Baby Got Track: girls remix hit for charity
Making a video can be difficult. Unless you are Emily Ross, Hannah Collins and Kelly Gilmour.
Their parody of Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back has achieved a cult status, of sorts.
It received more than 6,000 views in the first 24 hours after it was posted on Facebook on Monday night.
There's a cause behind it: the You Go Girl relay race happening on Front Street on Sunday in aid of the Women's Resource Centre.
“We only signed up for the relay just after Bermuda Day and hadn't really had the chance to co-ordinate any focused fundraising,” said Ms Ross, 25.
“It's easy enough to post a link to the fundraising page to promote it but it was soon apparent that we needed to look outside the box to grab people's attention. Thus the video was born.
“I had the idea at lunchtime and the video was a reality by dinner. We managed one take in Victoria Park before the caretaker politely asked us to leave as he was closing up.”
The PhD candidate at Oxford University wrote the parody, Baby Got Track, with Ryan Gibbons. The lyrics speak for themselves:
“I'm tired of all these men; Sayin' girls can't run like them; Cuz we runnin' the world and that's a fact; We gonna attack that track.”
They ended up shooting it at Bull's Head car park.
“We decided more people work out there, anyway, than in Victoria Park,” said Ms Collins, who works at First Atlantic Commerce.
The new location had its challenges: annoying car alarms and passing traffic. Plus, the 28-year-old didn't have sneakers or gym attire. She borrowed clothing from Ms Ross and ran barefoot.
Aside from those issues, it was an easy project.
“We only had time for a couple run-throughs before filming and when we did start it only took four takes,” Ms Ross said.
“Then we were done. It turned out better than I imagined thanks to the enthusiasm of everybody involved.
“The only difficult part, really, was that we had a bit of a race against the clock as the sun was setting. Oh, and the car alarm. We decided to treat it as one really long air horn.”
Canterbury Richardson handled the music and Charles Doyle filmed, using Ms Ross's iPhone. Ms Ross said: “It was a big collaborative process. It was really fun.”
The $100 on their fundraising page jumped to more than $500 after the video was posted; they are hoping to raise at least $1,500 in the next couple of days.
Ms Gilmour, 24, works at Deloitte Ltd. She said they were not particularly nervous about getting in front of a camera.
“We share a passion for theatre,” she said. “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to do something theatrical for the You Go Girl Relay. The race encourages participants to adopt funny team names and dress in funny costumes.”
The runners have taken part in the relay in previous years.
“What makes this race so fun is that it is not a super-competitive environment,” she said. “One person runs 6K, the next one joins in at the 4K mark and the third person joins in at 2K and everyone has to finish together. It is a great teamwork environment. It is a fantastic event.
“We still haven't decided yet what costumes we'll use.”
Ms Ross said they were all passionate about the Women's Resource Centre.
“They do great work helping vulnerable women in Bermuda and empowering women,” she said. “There was no question about us wanting to fundraise for them.”
Watch the video here: www.facebook.com/emily.sara.rhiannon/posts/10156992794130424. To donate, visit runsignup.com/babygottrack