She’s outrageous, bold, wacky, ridiculous…say what you will about the persona of Lady Gaga, but her music speaks for itself. It seems that science labs across the world are tapping their technical toes to the various melodies of Gaga – and there are a multitude of parody videos to prove it. From geneticists to ecologists, chemists and physicists, you’ve made an eclectic set of works (see my top 3 list below).
Based on the sheer number of Gaga-Sci videos out there, I thought it worthwhile to provide a few tips to those of you with projects still in production. I’ve perused the excellent, and the not so excellent video selection out there and here’s my best advice:
Keeping some of these tips in mind may allow you to create the next ‘viral’ Gaga-sci production. As the following examples show, a great video to a great tune can bring you views that number in the millions. Here are some fantastic examples:
My first pick comes from a group of neuroscience PhD students from the University of California at San Diego, who created this parody of ‘Poker Face’ for the Society for Neuroscience meeting last fall. There are several reasons why this video is a winner, from excellent cinematography to their very clever uses of lighting and costumes. I completely adore the neuron dress/hat combo worn by their heroine (whom they affectionately call ‘Lady Gaba’) with the flashing lights – extremely Gaga-esque and Neuro-esque at the same time. You can see our primadonna presenting her neuroscience poster at 3:26 – an experience that most of us had during grad school. This production is a hilarious spoof on the entire process.
Our next Gaga-sci video was produced by Martyn Littlewood from the UK, a digital media designer and gaming guru. His spoof of Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’ is based on the building technology game ‘Minecraft’, and he manages to give us an introduction into what the game is about while keeping us entertained with great lyrics and entertaining graphics. Martyn created the 3-D content using Blender, which is user friendly and downloadable for free.
My last pick tells the story that most of us faced while in grad school – the wrath of a bad project. In a parody of ‘Bad Romance’, members of the Zheng lab at Baylor College of Medicine take a light-hearted approach to their story, and it works on a number of levels. From their smiley dance numbers to the huge variety of shot angles and B-roll, there’s a lot going on in this video, and it makes for a fast-paced and extremely enjoyable production. This is a great example of how pacing in a video can make the imperfections charming rather than annoying.
So scientists, let’s keep the Gaga-Sci videos coming…I can’t wait to see what you do with songs from her next album. Send me your links!