Teach Me How to Govie

Teach Me How to Govie

Teach Me How to Govie: A Collaborative Music Video Project 2011
By Jenna Frye, Chris Metzger, and Ysem Brown

The man, the myth, the legend, Mr. (soon to be Dr.) Ysem Brown.

The man, the myth, the legend, Mr. (soon to be Dr.) Ysem Brown.

Much like our first music video collaboration Homework Boy, our efforts in creating Teach Me How to Govie (TMHTG) were focused mostly on empowering students to be media literate consumers by engaging them in a creative process of media production. TMHTG was the largest scale collaboration that we've done to date involving upwards of 100 people if you can believe it! Two groups of MICA students enrolled in both mine and Professor Chris Metzger's Elements of Visual Thinking II course collaborated with the fabulous choir of Govans Elementary for a larger scale music video collaboration. We added some new workshops like animation and costume design and worked with the students for several weeks. Everyone really enjoyed getting to know each other better.

As usual, Ysem Brown brought some amazing artistry to the lyrics-- this time he re-wrote "Teach Me How to Dougie" as "Teach Me How to Govie." Govie, is the school Mascot for Govans Elementary and we even had our illustration students adding some cool new shades to Govie. Our MICA students contributed many hours of work including video recording/editing, motion graphics, sound mixing, costuming and of course, learning the Govie. Being a Govie is about being a great citizen, about working hard and spreading the love. And there was plenty of love to share after this project.

Special thanks to Marcus Civin and Erin Zerbe for their fellowship and assistance and of course to all of the amazing students who joined forces to teach everyone how to Govie!

Outtakes!