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Must See Animated Dance Video

Today I stumbled across this seriously unbelievable dance animation video. At fist I wasn’t sure if I would like an animated dance video. One of the things I love is the dancers themselves and I think there are so many ways that animation could miss the beautiful qualities of dance. However, this video not only captures many of the beauties of dance, but also carries them to a new level and adds new layers of commentary to the dance. Ok, don’t take my word for it. Here’s the video:

See what I mean? Now go watch it again. It gets better the more you watch it I think.

Since we cover the music and I’m sure you’ll ask if I don’t tell you, the video is to the song “World Spins Madly On”, performed by “The Weepies”. You can find more information about how this video came together on the Ryan Woodward Conte Animated website. I love this list of concepts behind what he was trying to accomplish:

  • The exploration of the drawing the human figure in a variety of creative approaches.  This stems from years of teaching creative gesture drawing.
  • 2d Animation.  This process of animation revisits the passion in my early career as a 2d animator. The illusion of life!
  • Contemporary dance.  Although I am not a dancer, I appreciate the talent and dedication that goes into a beautifully choreographed piece.  A graceful moving human form can communicate more emotion that any length of dialogue.
  • and finally, the exploration of experimental processes and concepts contributes to my own personal growth as an artist.  Having worked commercially for years, this project has allowed me to stretch beyond my former understanding of art.
  • Great story and I’m happy to say he’s a professor at the University that I attended. I wish I was planning to visit family sometime soon so that I could see the full exhibit. I could see many of the images from the video as a pretty amazing t-shirt as well. Maybe I should contact him about selling some on the site.

    I also found this 5 minute preview of the documentary video that was made about the above animated video really interesting. I’ve embedded it below as well:

    As a real true fan of dance, I absolutely love the merging of multiple art forms like this video. I’d love to see So You Think You Can Dance use it somehow on the next season. Talk about a perfect special guest performance I think. It would be completely unexpected for most viewers and would be awesome! Are you listening Nigel?

    January 16, 2011 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?

    Mary Murphy – Talks About Her Return & Cancer Battle

    Yes she has been sick for the last few months battling Thyroid Cancer

    Mary, it’s good to hear that you are well and keep battling we are thinking of you

    January 15, 2011 I Written By

    New CD from OONA (Dave Tweedie + Oona)

    I just stumbled upon a feature on “Shhhhout!” Shhhhout! - Oona the new cd from OONA, which is actually both Dave Tweedie and Oona Garthwaite.

    Read up on Oona and Dave first started making music together. There’s also a few photos of Oona, like the one below, and a sample of some of the songs from “Shhhhout!” Shhhhout! - Oona

    I like this quote from Oona especially:

    In December 2009, after a single they wrote and recorded, “Tore My Heart,” was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” it sold more than 35,000 single downloads on iTunes.

    “It did really well because it was in 10 million people’s living rooms,” Oona said this week. “It’s interesting what that show can do for music because it puts these choreographers and dancers together and by virtue of that, it also puts the music center stage. Not the worst thing.”

    Check it out!

    January 14, 2011 I Written By

    SYTYCD’s Twitch and GLEE’s Harry Shum Jr. in Dance/Geek Heaven

    This is MAJOR awesomesauce. My inner dance fiend and the geek in me are united in this sweet find.

    Twitch from SYTYCD and Harry Shum Jr. from Glee (also a dancer) teamed up in this ultra-short mini-movie directed by Ross Ching and produced by Don Le and George Wang. You MUST check it out – bet you can’t guess who wins the light saber duel.

    January 12, 2011 I Written By

    SYTYCD’s Melinda Sullivan TAPS Sara Bareilles’s Single Ladies Cover

    Lookee what I found!

    In a video directed by Dante Russo, Melinda taps to Sara Bareilles’s cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” I’ve never heard this cover, which is really breezy and charming, and perfectly suited to Melinda’s style.

    Whether you loved her or hated or just wanted to see her hang around a bit longer (like me!), I think you’ll want to check out the video, below.

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    Mary Murphy’s Back on SYTYCD!

    I know, I know, I’ve missed you too!!

    And who else have you missed (especially John?) – Mary Murphy. I just read that she’s going to be back as a permanent judge next season. Let’s go ahead and put her on the Tamale Train – whoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    What do y’all think??

    January 11, 2011 I Written By

    Winners of the Holiday Giveaway

    A big thanks to all those that participated in the Pure SYTYCD Holiday Giveaway. I’ve notified the winners by email and so if you participated, be sure to check your email inbox to see if you won!

    A big thanks also to Step Up 3 for providing the DVD/Blu-ray combo packs. I have mine and I’m telling you that the dancing in Step Up 3 was off the charts. It was incredible to watch. Adam Shankman wasn’t lying when he said that they had so many talented dancers working on it.

    On that note, if you didn’t win the free copy, you can always buy one on Amazon. It’s worth it just to see the incredible dancing.

    Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading Pure SYTYCD.

    December 30, 2010 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?

    Free Amazon Gift Card and Step Up 3 DVD/Blu-ray Combos

    In case you missed it, today is the final day to enter the Step Up 3D DVD and Blu-ray Combo pack giveaway. Not to mention the chance to win an Amazon Gift card. It’s really easy to enter. Just Get a PasteAd link below and post it to Facebook, Twitter or email it to your friends and family. One click and you’re entered to win. Of course, you could also post it to Fox.com or other message board also. Doing so might drive enough traffic for you to win the Amazon gift card AND Step Up 3.

    Start spreading the links and inviting your friends to click on the link and discover Pure SYTYCD!

    December 29, 2010 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?

    SYTYCD U.S. – Show Returning to Australian Screens

    We can always still dream that we hope to see the Aussie version return in the near future. But we can deal with watching the U.S. version coming to Channel 10’s 11 in the New Year. No date has been mentioned yet we’ll let you know. This is Season 6 that is shown in the promo

    December 28, 2010 I Written By

    Holiday Giveaway – Step Up 3 DVD/Blu-ray Combo and $25 Amazon Gift Card

    Happy Holidays to everyone!! As a thank you for sticking around Pure SYTYCD during the dull drums we know as the off season, we’re doing a couple Holiday Giveaways!!

    Step Up 3 on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and other online formats is set for release on December 21st. We want you to be one of the first to own a copy. So, we’re going to be giving away TWO FREE DVD/Blu-ray copies of Step Up 3. I’m sure many of you have seen it, but the DVD releases always have extra bonus materials. I just got my copy of it today. I can’t wait to see what else they have on there. Not to mention seeing all the SYTYCD Alum like: Stephen “Twitch” Boss (S4), Joshua Allen (S4), and Ashlee Nino (S2).

    To win a free copy of Step Up 3, get a link below and start sharing it with all your friends and family. One copy will go to the person who drives the most traffic to Pure SYTYCD. Another one will be given at random to anyone who gets a link and has one of their friends visit Pure SYTYCD using that link. Simple as that!

    In addition to the 2 copies of Step Up 3, we’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to whichever person drives the most traffic to Pure SYTYCD or Pure DWTS (both sites are doing a similar giveaway). Check out the details below, get your unique link and starting sharing it all over the web. Facebook, Twitter, email, blogs, forums, etc. Don’t be a Spammer, but share the love for Pure SYTYCD. DO it now before the countdown clock below runs out.

    Check out the trailer for Step Up 3:

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’m excited to be giving away free stuff for Christmas!! Woot!

    December 17, 2010 I Written By

    Just call me Charlie...but where are my angels?