No budget? No problem! This music video was shot with a coat hanger, some wire and a GoPro

Jun 13, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

No budget? No problem! This music video was shot with a coat hanger, some wire and a GoPro

Jun 13, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

YouTube video

A pair known for trying to push the limits with their music videos, they certainly pushed the limits of their budget with this one.

Now, you can’t just tie some wire to a coat hanger, strap on a GoPro and away you go.  Like the Centriphone, you need to stabilize the “rig”, so that your camera’s pointing the right way and not just wildly tumbling out of control.

So, a fin is added to one side of the hanger, turning it into a sort of “tail”, which keeps it smooth and level while spinning.

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In an interview with Fast Company, the duo said that actually getting it to work took some trial and error.

Doing an initial test we realized the more movement and energy was in the shot the better it would look.

We shot a little of Kim dancing as she normally would and it just fell flat. She is dancing so aggressively in the shots that ended up in the video, she’s basically moshing with herself.

– Matt Johnson

When you’re shooting a camera at 240fps and playing it back at regular speed, you’re slowing time down to about 10%, so it makes sense that you’d have to move pretty quick to get any kind of action in the final footage.

It’s a fun little video, and certainly demonstrates the principle well.  Just be careful you don’t hit anybody with it.

We’d be spinning this coat hanger contraption as fast as we could. I swear it could take an eye out, and people would just not even stop for their own safety.

When they were almost in the radius we’d have to quickly just swing the thing into the ground to stop it.

– Kim Schifino

Update : Matt and Kim also shared a short behind the scenes video going into a little more detail about how it was made, and the techniques involved.

YouTube video

Have you tried the Centriphone technique?  Have you adapted it to work with other cameras or work in a slightly different way?  Let us know in the comments.

Originally published on June 3rd, 2016.  Updated June 13th, 2006 to add behind the scenes video.

 

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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16 responses to “No budget? No problem! This music video was shot with a coat hanger, some wire and a GoPro”

  1. Traian Pop Avatar
    Traian Pop

    Matt and Kim also have a funny take on studio portrait photography, just check out their “Let’s go” music video.

  2. Jeffrey Friedl Avatar
    Jeffrey Friedl

    What makes this video for me, in increasing order of relevance:
    1) the idea
    2) the editing
    3) their smiles

    1. Benjamin Evan Walker Avatar
      Benjamin Evan Walker

      Agreed. Crazy perspective is good, but their enthusiasm was contagious.

  3. Jim Johnson Avatar
    Jim Johnson

    Burgh! Great video, but the shot with the silly string near the edge of the roof turned my stomach and made me weak in the knees.

  4. Kailuo Tao Avatar
    Kailuo Tao

    nice, the idea was same as the skiier

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      It was based on the skier’s idea. This was mentioned in the article.

  5. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    great bullet time effect on the cheap.

  6. Martin Roth Avatar
    Martin Roth

    couldn’t watch that. that causes me some serious motion sickness

  7. Wes Jones Avatar
    Wes Jones

    Great job. :)

  8. fadecomic Avatar
    fadecomic

    There are good ones on youtube utilizing similar tricks, such as a salvaged ceiling fan.

  9. Fokke Hassel Avatar
    Fokke Hassel

    banned in germany. nice.

    1. Non Gender DIY Avatar
      Non Gender DIY

      yes yes!

    2. Territory Hobby Pics Avatar
      Territory Hobby Pics

      Agreed

    3. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      You’ll have to take that up with YouTube and the music industry. :)

  10. Non Gender DIY Avatar
    Non Gender DIY

    IMO posts about this diy is great who agrees?

  11. Territory Hobby Pics Avatar
    Territory Hobby Pics

    Nice thanks really love DIY