Monday, April 14, 2014

Marist College is "Happy" #redfoxpride

Have you seen the 'Happy' trend that has been sweeping the nation?!  

Pharrell Williams, known as Pharrell, came out with a new track titled 'Happy' which was originally written for the G rated animated film, Despicable Me 2.

In November of 2013, Pharrell decided that his song was so infectious from lyrics like "clap along if you feel like happiness is a truth," that he wanted to create a 24 hour long music video titled "24 Hours of Happy" which you can view here.  This music video features a huge cast such as Magic Johnson, Odd Future, Steve Carell and Jimmy Kimmel, dancing through the streets of Los Angles to his toe tapping hit.  With the diverse cast and location of the video, Pharrell wanted "to show that whoever, whenever and wherever you are, you can be happy."

At first, one wonders how it can be done- making a 24-hour music video.  The answer is filming over 400 dancing extras with a steadicam across eight miles of Los Angles over the course of 11 days.  The song, just four minutes long, is repeated on a loop through the entirety of the video.  A blogger pointed out that by the end, Pharrell has exhorted the viewer to "clap along" 8,640 times.

His four minute cut of the video instantly went viral when it debuted in November, and has since prompted people around the world to create similar dancing videos in their own cities and schools.

There have been many versions of Pharell's "Happy" video, but the one shot and edited this past week at Marist College in New York and Italy by Eric Croci, class of 2014, has got to be my favorite. #redfoxpride

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