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.
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?
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!
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…!
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie. – Agnes de Mille
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.
What is the Harlem Shake? It was an internet sensation in early 2013, where the video starts off with one individual dancing to the ‘Harlem Shake’ song by Baauer, when suddenly chaos is unleashed and everyone starts to dance and shake for the camera.
During my fieldwork, everyone knew I had a video camera and that I was filming and so I was asked whether I could film a Harlem Shake video. I was more than happy to oblige and so I got involved in filming my first ever impromptu Harlem Shake video! The atmosphere was electric and somehow I knew I wanted this to be incorporated into my film.
I just recently got approval from all the dancers that I could use what I had filmed, so I look forward to adding it to my video project and seeing how it turns out!
‘All art, including film art, exists so we can vicariously experience realities other than our own and connect emotionally with lives, situations, and issues otherwise inaccessible. Reacting within a new context, we open up to other people and their conditions, and experience other ways of seeing what once seemed familiar.’ – Rabiger 2004: 51