OK Go has another impressive video

I think I’ll save the commentary until after some people have watched it.


The goose was a nice added touch.

They’ve really built a “brand” haven’t they? Those videos take work.

started out a little slow, but it picked it up in the end. always a treat to watch an okgo video.

For the first 30 seconds, I was wondering if they lost their touch. By the time the part with the sleeping bags rolled around, I was in awe. And the goose? I wonder how much they fed that goose to get it to go along with the program.

Geese are evil creatures. I wouldn’t be surprised if it stayed in place because it was biting the guy and trying to rip his fingers off.

I’m wondering whether it was all done in one shot or not. Some people are saying it was basically stop-motion animation, that it wasn’t a continuous shot. You do wonder when they stopped to take a leak or drink some water, but there might have been a few places where they could do that, like behind those trees.

On twitter they say the playback speed they used was 172,800x, or 24 hours per half-second, but I think that was only after the end of the song.

I was just starting to wonder how they got all that video without extra background people showing up in an obviously public place. Then there were people in the background and then the people were part of the video. Very cool.

This site has some details:

OK Go is the only band/musical artist I know of that makes interesting videos. There might be others, but this stuff is awe inspiring. Now I’m going to go watch it again.

Very cool. I still like the one with the warehouse with the Rube Goldberg device better, but that was fun.

I can’t watch the yubertuber here at work, but I am now intrigued. These guys are so amazing with their videos. Their other video for This Too Shall Pass with the marching band doesn’t seem to get as much love as the Goldberg one, but I love that one as well.


Is that somewhere in Los Angeles?

Echo Park.

Thanks. I should go drive over there some time.

I suspect that rather than traditional stop-motion where you incrementally take shots of the action that they simply had a camera going non-stop and then some lucky editor got to go back through and delete frames. True stop motion takes forever. That you can actually see people walking along in the background is proof that they weren’t doing it. The effort for them was to choreograph the whole thing and (essentially) do it all in slow motion.

I also doubt that there’s any camera which can store that much data. Probably they swapped out cameras and recording media several times dependent on what they needed. When doing the shots of them jumping in mid-air, they may have swapped in a high-speed camera, and for other shots where lots of time passes very quickly, a camera with a very slow frame rate. If they shot everything with a high speed camera, the editor who finished out the video would surely have gone insane in trying to choose frames to keep and drop.

I doubt they’d have done it manually. It must have be pretty thoroughly coreographed in advance, so they’d know how slowly to lip-sync to match the music. They may have even done the speed-up and slow-down while they were shooting. The camera could have had some sort of spec file so that it was only capturing images fast enough to match the playback. (from time x to time y, run at 1 frame-per-second; from time y to…")

Do these guys do live shows? I can’t imagine what they’d come up with for that.

It’s even weirder:

They seem to be going in a “Flaming Lips” direction. They even used the same producer as them for their last album.

very cool, but does not compare to their previous videos in terms of ingenuity, imagination, and “wow” factor…

Consider the scenes where they move down a walkway without stepping, just sliding over the surface. In terms of shooting time, it’s much faster to tell each of them to take step forward and put their feet together with the camera rolling continuously, than to have them step, take the shot, step, take the shot. You could tell the camera to wait three seconds and snap off a frame, yes, but then what if someone trips or isn’t in place right at the right time? Again, it’s easier and faster (from the point of view of filming) to just keep the camera running, parcel out the sections of the tape to different editors with a note for what time selection of the music it has to line up with, and then going through and cropping it to get the desired animation while syncing up.