Last week, the band Ok Go released their latest music video for their newest song, Upside Down & Inside Out. If you follow the band at all, you’ll know that the creativity and innovation in their music videos knows no bounds. Previously, we wrote about another video of theirs, “The Writing is on the Wall;” It was also a one take video full of antics and gravity defying mind tricks.
With OK GO’s latest video, the band has outdone themselves in a ridiculously fun and colorful video shot in vomit-inducing zero gravity.
They explain how they did it (and it’s as crazy as it looks). The members of the band float around in a real airplane that is flying in the air. The group actually filmed the entire video in a set built in a large cargo plane and worked with professional cosmonaut trainers outside of Moscow. Called a parabolic flight, the plane essentially tossed the band members in the air and then catches them…like a terrifying roller coaster in real life.
They are weightless for about 27 seconds at a time, where they flip and bounce in a choreographed chaos. The band wanted the challenge of doing it all in one take, and so the song was cut into eight segments and filmed in the eight parabolas when the plane was in its zero-gravity state. In between those segments, the band had to sit perfectly still and wait for the plane to reset and then they would do it again.
Other fun facts:
- There were ten pilots that flew the plane AT THE SAME TIME
- The band took a lot of anti-nausea medicine, but the crew decided to go all natural (there were 58 documented times where someone on the crew hurled)
- One of the band members actually passed out from doing multiple spins in the air
Watch the video below and then check out the behind the scenes footage of the shenanigans at zero gravity.
OK Go’s Upside Down & Inside Out Video
Behind the Scenes