My final project is finished!
Presenting ITZY’s ICY:
Reflections on my final project:
First of all, it was a lot of fun. Even though it was really challenging to learn the dance in such a short period of time, it was really fun to dance with my roommates and film this. We were all really excited to do this, and there were so many fun moments while filming. Even though it might not look like it in the video, it was freezing outside, and having to dance in the cold was quite the experience.
I also got to learn how to video edit! I’ve never really video edited before, and having to pour hours into learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro and actually video edit was pretty valuable. I learned a new skill!
Also, I gained a new appreciation for kpop music videos. We had to pour so many hours into this project. Learning the dance and perfecting the moves took time. Planning out the whole music video, from outfits to filming locations, to general shots we wanted took more time. And then the actual execution took forever. Hair and makeup took at least an hour for the three of us. Getting around to the filming locations took so much time, and then having to film take after take of the same thing took even more time. In the middle, we would have to change outfits and change locations. And then the whole editing process took forever. Having to sift through all of the clips and figure out which ones I wanted to use, having to try to find which shots to use where we didn’t mess up the dance but still looked good… a very hard and long process. It took me weeks to finally produce this project, and so I’m pretty proud of it. I can only imagine how much longer that it would be to do this professionally.
Finally, on kpop in the South:
Thinking back to how this blog started, I’m pretty happy. This is all started because I saw a lot of parallels between what we were talking about in class, and kpop. The more I thought and wrote about it, the more parallels I saw. It was pretty cool to see how music and cultures that were so different could be so similar.
I guess in that sense, music is a universal language.
As my blog posts led to my final project, everything seemed to build upon each other. It was quite nice. I got to showcase kpop to the South, but I also got to showcase the South to kpop. It’s a two-way dialogue. Kpop has become increasingly popular in South, particularly at Duke and in the RTP area. I learned that pretty fast as I saw how receptive Duke was to Pureun and their dances. But I think more interesting has been showcasing the South to kpop. It was a lot of fun to subtly include places in Durham in the music video. Once the video is public, I’m interested in seeing people’s reactions.
Hopefully, kpop continues to expand into the South, and the South expands into kpop too.