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.
What I love about music videos is that they can show so much creativity in only a couple of minutes. Directing duo Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper (LAMAR + NIK) created one of such videos for the song Half a Million by The Shins. It involves over 5500 hand cut stickers of the band members’ pictures, animated to show them perform in a number of crazy locations. It’s not a huge investment, yet the results are fantastic.
“How to work in a free music video on set… when the client isn’t looking.” Guys from Droptree Productions show you how they did it, and how they ended up with one of the most hilarious videos I’ve seen this year.
Droptree Productions is a commercial video production company located in Portland, Oregon. It took them 2 years to make the video for the “HD Delivery” song. They were recording it only during breaks on commercial sets, so you can imagine why it took so long. But it was definitely worth it because both the song and the video are pretty darn awesome.