ITZ4 Adventures

I had a blast this past weekend at In the Zone 4. I always come away from these events inspired and ready to work even harder as a dancer. Winnipeg (and the rest of Canada) has so much to offer the hip hop dance world, and it is so gratifying to be a part of its greatness.

I didn’t just dance at this event though – I shot video! Here’s a video of one of the winning crews:

I kind of wish I had a two-camera setup going, so that I could cut from a wide to a close-up like I did for the Winnipeg’s Got Talent videos. But those videos take quite a while to edit (time that I didn’t have). One day, it’ll be feasible.

Special thanks to Rylaan Gimby, who took control of the camera while I was running about backstage and performing. You make my life so much easier!

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On bootlegs

I was watching this Youtube video of the Jabbawockeez performance at World of Dance 2010. The number of cameras in the audience blew my mind! I know that in Winnipeg, a few people record performances, but generally there is an understanding that someone is officially the videographer for the event and that they, from their prime vantage point, will record videos to share with the world. Lately, I have been that videographer.

Why, then, don’t the people in this Jabbawockeez video look around and see that there are going to be dozens of versions of the same performance? And that the best video might be ruined by all of the camcorders in air that block people’s view?

These thoughts occur to me as I prepare for In the Zone 4 Hip Hop Dance Competition. Will many other people be bringing cameras this year? Sometimes it seems like there is a race to get the footage and put it online. It’s ridiculous. However, as a performer, I know how frustrating it is to wait and see footage from a show. Everyone is eager to see themselves so that they can gauge how well they did.

When I mentioned these concerns to Rowin Bernardo, director of Paradox Dance Crew and Mumbler Productions, he talked about video in terms of support. Crews feel supported when footage of them is put up online. A crew like the Jabbawockeez has massive support, so naturally there are thousands of videos of them.

But I also think that NOT recording is a sign of respect for the art of live dance. There is nothing quite like watching a dancer move in inhuman ways in front of you. You miss a lot by watching your tiny LCD display. Enjoy the performance in all it’s glory, people!

Final WGT stretch

The last Winnipeg’s Got Talent highlights video is on its way, but I keep finding ways to improve it. Damn perfectionism.

After that, each performance will be uploaded. I had a two-camera operation going, but the footage doesn’t match perfectly. We’ll see what happens.

And after that… I dunno. There are a few projects on the backburner – choreo reels and audition videos. Time to tackle them!

An end to an era?

I uploaded the final F/X video the other day, and it made me kind of sad. This series may have been a pain to create, but the resultant videos are quite impressive and original. I hope that UN1TE and I can continue to create videos that open up new windows into the Winnipeg hip hop dance community.

What will we do next to innovate? I don’t know. I can’t wait to discover it!