grammarwoman: Janelle Monae as a close-up fembot (Janelle Monae torso fembot)
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Title: Fembots
Fandom: Multifandom (68 sources!)
Music: "Fembot" by Robyn
Vid Download Links: 3:12, 61 MB here at Sendspace

Watch here or at the AO3 link.

Summary: The intersection of women and technology on a spectrum of clones, gynoids, AIs, cyborgs, and other artificial creations.

Premiered at Club Vivid, 2014.

Notes: When I heard Robyn's "Fembot" song for the first time, I went searching on YouTube and other places for a vid to this song, and found only concert footage, fannish lipsynchs, and moody lyric pieces. None of those were scratching the itch in my brain for a fembotic version of Starships, so when the call went out for Club Vivid, the idea to document an overview of fembots in media jumped up and said "ME ME ME!".

This vid kind of ate my brain, to be perfectly honest. I had a pretty open interpretation of what constituted a fembot: basically, any feminine figure that incorporated technology in a significant way. But this meant that the technology actually had to be demonstrated, which eliminated a lot of early "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" types of entries that talked a good talk ("She's a Robot!") but never showed anything (alas, miniscule budgeting). I watched so many bad (baaaaaaad) movies trying to catch a glimpse of usable footage. I scrolled through tons of TvTropes pages and IMDB lists for ideas. I checked out a ridiculous stack of DVDs from the library several times a week, learning in the process that they had a 20 disc limit. Oops! I even settled for some crappy footage downloads from YouTube.

I clipped at work, surreptitiously watching things in fast forward. I dragged my work laptop home every night and set up camp on the kitchen next to my vidding laptop, feeling like I was splitting my brain down the middle. I think the final edit had 64 sources, and I'm terribly sorry if I left off your favorites. I was rendering right up to the deadline, but I got it entered, even as I cursed the flaws I had to let go. Judging from the enthusiastic response at Club Vivid, people didn't seem to mind.

A huge thank you goes out to [personal profile] kass and [personal profile] jetpack_monkey for talking me down from a vidding ledge and pushing me to finish, as well as providing additional ideas and sources, and to the Club Vivid submission extension that made it possible for me to enter the original version of this on time, wacky sizing and all. Trust me, this version is much prettier (and has "Pacific Rim" footage!).


Password is fembots

Fembots (Multifandom) from Grammar Woman on Vimeo.




Lyrics:

I've got some news for you
Fembots have feelings too
You split my heart in two
Now what you gonna do?

Once you gone tech
You ain't never going back
I'm hi-tech, baby

Fresh out the box the latest model
Generator running on full throttle
Can I get a fuel up? Hit the bottle
(Reboot)

I got a lotta automatic booty applications
Got a CPU maxed out sensation
Looking for a joy to man my station
(Reboot)
Rock the nation
(Rock it, baby)

I've got some news for you
Fembots have feelings too
You split my heart in two
Now what you gonna do?
(Jag lskar dig)

My system's in mint condition
The power's up on my transistors
Working fine, no glitches
Plug me in and flip some switches

Pull up in dragging position
Pop the hatch and hit ignition
Burn out, baby
Ready for demolition

Once you gone tech
You ain't never going back

My super brain's are binary
Circuitry and mainframe tens-filled here
I'm sipping propane topped with a cherry
(Reboot)
In fact I'm a very scientifically advanced hot mama
Artificially discreet, no drama
Digitally chic titanium mama
(Reboot)

Ring the alarm-a

I've got some news for you
Fembots have feelings too
(You know)
You split my heart in two
Now what you gonna do?
(Here we go)

My system's in mint condition
The power's up on my transistors
Working fine, no glitches
Plug me in and flip some switches

Pull up in dragging position
Pop the hatch and hit ignition
Burn out, baby
Ready for demolition

Once you gone tech
You ain't never going back
Once you gone tech
You ain't never going back

Once you gone tech
You ain't never going back
Once you gone tech
You ain't never going back

Once you gone tech you never ever going back
I got an inter access code upon the back of my neck
Initiating slut mode of space cadets and dexters
A calculator in my pocket, got you all in check

My system's in mint condition
The power's up on my transistors
Working fine, no glitches
Plug me in and flip some switches

Pull up in dragging position
Pop the hatch and hit ignition
Burn out, baby
Ready for demolition

My system's in mint condition
The power's up on my transistors
Working fine, no glitches
Plug me in and flip some switches

Pull up in dragging position
Pop the hatch and hit ignition
Burn out, baby
Ready for demolition

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Date: 2014-08-13 09:37 am (UTC)
dodificus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dodificus
This was cool and a lot of fun to watch!

