and heartbreaking, but there is joy there - like when he discovered he could paint/draw the future without being on drugs, like the fact he was so proud that he was clean and he *thought* he could win Simone back that way. He really does just want things to be better. And I'm glad the song suited *nods* cause I was looking for that double parrallel in a track - one that could be both soft and hard at the same time.

Thanks for commenting hon *huggles*
28th-Mar-2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Best Isaac vid I've seen so far. I'm very impressed. ♥
29th-Mar-2007 09:47 am (UTC)
Aww thank you! *hugz*

And I love your icon too! :D
29th-Mar-2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
First of all, yay! Another Isaac fangirl! I was beginning to worry I was the only one.

What a great video! Loved what you did with the images, and the words fit them perfectly. Excellent!
30th-Mar-2007 09:21 am (UTC)
Weeeeee!!! Hello again. We should stop meeting like this LOL Our fandoms collide far too often ;)

No you're not the only one *heh pun* There are a few Isaac fans out there. Mind u I think his peak point was back when he was all topless... (those traitors turning on him again) nevermind. I still adore him. Creative ppl are so wonderful :)

Thank you so much for the comment and the compliment :D I truly appreciate it.
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