网络舞男(Dancing Matt)舞遍全球,Visa广告男主角麦特哈汀Matt Harding

2010年4月6日 | 分类: 网海拾贝 | 标签: , , | 字体: 超大


  今天网友分享给小程这么一段视频,真觉得很有意思,第二个视频里还出现了之前介绍过的天堂之地 - 乌尤尼盐沼。这视频我第一眼看就让我想起了最近电视里的广告,没想到这广告的背后竟然还有一个有趣的故事,小程不多说了,大家看下面的视频和文章介绍吧,另外我把他网站的英文介绍也放上来了,很简单的单词和语法,大家看起来应该没问题。

 

  不论国家、种族、肤色、年龄、性别,大家一起来跳舞,这种“世界大同”的欢乐感觉,还真是不赖!一名31岁的白人男子,将自己环游世界忘我独舞、或与当地人一同跳舞的画面拍下,剪辑配乐成4分半长的影带,上传至影音分享网站YouTube,短短两周内,就吸引了超过400万人次点阅观赏。

  这支《跳舞》(Dancing)影带的男主角叫麦特·哈汀(Matt Harding),他长相平凡,跳起舞来有些好笑,但看过的人却都被它吸引,争相转寄亲友观赏。在影带中,哈汀总共在69个不同地点跳舞,除了印度、科威特、不丹、东加等国,还在美国内华达州内利斯空军基地,体验无重力跳舞。

  哈汀是在几年前住在澳洲布里斯班时,开始想到这个点子,“我多在午休时跳舞,有时被喝倒采,有时也会惹人厌。”他戏谑笑说:“它看起来有点像是紧张不安的痉挛。”如今,他在孟买大街、北爱尔兰的巨人岬、荷兰的郁金香田、冰岛的喷泉前,拉着当地人一同欢乐的手舞足蹈。偶而,他也一个人独舞,不过,在圣诞岛,他有螃蟹当观众、在马达加斯加,则有一群狐猴瞪大眼睛看着他。

  这支“跳舞”影带火红,许多人功劳不小,例如:南非索韦托的街头孩童、新几内亚的原住民、印度宝莱坞舞者、东京穿着怪异制服的女服务生,以及巴黎、马德里、蒙特娄自由开放的人们,他们都乐于跟着他大跳可笑的鸡舞步,尤其是天真可爱的孩童。

  哈汀请好友史奇曼替这支影带创作一首主题曲《Praan》,歌词取自泰戈尔的一首诗,他在Google工作的女友梅莉莎,帮他找到现住在美国的17岁孟加拉少女西迪克献唱。

  这首新世纪乐风的主题曲深受好评,不过,这支影带最感动人的地方,可能在于它超越国度、种族、肤色和性别的藩篱,大家一同快乐的跳舞。与其说,《跳舞》因网路推波助澜爆红,倒不如说它之所以打动人心,正因它与“网路”精神不谋而合。

  目前在网路上流传的影带其实已是哈汀自创的跳舞系列的第3支,2003年,他前往越南河内旅行时,同行好友以Canon相机替他拍下第一支跳舞影带。

  哈汀在康乃狄克州的西港市长大,学历仅高中毕业,他说他并无特别的动机念大学,所以他老爸也乐得省下一笔学费。过去这几年,他做过电玩店员,也当过电玩设计师,但他最喜欢旅行,“这是我唯一在行的事。”哈汀从2003年第一次旅行时,开始拍下跳舞的画面,之后他将之剪辑,配上“Deep Forest”演唱、改编自索罗门群岛的原住民音乐,在姊姊建议下,他将之上传至自己的网站(www.wherethehellismatt.com)。在2004秋天,YouTube等影音网站尚未崛起时,他的第一支跳舞影带便造成轰动。

  之后,一家新成立的口香糖公司“Stride”主动表示愿意支付他后续的旅行费,而且不需帮忙宣传。2005年,哈汀发表了第二支跳舞影带,跟第一支相仿,背景同样是世界各地异国风情,以及新世纪音乐。

  2006年,他在卢安达时想到与当地人一起跳舞的主意,并得到“Stride”的支持。“如果我在旧金山大型商场找孩童跳舞,我可能会被逮捕,但在非洲却无任何束缚。”他说:“第一批拍摄的影带是为我自己拍,但若继续看我跳,似乎有点老套,而这支新影带将开启新的按钮,将有许多不同的人一起做同一件事。”

Matt is a 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said "Hey, why don't you stand over there and do that dance. I'll record it." He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It's actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea.

A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous as "That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I'll send you the link. It's funny."

The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the nice people at Stride gum. They asked Matt if he'd be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they'd be paying for it. They said yes. Matt thought this sounded like another very good idea.

In 2006, Matt took a 6 month trip through 39 countries on all 7 continents. In that time, he danced a great deal.

The second video made Matt even more quasi-famous. In fact, for a brief period in July, he was semi-famous.

Things settled down again, and then in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He realized his bad dancing wasn't actually all that interesting, and that other people were much better at being bad at it. He showed them his inbox, which, as a result of his semi-famousness, was overflowing with emails from all over the planet. He told them he wanted to travel around the world one more time and invite the people who'd written him to come out and dance too.

The Stride people thought that sounded like yet another very good idea, so they let him do it. And he did. And now it's done. And he hopes you like it.

Matt lives in Seattle, Washington with his girlfriend, Melissa, and dog, Sydney. He hasn't had a real job since Stride called him up. Matt doesn't mind working, but he doesn't much care for having to show up at the same place every day.

Matt is not rich. Matt also doesn't have some magical secret for traveling cheaply. He does it pretty much the same way everybody else does.

Matt thinks Americans need to travel abroad more.

Matt was a very poor student and never went to college. When he got older, he was pleased to discover that no one actually cares. Matt doesn't want to imply that college is bad or anything. He's just saying is all. There's other ways to fill your head.

Matt is left-handed.

When Matt was younger, he could hang seven spoons on his face at once. Sadly, puberty made Matt's face less conducive to spoon-hanging.

Matt's Xbox Live screen name is BadDancer. He plays a lot of Rock Band.

Matt has a little piece of extra cartilage sticking out on the rim of one ear and a little hole in the same place on the other ear. Since saying so on this page, he's been informed that the extra piece of cartilage is called a Darwinian Tubercle. Matt thinks this is pretty much the greatest name for anything ever.

Matt has never lost a staring contest.

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