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OK-GO-Music-Video-BTS-1 News & Insight

Fall Prey To Jedi Mind Tricks In a New Video By OK Go | Single Take With A Panasonic GH4

By Ryan Filgas on June 29th 2014

The Writing’s On The Wall

It’s not often we share music videos on SLR Lounge, but this was too good to pass up. Two months of collaboration and setup climaxed in a four minute video filled to the brim with optical illusions. Not only is it clever, but it shows the pure practicality of videography in a compact, relatively low budget camera like the Panasonic GH4. Coming in at under $2000, it’s still affordable for the average professional. OK Go never ceases to amaze, and their signature move has been to play mind tricks with gravity along with other clever antics. In this video, specifically, the upside-down bike rider &  pink paint that seemingly moves horizontally is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the band has achieved. Be amazed by the footage and move on to check it out behind the scenes video to get a glimpse of how it was done.

[REWIND: The Making of a Music Video for ‘Lights & Motion]

OK Go’s The Writing’s On The Wall Video

The behind-the-scenes video below shows how much work this took to put together, though as many viewers have pointed out, it seems a few clips from the BTS were from practice attempts leading up to the final performance. Most notably at around 3:35 in the BTS video, the outfit worn by one of the band members is fairly casual when compared to the eccentric clothing worn in that section of the music video. It was interesting to see how they moved the camera, basically making special equipment to suit their needs from rotating the camera, to getting that tall shot up over the ladder. Overall, I’m fairly impressed with another great video by OK Go, and the practice attempts only show how much more energy was put into the final production.

The perspectives created and captured were really great and show what can be done with some time and a lot of patience. Here are some of the highlights:

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[Via Youtube/OK GO – Images Via Video Screen Capture]


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Ryan Filgas is an aspiring portrait photographer and studio arts major at Humboldt State University. His life consists of talking with friends, taking classes, and planning his next outdoor adventure. You can find his work on his website, Facebook, Google+, or connect with him via email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Glenn F

    this had me, and my 8yr old daughter playing this video 3-5 times, and loving it.. Just great.

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    • Ryan Filgas

      I’m glad you two had some fun with it! Trust me, you’re certainly not alone, I still come back to it once in a while.

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  2. Aaron Spencer

    The planning, thought and effort behind this must have been extreme. very well done!

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  3. Ralph Hightower

    OK Go produces some great videos, but my favorite is the one that pays honors to Rube Goldberg:

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    • Ryan Filgas

      That’s definitely my favorite too. I’ve made small Rupe Goldberg projects before, but nothing to compare to that. Brilliant.

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  4. Sander Sterk

    Great idea and really proper execution. Love it!!!

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  5. Steve Enoch

    That is pretty cool.

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  6. Matt Walsh

    I love the fact they take the time to make all their videos unique.

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  7. Rafael Castro

    Love it! And the behind the scene video. Is even better, so much work.

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  8. Ji Hoon Heo

    this is so trippy its awesome

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  10. Erin Barr

    Incredible! I love their videos – very creative.

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