February 14, 2015

A Mesmerizing Music Video, Shot in a Single Take at 1000FPS

1000FPS 4K Single Take Music Video
Slow motion cameras like the Phantom Flex 4K have enabled a new generation of filmmakers to creatively capture images in imaginative new ways.

The music video for siska's new song "Unconditional Rebel" is perhaps the perfect example of this. Shot at 1000fps in a single take from a car traveling 50 km/h, the video takes us on an incredibly surreal three and a half minute journey that, in actuality, took only five seconds to shoot.

Written and directed by French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello, the music video for "Unconditional Rebel" is largely a single live-action shot that is supplemented with visual effects and compositing from the folks at La Planete Rouge, a post production house based out of Marseille. In a brief statement on their webpage, the filmmakers at La Planete Rouge explained the process behind pre-visualizing and shooting the video. You'll have to excuse the rough English translation from the original French.

1000FPS 4K Single Take Music Video
An overhead from pre-visualization of the Unconditional Rebel music video.Credit: La Planete Rouge

It is a real video performance that we produced with the talented director Guillaume Panariello and our equally amazing VFX Supervisor Benoit Maffone. When we started to discuss a traveling Flex 4K with 80 actors in 5 seconds, the perplexity reigned. We embarked on a lot of prep work in a 3D animation software placing all the characters in the right place at the tempo and possible camera movements. Seeing the animation, we said that the result could be huge. We filmed Sunday, November 3 in a plain in Crau, so it is a video in slow motion, a sequence shot traveling in front of 80 extras arranged along nearly 80 meters of a small road in the middle of nowhere in an industrial area. Filmed at 1000 frames/second with a Phantom 4K onboard a car going 50 km/h, the shooting lasted 5 seconds.

BTS of 1000fps Phantom Flex 4K Single Take Music Video
Behind the scenes of the Unconditional Rebel music video shoot.Credit: La Planete Rouge

In case you are wondering what this single take looked like in real time, you can take a quick peak at the original footage on siska's Facebook page    

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Super cool

February 14, 2015 at 7:06PM

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Tosin Akintuyosi
Independent Film Maker
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Ok, who threw the cat.

February 14, 2015 at 7:08PM, Edited February 14, 7:08PM

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Torsten Pearson
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*slowly raises hand*

February 15, 2015 at 12:18AM

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Robert Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker's Process
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I wonder how do you guys have done lip sync in 1000 fps..!! how fast the girl sung it that you guys were able to slow it down to 3 minutes from 5 seconds..!!

February 14, 2015 at 11:24PM

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Manprit Shergill
DP/ Director / Photographer
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she was probably singing in front of a green screen in normal voice

February 15, 2015 at 4:34AM

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Moosa Saleem
Director, Director of Photography
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I saw the same thing recently - a band calle "22".. I wonder who did it first?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI-E8p1u-eE

February 15, 2015 at 3:43AM

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Riaan Myburgh
DP / COLORIST
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Thanks for noticing Riann :) We shot a rather similar concept in August, 2014.

https://vimeo.com/102917155

The real task was to deal with the 2,7 seconds buffer of the Phantom Miro :P

February 15, 2015 at 6:08AM

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Ole Jørgen Larssen
DP / Colorist
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Sweet! been curious to know how you did it! fantastic work man! And what a badass band!

February 19, 2015 at 1:20AM

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Riaan Myburgh
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But this was the first of this kind i've seen from around january 2014:
https://vimeo.com/83664407

February 15, 2015 at 8:44AM

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Patrick Richter
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Thanks Patrick! That was what I meant when I said who did it first:) though 2 people seemed to disagree with downvotes...! I was just curious to see different ones and see how the idea can evolve!

February 19, 2015 at 1:18AM

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Riaan Myburgh
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I've been doing that - in 3D! Nothing to show publicly yet. I can see they had difficultly there filling a whole 3 minute sequence.

February 15, 2015 at 3:48AM, Edited February 15, 3:48AM

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Karel Bata
Director / DP / Stereographer
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In the beginning, i thought that It will be some kind of tribute to practical effects and I loved the idea of it, but they totally destroy it with CGI. I can take the singer in front of the green screen, but fake particles and flames are just to much. It is just a parody of itself. Unless that was intended. Then... yeah, it works, but I don't like it.

February 15, 2015 at 9:31AM

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Ah, you must be even more skilled and inventive than what's on display here. Please add a link to your reel so we can witness your creativity for ourselves.

February 15, 2015 at 6:53PM

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Yes, because you are not worthy of an opinion, unless Team Harvey considers your work better.

February 16, 2015 at 1:50AM

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Charlie K
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Really cool idea.
However, I think should be mentioned that no everything we see was shot in that take.
Obviously the singer singing lipsync was added to the foreground,just like other elements.
This info doesn't make the video anything less creative or good, but if you are 'no film school' providing info and inspiration, it would be nice to paint a complete picture. :-)

February 16, 2015 at 4:52AM

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WalterBrokx
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That was fun. I can hardly imagine the coordination all that chaos needed to come out so well!

February 19, 2015 at 9:30PM

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Douglas Bowker
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