Guess what’s finally here…!?!

It’s DONE! It’s finally here! Vimeo took ages and ages to upload a ten minute film, but the wait seems worth it in the end, especially seeing it officially uploaded onto a video site.

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The pains of exporting and uploading…

I did not realise that once I actually finished putting my video together, that exporting the file and then uploading it onto Vimeo would take up an entire day. Firstly, I was so unsatisfied with the video quality once it was exported from Final Cut Express especially after putting so much effort into this project. I wanted the final result to be crystal clear, but no matter how much I twiddle around with the bitrates, frame rates and so on, I can’t seem to get it as crisp as I’d like the quality to be. It’s not too bad, I guess…I feel like I am a perfectionist when it comes to projects that mean a lot to me and that I’ve put a lot of effort into. Not to mention that I want to do justice to those who have given me the opportunity to film them and don’t want to let them down in any way. 

The video is currently being upload onto Vimeo and it looks like it will take an eternity. The end is not near! Not yet anyway! I need to keep telling myself it will all be over soon and to enjoy the journey. It has after all been an enjoyable experience, so what does it matter if I have to wait around a bit longer? 

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The Evolution of Dance

People, the fluidity of cultures, lifestyles and ideas are all driving factors in the evolution of dance. It can change according to music tastes, incorporate outside influences and fuse together with other genres of dance.

Here’s a humorous video on the Evolution of Dance by Judson Laipply:

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Finito!

Done! Done! Done!

After hours and hours of sitting in front of the computer, editing and putting together all my footages, I have finally completed my video project! It’s energetic, colourful and showcases a wide range of dances. Hopefully my audience will get a sense of what it is like to be in the world of dance and appreciate its form. I will soon be uploading the video onto Vimeo and will then post it on ‘My Film’ page. I’ve been told that uploading is another long process, but oh well! At least the hard part is over!

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The Editing Process

It’s long. Very long. It’s taking me hours to just put a couple of minutes together. We have to have a maximum of 10 minutes, and so far I have got 7 and a half. Not much longer I guess, but the next few minutes will take me the rest of the day! I am quite happy with the story that has somehow unfolded through the dances and interviews I filmed, but hopefully my audience will understand what I am trying to relay and the overall theme of my video project! 

And so the editing continues…!

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People and Dance

The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie. – Agnes de Mille

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April 16, 2013 · 3:03 pm

Harlem Shake & Ethnochoreology?

I realised after the previous post that people may wonder why I think the Harlem Shake should even be included in a blog named Ethnochoreology! In a broad sense, Ethno refers to a combination of people, culture and ethnic groups, and choreology (The Benesh Movement Notation) is a system of dance notation that can document any form of dance or human movement. 

More information on the Benesh Movement Notation and Ethnochoreology can be found here: http://www.jstor.org/stable/849817?seq=1

Having said this, why shouldn’t any form of dance under observation be considered cultural, even the Harlem Shake? Dances are a reflection of the people, and how these forms change over time and what they are used to represent gives us an insight into a society’s dynamic culture. 

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