Bulbs Can in
Two Minutes Flat
One evening, after listening to the "Infernal Galop" (most of us know the song as the classic Can-can), an idea was sparked to use this song for a fast-paced video photomontage of bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, and corms for the Bulb Gallery and Growing Guide Index. I tried dancing the Can-can, but for the most part I can’t-can’t. Apparently, I can team up my bulbs for a rousing number from the full-length operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld" and they look much prettier prancing through the number than I do.
I knew this video would be pure fun to make and wanted it to be playful. A few problems came with the idea, but I proceeded to put my storyboard together. For one, it was hard to sit still when I played the song. It made for some hilarious breaks in the routine to go "Can-canning" around my office. The other problem was that for a two-minute song—that I was going to pack full of photos to run at a fast clip—I had to prepare an enormous amount of images and discovered I only had a third of what I needed. There were two minutes to fill with a .30-second spot for each photo—you do the math! I had to reach deep into the bowels of my computer files for many more photographs. After sifting through hundreds and hundreds of images, I dubbed the video "Perfect" for those who would like to see many plants from bulbs and also have short attention spans.
"Infernal Galop" that we know as the Can-can, was a musical score from the mid-1800s operetta called "Orpheus in the Underworld" by Jacques Offenbach. The operetta was considered in bad taste and vulgar by the critics of the time, setting the opera snobs on edge and making other curious ones flock to see their own version of a Miley Cyrus performance.
Enjoy the video and if you want to know more about bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers for your garden, visit the Bulbs Gallery and Growing Guide.