TO THIS DAY VIDEO: The Effects of Bullying

The effects of bullying can manifest in horrible ways and severely affect an individual later in life. Low self-esteem, lack of confidence and feelings of being unloved or inferior can all be traumatizing outcomes of the effects of bullying.

Shane Koyczan has begun a bullying project to help confront bullying. His poem, To This Day, which has been transformed into a brilliantly animated video, is on its way to becoming viral. To This Day powerfully illustrates the effects of bullying and has been put together by dozens of animators.

The To This Day Project is a very powerful and moving video and should certainly be shared as extensively as possible.

To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan (The Effects of Bullying)

I can remember being responsible for some nasty name-calling at school. It made me think that the group mentality around bullying has a lot to do with self-preservation. In other words, if someone else is the victim of bullying, then that decreases the chance of you being the victim. It's a nasty circle.

Anyway, I hope Shane's brilliant video offers some good insight into the detrimental effects of bullying. Please share this post however you can and help educate others on this important issue.

Here's some splurb from YouTube:

"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point." - Shane Koyczan

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Shane also sends out one new poem each month via email. You might like to join him.

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A Collection of Feel Good Valentines Day Videos

I thought I'd share a collection of feel good Valentines Day Videos. Whether you are single, have a long-time partner, or perhaps a new love interest in your life, these should tug at your heartstrings and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

First up is a fairly recent video that is by far my favourite. It's the Oscar-nominated Paperman.

Paperman - Full Animated Short Film

Here’s a little bit about Paperman off YouTube:

“Using a minimalist black-and-white style, this animated love story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.”

Next up is Matt Harding's 2012 Dance video, which I like to call "Dancing for Humanity".

Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

Here's Matt's message off YouTube:

"This video was made without a sponsor. You don't have to buy anything. Just remember we need to take care of each other."

And of course you can't beat Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal. Or can you?

Valentines Day Videos: Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal

Here's what Isaac Lamb had to say:

"On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent's house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He wanted to play her a song..."

This next one is one of my favouite songs by one of my favourite bands. It's Fairytale of New York by Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati of Walk Off The Earth fame.

Fairytale of New York - Gianni and Sarah (Walk off the Earth)

A little bit about the band:

"Walk off the Earth is a Canadian indie band formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario. They have gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals. The band built their fan base independently with no help from record labels, booking agents or management" - Wikipedia

This one is a world favourite. There is no doubt that dogs share human emotions. It's "Denver the guilt dog".

Denver Official Guilty Dog Video

"Someone helped themselves to the kitty Cat treats while I was out!! Let's see who is Guilty! and cracks under pressure!"

Who wouldn't be moved by a rendition of "Stand by Me"? Especially when it has been created as a song from around the world!

Playing For Change: Peace Through Music

Here's a snippet from the makers:

"From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe."

I hope you enjoyed my collection of Happy Valentines Day Videos! Any favourites? Or do you perhaps have your own to share?

Valentines Day VideosMuch Love,
Galen xoxo

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PAPERMAN: Full Animated Disney Short Film

I wanted to share something really special with you guys and gals. This is the most beautiful little animated love story brought to us by Disney. It's called Paperman :-)

Here's the Paperman splurb off YouTube:

Paperman Disney Short Film"Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. First-time director, John Kahrs, takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar-nominated short, "Paperman". Using a minimalist black-and-white style, this animated love story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Paperman" pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction."

Thank you for bringing this animated love story to the world...

* I highly recommend watching this on YouTube, in HD, in full-screen!

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WOTE: A Fairytale of New York and YouTube

IT'S fantastic how more and more people are using the Internet to start and build their careers. It gives a strong indication of what the online public wants, it creates entrepreneurs and employment and it gives us more variety and choice when spending time on the Internet.

YouTube specifically is becoming the most impressive stage for career launching. Look at someone like Ray William Johnson who basically creates YouTube videos about YouTube videos and gets millions of views within days. He has a full production crew, merchandise, a charity and cool hair.

One group that I have been lucky to discover only this year via YouTube are Walk Off The Earth. They're probably most famously known for their rendition of Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye, which they all play on one guitar. This has racked up nearly 105 million views on YouTube. There is also a great parody of this by The Key of Awesome btw.

The Key Of Awesome WOTE Parody - Somebody That I Used To Know

But I digress. Walk Off The Earth are fantastic. The group consists of freelance musicians and a couple of members who were doing their own thing on the web. They have come together as Walk Off The Earth and have fast become quite well known. They have been featured on a few talk shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Walk Off The Earth also have their own Wikipedia entry. Here's a short splurb about their early beginnings:

"Walk off the Earth is a Canadian indie band formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario. They have gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals. The band built their fan base independently with no help from record labels, booking agents or management" - Wikipedia

Part of their success has come from allowing YouTube viewers to suggest covers for Walk Off The Earth to play. In fact much of their work encourages interactivity or participation by fans.

One fan suggested a particular favourite of mine which I honestly can't get enough of. It's Fairytale of New York by Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati. To date the video has received over 1 million views. I'm responsible for just over half of that and is what I really want to show you.

Fairytale of New York - Gianni and Sarah

I have such a crush on Sarah Blackwood.

PS: Can anyone work out the chords and tabs that the two lovebirds are using in this song? I'm dead keen to learn how to play this!

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PARODY VIDEO: The Car Guard Song (Eminem feat. Rihanna)

THE boys who brought us Braaiday - Rebecca Black parody, are back with a new, uniquely South African gem of a video. The creative videographers have released “The Car Guard Song” - a story-driven tale about the plight of the South African car guard.

Now, granted that not all South African car guards are as dedicated to looking after our four-wheeled friends as our hero in this video; The Car Guard Song has a lot to do with presumptions, attitudes and about giving a little more.

In a country where car-related atrocities are regularly committed, the car guard has become an important position in our society. The car guard industry is also a major employer of people who have made some wrong turns in life – such as ex-drug addicts and convicts.

If anyone feels offended by this production please at least state why you feel so. There is no doubt that some will somehow see this song as racist or offensive but you need to justify why you feel so. Just saying “I'm offended” or “this is racist” really isn't bringing anything to the table.

For those of you who appreciate great production values, good song lyrics and the relevance of such videos, sit back and enjoy the following Car Guard Song brought to you by Derek Watts and the Sunday Blues!

The Car Guard Song - Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues
(Eminem feat. Rihanna Parody)

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Here's the splurb from YouTube:

Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues are back with another typically South African-themed parody video. The "Braaiday" creators turn their attention to car guards, and give you a glimpse into a previously unseen world - one where anything can happen whilst you are away from your beloved vehicle.

Featuring a cameo or two from several well-known faces, this video will make you laugh, cry and reach for a R5 coin all at the same time! You'll never look at the brave men and women who put themselves on the line to protect your car in the same way again.

And if you haven't seen the Braaiday video yet, this is a must-see!

UPDATE: The creators of The Car Guard Song will be interviewed on the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3 tomorrow morning at 6:20am. I'll post the clip here once/if it becomes available on YouTube!

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