Russian rock band Leningrad from Saint Petersburg has recently released a new video. It’s for their new song Кольщик (Tattoo Artist), and it features an absurd sequence of mistakes in reverse. When I first saw it, I couldn’t stop watching. The quality of the footage is brilliant, and the sequence of events is so captivating, that you’ll stick with it until the very end. And what’s best – you’ll feel exactly the same when you watch it in reverse. Keep in mind that it’s quite hardcore, so viewer discretion is advised.
I’ve been a big fan of Joe Penna (aka MysteryGuitarMan) on YouTube ever since I saw his stop motion rendition of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro about 7 years ago. With over 2.8 million subscribers, he doesn’t post as often these days as he once did, but when he does, you know it’s going to be entertaining. His latest video is no exception.
In the video, Joe inserts himself into a number of stock photos while he mimes along to the song Believer by Paper Lions. We’ve seen this done before with stills, but this is the first time I’ve seen anybody do it with video. As well as being well made, it’s as entertaining as we’ve come to expect from MysteryGuitarMan.
For American rock band OK Go, boundary pushing music videos have become the standard. They’ve done the long one-shot takes with crazy optical illusions, shot with a massively co-ordinated cast of dancers, and they’ve even levitated in zero G. Now, they’ve done it again with their latest music video for new song, The One Moment.
The entire video, again, is shot as a single take. The main action in the video took only took 4.2 seconds in real time. After that, it bounces back and forth between real time for a few seconds, and then back to super slow motion with people flying through the air over fountains of paint. It’s a ridiculous video, and the amount of planning that must’ve gone into it to get it right first time just doesn’t bear thinking about.
Using a mobile app to process a video is not uncommon. When the app you’re using only works one still shot at a time, though, it’s a tedious process. It’s also a long process. The result seems worth the effort, though, at least in this case.
Adding some motion to the camera is one of the simplest ways to give your footage a bit of interest. Today, we have more options than ever when it comes to how we can get that motion.
For Matt and Kim’s latest music video for their song, Let’s Run Away, they decided to try something a little different using an evolution of Nicolas Vuignier’s Centriphone technique with a coat hanger and a GoPro.
Did you know Canon Asia introduced the slogan ‘Delighting You Always’ a decade ago? Neither did I. But, to honor the 10th anniversary of a slogan few people have likely heard of, they’ve created an equally unusual music video. [Read more…]
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking “Forced Perspective” is the Leaning Tower of Pisa being held to prevent it from falling, or holding the Eiffel Tower. Yea, kitschy, I know. But in the right hands, forced perspective can be a powerful tool.
Oscar Hudson directed this clip for Darwin Deez and the thing is a mastery of forced perspective. Each shot is made with a money note hiding part of Darwin’s face and having his mouth show. Here comes punch though, this is not done in after effects, but in camera as a practical effect. The secret? Shooting at F/22 for maximum depth of field and playing with subject to camera distances.
Holding my breathe for even a minute is a difficult task, let alone for four minutes straight. And I can’t say that I’ve ever been tied up and sunk to the bottom of a pool. But, for free diver Marina Kazakova, it’s all in a days work.
“Lydia is a song about a failed relationship,” says Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect, “and how it can be kind of tragic sometimes when two people’s life choices lead them in different directions but their love is still there.” Apparently, drowning a woman was the best way to communicate that (said in all jest).
The incredible music video, brought to life by Pier Pictures, was shot a single 4-minute underwater take, during which Marina held her breath the entire time. Now we get a look behind the scenes of how this inspiring film was created.
The music video for Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is a huge clash of tastes for me. First, I love black and white photography and videography, which I believe partly springs from how I look at life – as black and white, yes or no, on or off. Secondly, the production quality is great and appeals to my cinematic tastes. However, I strongly dislike rap music and feel that this song, in particular, is offensive to the very demographic he is rapping about.
But, be that as it may, the editing skill of Vinnie Hobbs in the final product is amazing. Vinnie was generous enough to give us a look behind the scenes with a timelapse video (after the jump) of his process across the three days of editing it took to compile the footage, edit effects, and present a polished piece.
(Warning: Strong and offensive language in the videos.)
Have a look at the behind-the-scenes video below for some insight on the painstaking process involved and you’ll understand why making the final video took hundreds of hours.