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October 31, 2007 11:04 AM   Subscribe

Groovy Dancing Girl #2. via

music: Justice's Phantom

Sophie Merry, a 25 year old animator from Dublin.

"filmed in slow motion and played back at higher speed, but still synchronous to the music"
posted by nickyskye (61 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm not trying to be an asshole about this, but I don't get it. I remember seeing a lot of music videos filmed in this technique, too. what's the deal with this?
posted by shmegegge at 11:17 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


I don't know what the hell I'm looking at, but I love it and the hat it's wearing.
posted by DU at 11:17 AM on October 31, 2007


enh. i don't really understand why that needed to be filmed in slow-motion.

the first of her videos is somewhat more interesting, but i've still seen, uh, "harder, better, faster, stronger" dancing filmed at full speed.
posted by wreckingball at 11:18 AM on October 31, 2007


Also, don't the birds put the lie to the slo-mo claim?
posted by DU at 11:19 AM on October 31, 2007


all I could think of was the Sienfield episode about Elaine's dancing.. 'cept maybe Elaine was a bit better.
posted by HuronBob at 11:22 AM on October 31, 2007


The interesting thing is this was filmed by total strangers to the girl and then put to music.
posted by Citizen Premier at 11:23 AM on October 31, 2007


"The interesting thing is this was filmed by total strangers to the girl and then put to music."

Thanks for clearing that up because I didn't get it.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:26 AM on October 31, 2007


wait, was she spinning to the right or to the left? i can't tell.
posted by sexyrobot at 11:27 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


but I don't get it.

Fun? Nothing to get really. Just dancing on the beach...

If DU likes it, made my day. :)
posted by nickyskye at 11:29 AM on October 31, 2007


Today's Groovy Dancing Girl is tomorrow's sidebar ad for mortgage consolidation!
posted by not_on_display at 11:31 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Well, she seems to be having a good time and getting some exercise and isn't torturing small animals to do it.

Where'd I put my damn spectacles. Oh, here they are, on my nose. Are those kids on my lawn, again?
posted by lodurr at 11:34 AM on October 31, 2007


Groovy Dancing Guys (YMMV)
posted by desjardins at 11:35 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


The interesting thing is this was filmed by total strangers to the girl and then put to music.

What makes you say this? Watching it, I'm inclined to say that's not true.
posted by shmegegge at 11:36 AM on October 31, 2007


I was hoping they'd done this in really slow motion and we'd see that sun make significant transit. That'd be something.
posted by cortex at 11:40 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


If I wanted to see good dancing - filmed in real time - I'd look Elsewhere.
posted by googly at 11:44 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Okay cortex, but I'll need some video camera batteries, a truckload of meth and a plane ticket to Goa.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:44 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Take off the stupid hat.
posted by tkchrist at 11:45 AM on October 31, 2007


I can believe the video was tweaked a little to make her look more robotic, but either they have extremely m4d video editing sk1llz or it's mostly just her, at regular speed.

Also, I'm going to demand she wear the hat at our wedding.
posted by DU at 11:48 AM on October 31, 2007


The 'Hand' version of 'harder, better, faster, stronger' is pretty nice too. (It's on the YouTube page).

I didn't realize this was fun per se, I assumed it was making a greater comment about the fragility of our existence in the face of growing industrialisation that is at once bringing a commodity-centric variety of convenience and ease to our lives yet robbing us of the very things that at the same time make being alive, especially outside of cities (and by this I mean clean air and earth and sky) such a valuable and beautiful, profound, really if you just open your eyes, experience.

Hence, her hat.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:49 AM on October 31, 2007 [6 favorites]


True. True.
posted by lodurr at 11:51 AM on October 31, 2007


I can believe the video was tweaked a little to make her look more robotic, but either they have extremely m4d video editing sk1llz or it's mostly just her, at regular speed.

What makes you believe this wasn't shot at something like a factor of two and then framedropped or otherwise cranked down to realtime? There is an abruptness to her movements that argues pretty damned strongly toward the slowmo argument, to the point where I don't see how arguing against it makes sense unless there's something compelling I'm missing.
posted by cortex at 11:57 AM on October 31, 2007


...there's something compelling I'm missing.

The frequent birds flying by at more or less normal speed.
posted by DU at 11:59 AM on October 31, 2007


Those birds are not flying at regular speed. They film her dancing to a slower beat, or a slowed down version of the song, then speed it back up and lay down normal speed audio.
posted by autodidact at 12:01 PM on October 31, 2007


Oh, somehow I read "a factor of two" as "a factor of two hundred". Could be double speed, I guess. Hard to say without knowing how far away the birds are.
posted by DU at 12:04 PM on October 31, 2007


Hey cool here's another one.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 12:08 PM on October 31, 2007


I was hoping they'd keep filming for another 15 minutes to catch what was shaping up to be a nice sunset. After getting that annoying twitchy girl out of the picture, of course.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:09 PM on October 31, 2007


The first one is better, but I'm glad I now have a name to go with the face while I fantasize about her.
posted by MrBobaFett at 12:10 PM on October 31, 2007


ooh, h4x0r talk, sexy.
posted by nickyskye at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2007


I think I just saw a muffin make love to an epileptic.
posted by JeremiahBritt at 12:18 PM on October 31, 2007 [7 favorites]


The first one is OK, but the second one is hilarious and awesome and hilarious. And awesome.
posted by DU at 12:20 PM on October 31, 2007


I love you DU. :)
posted by nickyskye at 12:26 PM on October 31, 2007


Are we just putting up random videos now? Ok, here's one.
posted by nyxxxx at 12:34 PM on October 31, 2007


...either they have extremely m4d video editing sk1llz or it's mostly just her, at regular speed.

