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 Men, but 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.
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