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Watch 'I'll Be Home for Christmas,' a Single Steadicam Shot 120FPS RED EPIC Music Video, Plus BTS Clip

12.28.12 @ 1:29PM Tags : , , ,

While some of you may still be in the holiday spirit and enjoying time with family, we’ve got a music video from Sufjan Stevens that may or may not make you feel just a little different about the holiday classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Filmed in 120fps on the RED EPIC, the video took 1 month of preparation, 3 days of set building, and 35 cast and crew members — all for a total filming time of less than 1 minute. Click through to check it out, plus a nifty behind the scenes video of the entire thing in real-time.

Here is the behind the scenes video:


While this probably isn’t what most people think of when they hear the song, the visuals complement the song perfectly. The video is straight out of a dream, or maybe a nightmare, depending on your point of view, and the slow motion of the RED EPIC makes those brief moments last for that much longer. The video was directed by Aaron and Alex Craig, who run We Are Films out of Brooklyn, NY. They’ve got quite a few interesting productions under their belt — check out their reel here:

The song is available on the Silver & Gold album from the label run in part by Sufjan Stevens himself, Asthmatic Kitty Records.

What do you guys think of the music video? Do any of the symbols mean anything in particular to you?

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  • Bad, boring and full of errors. Cinematographer sometimes go away…
    It’s a pity…

  • Steve Grant on 01.10.13 @ 7:22PM

    It seems I’m in a minority of one here – but I enjoyed it. I thought the lighting was very well done, and the concept itself was delivered well. Accusations of ‘lame’ and ‘boring’ are surprising.
    My criticisms would be the inactivity of Santa after his initial shot, and exactly the same with the lumberjack who split his log and clearly had no idea what to do next. The constant movement of the girl is what provided the continuity, even when she’s out of shot you have the sense that she is still in motion. So when she stops and waits at the final room, this valuable continuity is completely broken and to my mind, that’s a major mistake.
    Technically I thought it was very strong, and it was certainly visually interesting, but the faltering continuity loses it points.

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