No, it's sped up. Look at the waves on the ocean behind her, advancing toward shore. (Which is what kept me watching the video, with the sound down.) (The hat makes her look like a q-tip.)
posted by not_on_display at 12:47 PM on October 31, 2007


Is this something I'd need to be a heterosexual to understand?
posted by gorgor_balabala at 12:54 PM on October 31, 2007


Dunno, gorgor -- it's not helping me any.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:03 PM on October 31, 2007


I'm voting for "fun, but about a minute too long" for the one on the beach and seconding DU's "awesome and hilarious (and awesome)" for the other one.

Also, I am going to demand that she wear nothing but the hat on our wedding night. (which could be before or after your wedding DU, I'm an open-minded kinda guy)
posted by qldaddy at 1:21 PM on October 31, 2007


Charles, noooo! Get outta my head, Charles!
posted by Skorgu at 1:23 PM on October 31, 2007


Why does she start out scuttling close to the ground like Gollum?
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:31 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Here's a classic Groovy Dancing Girl
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:43 PM on October 31, 2007


Lose the hat.
posted by wfc123 at 2:18 PM on October 31, 2007


Ah yeah nyxxxx, your link I understand but I'm really not going to click on the video beside it entitled "super models takin a dump"
posted by meech at 3:25 PM on October 31, 2007


No! Keep the hat. Watching the vid, I instantly realized that she is all that Jay Kay ever aspired to be, only with a vagina.
posted by Zero Gravitas at 3:26 PM on October 31, 2007


Groovy Dancing Girl and Jamiroquai would make a nice couple.
posted by splice at 3:44 PM on October 31, 2007


15 Most Valiant Attempts by White People to Learn That Soulja Boy Dance
posted by vronsky at 3:47 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Next up: the Thai prison version.
posted by rob511 at 4:29 PM on October 31, 2007


Note: When I rewatched this video at home it had lost 90% of its charm. I think part of that was due to darkness (I can't seem to boost the bright on my CRT) and part was due to worse sync.

I'll have to marry her at work, but that's OK.
posted by DU at 5:04 PM on October 31, 2007


Flagged as awesome!
posted by jason's_planet at 6:20 PM on October 31, 2007


I don't quite get it, but I do know she's dancing to the theme from Tenebrae. And that, friends, is awesome.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:25 PM on October 31, 2007


("Phantom" by Justice? Sh'yeah. Either that's some cleared "sample" remixing or you guys in Justice better hope that music's out of copyright...)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:34 PM on October 31, 2007


Tenebrae's trailer which has the original music Justice sampled from.
posted by enfa at 7:56 PM on October 31, 2007


It doesn't even hold a candle to diaper time.
posted by johnjreiser at 7:59 PM on October 31, 2007


Time lapse, rather than slow-mo. Slow motion filming takes more frames per second, time lapse fewer. The girl was dancing in slow motion (say about half speed) which combined with the time lapse filming (half the frames per second played back at normal speed) gives her somewhat regular movement. Everything in the background is then double speed. You can see some of the birds flitting very quickly across the water. The boats and waves would have been moving about half their apparent speed. To create this effect, you'd have her dance to any song that was half the speed of the song you used on the film track.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:28 PM on October 31, 2007


Not liking this new video so much as the Faster-Better one, but:

She is awesome.
That is all.

No... wait - there's more:
It's a real shame she lives in Ireland (as opposed to "just down the street from here") :-)

posted by -harlequin- at 11:48 PM on October 31, 2007


I also like how she does her cool thing on Youtube, but keeps her privacy (her face not sufficiently visible for recognition) in a way that doesn't diminish the video. If she DID live just down the street, I probably wouldn't know it
...unless I saw her at a local club on the dancefloor, and then I'd know in an instant...
...providing someone had secretly slipped some drug into my drink that altered my perception of time :-)

posted by -harlequin- at 11:56 PM on October 31, 2007


Does anyone else,every now and then,wish they just followed the links and skipped the comments?
posted by johnny7 at 1:28 AM on November 1, 2007


I have an urge to push her hard so she falls back into the lake.

Then, her hat will be mine!!
posted by dasheekeejones at 3:58 AM on November 1, 2007


I love the sexy, dancing Q-Tip. [addicted to BandyToaster]
posted by HyperBlue at 7:43 AM on November 1, 2007


Grovy Dancing Girl Slow Still awesome. Still love it.
posted by HyperBlue at 7:46 AM on November 1, 2007


Grovy, Groovy, Gravy whatevah.
posted by HyperBlue at 7:50 AM on November 1, 2007


That's it. I demand a dance-off. Next meetup, can we get someone to viddy some dancing? I think we are a talented bunch and can e-challenge Q-Tip Irish Lass to a battle! She's good, but come ON!

I mean, shiiiiit, I'll do it. Come on, who's with me?

Bonus if we can get Lil Kim to be the judge.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:54 AM on November 1, 2007


Justice have the same sampling technique as Daft Punk - just play an old song.
posted by mike_bling at 11:28 AM on November 1, 2007


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