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They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. So, it follows, if you love Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” the best way to show your appreciation is, obviously, making your own parody video. Here’s how to create a “Fancy” parody video that will skyrocket you to internet fame in just 7 steps:
1. Get Your Gear
Get serious about this video. This isn’t just something you can film on your iPhone (even if you have the new iPhone 6). You’re going to want a real video camera (it doesn’t have to be as fancy as that one ^ ) and some good video editing software. Cyberlink’s Director Suite is a great choice – get it cheap with a coupon and gives you the power you need to create stunning visuals. Also, you can spend the money you save on more exciting parts of the video, like the costumes.
2. Think of a Good Spinoff
To make a good parody video, you need to change the original a little to make it funnier. Think of the spinoff you want to make of “Fancy,” and switch the lyrics a little to make it fit your spinoff. You can get inspired by gems like “I’m Not Fancy,”“I’m So Pregnant,”“I’m So Cranky,” or especially this one:
3. Gather Your Friends
Obviously you can’t make a good parody video on your own. You’re going to need a few friends. If you don’t have any, recruit some local high school students and promise them pizza later. Once you’ve gathered your entourage, head to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift store to shop for your costumes.
You know what to look for: yellow plaid, overalls, 90’s-tastic workout attire, etc. You could also do a 70’s or 80’s spinoff. It’s your parody video! You call the shots.
4. Round Up Your Props & Shooting Locations
If you’re in high school, then you’re already set for a filming location. If not, you probably shouldn’t just barge onto the grounds of the local high school to film in their classrooms. Of course, if you’re in college those classrooms will work just as well. Otherwise, see if you can “borrow” a classroom at your local high school or community college. If that doesn’t work, just do most of your shooting outside at the local park. There are lots of shots in the video at picnic tables and tennis courts, anyway.
You’re also going to need some car shots. Since you’re not a professional, we can’t advise shooting your video and driving at the same time. You could shoot in a stationary car and then edit the video later to make it look like it’s moving, or you could shoot in a moving car going slowly on a side street, and edit it later. Either way, make sure you’ve got someone’s car you can use for filming!
For the party scenes you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Just make sure you clean up the party mess once you’re done filming. Bonus points if you have an actual party during filming, and double bonus if you crash someone else’s party and film there.
5. Filming Time!
Now it’s finally time to film your video. Make sure you have a pretty loud speaker so that you and your friends can hear the music and be on-beat when you’re dancing. Take lots of takes, because when you start editing later you’re going to want lots of footage to choose from.
6. Edit Your Masterpiece
Now boot up your computer, load your footage into your new editing program, and start cutting. The number one thing you need to keep in mind is to make sure that the soundtrack (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” of course) syncs up with the dancing and lip-syncing of you and your friends.
You probably switched up some of the lyrics of the song to make it funnier. Make sure your audience knows about the switch by having some of the words appear on-screen. With your new Cyberlink editing program, this should be a cinch.
7. Upload to YouTube. Await Fame & Fortune.
When you’re done editing, take a look at the whole video to make sure everything looks right. Have a couple friends give it a check to, just to make sure it’s perfect. Then head over to YouTube and upload your video. Next stop, internet fame!