Elena Vas - A pretty amazing Outlander Fan, & Video Creator.
Co- blogging by Susie Brown,
A children’s author, teacher-librarian and Outlander fan who lives in Australia.
OHP: Elena, we know that there are many Outlander fans all over the world. Which country do you come from?
Elena: I'm from a small country called Israel.
OHP: What made you start your video career?
Elena: Well, it's really more of a hobby, rather than a career. I had dreamed about making videos ever since I was a teenager, but I actually started making them in 2004, while I was a fan of the television series, "Lost".
OHP: How long have you been making the Outlander fan videos?
Elena: Since the start of the show. I have a habit, whenever I like the romance in a show or a movie, to start making videos about it. My Outlander videos are my personal ode to this beautiful show and its beautiful leading couple.
OHP: What inspired you to make them?
Elena: So many things! Firstly, I loved the chemistry that Cait and Sam share. I also loved the show’s cinematography. I was affected by the colors and the imagery, as well as the romantic and historical aspects. Outlander is kind of a perfect show for me, and when I love something that much, I put it into a music video.
OHP: How long does it take you to make each video?
Elena: It varies. Sometimes it's couple of days; sometimes a week or two; sometimes even more. It depends on how inspired I am and how much time I have on my hands. Often I will sit through the night making a video, not even noticing how much time has passed!
OHP: Each of your videos tells a story and creates a mood. Is that intentional on your part, or has it just happened?
Elena: Wow, thanks for saying this! It's wonderful to think that my videos have an impact. It’s not always a conscious decision on my part to tell a story; mostly it happens during the process of making the video. And even when I do have a plan for a particular plot from the get go, the story can change and ends up being entirely different from my original idea.
OHP: Tell us a little bit about the process of making a video. For example: how do you choose the video excerpts and where do you find the music?
Elena: Watching a new episode or even a promo of the show will often inspire me. Then I’ll go and look for the music. Other times, I start with the music. I can hear a song on the radio or on a CD and it hits me. Images start appearing in my head and I feel that I need to put the song into a video.
OHP: We know that Diana Gabaldon commented on one of your videos - how did that feel? Have you ever been contacted by Sam or Caitriona, or anyone else from the show?
Elena: Reading Diana’s comments felt great! It was one of the moments when I felt that what I have been doing for such a long time had paid off. I’ve never been contacted by Sam or Cait, although I’d love to know what they think.
The video we’re talking about, together with a link to Diana’s response:
OHP: Have you read the Outlander books, or did you discover the story via the tv series?
Elena: I have read all the books now, but I discovered the books after watching the show.
OHP: Do you have a favorite Outlander video? Do you still make videos for any other tv shows?
Elena: I have made many videos for other shows such as "New Girl", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Lost", but now I only have my eyes for "Outlander". I don't really have a favorite. I always find faults in them after I finally put them online!
OHP: Will you continue to make videos in season 2?
Elena: As long as I continue enjoying the show, I certainly will!
OHP: How can people see your work? What plans do you have for the future?
Elena: People can watch all of my videos on my YouTube channel:
Go to Elena's page on Youtube....
I have to admit I don't really have plans for the future; I make them as I go.
We’d like to thank Elena for answering our questions - and if you need some more help to survive “Droughtlander”, we certainly recommend heading to YouTube and watching her many beautiful videos!