August 19, 2014

This Might Be the Most Entertaining, Informative, & Inspiring BTS Video Ever Made

BTS videos and films can be many things. Sometimes they're just that, a brief glimpse behind the scenes of your favorite films. Other times, they're a harrowing account of productions that, by all standards, should never have succeeded, much like the fantastic Fitzcarraldo documentary Burden of Dreams, or the always-popular Hearts of Darkness. And then there are BTS pieces that are meant to inform, videos that provide insight into the filmmaking process. Last but not least, there are BTS pieces that are just downright entertaining to watch. And once every blue moon, a BTS video comes along that serves all of these purposes. A recent video from the Australian production company Graetzmedia falls into the latter category, and it might even be the most entertaining, informative, and inspiring BTS video that you've ever laid eyes upon.

This BTS comes from a recent music video shoot in which the Graetzmedia team attempted to mimic the famous one-shot car scene from Children of Menbut with a style reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins videos of the 90s. Oh, and they attempted to do all of this on a minuscule budget. It was an enormous undertaking, to say the very least.

Here's the finished music video for the Violent Soho song Saramona Said.

There's so much that we can learn about not only the technical considerations that come into play when trying to pull off a shot like this, but also about the collaborative and communal mindset necessary to make a project like this come together. Despite the fact that a long-take of this magnitude should have been impossible with the minimal budget they were working with, a group of like-minded people, each with a set of unique skills, came together to make it happen. When the budgets are low, but the ideas are grand, sometimes you've got no choice but to, as Graetz said in the video, "get all MacGyver on its ass." If that's not a glowing testament to the power of collaboration, I'm not sure what is.

What are some of your favorite BTS videos? Share them down in the comments!

Link: Violent Soho "Saramona Said" -- Graetzmedia

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This BTS clip for a small budget + crew ad is pretty incredible, definitely worth a watch!

https://vimeo.com/99692624

August 19, 2014 at 8:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Fergus

i wish my low budget stuff included a red camera and a motion controlled rig hehe
Very nice video and bts

August 19, 2014 at 8:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Adriano Leal

yeah...by no budget it usually means...people work for free...but we have a lot of money for cool stuff.....i've been there...and luckily out now!! XD

August 19, 2014 at 9:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jesuan

that was amazing.

August 19, 2014 at 9:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sam

LOVE IT! Trying to pick what suburb that is but I don't know.

August 19, 2014 at 9:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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This is an amazing find, thank you for sharing it! :)

August 19, 2014 at 10:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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You know how much more beautiful these shots would have been it they would have had the camera mounted to a gimbal on the track in the care and then on the hand held shots out side of the care for the hand off? That would have been an epic transition. This was an crazy video regardless my hats goes off to the crew that pulled this off.

August 20, 2014 at 12:02AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I think they went true hand-held because the shakiness captures the energy of being in the crowd at the show. Love the whole video !

August 20, 2014 at 9:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pat

The story is better told the way it is. The camera (thereby the viewer) transitions from observing the characters in the car to becoming one of them in party. It tells the story they want to tell beautifully. Screw an "epic transition" for its own sake.

August 20, 2014 at 10:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Do any one know what motion control system they use?

August 20, 2014 at 12:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Tomas

Camblock

August 20, 2014 at 5:00AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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They were using our camBLOCK Modular system with the "fast dolly" block (up to 2.5ft/sec). We've also got a newer, more affordable system now called camBLOCK Adventure at http://camblock.com/adventure

August 21, 2014 at 2:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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We keeping doing all this for free and our industry will continue to go to shit.

August 20, 2014 at 12:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jay

The Googlization of filmmaking!

August 20, 2014 at 1:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Alex

A little on the exaggeration
There is do much pay work out that it's crazy
I am shooting my own film and investors
Already paid out over 110, 000$
Just for script development only so far :)

Francesco

August 20, 2014 at 2:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Starwriter

Originally they paid me to do the tv series
Titled Chic
But now it's being shop
And now working on my film

August 20, 2014 at 2:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Starwriter

Wait ... only a few days ago I was told that there's no improvisation left in the film biz.
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The BTS and the music clip itself were great. It's the type of work that moves people up the ladder in a hurry.

August 20, 2014 at 3:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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DLD

this is simply inspiring and beautiful.

August 20, 2014 at 4:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Peter

Superb find! Inspiring work.

August 20, 2014 at 8:09AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Brilliant BTS voiceover. Great video too, a bit noisy in the car interior though, yes?

August 20, 2014 at 8:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Billy Barber

really great, but I just found a little mistake. When the car starts running, starring wasn't in right direction. As the car was going right but driver was turning the starring on left. Cheers

August 20, 2014 at 8:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Miraz

It's going in reverse.

March 18, 2015 at 1:18PM

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This is great. I primarily do video stuff documenting the DIY music scene where I live, and the community involvement is the best part!

August 20, 2014 at 9:20AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Pat

So much work and effort for a terrible result. I mean really, the video is dreadful.

August 20, 2014 at 10:00AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jacob.

Please post a link to your work so we can see how it should be done.

August 20, 2014 at 5:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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stephen

he's not calling anyone out, but party time videos aren't BTS.

August 21, 2014 at 3:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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yup

Jacob, I agree with you: Dreadful.... Another tedious 4 neverending minute music video (among too many others).. And please, spare us the reference to Alfonso Cuaron in the BTS segment. Mr Cuaron does not waste footage (and money) on uninspired single takes; he is a film director, not just a virtuoso of the movie camera.

