Fisheye lenses are useful for different purposes, from scientific to artistic. But there’s one field where their unique look has been consistently popular from the early ‘60s to this very day: album covers. In this interesting video, Vox brings you a brief history of fisheye lenses. It explores why they have been such a popular tool, both for album covers and music videos, for nearly 60 years.
After apparently taking a bit of a break from the limelight, Selena Gomez appears to be back with a new song and a new video to go along with it. It’s received over 80 million views on YouTube so far, and it was shot entirely on the iPhone 11 Pro.
We’ve featured quite a few creative music videos here on DIYP, and the latest one that grabbed our attention was shot for a song There’s a Weight by Lake and Lyndale. Other than being filmed at a single take, the whole video was also shot in reverse. The singer Channing Marie had to learn the lyrics backwards, and the result is a trippy, fun video with perfect lip-synching.
I love creative music videos and stop-motion movies, and we’ve featured quite a lot of both here on DIYP. Still, it looks like directors always find new ways to amaze us. The video for a song UnAmerican by Said The Whale brings music, creativity, and stop-motion together in a fantastic way. It seems like it was made with visual effects, but no – there are no effects whatsoever. The video was made using only physical, printed photos. Over 2,000 of them!
Filmmaker Daniel DeArco is big fan of DIY. If you follow his social media, you’ll see that he comes up with all kinds of self-built solutions to overcome the challenges he faces in his productions. Not all of these projects are to solve a technical problem, though. Sometimes it’s for visual effect. And in this video, he talks about three of the practical effects he made for a recent video.
Motion control hardware and even fully articulated robotic arms have drastically come down in price the last few years. To the point where they’re very affordable indeed. I even have one of my own on its way to me as I type this post. As a result, they’ve found their way into more and more video productions. Especially music videos, like Kendrick Lamar’s Humble (lyrics probably NSFW).
But what if you don’t have the cash laying around to buy one? Or just can’t justify spending that much for something you won’t use very often? Well, Jordy at Cinecom has come up with a great technique that allows you create a very similar looking effect, but without the robot. It’s all done completely manually.
American band OK Go are well known for their creative and boundary-pushing music videos. And now, they did it again. Their latest video features 567 perfectly computer printers and a whole lot of colorful paper. The wall of printers creates mesmerizing visualizations, and it’s described as “the world’s first paper mapping.”
When broadcasting live on Facebook, there’s a short lag between your recording and the video being broadcasted. Musicians from a band The Academic used this lag to their advantage. They played the instruments in their song “Bear Claws” to create a video loop. Because of the lag, the instruments form the song layer by layer, while the trippy visual tunnel grows in the background. It’s amazing how something so simple creates something so enjoyable to watch.
I still remember my first impression when I saw the bullet time effect in Matrix. And it’s still awesome to this day. Of course, it’s a Hollywood movie, and not all of us have the budget to create it like they do. A creative Russian director Max Ksjonda created this effect for a music video and posted the BTS video of how he did it. It doesn’t require an array of cameras and a huge budget. All you need is a single camera, a green screen, and some stands and ropes.