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.