August 24, 2014 at 7:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Only idiots work for free, try paying your bill will enthusiasm..... In a year you will drop out of business due to money problems, but then again, there is room for other,new idiots, you are the smartest guy in the room, congrats.

August 20, 2014 at 10:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben

What on earth is wrong with working for free with/for your friends. You do them a favor, then they owe you. This band hits it big, you think they aren't coming calling when they need a new video. And if they don't then choose better people as friends. Work begets work. But you do have to balance that with paying your bills. We know nothing about this guys other jobs or what his day rates are when he's working for people who aren't his friends.

August 20, 2014 at 11:00AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dan is very passionate about the music scene, what's wrong with taking on a passion project for no pay? Music clips are a good entry to paid commercial work and it works for his business model. He has his own studio, red camera kit, motion control rigs, lighting, etc. Perhaps this video will put things into perspective for you. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MgZJFu3SHVs&list=UU8LNQbt0Epqu5pHqmpnHCaw

August 20, 2014 at 3:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Will

Yeah this kind of attitude is really destructive. While it is almost always better to make money on a shoot, what would the world be without volunteerism. Lawyers do it, businesses do it, teachers do it, almost every segment of society donates their time and expertise to help others accomplish shit without compensation. Don't be such a dick dude.

August 20, 2014 at 8:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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There was a time, when you could make money, follow your passion AND get paid for music videos. Then the "I am not good enough to get paid, but to arrogant to be an assistant" DSLR idiots come around an destroyed this whole industry. There is no glory in working for free, it only puts the rates of the good people under pressure thats all. 99% will not get hired afterwards. The Band has fans, it has income, but well, they spend it on something else. Here in Germany the second biggest Tv Network gave its CEO an bonus of 24 million, and yes they have a lot of extra smart interns working for free. Wake up, everybody is laughing about you working for free once you left the room (and have an extra beer on the money that should be yours)

August 23, 2014 at 3:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben

Check his website, he's been doing this for over 10 years, so there goes your one year theory.

If you also have a look at the stats of the two clips on Vimeo, you will see just how many people now know this guy's work and what he can do. That's called advertising.

He is getting attention from across the world for something that he created and entertaining people in the process. The band is getting exposure from people that might not have seen their work and all that becomes a reference when he is quoting on a paid job.

I've got an easy $250k of gear and will always continue to do certain projects for free. I do that because some people have nothing but an idea, passion and enthusiasm. I hate the thought of losing the next Spielberg because they never got a chance.

If you are that concerned about a safe weekly wage, then maybe a 9-5 would be a much better choice?

August 21, 2014 at 6:03AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Michael

http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/meet-hero-designer-who-publicly-shamed-sho...

Brainwashing has gone far. The Money people told you the 9to5 theory over and over again, until you believed it. And hey, wow you paid money for your equipment, you must be a professional. There was this "mom bought me a RED Cam, now I am a cameraman" Facebook group, that might be yours.

If you want to have a decent career an life, you have to get paid. Once I finished film school, I never worked one day for free, never ever. Money is all around, you can decide if you get your share, or believe in the "well, the next job will be paid" myth. Exposure on Vimeo LOL. Yeah another 1000 wannabes, watching each others stuff and assuring themselves that everyone who stand up for their rights (aka money) has a 9to5 mentality. Yeah right. Wake up. Dreaming does not pay your rent. The more people work for free, the less chance you have to make a living (a real living, with a decent flat, health assurance, cause even motivated people get sick) with it.

Once again, executives laugh about you, then buy your flat (with money that could be yours) and throw you out.
But of course, you are so much smarter than the rest.

I started 20 years ago, outside film school, no one worked for free. And films got shot, too, even better once.
As everyone is too talented and smart to work his way up through the ranks nowadays, the lack of professionalism is compensated by working for free. Once you got kids, you can´t afford your hobby any more. They don´t hire you because you are good, you are dumm cheap, thats it.

August 24, 2014 at 5:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben

Nice BTS video, but it seems like the actual production would have been a lot easier with a Movi...

August 20, 2014 at 11:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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John

John you are so wrong...

August 20, 2014 at 1:45PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Kyle

We did all of this for free (if you don't consider the $150,000+ USD of gear that we used/own). Still, very well executed and made me go watch the video. I wish I had the money for this kind of thing. Getting closer.

August 20, 2014 at 1:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Harry Pray IV

This is incredible. I love reading about d.i.y. filmmakers. I went and look Dan Graetz's other videos and they are all amazing. I really like Violent Soho now too. I want that camBlock modular motion control system.

August 21, 2014 at 8:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Great editing....

August 21, 2014 at 2:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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This wasn't anything that taught me much. I mean it was cool, but this felt more like an episode off something from MTV.

August 21, 2014 at 3:25PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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yup

Ok but the real question here is... who closed the trunk :)

August 21, 2014 at 8:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Mad respect. If my free stuff looked that good… I'd have no time to comment here! Kudos on both vids.

August 22, 2014 at 4:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Erik Stenbakken

This was really cool. Great find!

September 10, 2014 at 2:31PM, Edited September 10, 2:31PM

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Ryan Toyota
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This makes me wonder how the taxi murder scene was pulled off in "I saw the devil"..

August 22, 2015 at 1:49PM

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