OK Go's Gravity-Defying Music Video: How Did They Do It?
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OK, this looks like an insane amount of fun.
One of the few bands still innovating the music video industry was back at it again, defying gravity on a day that scientists were discovering gravitational waves.
Essentially, it was a great day for gravity in the PR department.
It was also a phenomenal day for fans of the band OK Go, which released its music video for “Upside Down & Inside Out” on Facebook.
It features the actual band on a real airplane experiencing the genuine effects of zero gravity.
Much like the band’s previous videos, this one will have you completely captivated and enthralled.
The band thanks S7 Airlines for the gravity-defying romp and begins the video by explaining that there is little in the way of trickery.
A member of oneworld since 2010, S7 Airlines operates flights to around 100 destinations out of Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. So now you know what to tell your travel agent when you book your zero-G vacation.
The caption reads: “What you are about to see is real. We shot this in zero gravity, in an actual plane, in the sky. There are no wires or green screen.”
Fans know all too well that OK Go can handle in-camera effects like no other. Here is one famous example.
Some of the teasers for the “Upside Down & Inside Out” video hinted at a physically demanding music video.
So how did the band accomplish this feat? Thankfully, OK Go releases behind-the-scenes videos at its YouTube page for some of its videos, so the hope is we get a visual breakdown at some point.
OK Go is very forthcoming on its website, however, which explains that the band utilized what is called parabolic maneuvers, which enable the passengers to feel zero gravity for about 27 seconds.
The fact that OK Go did this in one take is phenomenal and meant the band had to fit 45 minutes and eight consecutive weightless periods into the period of one song.
As noted in the FAQ section, there are various points when the video skips ahead, taking the audience to the next weightless period in what had to be an unforgettable ride.
Here is a brief video that explains a similar jaunt:
Now we stand in awe at how the band, flight crew and producers were able to take momentary flashes of zero gravity and turn it into one fluid choreographed masterpiece.
There had to be hours of planning that went into something like this, and it shows in the final product, which is nearly perfect.
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