Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thought of You and the World Spins Madly On

My wife and 16-year-old daughter were watching this video last night. Near the end, my daughter says, "I hate this part."

"Why do you watch it, then?" I asked.

"Because we're girls," she said.

"Because we want to be sad over and over and over again," my wife said.

I think I understand. Maybe not completely, but I think I understand. A little.

The video is a collaboration between Ryan Woodward, a professor of animation at BYU, and an instructor in the BYU dance department, Kori Wakamatsu.

Ryan Woodward has done storyboards for Hollywood blockbusters such as Iron Man 2 and Spider Man 3.

He says of the video: “Just thinking about that dynamic of relationships stirred my mind about doing an animation with dance. I knew I could not animate a beautiful, contemporary dance because I’m not a dance choreographer, and that’s where Kori came in.” You can read the whole story here.



Sometimes sadness is a beautiful thing. Sometimes, when it speaks of longing for something wonderful, it teaches us the hidden value of a thing that we may have taken for granted or lost or never had.

I hope you like feeling a little sad.

2 comments:

SilverRain said...

There is so much truth in that video, how men fall in love with the dream and leave the reality. That saddens me in a not-good way.

Cristi said...

@ Silver Rain: My interpretation is completely different. I see it as a person who wishes for something, who hopes and dreams about it, and just as it actually becomes real they just don't feel good enough about themselves to believe the reality and reject the blessing that is right in front of them. I see it in real life, even in my own life at times. And then I'm sad for all involved.