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Date: 2014-08-13 10:30 pm (UTC)
dodificus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dodificus
I was afraid there was some underlying message and you'd roll your eyes at me for calling it fun:D

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Date: 2014-08-13 11:07 am (UTC)
kass: Kaylee; "shiny." (kaylee)
From: [personal profile] kass
I love this vid so much. I love the diversity of source, I love the feminism, I love its dance-ability -- basically I just adore it. <3

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Date: 2014-08-13 07:43 pm (UTC)
giandujakiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
Oh my god, this is fantastic! Amazing song choice and the variety of sources was just awe-inspiring!

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Date: 2014-08-13 09:01 pm (UTC)
sanj: A woman sitting in space, in a lotus leaf (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanj
I love this vid and kind of want to hug it.

It was so great to meet you this weekend!!

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Date: 2014-08-13 11:39 pm (UTC)
ide_cyan: Dalbello peering into a screen (Default)
From: [personal profile] ide_cyan
Awesome vid!

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Date: 2014-08-14 12:14 am (UTC)
deirdre_c: (vidding)
From: [personal profile] deirdre_c
Here via giandujakiss and I'm so excited she pointed me in its direction! Fabulous use of diverse sources and such great flow between the clips and the danceability, THE DANCEABILITY, MAN! Such dancealiciousness.

You made my night with this!

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Date: 2014-08-14 01:22 am (UTC)
china_shop: Close-up of Zhao Yunlan grinning (Default)
From: [personal profile] china_shop
Wow, this is awesome! *applauds*

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Date: 2014-08-14 02:29 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: watercolour and pen style sketch of a brown tabby cat curl up with her head looking up at the viewer and her front paw stretched out on the left (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Thisis wonderful, so many sources, combined so beautifully.

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Date: 2014-08-14 03:16 am (UTC)
jetpack_monkey: (K-9 - Affirmative)
From: [personal profile] jetpack_monkey
This vid just makes me RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY. Like, I don't even have words. I just have binary. ...no, no I don't, that would be terrible. But you get what I mean. I think. I hope.

THIS VID. *flails*

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Date: 2014-08-14 06:12 pm (UTC)
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
From: [personal profile] raven
This is super-cool. Love particularly the use you made of the TARDIS and Replicarter. :)

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Date: 2014-08-15 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zahrawithaz.livejournal.com
Here on giandujakiss's rec.

This is beautiful. I love the diversity of sources, and after all the sexualized fembots it made my day to see Ida from the Middleman up there!

(no subject)

Date: 2014-08-16 09:52 pm (UTC)
opusculasedfera: stack of books, with a mug of tea on top (Default)
From: [personal profile] opusculasedfera
This is fantastic! Really fun and your variety of sources is amazing!

(no subject)

Date: 2014-08-17 04:40 am (UTC)
chaila: by me (tscc - cameron)
From: [personal profile] chaila
Well that was clever and a ton of fun!

(no subject)

Date: 2014-08-21 12:08 am (UTC)
ghanimasun: (bsg - cylons)
From: [personal profile] ghanimasun
I really enjoyed this vid a lot! I loved the variety of sources you used, I wouldn't have thought to put some of them in there but they all fit well!

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Date: 2014-08-23 05:54 pm (UTC)
ghost_lingering: Weaver gets down to Savannah's level and looks her in the eyes (daughters of robots)
From: [personal profile] ghost_lingering
OMG, this is amazing and SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! I love it!

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Date: 2014-08-26 12:14 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (Default)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Such a fun vid! :D

(no subject)

Date: 2015-01-15 07:25 am (UTC)
shallowness: Kira in civvies looking straight ahead (OB s2 Sarah as Cosima)
From: [personal profile] shallowness
Really, really interesting to see an overview of fembots recontextualised by song and the depiction of other characters over the years.

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Date: 2015-05-22 03:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] futuransky
Hi! I really love this vid. I've been watching it a lot since I watched on AO3, but I hadn't read the and had been thinking about how it reminds me of Starships! – it makes me happy to see that was what you were going for! I'm about to send you a private message about it too.

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Date: 2018-03-28 11:40 am (UTC)
jainas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jainas
This is a great vid! <3

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Date: 2018-03-29 01:43 am (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Here via a rec in the fancake community. This is a great vid! I saw a lot of things I recognized, some I didn't, and some terrific editing work. Funny how many TOS plots featured some type of artificial woman...

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